a Jewish presence in the City of St. Louis

a place for everyone

Jews of Color

CRC is deeply committed to racial diversity and racial justice, both within our congregation and in the work we do in the greater community.

We are a racially diverse congregation, and this diversity is reflected in our Shabbat services, on our Board of Directors, in our religious school, and in all of our programming.

Each Spring during Passover, we hold a Diversity Seder that recognizes the similarities between the slavery experience of the Jews in Egypt and that of African American slaves in the U.S. In addition to a large group of CRC members, we are always joined by guests from the community, including friends in the local African Hebrew Israelite community.

In addition to all of our regular programming, those who would like to meet other Jews of color are invited to join our Jews of Color Chavurah (friendship group), which meets periodically for social events and programs.

Our work in the community gives us another opportunity to work for improved race relations in the St. Louis Region. Our longstanding "Joint Venture" project with Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church supports a monthly dialogue group and an annual interfaith service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We also speak out against policies and practices that would serve to maintain racial division, such as a proposed ballot initiative to outlaw affirmative action which our members helped defeat. Our rabbis and members are known throughout the region for their commitment to racial diversity and healing.