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12/18  12pm Seniors Program
            6:30pm Hebrew I with Robin Kunkel

12/19   6pm Service, Chanukah Dinner
            to follow

12/20   10am Bar Mitzvah Service of
            Quinn VanDermark

12/25   CRJ Office Closed

12/26   6pm Shabbat Kabbalat Service,
            Auf Ruf of Rachel Hayes &
            Mark Wassam

12/27   10am Shabbat Service

12/29   7pm Magevet Concert

12/30   7pm Mah Jongg

1/1       CRJ Office Closed

1/2       7pm Shabbat Simcha Service

1/3       10am Shabbat Service

1/4       No School of Chai

  
   For additional information about these
     or other programs, please contact:
             Lucy Eichner
Program Director

    407-645-0444 or leichner@crjorlando.org

         

         

 

Congregation of Reform Judaism (CRJ)
is Orlando's largest Jewish Reform congregation. Each week we offer creative and engaging Shabbat services. We ask that you explore our website, learn about upcoming events, and find opportunities for you to get involved.
" A joyful community that inspires the soul, builds relationships and engages the world"

Chanukkah is right around the corner!!! The CRJ Gift Shop is your source for Chanuakah gifts, tallit, invitations and more! The Gift Shop is owned and operated by Sisterhood and all proceeds go toward synagogue improvements and assisting the Religious School. Come in and browse Sundays from 9:15 am - 12:45 pm when the Religious School is in session or... Monday -Thurs from 9 am - 3 pm when the CRJ office is open. Please call before coming so an office staff member will be prepared to assist you. Chanukkah gifts include menorahs, Including a Gary Rosenthal collection, dreidels, jewelry and more. Click HERE to see a few Chanukkah items for sale.



The CRJ Social Action Committee has begun the project, "Sneakers That Fit 2014, in memory of Dr. Barry Levin." This project allows CRJ to purchase sneakers for children from designated Title I schools. This year the schools have identified almost 200 children in grades K-5 in dire need We need your help in fulfilling this task. . Please see the bulletin board near the Goldman Social Hall to choose a card or multiple cards to shop for a specific child or use the donation envelopes provided. All donations, both shoes and dollars are due to the synagogue office by December 5. We are grateful for your participation!

The CRJ Chanukkah Dinner will be on December 19th. Click HERE to register!





Every year the CRJ, through the Social Action committee, partners with UPS, and Toasted Restaurant to help Senior's First by delivering Meals on Wheels on Christmas Day. What a wonderful treat for needy Seniors to receive a hot meal on Christmas Day. Over and over, we get reports from volunteer drivers telling us how fulfilling this activity has been for them. It is truly a wonderful Mitzvah! Each year we deliver around 500 meals and need about 65 volunteers drivers. Each route takes about 1 hour, and all meals are picked up at CRJ Christmas morning. It is a good idea to have 2 people per car, so that one can navigate. If you are interested in helping this year, please contact Becky Welch at drbewe@yahoo.com as soon as possible! Thank you for your help and support.

VOLUNTEERING:
The Volunteer and Social Action Committees are compiling an email list of CRJ congregants who might be willing to volunteer for CRJ or our partners in the community from time to time when the need arises. Volunteering through CRJ is a great way to get to know more fellow congregants and to make a difference at CRJ and in the community. At CRJ, this may include assisting with set up and other needs for Shabbat dinners, onegs and events, temple cleanup, mailings, help with cooking for the homeless, preparation for Meals on Wheels on Christmas Day, telephoning members, etc. In the community, it may include donating items needed by organizations helping people in need; volunteering at a community organization's event; and other activities to benefit nonprofit community groups and the people they serve. Please email Cathy Lieblich at clieblich@me.com if you would like to be on this list. It will not commit you to any specific volunteer request.

 






CRJ will be welcoming Yale's Jewish A Capella Group on December 29th for a wonderful concert! We will be collecting in-kind donations for Coalition for the Homeless in lieu of purchasing tickets (Deodorant, baby wipes, socks, razors are some of the items most in need). We hope to see you there!

An 8 week course on basic Judaism held Monday evenings from 7 pm - 9pm starting January 12, 2015. The classes are taught by Rabbi Steven Engel and other guest experts. For Jews who want to brush up on their basics Judaism, contemplating conversion as well as interfaith couples. Topics such as holidays, rituals, modern Israel, Talmud and many more are addressed.

Click HERE to view flyer with dates, topics and costs.


Join us February 6th and 7th, 2015 for a weekend of song and celebration, spiritual uplift and warmth of community. We pay tribute to CRJ's past, delight in its present and ensure an enduring future, Cantor Lisa Levine, a nationally known cantor and composer, will join us as Artist-In-Residence at these exciting events.

Click HERE to view flyer with dates and events.




CRJ will now be live streaming the 1st and 3rd Friday night service each month. Click the LIVE STREAMING tab to the left to view services online.



CRJ Sisterhood is planning to start a needlework/ knitting club! Dates and times are to be determined. If you're interested or have any questions please contact Mary Ellen Caplan at mecaplan@hotmail.com or 407-435-5902

As a follow-up to Rabbi Engel's Rosh Hashanah sermon to get involved in addressing the issue of chronic homelessness in Central Florida, please click IMPACT HOMELESSNES button (left).

Chai'er Learning classes now open. Click HERE for a list of classes and online registration. Contact Lucy Eichner for more information.

Cooking for the Homeless is looking for volunteers to help prepare the dinner that CRJ provides to the Coalition for the Homeless. We cook the third Monday of the month. We will be meeting at CRJ kitchen at 9:30am.

If you would like more info or would like to volunteer please email Karen Knudsen at Kjknudsen@earthlink.net. If you would like to help serve at the Coalition for the Homeless please contact Judy Godorov at 254-247-9312

 

 

 







 





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