Congregation of Reform Judaism - CRJ

Congregation of Reform Judaism is Orlando's largest Jewish congregation. Each week we offer creative and engaging Shabbat services.

If you are not a member, but are interested in membership at CRJ, please contact Michael Kancher, 407-645-0444 or [email protected]

Mission: The mission of the Congregation of Reform Judaism is to nurture and encourage our congregants in their quest to become educated, knowledgeable, proud and involved Jews who worship God in accordance with the Jewish faith. To fulfill its mission, CRJ has four goals: 1. To foster the vibrancy of Reform Judaism through Torah (life long Jewish education), avodah (worship of God through prayer and observance) and gemilut chasadim (the pursuit of justice, peace and deeds of loving-kindness). 2. To perpetuate our Jewish heritage by being supportive of the state of Israel and the Jewish people, wherever they live. 3. To provide programs and activities that embrace Jewish culture and feeling of community for both the individual and family from birth through adulthood. 4. To seek a close working relationship with the entire Jewish community as well as those of all faiths who comprise the greater Orlando community in order to achieve the religious ideals of our Jewish heritage. Mission Statement - updated 2007 The mission of the Congregation of Reform Judaism is to offer a synagogue culture that is inviting and respectful, with inspiring worship services and programs that promote lifelong Jewish learning, within a caring, innovative and vibrant congregation.

Congregation of Reform Judaism - CRJ

HAVE YOU HEARD? CRJ is offering a Virtual Camp for rising Kindergarten through 6th grade. It is open to the community and is filled with interactive activities, virtual field trips, and more! To find out more, visit!

[05/08/20]   Are you ready?! CRJ has a big announcement at 9:00 a.m.

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CRJ Steinmetz Family School of Chai

Just Stay Put by Gary Clement read by Dr. Sacharoff

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Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam - Read by Dr. Sheryl Sacharoff

Shabbat Shalom! Join us for story time - Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam - Read by Dr. Sheryl Sacharoff

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Talmud Tales... Who is wise?

Sammy Spider's First Mitzvah - 4/19

Happy Thursday! Enjoy this story with your children read by Ms. Zipporah -

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Fully compassionate God on high:
To our six million brothers and sisters
murdered because they were Jews,
grant clear and certain rest with You
in the lofty heights of the sacred and pure
whose brightness shines like the very glow of heaven.

Source of mercy:
Forever enfold them in the embrace of Your wings;
secure their souls in eternity.
Adonai: they are Yours.
They will rest in peace.

El Malei Rachamim (“God full of compassion”) is a prayer for the departed that asks for comfort and everlasting care of the deceased.

[04/17/20]   We look forward to sharing a peaceful and joyous Shabbat service with you tonight at 6pm.

Introducing our new weekly series... Did Jew know........

[04/15/20]   In addition to the yahrzeit of our loved ones, our tradition teaches that on Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Pesach, and Shavuot we are to pause to remember at a special Yizkor service. It is our tradition at CRJ to recall, especially, those who have passed away since last Passover.

Join us today at 10am via zoom online: (Video & Audio)

Phone: 646-558-8656 (Audio Only)
Meeting ID: 373 484 528

Talmud Story 3 zoom

Talmud Tales with Rabbi Engel is from Pirket Avot - Who is wise? Who is Strong? View here:
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Shabbat Shalom! Today''s Talmudic Tales with Rabbi Engel is about Shabbat - View here: View more stories from Rabbi Engel:

[04/08/20]   Toasted restaurant is an amazing community partner. Not only do they provide all the food for the meals on wheels program on Christmas day at CRJ to feed over 400 seniors BUT right now they are bringing thier food truck to hospitals, nursing homes, and all over to help feed our seniors and health care staff in Orlando. Todah Rabah to the Yarmuth family!

Do you have a local business we should shout out for being a community partner? Email [email protected].

Happy Passover from CRJ

CRJ wishes you health, happiness, peace, togetherness, and joy today and always. Happy Passover!

Join Dr. Sacharoff for a Passover Story: Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim: A Passover Story by Deborah Bodin Cohen VIEW:

[04/03/20]   We are all doing a lot of Amazon ordering these days - please consider when ordering from your computer going to and choosing CRJ as your designated charity. .5% of your order will go to CRJ - may not seem like a lot but it adds up! Thank you and Shabbat Shalom!

Talmud Tales with Rabbi Engel today is about blessings and understanding the capabilities of all despite our differences in abilities and strength.
Click this link to view the 5-minute tale:

[03/30/20]   Join us for these virtual discussions:
TONIGHT: Rabbi's Round Table - Jewish Current Events at 7pm
TOMORROW: Managing Anxiety related to COVID-19 with LMHC Wendy Fisher at 7pm
Zoom link available:

Join Rabbi Engel and Nina Fine tonight at 6pm

[03/26/20]   When looking at meal options please support restaurants and caterers who donate to CRJ
Peach Valley Café Kappy's American Restaurant Another Broken Egg Cafe The Glass Knife Caffe Positano Antonella's Pizzeria Nonno's Italian Restaurant Arthur's Catering and Events Pickles The Tap Room @ Dubsdread
Stefano's Trattoria Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Purple Tulip Artisan Cookies ALDI USA The Fresh Market
U Restaurant and Bar at the Hilton Altamonte Springs Hotel Bagel King Francesco's Ristorante and Pizzeria Ooga Ooga Cake Art The Palm

The first kindles going out to older CRJ congregants so they will stay connected to their CRJ Family. Complete with a welcome letter and instructions on how to use. Also some Apps installed on their “Jindles” Jewish kindles including Zoom so they can join in all of the virtual experiences we are offering at CRJ. Included The Plaut Torah Commentary and The Jewish Study Bible for Torah Study and Bagels and Bible Classes. Added some Jewish apps, games, scrabble, solitaire and free books too! If you know of any other CRJ members in need please let me know. We are reinventing our congregation and Judaism because that is what we do.

Hope you're having a good day! Gather round to listed to Dr. Sacharoff read The Hungry Catepillar by Eric Carle in Hebrew & English:

Looking for more fun things for your kiddos? Visit

CRJ Steinmetz Family School of Chai

Wish that we could’ve seen each other in person, but virtual t’filah was so much fun this afternoon💙✡️ Thanks for capturing our faces, Michael Kancher!

Virtual Resources - Congregation of Reform Judaism

Today at 10am join Rabbi Engel for enlighting Shabbat conversation while you enjoy your bagels at home. To login to the convo: Many of the programs and activities that you enjoy will now be offered virtually. The entire staff is working diligently to put these exciting opportunities together for you.  Some programs will be pre-recorded and you watch via the link below, while others will be available via Zoom for an intera...

Virtual Resources - Congregation of Reform Judaism

The CRJ Office is open, but there will be no services, programs, or events held at the temple until further notice. Participate with us virtually, check out Currently, we have resources on Passover, learning opportunities with Rabbi Engel, Hebrew &Judaic learning for kids, and more!

6 PM: Live Streaming of a muscial erev Shabbat service. Join us:

10 AM: Bagels & Bible w/ Rabbi Engel via Zoom. Join us:

Shabbat shalom from our 3rd & 4th graders! Rabbi Steven W Engel Sheryl Sacharoff Adam Milsom Maya Milsom Charlie Wright

[03/02/20]   Mazel tov to two amazing CRJ congregants, Harriet Weiss and Barney Chepenik on their awards from last night's Kinneret's 8 over 80 gala. So proud to have you as members!

Thank you Leah Dobkin for an inspirational Legacy Letter Writing Workshop. Many thanks to Cathy Michaelson Lieblich for bringing Leah to us and to CRJ Sisterhood & Brotherhood for sponsoring the Chai’er Learning program.

Shabbat shalom from our Kindergarten consecrants💙

Next week is a BIG one at CRJ and if the weather is like today - a bowl of Matzo Ball Soup is going to be perfect! Register for next Friday's dinner:

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