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Dear Congregants, 

We're back after the winter break, and we're heating up the cold month of January with all kinds of events to expand your horizons at Rodeph Sholom. See a film, take a class, read a book, find inspiration and healing -- or audition to perform in a musical!

Brotherhood Film Festival 2012:

The Telling and the Doing

New York Says Thank You

Friday, January 20, 7:30-10 PM, after Erev Shabbat Services

The gratitude that one Jewish family felt for the thousands of volunteers from around the world who helped New Yorkers after 9/11 became (at the suggestion of their five-year-old son) a relief effort that brings disaster survivors to communities across the country to return the favor. Dinner provided; Q&A with NYSTY founders (the Parness family, who are CRS congregants) follows the screening.


Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

Saturday, January 28, 12:30-3:00 PM, after Shabbat Services

Ruth Gruber, now 100, has witnessed and recounted Jewish stories for more than eight decades; her humanitarian efforts have transformed the lives of thousands. Lunch provided; Q&A with Ruth follows the screening.


RSVP for both: brotherhood@crsync.org of (646) 454-3102

A Time to Prepare:

Jewish Approaches for the End of Life

Tuesdays at 7:15 PM - January 24 and 31; February 7

Rabbi Sari Laufer

Our tradition recognizes death as a part of life but we're often uncomfortable talking about it, let alone planning for our own mortality and that of those we love. Randye Retkin, director of LegalHealth: New York Legal Assistance Group, and Dr. Gabrielle Goldberg, medical director of the Wiener Family Palliative Care Unit at Mount Sinai Medical Center, will join Rabbi Laufer to explore a range of Jewish, legal, and medical issues surrounding the end of life. More information is available here.

The Art of Chanting Torah

Wednesdays at 6:00 PM - January 18 and 25;

February 1, 8, and 15

Cantor Shayna De Lowe

With just a basic reading knowledge of Hebrew (and no knowledge of music), you can learn to chant Torah! The ta'amei hamikra, the trope symbols used in the chanting of sacred texts, will be the focus of this six-session class. For more information, call Jenny Jurek at (646) 454-3039.

DAMN YANKEES is coming to CRS!


Rodeph Sholom Theater Company Auditions

Monday-Wednesday, January 23, 24, and 25

Got talent? Find an outlet for it onstage--in the Rodeph Sholom Theater Company's production of Damn Yankees this coming May! Auditions will be held on January 23, 24, and 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Callbacks will be on January 26. For information on what to prepare, click here.  Email rstheater@crsnyc.org or call (646) 454-3108 to reserve an audition date and time.

Kids' Chorus auditions will be held on February 4 from 1:30 - 4 PM.


Props Needed!

The Rodeph Sholom Theater Company is seeking 1950s-era items for our upcoming production of Damn Yankees. Advertising signs, floor lamps, living room chairs, a TV, and a radio are just a few of the items needed, along with purses and clutches, baseball paraphenalia, and pillows or pillowcases. If you can lend or donate anything, please contact Jenny at jjurek@crsnyc.org or Samantha at sgutterman@rssnyc.org by February 15!

Young Families Shabbat Dinner

Friday, January 27, 5:00 PM

A wonderful experience for the entire family! A very short, Tot Shabbat-like service will be followed by a family-friendly Shabbat dinner. Enjoy songs, stories, and Shabbat with friends, new and old! Admission is $25 per adult; all kids are free. Please RSVP to youngfamilies@rodephsholom.org.

Healing Services

Saturday, January 28, 9:30-10:00 AM

Join us for a short, spiritual, and music-filled service focused on the healing of mind, body, and spirit (followed by a service celebrating the music of Debbie Friedman).

Be Inspired by the Voices of Our Youth!

Friday, February 3, 6:00 PM

CRuSTY invites the Congregation to our annual Youth Service. Join us for a Shabbat Shirah (Shabbat of Songs) Friday Night Service, led by our 2nd- through 12th-grade CRuSTY youth groups.

Celebrate With Sisterhood and Brotherhood


Sisterhood/Brotherhood Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, February 4 at 10:15 AM

All are welcome at our Shabbat morning Chapel service, where we will celebrate the contributions of our Brotherhood and Sisterhood, whose members will share their Torah, Haftarah, and music with us all.


Prominent Women of the Congregation

Annual Luncheon

Saturday, February 4, 12:30 PM (following Shabbat Services)

Sisterhood's annual luncheon recognizes women in our congregation with diverse talents and unique stories. This year's theme is Women in Technology: Navigating a Digital World. The moderator is Linda Bernstein; panelists are Jodi Kahn, Sue Kurschner, and Joanne Zaiac. RSVP to sisterhood@crsnyc.org or call (646) 454-3101. Click here for more information.

Mark Whitaker in Conversation

with Rabbi Levine

Monday, February 6 at 7:15 PM

Mark Whitaker, Executive Vice President and Managing Editor of CNN Worldwide and a Rodeph Sholom congregant, talks about growing up biracial in a conflicted society and coming to terms with his parents' stormy and ultimately doomed marriage. His memoir, My Long Trip Home, is a moving meditation on the nature of love, loss, identity. and forgiveness. Please RSVP to Aleszman@crsnyc.org or (646) 454-3045.

Cantors' Cabaret: A Night of Broadway

Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 PM

Come revel in a night of cabaret, featuring our spectacular cantors (and special guests) in a host of favorite Broadway numbers! Mark your calendars for this unique event, which benefits CRS youth-related programs. Click here for more information, or call (646) 454-3039.

CRS at the URJ Biennial

In December, a large group of our congregants and staff attended the URJ Biennial in Washington, DC, both as presenters and participants.  We'd like to share some of the highlights of this amazing and inspiring convention, which included addresses by Ehud Barak, Natan Sharansky, Representative Eric Cantor, Nancy Brinker, David Boies and Ted Olsen, and was capped off with an appearance by President Barack Obama.


Watch President Obama's address.


Watch Ehud Barak, or David Boies and Ted Olsen.


Watch Eric Cantor or Nancy Brinker.


Watch Natan Sharansky.


Or click here to browse through other Biennial highlights, including remarks by outgoing URJ President Rabbi Eric Yoffie and incoming President Rabbi Rick Jacobs. 

Ongoing Adult Opportunities and Classes


Text in Context:

Zohar, Zo Good -- A Survey of Jewish Mysticism

Thursdays at 8:00 AM - January 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23

Rabbi Andrea Myers

We'll explore how Jewish mysticism developed in different communities over time, focusing on contrasting Sephardic and Ashkenazi interpretations of the Kabbalah.

RSVP to Sigal at sstark@crsnyc.org.


Seminar in Jewish History

Thursday, January 19 at 12:00 PM

Rabbi Lisa Grushcow

We will discuss Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza. RSVP to adulted@crsnyc.org.


For Those With a Family Member With Mental Illness:

A Jewish Support Group

Mondays at 7:30 PM - January 23, February 27

Share experiences, strategies, and information; gain insight and learn coping skills. Professionally facilitated and open to all. For more information, contact Ruth Kobrin, LMSW, at (646) 454-3109.


Basic Judaism

Wednesdays at 7:00 PM - January 18 & 25; February 1, 8, 15 & 22

Rabbi Sari R. Laufer and Rabbinic Intern Brian Immerman

Open to all who want to take a closer look at why and how Jewish rituals have developed, and how they create meaning in our lives.

RSVP to Sigal at sstark@crsnyc.org.


How to Raise a Mentsch

Tuesdays at 9:00 AM - January 31; February 14 & 28

Rabbi Lisa J. Grushcow

A chance to explore the big questions of parenting in an intimate environment. RSVP to adulted@crsnyc.org.



Thursdays at 9:00 AM - February 2, March 1

Rabbi Benjamin Spratt

It's never too early to begin creating the best environment for our children. RSVP to adulted@crsnyc.org


CRS Book Club

Thursday, February, 2 at 7:00 PM

This month we're reading Haley Tanner's novel Vaclav and Lena, the story of two young Russian immigrant children who form a special bond, and the forces that threaten to separate them. Come join our group; we're looking forward to a lively discussion! RSVP to bookgroup@crsnyc.org; Click here for more information.


Lunch Together

Tuesday, February 14, 11:30 - 1:30 PM

Our speakers are always stimulating, informative and fun. Come join us for lunch and share in the camaraderie! Suggested donation of $8. RSVP to lunchtogether@crsnyc.org or (646) 454-3043.


Mah Jongg at CRS

Thursday, February 9, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Know how to play? Want to learn? Join us for the game, the fun, and the "bridge mix"! We welcome novices and veteran players alike. Cards are available for purchase for $8.00 or bring your own. And if you have an extra set that you can let us use that day, that would be great! RSVP to mahjongg@crsnyc.org.


Hebrew Classes

Beginning Hebrew - Mondays at 6:15 PM

Beginning Hebrew - Thursdays at 9:00 AM

Continuing Hebrew - Mondays at 7:30 PM

Continuing Hebrew - Tuesdays at 9:15 AM

Understanding Liturgy - Tuesdays at 8:15 AM 


Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Saturdays, throughout the year, 8:45 AM - 9:45 PM

Rabbi Lisa J. Grushcow, D. Phil.

Rabbi Sari R. Laufer

Rabbi Benjamin H. Spratt 



Learning from Europe

Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31

With Rabbi Deborah Kahn Harris, Principal of Leo Baeck College, London, and Rabbi David Ellensen, President of HUC-JIR.


Click HERE for the full Adult Education Brochure.

January 18, 2011
Table of Contents
Brotherhood Film Festival
A Time to Prepare
Damn Yankees at CRS
Celebrate With Sisterhood/Brotherhood
Mark Whitaker in Conversation
Cantors' Cabaret
Adult Opportunities and Classes


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