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Dear Congregants, 

From the silly to the serious to the sublime, there's literally something for everyone this month at Rodeph Sholom. Enrich your appreciation of Jewish history, take in a concert, master some delicious Passover recipes ... and of course, cut loose at this year's CRS Pajama Purim (pajamas encouraged)!  We hope to see you. 

Cantors' Cabaret: A Night of Broadway

Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 PM

It's tonight! Come hear your favorite Broadway numbers as rendered by the glorious voices of our Cantors and other special guests. This concert benefits CRS youth-related activities. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet ... what are you waiting for? For more information, click here. For tickets, email jjurek@crsnyc.org or call (646) 454-3039.

Chamber Music (and All That Jazz)

at Rodeph Sholom

Saturday, February 18 after Shabbat Morning Services

We're jazzing up the classics! Ted Rosenthal's latest work, Jazz Fantasy, headlines this classical/jazz crossover concert featuring four premieres. Cellist Eliot Bailen and flutist/vocalist Susie Rotholz jam with Ted Rosenthal on piano, Thomson Kneeland on bass, and Chris Parker on drums. RSVP to chambermusic@crsnyc.org or (646) 454-3039. Admission is free; a light lunch is served after services. Click here for more information.

Guest Speaker Leonard Stern Discusses

A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism by Phyllis Goldstein

Friday, February 24 at 6 PM during Erev Shabbat Services

Why have the Jews been hated so often throughout history? Leonard Stern, for whom NYU's Stern School of Business is named, was instrumental in the editing and publishing of this extraordinary book that threads its way through 2,500 years of uninterrupted antisemitism. Don't miss this stimulating and informative discussion ... and a chance to obtain a free copy of the book. More information is available here.

Brotherhood Torah Study: Miracle, Tragedy, and Prayer - The Search for God

Tuesday, February 28, 8:00 AM

A hurricane devastates an entire city. A tragedy befalls a loving family. A child's life is saved in the nick of time. A people miraculously manages to emerge from the brink of destructon. In the highs and lows of life, we often search for God and yearn for a glimmer of the divine. Join us as we search together; RSVP to brotherhood@crsnyc.org.

We've Got a Whole Lot of 

Pajama Purim Going On!


Please bring a new, unwrapped pair of pajamas for the Pajama Program, an organization that provides warm pajamas for children in need in the U.S. and around the world, many of whom are waiting to be adopted.


CRuSTY's Purim Carnival

Wednesday, February 29 at 5:00 PM

Come celebrate Purim with food, fun, and games! $10 admission for the first child and $5 for each additional child. Sponsor a mishloach manot package for a homebound elderly person for $18. For more information, click here or contact Hannah Ellenson at crusty@crsnyc.org. 


PJ Library Is Coming to Rodeph Sholom

Wednesday, March 7 at 4:30 PM

Come to our fun-filled launch event for the PJ Library here at CRS, providing free, high-quality bedtime books and music each month for Jewish children between six months and seven years of age and their families. Click here for more information. After the launch, stay for the Purim Celebration.


Congregational Purim Celebration

Wednesday, March 7 at 5:30 PM

All are welcome for our topsy-turvy Purim mash-up! Rabbis, cantors, and educators (in their pajamas!) will be joined by ShirLaLa, her band, and the Rodeph Sholom Drum Corps. There's even dinner, too! 


Brotherhood's Adult Purim Experience

Wednesday, March 7 at 7:15 PM

Benjamin Levy, master entertainer to the rich and famous, brings his amazing sleight-of-hand and memory feats to CRS. You won't believe your eyes ... even if you sit up close!


Congregational Purim Service and

Megillah Reading

Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 AM

It's Purim, so everything is not what it seems ... but right where it should be, nevertheless!  Come make lots of noise and contribute to the mayhem, then join us for brunch afterward.


Shabbat and Purim Special Needs

Worship Service

Saturday, March 10 at 11:00 AM

A warm and inviting experience designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs.Costumes are welcome ... but no masks or noisemakers, please. Click here for more information.


Muslim and Jewish Legal Traditions

Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM

Join us for a lively discussion of how these two religions approach law outside the courtroom, with Amin Kassam (a New York lawyer and mediator who is a member of the Ismaili National Conciliation and Arbitration Board) and Rabbi Debra Goldstein (a CRS congregant who also practices law in New York). RSVP to adulted@crsnyc.org or call (646) 454-3029.

Four Faces of Israel with Helen Gottstein

Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM

This witty, highly interactive, and original one-woman show explores modern-day Israel's challenges, divisions, history, passions, and people through the eyes of a keen observer. RSVP to rabbistudy@crsnyc.org or call (646) 454-3029.

Sisterhood's Pass It Down

Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 PM

Are you hopeless in the kitchen? Never fear ... help is here! Join us for Sisterhood's third annual Passover cooking event, featuring all new recipes. Congregants will lead hands-on cooking lessons using Kosher for Passover recipes, and you'll sample the results! RSVP to sisterhood@crsnyc.org or call (646) 454-3101.

Tax Letters for 2011

Tax letters for calendar year 2011 were mailed the last week in January. If you have not received yours or if you have any questions about your tax letter, please contact Susan Kurschner at (646) 454-3062 or skurschner@crsnyc.org.

Ongoing Adult Opportunities and Classes


Basic Judaism 

Wednesdays at 7:00 PM - February 22 & 29; March 28

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.


Text in Context:

Zohar, Zo Good -- A Survey of Jewish Mysticism

Thursdays at 8:00 AM - February 16 & 23; March 1

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.


For Those With a Family Member With Mental Illness:

A Jewish Support Group

Mondays at 7:30 PM - 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) 454-3180.


How to Raise a Mentsch

Tuesdays at 9:00 AM - February 28; March 13

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 - March 1

Rabbi Benjamin Spratt

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


Therapists' Study Group

Thursday, March 1 at 3 PM

Rabbi Lisa Grushcow

Conversation and connection for therapists, using Jewish sources to explore key themes in the human experience. We'll also discuss ethical and clinical issues, and how Jewish perspectives might be relevant to your practice. For more information, contact Rabbi Grushcow at (646) 454-3025 or rabbigrushcow@crsnyc.org.


CRS Book Club

Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 PM

This month we're reading Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Everything Is Illuminated, the quixotic journey of one young man to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Come join our group; we're looking forward to a lively discussion! RSVP to bookgroup@crsnyc.org; Click here for more information.


Mah Jongg at CRS

Thursday, March 8, 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.


Lunch Together: How a Rabbi Married an Atheist

Tuesday, March 13, 11:30 - 1:30 PM

Rabbi Leora Kaye, Rodeph Sholom's Program Director, talks about how she came to marry an avowed Jewish atheist and embark on the adventure of parenting together. She'll talk about the challenges, pitfalls, and triumphs: when to compromise, when to dig in your heels ... and the Jewish ideas behind making it work. Suggested donation of $8. RSVP to rabbistudy@crsnyc.org  or (646) 454-3029.


Seminar in Jewish History

Thursday, March 15 at 12:00 PM

Rabbi Lisa Grushcow

We will discuss Jonathan Schneer's The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. RSVP to adulted@crsnyc.org.


Esa Eynai El He'Harim - I lift my eyes to the mountains

Personal and Spiritual Pathways through the Psalms

Friday, March 16 at 12:00 PM

Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson

A contemplative and personal approach to finding support through the biblical Psalms. RSVP to Sigal at sstark@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.


February 16. 2012
Table of Contents
Chamber Music (and All That Jazz)
History of Antisemitism
A Whole Lot of Pajama Purim!
Muslim and Jewish Legal Traditions
Adult Opportunities and Classes


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