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Dear Congregants, 

Spring is in full swing -- and with it, a whole range of activity at Congregation Rodeph Sholom! Get an inside perspective on Israel, stand up for women's rights, explore the relevance of Torah, enjoy some chamber music. And make sure you're in the stands for our production of Damn Yankees

URGENT: Shelter Volunteers Needed!      

As we move into the spring months, volunteers are URGENTLY needed for our homeless shelter. We are threatened with cancelling nights because of a shortage of volunteers, so PLEASE help! Our shelter houses up to eight men nightly, and volunteers are needed Monday through Friday. Contact to volunteer.

Film Screening and Discussion:

Here One Day, with Award-Winning Filmmaker Kathy Leichter   

Wednesday, April 18, at 7:00 PM 

Leichter offers a moving portrait of her mother, Nina, who lived with bipolar disorder for over 20 years and died by suicide. Shot by the 2010 winner for Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, the film takes audiences on an intimate, beautiful journey through Nina's life and her family's experience of her mental illness and death. Kathy Leichter and her father, former State Senator Franz Leichter, will hold a Q&A after the screening. Sponsored by the Mental Health Initiative of the Caring Community. For resources, click here. RSVP to

Yom Hashoah Reading of the Names 

Wednesday, April 18, 10:00 PM through Thursday, April 19, 6:00 PM

Location: Congregation Habonim (44 West 66th Street); continues at the JCC in Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue) on Thursday, April 19, 8:00 AM. 

The Rodeph Sholom time slot is at 5:30 AM. Volunteers are needed to participate in this Upper West Side annual commemoration. Please contact Julie Standig at or (646) 454-3021 for more information or to volunteer.

One Voice to Save Choice Presents


Cecile Richards,

President of Planned Parenthood

In Dialogue With  

Rabbi Robert N. Levine, The Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, Dr. Ahmad Jaber, and Dr. Uma Mysorekar

Moderated by

Rabbi Dennis Ross, Director of Concerned Clergy for Choice 


The War on Women:  What's At Stake  

and What You Can Do     

Monday, April 23 at 7:00 PM 

Rally with us to defend women's reproductive health services against the current assault being mounted on both the federal and state levels. What's at stake? What can you do right now? For more information, contact or (646) 454-3109.

Save the Date:  

Farewell to Rabbi Lisa Grushcow 

Friday, June 15 at 6:00 PM at Erev Shabbat Service

Mark your calendars now, and plan to join us as we bid farewell and honor Rabbi Grushcow, Rabbi Andrea Myers, and their children, Ariella and Alice, for their nine wonderful years of service to our community. The celebration will continue at a special Oneg Shabbat.

Help us put together a Memory Book full of YOUR thoughts, memories, and photos of Rabbi Grushcow and her family! If you would like to be included, please submit your material by Friday, May 18, at, or mail to the attention of Sigal Stark, CRS, 7 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024. Submissions can be in any form; we will ensure they are cleaned up for the book.

Chamber Music Concert  

Friday, April 27 at 8 PM 

Since the birth of the State, music by Israeli composers has developed a dynamic east-west synthesis of the Classical and Eastern Mediterranean traditions. In celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut, Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom presents a program of Israeli musical ideas in the Schnurmacher chapel with a song selection by Cantor Garfein and piano quartet. More info is available here. RSVP for oneg and concert to or call (646) 454-3039.

Israel Today, With Hila Elroy 

Saturday, April 28, after Shabbat Services  

Join us for an update on the current state of affairs with Hila Elroy, Advisor to the Consul General at the Israeli Consulate in New York. More info is available here. RSVP to or call (646) 454-3029.

Sisterhood Torah Study

Monday, April 30, 7:00-8:30 PM 

How do you forgive your sister for that remark at the Seder? Should you friend an ex on Facebook? Is Leviticus relevant for modern family dynamics? Start your week with stimulating conversation with the women of Rodeph Sholom in a member's home. You don't need any experience ... just enthusiasm! More info is available here.  


The Future of American Jewry:

A Rabbinic Panel Discussion

Tuesday, May 1 at 8:00 PM

at Congregation Ramath Orah, 550 West 110th Street 

Moderated by Tablet editor Alana Newhouse, the panel will include Rabbi Saul Berman, Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, and Rabbi Eric Yoffie. More information is available here

Damn Yankees Tickets are On Sale!

Performances are May 2 - 6 

The Rodeph Sholom Theater Company's production of Damn Yankees is sure to be a home run. Don't drop the ball and miss out ... reserve your tickets now! Click here to purchase tickets.

Annual Service of Confirmation

Friday, May 4 at 6:00 PM 

Congregation Rodeph Sholom cordially invites you to attend our annual Service of Confirmation, as we honor this year's Confirmands: Molly DeVries, Jessica Heller, Aaron Hersh, Hannah Kates, Jonathan Kupfer, Zoe Kushlefsky, Charles Lutvak, Nathan Press, Hannah Rittenberg, and Nicholas Shaerf. Come and celebrate with them; a festive Oneg will follow. 


You've Seen the Headlines:  

Now, Hear the Story 

Friday, May 18, 8:00 AM   

Miriam Zussman and her family made aliyah in 1999, moving to Beit Shemesh. She helped start Amit Noga and Amit Nachshon, two high-quality schools for girls and for boys ... and had a front-row seat when tensions recently erupted in Beit Shemesh between the Israel's chareidi and the more liberal community. Come hear her perspective! Co-presented by CRS Sisterhood and Israel Committee.

High School Graduation Service 

Friday, May 18 at 6:00 PM 

A cordial invitation is extended to our 2012 High School Graduation Service, as we honor this year's Graduates: Cara Cancelmo, Eric Erle, Elana Frank, Cara Haas, Rachel Kupfer, Maya Levine, Claire Lichtenstein, Spencer Lutvak, Cece Nealon-Shapiro, Fallon Rosen, and Yafit Shafer-Sull. Come celebrate with them; a festive Oneg will follow. 

The Leah Uhr Margulies Hebrew, Zionism and Jewish Studies Program     

Are you, or do you know of, a young adult in the CRS family who's thinking about attending a program in Israel? There's financial assistance available! The Leah Uhr Margulies Hebrew, Zionism and Jewish Studies Program (aka the "Margulies Fund") awards fellowships for those attending a long-term program in Israel (with a minimum of one semester as a full-time student). To learn more, contact Rabbi Levine or Tirza Arad.

Be a Part of the Mitzvah Day Team!    

We're looking for a few good ... deeds. Be a part of the Mitzvah Day 2012 Planning Team! Join us as we kick off our planning for a wonderful day of action and activity at CRS and beyond. If you're interested, contact Rabbi Laufer at for more information. 

A New Look for Our Flyers

When you come to Rodeph Sholom, you'll notice a change in our flyers as we phase in a new design over the next few weeks. They're now much easier to read! During your brief elevator ride, you'll be able to focus quickly on events you're interested in. Just remember to mark your calendar ... and maybe even sample something new!

Visit CRS on Facebook! 

Did you know we're on Facebook? It's a great way get a glimpse of what's going on behind the scenes (and off-site) in the Rodeph Sholom community. "Like" us here to discover a new aspect to CRS! 

Ongoing Adult Opportunities and Classes


The Jews of Early Modern Eastern Europe

Tuesdays at 7:15 PM

May 1, 8, 15, & 22

Dr. Ira Cohen

Despite our nostalgic view of 17th- and 18th-century shtetl life, it isn't Anatevka ... and it never was. For more info, click here

RSVP to 


Seminar in Jewish History

Thursday, May 17 at 12:00 PM

Rabbi Lisa Grushcow

We will discuss Gal Beckerman's When They Come For Us, We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle To Save Soviet Jewry (2010). 



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

Personal and Spiritual Pathways through the Psalms

Friday, April 20 at 12:00 PM 

Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson

A contemplative and personal approach to finding support through the biblical Psalms.  

RSVP to Sigal at     


For Those With a Family Member With Mental Illness:

A Jewish Support Group

Monday, April 23 at 7:30 PM 

Share experiences, strategies, and information; gain insight and coping skills. Professionally facilitated and open to all. For more information, contact Ruth Kobrin, LMSW, at (646) 454-3180.


Basic Judaism 

Wednesdays at 7:00 PM

April 18, 25; May 2, 9 ,16 & 23 

Rabbi Leora Kaye

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


Lunch Together 

Tuesday, May 22, 11:30 - 1:30 PM

(Note Date Change This Month!) 

Rabbi Lisa Grushcow will join us for a presentation on "The Golden Age to 1492 to Today: Rodeph Sholom Goes to Spain," complete with music and pictures! Suggested donation of $8. 

RSVP to or (646) 454-3029.


Therapists' Study Group

Thursday, May 3 at 3:00 PM

Rabbi Lisa Grushcow

Conversation and connection for therapists, using Jewish sources to explore key themes in the human experience. We'll discuss ethical and clinical issues from Jewish perspectives. For more information, contact Rabbi Grushcow at (646) 454-3025 or


CRS Book Club

Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 PM

(Note Date Change This Month!) 

Wayne Hoffman's novel, Sweet Like Sugar, is about an unlikely friendship between a young man wrestling with his faith, and a man of faith wresting with his youth. Come join our group and be a part of the lively discussion! Click here for more information.



Mah Jongg at CRS

Thursday, April 19 and May 10, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

(Note Date Change for April!) 

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!  



Text in Context:

Zohar, Zo Good -- A Survey of Jewish Mysticism

Thursdays at 8:00 AM - April 19, 26; May 3, 10 

Rabbi Andrea Myers

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

RSVP to Sigal at


How to Raise a Mentsch

Tuesdays at 9:00 AM - May 1, 15 & 29; June 12 

Rabbi Lisa J. Grushcow

A chance to explore the big questions of parenting in an intimate environment.  




Thursdays at 9:00 AM - April 19; May 3,31 

Rabbi Benjamin Spratt

It's never too early to begin creating the best environment for our children.  



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 



Click HERE for the full Adult Education Brochure.

April 18, 2012
In This Issue
Shelter Volunteers Needed
Film: Here One Day
Yom Hashoah: Reading of the Names
One Voice to Save Choice
Save the Date: Farewell to Rabbi Grushcow
Chamber Music Concert
Israel Today
Sisterhood Torah Study
Future of American Jewry
Damn Yankees
Go Behind the Headlines
High School Graduation
Scholarships Available
Help Plan Mitzvah Day
New Look for Our Flyers
CRS is on Facebook
Ongoing Adult Opportunities and Classes
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"Tzedakah begins the moment we decide to think about other people besides ourselves."
-Rabbi Robert Levine

Find out more about CRS underwriting opportunities.

  Union Field Cemetery

Come visit and learn more about Rodeph Sholom's historic Union Field Cemetery. Discounted fees are available for CRS members. For more information, call our knowledgeable staff at   718-366-3748.

Hearing Enhancement Devices
 enhancement devices are available during services at the security desk.
April Lobby Donation Box
We are collecting paper goods for the Parents' Pantry Program of the Ronald McDonald House. Click here for more information. 


Bereavement Notices

Click HERE if you would like to be informed of deaths in our community.

Bikkur Cholim 


Our committed group of Bikur Cholim volunteers visit individual congregants, as well as the Jewish Home and Hospital. If you or a loved one live there and would appreciate a visit from a friendly Rodeph Sholom volunteer, e-mail with contact information.


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