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Dear Congregants, 

Summer days may be a bit lazier, but there's still plenty to engage you here at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. In addition to Torah study, there's a four-part class on the teachings of the minor prophets, support groups for bereavement and other challenges, and Mah Jongg for an opportunity to kibitz. And you can introduce your friends to everything you love about CRS by bringing them to our Open House on June 20!  

Most notably, this month we bid farewell (with both wistfulness and pride) to our beloved Rabbi Lisa Grushcow and her family, as they prepare to head north for a new life centered around Rabbi Grushcow's position as Senior Rabbi at Montreal's Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. 

Farewell to Rabbi Lisa Grushcow 

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

Following the Farewell Erev Shabbat Service, a special Oneg Shabbat will honor Rabbi Grushcow and her family for their nine wonderful years of service to our community. Lots of memories will be shared! 

Mah Jongg at CRS  

Thursday, June 14, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Join us for the game, the fun, and the "bridge mix"! Open to novices and veteran players alike, with cards available for purchase for $8.00 (or bring your own). Got an extra set we can borrow that day (or even one that you can donate to CRS)? That would be great! RSVP to

PJ Library Comes to Shabbat B'Yachad

(For Families with Children Ages 0-7)   

Saturday, June 16, at 9:30 AM in the 84th Street Gym

Join us for a Shabbat experience and family activity, where we'll "travel" through the Torah and search for the "Land of Milk and Honey" (Israel), as the scouts do in this week's Torah portion (Sh'lach L'cha). Please RSVP to Marcia Stein at  

Register Now for Religious School

Register now for Pre-K to 12th grade Religious School, beginning in the fall. Click HERE for the 2012-13 Registration forms, and HERE for the calendar and more information. Please complete the forms electronically, then print and mail them with your check to: Congregation Rodeph Sholom Religious School, 7 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024. Register by June 30 and save $50! 

Got a Pre-K or Kindergarten Child?

Register your Pre-K or Kindergarten child for the Nevatim Family Program, a class that meets 10 times throughout the year. For more information, email Marcia Stein at

Summer Learning with Rabbi Leora Kaye

Tuesday, June 19 & 26; Monday, July 2, 7:00 to 8:00 PM

Who were the 12 minor prophets, and why did they feel compelled to preach their messages? Explore their dramatic stories in this four-session summer class, whether you're well-versed in Biblical text or not. For more information or to register, email or call (646) 454-3029.

Open House for Prospective Members 

Wednesday, June 20, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Always telling your friends about how great Congregation Rodeph Sholom is? Bring them to our Open House and let them find out for themselves! Drop in at any time. For questions or to let us know your friend will attend, email or call (646) 454-3051. 

KCC Goes to David Findlay Jr. Art Gallery 

Thursday, June 21, 1:00 PM

The KCC, our group for congregants 60 and over, will explore the remarkable art of David Aronson (considered by many to be the most important Jewish artist living in America) with a discussion and tour at the David Findlay Jr. Gallery (724 Fifth Avenue at 56th Street, 8th floor). No charge; guests and friends welcome. Click here for more information. Please RSVP to (646) 454-3118.

Mental Illness Family Support Group  

Monday, June 25, 7:30 to 9:30 PM

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. 

Connect-to-Care Workshops   

Monday, June 25, 7:30 to 9:30 PM

CRS is part of a UJA-Federation initiative called Connect-to-Care, which was created to provide a broad range of services for those affected by the economic downtown. In addition to other offerings, Connect-to-Care holds ongoing free workshops on networking, job-hunting, computer skills, financial planning, insurance laws and options, and other topics. For a complete list of June offerings, click HERE

Bereavement Support Group  

Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31; August 7 and 14

7:30 to 9:00 PM

For those who have suffered the loss of a parent, spouse, or sibling, we invite you to share experiences and receive interpersonal support, comfort, and guidance. Co-facilitated by Ruth Kobrin, LMSW, and Dr. Marc Kramer. Click here for more information. Please RSVP to Ruth Kobrin at (646) 454-3180. 

New Jewish Adoptive Families Group   

The Inclusion and Outreach Committee is delighted to announce the launch of a Jewish Adoptive Families Group this coming fall. If you're considering adoption, have adopted children, or are an adult adoptee, we'd love to hear from and learn with you. Please email for more information.  

Shabbat Morning Torah Study 

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

With Rabbi Sari R. Laufer and Rabbi Benjamin H. Spratt.

Adult Bnei Mitvah Experience   

Even if you missed the meeting in May, it's not too late to be a part of the 5773 Adult Bnei Mitzvah experience at CRS! Contact Rabbi Sari Laufer's study at or call (646) 454-3029 to make an appointment and get more information. The service will be June 15, 2013 ... but the learning begins in the fall.

Roll of Remembrance  

The Roll of Remembrance Book given to worshippers at the Memorial Service on Yom Kippur acknowledges our ongoing love for those who have passed away. If you would like to be included in this year's Roll of Remembrance, list new or additional names, or make corrections, use the form included with the High Holy Days information you will receive at the end of June. Please return this form by our print deadline of August 10, even if you do not have any changes. For questions, contact the Development Department at (646) 454-3052 or

Get Ready for Mitzvah Day 2012 

Save Sunday, October 28, on your calendar to join us in more than 20 different Mitzvah Day activities. And start saving your used books, used eyeglasses, used clothing, and unopened full- or hotel-sized toiletries, which we will be collecting on Mitzvah Day to donate to local organizations. 

CRS Spring Food Drive  

Families are going hungry in New York City -- and they need your help now! Your donation to the Rodeph Sholom Spring Food Drive is urgently needed as government support gets reduced to all programs we help support. Click HERE to make a donation, or send a check payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom, with "Food Drive" in the memo, to CRS Food Drive, 7 W. 83rd Street, NY, NY 10024.

Cemetery Plot Discount Ends June 30 

Reminder: The special 25% discount on cemetery plots at Union Field Cemetery for CRS members ends on June 30. If you are interested in taking advantage of this special offer, please call the cemetery office at (718) 366-3748.   

June 13, 2012
In This Issue
Farewell to Rabbi Grushcow
Mah Jongg
PJ Library at Shabbat B'Yachad
Religious School Registration
Nevatim Family Program
Summer Adult Ed
Open House
KCC Art Tour
Mental Illness Family Support Group
Connect-to-Care Workshops
Bereavement Support Group
New Jewish Adoptive Families Group
Torah Study
Adult Bnei Mitzvah
Roll of Remembrance
Get Ready for Mitzvah Day
CRS Spring Food Drive
Cemetery Plot Discount Through June 30
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Bikkur Cholim 


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