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Dear Congregants, 

It may be hot outside, but you'll find respite in study and fellowship at CRS this month! Come be enlightened by authors Joy Ladin (Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders) and Daniel Smith (Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety), as they discuss their groundbreaking memoirs. And be sure to join us for a transformative observance of Tisha B'av.

The Jewish Week Community Forum Presents: Jewish Week Literary Summer

"Redefining the Self" 

Wednesday, July 25, at 7:00 PM  

First of a free, two-part series sponsored by The Jewish Week 

Please join us for a candid conversation between Joy Ladin and Daniel Smith about their just-published, popular memoirs and the personal events that inspired them. They have each written groundbreaking books that are full of insight, generosity, pain, and compassion ... and much humor. Moderated by Sandee Brawarsky, book critic for The Jewish Week, the talk will be followed by a reception and book-signing. Reservations suggested:


Tisha B'av: Study and Service

Sowing in Tears, Reaping in Joy: Moving from Sorrow to Solace from 586 BCE to 2012

Sunday, July 29: Study at 6:30 PM, 

followed by service at 7:30 PM

On Tisha B'av, we mark the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as the tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people since then. Though the tone of the day is somber, we have the opportunity to rise up out of our sadness to a place of comfort at day's close. Join us for a study session that will explore how we may shift between such highs and lows in a Jewish context in our own lives

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.

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

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.  

Adult B'nei Mitzvah Experience   

Even if you missed the meeting in May, it's not too late to be a part of the 5773 Adult B'nei 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 on June 15, 2013 ... but the learning begins in the fall.

Connect-to-Care Workshops

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 more information and a calendar of workshops and services, click HERE.

Kauffman Foundation FastTrac New Venture Entrepreneurship Program

The Hebrew Free Loan Society, with the support of UJA-Federation of New York, offers this 13-week course for Baby Boomers impacted by the recession who want to launch their own business. For more information, click HERE or call 212-687-0188.

Ongoing Adult Classes and Opportunities


Shabbat Morning Torah Study

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

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


Bereavement Support Group  

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

7:30 to 9:00 PM

Co-facilitated by Ruth Kobrin, LMSW, and Dr. Marc Kramer.

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. Click here for more information. Please RSVP to Ruth Kobrin at (646) 454-3180.  

Roll of Remembrance  

The Roll of Remembrance Book at the Memorial Service on Yom Kippur acknowledges our ongoing love for those who have passed away. To include names in this year's Roll of Remembrance, use the form that was included with the High Holy Days information; call the Development Office at (646) 454-3052; email your names to; or click here. We can only list names received by August 10.

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. 

July 16, 2012
In This Issue
Jewish Week Literary Summer
Tisha B'av
Religious School Registration
Nevatim Family Program
New Jewish Adoptive Families Group
Adult B'nei Mitzvah
Connect-to-Care and FastTrac
Ongoing Adult Opportunities
Roll of Remembrance
Get Ready for Mitzvah Day
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-Rabbi Robert Levine

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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.

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