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Dear Congregants, 

It might still be summer, but we're already revving up for the new year! It's time to plan for the High Holy Days, as well as think about what new activities here at CRS will enrich your life. Will this be the year you finally sing in the Choir, volunteer at the Homeless Shelter, join the Book Club, or become an Adult B'nei Mitzvah? We look forward to seeing you ... and having you get involved!

2012/5773 High Holy Days


General Information

High Holy Day tickets will be mailed starting August 16 to members in good standing.  For questions regarding your account, please contact us at or call (646) 454-3051.  


Click here for the High Holy Day schedule.


Click here for information regarding High Holy Day child care for children ages 3 to 7. Reservations must be made in advance. 


Click here for our office contact information for various questions.

Children's High Holy Day Experience 2012

Available to Students in Grades 2-6 

Programming will run in conjunction with congregational services and will include fun, educational activities, games, singing, storytelling, as well as hands-on tzedakah projects and a child-friendly High Holy Day service. Snacks will be provided. Click here for more information and a form to return by August 31st, or click here to RSVP online. 

2012 Yom Kippur Appeal

When you receive your High Holy Day ticket, please note that your Yom Kippur Appeal pledge card is the bottom section. Don't wait to respond -- just detach your pledge card and mail it to the synagogue in the envelope provided. Gifts can also be made via our website here, or by calling the Development Office at (646) 454-3052. Please consider using the automatic recurring payment option of $18 or more a month (through June 2013) if this will make it possible for you to participate in the Appeal. Call the Development Office for details.   

Roll of Remembrance 2012/5773

The deadline for listing names in the Roll Of Remembrance booklet given to worshippers at the Memorial Service on Yom Kippur has officially passed and the book is being prepared for the printer. If you were not able to contact us in time and would like to commemorate your loved ones at this season, your list will be recognized in the December Chronicle. To submit names or make a gift, please call the Development Office at (646) 454-3052, email, or click here.  

Selichot Service

Saturday, September 8, from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Beginning with Havdalah at 8:00 PM, come learn with all of your clergy throughout this unique and moving service. Let the language, music, and power of the Holy Days guide, challenge, and inspire you for the days ahead.  

The Jewish Week Community Forum: Jewish Week Literary Summer

"Family Binds" 

Tuesday, August 28, at 7:00 PM

Second of a free, two-part series sponsored by

The Jewish Week 

Please join us for a candid conversation between authors Josh Henkin and Anouk Markovitz about their just-published, highly acclaimed novels and the ideas and events that inspired them. Each provides a deeply human portrait, writing movingly of love, surviving loss, conflicts over religious differences, and the strength of family ties. Moderated by Sandee Brawarsky, book critic for The Jewish Week, the talk will be followed by a reception and book-signing.

Reservations suggested:



Rodeph Sholom Religious School


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?

Share Jewish activities, experiences, and dinner with your Pre-K or Kindergarten child through our Nevatim Family Program, which meets 10 times throughout the year. For more information, email Marcia Stein at

Share the Fun of Reading!

CRS and PJ Library invite you to join in the fun of reading with FREE Jewish children's books and music for your child from six months through seven years. Click here to sign up or get more information.  

Be Part of the Joyous Sounds of

Music at Rodeph Sholom!



Adult Volunteer Choir

Do you love to sing? Join our Adult Volunteer Choir! No experience is necessary -- just a basic knowledge of Hebrew and a desire to sing, enjoy, and learn about our Jewish musical heritage. You'll participate in the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah (Tuesday, September 18, at 9:30 AM) under the direction of Cantor Garfein and organist J. David Williams, as well as the Shabbat B'Shir services on the second Friday of each month. For more information, contact the Cantors' Study at (646) 454-3039. 


Children's Choir

Children from second grade on up are welcome to participate; it's a great way to feel prepared for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah! We meet after school from 6:00 - 6:30 PM in the Main Sanctuary, beginning September 10. A pizza dinner and dessert are provided. No audition is required, just a commitment to participating in our holiday and Shabbat B'shir services. Additional performance opportunities have included exciting appearances at venues such as Town Hall (with Neil Sedaka), Carnegie Hall, and the Jewish Heritage Museum (for Mayor Bloomberg)! For more information, contact Cantor Garfein at (646) 454-3030 or  

New Jewish Adoptive Families Group   

The Inclusion and Outreach Committee is delighted to announce the launch of a Jewish Adoptive Families Group this 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.  

Volunteer for the Homeless Shelter

If you've already spent an evening volunteering at our Homeless Shelter (or talked to someone who has), you know how rewarding the experience is. If you haven't volunteered yet, consider signing up!  NEW THIS YEAR: click here to register and sign up on-line to volunteer. For more information, contact Jay Kranis at

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 downturn. 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.

Ongoing Adult Learning and Life 


Shabbat Morning Torah Study

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

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


CRS Book Club

Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 PM

We launch this year's offerings with Eric Larson's In The Garden Of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, a chilling account of life in Nazi Germany in 1933 as William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador there. We look forward to having you join our lively discussion!  



Mah Jongg at CRS

Thursday, September 13, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Are you ready to play? Do you want to learn? Whether you're an expert or a novice, come enjoy a few hours of camaraderie (and the "bridge mix")! Bring your own cards, or purchase them when you come.


Hebrew Marathon
Michal Nachmany
Saturday, September 22, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Want to get more out of the prayer service? Been meaning to learn Hebrew, but never have the time? Make it your Rosh Hashanah resolution to participate in this unique seminar! Cost is $36; pre-registration is required and lunch is provided.

Adult B'Nei Mitzvah 

Wednesdays, 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM, beginning October 17

Designed for adults who want to renew their commitment to Judaism and Jewish learning, whether or not they became bar/bat mitzvah at the age of 13. Study with our clergy, educators, and fellow congregants and enrich your Jewish life, culminating in a service on June 15, 2013. Contact Rabbi Sari Laufer at or call (646) 454-3026.  


Get Ready for Mitzvah Day 2012 

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

August 15, 2012
In This Issue
High Holy Day Information
Children's High Holy Day Experience
Yom Kippur Appeal
Roll of Remembrance
Selichot Service
Religious School Registration
Nevatim Family Program
PJ Library
Adult and Children's Choirs
New Jewish Adoptive Families Group
Call for Shelter Volunteers
Ongoing Adult Learning and Life
Get Ready for Mitzvah Day
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Underwriting Opportunities

"Tzedakah begins the moment we decide to think about other people besides ourselves."
-Rabbi Robert Levine

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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

Hearing Enhancement Devices

Hearing enhancement devices are available during services at the security desk.

Bereavement Notices


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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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