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Dear Congregants, 

How quickly the summer went by! Great weather and wonderful events and activities have marked the season. And now the holidays represent a time to think about and reflect on both the moments of the past year and on the days that lay ahead. 


Come nourish your soul at Yom Kippur services, join our Mitzvah Day efforts or attend one of our many adult education classes.


Your Congregation Rodeph Sholom family wishes you a sweet new year full of the blessings of happiness, health, and peace.


Shanah Tovah! 

Join us for Kol Nidre & Yom Kippur Services


General Information

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 about the early Kol Nidre service.


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.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Services: Experience the New Reform Movement Machzor

Wednesday, September 26, 3:00 PM

Schafler Forum

This High Holy Day season, Congregation Rodeph Sholom is joining Reform congregations around the country in piloting a draft of a new Machzor (High Holy Day prayer book) for the Reform movement. We are excited to be a part of such an important endeavor, and invite your participation in the service.

7 Texts That Changed the World

Rabbi Robert N. Levine, D.D.

Tuesdays, October 23, 30; November 13, 20

7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Jews have been called the People of the Book, but the wisdom of Torah and our textual tradition actually have shaped the legal framework and value structure of the entire western world. Come meet, study, and grapple with the most important of these teachings as selected by Rabbi Levine. At the conclusion of this course you will have the chance to determine with him and the class the text that has made the most difference in our world.

Sukkot 5773


Family Sukkot Experience

Sunday, September 30

Sukkot Decorating and Activities, 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Recite the Blessings and Shake the Lulav and Etrog
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM

Welcome Sukkot with your Rodeph Sholom Family! All ages are invited. Click here for more information. 

Sukkot Service

Monday, October 1, 10:15 AM

Bring your lulav, etrog, and spirit and celebrate the festival of Sukkot.  Services will conclude with a festival Kiddush in the Sukkah.  The Children's Choir will participate in the service.

Come Eat in the Sukkah

Why not celebrate the festival of Sukkot by having a meal in our Sukkah? We'll provide the table and chairs; you bring the food, friends and family! To make arrangements, contact Rachael Evans at

Celebrate with Our Family!

Friday, October 5, 6:00 PM, Erev Shabbat Services

We will be celebrating together with the families of Rabbi Spratt and Cantor Morgovsky, and Cantor Shayna and Mel De Lowe at a baby-naming ceremony for their new baby boys.

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Erev Simchat Torah: Takin' It To the Street

Sunday, October 7, 6:00 PM

The entire congregation is invited to experience the joy and rich tradition of Jewish music and dance during and immediately following Simchat Torah services. We'll close off 83rd street to dance and celebrate together with: Alicia Svigals, Steven Weintraub, and members of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance tradition.

Simchat Torah/Yizkor Service

Monday, October 8, 10:15 AM

Come worship with us as we begin our Torah cycle anew! Featuring the Children's Choir.

Save These Important CRS Dates! 


Mitzvah Weekend 2012 


Shabbat Service

Friday, October 26, 6:30 PM

Following Erev Shabbat Services:

Dinner recognizing the CRS Homeless Shelter's 30th anniversary. 

Hear first-hand from a former CRS shelter guest about the impact our shelter has made and engage in a hands-on mitzvah project. We will honor Jay Kranis for his three decades of service to the shelter and recognize the service of our many committed volunteers. 

Please RSVP for dinner to Sigal Stark at or 646-454-3029.

Chapel Service

Saturday, October 27, 10:15 AM 

Chapel Service with text study on poverty and homelessness.

Mitzvah Day

Sunday, October 28

On Sunday, October 28th you will have the opportunity to choose from over two dozen mitzvah projects - everything from visiting the elderly, to cleaning the park, to decorating potted plants for hospital patients.  Join your Rodeph Sholom family as we perform mitzvot at the synagogue and across New York City!  Click here to sign up or call 646.454.3122.  


Blood Drive

Sunday, October 28, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Perform a life-saving mitzvah by donating blood at our annual blood drive during Mitzvah Day from 9:30 AM -
3:00 PM at the synagogue (ages 17 - 75).  Please email to sign up in advance and secure your time slot. 

Fall Shabbaton


Celebrating Our New Rabbi, and 40 Years of Women in the Rabbinate.

Installation Service of

Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer

Friday, November 16, 6:00 PM, Erev Shabbat Services

Join us as we officially welcome the newest member of our clergy team, Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, followed by a festive oneg.

Festive Shabbat Morning Services with Text Study

Saturday, November 1, 6:00 PM

Following Shabbat Morning services:

Rabbi Carole Balin, Professor of History at HUC-JIR, will look back on the history and intersection of feminism and Judaism.

2012 Yom Kippur Appeal

Have you made your gift to the 2012 Yom Kippur Appeal?  Please remember to send in the pledge card (attached to your High Holy Days ticket) or click here to make a gift online. Every gift is important, no matter the amount. We count on YOUR participation to achieve all our wonderful plans for the year!

Rodeph Sholom Religious School


Got a Pre-K or Kindergarten Child?

Register your Pre-K child(ren) for the Nevatim Pre-K Family Program Today! Our next class is Tuesday, October 16th!

Click here for more information or e-mail 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.  

Ongoing Adult Learning and Life   


Our Haven and our Strength: Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms

Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson

Fridays, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

September 21; October 12; November 9; December 21; 

January 25; February 22; March 15; April 26; May 17

The Book of Psalms contains expressions of all of human experience, and multiple manifestations of the ancient search for God's presence. Through the study of Psalms we will gather for a personal and participatory learning experience, supplemented by poetry and song. Click here for more information.


Hebrew Marathon 
Michal Nachmany
Saturday, September 22, 1:00 PM - 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! Lunch will be provided. Click here for more information.

CRS Book Club

Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 PM

This month we are reading Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman. We look forward to having you join our lively discussion and we will be meeting in the Sukkah! Click here for more information. 


Shabbat Study Series: The Festival Megillot

Saturdays, 12:30 PM following services

October 6: Sukkot/Ecclesiastes: Nicole Auerbach

February 9: Purim/Esther: Rabbi Debra Goldstein

March 23: Passover/Song of Songs: Dr. Carl Mankowitz

May 11: Shavuot/Ruth: Rabbinic Intern Greg Weitzman

The Festival Megillot - the selected readings from our Writings that accompany our holidays offer profound lessons on life, love and relationships, and weathering the seasons. Join us for Shabbat afternoon comestibles, camaraderie, and conversation about these texts. No prior knowledge necessary, just interest!


Mah Jongg at CRS

Thursday, October 11, 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. Click here for more information.  


Planned Giving

Whenever you do your estate planning, please make provisions for Rodeph Sholom.  Your gift not only benefits future generations of this community but may also provide tax benefits to your estate.  For more information, click here

September 19, 2012
In This Issue
Yom Kippur Service
Sukkot Services
Simchat Torah Services
Mitzvah Weekend
Fall Shabbaton
Yom Kippur Appeal
Rodeph Sholom Religious School
PJ Library
Ongoing Adult Learning and Life
Planned Giving
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Underwriting Opportunities

"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

Hearing Enhancement Devices

Hearing enhancement devices are available during services at the security desk. In addition, note that a Hearing Loop is now installed in the Schafler Forum. Please switch hearing aid to T-coil.


Bereavement Notices


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Bikkur Cholim

Our committed group of Bikkur 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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