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Dear Congregants, 

With our spirits renewed after the High Holy Days, we're now plunging headlong into the full roster of fall activities here at Rodeph Sholom ... and there's so much going on that we want to make sure you don't miss any of it!

Come and learn something, meet new people, and see old friends. Check our calendar as the weeks unfold, for updates and additions.

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. Click here for more information. 

Mitzvah Weekend 2012 


Shabbat Service

Friday, October 26, 6:00 PM

During services hear a firsthand account from a former CRS shelter guest about the impact our shelter has made. After services join us for a dinner recognizing the CRS Homeless Shelter's 30 anniversary and then engage in a hands-on mitzvah project. Also, we will honor Jay Kranis for his three decades of service to the shelter and recognize the contributions 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 

This chapel service will include a text study on a Jewish perspective on minimum wage as part of the Reform Jewish Voice of New York's advocacy month.

Mitzvah Day

Sunday, October 28

On Sunday, October 28 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 for more information. Click here to sign up or call 



Blood Drive

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

Did you know 95 percent of Americans will need donated blood at some point in their lives, and one pint can save up to three lives? Help save a life by donating blood. Last year our members gave 55 pints of blood, and this year our goal is 75. For more information email 

Young Families Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 2, 5:00 PM, 6th floor in the
Eisner Auditorium

Join us for a short Tot-Shabbat-like service (designed especially for little kids) followed by a festive and family-friendly Shabbat dinner. There will be plenty of kid-friendly food, and after dinner we will sing more songs and dance together! Admission is $25 per adult. All kids are free! Please RSVP to

Social Action Seminar

Thursdays, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

November 8; January 17; March 14; May 16

Session: 1 - To Heal A Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

What is the true purpose of religion? What is the Jewish theology behind human responsibility? In this series, we will discuss four different texts that will help us explore answers to these questions as we uncover yet more questions relating to Judaism and social justice. Each text should be read ahead of the session during which it is to be discussed. Click here for more information. Please RSVP to or

Erev Shabbat B'shir Services

Friday, November 9, 6:00 PM

As part of our Erev Shabbat worship, we will commemorate Kristallnacht, the "night of broken glass" that took place on November 9, 1938 and marked the beginning of the Holocaust.

Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom

Saturday, November 10

Following Shabbat Morning Services in the
Schnurmacher Chapel

Enjoy Shabbat afternoon with a musical program featuring Susan Rotholz (flute), and artistic director Eliot Bailen (cello). The ensemble will perform "Duo for Flute and Piano" by Aaron Copland, "Café Music" by Paul Schoenfield, and "String Trio" by Gideon Klein. The String Trio was Gideon Klein's last composition, completed on October 9, 1944 at Terezin, nine days before he was shipped off to Auschwitz. Admission is free, and a light lunch will be served pre-concert. For more information click here. RSVP to or 


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 Followed by Luncheon

Saturday, November 17, 10:15 AM

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

PJ Library at CRS 


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 aged 

from six months through seven years. Click here to sign up or 

get more information.

PJ Library Comes to Shabbat B'Yachad!

Saturday, November 3, 9:30 AM

Join us for a Shabbat experience, storytelling, family activity and a light lunch for families with children ages 0-7. 

PJ and Story Time

Thursday, November 8, 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us for stories, activities, playtime on the indoor playground, and snacks. We will have a guest reader to share our favorite PJ Library books!  Please RSVP to 

Social Action Month


Cheshvan is Jewish Social Action Month, and Congregation Rodeph Sholom has lots of ways for you to get involved:  

St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen

Sundays, October 28; November 18; December 16

Join together with fellow CRS members and volunteers from all over New York City to feed the hungry. St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen in Chelsea serves over 1,000 meals to the hungry every Sunday. Being part of this amazing operation is an experience you will not forget. For more information or to sign up please email 

CRS Shelter

Volunteer a night to host guests at the CRS Homeless Shelter Monday through Friday. Click here to signup. 

E-Advocacy: Raise the New York State Minimum Wage

New York State's current minimum wage was last increased in July 2009, bringing it up to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.  The proposed increase in the state minimum wage to $8.50 an hour would put the wages of a full-time minimum wage worker at 95% of the 3-person federal poverty line. Urge Governor Cuomo and state Senate to make the raising the minimum wage a priority this year.  Send an email to Governor Cuomo and the state Senate by clicking here 

Ongoing Adult Learning and Life 


Lunch Together

Tuesday, October 23, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Come join comedian Aaron Friedman, voted "Funniest Jew in NY" by the Jewish Week, for a standup routine followed by a 

Q & A session. A buffet, dairy lunch will be served followed by our program. Suggestion donation of $8.00. Click here for more information. Please RSVP at or

CRS Book Club

Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 PM

This month we are reading Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman. We look forward to having you join our lively discussion! Click here for more information. RSVP to  

Learners' Services

Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

November 3; January 5; March 2; May 4

These Learners' Services will be opportunities to delve deeper into Jewish prayer, looking at the major rubrics of a Saturday morning service. Whether you are looking to grow your literacy and fluency, learn melodies and the meaning behind them, study the history and theologies of our siddur, our clergy will help illumine our services in new ways, and help expand our understanding of and intention with Jewish prayer.

Mah Jongg at CRS

Thursday, November 8, 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. RSVP at

October Donation Box

We are collecting cake mix, frosting, birthday candles, and used books for various projects on Mitzvah Day. Click here for more information.  

2012 Yom Kippur Appeal

Before Yom Kippur fades from memory, take a moment to make your donation to the 2012 Appeal.  Click here to make a a gift online or send your gift to the synagogue at your earliest convenience.  Your participation in the Yom Kippur Appeal will be greatly appreciated by the entire Rodeph Sholom family.  To make an automatic recurring gift or for questions, contact the Development Office at 646-454-3052.

October 16, 2012
In This Issue
7 Texts That Changed the World
Mitzvah Weekend 2012
Young Families Shabbat Dinner
Social Action Seminar
Erev Shabbat B'shir Services
Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom
Fall Shabbaton
PJ Library
Social Action Month
Ongoing Adult Learning and Life
2012 Yom Kippur Appeal
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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 has been installed in the Schafler Forum. Please switch hearing aid to T-coil.


Bereavement Notices


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


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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