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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 
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
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November 15, 2012

As the last of fall's leaves flutter to the ground and the winds begin to hint of snow, we've got plenty going on at Rodeph Sholom to warm you, body and soul!


Come join us for a book club discussion, hear some uplifting music, or gain a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience through one of our Adult Ed classes. We're hoping to see you often! Check our calendar as the weeks unfold, for updates and additions.


Upcoming Events
7 Texts That Changed the World

Rabbi Robert N. Levine, D.D.

Tuesdays, November 20

7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Note that Rabbi Levine's final class has been rescheduled for Monday, November 26 at 7:00 PM. Here's your chance to vote for THE MOST INFLUENTIAL text --don't miss it!


Jews have been called "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 opportunity to confer with your classmates and Rabbi Levine to determine the text that has made the most difference in our world. And, if you missed the first class, you can listen to or download it here.




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 Service

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



Shabbat Morning Services with Text Study


Saturday, November 17, 10:15 AM

12:30 PM: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Balin

Following Shabbat Morning Services:

Rabbi Carole Balin, professor of history at HUC-JIR, will look back on the 40th anniversary of women in the rabbinate, and the history and intersection of feminism and Judaism. Please RSVP for lunch to




CRS Programming

Meyer W. Nathans Service Award


Friday, November 30, 6:00 PM, Erev Shabbat Service 

The Meyer W. Nathans Service Award is presented annually to recognize individuals for their outstanding contribution of service over many years to the Congregation. Join us at the service where we will honor this year's recipient, Joseph Singer.

CRuSTY Beit Cafe: A Youth Response to Hurricane Sandy


Saturday, December 1, 5:30 PM

CRuSTY's Beit Cafe is a Chanukah themed evening with dinner, entertainment and a silent auction in order to raise money for an important cause.  This year the youth and teens of CRS and RSS are raising money to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.  $36 entrance fee donation includes dinner! 


To make Beit Cafe successful, we need your help. We are in the process of collecting donations for the silent auction.  Donations can be items (gift certificates, ipad, etc.), events (tickets, vacation home) or services (medical, dental, etc.) really anything that you think someone else might enjoy. If you would like to donate something or have a question please email or 646-454-3082.

Sisterhood Torah Study


Tuesday, December 4, 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Get into the CRS spirit through study and conversation with the women of Rodeph Sholom.  Gather in a member's home for some nosh, interesting texts, and meaningful conversations. Along with congregants from CRS, a lay teacher from Project Kesher will join us. Please RSVP to



The Who, What, Where, When and How of Each of Us


Friday, December 7, after Shabbat Services

Join us for an evening with Ari L. Goldman, a Journalism professor at Columbia University, where he will discuss his memoir Living a Year of Kaddish. Please RSVP to or call 646-454-3045.

Special Needs Service


Saturday, December 8, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come join the Rodeph Sholom family for a warm, inviting, musical and interactive experience! This Chanukah celebration is designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs. There will be healthy snacks available (gelt too!) and the service will be interpreted into Sign Language. Please RSVP to or call 646-454-3124.



Brotherhood Torah Study


Shaping the Jewish Man

Tuesday, December 11, 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

From Moses to Maimonides, Isaiah to Einstein, Jewish history is filled with archetypes of the ideal Jewish man. What does it mean to be a Jewish boy or man today, and how can we best shape the next generation of Jewish men? All congregants are welcome.

CRS Chanukah Extravaganza!


Friday, December 14, during Shabbat B'Shir Services

Rehearsals: November 19, 26; December 3, 10 from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM; and December 14 at 4:15 PM

In celebration of Chanukah, our Cantors, choirs, and musicians will commemorate through song the Festival of Lights with our congregation. Questions?  or 646-454-3039. After the Chanukah Extravaganza join us downstairs at the Brotherhood Chanukah Latke party. 




PJ Library at CRS

PJ Library Comes to Shabbat B'Yachad!


Saturday, December 1, 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 Play Story Time


Thursday, December 13, 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Drop in and join us for stories, activities, playtime on the indoor playground, snack and pizza.  We will share our favorite PJ Library books! RSVP to 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. Click here to sign up or get more information.


Ongoing Adult Learning and Life

Lunch Together


Tuesday, November 27

Lunch: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Program: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Join CRS members Beth and Eric Berman (both have previously worked in presidential administrations) for a Lunch Together discussion about what America should really expect will that the election's behind us.  Please RSVP at or 646-454-3039.



Therapists' Study Group


December 4; January 8; February 5; March 5; April 9; May 7; June 4

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This group will provide an opportunity to discuss ethical and clinical issues unique to therapeutic work, focusing on how Jewish insights and perspectives might be relevant to your practice.  For additional information please contact Ruth F. Kobrin, LMSW at 646-454-3180.


CRS Book Club


Thursday, December 6, 7:00 PM

This month we are reading Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman. We look forward to having you join our lively discussion. RSVP to



Mah Jongg at CRS


Thursday, December 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. RSVP at



Mental Health Support Group


November 19; December 17; January 28; February 25

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Share experiences, strategies and information; gain insight and learn coping skills for those with a family member with mental illness. For additional information please contact Ruth F. Kobrin, LMSW at 646-454-3180.


Tikkun Olam

Hurricane Sandy: How to Help


Click here for a list of ways to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. CRS is serving as a donation drop off center and are continuously in need of blankets, batteries, and heavy duty cleaning supplies. With the holidays around the corner, stay tuned to how you can help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. 

St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen


Open Dates: November 18; February 24; March 17; April 21; May 19

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 every Sunday. Being part of this amazing operation is an experience you will not forget. To sign up (must be 14 or older) please click here. Questions? Email 

E-Advocacy: Sign the Farm Bill Petition


Earlier this fall, Congress allowed the U.S. Farm Bill-the legislation that governs the vast majority of our country's food and agriculture policies, including international food aid-to expire. As a result, Congress is delaying critical food aid reform that will enable hungry people around the world to feed themselves. Join us in calling on your member of Congress to protect and reform food aid-now and for generations to come. 



Fall 2012 Food Drive


In these difficult economic times, compounded by the effects of Hurricane Sandy, NYC organizations that feed the hungry are being flooded with increased requests for food.  The Rodeph Sholom Food Drive supports our own Project Moving On, and contributes to a number of community programs that help to ease the pain of hunger and poverty. With your help, we can make a big impact. Click here for an online donation or send a check, payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom with "Food Drive" in the memo, to 7 West 83rd Street, New York NY 10024.

November Donation Box


We are collecting gently used and new hats and mittens for infants and children.




2012 Yom Kippur Appeal


Celebrate the abundance of this season with your donation to the 2012 Appeal. Click here to make a gift online or send your gift to the synagogue at your earliest convenience.  Your gift to the appeal will help the synagogue's excellent programming while also assisting fellow members affected by the economy. To make an automatic recurring gift or for questions, contact the Development Office at 646-454-3052.

Congregation Rodeph Sholom | 212-362-8800
7 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024