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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, 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 would appreciate a visit from a friendly Rodeph Sholom volunteer, e-mail
us with your contact information.

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February 14, 2013 
Groundhog Day has come and gone, and though Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow (offering us hope of an early spring!), the recent weather brought on by storm Nemo reminds us that groundhogs are not to be trusted. You can, however, trust that Rodeph Sholom has plenty of things going on to keep you warm until spring arrives. Join us for a Shabbat service featuring music from My Favorite Enemy, Su-Purim (Purim of Super Heroes), a discussion with Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua, or feed your sweet tooth with some Passover candy from the religious school.
CRS Programming

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My Favorite Enemy

 My Favorite Enemy

Friday, February 15, Erev Shabbat Service

Self-titled group, My Favorite Enemy, an unlikely collaboration between top selling Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, American, and Norwegian songwriters and recording artists, will join Cantors Garfein, De Lowe, and our musicians for a night not soon to be forgotten!   


For more information, email or call 646-454-3039.



Healing Service


Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM

A space for reflection and inspiration, this service is a chance to express our hopes for physical, mental, and spiritual health for ourselves and those we love. Everyone is welcome.


Our Purim of Super Heroes 


Saturday, February 23


Shireinu Shabbat and Purim Service - 11:00 AM

Join the Rodeph Sholom family for a warm, inviting, musical, and interactive Purim experience designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs. 


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3124.


Congregational Purim Celebration - 5:30 PM

Interactive services--come see yourself in the Purim movie, hear the Megillah reading, enjoy Purim merriment, and have a little nosh. All ages (and costumes) welcome!


Brotherhood Purim Experience - 7:00 PM

The annual Brotherhood Adult Purim Experience returns with a piano bar (come sing your favorites), tasty treats, and our signature Vashtinis and will also feature a Purim Shpiel presented by our own Brotherhood and Sisterhood! 


To RSVP or for more information, email or call 646-454-3045. Babysitting will be available for children ages 3 and up. When making reservations, please include names and ages of children.


Sunday, February 24


10:15 AM

Morning services with Megillah reading and bagels! 



We're Bringing the Tradition Back...Passover Candy Sale Online  

through March 11th!  


Make this Passover extra sweet with Miss Chocolate Bartons Candy while raising valuable funds for the Religious School. Children can earn prizes for selling the candy! Use promo code 700720 when ordering.  

170th Anniversary Celebration  

Shabbat Service

ASL Interpreted


Friday, March 22, Erev Shabbat Service

Join us for this very special Erev Shabbat Service to commemorate our Congregation's 170th Anniversary!  There will be inspiring words from our Rabbis and joyous music from our Cantors to remind us how special our home has been for generations.  All are invited to attend the 170th Anniversary Oneg Celebration following the service.

Bone Marrow Drive at CRS
Could you be Shira's hero?

Saturday, February 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM

Shira is a young Jewish mother with Hodgkins lymphoma who is in need of a blood stem cell transplant to save her life. There currently aren't any matching donors in the registry, but you might qualify. Registering as a bone marrow donor is quick, easy, and completely painless. Volunteers will be on-site before the Purim celebrations to answer questions and to help register all of those who are interested in saving a life!


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Meeting for Holocaust Survivors
and Their Families

Tuesday, February 26 at  7:00 PM 

In anticipation of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, please join us at our first meeting for Holocaust Survivors and their families.  This will be an opportunity to share stories and get to know one another within the Rodeph Sholom community. Ruth F. Kobrin, LMSW will join Cantor Rebecca Garfein in facilitating this special get-together.  


For more information, please contact the Cantors' Study at 646-454-3039 or


Mental Health Initiative Program

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety in Uncertain Times: Perspectives from Positive Psychology and Jewish Thought  


Thursday, February 28 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM 

Discover how Jewish spiritual practice and the modern science of positive psychology can help you and your family lead calmer and less anxiety-driven lives. Develop and utilize effective skills for coping with anxiety for adults and children. 


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3029.


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Congregational Wine and Cheese  



Friday, March 1, starting at 5:00 PM,

before Erev Shabbat Services

The Membership Committee invites you to unwind and socialize a bit before Erev Shabbat Services by joining us for a wine and cheese "pre-neg" (like an oneg, except before Shabbat services). We hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact the Membership Office at 646-454-3051 or email  

National Day of Unplugging 

Remember the Sabbath Day


Friday, March 1 through Saturday, March 2  

Join CRS, Reboot, and the National Day of Unplugging as we honor this commandment in a modern way.  For 24 hours on March 1-2, disconnect to reconnect with the things that matter most.  Join us for Shabbat services on March 1 and receive a special Shabbat gift! 


For more information, or to participate in our "I Unplug To _____" photo campaign, please contact Rabbi Sari Laufer at

Learners' Services


Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM

This is an opportunity 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, or study the history and theologies of the Siddur, the clergy will help illumine the services in new ways, expanding your understanding of and intention with Jewish prayer.



Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom


Saturday, March 9, following Shabbat Morning Services 

Artistic Director Eliot Bailen brings back another season of superlative chamber ensemble concerts highlighting both the best of the chamber music repertory and our Jewish heritage. One of our favorite artists, Ted Rosenthal, is back for another program of "Jazzing Up the Classics." Come for Piazzola, Gould, and Gershwin in the Schnurmacher Chapel following Shabbat Morning Services. The concert is free, however, donations are welcome. Light lunch provided.  


For more information, email or call 646-454-3039.  

Adult Ed Social Action Seminar

Session 3: There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law & Tradition by Rabbi Jill Jacobs*


Thursday, March 14 from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

What is the Jewish concept of justice?  How do Jewish texts address 21st-century issues such as poverty, worker's rights, and health care?  In this series, we will discuss texts that will help us explore answers to these questions as we uncover yet more questions relating to Judaism and social justice.  


*Rabbi Jacob's book should be read in advance. 


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3029.


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An Evening of Conversation with

A. B. Yehoshua


Friday, March 15, following Erev Shabbat Services 

Join one of Israel's best-known and outspoken novelists, playwrights, and thinkers. Brilliant, entertaining, and no stranger to controversy, A.B. Yehoshua will use his new book, The Retrospective, as a springboard into conversations about memory, Jewish identity, and the Israeli future.


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3029.


Congregational Israel Trip


We're going to Israel!

December 21st-30th, 2013


Friday, March 15th at 5:00 PM  

Join Rabbi Spratt and Cantor De Lowe as we explore the eternal hopes and modern miracles of the land of Israel. All ages welcome!


After the meeting, we invite you to stay for Shabbat services, followed by a dinner and program with renown Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua.  


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3039. 


Keep an eye out for information about our adult interfaith mission trip to Israel in early 2014!

PJ Library at CRS

PJ and Play Story Time


Thursdays from 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

February 14; March 14 

Drop in for stories, activities, and play time on the indoor playground. We will share our favorite PJ Library books and enjoy snacks and pizza. For families with children ages 2-5.  


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3086. 

Share the Fun of Reading!


Rodeph Sholom 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 receive more information.


Ongoing Adult Learning and Life

Chanting of Megillat Esther


Wednesday, February 20 from 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Learn how to chant the ta'amei hamikra, the trope symbols used in Megillat Esther (the Purim story). A basic reading knowledge of Hebrew is required.


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3039.



Lunch Together

"Nooks and Crannies of NYC"


Tuesday, February 19

Lunch: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Program: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Join Justin Ferate - Urban Historian, CRS Congregant, and NYC'S "Most Engaging Tour Guide," to discuss NYC's surprise delights: hidden houses, secret gardens, offbeat landmarks and covert byways.  


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3039.


Our Haven and Our Strength: Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms with Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Fridays from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

February 22; March 15; April 26; May 17

The Book of Psalms contains expressions of all 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. 


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3029. 



Mental Health Support Group


Monday, February 25 from 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.

Basic Judaism

Shabbat and the Festivals   

Greg Weitzman, Rabbinic Intern


Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:30 PM  

February 27; March 6, 13 

An introduction to basic Jewish culture, ritual, and living. This course is open to all who want the opportunity to take a closer look at why and how Jewish rituals have developed and how these rituals create meaning in our lives.


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3029. 

How to Raise a Mentsch:
The Parenting Discussion Group

Tuesdays from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

March 5, 19; April 9, 23; May 7, 21; June 11

Parenting raises profound questions; we find better answers and better questions when we come together.Come ask the big questions surrounding parents in an intimate environment.  


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3029. 



Therapists' Study Group


Tuesdays from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

March 5; April 9; May 7; June 4

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.

4th Annual Job Fair at the

JCC in Manhattan


Wednesday, March 6, 2013  

from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Meet Employers * Discover Opportunities * Attend Workshops*  


Meet legal, financial and employment and counseling specialists.  


Pre-registration required. Call 646-505-5708 or go to 


For more information go to

CRS Book Club


Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 PM  

This month we are reading Snow in August by Pete Hamill.  We look forward to having you join our lively discussion.


To register or for more information, email



Mah Jongg at CRS


Thursday, March 14 from 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 arrive.  


To register or for more information, email


Tikkun Olam

February Donation Box


We welcome all healthy snack items bearing the OU symbol (signifying that they meet kosher standards). The snacks will be made into 'Mishloach Manot' food packages to be delivered by Dorot to the elderly on Purim.


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Todah Rabah

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Interfaith Call-in Day for Gun Violence Prevention through the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Faiths Calling. Because of your dedication, the Senate was flooded with more than 10,000 calls from a remarkably diverse coalition from across the country. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved with gun violence prevention advocacy, please email Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer at  
Memorial Plaques

There are still two more Yizkor services this year (Passover and Shavuot) when the light next to all memorial plaques on the frames in the back of the Main Sanctuary will be lit.  If you act now, there may still be time to arrange for a plaque in memory of your loved ones.  


For more information, contact Deborah Siegel, Development Director, at 646-454-3050 or click here for a downloadable brochure.

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New York, NY 10024