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You are cordially invited to attend the 171st Annual Meeting of the Congregation

Monday, May 13th at 7:00 PM in the Eisner Auditorium


Click here for a list of members duly nominated for election by the the Nominating Committee.
Mazel Tov, Rabbi Levine!
On April 8th, Rabbi Levine received
The Bridge Building Award for Leadership in Community Relations from the All Stars Project.  The award is presented to distinguished religious and spiritual leaders who are fostering dialogue and building partnerships between people of different churches and faiths. 


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 718-366-3748.
Hearing Enhancement Devices 

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

Bereavement Notices 
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April 11, 2013 
Many of us have been dreaming of warm weather, and while Joseph will sing, "any dream will do" in our upcoming musical, we certainly like that this one is starting to come true!  So, after you've marked your calendars with all of our great programming for the month, go outside and enjoy the sunshine.  
CRS Programming

Spring Shabbaton 

Part of UWS Celebrates Israel @ 65


Friday, April 12th
From Rhodesia to Ra'anana: 45 Years in Israel, A Personal Story

(during dinner following Erev Shabbat B'Shir Services - please RSVP)


Saturday, April 13th
If Moses Met Ben Gurion: A Fascinating Conversation 

(during Shabbat Morning Chapel Service)


Saturday, April 13th
Us, Them, and The Promise of Jewish Peoplehood 

(during lunch following Shabbat Morning Services please RSVP)


Erev Shabbat B'Shir Services will celebrate Israel's 65th birthday (Yom Ha'atzmaut is on April 16th) through song featuring our Cantors, choirs, and musicians. Throughout the weekend, Professor Paul Liptz, Director of Education at the Anita Saltz International Education Center of the World Union of Progressive Judaism, will share his personal Israel story.  From his arrival in 1967 through celebrating Israel's 65th birthday in 2013, he will speak about the ups and downs of life in Israel and the possibilities that exist for the next 65 years and beyond.  


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3029.
Friday night dinner is $18 for non-members.
Saturday lunch is $10 for non-members.

Who Is  A Jew?

Jewish Identity Then and Now


Tuesdays from 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

April 23rd, 30th; May 7th 


Jewish identity is not and has never been - a simple question of yes or no.


Join us as we explore the history of conversion, the challenges of and to Jewish identity in today's world, and personal stories of identity. 


For more information or to register, email or call 646-454-3029.

Special Congregational Erev Shabbat
Welcoming Our Shireinu (Special Needs) Community and JCC Adaptations


Friday, April 26th   


This sensory sensitive service will share with the congregation some of the key elements of our Shireinu tefila experience. The service will be ASL interpreted.


For more information, email


Healing Service


Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 AM - 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.


An Amateur Production of

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat

Lyrics by Tim Rice and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber 


Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 4th at 8:00 PM*

Sunday, May 5th at 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM


Following the original score, our fresh and dramatic new take on this classic production will entertain the whole family. We hope you'll join our talented cast, featuring congregants of all ages, for a night you won't forget!


*ASL Interpreted


Purchase your tickets! 


Erev Shavuot/Confirmation Service


Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 PM


You are invited to attend the annual service of Confirmation when we will honor this year's Confirmands (click here for list of names).


This year we also want to honor any congregants who were confirmed at Rodeph Sholom in a year ending in "0" or "3."  There will be a special role for you in the service.  


Join us after the service for a festive Shavuot oneg.  


To RSVP or for more information, email

Shavuot/Yizkor Service


Wednesday, May 15th at 10:15 AM


Please join us for our congregational service in celebration of the Shavuot festival, which celebrates the covenant between God and the Israelites at Mount Sinai and the continuation of receiving the Torah in each generation. This service will include the prayers and reflections of Yizkor. 

PJ Library at CRS

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 to receive more information.


PJ and Play Story Time


Thursday, April 11th from 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM 


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. 

Ongoing Adult Learning and Life

Basic Judaism


Wednesdays from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM  

April 17th, 24th; May 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th


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. 

Lunch Together

"Buried Prayers"

Documentary Film Screening


Tuesday, April 23rd

Lunch: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Program: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


In the spring of 1943, thousands of survivors of the Warsaw ghetto uprising were held in the Maidanek death camp. Realizing they were being selected for death, these innocent families chose to surreptitiously bury the personal objects in their possession six inches beneath the earth's surface in a collective act of courage, defiance, and hope.


Join CRS congregant and film producer, Matt Mazer, for a viewing and discussion of this impactful and inspiring film, which documents the recent excavation of some of these artifacts.


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


How to Raise a Mentsch:
The Parenting Discussion Group

Tuesdays from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

April 23rd; May 7th, 21st; June 11th


Parenting raises profound questions.  When we come together, we often find not only better answers, but better questions.  Come ask the big ones surrounding parenting in an intimate environment.  


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



Our Haven and Our Strength

Personal and Spiritual Pathways 
Through the Psalms
Led by Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Fridays from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

April 26th; May 17th


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. 



CRS Book Club


Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 PM  


This month we are reading The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew--Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner.  We look forward to having you join our lively discussion.


To register or for more information, email



Therapists' Study Group


Tuesdays from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

May 7th; June 4th


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 contact Ruth F. Kobrin, LMSW at 646-454-3180.

Mah Jongg


Thursday, May 9th 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 

Sisterhood Torah Study


Friday, May 10th from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Get into the "Shabbat spirit" through study and conversation with the women of Rodeph Sholom. 


Gather in a member's home for some breakfast nosh, interesting texts, and meaningful conversations. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary, just a willingness to join the discussion! 


To register or for more information, please email

Shabbat Study Series: The Festival Megillot

Shavuot | Ruth


Saturday, May 11th following Shabbat Morning Services


As part of our Shabbat Study Series, we invite you to join us as we study and discuss The Festival Megillot - select writings that accompany Shavuot, offering lessons on life, love and relationships, and weathering the seasons.  No prior knowledge necessary, just interest.


For more information or to register, email or call 646-454-3029.


Tikkun Olam

April Donation Box


We are collecting disposable dinnerware (new in-package only).  All items will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities.


Mitzvah Day 2013

Save the Date


Sunday, October 20th


If you'd like to be involved in planning this year's Mitzvah Day, please email Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer at

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