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Project Kehila: Congregation Rodeph Sholom's Disaster Response

Project Kehila recently received an Irving J. Fain Social Action Award. Nancy Solomon and Rabbi Laufer traveled to DC to accept the award. Congratulations to everyone involved.

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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May 16, 2013 

Mazel tov!  It seems we will be saying that a lot in the coming month and we're pretty excited about it.  We will celebrate our Adult B'Nai Mitzvah ceremony, high school graduation, and our new CRuSTY leadership. We will rally for women's rights, march in the Israel Parade, and celebrate Shabbat with our LGBTQ community.  No matter what interests you, it is a great month to be a member of CRS. 

CRS Programming

Chamber Music


Saturday, May 18th at 1:00PM 


Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom presents the final concert of its 2012-2013 concert series.


Under the artistic direction of Eliot Bailen, the concert will feature Mendelssohn's final work, his string quartet, Op. 80, in F Minor. The program also includes Gershwin's "Lullaby" for string quartet and an arrangement of Haydn's Symphony No.94 ("the Surprise") for flute and string quartet. 


Also performing will be members of the New York Chamber Ensemble.


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

Va'Yinafash Pre-Shabbat Study Session

With Rabbi Jonathan Slater


Friday, May 31st from 4:15-5:45PM


We have invited Rabbi Jonathan Slater, a lead teacher at the Institute For Jewish Spirituality to lead us in welcoming Shabbat through meditation and study.


Participants with or without experience are welcome. 


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3045. 



High School Graduation and 

CRuSTY Installation

Erev Shabbat Service and Oneg


Friday, May 31st at 6:00PM


You are cordially invited to attend the Rodeph Sholom Religious School's high school graduation Erev Shabbat service honoring: 


Miriam Bial, Alexandra Cirone, Zoe Dubno, 

David Elitzer, Maddison Levine, Steven Siegel, and Seth Singer


We will also welcome our 2013-2014 CRuSTY Executive Board:


Charles Lutvak, Jonathan Kupfer, Aaron Hersh, Molly DeVries, Rebecca Simantov, Luke Gordon, Teddy Dubno, and Rachael Sternlicht 


A festive Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. 

Israel Parade

Picture Israel: The Art & The Craft


Sunday, June 2nd from 11:00AM-4:00PM

Fifth Avenue, 57th to 74th Streets 

Rain or shine


CRS will once again join AZRA in the Israel Parade. Come walk alongside us!  


The 2013 theme is Picture Israel.  Participants will bring Fifth Avenue to life with illustrations, paintings, collages, tapestries, and more to show the diversity of Israel and her people.


Our step off time is 1PM - we will meet on 54th St between 5th and 6th Avenue (Section 7W) at 12:15PM 


For more information or to RSVP, please email  



Women's Equality Agenda* Rally 


Tuesday, June 4th


Join Sisterhood and One Voice to Save Choice in Albany as we raise our voices for the women of New York State. Sisterhood is planning to charter a bus for the rally. If you are interested in attending, email or call 646-454-3029. 


If you can't make it to the rally, you can help by contacting your New York State representatives and your New York State Senator, and ask that s/he support Governor Cuomo's 10 Point Plan for Women's Equality. NY Senate Switchboard: 518-455-2800; NY Assembly Switchboard: 518-455-4100.


*In January, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the omnibus Women's Equality Agenda, aimed at breaking down barriers to women's full participation in society and advancing their health and well-being. Key points of the Women's Equality Agenda include: strengthening human trafficking laws, achieving pay equity, protecting victims of domestic violence, and protecting a woman's freedom of choice by enshrining Federal protection in State laws regarding abortion. The Women's Equality Agenda will help ensure that New York's 10 million women receive equal opportunities and protections. 

Community LGBTQ Erev Shabbat


Friday, June 7th

Service at 6:00PM with dinner to follow


Join 250+ people for what will certainly be a fun filled Shabbat service and dinner.  


Special guest, Joy Tomchin, will speak during services. Joy is a producer from the Oscar-nominated documentary "How To Survive A Plague."


Reservations and pre-payment are REQUIRED.

Call 646-505-5708 or visit


Adult B'Nai Mitzvah Ceremony


Saturday, June 15th at 10:15AM


Becoming a B'Nai Mitzvah is always special.  Our children prepare and study for months before their big day, but we feel there is something to be said for those who choose to embark on this journey later in life.  We invite you to share in our special celebration as the following Adult B'Nai Mitzvah students are called to the Torah:

Traci Ellencrig

Lin Saberski

Nick Panzarino

Leslie Sternlieb

Genevieve Carr

Lorraine Laighold

Tara Allmen

Amy Bergner

Maruta Friedler 

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.


Fun Night with PJ Library


Wednesday, May 29th from 5:00-6:00 PM


A night of fun for prospective Religious School students entering Kindergarten and First Grade (fall 2013).  Parents and children will experience a mini class through song, story, and activities while learning about Religious School.


For more information or to register, contact Marcia Stein at or 646-454-3086.

Happy 1st Birthday, CRS PJ Library!


Saturday, June 15th


Celebrate PJ Library's 1st Birthday at CRS.  Come help us celebrate with a family picnic in the park after Shabbat B'Yachad, which begins at 9:30 AM in the 84th street Gym.

Ongoing Adult Learning and Life

Our Haven and Our Strength

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


Friday, May 17th from 12:00-1:30PM


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. 



Lunch Together

"Birds on A Wire"

A discussion with playwright, Shauna Kanter


Tuesday, May 21st

Lunch: 11:30AM-12:30 PM

Program: 12:30-1:30 PM


We will discuss Shauna Kanter's play, Birds on A Wire, regional finalist in the Kennedy Center Theatre Competition. 


Kanter is also artistic director of VOICETheatre, whose mission is to create theatre and promote harmony among disparate groups, and will talk about her experiences directing at Ashtar Theatre in Ramallah, West Bank. 


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


How to Raise a Mentsch:
The Parenting Discussion Group

Tuesdays from 9:00-10:30AM

May 21st and 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. 



Basic Judaism


Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30PM  

May 22nd and 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. 

Therapists' Study Group


Tuesday, June 4th from 10:00-11:00AM

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.

CRS Book Club


Thursday, June 6th at 7:00PM  


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



Mah Jongg


Thursday, June 13th from 1:00-4:00PM


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

May Donation Box


We are collecting cell phones for Verizon* HopeLine.  

*Phones from any carrier accepted.


Planned Giving

Did you hear about the gentleman who recently passed away, leaving his $40 million estate without a will?  Don't let this happen to you -- you've always taken care of your business and this, too, should be high on your "to-it" list. And when you've made Rodeph Sholom part of your estate plans, let us know about it so we can include you in our Ner Tamid Society. 


For more details, click here or contact Deborah Siegel, Development Director, at 646 454-3050.

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