In This Issue
We Need Your Help to Pass the Women's Equality Act on June 20th!


On June 4th, the Women's Equality Agenda officially became the Women's Equality Act when Governor Cuomo introduced the bill to the NYS Legislature.  The legislative session ends on June 20th, so act now!


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Click here for a summary of the bill.
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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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June 13, 2013 

Things might slow down a bit over the summer at Rodeph Sholom, but don't worry, we won't leave you with nothing to do.  We've got some great programming going on and our office is buzzing as we begin to prepare for the High Holy Days (we know, they aren't until September!).  Enjoy the summer and if you're in the neighborhood, join us for Shabbat, a program, or just drop by to say hello.    

CRS Programming

Rodeph Sholom School 

8th Grade Graduation


Friday, June 14th at 10:00AM


All CRS/RSS families and friends are invited to attend the commencement ceremony for the eighth grade graduating class of 2013.

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 

Tisha B'Av: Service and Study


Tuesday, July 16th at 7:00PM


As we move from the darkness of Tisha B'Av into the comfort of Shabbat Nachamu, join us for an evening of music and study. The melodies and prayers of the day will be woven into our first Adult Education class, focusing on the haftarah for Shabbat Nachamu.

Voices of Destruction, Visions of Hope:

Texts of the 7 Weeks

The High Holy Days are coming...will you be ready?   

Tuesdays at 7:00PM
July 16th*, 23rd, 30th; August 6th 

In the seven weeks between Tisha B'Av (the day on which we commemorate the destruction of the Temples) and Rosh Hashanah, the prophetic readings (Haftarot) guide us towards introspection and self-improvement....just in time for the High Holy Days. This summer, dive into four of these special texts. Our rabbis and cantors will share their own questions and insights, and you'll bring your own.

*The first class will offer musical and textual reflections on the commemoration of Tisha B'Av.

 Holocaust Survivors and Their Families 


Monday, August 19th from 6:00PM - 7:30PM


We will be having our second meeting for Holocaust survivors and their families. This meeting will give us another chance to share our stories and get to know each other better within our Rodeph Sholom community in anticipation of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.  Ruth F. Kobrin, LMSW and Rabbi Leora Kaye will join Cantor Rebecca Garfein in facilitating this special get together.  


We will be holding a very special commemoration of Kristallnacht at Rodeph Sholom on Friday, November 8th during Shabbat services. Please note that this is a new date. 


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

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.


Happy 1st Birthday, CRS PJ Library!

Games, Goodies, and Great Books


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

Lunch Together

A Musical Cabaret featuring our very own

Jen Jurek


Tuesday, June 18th

Lunch: 11:30AM-12:30PM

Program: 12:30-1:30PM


Jen Jurek is a comic, singer, and actress and has been the cantorial assistant at CRS for 6 years. 


Come enjoy an uplifting musical Lunch Together and stay after for a Q & A about creating performance opportunities in a city that seems to have it all. 


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


Bereavement Support Group

Co-facilitated by Ruth Kobrin, LMSW and Dr. Marc Kramer


Tuesdays from 7:00PM - 8:30PM

July 23rd, 30th; August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th


These sessions have been created for those who suffered a loss of a parent, spouse or sibling. We invite you to share experiences and receive interpersonal support, comfort and guidance.


You must RSVP prior to attending these sessions. 


Please RSVP to Ruth Kobrin at 646-454-3180.



Tikkun Olam

Spring 2013 Food Drive

It's not too late to donate!


There is a hunger crisis in our city - far too many children, and their parents do not have enough to eat on a regular basis.  


Your donation to the Rodeph Sholom Spring Food Drive is urgently needed and will help programs such as West Side Campaign Against Hunger, Goddard Riverside Home Delivered Meals Program, and Rodeph Sholom's own program, Project Moving On.   


To make a contribution - click here or send a check,  payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom, to 7 W. 83rd Street, NY, NY 10024 with "Food Drive" in the memo.

June Donation Box


New or Gently Used Goggles, Wiffle Balls, JumpRopes for JBFCS.


Roll of Remembrance 

The Roll of Remembrance Book, given to worshippers on Yom Kippur, is an acknowledgement of our ongoing love for those who have passed away.


The form offering the opportunity to list additional names or to make corrections will be included with the High Holy Days information package sent to you later this month. Please look for this form and be sure to return it prior to our print deadline of August 7, 2013.  For inclusion in this year's book, please return the form even if you do not have any changes. 



For questions about the Roll of Remembrance, contact the Development Department at 646-454-3052 or

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7 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024