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High Holy Days


As the High Holy Days quickly approach, we still have a limited number of Main Sanctuary seats available.  


To inquire about our reserved seating options and availability, please call our Membership Office at 646-454-3051 or email

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A blog by Rabbi Sari Laufer
Read Rabbi Laufer's most recent post "I Am the Egg (Wo)Man: Reflections on #RoshChodeshAv."
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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July 17, 2013 

From text study, to the Jewish Week Literary Summer series, to TorahBlahnik written by Rabbi Laufer, we have plenty of suggested summer reading, so we're keeping this month's e-newsletter short and sweet.

CRS Programming

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.

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

*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.

Ongoing Adult Learning and Life

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 have suffered the 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.



Jewish Week Literary Summer

Part One of A Free Two Part Series 
Sponsored by The Jewish Week


Monday, July 22nd at 7:00PM


True Tales:  A New Retelling

Please join acclaimed essayist and novelist Patricia Volk and award-winning animator Hanan Harchol for a candid and spirited conversation about larger-than-life parents and their creative sons and daughters, and how they have integrated their parents' stories into their own.


Please RSVP to



Tikkun Olam

July Donation Box and CRS Food Drive


Rodeph Sholom hosts a biannual food drive, in the spring and fall, but hunger isn't limited to just two seasons. While you're waiting to do your share on Mitzvah Day and for the next Food Drive, consider dropping off your extra nonperishables to our

July Donation Box located in the 7 W 83rd Street lobby. All food donations will go directly to City Harvest.  


Want to donate by check or credit card? 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. All monetary donations will go towards local community feeding programs.

Cards for Troops

Annual High Holy Day Card Drive for 

Jewish Troops in Active Duty

July 29 - August 16


Drop off your signed cards in the lobby of 7 W. 83rd Street and show your love and support for our Jewish troops.


Things to know:

  • A minimum of 10 cards is suggested
  • The cards may be store-bought or computer-made
  • Each must be signed and Congregation Rodeph Sholom, NYC, should be identified 
  • Personal information and/or a personalized note may be included (name, home address, email)

For more information, please contact Jay Kranis at (646) 373-4232 or

Roll of Remembrance 5774/2013

Deadline: August 7, 2013


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


To list names in the 2013 book, please respond by the August 7th deadline. Here's how:

  • Return the form that was mailed to you (it was included with information about the High Holy Days)   
  • Call the Development Office at 646-454-3052 or email your names to:
  • To list your names and make a gift online, click here

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

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