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High Holy Days


New this year:  Please bring your High Holy Day tickets for Family Services for expedited entry. 


Those without tickets are still welcome but will need to check in before being admitted.


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


Click here for High Holy Day information.

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Mazel Tov!

Our former CRS Associate Rabbi, Aaron D. Panken, was recently elected as the 12th President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Panken succeeds CRS congregant, Rabbi David Ellenson, who will assume the position of Chancellor. Join us in saying, Mazel Tov to two amazing rabbis!
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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August 16, 2013 

We are in the month Elul--the month leading up to the High Holy Days, which are right around the corner. While we begin to look toward the new year and reflect on the year past, we still have a number of great programs, classes, volunteer opportunities, and much more you can squeeze in before the end of 5773. 

CRS Community

 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

Jewish Week Literary Summer

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


Thursday, August 22nd at 7:00PM


Food for Thought

Please join celebrated chefs Einat Admony and Kim Kushner for savory conversation about their inventive approaches to traditional cooking. 


Please RSVP to



Adult Volunteer Choir Rehearsal 

Calling All Singers!  

Join Rodeph Sholom Adult Volunteer Choir


Monday, August 26th from 6:00 - 7:30PM

Friday, September 6th at 8:15AM 


Rehearsals are in the Main Sanctuary.


No experience is necessary, just a basic knowledge of Hebrew and a desire to sing, enjoy and learn about our Jewish musical heritage.


Participate in the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah Services on September 6th, which begin at 9:30AM.


To join or for more information, please contact the Cantors' Study at 646-454-3039 or

Selichot Service

Let us proclaim the sacred power of this day; 

it is awesome and full of dread.


Saturday, August 31st at 8:15PM


Selichot is the "overture" to the High Holy Days; it is a chance to experience the music and majesty of the High Holy Day liturgy, in a quiet, reflective, and intimate environment. Open the door to the High Holy Day season with a night of prayer, song, and reflection with our clergy on awe, dread, and the tensions of the High Holy Days.

 Give the Gift of Religious Education


Register your child for an exciting learning experience at Rodeph Sholom as they unwrap our age old heritage in an innovative, 21st century environment. 


Click here to register for Religious School

Click here for calendar and important information


Got a Pre-K child?


Register your Pre-K child(ren) for the Nevatim Pre-K Family Program Today!  Opening session is Tuesday, October 8th.


Click here for more information (see p. 6) or e-mail Marcia Stein at

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

August 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.



Health Insurance Reform (ObamaCare)

in New York State:

What does the health insurance reform
really mean for New Yorkers?
Wednesday, August 21 from 12:00 - 1:30 PM 

Held at JBFCS:  135 West 50th St, New York, NY 10020  


This workshop will help participants understand some of the recent and upcoming changes to health insurance in New York State for individuals and families. We will overview changes to Medicare, Medicaid, Family Health Plus, Healthy New York, and private individual plans. While many details are still in the works, this workshop will help participants anticipate and prepare for changes that might affect them.  


Workshop presented by Shana Khader, Staff Attorney, Consumer Protection Project, NYLAG. 


RSVP required by calling (212) 632-4602 or


Tikkun Olam

August Donation Box - 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

Bone Marrow Donor Needed


You can help save the life of Leslie Schultz (or others) by having your bone marrow tested.  If you are of Jewish Ashkenazi decent and between the ages of 18 and 44, you could be a match.  Getting tested is free and easy.  Simply follow these directions:

  • Go to and register on the website
  • A cheek swab kit (that's all it takes!) will be mailed to you
  • Return the swab and completed paperwork to the indicated address
  • Call 1-800-marrow2 to request your 9 digit NMDP ID number

Email Eliza Shultz at and/or with your ID number. If you are a match, you will be contacted about how to donate.

Yom Kippur Appeal 2013

No need to wait to send in your Yom Kippur Appeal gift! Your pledge card is the bottom section of your High Holy Days ticket.  Simply detach and mail it to the Synagogue in the envelope provided. Gifts can also be made via our website or by calling the Development Office at 646.454.3052. 


Please consider using the automatic recurring payment option of $18 or more a month (through June 2014) if this will make it possible for you to participate in the Appeal. Call the Development Office at 646.454.3052 for details.


Your participation in the Appeal is the key to a successful year at Rodeph Sholom, full of inspiring and informative opportunities for you and all the congregation. Thanks in advance for your gift.

Roll of Remembrance 5774/2013

The deadline for listing names in the 2013 Roll of Remembrance, the booklet given to worshippers at the Memorial Service on Yom Kippur, has officially passed and the book is being prepared for the printer.  If you were not able to contact us in time, and would like to commemorate your loved one(s) this season, your list will be recognized in the December Chronicle.


To submit a list, or to make a gift, you may: 

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

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