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September 16, 2013 

A new year brings lots of new energy for the Rodeph Sholom community and we hope you are ready to dive in.  Check out one of our many worship or study opportunities, chamber music, book club, or bring the family to help decorate our sukkah!  Whatever you choose, we hope to see you soon.

CRS Community

Family Sukkot Experience 


Wednesday, September 18th 

4:30 - 5:15PM Decorating and Activities 

5:15 - 6:00PM Recite the blessings and shake the lulav and etrog


Join us as we decorate the Sukkah and recite the blessings.  We will shake the lulav, smell the etrog, sing, dance, and do some sukkot projects!  Come welcome Sukkot with the whole Rodeph Sholom family.

Sukkot Morning Service


Thursday, September 19th at 10:15AM


Bring your lulav, etrog, and spirit to celebrate the festival of Sukkot!  With participation from the Children's Choir and our collective congregational voice, services will be spiritually uplifting and will conclude with a festive Kiddush in the Sukkah.

Our Haven and Our Strength

Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms

Led by Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Friday, September 20th from 12:00 - 1:30PM

Dates for the year:  Fridays, October 18; November 22; December 20; January 17; February 21; March 21; April 25; May 30 


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.

Sandy Hook Promise
Erev Shabbat Guest Speaker
Friday, September 20th

David Wheeler,a parent who lost his son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, will be speaking during Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday, September 20, 2013.  He will discuss how we can provide support to those who survive these horrific tragedies and their families, as well as the efforts of the Sandy Hook Promise organization to facilitate a dialogue about identifying and implementing common-sense solutions to make our communities safer from similar acts of violence.  


CRS congregant, Rebecca Thau, will also perform her original song, Angel On My Shoulder.

Erev Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Service and Dancing


September 25th at 6:00PM

The entire congregation is invited to experience the joy and rich tradition of Jewish music and dance during and immediately following Simchat Torah services.  

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

with Yizkor Service

September 26th at 10:15AM

Please join us for our congregational service in celebration of Shemini Atzeret and the beginning of our new Torah cycle.  

This service will include participation from the Children's Choir the prayers and reflections of Yizkor.

Chamber Music


Saturday, October 12th following Morning Shabbat Services


Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom opens its 5774 season with a program for String Quartet and Flute: Mozart, Verdi, and White highlighted by a guest appearance and talkback with visiting composer Michael White.


For more information and rsvp: 

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
Morning Talmud Intensive

Tractate Megillah, Chapter 3: What Makes a Holy Text?

Wednesday, September 18th 
from 7:45 - 9:00AM
Dates for the year:  Tuesday, September 24 (in the sukkah); 
Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16


What texts should we include in our canon of sacred texts? Who decides? How? What do we do with those texts that do-and don't-make the cut? In this 6-week intensive Talmud study course, we'll consider these questions and more, in addition to learning and studying the Talmudic methods of discourse, interpretation and, of course, argument.


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

Lunch Together


Tuesday, September 17th 

from 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Dates for the year:  Tuesdays, October 22; November 12; December 17; January 14; February 11; March 11; April 22; May 20; June 10


Jefrey Pollock is back for a return engagement at Lunch Together! Jefrey will provide analysis of the NYC September 10th primary and what to look for in the upcoming runoff and general elections. 


To RSVP, please call 646-454-3039 or email



How to Raise a Mentsch:

The Parenting Discussion Group


Tuesday, September 17th from 9:00 - 10:30AM

Dates for the year:  Tuesdays, October 1, 15, 29; November 19; December 3, 17


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. 

Shabbat Study Series: 
The Festival Megillot
Sukkot | Ecclesiastes
Saturday, September 21st at 12:30PM

Join us as we study and discuss The Festival Megillot - select writings that accompany Sukkot, 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.

Therapists' Study Group


Tuesday, October 8th 

from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Dates for the year:  Tuesdays, November 19; December 10; January 21; February 18; March 18; April 8; May 13; June 17


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.

Basic Judaism


Wednesday, October 9th from 7:00 - 8:30PM 

Dates for the year:  Wednesdays, October 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11, 18


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.

CRS Book Club


Thursday, October 10th at 7:00PM  

Please note the new date


This month we are reading The Pity of It All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch, 1743-1933 by Amos Elon.  We look forward to having you join our lively discussion.


To register or for more information, email

Mah Jongg


Thursday, October 10th 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

Mitzvah Weekend 2013


Friday, October 18th - Erev Shabbat Services

Guest speaker, Mary Mulvihill, Ed. D, Executive Director of Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center will address how we can build a connected community on the Upper West Side with neighbors from all walks of life.


Saturday, October 19th at 6:15PM

Launch our new partnership with Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center.  Kick off our Backpack Buddies program and assemble mitzvah packages for the LSNC community.  Bring Shabbat to a sweet close with a musical havdalah and an exclusive baking lesson with CRS congregants, Chris and Jen Russell, from the Treat House team.  


Adults only please.  RSVP to


Sunday, October 20th

24 Mitzvah projects all day long!  Feed the hungry, honor seniors, create beauty, and promote literacy.  All ages welcome.  Register for projects at: 


(Blood drive from 9:30AM - 3:00PM - Ages 17-75 can sign up in advance by emailing

Backpack Buddies


Beginning in October, CRS will begin a weekly food supplement program for children who rely on government-assisted programs to receive food during the week and often have nowhere to turn on the weekend.   


For more information or to get involved, email

Yom Kippur Appeal 2013

Your gift to the Yom Kippur Appeal makes a difference. We're counting on gifts of $18, $180, or $1,800 - or any amount you are comfortable with - together with membership dues to fulfill all our wonderful plans for the year!


Simply mail your pledge card (it was attached to your High Holy Days ticket) or a brief note with your gift or click here. 


Please make checks payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom with "YKA 2013" in the memo line. For details on the automatic recurring payment option, or for any questions, contact the Development Office at 



Thank you in advance for your participation in the 2013 Yom Kippur Appeal.

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