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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.

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 our knowledgeable staff at 718-366-3748.

Bereavement Notices 

Click here if you would like to be informed of deaths in our community.


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October 16, 2013 

Whether you're in school or you've been out for 50+ years, that fall, back-to-school feeling is contagious. Our year is in full swing and we can't wait to see you at one of our many upcoming events.  


Mitzvah Weekend is a great way to jump right in or you can dip your toes in with a Lunch Together, Mah Jongg, or some Torah/text study.  


Ps. We hope you have been enjoying our new weekly digest. Along with the digest you will continue to receive our detailed, monthly e-news letter, which allows you to plan for the month ahead.  Starting in December, you will receive your monthly e-newsletter around the first of the month rather than the middle.  Please keep in mind that while we try to limit the number of emails that make their way into your inbox, there will occasionally be an overlap of these two communications.  


CRS Community

Mitzvah Weekend 2013


October 18-20, 2013


With special programs on Friday and Saturday and 24 Mitzvah projects all day Sunday, there is something for everyone!


This weekend, help us feed the hungry, honor seniors, create beauty, and promote literacy.  All ages welcome.  


Please visit the Mitzvah Weekend website for a full schedule and to register for Sunday projects: 

Congregational "Pre-neg" 


Friday, October 18th at 5:00 PM, before Erev Shabbat Services


The Membership Committee invites you to unwind and socialize a bit before Erev Shabbat Services by joining us for a wine and cheese "pre-neg" (like an oneg, except before Shabbat services). 

For more information, please contact the Membership Office at 646-454-3051 or  

Sisterhood Torah Study

Chayei Sarah

Led by Robin Kranich, Heidi Lurensky, Rosa Reyes-Oltarsh, and Rabbi Kaye  


Friday, October 25th from 8:30 - 10:00AM


Gather in a member's home for some breakfast nosh,
interesting texts, and meaningful conversations. No
previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

Chayei Sarah:  There are rituals, mysteries, and real life questions that must be answered about death and dying.  Click here for more information about our provocative topic.

For more information (including the address) or to RSVP, please call 646-454-3045 or email


Ceremony for new Religious School Students and 

RSS Kindergarten Students


Friday, October 25th, Erev Shabbat


Perform the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim and help us welcome new students and families to the Religious School.

Understanding Difference:  A Frank Conversation About Disability and Inclusion
Presented by The Jewish Week in Partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation
Moderated by Sandee Brawarsky, Jewish Week Book Critic 
Monday, October 28th at 7:30PM

Please join us for an informative program featuring leading change makers striving to make room for everyone in the Jewish community.  Eustacia Cutler, Susan Nussbaum, and CRS congregant, Dr. Nancy Crown, will all share their expertise, challenges, and dreams. 


Congregation Rodeph Sholom will also screen a short film about the synagogue's own Special Needs Shireinu Service.


This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to


Va'Yinafash Pre-Shabbat Study Session

Explore Shabbat and its practices as a 

basis for mindfulness

Led by Rabbi Jonathan Slater & Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein 

Friday, November 1st from 4:15-5:45PM


We will be joined by guests from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality who will lead us in welcoming Shabbat through meditation and study.


Participants with or without experience are welcome. 


To register or for more information, please contact or 646-454-3045. 

Young Families Dinner
Friday, November 1st at 5:00PM

We will have a very short Tot-Shabbat-like service (designed especially for little kids) followed immediately by a festive and family-friendly Shabbat dinner.  There will be plenty of kid-friendly food and after dinner we will sing and dance together!


Always a community favorite, Young Families Shabbat Dinners are a great way to build on existing friendships and make new ones within the Young Families group.  

Admission is $25 per adult.  All kids are free! 

Please RSVP to


Make sure to include your name and the number of adults/children attending. (You may charge your Rodeph Sholom account or pay at the door.)

Man's Search For Meaning
 Led by Rabbi Robert N. Levine, D.D.

Tuesday, November 5th from 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Dates for the year:  Tuesdays, November 12th, 19th


Last year, Rabbi Levine taught us about 7 texts that changed the world. This year, we'll focus on one text that could--if we let it--change our lives and the way we live. In Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning, we will find inspiration to suggest ways to cope with life's traumas and tragedies, and emerge with a will to continue the quest for a meaningful life. Dr. Michael Silverman, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine will join in teaching the class.


(Books will be available, to those who register, prior to the first meeting.) 


For more information or to register, please contact Emily Gallagher:  646-454-3029 or

Fall Shabbaton 
75th Commemoration of Kristallnacht

November 8-9, 2013


75 years ago, homes and businesses were shattered, and synagogues burned across Germany and Austria on the Night of Broken Glass.  Join us for a weekend of memory and reflection as we look back and ahead.


Friday, November 8th at 6:00PM, 
Erev Shabbat services 

Broken Glass: Jewish Past, Present, and Future 


Saturday, November 9th following Shabbat morning services 

Hurban: On Making Meaning of Jewish Catastrophe Events
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America 

Chanukah Latke Party

November 15th at 7:30PM, following Erev Shabbat services
Come celebrate the festival of lights with music from our cantors, choir, musicians, and a whole lot of latkes!
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, October 16th from 7:45 - 9:00AM

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.

Our Haven and Our Strength

Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms

Led by Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Friday, October 18th from 12:00 - 1:30PM

Dates for the year:  Fridays, 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.

Lunch Together


Tuesday, October 22nd 

from 11:30AM - 1:30PM


John T. Reddick, Harlem Historian 

John T. Reddick has a significant collection of sheet music and posters recently exhibited as "Harlem's Black and Jewish Music Culture, 1890-1930." Mr. Reddick will share parts of his collection with us to convey the creative and often covert collaboration between Black and Jewish musicians, including Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice, Joe Jordan, and John Leubrie Hill, in the years before the Harlem Renaissance.


Tuesday, November 12 

from 11:30AM - 1:30PM


The Power of Citizenship by Scott D. Reich 

Part history and part call to action, The Power of Citizenship hones in on the very essence of what made JFK so inspirational and timeless.  Join us for a discussion with the author, Scott D. Reich.


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


To RSVP or for more information, please contact 

646-454-3039 or

How to Raise a Mentsch:

The Parenting Discussion Group


Tuesday, October 29th from 9:00 - 10:30AM

Dates for the year:  Tuesdays, 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. 

Basic Judaism


Wednesday, October 16th 

from 7:00 - 8:30PM 

Dates for the year:  Wednesdays, October 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, November 7th at 7:00PM  


This month we are reading Bee Season by Myla Goldberg.  We look forward to having you join our lively discussion.


To register or for more information, email

Mah Jongg


Thursday, November 14th 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

Hebrew Classes

Taught by Sara Rosen 


Class Levels:

  • Beginning Hebrew Reading 
  • Continuing Hebrew Reading 
  • Beginning/Continuing Modern Hebrew 

Dates and times vary by level.  


To register or for more information (including dates and times), please contact  646-454-3029 or


Tikkun Olam

Backpack Buddies


CRS recently began 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

Before the High Holy Days fade from memory, please take a moment to make your donation to the 2013 Yom Kippur Appeal. Click here  to make a gift online or send your gift to the synagogue at your earliest convenience.  Your participation in the Yom Kippur Appeal ensures that we can do all that is planned for the year and that we can continue to extend a hand to all who wish to join us, regardless of financial situation. To make an automatic recurring gift or for questions, contact the Development Office at 646-454-3052.


Please make checks payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom with "YKA 2013" in the memo line. 

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