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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 

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November 14, 2013 

Though the Chanukah and Thanksgiving holidays lend themselves to food, you may find other nourishment here at Rodeph Sholom.  You can study with Rabbi Levine, help CRuSTY with Tikkun Olam, participate in a healing service, or check out one of the many opportunities we have coming up. 


*Beginning in December, our monthly e-newsletter will be sent around the first of the month rather than the middle--so be on the lookout!

Important Community Information

Project Kehila: Typhoon Haiyan Relief


In the early morning hours of November 9, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. Thousands of lives were lost and hundreds of thousands impacted when the storm hit. Authorities and aid groups are struggling to deliver safe drinking water, food, and life-saving supplies to disaster zones.  Congregation Rodeph Sholom, through our Project Kehila Disaster Response, encourages you to make a donation to the URJ General Disaster Relief Fund, which will distribute the donations to aid groups working in affected areas, or the Red Cross.


We continue to pray for those whose lives have been devastated by the typhoon and commit ourselves to being part of their journey towards rebuilding and renewal.  


 A Special Message from Rabbi Levine


The Mi Sheberach prayer prays for physical and spiritual healing, asking for blessing, compassion, restoration, and strength, within the community of others facing illness as well as all Jews, all human beings. An ongoing tradition at Rodeph Sholom is to speak aloud the names at the start of this prayer during Shabbat services. While we continue to invite anyone to submit in advance that a name be read aloud during the prayer (and of course at the service itself), we wanted to let you know that beginning in December we will be changing our practice slightly. Unless otherwise requested, names submitted in advance will be read for a period of six weeks. And if after the six weeks have passed you'd like a name to be re-added, all you have to do is request again. To request a name be added, please email our Senior Rabbinic Study Manager, Julie Standig at 


Weekday Minyan Update


For the past 14 years, each Tuesday night, Congregation Rodeph Sholom's lay leaders have dedicated themselves to providing a weekly evening service for our community.  In an effort to better serve the needs of the congregation, beginning January 1st, 2014, this service will happen upon request.


If you are celebrating a joyous occasion, marking a yahrzeit, or in need of a prayer for healing, we invite you to come worship in a supportive, caring community. You may request a service any evening Monday through Thursday by calling Cantor Shayna De Lowe at (646) 454-3039 or emailing

Community Engagement
Chanukah at Rodeph Sholom

Shabbanukah B'Shir and Latke Party
November 15th, Erev Shabbat services


Chanukah Shireinu Service

Saturday, November 23rd 

from 11:00AM-12:00PM


RSVP encouraged. For more information or to RSVP, please contact: or 646-454-3124. 

LGBTQ Community Annual Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 1st from 7:00-10:30PM


Join over 250 old and new friends as we light the Chanukah Menorah and celebrate with dancing, noshing, drinking, and schmoozing.


This is the oldest and largest LGBTQ Chanukah Party in New York and is open to the entire LGBTQ Jewish community along with their friends, families, and allies.


Free for members; $15 ($10 Students) for non-members.  Open Bar (for those 21 and older)! 


Presented by www.JQYouth. org


Chanukah B'Yachad

Tuesday, December 3rd at 5:30PM


Read More!


For more information, contact Marcia Stein at

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

Tuesday, November 19th from 7:00-8:30PM


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.


>>watch previous classes online (Nov. 5th and 12th)


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

JFK Commemorative Erev Shabbat

Friday, November 22nd, Erev Shabbat

This day marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination.  Join us for a special Erev Shabbat service that will focus on the life and career of JFK, with an emphasis on his legacy of building a strong relationship with the Jewish community.   
Interfaith Community  
Thanksgiving Eve Service
Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00PM 
Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew 
86th Street & West End Avenue

All are invited to an interfaith Thanksgiving Eve service, hosted by Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew and Congregation B'nai Jeshurun. 

College Student Thanksgiving

Shabbat Dinner


Friday, November 29th, Erev Shabbat


Calling all CRS college students!  You are invited to join Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer for dinner following Erev Shabbat services.  It'll be a great time to catch up with friends and share Shabbat with your CRS community.  


Please RSVP to Emily Gallagher at 646-454-3029 or

CRuSTY Beit Café:

An Evening of Social Action

Songs of Love, Midnight Run Preparation, Games and Activities, and Delicious Dinner  


Saturday, December 7th from 5:30-7:30PM


Please join the Rodeph Sholom family for an inspiring evening of Tikkun Olam.  All ages welcome!




For more information or to RSVP, please contact: or 646-454-3082

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

Healing Service


Saturday, November 16th from 9:00-10:00AM


This special service will bring together the themes of healing of body and healing of spirit, expressing our hopes for physical, mental, and spiritual health--for ourselves and those we love. The service will provide community, inspiration, and a space for reflection. We will share in song and prayer, study, and silence. Everyone is welcome.

How to Raise a Mentsch:

The Parenting Discussion Group


Tuesday, November 19th from 9:00-10:30AM

Remaining dates for 2013:  Tuesdays, 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. 

Therapists' Study Group


Tuesday, November 19th from 10:00-11:00AM

Remaining dates for 2013:  Tuesday, December 10


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, November 20th 

from 7:00-8:30PM 

Remaining dates for 2013:  Wednesdays, 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.

Our Haven and Our Strength

Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms

Led by Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Friday, November 22nd from 12:00-1:30PM

Remaining dates for 2013:  Friday, December 20


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.

The Real O.G.: Radicals, Rebels, and Gangsters in Modern Jewish History

Led by Dr. Ira Cohen


Tuesday, December 3rd from 7:00-8:30PM

Remaining dates for 2013:  Tuesdays, December 10, 17                


Boardwalk Empire fans--this one's for you!


From Emma Lazarus to Meyer Lansky, this course will examine the socially radical-even criminal!-workings of the Jewish people and the immigrant experience in the 19th and 20th century.



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

Hebrew Marathon


Saturday, December 7th from 1:00-5:00PM 


Want to be more comfortable in the prayer service, but feel inhibited because you can't read Hebrew? Have you been meaning to learn the language, but somehow never seemed to have the time? Here's a great way to start! Come for an intensive Hebrew marathon that will leave you wanting more. Learn the letters and vowels, and by the end of the day, you will be reading Hebrew.


Pre-registration is required as lunch is included.

To register or for more information, please contact

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

A Mitzvah Weekend Thank You!


Thank you! We are thrilled to report that approximately 700 members of the CRS community came out on Sunday, October 20th to support 24 community service projects on Mitzvah Day.


A few numbers:

  • 50 units of blood donated
  • 1000 bag lunches packed and delivered to the homeless
  • 50 Shabbat Boxes made for a Met Council beneficiary organization
  • 48 boxes of books donated
  • 80 bags of clothing donated
  • 60 flowerpots decorated and delivered to De Witt Nursing & Rehabilitation
We also:
  • Launched CRS's Backpack Buddies program
  • Visited with seniors at Jewish Home Lifecare
  • Played Bingo with seniors at Amsterdam House
  • Planted bulbs in Riverside Park
  • Wrote holiday cards to US Soldiers
And so much more.  THANK YOU!
Yom Kippur Appeal 2013

Thanksgiving and Chanukah are just over the horizon - a time of joy and abundance. Celebrate this season with your donation to the 2013 AppealClick here to make a gift online or send your gift to the synagogue at your earliest convenience.  Your gift to the Appeal sustains the synagogue's excellent programming, while assisting fellow members who need assistance with dues or Religious School fees. To make an automatic recurring gift or for any questions, contact the Development Office at 646.454.3052. All donations to the Appeal will be listed in The Chronicle.


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

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7 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024