In This Issue
N'Siyah Tovah!
We are excited and proud that so many members of our community will be traveling together this month. Staff and leadership are off to the URJ Biennial and we have two Israel trips! Our teens will participate in the annual P2G trip and Rabbi Spratt and Cantor De Lowe will lead our congregational trip.
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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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December 3, 2013 

With Chanukah nearly over and the New Year still a month away, you might find yourself thinking, what is there to do this month?  Don't worry, we have a few ideas!  You can go back to college for a day, enjoy a musical Lunch Together, join the Rodeph Sholom family for an evening of Tikkun Olam, or check out another one of our upcoming opportunities.  

Community Engagement
Meyer W. Nathan's Award Service & Oneg
Friday, December 6th, Erev Shabbat
Please join us as we honor Sue Nemens and Doug Nemens (of blessed memory) for their years of service to the community.

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!

 Help our CRuSTY teens prepare for the Midnight Run Social Action project by donating new or gently used adult winter coats, sweatshirts and long-sleeve shirts, winter hats, durable pants, blankets, and backpacks.


This event is free, but a donation for the Midnight Run is strongly encouraged! 



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

A Morning of Jewish History and Culture 
Presented by One Day University
Sunday, December 8th from 9:30AM-1:30PM
Go back to college for just one day.  Three university professors discuss different facets of Jewish life and history. 
Click here or call 800-300-3438 for more information or to register.  Use coupon code CRS to receive a 100% discount on tuition.

Lunch Together  

 Ruach Rock: A Musical Jewish Journey 

with Jay Rapoport 


Tuesday, December 17th from 11:30AM-1:30PM


Nationally touring, award-winning singer, songwriter, and music educator (and CRS Youth Educator), Jay Rapoport takes Jewish values and stories and transforms them into "Ruach Rock." Join us for a musical Lunch Together this December! 


To RSVP or for more information, please contact 

646-454-3039 or 

How, When, and Where 

Can We Find Meaning?  

 The conversation continues with Rabbi Levine


Tuesday, January 7th from 7:00-8:30PM


Man's Search for Meaningthe conversation with Rabbi Levine continues. If you missed the November classes, you can view them here.


To RSVP or for more information, please contact 

646-454-3029 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

Basic Judaism


Wednesday, December 4th 

from 7:00-8:30PM 

Remaining dates for 2013:  Wednesdays, December 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.

Book Club


Thursday, December 5th at 7:00pm


This month we are reading Zealot: The Life and Times
of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan.  We look forward to having you join our lively discussion.

Click here to see what we're reading in January and February.


To register or for more information, email

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 seem 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

Therapists' Study Group


Tuesday, December 10th from 10:00-11:00AM


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.

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

Led by Dr. Ira Cohen


Tuesday, December 10th from 7:00-8:30PM

Remaining date for 2013:  Tuesday, December 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

Mah Jongg


Thursday, December 12th 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

How to Raise a Mentsch:

The Parenting Discussion Group


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


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. 

Our Haven and Our Strength

Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms

Led by Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


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


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.

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


Yom Kippur Appeal 2013

Before the year ends, please take a moment to make your donation to the 2013 Appeal. Your participation in the Appeal is important, no matter the amount. Send your gift to the synagogue or click here to make a secure online donation.  You may also contact the Development Office at 646-454-3052.


PLEASE NOTE:  The last day for donations to qualify for a 2013 tax credit is December 31st.  The Development office will be closed, but credit card donations can be made online until midnight on the 31st. To make a gift of appreciated stock, be sure you have the latest transfer information by contacting the Development Office and leaving enough time for the transaction to be completed during this busy season.


With many thanks in advance for your gift.

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