In This Issue
CRuSTY Sings Songs of Love
During the CRuSTY Beit Café we partnered with the Songs Of Love Foundation to sing and record a personalized song for a 3 year old girl battling Leukemia.
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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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January 7, 2013 

Welcome to 2014!  We have an exciting year ahead of us and January is jam-packed with opportunities that will certainly start the year off right.  See you soon.

Important Community Information

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 and 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 a name in advance that will be read aloud during the prayer (and of course at the service itself), we wanted to let you know that as of December we have changed our practice slightly. Unless otherwise requested, names submitted in advance will be read for a period of six weeks. After the six weeks have passed, if you would like a name re-added, all you have to do is make your request again. To request a name be added, please email our Senior Rabbinic Study Manager, Julie Standig at

Community Engagement

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 

Brotherhood Film Festival


Friday, January 10th, Fringes

Directed by Paula Weiman-Kelman, 2013 - 72 min.


Friday, January 17th, RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria

Directed by Jeff L. Lieberman, 2012 - 93 min.

This film is part of our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat commemoration.  


Saturday, January 18th, Footnote

Directed by Joseph Cedar, 2011 - 105 min. (Academy Award Nominee ®) Co-sponsored by the Israel Committee


All screenings will take place following Shabbat services.

Read more about the films we are screening!


For more information or to RSVP, please contact or 646-454-3045.

Book Club


Thursday, January 9th at 7:00PM



We will be joined by animator Hanan Harchol who was recently featured on

Please visit: and watch these short animations in advance of our meeting: 

1) Landlord 2) You Can Dance 3) Faith
Of course, feel free to watch others if you like! 


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


To register or for more information, email

Auditions for "42nd Street"


Monday, January 13th, Tuesday January 14th, and Wednesday, January 15th

from 6:30-9:30PM


If you haven't performed in years, but think this might be a nice way to try it out again, we have a spot for you. If you are performing a lot or have the intention of doing so, we have a spot for you.  Or, it if you simply have a lot of talent, we have a spot for you too!



For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact or 646-454-3108. 


Auditions for the Children's Ensemble

Saturday, February 1st from 1:00-4:00PM  


For more information, contact or 646-454-3108. 

Standing Again at Sinai: 

On Jewish Feminism 

With Dr. Judith Plaskow


Monday, January 13th from 7:00-8:30PM 

Remaining dates:  Mondays, January 27; February 3, 10


Feminism has so thoroughly transformed the face of American Judaism over the last forty years that it sometimes seems as if all its goals have been met. Yet there remain deep-seated issues that are difficult to address.  We invite everyone, men and women, to come explore these issues in a safe, yet stimulating and thought provoking environment.



To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3029.

Lunch Together


Tuesday, January 14th from 11:30AM-1:30PM

Remaining dates:  Tuesdays, February 11; March 11; April 22; May 20; June 10


Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld will present selections from her photography series, The Borscht Belt:  A Contemporary History in Images from Rise to Relic, which contains over 80 photographs taken in her hometown region of Sullivan County.  Reflecting upon the processes and transformations of time, the collection presents surreal images depicting the former and cherished era known as the Borscht Belt.  Join us for a visually engaging Lunch Together.   




To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3039.

Tu BiShvat B'Yachad


Thursday, January 16th at 5:30PM 


Join us for a Birthday Party for the Trees with a Tu BiShvat Picnic Seder filled with food from trees, songs, stories, and activities! 


RSVP to Marcia Stein at

Congregational Shabbat "Pre-Neg"


Friday, January 17th 

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 or 646-454-3051.  

Va'Yinafash Pre-Shabbat Study Session

Led by Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein


Friday, January 31st from 4:15-5:45PM


We will be joined by Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein 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 RSVP or for more information, please contact or 646-454-3045. 

Gender and Judaism: Beyond the Kotel

Featuring Anat Hoffman and Juju Chang
Part of AJC NY's Pluralism and Politics in Israel: 2014 Discussion Series


Tuesday, February 4th at 7:15PM


AJC NY and Congregation Rodeph Sholom invite you to participate in a conversation with Anat Hoffman, Chair of Women of the Wall and the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center.  The evening will be moderated by Juju Chang, ABC News correspondent for 20/20 and Nightline, and CRS congregant.


Register at:

For more information: 212-891-1442 

Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom

Presents Selections from American Sounds: 

Works for Flute and Piano


Saturday, February 15th at 1:00PM


Celebrate Presidents' Day with a remarkable and exciting concert preview of Susan Rotholz and Margaret Kampmeier's new CD American Sounds: Works for Flute and Piano.


To RSVP or for more information, please contact or 646-454-3039.

PJ Library at CRS

PJ and Play Story Time


Thursday, January 9th at 4:30PM


Drop in for stories, activities, and play time on the indoor playground. We will share our favorite PJ Library books and enjoy snacks and pizza. For families with children ages 2-5.  


To register or for more information, email or call 646-454-3086. 

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

How to Raise a Mentsch:

The Parenting Discussion Group


Tuesday, January 21st from 9:00-10:30AM

Remaining date:  Tuesdays, February 4; March 4, 18; April 1, 29; May 13, 27; June 10 


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, January 8th 

from 7:00-8:30PM 

Remaining dates:  Wednesdays, January 15, 22, 29; February 5;

March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 23; May 7


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.

Mah Jongg


Thursday, January 9th 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

Our Haven and Our Strength

Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms

Led by Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Friday, January 17th from 12:00-1:30PM

Remaining Dates:  Fridays, 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.

Therapists' Study Group


Tuesday, January 21st from 10:00-11:00AM

Remaining Dates: 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.

A Taste of Judaism
Offered by the Union for Reform Judaism
Led by Rabbi Meyer

Monday, January 27th from 7:00-9:00PM
Remaining dates: Mondays, February 3, 10

Join Rabbi Meyer and young adults from the Upper West Side for three classes focusing on the modern Jewish take on spirituality, values and community. This FREE course is for people with limited or no involvement in Judaism, who are currently unaffiliated, but are interested in learning more.  All are welcome-Jewish or not!     
Contact: Cantor Caitlin Bromberg at

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


2013 Yom Kippur Appeal

Yes, we are still accepting donations to the 2013 Yom Kippur Appeal.  There is still time to have your name included on the insert in the Spring Chronicle -- and your participation will be greatly appreciated. Click here to make an online donation or call the Development Department and 656.454.3050.

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