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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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February 4, 2014

February may be a short month, but we have really packed it with opportunities for you. We have discussions on topics such as gender and Judaism, Jewish identity, and mental health.  We will be inspired at the Inspiring Women of the Congregation Luncheon and we will warm up with some soup and good friends during Lunch Together. All this and more in February. Hope to see you soon.

Important Community Information

CRS Homeless Shelter

Call for Volunteers


As we approach the half-way mark in the 2013-2014 CRS Homeless Shelter season, your help is critically needed in order to keep our shelter running Monday through Friday. There are many openings for volunteers in March and April (and beyond). Now is the time to step up. To register, please visit: Follow the prompts to pick a night (or more than one, if possible) and help us ensure that our guests have a safe and warm place to sleep. 

Community Engagement

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, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and Chair of Women of the Wall.  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 

Chosen for What?

Brotherhood Shabbat Dinner and Program


Friday, February 7th 

following Erev Shabbat Services


Rabbi Ben Spratt and Archie Gottesman will sit for a bold and honest conversation about analyzing your own Jewish identity.


Why Archie Gottesman?


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

Standing Again at Sinai: 

On Jewish Feminism 

With Dr. Judith Plaskow


Monday, February 10th from 7:00-8:30PM 


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, February 11th from 11:30AM-1:30PM Remaining dates: Tuesdays, March 11; April 22; May 20; June 10


It's cold outside-and we mean cold. This upcoming Lunch Together, we will be taking a break from our usual programming to simply enjoy one another's company within the warmth of Rodeph Sholom. 


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

Brotherhood and Sisterhood Purim Schpiel

First Rehearsal and Planning Meeting


Thursday, February 13th at 7:00PM


After a successful and fun "Les Mis" Purim Schpiel last year, CRS Brotherhood is planning to do it again, but this time we'll be going "Over the Rainbow" to The Wizard of Oz!  Even if you have no performance experience, this is for everyone! Adults only, please.


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

Healing Service


Friday, February 14th from 8:30-9:15AM


This special service will bring together the themes of healing of body, healing of spirit, and 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. Everyone is welcome.


For more information, please contact: or 646-454-3029.

Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom

Presents Selections from 

American Tonalists: 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 Tonalists: Works for Flute and Piano.


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

Rabbi David Ellenson 

Erev Shabbat Services


Friday, February 21st 

during Erev Shabbat Services


Congregant and community leader, Rabbi David Ellenson will join us for a special Shabbat service honoring his time as President of HUC-JIR and his transition into his new role as Chancellor.  

Building Bridges to Israel

Inspiring Women of the Congregation

Annual Luncheon


Saturday, February 22nd 

following Shabbat Morning Services


Once a year our Sisterhood comes together to celebrate the inspiring women who are part of our congregation. Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson, Director of The Women's Rabbinic Network will moderate a panel discussion featuring Karen Berman, Tirza Arad, and Amy Pearlman about our relationship with Israel. Join us before the program for the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Chapel Service beginning at 10:15AM.


Read More... 


To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3101.

The Mind is Beautiful and Complex

Identifying signs of anxiety and depression 

across the life cycle


Wednesday, February 26th from 7:00-8:30PM


Anxiety and depression can affect anyone at any age.  Three outstanding experts in the field of mental health will share with us how anxiety and depression can manifest from childhood through old age. They will provide insight and guidance to help us understand and cope with these issues.



To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3029.

A Special Congregational Shireinu 

Erev Shabbat Service


Friday, February 28th Erev Shabbat Services


The clergy and Rodeph Sholom family look forward to sharing prayer, music, and fun together. This service is open to the entire community (members and non-members) and all ages are welcome. This sensory sensitive service will share with the whole congregation some of the key elements of our Shireinu Tefila experience. This service will be ASL interpreted.


Also, please visit to view our how-to videos and resources about our Shireinu services. We launched this site in recognition of Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month.

PJ Library at CRS

PJ and Play Story Time


Thursday, February 13th at 4:30PM


Drop in for stories, activities, and playtime 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 RSVP or for more information, please contact: 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

Basic Judaism


Wednesday, February 5th from 7:00-8:30PM

Remaining dates:  Wednesdays, 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 RSVP or for more information, please contact: or call 646-454-3029.

Book Club


Thursday, February 6th at 7:00PM

Next Date: Thursday, March 6th 


This month we are reading The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.  Read More...


To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or call 646-454-3045.

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

Monday, February 10th from 7:00-9:00PM

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.  
Contact: Cantor Caitlin Bromberg at

Mah Jongg


Thursday, February 13th 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 RSVP or for more information, please contact:

Therapists' Study Group


Tuesday, February 18th from 10:00-11:00AM

Remaining Dates: Tuesdays, 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.

Our Haven and Our Strength

Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms

Led by Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Friday, February 21st from 12:00-1:30PM

Remaining Dates:  Fridays, 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 RSVP or for more information, please contact: 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


Rodeph Sholom Theater Company

Please help the Rodeph Sholom Theater Company put on an amazing production of 42nd Street! We are seeking donations or items we can borrow (items will be cared for and returned).  Please refer to the list below to see if you have anything we might be able to use.



  • stage manager head set or megaphone
  • 1930's style purses
  • suitcases, trunks, briefcases/1930's traveling gear
  • hat boxes
  • birdcage
  • small vanity/stool
  • chaise lounge
  • crutches, cane, or wheelchair
  • 10 wooden restaurant chairs (may be mismatched in color)

Clothing Items:

  • khaki pants, skirts, shorts, skorts
  • ruffled or pleated (bright-colored) shirts, skirts and dresses
  • vests and sweater vests
  • suspenders and overalls
  • trench coats
  • hats, stoles, gloves, capes, ties/bow ties, scarves
  • feather boas
  • large feather fans
  • sparkly jewelry (fake please)
Please contact or 646-454-3039 to schedule a pick up or drop off.
Congregation Rodeph Sholom | 212-362-8800
7 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024