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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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March 4, 2014

Whether you're ready to spring forward or you're still loving winter, the next month at Rodeph Sholom is filled with opportunities that will keep you busy. Experience a night of Broadway at the Cantors' Cabaret, play games and win prizes at the Purim Carnival, participate in community learning, join us for Spring Shabbaton, or sprint through the Hebrew Marathon.  As always, there is a bit of something for everyone! 

Community Engagement
Passover Candy Sale! 

Now through March 24th

Sweeten your Passover Seder with Miss Chocolate Bartons Candy while raising funds for the Religious School! It's delicious and kosher for Passover.

Lunch Together


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


Susan Schulman has been a theatrical press agent for over 40 years and her recently published memoir, Backstage Pass to Broadway has been called an entertaining and dishy book, and a great read. Join us to hear about Susan's adventures with Mary Martin, George C. Scott, Robert Redford, Zero Mostel, and many more!


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

Purim 2014

Let's Celebrate!


Saturday, March 8th

Shabbat Study Series: The Festival Megillot at 12:30PM
Remaining Date: Saturday, March 29th (Passover)

In this second year of studying these texts (over a delicious Shabbat lunch), we bring new questions and new lenses to familiar texts, focusing on Purim and Esther with our Rabbinic Intern, Greg Weitzman.  No prior knowledge necessary, just interest! 


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


Wednesday, March 12th 

Purim Carnival from 5:00-7:00PM

Start your Purim celebration with food and fun!

Ticket information: $15 for the first child, $10 for each additional child.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and include admission and all games.  Food will also be available for purchase.  


Saturday, March 15th
Shireinu Purim Service at 11:00AM
This Purim Shabbat morning service is designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3124

Congregational Purim Celebration* from 5:00-6:30PM
Interactive Megillah reading, Purim merriment, a mitzvah craft, and a little nosh! All ages - costumes welcome.

Brotherhood Adult Purim Experience* at 7:00PM
Enjoy the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Purim schpiel, followed by a high-flying performance by the award winning group, Heliummm Aerial Dance & Entertainment.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3045
(babysitting begins at 6:30PM for children 3 and up)

Sunday, March 16th 
Congregational Purim Megillah Reading* at 10:15AM  
*Please bring a box of pasta to use as a grogger!  Pasta boxes will be collected and donated to the West Side Campaign Against Hunger. 


Congregational Wine and Cheese


Friday, March 14th at 5:00PM


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: or 646-454-3051

As If You Went Forth From Egypt

Community Learning Series  


Tuesdays, March 18th, 25th, April 1st from 7:30-9:00 PM


Pesach, Matzah, Maror? Is that what it's all about? The Haggadah teaches that we're supposed to explain and expound on the story-but how? Why? The Haggadah is a book that unites Jews around the world-and this year, right here on the Upper West Side. Take this rare opportunity to hear different perspectives on the texts and traditions from this familiar book. Join rabbis from and congregants from CRS and the Jewish Center for study and conversation in preparation for your Passover seder. 


March 18: Rabbi Sari Laufer and Rabbi Dovid Zirkind at Congregation Rodeph Sholom

March 25: Rabbi Sari Laufer and Rabbi Yossie Levine at the Jewish Center (131 W. 86th St)

April 1: Rabbi Robert N. Levine in conversation with Rabbi Jacob J. Shachter (7:00PM, Location TBA)


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

Hebrew Marathon


Saturday, March 22nd from 1:00-5:00PM


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.  Lunch is included.


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

Cantor's Cabaret: A Night of Broadway

A Benefit for CRS Youth Related Programs


Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00PM


Featuring Cantor Rebecca Garfein, Cantor Shayna De Lowe, Cantor Micah Morgovsky, Cantorial Intern Ben Ellerin, Cantor Dan Singer, and special guests, with J. David Williams on the piano.


To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3039

Spring Shabbaton

A weekend of  ancient wisdom and modern inspiration


Friday, April 4th - Saturday, April 5th


Norman Cohen is a master teacher who brilliantly weaves together the stories of our biblical ancestors with modern midrash to help guide us through the lessons, challenges, and transitions we encounter in life.  He will show us how the pathways of our lives are quite similar to those who came before us, and together we will explore these similarities, allowing the wisdom of the ancient text to resonate with our own modern lives.


During Erev Shabbat Services:

Hineini in the Course of Our Lives: The Challenges We Face Responding to Those Whom We Love


During the Shabbat Morning Chapel Service:

Abraham's Journey from Haran to Moriah: Our Journey Through the Stages of Our Lives


Following Shabbat Morning Services:

Cain and Abel: The Perrenial Struggles in Our Families at Times of Transition

Lunch will be served.  Kindly RSVP.


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

PJ Library at CRS

PJ and Play Story Time


Thursday, March 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 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, March 5th from 7:00-8:30PM

Remaining dates:  Wednesdays, March 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 646-454-3029

Book Club


Thursday, March 6th at 7:00PM

Next Date: Thursday, April 10th 


We are reading: My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit.  Read More...



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

Mah Jongg


Thursday, March 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:

How to Raise a Mentsch


Tuesday, March 18th from 9:00-10:30AM

Remaining dates: Tuesdays 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 RSVP or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3029

Therapists' Study Group


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

Remaining Dates: Tuesdays, 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, March 21st from 12:00-1:30PM

Remaining Dates:  Fridays, 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 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: or 646-454-3029


Memorial Plaques  


There are still two yizkor services this year when the lights next to all memorial plaques on the frames in the back of the Main Sanctuary will be lit - Passover and Shavuot.  If you act now, there may still be time to arrange for a plaque in memory of your loved one(s). For more information, contact Deborah Siegel, Development Director, at 646.454.3050 or click here for a downloadable brochure.

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