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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 

Click here if you would like to be informed of deaths in our community.


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April 2, 2014

Instead of our usual introduction (don't worry, we'll write something good next month!), we want to direct your attention to a refreshed section of your monthly e-newletter.  Under the Tikkun Olam heading you will find a new section containing information about
E-Advocacy. This section will provide monthly and ongoing E-Advocacy opportunities.  Please take a few minutes to check it out.


April is packed with some great things to do, so after you have read our new section, flex that scrolling finger and make your way through the rest.  See you soon and wishing you a zissen Pesach!

Important Community Information

You are cordially invited to attend the 

172nd Annual Meeting of the Congregation


Monday, May 19th at 7:00 PM 

in the Eisner Auditorium


Click here for a list of members duly nominated for election by the Nominating Committee.
Community Engagement

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


Dr. Norman J. 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 Perenial 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

An Evening of Triumph Over Hatred

Frank Meeink: A Former Skinhead's 

Fight Against Prejudice


Tuesday, April 8th from 5:45-7:45PM 

All 9th-12th graders and parents are invited to attend


About Frank Meeink: Frank's violent childhood in South Philadelphia primed him to hate. He made easy prey for a small group of skinhead gang recruiters. Read More...


To RSVP or for more information, please contact:

Israeli Cooking with CRS Sisterhood

Who needs Ottolenghi when we have Michael Arad?!


Tuesday, April 8th at 7:15PM


Homemade falafel and hummus sound delicious? Join Sisterhood as we learn about Israeli cooking from CRS's own Michael Arad. After sharing his knowledge and recipes, Michael will teach us how to prepare authentic Israeli hummus and falafel.  And after we cook, we eat!


To RSVP or for more information, please contact:

Shabbat B'Shir Youth Service

Together we celebrate the youth of CRS and RSS

(CRuSTY 2, 34, 56, 78, 9-12)


Friday, April 11th 


Erev Shabbat B'Shir Service

During our youth-led Shabbat B'Shir service, we will celebrate the auf ruf of Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer and Sarah Strnad.


Family and Youth Dinner/Concert

from 7:15-8:15PM

Stay for a free family dinner and a Ruach Rock Shabbat music concert with Jay Rapoport's band. RSVP to


CRuSTY 9-12 "Make Your Own Sushi" Oneg from 8:15-10:00PM


To RSVP or for more information, please contact:

Shireinu Passover Service


Saturday, April 12th from 11:00AM-12:00PM


Join the Rodeph Sholom family for a warm, inviting, musical and interactive experience! This Passover celebration is designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs. There will be healthy snacks available (chocolate covered matzah too!) and the service will be ASL interpreted. 


Open to the entire community (members and non-members) and all ages are welcome.


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

Please specify your name, email address and/or phone number, number of people attending, the age of the individual with special needs and the nature of the special need. Upon receipt of RSVP, we will send a social story in advance of the service.



Congregational Seder

Monday, April 14th at 6:00PM


Celebrate the first night of Passover with a Congregational Seder lead by Rabbi Ben Spratt and Cantor Shayna De Lowe.


Purchase your tickets here.


For more information or to RSVP, please contact: or call at 646-454-3120 


First Day of Passover Service

Tuesday, April 15th at 10:15AM


Concluding Passover Service and 

Yizkor Memorial Prayer

Monday, April 21st at 10:15AM

Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom

And All That Jazz!


Saturday, April 19th at 1:00PM


This concert concludes the Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom 2013-2014 season.  We hope you will join us

for "Jazzing Up the Classics!" This extraordinary classical crossover concert is not to be missed! 


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

Lunch Together


Tuesday, April 22nd from 11:30AM-1:30PM Remaining Dates: Tuesdays, May 20 and June 10


This Lunch Together will mark our annual observance of Yom Hashoah. Our very own Senior Rabbi, Robert N. Levine, will explore the increasingly pressing question of how to transmit the lessons of the Holocaust to future generations, after there are no more living witnesses to share their personal stories. Join us in considering one of the more serious issues of contemporary Judaism. 


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

Va'Yinafash Pre-Shabbat Study Session

With Rabbi Jonathan Slater


Friday, April 25th from 4:15-5:45PM


We will be joined by Rabbi Jonathan Slater 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

24th Anual Freedom Seder


Friday, April 25th at 7:30PM


We will once again join our friends from Memorial Baptist Church in Harlem as we celebrate freedom from slavery with songs, stories, and a festive meal.


To register or for more information, please contact: or 646-454-3043

42nd Street

Come and meet those dancin' feet!


Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00PM

Thursday, May 1st at 7:00PM 

Saturday, May 3rd at 8:00PM*

Sunday, May 4th at 1:30PM and 6:00PM


The Rodeph Sholom Theater Company presents their 2014 musical production.  Join us for what we know will be an amazing show featuring congregants and community members of all ages.  


Purchase your tickets here!


*This performance will be ASL interpreted. 


For more information, please contact: or 646-454-3180

Israel Dinner


Friday, May 2nd, 

following Erev Shabbat Services


Whatever the headline may be, the news in Israel is never boring! Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post will be with us to discuss the ins and outs of reporting the news of Israel.  As a voice for and of a nation, Gil will share with us how he tells the stories of Israel today--and what stories he is telling!  Go behind the headlines while enjoying dinner with your Rodeph Sholom family.


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

Special Shabbat Service and Oneg

In Honor of Tirza Arad


Friday, May 16th, Erev Shabbat


Join us as we celebrate the retirement of this extraordinary educator who has blessed our community with her vision and presence for the past fourteen years.  Festive Oneg Shabbat to follow. 


Contributions in her honor can be made to the Religious School Parent Association online or by check payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom with "Parent Association" in the memo, mailed to 7 West 83rd Street, NY, NY 10024.

PJ Library at CRS

PJ and Play Story Time


Thursday, April 10th 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.
Tikkun Olam

aNew CRS Social Action Initiative:



Monthly E-Advocacy: This month CRS is officially launching a new social action initiative - 

E-Advocacy.  E-Advocacy utilizes e-petitioning (e.g., emails, links on websites) to lobby elected officials. Each month, you will have an opportunity to advocate for social justice and express your views to change social policies by clicking on a link that will provide more information on a specific issue and a means to contact your government representatives. We will provide the necessary contact information.  


On-going E-Advocacy: Sometimes e-advocacy opportunities arise that need quick action; legislative action will occur prior to our ability to inform you in our next monthly e-blast.  If you would like to receive notification of these pressing e-advocacy issues, 

click here  to opt in to a special email action list.  You will receive e-advocacy email alerts on an "as needed" basis (on average twice a month - though sometimes a little more and other times a little less, as needs fluctuate). 


April E-Advocacy Opportunity: Support Housing for Low-Income Families: Now is the time to urge your Representative and Senators to introduce and pass legislation that will provide funds to build, rehabilitate, and repair affordable housing units for low-income people.  To learn more about this issue and to contact your Congressional Representative and Senators, click here.

CRS Homeless Shelter Call for Volunteers


As the 2013-14 CRS Homeless Shelter season begins to come to a close, your help is critically needed in order to keep our shelter running Monday through Friday. There are many openings for volunteers in May and June.  Please go to: to register. Follow the prompts and pick a night (or more than one, if possible) and help us ensure that our guests have a safe and warm place to sleep.

Ongoing Adult Learning and Life

Basic Judaism


Wednesday, April 2nd from 7:00-8:30PM

Remaining Dates:  Wednesdays, April 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

Therapists' Study Group


Tuesday, April 8th from 10:00-11:00AM

Remaining Dates: Tuesdays, May 13 and 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 more information, please contact: Ruth F. Kobrin, LMSW at 646-454-3180

Mah Jongg


Thursday, April 10th 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:

Book Club


Thursday, April 10th at 7:00PM (NEW DATE!)


We are reading: What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander. 



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

Our Haven and Our Strength

Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms

Led by Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Friday, April 25th from 12:00-1:30PM

Remaining Date:  Friday, 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

How to Raise a Mentsch


Tuesday, April 29th from 9:00-10:30AM

Remaining Dates: Tuesdays, 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

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


Margulies Fund Scholarship


Are you planning to enroll in a long-term program in Israel between now and June, 2015? A limited amount of scholarship money is available to those who have been through the B'nai Mitzvah program at CRS or attended Rodeph Sholom Religious School or Rodeph Sholom School. The terms of the Margulies Fund stipulate that course work must be at a recognized institution of higher learning or an institution connected with the Reform Movement. Course work should include the history of the Zionist movement and the importance to Jews of the State of Israel in the modern world. The recipient of a Margulies Scholarship will agree to a service commitment at Rodeph Sholom upon completion of his/her program. To apply for a scholarship, please send a letter detailing your intended course of study and financial needs to either Rabbi Levine or Deborah Siegel.  

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