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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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May 2, 2014

Honoring Tirza Arad, e-advocacy, the Rodeph Sholom Theater Company's production of "42nd Street," Israeli political journalism, and Vision Zero.  All this and more during the month of May at Rodeph Sholom.  See you soon!

Important Community Information

You are cordially invited to attend the 

172nd Annual Meeting of the Congregation


Monday, May 19th at 7:00PM 

in the Eisner Auditorium


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

Celebrating a Shehecheyanu Moment?


Is there a baby naming or brit milah on your family's horizon?  Maybe you are preparing for a conversion, wedding ceremony, auf ruf, milestone birthday or anniversary? Why not share your life-cycle experience with your Rodeph Sholom family by sponsoring an Erev Shabbat Kiddush. To find out more about these options, please contact Rachael Evans, Operations Director, at 646.454.3041 or

Community Engagement

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.  Go behind the headlines while enjoying dinner with your Rodeph Sholom family.


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

42nd Street

Come and meet those dancin' feet!


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

Congregational Wine and Cheese 


Friday, May 9th at 5:00PM

Everyone is invited 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

Healing Service


Saturday, May 10th from 9:00-10:00AM


These special services will bring together the themes of healing of body and healing of spirit, expressing our hopes for physical, mental, and spiritual health-for ourselves and those we love. Everyone is welcome.


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.


We will present her with a memory book filled with pictures and kind words from former students, teachers, colleagues, friends, and family. If you would like to contribute, please email your messages and pictures to Marcia Stein at by Friday, May 8th.


Contributions in Tirza's 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.

Lunch Together


Tuesday, May 20th from 11:30AM-1:30PM Remaining Date: Tuesday, June 10


New York City can be a challenging place for anyone to navigate safely.  Thomas DeVito from Transportation Alternatives will offer an overview of Vision Zero, a multifaceted traffic safety initiative proposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Learn how the city aims to eliminate all fatalities and serious injuries on our streets, keeping us safe while we enjoy walking around town. 


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

High School Graduation

Honoring All of Our Seniors and 

CRuSTY Installation


Friday, May 30th, Erev Shabbat

You are cordially invited to attend this special service as we recognize our Tuesday night high school graduates and Madrichim Teaching Assistants and offer blessings to all graduating seniors recognizing their long-term connection to the Rodeph Sholom community.  


Tuesday Night Graduates:

Molly DeVries
Jessica Heller
Aaron Hersh
Jonathan Kupfer
Charles Lutvak

Madrichim Teaching Assistants:
Maxwell Beer
Aaron Hersh
Adam Horowitz
Samuel Shapiro


We will also welcome our 2014-2015 CRuSTY Executive Board.  Elections will take place on May 13th.


A festive Oneg Shabbat will follow the service.

Shabbat Study Series

The Festival Megillot | Shavuot


Saturday, May 31st at 12:30PM


The Festival Megillot - selected readings from our Writings that accompany our holidays - offer profound lessons on life, love, relationships, and experiencing "the seasons." No prior knowledge necessary, just interest!


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

2014 Celebrate Israel Parade

50th Anniversary


Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 11:00AM-4:00PM

5th Avenue, 57th-74th street - Rain or shine!  


Keep an eye out for more information about our group's meeting location and step off time.  

Erev Shavuot/Confirmation Service


Tuesday, June 3rd at 6:00PM


You are invited to attend the annual service of Confirmation when we will honor this year's Confirmands.

Angelika Alberstadt

Alex Copperman

Josh Copperman

Sophie Drew

Oliver Erle

Chloe Gaynor

Eli Metzner

Jacob Perman

Elisabeth Riska

Leah Saberski

Paulette Schuster

Emma Shaerf

Rachael Sternlicht

Rebecca Thau


A festive Shavuot oneg will follow the service.  

Congregational Shavuot Service 

and Yizkor Memorial Prayer


Wednesday, June 4th at 10:15AM


The Festival of Shavuot celebrates the covenant between God and the Israelites at Mount Sinai and the continuation of receiving the Torah in each generation. This service will include the prayers and reflections of Yizkor.

PJ Library at CRS

PJ and Play Story Time


Thursday, May 8th 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

CRS Social Action Initiative:



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). 


May E-Advocacy Opportunity:  End Pay Discrimination. Jewish tradition has long recognized the importance of paying fair wages and that all human beings should be treated equally because they are created in the image of God.  In the United States, women continue to earn 77 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by men.  To learn more about this issue and to urge your Senators and Representatives to vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act, click here .

Ongoing Social Action Opportunities: 

St. Xavier Soup Kitchen


Each month over the last two years a group of 15 volunteers from CRS has been going down to Chelsea to the Soup Kitchen at St. Xavier's Church to help prepare and serve meals to visitors.  Our last visit for the 2013-2014 year will be on Sunday, May 18th.  There are still 9 spots available - sign up soon to be part of this community of helpers.  Volunteers must be 14 years or older and those under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult.  You can sign up here (if you don't already have an account, register, follow the prompts, and scroll down to May 18th to sign up)!

Ongoing Adult Learning and Life

Talmud Intensive


Wednesday, May 7th from  7:45-9:00AM

Remaining Dates: Wednesdays, May 14, 21, 28 

What texts should we include in our canon of sacred texts? Who decides? How? What do we do with those texts that do-and don't-make the cut? During this 6-week course, we'll consider these questions and more.


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

Mah Jongg


Thursday, May 8th 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, May 8th at 7:00PM (NEW DATE!)


We are reading: Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem. 



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

How to Raise a Mentsch


Tuesday, May 13th from 9:00-10:30AM

Remaining Dates: Tuesdays, May 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, May 13th from 10:00-11:00AM

Remaining Date: Tuesday, 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

Basic Judaism


Wednesday, May 7th from 7:00-8:30PM

Remaining Date: Wednesday, May 14


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

Our Haven and Our Strength

Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms

Led by Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Friday, May 30th 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 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


Spring 2014 Food Drive


Please take a moment to make a gift to the Spring Food Drive now.  The hunger crisis in our country (and in our city) continues to be severe.  Far too many children and their parents, do not have enough to eat on a regular basis.  Your donation to the Rodeph Sholom Spring Food Drive is urgently needed and will help programs such as West Side Campaign Against Hunger, Goddard Riverside Home Delivered Meals Program, and Rodeph Sholom's own program, Project Moving On.   To make a contribution, click here or send a check payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom, to 7 W. 83rd Street, NY, NY 10024 with "Food Drive" in the memo.

Memorial Plaques  


Before the rush into summer, you may want to consider ordering a memorial plaque in memory of your loved one(s).  Plaque production typically takes more than eight weeks, so please leave adequate time for delivery if you have a Yahrzeit coming up.  All of the lights on the plaques in the back of the Main Sanctuary are lit during Yizkor services on Shavuot, Yom Kippur, Shemeni Atzeret/Simchat Torah, and Passover. For more information, contact Deborah Siegel, Development Director, at 646.454.3050 or click here for a downloadable brochure.

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