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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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June 3, 2014

It's starting to feel like summer!  And while we keep thinking things will slow down, they don't!  June is busy as ever; we're starting a walking club, saying Mazel Tov to our Confirmands, and watching Rabbi Laufer on Jeopardy.  We hope you're enjoying the sunshine.

Important Community Information

A Message from Tirza


To My Dear Rodeph Sholom Community,


As some of you probably already know, I am retiring in June from my position as Director of Religious Education.


These have been 14 glorious years, under the guidance and mentorship of my friend and spiritual leader, Rabbi Robert Levine and with my partner in this holy endeavor of Jewish Education, Kerith Braunfeld. The evening in honor of my (and Michael's) retirement was magical and beyond what I ever could have imagined.


It has been an honor and privilege to have been a part of your children's and family's lives. You have all enriched my life as I hope I have enriched yours through my leadership.


The Rodeph Sholom community has become my family and will stay my family. Michael and I are looking forward to being able to take advantage of all New York City has to offer, and do the things I have always wanted to do, write, travel, spend more time with family, especially the grandchildren.


Thank you Rodeph Sholom; I will cherish my years here forever.



CRS Religious School

Register now for the 2014-2015 School Year 


Click here for Registration Form

Click here for Calendar & Important Information


Please mail the forms with your check and a current photo of your child(ren) before June 30th (to avoid a late fee) to:


Congregation Rodeph Sholom 

Religious School

7 West 83rd Street

NY, NY 10024


We look forward to another great year - have a wonderful summer!

Community Engagement

2nd Annual Shavuot B'Yachad


Tuesday, June 3rd at 5:30PM

Celebrate Shavuot with blintzes, books, and of course, ice cream (including a delicious dairy dinner)!


*Shavuot is the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. 


For families with children ages 0-7.


For more information, please contact:

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

Noah Sclar

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.

Mission Trip to Cuba with Rabbi Ben Spratt

Information Session


Thursday, June 5th at 7:00PM


Spring 2015: Join us for a week of vibrant cultural discovery and Jewish humanitarian work. We will travel with a special US State Department license allowing us to depart /return from JFK.


For more information, please contact: or 646-454-3022

D-Day Commemoration


Friday, June 6th, Erev Shabbat 


In the American cemetery in Normandy, 149 Stars of David are scattered amongst the crosses, marking the graves of Jewish soldiers who fought and are buried in the very place they gave their lives for our country.  This Shabbat, Friday, June 6th, 2014, as we mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we invite all CRS veterans to help read the names of these fallen soldiers during Shabbat services.  If you are a veteran of the armed forces, whether you are able to attend Shabbat services this Friday or not, please contact Julie Standig at or 646-454-3021.

LGBTQ Community 

Shabbat Service and Dinner


Friday, June 6th at 6:00PM

Dinner following Erev Shabbat Services


Join 250+ people for what will be a fun filled Shabbat service and dinner.  


Special guest, Idit Klein, will speak during services. Idit is the Executive Director of KESHET: a national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of LGBTQ Jews in Jewish life


Reservations and pre-payment for dinner are required. 

Call 646-505-5708 or visit

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Lunch Together


Tuesday, June 10th from 11:30AM-1:30PM


Marjorie Heins is the author of Priests of Our Democracy, The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge. This award-winning book describes how the political repression of the 1950's hit teachers and professors at New York City's public universities particularly hard. Ms. Heins will discuss with us the consequences of that era that still haunt us today.


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

Rabbi Laufer on Jeopardy!


Wednesday, June 11th at 6:45PM


Our very own Rabbi Sari Laufer will appear on Jeopardy! Come to CRS to sit around the TV and watch as a family.


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

Adult B'nai Mitzvah

Class of 2015 led by Rabbi Ben Spratt

Information Session


Thursday, June 12th at 7:00PM


Interested in learning to chant from the Torah and
teaching its meaning to fellow congregants? Consider
being a part of the Adult B'nai Mitzvah experience at
Congregation Rodeph Sholom.


For more information, please contact: or 646-454-3022

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CRS Walking Group


Tuesdays at 9:15AM beginning June 24th

Meet at CRS


Come walk with us to stay healthy and fit, make new friends or spend time with old ones, and help us walk 1,000 miles by Mitzvah Day.  


This new group is being spearheaded by RSS parents, CRS congregants, and Rabbi Kaye.  All are welcome!


For more information, please contact: or 646-454-3059
PJ Library at CRS

PJ and Play Story Time


Thursday, June 12th 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:



June E-Advocacy Opportunity - Support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ("CRPD") is an international effort to provide people with disabilities equality of opportunity, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency. The United States signed, but did not ratify, the CRPD. Our Jewish tradition commands us to be proactive in bringing down barriers society places in front of people with disabilities.  For more information about this topic and to urge our Senators to support the CRPD, click here , enter your zip code, and submit a letter to your representatives.  


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). 

Ongoing Adult Learning and Life

How to Raise a Mentsch


Tuesday, June 10th from 9:00-10:30AM


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

Bereavement Support Group

 Co-facilitated by Ruth F. Kobrin, LMSW 

and Shira Felberbaum, LMSW 


Tuesday, June 10th from 7:30-9:00PM

Remaining Dates: Tuesdays, June 24; July 1, 8, 15*


These sessions have been created for those who have suffered the loss of a parent, spouse, or sibling. We invite you to share experiences and to receive interpersonal support, comfort, and guidance.


You must RSVP prior to attending these sessions.  


To RSVP or for more information, please contact: 

Ruth F. Kobrin, LMSW at 646-454-3180 


*Note: This session will take place from 6:00-7:30PM

Mah Jongg


Thursday, June 12th 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, June 17th from 10:00-11:00AM


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

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


Planned Giving

Ner Tamid Society Breakfast  


Tuesday, June 24th at 8:30AM at the New York Athletic Club


If Congregation Rodeph Sholom is part of your estate plans, the synagogue would like to know - first, to add your name to the Ner Tamid Society lobby plaque, signifying to other members your commitment to the future.  And second, the synagogue would like to invite you to a Ner Tamid Society breakfast.


Please contact Deborah Siegel, Director of Development (646-454-3050) to let her know that you've made a commitment to the future by naming Rodeph Sholom in your estate plans (we do not need to know the details unless you wish to share). For reservations for the breakfast, reply to Space is limited so please reserve early. There will be no solicitation.

Roll of Remembrance


The Roll of Remembrance Book, given to worshippers on Yom Kippur, is an acknowledgement of our ongoing love for those who have passed away.  The form offering the opportunity to list additional names or corrections is included with the High Holy Days information sent to you later this month. Please look for this form and be sure to return it prior to our print deadline of August 20, 2014 even if you do not have any changes. For questions about the Roll of Remembrance, contact the Development Department at 646-454-3052 or 

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