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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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August 5, 2014

Can you believe that at this time last year we were starting to gear up for the High Holy Days? With Selichot and Rosh Hashanah still weeks away, we have plenty of time to keep summer break going even longer. And while we hope to see you soon, we hope you're enjoying summer wherever you are.
Important Community Information

Talking About Israel: 

A Conversation with Rabbi Levine


Tuesday, August 5th from 6:00-7:00PM

With so many words and thoughts flying through the air and the internet, we at Rodeph Sholom want to offer a safe space to come together to process both the crisis and our reactions to it.


Come for support, come for hope, come for advice on how to talk to your friends or your children. 

High Holy Days 5775/2014 


College seats and guest tickets can now be requested online.  Click here for college seats and here for guest seats.

CRS Religious School

Reminder to 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) to:


Congregation Rodeph Sholom 

Religious School

7 West 83rd Street

NY, NY 10024


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

Summer Community Engagement

Can We Make Shabbat on Tuesday?

 The hows and whys of Jewish Time


Tuesday, August 5th at 7:00PM

Tisha B'Av Study and Service


The Jewish calendar is multi-layered, comprehensive, and experiential. In the dog days of summer, come and learn with your rabbis and cantors as we explore some of the ins and outs of Jewish time. No prior experience is necessary. All are welcome!

For more information or to RSVP, contact: or 646-454-3029 

Jewish Week Literary Summer


Part I: Wednesday, August 6th at 7:00PM

The Truth of Fiction: Boris Fishman and Zachary Lazar discuss their highly-praised new novels and the 

ideas that drive them.


Part II:  Wednesday, August 20th at 7:00PM

Six Word Memoirs Meet Flash Fiction: Larry Smith and Marina Rubin demonstrate storytelling, creativity and the power of the shortest form.

For more information or to RSVP, contact:

Screening of "Kabbalah Me"

Sponsored by CRS Brotherhood


Tuesday, August 26th, 6:15PM

Quad Cinema (34 W 13th St #B)

Kabbalah Me Director, CRS Congregant, and RSS Parent, Steven E. Bram, embarks on a personal journey into the esoteric spiritual phenomenon known as Kabbalah.  A Q&A with Steven and Rabbi Spratt will follow the screening.  


For more information or to reserve free ticket(s), contact:

CRS Walking Group


Tuesdays at 9:15AM 

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

The Rodeph Sholom Adult Volunteer Choir

 Participate in the second day of 

Rosh Hashanah services on 

September 26, 2014 at 9:30AM


No experience is necessary, just a basic knowledge of Hebrew and a desire to sing, enjoy, and learn about our Jewish musical heritage.


Rehearsals are in the Main Sanctuary: 

Monday, September 8th & 15th from 6:30-8PM 

Friday, September 26th 8:30AM 


With Cantor Garfein and J. David Williams, Organist 


For more information or to join, contact: 646-454-3039 or

PJ Library

Sign up and share the fun of reading!


Congregation 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:



August E-Advocacy - The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA): 1 out of every 3 women world-wide and 7 out of 10 women in the developing world will be physically, sexually, or otherwise abused in their lifetimes.  I-VAWA is bipartisan-supported legislation designed to make ending violence against women and girls a top diplomatic and foreign assistance priority.  It creates the position of Ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues, coordinating policies, programs, and funding relating to gender and status of women internationally, including those intended to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.  The Torah beseeches us not to stand idly by the blood of a neighbor, making it our obligation to help those who are marginalized, including women and girls in the developing world.  Hear the Torah's call and take e-action: Click here  to sign American Jewish World Service's petition to urge your representatives to pass I-VAWA.  Click here  for a link to the Religious Action Center's site, which will generate an email to your representatives based on your zip code.  


Additional Advocacy Opportunity: If you are interested in being part of a small group that is exploring whether CRS might do more advocacy around I-VAWA, please contact Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer at


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). 


Roll of Remembrance 5775/2014

Deadline: August 20, 2014


The Roll of Remembrance Book, given to worshippers at the Memorial Service on Yom Kippur, constitutes an acknowledgement of our ongoing love for those who have passed away. To list names in the 2014 book, please respond by August 20, even if you do not have any changes. Here's how:

  • Return the form that was mailed to you (it was included with information about the High Holy Days) 
  • Call the Development Office at 646-454-3052 or email your names to:
  • Click here to list your names and make a gift online

Yom Kippur Appeal 5775/2014


 No need to wait to send in your Yom Kippur Appeal gift! Your pledge card is the bottom section of your High Holy Days ticket, which you'll be getting soon.  


Simply detach and mail your pledge card to the Synagogue in the envelope provided or click here to make an online credit card gift. For details about automatic recurring payment options, or for any questions, contact the Development Office at 646.454.3052.


Your participation in the Appeal is the key to a successful year at Rodeph Sholom, full of inspiring and informative opportunities for you and the congregation. Thank you in advance for your gift.

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7 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024