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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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September 3, 2014

Yes, we know, summer went by too quickly! Fortunately, we have made sure that there is a lot to do this fall.  And, with the High Holy Days right around the corner, September is looking like a pretty sweet month.
Important High Holy Day Information

High Holy Days 5775


As the High Holy Days quickly approach, we still have a limited number of Main Sanctuary seats available.  To inquire about our reserved seating options and availability, please call our Membership Office at 646-454-3051 or email   


Full High Holy Day schedule, family opportunities, child care, and more.  Click here!


Shireinu (Our Songs) Rosh Hashanah service and celebration for families with special needs.

College and Guest Seats


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

Jump Start 5775
With Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer

Tuesday, September 9th from 8:45-10:00AM or 7:00-8:15PM
Remaining dates: Tuesdays, September 16, 23 

Each year the High Holy Days come and go in a whirlwind of self-reflection, prayer, bagels 'n lox, and teshuva (repentance). Do you feel like sometimes it all just passes you by before you even really know what hit you? This year, get a jumpstart on the holy days in these three stand-alone sessions - take some time to reflect on the themes of the season, discover the reasons behind the rituals, and explore the arc of the machzor (High Holy Day prayer book). (Material will be the same during the morning and evening sessions.)

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


Workshops, Havdalah, and Service


Saturday, September 20th from 7:00-9:30PM


Selichot is the "overture" to the High Holy Days; it is a chance to experience the music and majesty of the liturgy in a quiet, reflective, and intimate environment. Open the door to the High Holy Day season with a night of movement, music, prayer, and song.


Selichot workshops (followed by Havdalah and the Selichot service): 

  • SoulYoga with Dave Romanelli and Rabbi Sari Laufer
  • Music and Meditation with Rabbi Ben Spratt and Cantor Shayna De Lowe 
  • Writings and Reflections Text Study with Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer 

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

Community Engagement

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 6:30-8:00PM 

Friday, September 26th 8:30AM 


2nd-6th Grade Children's Choir 

 Participate in the Rosh Hashanah Family Service on 

September 25, 2014

and in the Yom Kippur Family Service on 

October 4, 2014

The Children's Choir sings during the year at CRS services and special concerts throughout New York City.


Rehearsals begin on Monday, September 15th from 6:00-6:30PM



For more information or to join, contact: 646-454-3030 or

Lunch Together
Let's talk about Israel

Tuesday, September 9th from 11:30AM-1:30PM
Remaining dates: October 14; November 11; December 16


Join Rabbi Levine in a conversation about Israel, waging war and pursuing peace.  As lovers of Israel, how can we support the Jewish state?  How do we address our questions and concerns?  Should be a lively discussion. 


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

Introducing: Tribe!

at The Liberty NYC 


Friday, September 12th at 7:30PM


Tribe is a new group for young, professional,
New York Jews looking to connect with others.

Join us for Shabbat and schmoozing.  Click here for event details and to RSVP.

If you have a member of your family or friend in their 20s or 30s currently living in New York and looking to connect Jewishly, please click here so that we can invite them into the Tribe!


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

Hebrew Marathon

With Michal Nachmany


Sunday, September 14th 

from 10:00AM-2:00PM


Want to be more comfortable in the prayer service, but feel inhibited because you can't read Hebrew? Meaning to learn the language, but never seem to have the time? Make a Rosh Hashanah resolution to participate in this unique seminar! 


Registration is required. This program will be held in a private home with lunch included.  Address provided upon registration.


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

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.

Got a Pre-K Child?

Register your Pre-K child(ren) for 

the Nevatim Pre-K Family Program Today!  

 Opening session is Tuesday, September 23rd.


For more information click here or contact:

Tikkun Olam

CRS Social Action Initiative:



September E-advocacy: Climate Summit 2014


This September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a landmark UN summit on the climate crisis.  This gathering is intended to catalyze climate action as well as mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement at the Paris 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)The Summit in New York City is an important step in the pathway towards meeting that goal.  Our Jewish tradition commands us to protect the Earth and its resources because we, as human beings, are God's partners in creation.  Click here to sign the RAC's petition urging President Obama and Congress to make a commitment to finding legally binding solutions to reducing national greenhouse gas emissions and providing low-income communities here in the US and abroad with support to build low carbon and climate-resilient societies.  By signing this petition, we are acting as responsible stewards of the Earth and its natural resources.


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). 

People's Climate March


Sunday, September 21st at 10:30am 

Meet at CRS and we will travel as a group to Columbus Circle to march as part of the Rodeph Sholom contingent. 


Join with fellow New Yorkers - and the Jewish community - for the People's Climate March, the largest march demanding action on climate change in history.  Take a stand to bend the course of history by demanding the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. 


For more information or to RSVP, please contact:


The success of the summit depends not just on the world's leaders; it depends on us. 

CRS Homeless Shelter Opening: 

October 2014


On Monday, October 6th the CRS Homeless Shelter will re-open for its 32nd year! We would like to fill as many volunteer slots for October, November, and December before the Shelter even opens!  Help us reach that goal by clicking here to sign up for a night.  


Have you volunteered before?  Consider bringing a friend and showing new volunteers what the CRS Shelter is all about.  Never volunteered but interested in giving it a try with someone who knows the ropes?  Email Rabbi Meyer at to be matched up with a veteran volunteer.

Backpack Buddies 2014-2015


Backpack Buddies is back!  On each Friday during the school year, our Backpack Buddies program provides a targeted group of children from the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, right on the Upper West Side, with a backpack full of food.  These children rely on government-assisted programs to receive food during the week and often have nowhere to turn on the weekend.  We will need volunteers to pack backpacks, drive backpacks to the Center, and help unload the food deliveries when they arrive at the synagogue.  Unloading will be on Tuesdays, packing will be on Wednesdays, and delivery on Fridays.  


Click here to find out more about the various volunteer opportunities and to sign up to help.

St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen 2014-2015


Again this year, CRS will be helping to prepare and serve meals to visitors at the St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen in Chelsea once a month.  The dates for the fall are: Sundays, October 19th, November 9th, and December 14th.  Sign up to volunteer on VolunteerHub.   All volunteers must be over the age of 14, and children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Mitzvah Weekend 2014: Save the Dates


Friday, October 24th


Sixteen year bone marrow transplant survivor, Jay Feinberg, Founder and Executive Director of Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, will speak at Erev Shabbat services.


Saturday and Sunday, November 8-9th


With special programs on Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening and 24 Mitzvah projects all day Sunday, there is something for everyone!  Help us feed the hungry, honor seniors, create beauty, and promote literacy.  There will also be a bone marrow cheek swabbing drive and a blood drive.  All ages welcome.  Check the Rodeph Sholom website for more details later this fall!

Ongoing Adult Learning and Life

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

Book Club


Thursday, September 4th at 7:00PM

Next date: Thursday, October 2nd 


We are reading As A Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg.




For more information or to register, please contact:

Mah Jongg


Thursday, September 11th from 1:00-4:00PM

Remaining dates: Thursdays, October 2; November 13; December 11

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:

Personal and Spiritual Pathways 

Through The Psalms

With Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Friday, September 12th from 12:00-1:30PM Remaining dates: Fridays, October 10; November 21; December 19


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 call 646-454-3029.


Yom Kippur Appeal 5775/2014


Your gift to the Yom Kippur Appeal makes a difference. Together with membership dues, we're counting on gifts of $18, $180, or $1,800 - or any amount you are comfortable with - to fulfill all our wonderful plans for the year!  


Just mail your pledge card (it was attached to your High Holy Days ticket) or a brief note with your gift or click here to make a credit card gift online. Make checks payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom with "YKA 2014" in the memo line. 


For details on the automatic recurring payment option, or for any questions, contact the Development Office at 646.545.3052.


Thanks in advance for your participation in the 2014 Yom Kippur Appeal.

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7 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024