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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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October 2, 2014

Whether we saw you on Rosh Hashanah or not, we are wishing you all a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year. And, we hope to see you on Yom Kippur, in the Sukkah, at our Simchat Torah dance party, or at one of our other upcoming programs!  5775 is in full swing!
Holiday Information

Yom Kippur 5775


Full Yom Kippur schedule, family opportunities, child care, and more.  Click here! 

Erev Sukkot Family Experience

Shake Shake Shake...Your Lulav!

Wednesday, October 8th

From 3:45-4:30PM: Sing and Shake in the Sukkah (ages 3 and under)

From 4:30-5:15PM: Family Sukkot Experience: Arts and Crafts, Stories, and Snacks

From 5:15-6:00PM: Blessings with clergy in the sukkah


Help make our sukkah beautiful. ENGAGE in social action projects, SHAKE the lulav and etrog in our community sukkah, and LAUGH and PLAY to the sounds of wonderful music.


Sukkot Morning Service


Thursday, October 9th at 10:15AM

Join us on Sukkot morning for more celebrations! BYOLunch in the Sukkah and parent/caregiver-supervised free play following services.


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

Simchat Torah 5775

Takin' It To the Streets!


Wednesday, October 15th at 5:15PM


Come show off your best moves at our rockin' Erev Simchat Torah Street Party. There will be a brief service followed by a dance party outside on 83rd Street. CoolHaus Ice Cream Truck will be there. Will you?


For more information, please contact: or 645-454-3029

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

with Yizkor Service

Thursday, October 16th at 10:15AM

Please join us for our congregational service in celebration of Shemini Atzeret and the beginning of our new Torah cycle. This service will include the prayers and reflections of Yizkor.
Community Engagement

Young Families Dinner


Friday, October 10th from 5:00-7:30PM


Always a community favorite, join us in the Eisner and the sukkah for a very short sing-along service and story, a chance to shake the lulav and etrog, and enjoy a festive, family-friendly Shabbat dinner--all before bedtime!


To RSVP or for more information, please contact:  

Make sure to include your name and the number of adults/children attending.

Lunch Together
Jewish Composers of the Great American Songbook

Tuesday, October 14th from 11:30AM-1:30PM
Remaining 2014 dates: November 11; December 16


Singer and music historian Harvey Granat will be joining us for the CRS October Lunch Together to perform and discuss the greatest songs and background stories of some of our leading Jewish American composers. Harvey has taught The History of The American Popular Song at two universities and is currently offering a series at the 92Y.


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

Sisterhood Torah Study


Wednesday, October 29th from 8:30-10:00AM


Gather in a member's home for some breakfast nosh, interesting texts, meaningful conversation, and a call to action around the International Violence Against Women Act. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary, just interest!


To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or 645-454-3029. Address provided upon RSVP.

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:



October E-advocacy: 


Childhood hunger in America is staggering; according to 2013 data from the USDA, nearly 15.8 million children come from families who faced difficulty affording enough food.  Congregation Rodeph Sholom has long understood the need to address this growing problem.  On the High Holy Days, our Congregation donates tons of food through City Harvest (don't forget to bring your brown bag full of food back to CRS on Saturday, October 4th).  Over the last year we have delivered backpacks of food to food insecure children through our neighbors at Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center.  We now have the opportunity to take important legislative action by urging Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act, which includes the National Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, the Summer Food Service Program, the Afternoon Snack and Meal Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program, and more.  As we prepare to fast on Yom Kippur, we are reminded that many Americans struggle year-round with what we will experience for just 24 hours.  Our Haftarah portion reminds us to "share [our] bread with the hungry" (Isaiah 58:7).  Click here to help fulfill Isaiah's vision and contact your local 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). 

CRS Homeless Shelter Opening: 

October 2014


We are just 5 days away from the CRS Homeless Shelter's 32nd opening night!  With nearly all of the volunteer slots full for October, we would like to see November and December covered as well before Monday, October 6th.  Help us reach that goal by clicking here to sign up for a night.  

Backpack Buddies 2014-2015


Backpack Buddies is back on Tuesday, October 7th!  Every week 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. Click here to find out more about the various volunteer opportunities (stocking shelves, packing backpacks, delivery) and to sign up to help.

St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen 2014-2015


Sunday, October 19th from 11:45AM-3:30PM


Help prepare and serve meals to visitors at the St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen in Chelsea with your fellow CRS congregants.  All volunteers must be over the age of 14, and children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.  Sign up to volunteer on VolunteerHub

A Prelude to Mitzvah Weekend 2014

Guest Speaker Jay Feinberg

Friday Evening, October 24th 


It started as a life-saving effort amongst friends.  It grew into a national donor registry founded and directed by a transplant recipient and leukemia survivor.  Come hear Jay Feinberg, a 16-year bone marrow transplant survivor and Founder and Executive Director of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, talk about his personal and professional journey during Erev Shabbat services.


Save the Date for Mitzvah Weekend!

November 8-9, 2014

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, October 2nd at 7:00PM

Next date: Thursday, November 6th


We are reading Cain by Jose Saramago. For our next meeting we are reading Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky.


To RSVP or for more information, please contact:

Therapists' Study Group


Tuesday, October 7th from 10:30-11:30AM 

 Remaining dates: Tuesdays November 4; December 2; January 6; February 3; March 3; May 5; June 2


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 additional information contact Ruth F. Kobrin, LMSW at 646-454-3180.

How to Raise a Mentsch

The Parenting Discussion Group

Led by Rabbi Spratt, Rabbi Laufer, 

and RSS Parent, Rabbi Erica Gerson


Wednesday, October 8th from 8:45-10:00AM 

Remaining dates: Wednesdays, November 12; December 10; January 21; February 25; March 25; April 22; May 6


Whether you're thinking about how to bring Shabbat (and other Jewish holidays) to life in your home, or what a gratitude practice with your kids might look like-this monthly group offers an opportunity to ask the big, small, practical, and theoretical questions surrounding parenting in an intimate environment.




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

Personal and Spiritual Pathways 

Through The Psalms

With Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Friday, October 10th from 12:00-1:30PM Remaining 2014 dates: Fridays, 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.

Jewish Basics


Wednesday, October 22nd from 7:00-8:00PM 

Remaining dates: Wednesdays, October 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10


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

Mah Jongg


Thursday, October 23rd* from 1:00-4:00PM

Remaining dates: Thursdays, 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.


*Please note the new date!


To RSVP or for more information, please contact: 

Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom 

 Program for String Sextet and Flute


Saturday, October 25th at 1:00PM


The 5775 season will premiere Saratoga Sextet by Eliot Bailen. Over the coming year, under Eliot's artistic direction, we will host a guest roster of the finest contemporary musicians. Concert programs present classical and modern chamber music and explore the diversity of Jewish music in the chamber music repertory.


To RSVP or for more information, please contact:

 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 call 646-454-3029.


Yom Kippur Appeal 5775/2014


Yom Kippur is upon us; have you made your gift to this year's Yom Kippur Appeal?


It is easy to do--just mail your pledge card (it is attached to your High Holy Days ticket) or a check with a brief note designating the Appeal.  Make checks payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom with "YKA 2014" in the memo line. Click here to make a credit card gift online. 


Your gift to the Yom Kippur Appeal, and your participation in this community-wide activity, makes a difference. Please give as generously as you can.  For details on the automatic recurring payment option, or for any questions, contact the Development Office at 646.454.3052.

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