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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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November 4, 2014

This month you can study with Rabbi Levine, attend our Fall Shabbaton with Rabbi Panken, participate in Mitzvah Day, stop in for Lunch Together... the list goes on.  Scroll down to see what a jam packed month we have ahead at CRS.
Community Engagement
Kristallnacht Commemorative Service
Followed by "The Tiny Mustache"

Friday, November 7th, Erev Shabbat Services

Featuring: Cantor Rebecca Garfein, Cantor Shayna De Lowe, Julie Womack, Organist, J. David Williams & the Rodeph Sholom Augmented Professional Choir.

Following services, please join us for Shabbat dinner and the performance of  "The Tiny Mustache."

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

Lunch Together
"The Tiny Mustache" 

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

Eliot Bailen and Steve Failkoff will speak about the process of writing and creating "The Tiny Mustache" sharing the evolution and origins of the project.


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

Why Be Good?

The Journey Towards a Life of Meaning

Led by Rabbi Robert N. Levine, D.D.

Tuesday, November 11th from 7:00 - 8:30PM 
Remaining 2014 dates: Tuesdays, November 18, 25; December 2

The High Holy Days underscore the urgency to live a good life, to be proud of who we are and what we do.  But why?! Join Rabbi Levine for a personal and honest exploration of mortality, meaning, legacy, and the world beyond our own.

To register or for more information, please contact: or 645-454-3029

Led by Rabbi Jonathan Slater 

Friday, November 14th from 4:15-5:45PM

Join us and prepare for your Shabbat--and other days--with sessions on mindfulness, using meditation, and focused text study, as well as other opportunities to stop, take a deep breath, and reflect on the life you are living.

For this session we will be using Rabbi Slater's book, A Partner in Holiness.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact:

Friday, November 14th at 5:00PM 
Before Erev Shabbat Services

The Membership Committee invites you 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).

We will welcome new members as well as our new Education and Youth staff members, Sara Spanjer, Associate Director of Youth & Teen Engagement; Danny Kron, Assistant Director of Youth & Teen Engagement; and Ahuva Graber, Assistant Director of Religious Education.

For more information, please contact: or 646-454-3051

Global Day of Jewish Learning


Sunday, November 16 from 9:45AM-5:00PM

Drisha Institute, 37 W 65th Street, 5th Floor


The Global Day of Jewish Learning brings the Jewish people together once a year to celebrate our shared Jewish texts through community based learning. Over 400 communities in 48 countries and six continents will come together for a day of Torah study focusing on the theme, "Heroes and Villains, Saints and Fools: The People in the Book."


This year, CRS is co-sponsoring a local event with other Upper West Side Jewish organizations, and Rabbi Laufer is teaching! For more information, the full schedule, and to register, click here.

Fall Shabbaton

With Rabbi Aaron Panken


Friday, November 21st at 6:00PM and 

Saturday, November 22nd at 10:15AM

Rodeph Sholom's own Rabbi Aaron Panken was recently inaugurated as the President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  Celebrate with him and hear more about his path and vision for the Reform Movement.


We will also have the opportunity to honor Michael Kimmel for his 5 wonderful years as Executive Director before he moves on to his exciting new endeavors.  


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:



November E-Advocacy - Protect the Rights of Migrant Children:  In the Torah, we are instructed 36 times to welcome the stranger. As Jews, we have been strangers in unfamiliar lands, seeking refuge and safety in places that were not our homes.  In 2008, Congress unanimously passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), which ensures that children entering the United States alone who are not from Mexico or Canada are prevented from being sent back quickly to their country of origin in addition to other protective legal measures.  Currently, some members of Congress have proposed changes to TVPRA that would treat migrant children coming from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala the same as those from contiguous countries, thus depriving them of the opportunity to access legal and social assistance that might determine that they qualify for legal relief.   Please click here to urge Members of Congress to oppose rollbacks to the TVPRA.


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 

Thanksgiving Challenge


We are thrilled that the 32nd season of the CRS Homeless Shelter is off to a terrific start!  With all the volunteer slots filled for November, we would like to see December and January covered by Thanksgiving, November 27th.  Click here to take the CRS Homeless Shelter Thanksgiving Challenge and sign up for a night in December or January. 

St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen


Sunday, December 14th 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.

Mitzvah Weekend 2014
November 8-9, 2014

SoulCycle Challenge
Saturday, November 8th at 6:30PM
For adults only. Sign up, dig deep, give back*

Meet at W. 83rd for a short and sweet Havdalah service. Then, choose your own adventure:
  1. Head down the block and sweat it out at SoulCycle with Julie D. and Rabbi Laufer. 8pm ride, $36, all donations go to Gift of Life to cover the cost of testing kits. Space is limited! RSVP required to pick your bike:
  2. Indoor cycling not your thing? Hang out at CRS for tasty treats, good company, and a chance to give back to our neighbors by packing birthday boxes for Dorot's seniors and backpacks for our Backpack Buddies program. 

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

*"Price of admission" is a new item suitable for a birthday gift for a senior (e.g., a notebook/pen set, potpourri, glasses cases, jewelry boxes, or a mug).


Mitzvah Day Volunteering

Sunday, November 9th

Join the Rodeph Sholom community for a day of service and mitzvot on Sunday, November 9th! We welcome everyone to participate in this fabulous day of giving back. With 24 projects, there are many ways to get involved!


For more information about ways to volunteer or to register, please visit the Mitzvah Weekend website:

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

Jewish Basics


Wednesday, November 5th from 7:00-8:00PM 

Remaining 2014 dates: Wednesdays, November 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

Book Club


Thursday, November 6th at 7:00PM

Remaining 2014 dates: Thursday, December 4th


We are reading Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky.  For our next meeting we are reading A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman.


To RSVP or for more information, please contact:

How to Raise a Mentsch

The Parenting Discussion Group

Led by Rabbi Spratt, Rabbi Laufer, 

and RSS Parent, Rabbi Erica Gerson


Wednesday, November 12th from 8:45-10:00AM 

Remaining 2014 dates: Wednesday, December 10


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

Mah Jongg


Thursday, November 13th from 1:00-4:00PM

Remaining 2014 dates: Thursday, 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, November 21st from 12:00-1:30PM Remaining 2014 dates: Friday, 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

Therapists' Study Group


Tuesday, December 2nd from 10:30-11:30AM 


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.

 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


Thanksgiving is just over the horizon - a time of joy and abundance. Celebrate this season with your donation to the 2014 Appeal.  Click here to make a gift online or send your gift to the synagogue at your earliest convenience.  Your gift to the appeal supplements the operating budget, of which only 65% is covered by membership dues. Your gift sustains the synagogue's excellent programming while assisting fellow members who need assistance with dues or religious school fees.

To make an automatic recurring gift or for any questions, please contact: 646-454-3052

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New York, NY 10024