In This Issue
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.
May 5, 2015
Community Engagement
A Bride for One Night: Seduction, Devotion, and the Rabbinic Imagination
Led by Rabbi Sari Laufer

Remaining dates: Tuesdays, May 12, 19

Join Rabbi Sari Laufer for a chance to study some of the Talmudic stories featured in Ruth Calderon's book, A Bride For One Night. Each session will focus on a single story, Calderon's analysis of it, and further material to help us read deeply into the tale. Fans of Talmud and literature alike are cordially invited (fans of neither are also invited!). No previous knowledge of Talmud or Bible is required.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or call 646-454-3029
The Drowsy Chaperone:
A Musical Within A Comedy
The Rodeph Sholom Theater Company's 
10th Annual Musical Production

Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00PM
Thursday, May 7th at 7:00PM
Saturday, May 9th at 8:00PM*
Sunday, May 10th at 1:30PM and 6:00PM
*This performance will be ASL interpreted

Click here to purchase tickets!

For more information, please contact: or call 646-454-3108
Shabbat Study Series: The Festival Megillot
Shavuot | Ruth

The Festival Megillot - selected readings from our Writings that accompany our holidays - offer profound lessons on life, love, relationships, and experiencing "the seasons." Join us for Shabbat afternoon comestibles, camaraderie, and conversation about these texts.  No prior knowledge necessary, just interest!

To RSVP and for more information, please contact: or call 646-454-3029
Confirmation Service

You are invited to attend the annual service of Confirmation when we will honor this year's Confirmands:

Matthew Chatzinoff
Jamie Dessen
Angelica Grandizio
Navah Little
Eliza Paradise
Samantha Paradise
Griffin Shahmanesh
Isabel Wolfson

A festive Oneg Shabbat will follow the service.
Chamber Music


Saturday, May 16th following Shabbat Morning Services


To RSVP or for more information, please contact:

173rd Annual Congregational Meeting

Agenda will include Election of Trustees , Election of Assistant Rabbi Greg Weitzman, and Vote on Amended By-laws.

For more information, please contact: or call 212-362-8800
Lunch Together
Are We Headed to a Good or Bad Deal with Iran?

Remaining date: Tuesday, June 9

Ambassador Aaron Jacob, Associate Director of International Affairs for American Jewish Committee, will provide background on and lead an examination of the many thorny questions arising from the Iran negotiations.  Join us for what promises to be a lively Lunch Together. Read more...


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

Shavuot Service and Yizkor Memorial Prayer
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.

For more information, please contact: or call 212-362-8800
High School Graduation
Honoring all of Our Seniors and CRuSTY Installation

You are cordially invited to attend this special service as we recognize our TUESDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL graduates and Madrichim Teaching Assistants, and offer blessings to all graduating seniors, recognizing their long-term connection to the Rodeph Sholom community.

Tuesday Night Graduates:
Natalee Bass
Theodore Dubno
Jake Eden
Luke Gordon
Matt Mandel
Alexander Oltarsh
Rebecca Simantov
Emma Weinert

Madrichim Teaching Assistants:
Julia Renee Donheiser
Emily Josephson
Jessica Sirota

We will also welcome our 2015-2016 CRuSTY Executive Board.  Elections will take place on May 12th.

A festive Oneg Shabbat will follow the service.
Israel Parade

Sunday, May 31st at 11:00AM

The Parade will go up Manhattan's Fifth Avenue from 57th to 74th Streets.  Come march with us - rain or shine!
Keep an eye out for more information about our group's meeting location and step off time.  
16th Annual Pride Shabbat
A service honoring and celebrating the LGBTQ community of Rodeph Sholom

Enjoy an evening of beautiful music, inspiring liturgy, and shared stories about the past, present, and future of LGBTQ life at Rodeph Sholom.
As part of our community celebration, we invite our LGBTQ members and their families* to join us for a festive pre-Oneg Shabbat (Pro-Neg) at 5:15PM; a chance to connect, schmooze, and raise a toast to our CRS celebration of Pride Month. 

*Friends and allies are welcome too!

For more information, please contact:

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
Mitzvah Weekend Kick-Off 
Planning Meeting

Wednesday, May 13th from 8:30-10:00AM

Join congregants and clergy from all parts of the CRS community to plan our largest community service program of the year.  We will be running 25 programs over the weekend of October 23-25, so there is something for everyone.  We are always looking for new, hands-on, meaningful projects to support charitable organizations. If you have an idea that you would like to explore with us or would like to be involved with planning and running one of our established projects, come join us.

Can't make the meeting but interested in participating? Email the Mitzvah Day Committee at:

CRS Social Action Initiative:



May E-Advocacy: Help End LGBTQ Immigration Discrimination in Israel - Under the Law of Return, Israel grants citizenship to the non-Jewish spouse of any Jew making aliya (moving to Israel).  However, the Israeli Citizenship Law does not recognize same-sex marriage for the purposes of Immigration.  As the law is applied today, for his or her first three years in Israel, the non-Jewish spouse of a same-sex couple is not entitled to national health insurance or an ID card.  In addition, while a streamlined path to citizenship is available for the non-Jewish spouse in an opposite-sex marriage, the non-Jewish spouse in a same-sex marriage faces a seven-year process that will most likely lead to becoming a permanent resident, a status that does not include the right to vote or an Israeli passport.  Torah commands: "When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I the Lord am your God" (Lev. 19:33- 34). Follow this link to urge Israeli Interior Minister Gilad Erdan to provide same-sex couples equal treatment under the Israeli Citizenship Law.

St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen

Sunday, May 17th from 11:45AM-3:30PM
Seven volunteers needed! 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. To volunteer, sign up on VolunteerHub.
Backpack Buddies

Every week during the school year, our Backpack Buddies program provides a targeted group of children from the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center 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.
Ongoing Adult Learning and Life
Jewish Basics
The Vocabulary of Jewish Texts

Remaining dates: Wednesdays, May 20, 27

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 RSVP or for more information, please contact: or call 646-454-3029
Mah Jongg
Thursday, May 14th from 1:00-4:00PM
Remaining date: Thursday, June 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:

Book Club


Thursday, May 14th at 7:00PM


We are reading The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: Novel Hardcover by Susan Jane Gilman.  


To RSVP or for more information, please contact:

Sisterhood Kos Kafe

Meet your sisters of all ages from the Congregation to share coffee, light breakfast, and interesting conversation.  We will send you the address when you RSVP (we know, very secretive).

To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or call 646-454-3101

Personal and Spiritual Pathways 

Through The Psalms

With Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson


Friday, May 15th at 12:00PM


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

Sisterhood Torah Study

Thursday, June 4th from 7:00-8:30PM

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! Address provided upon RSVP.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact: or call 646-454-3101

How to Raise a Mentsch

The Parenting Discussion Group

Led by Rabbi Spratt, Rabbi Laufer, 

and RSS Parent, Rabbi Erica Gerson


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


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

CRS Walking Group


Tuesdays at 9:15AM (weather permitting)

Meet at CRS


Come walk with us to stay healthy and fit, make new friends or spend time with old ones.  


This group is spearheaded by RSS parents and CRS congregants.  All are welcome!


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

Ner Tamid Society Event

Rodeph Sholom's Ner Tamid Society recognizes members who have made provisions in their wills on behalf of this synagogue, benefiting our community for many years to come. If you have included Rodeph Sholom in your estate plans--or are thinking about doing so--we'd like to thank you at a reception and guided tour of "Lincoln and the Jews" at the New York Historical Society on Wednesday, May 27th from 4 - 6 PM.   There will be no solicitation but someone will be there to answer your questions about making a planned gift to Rodeph Sholom. 

Space is limited so please reserve at your earliest convenience by contacting 646-454-3052 or