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.
July 2, 2015
High Holy Days 5776 
Tickets will be mailed on August 14th

We recently mailed information regarding High Holy Days at CRS. Click below for further resources.  
Tisha B'Av Closing Service

Tisha B'Av (the 9th of Av) is traditionally a day of mourning and remembrance. Jewish memory recalls this as a day of tragedy and loss throughout our history. However, even within the darkness of these memories, the close of Tisha B'Av also serves to kindle hope for a new era and new memories yet to be formed. Join Rabbi Spratt and Cantor De Lowe as we close the day of Tisha B'Av with worship and discussion. We will have a chance to delve into the deeper meanings of the day, reflect on loss, and turn in prayer towards a season of hope and new beginnings.
Community Engagement
Register Now for the URJ Biennial
Shape the future of the Reform Movement, and be transformed in the process.

Come join a delegation of fellow congregants, as well as Rabbi Spratt, Cantor De Lowe, and President Marty Flumenbaum at the URJ Biennial, November 4-8 in sunny Orlando. The exciting agenda includes a presidential candidate forum moderated by NBC's Chuck Todd, and the list of speakers include Ambassador Rabbi David Saperstein, New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, Israeli author Ari Shavit, and the youngest female Knesset member in Israel's history, Stav Shaffir. Read more...
CRSCampstagram Summer 2015 

Kids going off to camp this summer? Let us send them their very own CRSCampstagram! Your clergy want to be in touch and remind them that their CRS family is thinking about them! Click here and tell us where we can send a little note of good wishes for a summer of fun!
2016 Presidential Breakfast and Discussion 

Brown University's Wendy Schiller, six-time recipient of the Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award and a professor of Political Science and Public Policy as well as the head of the Political Science Department, will discuss all the possible candidates -- both Republicans and Democrats -- for president in the 2016 election.Professor Schiller will assess each potential candidate's strengths and weaknesses in the context of platform, personality, organization, and fundraising.

This event is free for members of Congregation Rodeph Sholom.
To RSVP and for more information, please contact: or call (800) 300-3438 
Use code: CRS for your FREE ticket.

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 Shelter

Join us for the 33rd year of our shelter and volunteer to spend one night. Click here to find out more and to help us fully staff the Shelter for the 2015-2016 year. We have many nights pledged from congregants, but currently only 34 nights fully staffed of 168 nights this coming year - so sign-up now!

CRS Social Action Initiative:



July E-Advocacy: Expand Gun Violence Protections for Victims of Domestic Abuse - Most female murder victims are killed by someone with whom they have had an intimate relationship (i.e., a spouse, ex-spouse, boyfriend or former boyfriend) - 48.6% of those murdered were in dating relationships. Currently, the law bars convicted domestic abusers from owning guns, but it does not apply to dating partners. In addition, even though a high percentage of women murdered by an intimate partner were stalked in the year preceding their death, current law does not bar convicted stalkers from possessing guns. The purpose of Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act is to close these loopholes so that all women can be protected. Torah expressly commands that we "do not stand idly by while [our] neighbor's blood is shed" (Leviticus 16:19). Click here to let Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand know that this bill resonates with our Jewish values and urge them to continue to take a stand against gun and domestic violence and stalking by supporting the Act. You are just two clicks and one minute away from making a difference.

Ongoing Adult Learning and Life

Bereavement Support Group

Led by Ruth Kobrin


Tuesday, July 7th from 7:00-8:00PM

Remaining dates: Tuesdays, July 14, 21, 28


These sessions have been created for those who have suffered the loss of a parent, spouse, or sibling. We invite you to share experiences and to receive interpersonal support, comfort, and guidance.  


For more information, please contact:
New Mom's Discussion Group
Tuesday, July 14th from 11:30AM-1:30PM
Remaining dates: Tuesdays, July 21, 28; August 4, 11

Am I ever going to sleep again? My baby just _____. Is that normal? What does it mean to be a mother? 

When you have a newborn, the questions seem endless-and often, the answers seem distant. Join Hannah Lavan, LMSW, Rabbi Sari Laufer, and other new moms for an honest, intimate, and facilitated discussion group about the big questions and daily grind of (new) parenthood. Grounded in Jewish values, but open to all, we invite you and your newborns (0-16 weeks) to chat, connect, and navigate these early days together. It's a great way to meet new friends "in the neighborhood."

All are welcome.
Members: $36 for all 5 sessions
Non-members: $110 for all 5 sessions
Pre-registration requested:

These Are a Few of My Favorite... Texts

With Rabbi Greg Weitzman


Tuesday, July 14th from 7:00-8:30PM 

Remaining dates: Tuesdays, July 21, 28; August 4


Want to get to know our new rabbi? Don't want to wait for the High Holy Days? Here's your chance! This summer, join the newest member of our clergy team, Rabbi Greg Weitzman, as he takes us through some of his favorite Jewish texts. Whether you can come to one session or all four, a different text each week will give you a little taste of who he is. Hebrew knowledge is not a prerequisite; a friendly welcome and interest in learning is! Bring yourself (and a friend if you want!) and your questions!


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

Roll of Remembrance 5776/2015
Deadline: August 10, 2015

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 2015 book, please respond by August 10, 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