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.
August 4, 2015
High Holy Days 5776
Tickets will be mailed on August 14th

In July, we mailed information regarding the High Holy Days at CRS. Click below for further resources.
Selichot: Entering the High Holy Days
Return us to You and we will return. Renew our days as of old. (Lamentations 5:21)

Selichot is the "overture" to the High Holy Days; it is a chance to experience the music and majesty of the High Holy Day liturgy, in a quiet, reflective, and intimate environment. Begin to open yourself to the season of reflection and returning with an evening of prayer and song. 
8:00 - 9:30PM Havdalah and Selichot Services
Erev Sukkot Family Experience
Shake Shake Shake...Your Lulav!

From 3:30-4:15PM: Sing and Shake in the Sukkah (ages 3 and under)

From 4:30-5:30PM: Family Sukkot Experience: Arts and Crafts, Stories, and Snacks (all ages)

From 5:30-6:00PM: Blessings with clergy in the Sukkah (all ages)
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 joyful music.
Sukkot Morning Service

Join us on Sukkot morning for more celebrations!
Community Engagement
Thank You and Best Wishes to Rabbi Kaye 
Help Us Say Good-bye

We are planning on giving Rabbi Kaye a fitting send off and we need your help!  First, we ask you to share your stories and remembrances about Rabbi Kaye so that we can compile a memory book. Please send your much-appreciated contribution by August 10th to

We also invite you to a special Erev Shabbat service and reception on August 21st to say goodbye to Rabbi Kaye and thank her for all her contributions to CRS over the past 11 years.  

Calling all singers!
Join Rodeph Sholom's Adult Volunteer Choir

No experience necessary, just a desire to sing and share in our Jewish musical heritage. Participate in the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah, Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
Rehearsal in our sanctuary: 
Tuesday, September 1st, 6:30-8:00PM
Final rehearsal in our sanctuary: 
Tuesday, September 15th, 8:15AM

Service: Tuesday, September 15th, 9:30AM
To join or for more information: Please contact the Cantors' study at
Register Now for the URJ Biennial
Shape the future of the Reform Movement, and be transformed in the process.

What is the best way to connect with the Reform Jewish Movement?  Be a part of our delegation of fellow congregants, Rabbi Spratt, Cantor De Lowe, and President Marty Flumenbaum at the URJ Biennial, November 4-8 in sunny Orlando. 

There will be expert panels and lively discussions about the most important issues to Reform Jews today. There will also be fun activities, music, and a chance to make new friends. Join us! Click here to learn more and sign up.
Jewish Week Literary Seminar 

Please join us for an evening with authors Shulem Deen and Basya Schechter moderated by Sandee Brawarsky, Jewish Week culture editor. Click here to learn more about the guests.

Themes focus on leaving home, finding community, finding a voice and crafting a life. A reception and book signing will follow.

Reservations suggested

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.
Roll of Remembrance 5776/2015
Deadline: August 10th, 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 10th, even if you do not have any changes. Here are three different ways you can be sure your loved one's name is included:
  • 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
Yom Kippur Appeal 5776/2015
To Care. To Help. To Thrive!

The Yom Kippur Appeal supplements the budget, of which only 60% is covered by membership dues. The Appeal makes more funds available for a wide range of programs for children and adults, enables the Synagogue to maintain and repair our beautiful but aging facilities, and to welcome into our congregation the more than 300 families who wish to belong here but need assistance with membership dues or Religious School fees.

No need to wait to send in your Yom Kippur Appeal gift! Your pledge card is the bottom section of your High Holy Days ticket, which you'll be receiving soon.  Simply detach and mail your pledge card to the Synagogue in the envelope provided or click here to make an online credit card gift. For details about automatic recurring payment options, or for any questions, contact the Development Office at 646-454-3052.
Your participation in the Appeal is the key to a successful year at Rodeph Sholom. We thank you in advance for your gift.
Tikkun Olam
St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen
The 2015-2016 dates are now available!

We need 14 volunteers one Sunday a month from October-June to 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.
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, and are looking to fill 124 out of 182 nights this coming year - so sign-up now!

August E-Advocacy: Urge Congress to Stop Racial Profiling. You have the chance to take a step to stem the tide against institutional racism by urging your Members of Congress to co-sponsor The End of Racial Profiling Act.

Racial profiling is wrong because it is a discriminatory practice based upon negative stereotypes. It also erodes faith in a fair and impartial criminal justice system and diverts resources from investigating actual crimes.  

Judaism teaches us that all of God's children are created b'tzelem Elohim - "in the image of God" (Genesis 1:27).

All citizens are entitled to equal treatment under the law.

Click here to contact your representative.