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.
October 1, 2015
Erev Simchat Torah
Come show off your best moves at our rockin' Erev Simchat Torah Party. There will be a brief service followed by dancing, so come out!
Simchat Torah and Yizkor Service
The party continues. Sing, dance, and see the whole Torah unrolled! This service will include the prayers and reflections of Yizkor; special children's programming will be available during Yizkor.
Shir Chadash 

Join us for Shir Chadash, a lively, musical song-filled service led by our wonderful cantors and clergy alongside our outstanding instrumentalists on keyboard, drums, guitar and flute. 
Meyer W. Nathans Award 
Shabbat Service and Oneg

Please join us as we honor Arnold N. Bressler for his years of service to the community.
Community Engagement
Inside the Rabbi's Study: Salon Conversations with Rabbi Robert N. Levine 

This month's topic is Israel: How Is Our Relationship Going?

Join Rabbi Levine and fellow congregants for a series of intimate conversations on topics of critical importance in today's complex world. Come to 1 night, come to all 5, come to somewhere in between.

For more information and to register, go to If you have questions, please contact or call 646-454-3029.

Upcoming Salons:
November 3: Anti-Semitism, BDS, and Us
February 23: On Being Mortal: Complicated Choices As We Confront the End of Life
March 15: Are You There, God? It's Me....: A Panel Discussion on God and Theology with Your Rabbis and Cantors
April 19: Decision 2016: Issues Facing the Jewish Voter
Shabbat Study Series 5.0 
Sukkot | Ecclesiasties.   
Echoes of Ecclesiastes:  Join a lively discussion comparing the themes of Ecclesiastes with selections from Camus, Beckett, Yehuda Amichai and others, led by congregant Harry Frischer.

To RSVP please contact:
PJ and Play Storytime

Kiddos and adults alike are invited to drop in and have a seat for our monthly storytime. Guest readers will join us each month to share our favorite PJ Library books, followed by crafts, snacks and playtime on the indoor playground. 
What We Talk About When We Talk About Israel
Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture

Rodeph Sholom has been selected as part of the inaugural year of the Hartman Community Collaborative in New York City. This is our opportunity to engage in large, public conversations on Israel.

CRS congregants may attend this lecture series at no cost. Our participation is generously funded by the Dora and Leo Diamond Day Program Fund. 

To register:
The CRS community registration code is: CRS15

Film Screening of A Song for You
A SONG FOR YOU is a story of survival. In 1943, the Karp family escaped the Nazis by crossing the Pyrenees on foot with the help of the French Resistance. This film tells their story.

Producer and director Sharon Karp is the aunt of Ron Bernstein, CRS congregant and RSS board trustee.  She will be at the screening to talk about making the movie.
Mitzvah Day Weekend

Ready, set, #MakeYourMitzvahMark! Do something active and rewarding. To help others and have a great time doing it, go to and jump start your year of mitzvot!
Young Families Shabbat Dinner

Geared towards children age 5 and under, and held twice a year, these dinners are a chance to sing some songs, eat some food, make some friends, and get your Shabbat on in time for bedtime.

To RSVP or for more information please contact:
Sisterhood Torah Study
Monday, November 2nd, 8:30-10:00AM

Gather in a member's home for some breakfast nosh, interesting texts and meaningful conversation. 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

Commit to social action in the New Year by engaging in CRS's monthly e-advocacy opportunities!

It takes seconds to help. You can do this mitzvah right now!

Today, millions of refugees need your help to find safety.

Click here to urge President Obama and Congress to address the refugee crisis. 
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
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 want to fill up all dates for our 182 nights of providing a warm safe place to sleep for homeless men. Please sign up!
Adult Learning and Life
CRS Walking Group
Meet at CRS!

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

For more information, please contact: Deborah Siegel or 646-454-3050.
Mah Jongg
 Remaining dates:  November 12th; December 10th

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
 Remaining dates:  November 12th; December 10th

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.

For more information and to register, please go to If you have questions, please contact or call 646-454-3029.
Therapists' Study Group
Remaining dates: Tuesdays, November 10; December 15; January 12; February 9; March 8; April 12; May 10

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 more information, please contact: Ruth F. Kobrin, LMSW at 646-454-3180.
Jewish Basics 
Remaining dates: Wednesdays, November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9

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.

For more information and to register, go to If you have questions, please contact or call 646-454-3029.
Hebrew Classes
Taught by Sara Rosen 
Dates and times vary 

Class Levels:
Beginning Hebrew
Continuing Hebrew
Prayer Book Hebrew

For more information and to register, go to If you have questions, please contact or call 646-454-3029.
Yom Kippur Appeal 5776/2015
To Care. To Help. To Thrive!

Your autumn check list:
  • Get Flu Shot
  • Sign up for Adult Education at CRS
  • Volunteer for the Shelter or Back Pack Buddies
  • Make gift to this year's Yom Kippur Appeal
Making a gift to the Yom Kippur Appeal is easy to do - just return your pledge card if you still have it (it was attached to your High Holy Days ticket) or send your gift with a brief note designating the Appeal; make checks payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom with "YKA 2015" in the memo line. Click here to make a credit card gift online or call the Development office at 646.454.3052.
Your gift to the Yom Kippur Appeal makes a difference - for our worship and programs, for upkeep on our beautiful facilities, and for your fellow members who need assistance with membership dues or Religious School fees. Please give as generously as you can. For details on the automatic recurring payment option, or for any questions, contact the Development Office.