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.
November 3, 2015
Featured Events for November
Installation of Rabbi Greg D. Weitzman

Join us as we formally install Rabbi Greg D. Weitzman in his post as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Shabbat service and installation ceremony begin at 6:00PM in the Main Sanctuary followed by an Oneg in the Schafler Forum. 
Cantor Emeritus Biran's 90th Birthday
 Shabbat and Oneg 
Friday, December 4th, 6:00PM 

You are cordially invited to attend a celebration in honor of Cantor Emeritus Ephraim Biran on the occasion of his 90th birthday. There will be an Erev Shabbat Service in his honor in the Main Sanctuary at 6:00PM, followed by an Oneg in the Schafler Forum.
Community Engagement
New Moms Group
Remaining dates: November 17, 24; December 1, 8.

An honest, intimate and facilitated discussion group about the big questions and daily grind of new motherhood. 

For more information and to register, please contact  or call 646-454-3029.
Shalom Hartman Lecture Series

Lecture two in this series is "Balancing Self-Preservation and other Moral Values." It will be held at Kehilath Jeshurun.

CRS Congregants may attend this lecture free of charge. 

Go to and use the code CRS15 to register.
RSS Book Fair at CRS 

Highlights for this year include a table dedicated to the works of RSS faculty and staff! For more information, click here.   
Join us and prepare for your Shabbat-and other days-with sessions on mindfulness, using meditation and focused text study.

If you have questions please contact
Chamber Music
Led by Artistic Director Eliot Bailen, Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom is opening its 10th Anniversary season with Kahn, Mahler, and Mozart. 

Reservations suggested, 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

St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen

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. 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. Please sign up!
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.
Adult Learning and Life
Jewish Basics 
Remaining dates in 2015: Wednesdays, November 18; December 2, 9. Continues through May 2016. 

An introduction to basic Jewish culture, ritual, and living. 
For more information and to register, go to If you have questions, please contact or call 646-454-3029.
Book Group
Remaining dates in 2015: December 3. Continues through July 2016.

Enjoy discussing books and making new friends. We will be discussing Safekeeping by Jessamyn Hope. Next month we will read The Assistant by Bernard Malamud.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact:
Therapists' Study Group
Remaining dates in 2015: Tuesday. December 15. Continues through May 2016. 

This group will provide an opportunity to discuss issues unique to therapeutic work, focusing on how Jewish perspectives might be relevant to your practice.

For more information, please contact: Ruth F. Kobrin, LMSW at 646-454-3180.
Art of Cantillation 
with Cantor Shayna De Lowe
Remaining dates: November 18; December 2,9,16.

Students will learn how to chant the ta'amei hamikra, the trope symbols used in the chanting of the Torah. 

For more information and to register, please go to If you have questions, please contact or call 646-454-3029.
Mah Jongg
 Remaining date in 2015:  December 10.

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 date in 2015: December 4. Continues through June 2016.

Through the study of Psalms, we will gather for a personal and participatory learning experience.

For more information and to register, please go to If you have questions, please contact or call 646-454-3029.
Lunch Together 
Continues through June 2016.

Programs this year will include a musical performance of Jewish composers, films, authors - all preceded by an hour of schmoozing and noshing.  Try it, you'll like it! 

Please RSVP to
Yom Kippur Appeal 5776/2015
To Care. To Help. To Thrive!

Thanksgiving will soon be here.  In this season of abundance, please remember to include your donation to the 2015 Appeal in your celebrations. 

Click here to make a gift online or send your gift to the synagogue at your earliest convenience; make checks payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom with "YKA 2015" in the memo line. You may also add a pledge to your synagogue account.

Your gift to the appeal supplements the operating budget, of which only 60% is covered by membership dues. 

Your gift sustains the synagogue's excellent programming while assisting fellow members who need assistance with membership dues or Religious School fees. 

To make an automatic recurring gift or for any questions, contact the Development Office at 646-454-3052. 

If you wish to make a gift of appreciated stock, you may download the instruction sheet here or call the Development Office. Please be sure to leave enough time for the transaction to be completed during this busy season.