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.
December 1, 2015
Featured Event
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.
Special Worship Service
Shireinu Chanukah Service
Saturday, December 12, 11:00AM

This Chanukah service is designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs.  

To learn more about Rodeph Sholom's Shireinu program, and how to prepare for the service, click here.
Community Engagement
Shabbat Study Series: Chanukah 

Enjoy a post-service nosh and thoughtful look at the core texts related to this holiday.  
Beit Café 

Brighten your weekend with a Winter Chanukah Party with delicious food, games, a raffle and silent auction prizes to support our youth programs. Fun for the whole family!
OFFSITE: Kickoff Party for PJ Library Challah for Hunger Program
Sunday, December 6th, 10:30AM 

Challah taste test, Rabbi Sari Laufer reading stories, an easy-peasy art project, and a chance to sign up for this exciting new program.  All this and jelly doughnuts just in time for the first night of Chanukah.  Who could say no to that?
Chanukah Latke Party

A great night of food and fun for everyone. The Children's Choir and the Jr. Jr. Choir will participate.
Shalom Hartman Lecture Series

Lecture three in this series is "No Justice, No Peace?
The Place of Justice in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." 

It will be held at B'nai Jeshurun and CRS Congregants may attend this lecture free of charge. 

Go to and use the code CRS15 to register.
Farewell Pre-neg for Deborah Siegel 
Please join us for a special Pre-neg farewell for Deborah Siegel, Director of Development, who is retiring after 10 years of service to Rodeph Sholom. She will be greatly missed!

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

OFFSITE: Sew and S0

Volunteers will be sewing Days for Girls kit components. We are also knitting for the Shawl Ministry and Seamen's Church Institute. Beginners welcome as we are happy to teach people how to knit and sew.
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 weekend backpack full of food to children in our neighborhood who receive free lunch and breakfast during the school week. Our partners in distribution are the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, and the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy. Click here to find out more.
Adult Learning and Life
Jewish Basics 
Remaining date in 2015: December 9th. Continues through May 2016. 

An introduction to basic Jewish culture, ritual, and living. 
For more information and to register, go to For questions, contact or call 646-454-3029.
Art of Cantillation 
with Cantor Shayna De Lowe
Remaining dates: December 9th and 16th.

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, go to For questions, contact or call 646-454-3029.
Book Group
Continues through July 2016.

Enjoy discussing books and making new friends. We will be discussing The Assistant by Bernard Malamud.  Next month we will discuss American Pastoral by Philip Roth.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact:
Personal and Spiritual Pathways
Through The Psalms
With Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson
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, go to For questions, contact or call 646-454-3029.
Mah Jongg
Continues through June 2016

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, contact:
Therapists' Study Group
Continues through May 2016. 

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

For questions, contact Ruth F. Kobrin, LMSW, at 646-454-3180.
Lunch Together 
Continues through June 2016.

Programs this year will include a musical performance of Jewish composers, films, authors, and conversations about Jews from different lands.  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!

It's almost the end of the year - have you made your 2015 Appeal gift yet? 

The last day for donations to qualify for a 2015 tax credit is December 31st. The Development Department will be closed beginning December 24th at 2 PM to January 4th but you may click here to make a secure online donation before midnight on the 31st.

You may also send a check, made payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom, and postmarked by December 31st. 

Finally, you have the option to add your pledge to your synagogue account - contact the Development Office at 646.454.3052 for assistance.

Your participation in the Appeal - no matter the amount - will be very much appreciated. 

All gifts to the Appeal will be listed in the Spring Chronicle.