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.
January 5, 2016
Special Events

On December 1st, 1965, a fire destroyed The Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy, our closest religious neighbor. In the months that followed, our synagogue became shared space; the church held its services within our walls.  Now, on the 50th anniversary of this event, our communities will join together for a weekend of hospitality, learning, and thanksgiving. 
Inspiring Women of the Congregation

Get inspired by our four honorees, who will offer fascinating insight into their work in book publishing, their lives, and Jewish journeys.  
Community Engagement
Auditions for Seussical 

The Rodeph Sholom Theater Company is now holding auditions for our production of Seussical.   

Children's Auditions (Grades 3-4)

Adult Auditions
Dementia, Alzheimer's, and Other Memory Disorders:  Information and Strategies for Coping with the Road Ahead

The Caring Community Mental Health Initiative presents a luncheon for caregivers and families. 
Congregational Pre-neg

There will be beverages and light snacks at 5:00PM in the lobby.  Come and mingle!
Reel Theology
Remaining dates: February 2, 16

Can films really provide occasions of transcendence, divine encounter and Jewish religious exploration?
Chamber Music

Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom will present a delightful afternoon of music. 
OFFSITE: Shalom Hartman Lecture Series

Lecture four in this series is "Valuing Pride: Navigating Commitment and Complexity." 

It will be held at Central Synagogue. 

CRS congregants may attend this lecture free of charge. Go to and use the code CRS15 to register.

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

What can you do about the refugee crisis? 
Click here to find out.
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.
Sew and S0   
Monday, February 1st, 6:30-8:00PM 
The Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy
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.
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 remainder of the 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.
Ongoing Adult Learning Opportunities
Book Group
Remaining dates: February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7

Enjoy discussing books and making new friends. We will be discussing American Pastoral by Philip Roth.  Next month we will discuss Suddenly a Knock at the Door by Etgar Keret.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact:
Personal and Spiritual Pathways
Through the Psalms
With Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson
Remaining dates: February 5, March 11, April 1, May 13, June 10

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.
Hebrew Classes: Beginning, Continuing, Prayer Book 

It's never too late to learn - our instructor Sara Rosen's oldest Hebrew student is 99 years old.  These classes meet for 7 sessions.

There are also two Hebrew Mini-Marathon classes offered as part of the Jewish Basics course.  These take place on Wednesdays, March 2nd and March 9th, from 7:00-8:30PM. Contact Emily Gallagher at
(646) 454-3029 or if you are interested in attending one or both dates.

For more information and to register, go to For questions, contact or call 646-454-3029.
Therapists' Study Group
Remaining dates: February 9, March 8, April 12, May 10

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.
Jewish Basics 
Remaining dates: January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 30; April 6, 13, 20; May 4, 18, 25

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.
Mah Jongg
Remaining dates: February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9

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:
Lunch Together 
Remaining dates: March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7

Programs this year will include a musical performance of Jewish composers, films, authors, and conversations about Jews from different lands.  This is all preceded by an hour of schmoozing and noshing. 

Please RSVP to
Yom Kippur Appeal 5776/2015


Yes, we are still accepting donations to the 2015 Yom Kippur Appeal! There is still time to have your name included in the spring Chronicle - and your participation will be greatly appreciated.

Every gift we receive is critically important in supporting our operating budget and meeting all the needs of our congregation. 

Support from the Yom Kippur Appeal strengthens our ability to present a superb array of programs and services for congregants of every age and allows us to extend membership to every family that wishes to join CRS, regardless of circumstances. 

Click here to make an online donation or call Lyndsie Levine, Director of Development, at 646.454.3050.