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.
February 2, 2016
Special Events
Special Notice 
On Friday, February 5th, 6PM, at Erev Shabbat, Rabbi Robert N. Levine will give a D'var Torah. A part of his sermon will be a reflection of his thoughts about his beloved mother, the late Lillian Levine.
Inside the Rabbi's Study Lecture Series 
 Tuesday, February 23rd, 7:00PM
On Being Mortal: Complicated Choices As We Confront the End of Life.
Upcoming Salons:
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

To register, go to
Contact or call 646-454-3029.
Community Engagement
Chamber Music
Join us for the second concert in the 10th season! This Saturday's program features Susan Rotholz, Eliot Bailen, and Margaret Kampmeier. 
Join us and prepare for your Shabbat - and other days - with sessions on mindfulness, using meditation and focused text study, as well as other opportunities...

Reel Theology

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

Brotherhood Annual Film Festival
This year's theme is "Crossing the Line." CRS Brotherhood has chosen two films, "A Wing and a Prayer" and "Apples from the Desert" that explore the Jewish experience of breaking rules and breaking traditions. 
OFFSITE: Shalom Hartman Lecture Series
This lecture features Dr. Ruth Calderon, and will be held at Ansche Chesed.

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
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 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
Jewish Basics 
Remaining dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2 & 9 Hebrew Mini-Marathons; 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.
Book Group
Remaining dates: March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7

We will be discussing  Suddenly a Knock at the Door by Etgar Keret. Next month we will be discussing Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany by Yascha Mount.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact:
Personal and Spiritual Pathways
Through the Psalms
With Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson
Remaining dates: 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.
Therapists' Study Group
Remaining dates: 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.
Mah Jongg
Remaining dates: 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: April 5, May 3, June 7
This month's program features writer Jason Starr, a contributor to the anthology Jewish Noir.

Please RSVP to
Memorial Plaques

There are still two Yizkor services this year when the lights next to all memorial plaques on the frames in the back of the Main Sanctuary will be lit - Passover and Shavuot. 

If you wish to purchase a memorial plaque in honor of your loved one(s) before these upcoming services, please contact Lyndsie Levine, Director of Development at 646.454.3050 or click here for a downloadable brochure.

Please note that memorial plaque production takes approximately eight weeks.