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.
March 1, 2016
Special Events
Celebrating Our Youth Erev Shabbat Service 
a Festive Pre-neg and Shabbat Dinner

The Membership Committee invites you to come early to schmooze and nosh before services. Congregational Pre-neg at 5pm in the lobby, come one, come all, no need to RSVP. 

This Erev Shabbat Service will celebrate the voices of our youth and teens. It will be led by our 2nd - 12th graders.  

The service will be followed by a Shabbat dinner for families with games, crafts, Treat House treats, and a Chocolate Works chocolate fountain.

For the Shabbat dinner, please RSVP to Dina Newman,
Purim Services and Celebrations

Shabbat Study Series: Purim

 Purim Carnival
5:00PM  for children ages 0-7
5:30PM all ages

Purim Shireinu Service

Erev Purim
4:30PM for children ages 0-5
5:15PM all ages

Purim Morning Service and Megillah reading
Community Engagement
Inside the Rabbi's Study: Salon Conversations with Rabbi Robert N. Levine

This week's topic is Are You There, God? It's Me...: A Panel Discussion on God and Theology with Your Rabbis and Cantors.

To register, contact or call 646-454-3029.
Caregivers Support Group (New)
This is a pilot program for all caregivers or family members dealing with an ongoing illness or disability of a loved one. We will discuss dealing with anxieties, fears, burnout and coping skills.
Sisterhood Cooking Event
You are invited to the Second Annual CRS Sisterhood and RSS Parents Association Cooking Event. Come cook and party with us in celebration of Sisterhood's 125th Anniversary!
OFFSITE: Communities of Character: A Conversation with David Brooks
This event will be held at The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center.
OFFSITE: Shalom Hartman Lecture Series
This lecture features Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman and Rabbi Joy Levitt, and will be held at The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center.

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
Sew and So

Create sustainable feminine hygiene kits: in conjunction with the organization Days for Girls, volunteers will be sewing the 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 sign up.
Ongoing Adult Learning Opportunities
Hebrew Mini-Marathon
Remaining date: March 9 

A chance to start learning or refresh your comprehension. 
To register, contact or call 646-454-3029.
Book Group
Remaining dates: April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7

We will be discussing In My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany by Yascha Mounk. Next month we will discuss The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact:
Therapists' Study Group
Remaining dates: 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: 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:
Personal and Spiritual Pathways
Through the Psalms
With Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson
Remaining dates: 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.
New Moms Group
 Remaining dates: March 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19

Join Hannah Lavan, LMSW, Rabbi Sari Laufer, and new moms for an honest, intimate, and facilitated discussion group about the big questions and daily grind of (new) parenthood.
Jews, Food, History, and Memory  
Remaining dates: March 29; April 5 is a Sisterhood-RSS PA cooking event open to all
As in many cultures what we eat, how we eat it, and whom we eat with is central to our identity. From brisket to bagels, latkes to jelly doughnuts and more, we tell our stories - communal and personal - through the food we cook and eat.

From culinary history to cookbooks and memoirs, these three lectures, starting with Professor Hasia Diner, will make you think, make you ask, and make you hungry...

To RSVP, please contact Emily Gallagher,
How to Raise a Mentsch
Remaining date: May 18
Join in the discussion of a parenting book group.
Jewish Basics 
Remaining dates:  April 6, 13, 20; May 4, 18, 25

An introduction to basic Jewish culture, ritual, and living. 

To register, contact or call 646-454-3029.
Lunch Together
Remaining dates: May 3, June 21
Lunch and discussion on a variety of topics relevant to Jewish Life.
Margulies Fund Scholarship

Are you planning to enroll in a long-term program in Israel between now and June, 2016? A limited amount of scholarship money is available to those who celebrated their Bar/Bat Mitzvah at CRS, were confirmed at CRS, or graduated from Rodeph Sholom School. 

The terms of the Margulies Fund stipulate that course work must be at a recognized institution of higher learning or an institution connected with the Reform movement, such as NFTY-EIE summer session. Course work should include the history of the Zionist movement and the importance to Jews of the State of Israel in the modern world. 

The recipient of a Margulies Scholarship will agree to a service commitment at Rodeph Sholom upon completion of his/her program. 

The deadline for applications is May 1st. To inquire about a scholarship, please contact Lyndsie Levine at or (646) 454-3050.