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.
April 5, 2016
Passover at CRS
Freedom Seder

History, tradition, and community. Co-hosted by Congregation Rodeph Sholom and Memorial Baptist Church. 

To RSVP, contact or call 
Congregational Seder
Led by Rabbi Ben Spratt and Cantor Shayna De Lowe.

To RSVP, contact
Shabbat Morning/1st Day Passover Morning Service 

The Children's Choir will participate.
Concluding Passover/Yizkor Service

Yizkor Memorial Prayer
Shireinu Passover Service

A warm, inviting, musical and interactive experience, accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs. 
Community Engagement
Inside the Rabbi's Study Lecture Series
The topic is Decision 2016: Issues Facing the Jewish Voter. 

Support Rodeph Sholom Theater Company
with an advertisement in our Playbill

Place an advertisement in the Seussical™ program and reach over 1,000 people in one week while supporting our theater!  

If you would like to send a special message to a cast or crew member, or, if you have a business you'd like your fellow congregants to know about, go to to get the form. 
Tikkun Olam

Today, no one earning the minimum wage can afford a two bedroom apartment anywhere in the country. 

We spend $7 billion alone in public assistance going to fast-food workers who typically earn the minimum wage.

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.
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 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
Jewish Basics: The Vocabulary of Jewish Texts 
Remaining dates:  April 13, 20; May 4, 18, 25

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

To register, contact or call 
Book Group
Remaining dates: May 5, June 2, July 7

We will be discussing The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks. Next month, we will discuss The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, edited by Robert Alter.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact:
How to Raise a Mentsch
Remaining date: May 18

Join us for a parenting book group, using Carla Naumburg's "Parenting in the Present Moment."
Therapists' Study Group
Remaining date: 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: 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:

Join us and prepare for your Shabbat-and other days-with a session on mindfulness using meditation and focused text study, as well as other opportunities to stop, take a deep breath, and reflect on the life you are living.
Lunch Together
Remaining date:  June 21
Rabbi Greg Weitzman will present "Israeli History Through Music."
Personal and Spiritual Pathways
Through the Psalms
With Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson
Remaining date:  June 10
Through the study of Psalms, we will gather for a personal and participatory learning experience.

To register, go to For questions, contact or call 646-454-3029.
Ner Tamid Society
Congregation Rodeph Sholom's Ner Tamid Society recognizes members who have made provisions in their wills on behalf of this synagogue, benefiting our community for many years to come. 

Have you included Rodeph Sholom in your estate planning? Let us know so that we can thank you for your generosity and honor your dedication to CRS by inscribing your name on the Ner Tamid Society plaque in the lobby.
Through planned gifts such as bequests, life insurance policies, gift annuities, and charitable trusts, you can extend your love of this community to future generations. For more information, click here or contact Lyndsie Levine at 646-454-3050 or

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.

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