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 4 , 2017
Special Worship and Spiritual Opportunities in April 
Shireinu Passover Service

Join the Rodeph Sholom family for a warm, inviting, musical and interactive experience! This Passover celebration is designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs. RSVP to
1st Day Passover Service

Congregational Passover Seder

Led by Rabbi Ben Spratt and Cantor Shayna De Lowe, this will be a meaningful and delicious Passover celebration! RSVP to
Erev Shabbat/Shir Chadash Service

The second Friday of the month at Rodeph Sholom is Shir Chadash, a service comprised largely of song.
Concluding Passover/Yizkor Service

Freedom Seder

Hosted by the Social Action Committee and Memorial Baptist Church, this is an evening of interfaith connection and celebration of spiritual life. RSVP to
Healing Service

Led by Rabbi Sari Laufer, this special service will bring together the themes of healing of body, healing of spirit, and expressing our hopes for physical, mental and spiritual health. 
175th Anniversary Celebration
Rabbi Robert N. Levine 25th Anniversary Speaker Series

In honor of Rabbi Robert N. Levine in his 25th year of leadership at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, we are pleased to offer a speaker series this spring. All events are free but you must register to attend.   Please click here to learn more and RSVP. If you were unable to register earlier, please email with the lectures you'd like to attend and the number of tickets you need.

Monday, May 1st, 7:00PM
At the Crossroads: American-Israeli Relations in 2017
With Peter Beinart and Bret Stephens, moderated by Rabbi David Ellenson 

Tuesday, May 23rd, 7:00PM
Denial, Truth and Memory: Anti-Semitism in Today's World  
With Professor Deborah Lipstadt

Tuesday, June 6th, 7:00PM
Keeping the Faith: Perspectives on God, Belief, and Religion in Challenging Times 
With Abigail Pogrebin and Rabbi Robert N. Levine
Chants of a Lifetime: Our Story in Song

During this service, we will rejoice as we look back over our 175th anniversary year and thank all those who worked so hard to make it possible. Festive oneg to follow!
Community Events
New! Fun! Classes for Families with Young Children

We are partnering with well-loved Lil' Yogis to offer Jewish Adventure Yoga, a dynamic drop-off class for 3 and 4 year olds to move their bodies and nurture their souls, all with a Jewish twist. 

And, for the littlest ones in your life-a new Friday morning Shabbat and Play class is being offered for infants 6-12 months and their grownups. This is a chance to sing, dance, and play your way into Shabbat.

OFFSITE: Standing UPtown for Religious Tolerance

CRS is proud to co-sponsor this march.  If you are interested in attending, meet at the SE corner of 123rd and Broadway at 11:45 AM. RSVP to
Book Group 
Upcoming dates: May 4 and June 1

Join us as we discuss The Pious Ones by Joseph Berger and vote on the May and June book selections.  All are invited.
OFFSITE: Upper West Side Town Hall  

Sponsored by NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, this meeting is a chance for you to talk about what's on your mind, help improve New York City through participation, and learn what the Comptroller's Office can do for you.
Membership Social Pre-Neg

Held in the main lobby, this is an opportunity to enjoy light refreshments, wind down and socialize with fellow congregants before Erev Shabbat Service.
Mah Jongg
Upcoming dates: May 11, June 8

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:
Jazzing Up the Classics

Our final concert of our 11th season welcomes back the perennially popular Jazzing Up the Classics with virtuoso pianist and composer, Ted Rosenthal.
Dinner for Families with Young Children
Geared towards children age 5 and under, and held twice a year, these dinners are a chance to sing some songs, eat some food, make some friends, and get your Shabbat on in time for bedtime.

To RSVP contact:
Israel Dinner with Special Guest David Harris

Join us for a special dinner where the topic will be Israel, and our dinner speaker will be David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), one of the oldest Jewish advocacy organizations in the United States.

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.
Summer Camp at RSS!

Ready for those warm summer days? We are! Registration is now open for Summer Camp at RSS, a weekly day camp for rising Threes, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. Join the fun at RSS and register online today! 

Adult Education 
Hebrew Classes 

Learning Hebrew can be a fun adventure, and a way to open the magic of the Torah and the living language of Israel. Our instructor, Sara Rosen, works one-on-one with students so you can start at any point in the year!

Jewish Basics, Semester 2: Big Questions and Key Texts
Upcoming dates:  April 19, 26

Taught by the clergy of CRS, the class navigates big questions of Jewish life and connects you with others on their own Jewish journeys.

For more information, contact Rabbi Greg Weitzman at
Our Haven and Our Strength: Personal and Spiritual Pathways through the Psalms
with Rabbi Jackie Ellenson
Upcoming dates: Fridays, May 12, June 9

The Book of Psalms contains expressions of all human experience and multiple manifestations of the ancient search for God's presence. Join us for a year-long series of discussions as we gather for a participatory learning experience.
Lunch Together
Upcoming dates:  May 16, June 13

Our guest will be Deby Eisenberg, author of the historical novel, Protecting Paige.

Please RSVP to or 646-454-3043.
Tikkun Olam
Offsite: St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen

Help prepare and serve meals to visitors at the St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen in Chelsea. Please click here to sign up. Volunteers must be over the age of 14. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Days for Girls

Days for Girls is a grassroots non-profit that gives feminine hygiene kits to 400,000 girls and women worldwide who live in poverty. Sisterhood at CRS has joined with volunteers at The Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy to make kits to distribute to girls and women in need in New York City.

Please join us! This does not require knowing how to sew; all you need is a desire to make a difference.

If you have questions, please write
Backpack Buddies Expanding to Serve More Hungry Children

Thanks to the strong partnership of our community, we are able to fill more backpacks to help children in our neighborhood who don't have enough to eat. Click here to volunteer!
Volunteer at the CRS Shelter!

By volunteering at our homeless shelter, you will provide in-the-moment assistance to people who have nowhere to sleep.   

Please help.  Click here to sign up!  
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