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.
August 2 , 2016
Special Worship Services
Tisha B'av

Tisha B'Av (the 9th of Av) is traditionally a day of mourning and remembrance.

Jewish memory recalls this as a day of tragedy and loss throughout our history.  However, even within the darkness of these memories, the close of Tisha B'Av also serves to kindle hope for a new era and new memories yet to be formed.
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High Holy Days 5777
Welcome to High Holy Days 5777

On July 6th, we mailed information on the High Holy Days at CRS. 

New this year, all tickets will be scanned.  

All Family Services require a separate ticket, different from the ticket to other congregational services.

For the more information and to request guest tickets, please visit our website
Roll of Remembrance 5777/2016
Deadline: August 24, 2016

The Roll of Remembrance Book, given to worshippers at the Memorial Service on Yom Kippur, constitutes an acknowledgement of our ongoing love for those who have passed away. To list names in the 2016 book, please respond by August 24, even if you do not have any changes. Here's how:

* Return the form that was mailed to you with information about the High Holy Days.
* Call the Development Office at 646-454-3052 or email your names to
* Click here to list your names and make a gift online.
Yom Kippur Appeal 5777/2016

The Yom Kippur Appeal (YKA) is our synagogue's largest source of unrestricted resources aside from membership dues. 

Your gift to the YKA makes an impact in so many ways. Philanthropic support from the community means that we can:

* Reaffirm our commitment to providing dues assistance to any family in need even as our membership dues cover only 55% of our operations.

* Increase the hours of the off-duty police officers who protect our building to make sure our security measures meet the test of these uncertain times.

* Create a customized and personalized b'nai mitzvah program for children with special needs to ensure that every child at CRS can experience this most special lifecycle moment with their family and friends.

There is no need to wait until Yom Kippur to make your contribution to the appeal! Click here to make a gift online. For details about automatic recurring payment options, or for any questions, contact the Development Office at 646-454-3052.
Your participation in the appeal is essential to our congregation's strength. We thank you in advance for your gift.
Congregation Rodeph Sholom at 175
Kick-off Shabbat

Kick off our 175th anniversary year with a stirring and joyful Shabbat service for all generations.   Join us after services for dancing to the New York Klezmer All-Stars and a delicious oneg.  This is an evening devoted to the entire Rodeph Sholom family - children, teens,  adults are welcome.   Meet old friends and make new ones as we laugh, dance, and celebrate together.
Share Your Rodeph Sholom Stories!

As you know, this fall we will be embarking on a year long celebration of our 175th anniversary.  But in order to celebrate we need to hear from you!  We are collecting stories from our congregants about their favorite "that's so Rodeph" moments.  We plan on sharing them throughout the year on our website and other places.

We want to hear from you!  Please click here and tell us your favorite anecdote, or what you love about CRS. 
Tikkun Olam

Torah teaches us that all human beings should be treated equally because they are created b'tzelem Elohim -  in the image of God. 
Who in America does not have equal rights?

Community Engagement
 Beyond the Red String: Golems, Dybbuks & the Superstitions We Believe
Rabbi Leora Kaye Lecture Series

Long before Freddie Krueger or the magical world of Harry Potter, the Talmud and the Jewish mystical tradition had plenty to say about demons, superstitions, and the fears that they expose. Rodeph Sholom's favorite mystic, Rabbi Leora Kaye, returns for our summer learning, sure to raise goosebumps, questions, and the occasional eyebrow or two.

To RSVP, contact
Congregational Trip to Israel 2017 with Rabbi Weitzman and Cantor Garfein

Congregation Rodeph Sholom will be going to Israel on August 21-31, 2017. Led by Rabbi Greg Weitzman and Cantor Rebecca Garfein, we will experience Israel like never before! 

On Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30 PM, we would like to invite you to an information session with Rabbi Weitzman, Cantor Garfein, and Deb Zaluda - the director of Custom Tours for Puzzle Israel our tour company. At this session you will hear trip details as well as see a timeline and itinerary for our trip!

Here is a testimonial from a member who went on a previous trip: 

We joined the Rodeph Sholom family trip to Israel and it was powerfully emotional and meaningful and spiritual... and it was FUN.  Joyful fun.  
The trip was incredible: watching one's children fall in love with the beautiful land and culture and peoples of Israel is joyous.  They ran on the beaches.  They engaged with Israelis of all backgrounds.  They loved the food.  Taking religion and faith from the realm of books and buildings into life, and finding God on Masada and along ancient streets and through wild rivers and rolling hills is a joy not only because it's so fulfilling and meaningful, but it's just plain fun.  

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.