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 1 , 2017
High Holy Days 5778
High Holy Days at Rodeph Sholom Are So Sweet!
As the end of summer nears, we are pleased to share our full High Holy Day schedule of services. Click here.

Members in good standing will receive their High Holy Day tickets in the mail the week of August 21st. All other information, including guest tickets and reciprocity, can be found at

We are also pleased to announce that we'll be offering a NEW worship opportunity this year.   

Rabbi Camille Shira Angel, our Associate Rabbi from 1995-2000, will return to Rodeph Sholom to lead an introspective service that offers some of the hallmarks of High Holy Day liturgy and music, but will also offer space for guidance and meditation, reflection, and deep personal prayer.  

This service will take place at St. Matthew's and St. Timothy's Church (26 West 84th Street, right next door) on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 11:30am and will require a separate e-ticket.  

All members are eligible to request tickets, but space is very limited. Tickets may be reserved by clicking RSVP: High Holy Day Experience with Rabbi Camille Angel .   

Tickets will be emailed (for printing at home) on Thursday, August 31st to those who RSVP.

Rabbi Robert N. Levine 25th Anniversary Speaker Series with Abigail Pogrebin
Keeping the Faith: Perspectives on God, Belief, and Religion in Challenging Times, 
Abigail Pogrebin in conversation with Rabbi Robert N. Levine

If you had wanted to attend this series last spring but were unable to, take advantage of this re-schedule opportunity to see Rabbi Levine and author Abigail Pogrebin reflect on issues key to Rabbi Levine's rabbinate at Rodeph Sholom.
Yom Kippur Appeal 5778/2017
Rodeph Sholom is here for all of us, 
because of all of us.

Many congregants are surprised to learn that their membership dues do not cover the full cost of the synagogue's operations (last year it was 54%). 

It is only through your generosity and support of the Yom Kippur Appeal (YKA) that we are able to maintain well-loved programs, explore exciting new projects, and meet previously unanticipated needs within the congregation. From providing dues assistance, to making unexpected repairs to our building, to supporting our remarkable clergy, your participation makes a tangible impact. 

There is no need to wait until Yom Kippur to make your contribution to the appeal! Your pledge card is the bottom section of your High Holy Days ticket, which you'll be receiving soon. Simply detach and mail your pledge card to the synagogue in the envelope provided or 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 support is essential to our congregation's strength. We thank you in advance for your generosity!
Roll of Remembrance
Deadline: August 14th

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 2017 book, please respond by  August 14th , even if you do not have any changes from the 2016 book.

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.
Special Worship and Spiritual Opportunities
Poetry and Prayer: 
Preparing Ourselves for a New Year

Join Rabbi Camille Shira Angel as we take an opportunity before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to explore spiritual invitations and bids for connection that fill the new pages of our High Holy Day prayerbook, Mishkan HaNefesh. RSVP to
Community Events
Mah Jongg

*This summer date is dependent upon adequate RSVPs, so let us know if you plan to come!
Whether you're an expert or a novice, come enjoy the camaraderie, chocolate, and chips. Bring your own card for 2017, or purchase one when you arrive. Invite a friend to join the fun!  RSVP to .
POSTPONED: Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom
Sharing Our Stories

Please note that this event has been canceled for Tuesday, August 22nd.  We will reach out with a new date when it is rescheduled.
Join the Rodeph Sholom Delegation!
URJ Biennial

With the theme of "Reimagining Jewish Life," our congregation will join with hundreds of others from across North America at the URJ Biennial 2017 from December 6th-10th in Boston, MA.  Please join us! Our Congregation Rodeph Sholom delegation will include staff, clergy, and congregants . Cantor Shayna De Lowe and Rabbi Ben Spratt will be leading a special Service of Belonging on Thursday morning, December 7th. We hope to see you there!
Opportunities for Families with Young Children

We are so excited to announce our all-new class lineup for fall! Fun for the whole family includes Shabbat and Play, Breathe In: Yoga for Littles, Theater Clubhouse, and the world premiere of Music Together Sing Shalom! 
Click here to register for all classes.
Tikkun Olam
The important lesson that we can learn from the failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is that:
Every Voice Counts. 

Moment of the Month
Denise Sobel and Jake Weiss, holding a sign made by Gina Levine, helped lead the way with the Congregation Rodeph Sholom delegation at the HIAS Jewish Rally for Refugees this past February in Battery Park. Denise, Jake, and the rest of us stood in chilly soaking rain for hours cheering for justice for our most vulnerable world citizens.