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.
December 5 , 2017
 
Special Worship and Spiritual Opportunities
Chanukah Erev Shabbat/Shir Chadash Service

This special Shir Chadash service will celebrate the Festival of Lights. Shir Chadash is a lively, musical, song-filled service led by our wonderful cantors and clergy alongside our outstanding instrumentalists on keyboard, drums, guitar, and flute.
Shireinu Chanukah Service

Come join the Rodeph Sholom family for a warm, inviting, musical, and interactive experience! This Chanukah celebration is designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs. There will be healthy snacks available (gelt too!) and the service will be ASL interpreted.
Chanukah Celebrations
Beit Café   Chanukah Family Celebration 

Join us for the annual Beit Café Chanukah Party with food, trivia, and prizes including an Apple Watch, a trip to the Dominican Republic, and more! All proceeds support CRS Youth scholarships. To RSVP click here.

After the café,  8th-12th graders head out into NYC to deliver warm meals and much-needed clothing to those in need.  Help us purchase items to distribute by checking out our  Amazon Wishlist
Chanukah Latke Party

Join us for candle-lighting, dreidel-spinning, and delicious latkes! Sponsored by Brotherhood and the Membership Committee.
Adult Programming -Looking Ahead to January
The Jewish Mother: Mameleh Knows Best Author Marjorie Ingall

In her latest book, Mamaleh Knows Best, Tablet Magazine columnist Marjorie Ingall takes on the stereotype of the Jewish mother, an over-involved parent who gives her kids her all and never lets them forget it. She will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Gayle Forman.

To RSVP, click here.
Getting Along: Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler

Barneys' creative ambassador and fashion world staple Simon Doonan sits down with his partner, ceramicist and designer Jonathan Adler, for a wide-ranging discussion of their relationship and how Judaism figures in it.

To RSVP, click here.
Ongoing Adult Programming
Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms with Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson
Upcoming dates:  January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8

Through our continued study of Psalms, we discover resources for our life and for our Jewish journey. A perfect preparation for Shabbat, it's a participatory learning experience with poetry and song. Seekers and learners of all levels are welcome, new and returning students alike. 
Mah Jongg
Upcoming dates: January 11,  February 8, March 8, April 12, 
May 10, June 14, July 12

Are you ready to play? Would you like to learn? Join us for an enjoyable afternoon of fun and semi-fierce competition. Players of all levels welcome, from beginners to experts. Bring a card or buy one for 2017.

Book Group
Upcoming dates: January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7

Thank you to all who discussed  Small Island by Andrea Levy with us last month! On December 14th, we'll be discussing  Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken. Join us next month for Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. To learn more, contact bookgroup@crsnyc.org.
Lunch Together
Upcoming date s: February 13, March 13, April 17, May 15, June 12

This month, we will continue with our exploration of shared themes and sounds of Israeli and Middle Eastern music with a viewing of the film, Iraq N' Roll.

RSVP to lunchtogether@crsnyc.org, or call 646-454-3067.
Development
Yom Kippur Appeal 5778/2017
  It's nearly the end of the year - have you participated in the Yom Kippur Appeal yet?

 

The YKA is our largest source of revenue aside from membership dues, which only cover 54% of our operations. Unrestricted funds from the appeal directly support the synagogue budget. From providing dues assistance, to making unexpected repairs to our building, to supporting our remarkable clergy, your philanthropic support is essential to all we do!

 

To make your gift to the appeal:

  • Send in a check made payable to CRS to 7 W. 83rd Street.
  • Click here to make a gift online.
  • Call the Development Office (646-454-3052) for information about automatic recurring payments, gifts of appreciated stock, or adding a pledge to your synagogue account.

 

If you would like your donation to qualify for a 2017 tax credit, please be sure to make an online gift by midnight on December 31st or send in a check before the end of the year. Any mail postmarked by December 31st will qualify. Please note that the synagogue offices will be closed from December 25th through January 1st, so if you would like to make a gift of appreciated stock, please be sure to leave enough time for the transaction to be completed during this busy season.

 

Rodeph Sholom is here for all of us because of all of us. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

 

Tikkun Olam
December 2017 E-Advocacy

President Trump announced via Twitter, "The United States Government will not accept or allow [transgender troops] to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military." 

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives has decided to take action by introducing bills in the House and Senate to protect servicemembers with respect to gender identity. 

Sisterhood Volunteer Project: Days for Girls at The Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy
Upcoming dates: February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4

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! Participants are encouraged to bring snacks, but this is not required; all you need is a desire to make a difference. 

For more information, contact  sisterhood@crsnyc.org.
Backpack Buddies Serving Hungry Children

Please give some of your time to one of our most successful social action programs! 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 sign up.
Volunteer at the CRS Homeless Shelter

By volunteering at our homeless shelter, you will provide in-the-moment assistance to people who have nowhere else to sleep. Transform a night of misery on the street for a fellow New Yorker -   click here  to sign up!  

Special Announcements
Construction at CRS

We are renovating the third floor  to create a three-office clergy suite that will enable our junior clergy to unify their work environment, and provide quiet waiting and meeting space for congregants seeking pastoral services. 

Third floor staff are in various temporary locations.  You may contact them via telephone or email using  our online staff directory.

Cantors and Rabbis remain in the same locations until further notice. 
Do you have a college-age CRS member in your life?

The new CRS Mayer Fellowship Program in Poland  is a new and exciting opportunity - a scholarship fund for two college-age (18+) CRS members to participate in a six-week Fellowship at the JCC in the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland. This unique summer internship will allow the two Fellows to gain solid leadership and work experience while immersed in the Polish Jewish community.  

You do not need know any Polish to apply, but you do need to be curious, motivated, and excited to explore and engage with this vibrant community.
 
Learn more at www.rodephsholom.org/poland.  The deadline to apply is January 5, 2018.
Moment of the Month

On November 20th, 2017, women engaged in thoughtful and empowering dialogue with the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom.