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.
February 7, 2017
 
Special Worship in February & Early March
Shir Chadash and RSS Elementary Shabbat

This Erev Shabbat Service will feature participation from the RSS Elementary School.
Havdalah Unplugged

The perfect way to start a new week, featuring music and stories, and a chance to relax and enjoy the company of others.
Erev Shabbat Service and 
Special Program: Heeding the Call of the Refugee

Join us as we dedicate our Shabbat to learning how we can support refugees here in New York. We will have a refugee guest speaker on the bimah, and after the service there will be an Oneg in the Schafler Forum with information tables staffed by organizations that help refugees. Come and learn how you can help.
Community Events
OFFSITE: Jewish Rally for Refugees

Join HIAS, the refugee agency of the Jewish community, to demand that America's doors are reopened to refugees fleeing violence and persecution.
Please meet the CRS group by 10:45AM on the steps of the National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green.
Stronger Together: Advocacy and Action

You are invited to a convening of the CRS community to plan steps to advocate and act on our deepest values. Just a few weeks following the Women's Marches around the country and the world, stand up and add your voice again. Whether you marched or not, join us to harness our energy and create meaningful actions when issues that matter to us are under assault.
OFFSITE: Upstander Intervention Training 

The Society for the Advancement of Judaism is offering training on what to do when you witness harassment of others.  This training is sponsored by the Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee and Congregation Rodeph Sholom.
Chamber Music at CRS

Join us for another lovely chamber music concert. Chamber Music @ CRS will be joined by Cantor Rebecca Garfein.  The program features music from composers Eliot Bailen, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. Refreshments will be served before the concert.
OFFSITE: CRS American Sign Language Choir Performs at JCC Reel Abilities Film Festival

Now is the time to get involved in the CRS ASL choir! Rehearsals for this performance start this month, see link for more dates and times.  All adult members are welcome!
Symposium on Aging

Challenged by caring for your parents and elderly relatives? Concerned about ensuring your own quality of life as you age? The Symposium on Aging will feature two panels of experts on planning for and living well in our later years. 
Sign up for the Rodeph Sholom Trip to Israel
August 21-31, 2017
Just a friendly reminder that you can sign up for our trip to Israel!  Contact rabbiweitzman@crsnyc.org for 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:  February  15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 29; April 5, 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 rabbiweitzman@crsnyc.org.
Mah Jongg
Upcoming date: March 9, April 27, 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: mahjongg@crsnyc.org.
Our Haven and Our Strength: Personal and Spiritual Pathways through the Psalms
with Rabbi Jackie Ellenson
Upcoming dates: Fridays, March 10, April 21, 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:  March 28, April 25, May 16, June 13

This month's Lunch Together features Chaya Deitsch, speaking about her book, Here and There: Leaving Hasidim, Keeping My Family.

Please RSVP to lunchtogether@crsnyc.org or 646-454-3043.
Book Group 
Upcoming dates: April 6, May 4 and June 1

This month, we will read Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb. In April, we will read The Pious Ones: The World of Hasidim and Their Battles with America by Joseph Berger. A member of the group will moderate the discussion each month.  All interested members are welcome to participate.
How to Raise a Mentsch

Real talk about the joys, challenges, hopes and fears involved in raising mentsches in today's world.

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.
Tikkun Olam
E-Advocacy for February: Oppose the Unjust Refugee and Immigration Ban
 
The United States turned its back on thousands of Jewish refugees during WWII because some members of Congress argued there might be spies who would threaten our national security among the Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe.

The new President is singing the same tune - he just substituted "Muslims" for "Jews."

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 17 and over.
Sisterhood Volunteer Project: Days for Girls
At The Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy

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   sisterhood@crsnyc.org .
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 sign up, and look for our brochure in the mail soon!
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!  
175th Anniversary Upcoming Events
Purim 2017: Night at the Temple
Saturday, March 11
Cantors & Co: Singing Our Way Through History

Rabbi Robert N. Levine 25th Anniversary Speaker Series
Polarity and Politics: American-Israeli Relations in 2017
Monday, May 1st, 7:00PM

 
Chants of a Lifetime

Development
Memorial Plaques
There are still two Yizkor services this year when the lights next to all memorial plaques in Main Sanctuary will be lit - Passover and Shavuot.

If you wish to purchase a memorial plaque in honor of your loved one(s) before these upcoming services, please contact Lyndsie Levine, Director of Development at 646.454.3050 or click here for a downloadable brochure.

Please note that memorial plaque production takes approximately eight weeks.