Volume 02 | February 6, 2018
Events and Worship at CRS February 2018
Rodeph Sholom is an extended family of people who care about each other and our community. We seek to enrich the lives of our members, to contribute to the continuance and vitality of the Jewish people, and to help repair the world.
Erev Purim @ CRS
Wednesday, February 28

Time to bust out your Vuarnet sunglasses, Rubik's cubes, and pop that polo collar UP! O ur Purim Shpiel this year is all about the '80s! Hold on to your side ponytail and shake your baggy ankle socks, because we will tell the ancient tale of Esther, Haman, Mordechai, and King Ahashueros with a, like, bodacious twist. Enjoy a totally tubular evening of festivities for the whole family! Your best 80s costume choices are encouraged. Click here to see the program .

4:30-5:30 PM: The Littlest Megillah Service
5:30-6:00 PM: Totally RAD Megillah Reading and Shpiel
6:00-7:30 PM: Purim Carnival
8:00 PM: Brotherhood Purim Experience with Cory Kahaney— RSVP to brotherhood@crsnyc.org , click here to learn more .
Congregational Purim Service
Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 AM

Join us for the traditional Megillah reading.

Shireinu Purim Service
Saturday, February 24 at 11:00 AM

Join the Rodeph Sholom family for a warm, inviting, musical, and interactive experience! This Purim celebration is designed to be accessible and sensitive to a variety of needs. The service will be ASL interpreted. Click here to learn more.

Special Programs
Getting Along: Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler
Thursday, February 15 at 7:00 PM

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.
Chamber Music
Saturday, March 3
following Shabbat Morning Services

This next installation of Chamber Music at CRS will celebrate Israel's 70th birthday with works by Paul Ben-Haim, Felix Mendelssohn, and more.
A Page A Day: Adam Kirsch in Conversation with Rabbi Robert N. Levine
Monday, March 5 at 7:00 PM

The Talmud is commonly studied in what is known as the Daf Yomi (a page a day) cycle. Tablet Magazine columnist Adam Kirsch has been keeping step with the cycle since the most recent one began in 2012, and will discuss some of what he’s learned with Rabbi Levine .
Social Action | Tikkun Olam
St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen
Sunday, February 11 at 11:30 AM

Help serve meals to those in need.

Days for Girls
Monday, March 5 at 6:30 PM

Help the Sisterhood and The Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy make feminine hygiene kits for girls and women in need.

Volunteer at the CRS Homeless Shelter

Volunteering for one night makes a real difference in the life of someone who needs help.

Donate to the CRS Biannual Food Drive

Jewish texts and traditions are specific in instructing us to provide food for the hungry. Your contributions help local programs fight the hunger crisis every day.

Volunteer at or Donate to Women in Need (WIN)

Every month WIN at Rodeph Sholom provides at least five WIN families with cartons of food and kitchen supplies as they move to their new homes. 

Ongoing Adult Programming
Hebrew Boot Camp
Wednesdays, February 7, 14, and 21 at 7:00PM

It's never too late to get your Hebrew into shape!

Cost: $120
Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms
Friday, February 9 at 12:00 PM

A perfect way to prepare for Shabbat, we will delve into biblical expressions of searching for God's presence and reckoning with good and evil in the world.

Mah Jongg
Thursday, February 8 at 12:00 PM

We offer a delightful afternoon of semi-fierce and fun competition. Whether you're an expert or a novice, come enjoy the camaraderie, chocolate, and chips.

Shabbat Study Series
Saturday, February 10 following Shabbat Morning Services

How Ancient Law Grapples with Modern Questions: Responsa Literature of the Reform Movement

Congregant Carl Mankowitz will lead the discussion. We’ll nosh while engaging in lively debate around the process, sources, and resolutions for modern Jewish conundrums. Lunch included. No RSVP required.
Lunch Together
Tuesday, February 13 at 11:30 AM

A wonderful way to connect, learn, and eat. Try it - you'll like it!

This month, we will hear from New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal.

Book Group
Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 PM

Join us this month to discuss The Glass Room by Simon Mawer, and start reading historical fiction novel Honest Deceptions by Hannah Hess for our April 5 meeting.

A Note from Your Development Team
Memorial Plaques
There are still two Yizkor services this year when the lights next to all memorial plaques in the 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.
Before You Go...
Technology Task Force

Do you have technology expertise? CRS is starting a Technology Task Force and we are looking for congregants willing to help us as we consider next generation equipment, customer relationship management systems, and applications. Help us create a great future!  

If you are interested and want to know more about areas of expertise and time commitment, please email our Executive Director, Barbara Zakin, at bzakin@crsnyc.org .
Moment of the Month
Congregants at our Vine and Fig Tree event last month enjoyed the tastes of Israel! They prepared food and wine and enjoyed it together - what better way to celebrate Israel's 70th birthday?

The celebration continues in May with our Spring Shabbaton , featuring Israeli music sensation Nava Tehila.
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