Volume 01 | January 2, 2018
Events and Worship at CRS January 2017
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.
Special Worship
Erev Shabbat
Shir Chadash and
Martin Luther King Jr.
Commemoration Service
Friday, January 12 at 6:00PM

This will be an uplifting, joyful, musical service celebrating the values of justice and equality. Our special guests will be Opera Ebony, the oldest African-American opera company in the United States.
Pre-neg and Erev Shabbat
Rabbi Daniel Freelander Speaks on "Frontiers in Reform Judaism"
Friday, February 2 at 6:00PM

Rabbi Daniel Freelander, President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, will speak on the current status of progressive Judaism around the world and in Israel.

Before the service, please join us for refreshments at a pre-neg in the lobby, sponsored by the Membership Committee.
Special Adult Programs
The Jewish Mother: Mameleh Knows Best author Marjorie Ingall
Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00PM

Blending personal anecdotes, humor, historical texts, and scientific research, Ingall will share Jewish secrets for raising mentsches.
Sisterhood's Inspiring Women of the Congregation
Annual Luncheon
Saturday, January 20
following Shabbat Morning Services

This year's theme:
Join us for Sisterhood/Brotherhood Shabbat services followed by lunch and meaningful conversations as we honor CRS women and their connection to Israel.
Moderator: Monica Jacobson
Panelists: Tamar Avnet, Hannah Ellenson, and Rabbi Erica Gerson
Brotherhood Film Festival
Friday, January 26 at 7:30PM
Saturday, February 3 at 12:00PM

Join us Friday for Follow Me , a stirring biography of Yoni Netanyahu; and again on February 3 for Live and Become , a moving tale of love and sacrifice in Ethiopia and Israel. Both screenings will include delicious catered Israeli cuisine.
CRS Events that Celebrate Israel in Her 70th Year
The Vine and Fig Tree
Thursday, January 18 at 7:00PM

Like the country itself, Israeli cuisine is a melding together of myriad cultures and traditions. Come sample artisanal cheeses, award-winning chocolates, olive oils, and wines.

Cost: $36
Contemporary Poetry on Land and Peace in Israel
Tuesday, January 23 at 7:00PM

Highly noted teacher and speaker Rabbi Sarah Reines will dazzle us with poetry of Yehuda Amichai, Mahmoud Darwish, Naomi Shihab Nye, and more.
Social Action | Tikkun Olam
Days for Girls
Monday, January 8 at 6:00PM
Monday, February 5 at 6:00PM

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.

St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen
Sunday, January 14 at 10:00AM

Help serve meals to those in need.

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
Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms
Friday, January 12 at 12:00PM

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.

Hebrew Boot Camp
Wednesdays, January 10 and 17 at 7:00PM

Always wanted to learn Hebrew but weren't sure how? Start now!

Cost: $120
Book Group
Thursday, February 2 at 7:00PM

As our Jan 4 meeting was cancelled for the snowstorm, in February we will discuss Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, and in March we will cover The Glass Room by Simon Mawer.

Mah Jongg
Thursday, January 11 at 12:00PM

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.

Lunch Together
Tuesday, January 9 at 11:30AM

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

This month, we will be screening Iraq 'N Roll , a film about a musician's discovery of his legacy.

A Note from Your Development Team
Forget something from 2017? There’s still time to participate in the Yom Kippur Appeal , our synagogue’s most important annual fundraiser. We thank you in advance for your participation and generosity!
To make your gift:
  • 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.
Before You Go...
We're Building!
Building Construction at CRS
Info for Our Members

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 us via telephone or email using   our online staff directory .
Consider Yourself Invited
...to audition for RSTC's production of Oliver!
January 29–31, 2018 from 7:00pm–10:00pm

Calling all adults, teens, and children 3 rd grade and up who love to sing and act. Please come prepared with 16–32 bars of a classic musical theater song. Rehearsals are Mondays & Thursdays 7:00pm–10:00pm; Saturdays 1:00pm–5:00pm.

Sign up for your audition or learn more by emailing rstheater@crsnyc.org.
Moment of the Month
CRS had the second largest delegation in the U.S. to the URJ Biennial in Boston last month. Our 36 congregants, clergy, and staff attended sessions on everything from reaching millennials to strategy-setting to cutting-edge social justice initiatives. And of course we worshipped together at Shabbat services along with 5,000 other attendees. Highlights included thought-provoking speeches by Senator Elizabeth Warren, Reverend William Barber, and Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the URJ.
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