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.
March 7, 2017
Special Worship and Spiritual Opportunities in March and Early April
Erev Shabbat/Shir Cadash Service with RSS Middle School 

The Shir Chadash service provides a meaningful worship opportunity for congregants and visitors of all ages - from seniors, to children and everyone in between!  This service will include the participation of RSS Middle School.
Purim 2017: A Night at the Temple

This year's Purim is Big, Big, Big!  Big Bash, Big Quiz, Big Snoop, Big Schmooze and the Big Snooze! What could make this any better...HamilSchpiel! 

Wear your pj's and bring a new pair of pajamas to donate.

(Please note, due to technical difficulties, we switched to a Constant Contact form for RSVP for the Sleepover. Do not RSVP on EventBrite.)
Shireinu Purim Celebration

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.
Havdalah Unplugged

The perfect way to start a new week. Havdalah Unplugged will feature stories and music and will be a chance to kick back, reflect, and enjoy the positive energy of others.
Young Families Passover Event
 Chocolate Seder

Calling all chocolate lovers 6 and under! Take a sweet practice run designed to get your whole family excited about Passover.
Community Events
Israel Trip information Session

Learn more about the CRS trip to Israel this summer from August 21-31. Meet the tour guides, ask questions! 
Mah Jongg
Upcoming dates: 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:
Governor Cuomo Speaks to the Reform Jewish Community on "Raise the Age"

On Monday, March 13th, Governor Andrew Cuomo will speak at Central Synagogue on the topic of "Raise the Age."

New York and North Carolina are the only two states that try 16 and 17 year olds as adults, causing irreparable damage both to individuals considered juveniles in other aspects of law. Raising the Age means kids receive access to rehabilitation programs, resources, and a real second chance. 

Shabbat Study Series: Aleinu and Kaddish

Join us as we eat a little, and then explore the history, meaning and possibilities within the main framework of the Shabbat morning service.  Special guest Dr. Carl Mankowitz will lead us on a reflect of Aleinu and Kaddish.
New Dads' Brunch

Bagels, lox, and burp cloths.  Join new dads and their babies (0-18 months) for a casual Shabbat brunch and conversation with new dad Rabbi Greg Weitzman.
Book Group 
Upcoming dates: May 4 and June 1

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.
175th Anniversary Celebration
Cantors & Co - Singing Our Way Through History

Our 175th anniversary celebration continues with a very special Cantor's Cabaret. This will be a musical show of songs from popular culture through the years, all linked to important moments in CRS history.  After the show, meet the cast at a champagne and dessert reception!
Rabbi Robert N. Levine 25th Anniversary Speaker Series

In honor of Rabbi Robert N. Levine in his 25th year of leadership at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, we are pleased to offer a speaker series this spring. All events are free but you must register to attend.  Please click here to RSVP.

Polarity Politics: American-Israeli Relations in 2017
with Peter Beinart and Bret Stephens, moderated by Rabbi David Ellenson 

Denial, Truth and Memory: Anti-Semitism in Today's World With Deborah Lipstadt

Keeping the Faith: Perspectives on God, Belief, and Religion in Challenging Times, with Abigail Pogrebin and Rabbi Robert N. Levine
Chants of a Lifetime: Our Story in Song

In this service we will rejoice as we look back over our 175th anniversary year and thank all those who worked so hard to make it possible. Festive oneg to follow!
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:   March 15, 22, 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
Our Haven and Our Strength: Personal and Spiritual Pathways through the Psalms
with Rabbi Jackie Ellenson
Upcoming dates: Fridays,  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:  April 25, May 16, June 13

This month's Lunch Together features a movie and discussion about the Ethiopian Jewish community.

Please RSVP to or 646-454-3043.

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.
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! 

Tikkun Olam
E-Advocacy for March: Build a Bridge, Not a Wall
Build a bridge, not a wall, with a thoughtfully crafted, humane immigration policy. You can help by clicking here.

Sign up for our e-advocacy newsletter?  Click here!
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.
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 volunteer!
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!  
Help us help the hungry in our community.

CRS is committed to playing a role in New York City's fight against hunger. Through two key initiatives of our Social Action Committee, CRS lends an important Jewish voice to this critical work. Your philanthropic support is essential and deeply appreciated. 

 Food Drive 

Through our Food Drive, CRS extends a hand to local programs that are fighting the hunger crisis every day.  Through contributions to the Food Drive, we have allocated over half a million dollars since 2007 to support local organizations struggling to reduce hunger in New York City, including West Side Campaign Against Hunger, our local food pantry. To learn more about the programs CRS supports through our Food Drive and to make a donation, click here

Backpack Buddies 

Did you know that nearly one in four New York City children are food insecure? These children, many living on the Upper West Side, often go hungry on the weekends, when no school meal is available to keep them fed. Through our Backpack Buddies program, we pack and deliver 70 backpacks full of food for the weekends to children at three locations. To learn more about the Backpack Buddies program click here and to make a donation click here.