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.
 May 2 , 2017
175th Anniversary Celebration
Chants of a Lifetime: Our Story in Song 
Erev Shabbat Service and Oneg  

The Erev Shabbat Service of our 175th anniversary celebration will focus on our songs of worship, and will feature special guest singers and choirs. Afterward there will be an Oneg featuring the premiere of our "Rejoice" video. 
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 learn more and RSVP

Tuesday, May 23rd, 7:00PM
Denial, Truth, and Memory: Anti-Semitism in Today's World  
With Professor Deborah Lipstadt

Tuesday, June 6th, 7:00PM
Keeping the Faith: Perspectives on God, Belief, and Religion in Challenging Times 
With Abigail Pogrebin and Rabbi Robert N. Levine

Special Worship and Spiritual Opportunities in May and early June
Special Erev Shabbat Service followed by Israel Dinner  with David Harris

David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), will be the featured speaker at this Erev Shabbat Service and our annual Israel Dinner. His topic will be,"Israel and American Jewry: Historical and Personal Perspectives." RSVP to
Erev Shabbat Service
CRS & RSS: A Night Celebrating Our Youth & Teens 

We will honor all of our youth, high school graduating seniors from the Religious School & RSS community, and will install the incoming CRuSTY Youth Group board.

Sisterhood Torah Study Evening Session
Counting the Omer: Sisterhood Style

In the midst of these busy days, take an evening out with Sisterhood to connect, converse, and consider what it means to make our moments count. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary, just bring an appetite for some nibbles, some learning, and some nice connections.

Address provided upon RSVP.
Shavuot Service and Yizkor Memorial Service

Worship with us at the Shavuot Festival Service including Yizkor prayers and reflections.
Erev Shabbat Service and Confirmation

Join us as we celebrate our Confirmands!
Community Events
New! Fun!  

For the littlest ones in your life (ages 6-12 months), a new Friday morning Shabbat and Play class is being offered for infants 6-12 months and their grownups. This is a chance to sing, dance, and play your way into Shabbat. 
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Book Group 
Upcoming date: June 1

Join us as we discuss Moonglow by Michael Chabon. Next month, at our final meeting of the season, we will read The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. 
Mah Jongg
Upcoming date: June 8

This program is now very popular and is attracting members and non-members of all ages. Whether you're an expert or a novice, come enjoy a few hours of camaraderie, chocolate, and chips. Bring your own card for 2017, or purchase one when you arrive. Feel free to invite a friend to join the fun!

To RSVP or for more information, contact:
How to Raise a Mentsch

Real talk about the hopes, challenges, and fears of raising mentches in today's world. This will be Rabbi Laufer's final session leading this discussion group.
Shavuot Ice Cream Party

Fun for families with kids ages 0-7. Celebrate Shavuot with some cool treats!

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!
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!

Our Haven and Our Strength: Personal and Spiritual Pathways through the Psalms
with Rabbi Jackie Ellenson
Upcoming date: 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 date: June 13

This month's topic is "Israel's Changing Collective Identity" which will be presented by Dr. Fred Lazin, Professor Emeritus of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Please RSVP to or 646-454-3043.
Tikkun Olam
E-Advocacy for May:
 The sands of time are running through the DACA Hourglass. Help protect the DREAMers before it is too late!
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 over the age of 14. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Offsite: Days for Girls

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!  If you have questions, please email
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 else to sleep.   

Please help.  Click here to sign up!  
Ner Tamid Society

Congregation Rodeph Sholom's Ner Tamid Society recognizes members who have made provisions in their wills on behalf of this synagogue, benefiting our community for many years to come. 

Have you included Rodeph Sholom in your estate planning? Let us know so that we can thank you for your generosity and honor your dedication to CRS by inscribing your name on the Ner Tamid Society plaque in the lobby.
Through planned gifts such as bequests, life insurance policies, gift annuities, and charitable trusts, you can extend your love of this community to future generations. For more information, click here or contact Lyndsie Levine at 646-454-3050 or