Volume 05 | May 1, 2018
Events and Worship at CRS
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 Service
Friday, May 18 at 6:00 PM
5 Sivan 5778
This service is led by our Confirmands and includes a blessing exchange between the Confirmands and Rodeph Sholom 4th graders, who are just beginning their B'nai Mitzvah journey. ( READ MORE )

Sunday, May 20, 10:15 AM
On this final festival of the year, we commemorate the receiving of the Torah with a recitation of the Ten Commandments and a Yizkor service. A dairy Kiddush follows with blintzes.

CRS & RSS: A Night Celebrating Our Youth & Teens
Erev Shabbat Service
Friday, June 1 at 6:00 PM
18 Sivan 5778
 We will honor all of our youth, High School graduating seniors from the Religious School and RSS community and will install the incoming CRuSTY Youth Group board. ( READ MORE )
Musical May at Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Read the interview of
New York's only female senior cantor of a large congregation
The Cantors, In Concert: Voices of a Generation
Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 PM
TICKETS ON SALE AT THE DOOR, $36 General; $54 VIP + Reception

Congregation Rodeph Sholom cordially invites you to a concert honoring Senior Cantor Rebecca Garfein for 18 years of leadership and celebrating her 25th anniversary of graduating from HUC-JIR cantorial school, as well as receiving her honorary degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa . This will be a delightful early spring evening featuring the best cantors from across the nation.
Rodeph Sholom Theater Company Presents

Lionel Bart's Oliver!
Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 5 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 6 at 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM

"Consider yourself" invited! Rodeph Sholom Theater Company returns with a presentation of Lionel Bart's Oliver!

Buy tickets, purchase ad space, or support RSTC with a donation at rodephsholom.org/olivertix .
Spring Shabbaton
Nava Tehila

 Friday, May 11 at 6:00 PM
Erev Shabbat

Saturday, May 12
10:15 AM Shabbat Morning Service
6:00 PM Havdalah

Israeli music sensation Nava Tehila creates innovative prayer experiences that weave contemporary Israeli music with music from other Middle Eastern and Hasidic traditions.

They, along with the CRS Adult Ensemble, will help us celebrate and honor Rabbi Ben Spratt and Cantor Shayna De Lowe on their 10-year anniversaries at Rodeph Sholom.

Special Adult Programming
Tablet Magazine and Rodeph Sholom Present:

America and the Ten Commandments: Jenna Weissman Joselit in Conversation with Rabbi David Ellenson

Monday, May 14th, 7:00 PM

Joselit, one of the most important commenters on Jewish life in America and author of Set in Stone, will talk about the role the Ten Commandments play in our lives. She will be joined by congregant Rabbi David Ellenson. 

Social Action | Tikkun Olam
Days for Girls
Tuesday, May 8 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 .

St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen
Sunday, May 13 at 11:30 AM

Help serve meals to those in need.

Ongoing Adult Programming
Book Group
Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 PM

This month, we will read I am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits. For June, our final meeting of this year, we will read  Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a Childhood in Communist Romania by Haya Leah Molnar.

Mah Jongg
Thursday, May 10 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.

Lunch Together
Tuesday, May 15 at 11:30 AM

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

This month features author Jill Ebstein discussing her book, "Lessons from Our Mothers."

Havdalah Unplugged
Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 PM

The perfect way to start a new week, Havdalah Unplugged will feature music and stories, a chance to kick back, reflect, and soak up the positive energy of others. It's something refreshing, and something different.
A Note from Your Development Team
Gifts that partially or fully underwrite projects at CRS are a wonderful way to make a tangible impact on our community. Here are two immediate opportunities:
Religious School Scholarships :
We believe that every Jewish child is entitled to a Jewish education, and our policy is to never turn away families in need. While gifts of any amount are appreciated, a gift of $2,165 will allow one fourth grade child to attend Religious School, including all textbooks, materials, snacks, and special family programs. An impactful gift of $45,000 covers the shortfall needed for scholarships this year.
High Holy Day Childcare :
 We offer High Holy Day childcare for children ages 3-7, a wonderful service for our congregants that is free of charge. A gift of $5,000 will fully underwrite this program for all High Holy Days.
Please contact Lyndsie Levine, Director of Development at (646) 454-3050 or  llevine@crsnyc.org  to discuss how you can help.
Before you go...your presence is requested!
Congregation Rodeph Sholom Annual Meeting of the Congregation
Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:00PM

The agenda will include the Election of Trustees and Nominating Committee members representing the Congregation.
Moment of the Month
Rabbi Benjamin H. Spratt and Cantor Shayna R. De Lowe led the Congregational Seder this past April.
Please join us as we honor them at Erev Shabbat on May 11th!
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