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.
November 7 , 2017
Special Worship and Spiritual Opportunities
Erev Shabbat/Shir Chadash Service and Kristallnacht Commemoration

Shir Chadash is a song-filled service led by our cantors and clergy alongside our outstanding instrumentalists on keyboard, drums, guitar, and flute. 

We will commemorate Kristallnacht at Rodeph Sholom with a moving ceremony where candles will be lit in memorium by members of our congregations who are survivors or related to survivors of the Holocaust.
Erev Shabbat and Meyer W. Nathans Award for Outstanding Service to Rodeph Sholom

Every year, we honor a congregant who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication in serving our community with this award.
Havdalah Unplugged

A perfect way to begin a new week. Featuring stories and music, Havdalah Unplugged is a way to relax, be with others, and reflect. 
Adult Programming
Exploring the World of the Rabbis: 
The Rabbinic Revolution that Changed Everything 
with  Rabbi Sarah Reines

The early rabbis faced a radical shift with the collapse of Biblical Judaism. In its place, they shaped a new world view and understanding of our peoplehood and faith. We will explore how the Rabbinic revolution remade Judaism.

Congregational Pre-Neg 

Join us for light refreshments in the lobby, meet and mingle with new members before Erev Shabbat Service.
Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom: Sharing Our Stories  

This is a continuation of the session on July 25th,  Moral Obligations for Interfaith Engagement .

Last session, we learned about the mission of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, best practices for engaging with people of different faith communities, and why it is so necessary to practice this engagement. In this session, we will have a Q&A with our speakers, and share our own stories and experiences with each other.

Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom  

It's ChamberJazz! Fans of Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom, led by Artistic Director Eliot Bailen, will love this program of modern and classical music, interpreted by talented virtuosi with a jazzy twist. This concert features a special appearance by Cantor Rebecca Garfein and other guest performers. 

The first ChamberJazz concert at Rodeph Sholom is lovingly dedicated to  Mike Gellman (z''l),  Cantor Garfein's beloved husband, a musician and music lover.

Live Broadcast of UnOrthodox Podcast

UnOrthodox, Tablet Magazine's flagship podcast, is a smart, fresh, fun take on Jewish news and culture. Hosted by Tablet editor-at-large and Los Angeles Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer, and featuring deputy editor Stephanie Butnick and senior writer Liel Leibovitz, the panel discusses the latest Jewish news, politics, and culture with equal parts seriousness and irreverence. Join us for a live recording of this popular podcast!

Ongoing Adult Programming
Mah Jongg
Upcoming dates: December 14, January 11, 
February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12

Are you ready to play? Would you like to learn? Join us for an enjoyable afternoon of fun and semi-fierce competition. Players of all levels welcome, from beginners to experts. Bring a card or buy one for 2017.

Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms with Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson
Upcoming dates: December 8,   January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8

Through our continued study of Psalms, we discover resources for our life and for our Jewish journey. A perfect preparation for Shabbat, it's a participatory learning experience with poetry and song. Seekers and learners of all levels are welcome, new and returning students alike. 
Shabbat Study Series
Upcoming date s: February 10, April 21

Enjoy a nosh - lunch is provided - and then explore the history, meaning, and possibilities within the main framework of the Shabbat Morning Service. The theme for this year's series is "How Ancient Law Grapples with Modern Questions," and this session will be led by Cantorial Intern Tobias Glaser.
Lunch Together
Upcoming date s: January 9,  February 13, March 13, April 17, May 15, June 12

This month, we will see the film Iraq N'Roll, a documentary about a celebrated Israeli music star, Dudu Tassa, going in search of his grandfather's music and life as a performer in Iraq in the 1930s.

RSVP to, or call 646-454-3067.
Book Group
Upcoming dates: January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7

Thank you to all who discussed  Small Island by Andrea Levy with us! We'll see you next month, on December 7th, to discuss Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken. To learn more, contact
Yom Kippur Appeal 5778/2017
From our open and supportive community, to our programs and worship experiences for every age and stage, to our remarkable clergy who are there for us during life's joys and sorrows, Rodeph Sholom gives so much to each of us. As we approach Thanksgiving, a time of abundance and gratitude, we hope you will remember CRS and help provide for our community with your support of the Yom Kippur Appeal.
From providing dues assistance, to making unexpected repairs to our building, to supporting our remarkable clergy, your participation makes a tangible impact as our dues continue to cover roughly half the cost of our operations.
To make your gift to the appeal:
  • 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.
Rodeph Sholom is here for all of us because of all of us. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

Tikkun Olam

In the US,  9 million children get health insurance through the Children Health insurance Program (CHIP).

Congress just let it expire.  

St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen
Upcoming dates: December 10, January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13

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.
Sisterhood Volunteer Project: Days for Girls at The Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy
Upcoming dates: January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4

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! Participants are encouraged to bring snacks, but this is not required; all you need is a desire to make a difference. 

For more information, contact
Backpack Buddies Serving Hungry Children

Please give some of your time to one of our most successful social action programs! 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 sign up.
Volunteer at the CRS Homeless Shelter

By volunteering at our homeless shelter, you will provide in-the-moment assistance to people who have nowhere else to sleep. Transform a night of misery on the street for a fellow New Yorker -   click here  to sign up!  

Special Announcements
OFFSITE: Cantor Rebecca Garfein performs in a pre-Thanksgiving concert at Stephen Wise

Opera Ebony, the oldest African American opera company in America, returns to Stephen Wise for this dynamic interfaith concert featuring spirituals, opera, and more. Cantor Rebecca Garfein will be a guest performer at this special concert. To buy tickets, click here.
RSS Head of School Danny Karpf Appoints Maxine Borenstein as Associate Head of School

Maxine previously served as Head of Middle School, where she has worked for the past 17 years.

Do you have a college-age CRS member in your life?

The new CRS Mayer Fellowship Program in Poland  is a new and exciting opportunity - a scholarship fund for two college-age (18+) CRS members to participate in a six-week Fellowship at the JCC in the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland. This unique summer internship will allow the two Fellows to gain solid leadership and work experience while immersed in the Polish Jewish community.  

You do not need know any Polish to apply, but you do need to be curious, motivated, and excited to explore and engage with this vibrant community.
Learn more at  The deadline to apply is January 5, 2018.
Moment of the Month
Congregants attended Minyan Launch Night on October 3rd. Join Minyan at CRS! Go to to learn more or sign up.