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.
October 6th, 2016
High Holy Days 5777

That we may start fresh
That we may come clear
That we may know sweetness and peace
Throughout the year
That we may find love
Where we need it most
And open our hearts and hand
And draw each other close.

--Judith-Kate Friedman, from Mishkan HaNefesh, Machzor for the Days of Awe 
Welcoming You to the High Holy Days

We hope you are enjoying the High Holy Days of 5777.  

As you know, we have made some changes in the entry process this year.  First, we invite you to pick up your tickets in advance, instead of going to Will Call.

We are open during these times:

9:00AM-4:00PM, Friday, October 7th

9:00AM-5:00PM, Monday, October 10th 

9:00AM-2:30PM, Kol Nidre, Tuesday, October 11th

Second, because we are now using scanners, tickets are required for all services. This is new. Members should bring their tickets.  

Non-members are welcome to Neilah and Yizkor services. Click here for the form that will generate a printable ticket.
Kol Nidre

Early Service featuring beautiful melodies with Eliot Bailen, cellist, 5:00PM

Evening Congregational Services, 7:00PM
Yom Kippur

Family Service 

Young Families Service 

Adult Study Opportunity 
with Rabbi Camille Angel
at The Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy 

Teen Service (Grades 7-12) 
Children's Experience (Grades 2-6)

Morning Congregational Services 
11:15 AM-2:30PM 

Afternoon Congregational Services 

Yizkor Services ( Non-members welcome, click here for tickets)

Neilah Services  ( Non-members welcome, click here for tickets )


Click here for the complete schedule and other information.

Special Worship in October
Erev Sukkot/Sukkot Family Experience

3:30-4:15PM: Sing and Shake in the Sukkah (ages 3 and under)

4:30-5:30PM: Family Sukkot Experience: arts and crafts, stories, and snacks (all ages)

5:30-6:00PM: Blessings with clergy in the Sukkah (all ages)

Help make our Sukkah beautiful. ENGAGE in social action projects, SHAKE the lulav and etrog in our community Sukkah, and LAUGH and PLAY to the sounds of joyful music.
Sukkot Morning Service

Join us on Sukkot morning for more celebrations!
Havdalah Unplugged

This peaceful celebration of the end of Shabbat will feature music, storytelling, and will be held in the Sukkah, weather permitting.
Erev Simchat Torah

Come show off your best moves at our rockin' Erev Simchat Torah Party. There will be a brief service followed by dancing, so come out!
Morning Simchat Torah and Yizkor Service

Continue the celebration and see the whole Torah unrolled. This service will include the prayers and reflections of Yizkor.

Community Events
Re(Soul): The Pilgrimage Festivals

This year, our (Re)Soul series looks at the 3 pilgrimage festivals - Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot - and helps us create an intentional practice for and encounter with these holidays and beyond.  With sessions on mindfulness, using meditation, and focused text study, take these opportunities to stop, take a deep breath, and reflect on the life you are living and want to live.
Ezra Levine and Katie Levy Auf Ruf

Festive oneg to follow in the Sukkah and main lobby.
Our Haven and Our Strength: Personal and Spiritual Pathways through the Psalms
with Rabbi Jackie Ellenson
Upcoming dates: Fridays on November 11, December 9, January 12, February 10, March 10, 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 a year-long series of discussions as we gather for a participatory learning experience.
Adult Education 
Jewish Basics
Upcoming dates  for Semester 1: Wednesdays, October 26 and November 2, 9, 16 

This course is an introduction to basic Jewish culture, ritual, and living. Open to all who want the opportunity to take a closer look at why and how Jewish rituals have developed and how these rituals create meaning in our lives.

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.
Tikkun Olam

CRS Shelter is Open!
Do you know anyone who has volunteered?  Ask them about it!

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!  
Every week during the school year, our Backpack Buddies program provides a weekend backpack full of food to children in our neighborhood who receive free lunch and breakfast during the school week. Click here to find out more.

Create sustainable feminine hygiene kits: in conjunction with the organization Days for Girls, volunteers will be sewing the Days for Girls kit components. We are also knitting for the Shawl Ministry and Seamen's Church Institute. Beginners welcome as we are happy to teach people how to knit and sew.

As the calendar turns to 5777 and we come together as a congregation, the High Holy Days call us to action: teshuvah, tefillah, and tzedakah - repentance, prayer, and charity. These words remind us to focus not only on self-improvement, but also providing for our community, a charge that is embodied in the Yom Kippur Appeal (YKA).

 The YKA is our largest source of revenue aside from membership dues, which only cover 55% of our operations. Philanthropic support, over and above dues, allows us to maintain well-loved programs, explore exciting new projects, and meet previously unanticipated needs within the congregation. From providing dues assistance, to making unexpected repairs to our building, to supporting our remarkable clergy, your participation makes a tangible impact.

To make your gift to the appeal:
  •  Return the pledge card attached to your High  Holy  Day ticket.
  •  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.

Your support is essential to our congregation's strength. We thank you in advance for your generosity!