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.
September 6th, 2016
Special Worship in September
Rodeph Sholom @ 175
Kick-off Shabbat

Kick off our 175th Anniversary year with a stirring and joyful Shabbat service for all generations.   Join us after services for dancing to contemporary klezmer music and a delicious oneg.  This is an evening devoted to the entire Rodeph Sholom family - children, teens,  adults are welcome.   Meet old friends and make new ones as you laugh, dance, and celebrate.
 Shabbat Morning Service featuring Mishkan HaNefesh (the new Machzor)

As the month of Elul begins, infuse your Shabbat worship with the words and melodies of the High Holy Days. Here's your chance to experience the new machzor even before Rosh Hashanah starts!

An overture to the High Holy Days. Starting with a short ceremony to mark the end of Shabbat, Selichot is a beautiful way to enter into the High Holy Day season - a great, intimate introduction to the themes, words, and music of the High Holy Days. No RSVP necessary, but please feel free to join us.
Erev Shabbat Services and Festive Oneg Celebrating the Naming of Eden Fay Weitzman

This Erev Shabbat Service will include a baby naming ceremony for Ashley and Rabbi Greg Weitzman's new daughter.
Community Engagement
OFFSITE - Sacred Bodies: A Healing  Immersion for Racial Justice

Join us on Sunday, September 11, at 9:00am at Riis Park for a healing ritual immersion in the ocean inspired by the Jewish tradition of mikveh.  CRS is a co-sponsor of this event and Rabbi Spratt will attend.
Elul Learning 5776

Throughout the holy days, we repeat a verse from Psalms, so redolent of this time and experience Pitchu li, sha'arei tzedek-open for me the gates of righteousness, and I will enter them. As the gates open, so does the Book of Life.

The Unetaneh Tokef teaches that all is written in our own hand, but what will we write?

This year, along with the Book of Life, we will open a new Machzor. Join Rabbi Sari Laufer and fellow congregants in an intimate, introspective workshop to introduce you to the new Machzor, and prepare you for these High Holy Days.

Film Screening: TRAPPED

One Voice to Save Choice, Rodeph Sholom's reproductive rights committee, is bringing this documentary to our community. TRAPPED follows clinic workers and lawyers fighting to keep abortion safe and legal.
Congregational Trip to Israel 2017 with Rabbi Weitzman and Cantor Garfein

Congregation Rodeph Sholom will be going to Israel on August 21-31, 2017. 

On Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30 PM we invite you to an information session with Rabbi Weitzman, Cantor Garfein, and our tour company, Custom Tours for Puzzle Israel. Hear details and see an itinerary for our trip!
High Holy Days 5777
Welcome to High Holy Days 5777

You will be receiving your High Holy Day tickets this week. For questions contact Ruth Bernstein, Director of Membership Services,

New for 5777:

· All services will be ticketed and your ticket will be scanned at entry. ID must match the name printed on your ticket.

· Young Families Service at 9:15AM and Family Service at 9:00AM will require a separate ticket; an email link to print tickets was sent to families with children ages 0-12 the week of 8/15. Didn't get one? Email Membership at

A separate email will be sent to the congregation the week of September 12th with detailed information about the High Holy Days.

Click here for the complete schedule and other information.

Adult Education 
Jewish Basics
Upcoming dates: Wednesdays, September 28; October 5, 19, 26; November 2

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.
Lunch Together 
Upcoming dates: Tuesdays, November 15, December 20

Our premiere Lunch Together this year features the ever-popular Harvey Granat!

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

The Louisiana floods are being described as the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy.  As part of our tradition of Project Kehila, we encourage you to support relief efforts.   

To make a monetary contribution to disaster relief, please consider a donation to the  Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank  or the Jewish Federation of Baton Rouge
The Yom Kippur Appeal (YKA) is our synagogue's largest source of unrestricted resources aside from membership dues.

Your gift to the YKA makes an impact in so many ways. Philanthropic support from the community means that we can:

* Reaffirm our commitment to providing dues assistance to any family in need even as our membership dues cover only 55% of our operations.

* Increase the hours of the off-duty police officers who protect our building to make sure our security measures meet the test of these uncertain times.

* Create a customized and personalized b'nai mitzvah program for children with special needs to ensure that every child at CRS can experience this most special lifecycle moment with their family and friends.

There is no need to wait until Yom Kippur to make your contribution to the appeal! Click here to make a gift online. For details about automatic recurring payment options, or for any questions, contact the Development Office at 646-454-3052.

Your participation in the appeal is essential to our congregation's strength. We thank you in advance for your gift.