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 5 , 2017
High Holy Days 5778
High Holy Days at Rodeph Sholom Are Inspiring and Purposeful
We are pleased to share our full High Holy Day schedule of services. Click here Members in good standing received their High Holy Day tickets in the mail.

Rabbi Camille Shira Angel, our Associate Rabbi from 1995-2000, will lead an introspective service on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 11:30AM at The Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy (26 West 84th Street) that includes High Holy Day liturgy and music, as well as space for meditation and deep personal prayer.

If you have not yet reserved tickets and would like to, you may register here:   High Holy Day Experience.  Tickets will be emailed (for printing at home) to those registered.  Space is limited. 

Social Action Opportunity
Hurricane Harvey - How to Help

Click here to visit our web page for Hurricane Harvey donations to find out different ways you can help, including donating to the URJ, which has a sleepaway camp near Houston, Texas that is currently opening its doors to families who need a place to stay.

Your donations are critical to the effective, thorough, and immediate response to this hurricane, and can make a real difference for people in this time of need.

Special Worship and Spiritual Opportunities

Starting with a short ceremony to mark the end of Shabbat, Selichot is a beautiful way to enter the High Holy Day season - an intimate introduction to the themes, words, and music of the High Holy Days.
Erev Sukkot 

3:30-4:15PM: For our littlest members, ages 0-3, sing and shake in the Sukkah

4:30-5:30PM: Family Sukkot Experience, with arts & crafts, stories and snacks

5:30-6:00PM: Blessings with clergy in the Sukkah

Join us for the traditional Sukkot Morning Service.

Rodeph Sholom in Israel
israel tour
Take a virtual tour of this year's Israel Trip, courtesy of Rabbi Greg Weitzman and Director of Development Lyndsie Levine, who sent us blog entries and beautiful pictures about the group's adventure-filled family trip. 

Thinking about joining us on our next trip?  Email
Yom Kippur Appeal 5778/2017
Rodeph Sholom is here for all of us, 
because of all of us.

Many congregants are surprised to learn that their membership dues do not cover the full cost of the synagogue's operations (last year it was 54%). It is only through your generosity and support of the Yom Kippur Appeal (YKA) that we are able 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.

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

Community Events
Inside Fauda with Lior Raz
Sponsored by the UJA-Federation of New York
Tickets On Sale Tomorrow!

Join us for this exclusive New York appearance,with creator and star of Netflix's  Fauda, Lior Raz on Monday, October 30th, 7:0oPM. Called a "gritty, naturalistic thriller" by  The New York TimesFauda explores counterterrorism within the Israel Defense Forces. Learn about the making of the hit series and stay for a Q&A.

This evening is open to the community, but tomorrow (September 6th, 10:00AM) there is a one-day pre-sale exclusive for Rodeph Sholom members. Tickets are $18.  Purchase tickets at
Keeping the Faith: Perspectives on God, Belief, and Religion in Challenging Times 
Abigail Pogrebin in conversation with 
Rabbi Robert N. Levine

Take advantage of this re-scheduled date to attend the final event in the Rabbi Robert N. Levine 25th Anniversary Speaker Series. In this program, Rabbi Levine and author Abigail Pogrebin reflect on issues key to Rabbi Levine's rabbinate at Rodeph Sholom. Note: if you registered last spring, you will be sent a ticket, no need to sign up again.  To register, click here.
Join the Children's Choir!

If your child is in 2nd-6th grade, they are eligible to join. The Children's Choir participates in CRS services and performs at special concerts throughout the city - most recently at Citi Field and Lincoln Center! Interested in joining or want more information? Please contact Cantor Rebecca Garfein at 646-454-3039, or at Choir rehearsals begin Monday, September 11th, 6:00PM-6:45PM, in the Main Sanctuary. Pizza and dessert to follow!
Minyan Launch Night

Find your minyan!   Please join us this evening to learn more, ask questions, and have an opportunity to be the first to sign up for your Minyan group. Minyan sign-ups go live online on Wednesday, October 4th. 

What is Minyan? W e have created Minyan to help foster transformative connection. Ever gone to a service looking to meet people and make new friends? Do you feel like your faith could grow if you were with others who were seeking the same?  For more information, contact

Tikkun Olam
On Saturday, August 12, 2017, white nationalist and neo-Nazi protestors marched in Charlottesville in a day full of hate, bigotry, and violence. 

Urge your members of Congress to denounce the racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia of Charlottesville's events.

Adult Programming
Book Group
Upcoming dates: November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7

Welcome back! This week we will discuss To the End of the Land by David Grossman.  Due to the timing of the High Holy Days, Book Group will not meet in October.  In November, we will discuss A Small Island by Andrea Levy.
Lunch Together
Upcoming dates: October 10, November 7, December 5, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 17, May 15, June 12

In this month's Lunch Together, we will nosh and learn about Charlie Chaplin in a lecture by William Ronayne, Jr, entitled Beloved Tramp: The Genius of Charlie Chaplin, which will conclude with audience Q&A.
Jewish Basics
Upcoming dates: October 18, 25; November 1,8, 15, 29; December 13; January 24, 31; February 7, 21; 
March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 11, 18, 25

This class aims to establish a foundation for an individual or couple interested in living a Jewish life. Jewish Basics will introduce the learner to the Jewish holidays, foundational Jewish texts, mitzvot, and great Jewish questions.

For more information, contact Rabbi Greg Weitzman at
Mah Jongg
Upcoming dates: October 19, November 9, 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 expert. Bring a card or buy one for 2017.  RSVP to
Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms with Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson
Upcoming dates: October 6, November 10, 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. 
Join the Rodeph Sholom Delegation!
URJ Biennial

With the theme of "Reimagining Jewish Life," our congregation will join with hundreds of others from across North America at the URJ Biennial 2017 from December 6th-10th in Boston, MA.  Please join us! Our Congregation Rodeph Sholom delegation will include staff, clergy, and congregants . Cantor Shayna De Lowe and Rabbi Ben Spratt will be leading a special Service of Belonging on Thursday morning, December 7th. We hope to see you there!
Opportunities for Families with Young Children

We are so excited to announce our all-new class lineup for fall! Fun for the whole family includes Shabbat and Play, Breathe In: Yoga for Littles, Theater Clubhouse, and the world premiere of Music Together Sing Shalom! 
Click here to register for all classes.

Moment of the Month
City Harvest fills their massive truck with High Holy Day 2016/5777 donations of food. For 2017/5778, let's fill it even higher, and feed more hungry New Yorkers for a meaningful holiday season!