Dear Rodeph Sholom Family,

Please join us tonight at 6PM for Shabbat services to process our responses to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. In the solidarity of sacred community, we will express our collective responsibility in the face of this alarming rollback in personal freedom. Many in our congregation dedicate themselves to ensuring the availability of reproductive healthcare across our nation. Reproductive freedom is a Jewish value. According to Jewish law, abortion is not only permitted in at least some circumstances, but even required if the life of the pregnant person is at risk.

Please scroll down to learn about today’s Jewish Vigil for Abortion Justice hosted by National Council for Jewish Women at 4 PM ET and the Planned Parenthood “Bans Off Manhattan” Rally tonight at 8 PM in Union Square. 

For the most up-to-the-minute information about ways to engage today and in the coming days, please visit our Reproductive Justice Resource page. Volunteer for activism on this issue here

Yours in solidarity and Shabbat Shalom, 

Your CRS Clergy Team 
Peter Ehrenberg, CRS President  
Annette Orenstein, Social Action Chair  

The National Council for Jewish Women (NCJW) will hold space for collective outrage, for our community’s grief, for the anxiety of what’s next — for all of our emotions. This is open to all.


Attend the Planned Parenthood rally as an Upper West Side Jewish community. The UWS group* will gather at Verdi Square (Broadway at 73rd St.) between 6:30–6:45 pm and travel by subway together, or at the southwest corner Madison Square Park (Broadway and 23rd St.) between 7–7:15 pm. They will distribute signs and walk to the rally together. The rally will take place in Union Square at 8 pm. We recognize that the meeting time is during services and invite you to make plans according to your Shabbat practice.

* CRS joins in solidarity with our Upper West Side Jewish community partners including the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, JCC Harlem, the JTS Hendel Center for Ethics and Justice, SAJ, and West End Synagogue.