Congregants are encouraged to bring their talents to our committees. If you are interested, please email Ruth Bernstein at or call (646) 454-3051.

Adult Education Committee

Plans and develops the adult education priorities for the year through conversation with the clergy team and members of the committee. The classes combine the interests of a cross-section of the congregation.

Archives Committee

Has the responsibility to search for, preserve, categorize and promote all material connected with the old rich history of our Congregation and Synagogue Buildings, since its founding in 1842. It is a source of reference and information to congregants, clergy, students, teachers, historians, etc.

Caring Community Committee

Emphasizes the importance of the individual within the larger community. Activities like bereavement and support groups, Shabbat greeters, visits with homebound congregants, and reaching out to mourners at the end of shiva seek to make Rodeph Sholom a place where every congregant can feel included and supported.

This year, we are participating in the UJA Federation’s Shabbat of Wholeness, Holiness, and Wellness, to raise awareness and support for mental health. Click here for a list of resources.

Click here for information on UJA’s new initiative, Mental Health GPS, which helps parents navigate the system when they have concerns about their child’s mental or emotional well-being. Mental Health GPS offers free resources and consultations to parents of children through college-age.

Our new Caring Community brochure describes our activities in detail.

College Committee

Stays in touch with the congregation’s college students while they are away at school by sending “holiday care packages,” and when they are home for visits, helps to keep them connected to Rodeph Sholom.
College Care Package Form

Communications Committee

Oversees how the congregation communicates information about its programs, schools, services and special events to congregants and the community at large in a variety of media. The committee supports congregational staff in their work with our newsletter, The Chronicle, the CRS website, news releases and the calendar.

Community Concerns Committee (CCC)

Holds true to the name Rodeph Sholom, “pursuers of peace.” The heart of the congregation’s mission is the ongoing commitment to social action and social justice in the community at large. The committee sponsors special events and speakers and engages in advocacy on
pressing contemporary issues.

Development Committee

Recommends, coordinates and implements policy and strategy for the fundraising efforts of Rodeph Sholom. The committee works with staff and the CRS Board of Trustees on the annual Yom Kippur Appeal, periodic capital and endowment campaigns, planned giving and other fundraising efforts.

Israel Committee

Develops activities and programming to provide opportunities for the congregation to support Israel. Activities include trips to Israel, participation in The Salute to Israel Parade, and the sponsorship of two mitzvah projects per year in Israel. Ongoing speakers and educational programs encourage members to deepen their connection to and understanding of Israel.

Inclusion Committee

Cultivates and sustains an inclusive environment in which all current and prospective members of the Rodeph Sholom community feel welcome and embraced, in all their diversity. Please feel free to read our Inclusion Statement to learn more about the efforts of this committee.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Committee (LGBTQ)

Connects members of the LGBTQ community within Rodeph Sholom and in the broader Jewish community, and sponsors Shabbat dinners, the annual pride service, and family programming. Everyone’s input and involvement is welcome.

In the wake of fatal bullying against LGBTQ youth, add your voice to the Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives. Click here to participate as a member of Rodeph Sholom. Together, we can make the world a safer and more sacred place. Questions?

Membership Committee

Welcomes and integrates new members into the congregational community and engages existing members in the life of the congregation.

One Voice to Save Choice Committee

Engages in political activism, sometimes with a multi-faith coalition, to protect a women’s right to choose and support family planning decisions.

One Voice to Save Choice Resources

Project Kehila Committee

Responds to various natural and worldly disasters which require immediate and ongoing assistance. Project Kehila was originally convened in response to Hurricane Katrina, and now also supports Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Religious School Committee

Works in partnership with the director of the Religious School, the clergy and education staff to set policy and oversee operation of the school’s programs.

Ritual Committee

Reviews ritual practices and through regular discussions with the clergy, shares ideas to help make worship at Rodeph Sholom as significant and meaningful.

Ushering Committee

Coordinates volunteers to usher for the High Holy Days.

Youth Committee

Supports and acts as an advisory board for the congregation’s youth groups, partnering closely with the Rodeph Sholom Religious School and Rodeph Sholom School on youth group projects. Special effort is given to continued programming for our post B’nai Mitzvah students.