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CONGREGATION RODEPH SHOLOM
Rodeph Sholom is an extended family of people who care about each other and our community. We strive to educate and inspire children, youth, and adults to participate actively in worship, Torah study, and Jewish life experience, and to put Reform Jewish religious and ethical principles into action. We seek to enrich the lives of our members, to contribute to the continuance and vitality of the Jewish people, and to help repair the world.
Friday, May 29
This service will take place, weather permitting, in Central Park. Surrounded by nature and its healing power, this service will involve discussion and reflection.
Friday, May 29
This milestone celebration marks the culmination of our 10th graders’ year-long exploration of their Judaism through the Confirmation program and trip to Berlin. Confirmands lead this moving service including a blessing exchange with Rodeph Sholom 4th graders, who are just beginning their B’nai Mitzvah journey.
Saturday, May 30
Following Shabbat Services. Enrich your Shabbat experience by joining us for post-worship study on select essential texts of Jewish identity and belonging. Discover new dimensions of our tradition through sources that have inspired deepened understandings of why Judaism adds meaning and purpose to life. Hebrew familiarity is not required; curiosity is! Attend one session or […]
Monday, June 1
Help empower girls and women at Days for Girls, a grassroots non-profit that makes and distributes feminine hygiene kits around the world.
Thursday, June 4
Literature lovers and readers rejoice! Book Group gathers the first Thursday of each month to discuss books (or plays or poetry) written by a Jewish author or that have a Jewish theme. Enjoy books, snacks, and wine over rousing talk about plot, character, and theme. The book for June will be Ellis Island and Other […]
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Tue, May 19

Our CRS initiative, What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life, focuses on the importance of advance care planning and notably as it is applied in the Jewish community. The COVID-19 health crisis has brought major changes to our lives, but the situation also gives us the opportunity to start meaningful conversations with our loved […]

Mon, May 18

Our beloved Cantor Emeritus Ephraim Biran passed away on Saturday, May 16. He served as Cantor of Rodeph Sholom from 1963 until his retirement in 1994. His beautiful voice, potent and memorable, enriched our Shabbat, High Holy Day, and Festival Services. Under Cantor Biran’s direction, he created the Rodeph Sholom Children’s Choir in 1974 comprised […]

Mon, May 18

What is Shavuot? Shavuot was originally an agricultural festival to mark the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest. Israelites went on a pilgrimage bringing crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Although it began as this harvest festival bringing the first fruits to the Temple as a […]

Fri, May 08

The celebration of Lag B’Omer starts Monday night! Like many Jewish holidays, it has its basis in the ancient agricultural calendar. Lag B’Omer falls on the 33rd day of the seven-week period between Passover and Shavuot—this year on Tuesday, May 12. This period, known as the Omer, marks the spring cycle of planting and harvest, as […]

Thu, May 07

This message was sent to the congregation on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Dear Rodeph Sholom family,  Mother’s Day this year will be yet another occasion when many of us can only virtually hug the people most precious to us. My own kids will not be able to tell their mother in person how truly incredible […]

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