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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.


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Just as we are commanded to be seekers of peace, so too are we commanded to be seekers of justice. When we encounter injustice in New York City, the United States, or the world, CRS responds through education, advocacy, and immediate and direct action.


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CRS Homeless Shelter

Since 1983, Rodeph Sholom’s Homeless Shelter hosts eight men, five nights a week, from the first Monday in October through the middle of June.  Volunteers come from a broad cross-section of the congregational family, including Clergy, members of the Board, CRuSTY members, and parents, who regularly bring their young children with them. Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Backpack Buddies

Pack a backpack full of weekend meals at CRS for children in our greater Upper West Side community who are entitled to free lunches at school but are at risk on the weekend. Other opportunities to volunteer include stocking the shelves and driving the backpacks to their destination at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center. Click here to sign up to volunteer.

St. Xavier's Soup Kitchen

Help prepare and serve meals to visitors at the St. Xavier’s Soup Kitchen in Chelsea. Click here to sign up to volunteer.

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Tuesday, April 30
Join the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvaniaand Central Synagoguefor a dynamic panel discussion about BRCA mutations and hereditary cancers. Topics will include recent research updates, insurance and discrimination issues, genetic testing, fertility, and more. Panelists: Dr. Susan Domchek, Basser Center Executive Director and Medical Oncologist Dr. Kenneth Offit, Memorial Sloan Kettering […]
Wednesday, May 1
THESE ARE THE NAMES Please join us as we read the names of those who perished during the Shoah. The reading will begin at 10:00 PM at The Carlebach Shul, and end at 6:00 PM the next day at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Congregation Rodeph Sholom will be reading during the 12:30 AM–1:00 AM […]
Thursday, May 2
Book Group at CRS Book Group gathers once a month to discuss literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or plays) written by a Jewish author or with a theme of Jewish interest. Meetings are self- moderated and led by different members each month. The group nominates and selects their reading material. Every meeting provides spirited conversation, light […]
Friday, May 3
Each Friday evening the Rodeph Sholom community joins together to welcome Shabbat in a joyful service of prayer, music, song and moments of quiet contemplation. Our Erev Shabbat service is a perfect way to end the week and begin recharging for the week ahead.
Saturday, May 4
Mark the end of Shabbat in an intimate, warm, and joyful setting with friends, clergy, wine, and song. Join us for Havdalah Unplugged to punctuate a busy weekend, to prepare for an evening out, and to start your week surrounded by community. You’ll be glad you did. This week’s Havdalah Unplugged will take place in […]
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Thu, Apr 18

Last Saturday, we closed out the Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom season of 5779 with a truly beautiful concert. Chamber Music regulars Eliot Bailen, Susan Rotholz, and Cantor Rebecca Garfein transported us with their Sephardic and Ladino repertoire; special guests Stacey Shames and Paul Woodiel dazzled us with harp, violin, hurdy-gurdy, and nyckelharpa. We can’t […]

Mon, Apr 15

On April 8, 2019, a full house gathered to hear Senior Cantor Rebecca Garfein and Cantor Shayna De Lowe and other cantors from around the country perform in Stars of David, a musical revue celebrating Jewish heritage. Thanks to all who made the night shine!

Tue, Apr 02

Self-compassion, or shmirat ha-guf in Hebrew,  has a central place in mental health.  An emerging self-care movement is popularizing this concept and articulating the ways that we can attend to crisis situations by attending to ourselves. On Erev Shabbat, Rabbi Juliana S. Karol offered a sermon on these themes. Parshat Tzav Rabbi Juliana S. Karol […]

Thu, Mar 28

Our house was full last night as we and members of the local community gathered to hear Ambassador Dan Shapiro, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel under President Obama, spoke about Israel, Palestine, and the state of the conflict there. Audience members participated in a Q&A that left us all feeling a little more informed about […]

Fri, Mar 22

Yasher koach to Rabbi Juliana Karol and those who went with her to the UJA Federation of NY’s rally at the Islamic Center at NYU! The rally, at which Jews from across New York came to symbolically protect and support our Muslim brothers and sisters as they prayed, comes as a response to the horrific […]

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