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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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Saturday, September 21
Selichot this year will, weather permitting, feature a Havdalah on our rooftop followed by a soulful exploration of the theme of forgiveness utilizing our new Selichot prayerbook.
Friday, September 27
Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson has been leading a contemplative journey through the Book of Psalms for over five years, searching for God’s presence and struggling with God’s absence in the world through this literary treasure. This Friday lunchtime class is a perfect preparation for Shabbat. New and returning students are welcome; each session stands alone. […]
Monday, September 30
These holidays don’t send us hurtling back into history for life lessons, but send us inward towards a different kind of memory. Urgently we are told to look at the person in the mirror through the sleepy lens we pry open in the early morning and answer honestly: are we really satisfied with the person […]
Friday, October 4
Sholom Sprouts Shabbat Dinner & Singalong Appropriate for children ages 0–5 Fridays, 4:30-6:00pm Oct 4, Dec 6, Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar 6, May 1 $10 per adult, kids are free   Just especially for our littlest members and their grown-ups, this special Shabbat offers activities, songs, and blessings with clergy and a pizza supper. […]
Monday, October 7
First Monday of every month Help empower girls and women at Days for Girls, a grassroots non-profit organization that makes and distributes re-usable, sustainable feminine hygiene kits to over one million girls and women in New York City, around the country, and abroad. You do not need to know how to sew to participate. Overseen […]
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Tue, Aug 27

Another missive from our friends and family in Israel! They have been incredibly busy—since last they reported, they have stopped in Jerusalem, Masada, and Tel Aviv. Here is what Rabbi Weitzman has to say: Shalom! Although I suppose we should say “Shabbat Shalom” as our time continues in the Holy City of Jerusalem on Saturday […]

Thu, Aug 22

Our intrepid travellers are reporting in for Part 2 of their Israel Family Trip 2019, and they’ve been busy! See what they’ve been up to these past few days: Shalom! It has been an unbelievable few days.  Since we last left you, we were sitting peacefully in the Galilee.  The northern part of Israel is […]

Mon, Aug 19

Rabbi Weitzman, Cantor Garfein, and almost 40 congregants have just landed in Israel for our biannual Israel Family Trip, and they’ve gotten off to an amazing start. Here is what Rabbi Weitzman has to say about their first 36 hours in Israel: We are so excited to hear from our extended congregational family in Israel—and […]

Tue, Aug 06

Let’s Make a “Fair Wage for a Fair Day’s Work” a Reality in America The federal minimum wage was last raised on July 24, 2009 when Congress set it at $7.25 per hour – the equivalent of $15,080 a year. Since then, taking into account the rising cost of living, the lowest-paid workers have lost […]

Mon, Aug 05

Schools. Churches. Synagogues. Mosques. Stores. These are just some of the locations where white supremacist violence has shattered lives as well as our image of America as a beacon of hope for desperate people all over the world. Whatever your political affiliation, you must no longer shake your head or excuse in any way the […]

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