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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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Thursday, November 14
A.J. Jacobs On a challenge issued by his son, New York Times bestselling author and CRS congregant A.J. Jacobs set out to thank every person who helps make his morning cup of coffee. The resulting journey takes him across the globe, gleaning wisdom from vivid characters, including the Minnesota miners who extract the iron that […]
Friday, November 15
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.
Saturday, November 16
The perfect way to start a new week, Havdalah Unplugged features music, stories, and a chance to kick back, breathe deeply, and reflect. This energizing, thoughtful, and connective service is a treasured CRS tradition. No RSVP necessary.
Tuesday, November 19
Exploring our Weekly Torah Portion What does the Torah actually say? Who were our matriarchs and patriarchs? What happened on the journey to the Promised Land? Join your CRS clergy for a deep dive into sacred text through our Taste of Torah class. This one-hour session will explore the week’s Torah portion, building connections to […]
Wednesday, November 20
In advance of the Festival of Lights, gather together to learn the untold story of Judith, a brave heroine who defeated a powerful enemy with her wit, daring—and, some say, salty cheese! Join Rabbi Erica Gerson in partnership with Rabbinic Intern Vanessa Harper for this special night of Torah, nosh and connection. This event is […]
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Mon, Oct 28

This past weekend was such an incredible blessing, from Erev Shabbat to yesterday evening! On Erev Shabbat, we launched Mitzvah Weekend with words of Torah shared by congregants Beth Berman and the Sonneborn family.  50 people showed up for Hadvalah at WSCAH (West Side Campaign Against Hunger) for a beautiful ritual, followed by lots of […]

Thu, Oct 24

Rabbi Levine wrote the following letter to the congregation yesterday, as part of our ongoing observance of the one-year anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, PA in 2018. As we approach the anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, we recognize that we must not allow hatred and intolerance to […]

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.

Thu, Aug 22

It has been an unbelievable few days.  Since we last left you, we were sitting peacefully in the Galilee.

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.

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