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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, September 12
A homemade challah is the beautiful and delicious centerpiece of the Jewish holiday table, and with a few new techniques in your hands, that challah can become a midrashic masterpiece as well! Rabbinic Intern Vanessa Harper (also known as @lechlechallah on Instagram) sees challah dough as an artistic medium for exploring Jewish text and tradition, […]
Friday, September 13
Sholom Sprouts Shabbat Dinner & Singalong Appropriate for children ages 0–5 Fridays, 4:30-6:00pm Sep 13, 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 […]
Saturday, September 14
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.
Saturday, September 14
What is Minyan? Minyan is an initiative at CRS that fosters belonging and sparks connection among members. Each Minyan is a group of 8–12 CRS members, gathering together around shared affinities and interests. You can learn more about this initiative at crsminyan.com. How does it work? When you come to Minyan Launch Night or visit […]
Tuesday, September 17
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 Parshat HaShavua class. This one-hour session will explore the week’s Torah portion, building connections to our own lives, and unpacking layers […]
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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 […]

Thu, Aug 01

This summer, junior clergy put their heads together on what to offer congregants when we’re in vacation months.  What better when it’s sunny and warm then to get out and visit sites of Jewish interest?  On July 21, Rabbi Spratt and Cantor De Lowe led an intrepid group on a special hard-hat, behind the scenes […]

Tue, Jul 09

This text was sent in an email blast on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Please feel free to share it, and use any or all of the resources listed. Together, we can make a difference.     Dear Rodeph Sholom Family, Your CRS clergy is paying close attention to developing news about the status of detention […]

Tue, Jun 18

After 18 months of study, which included learning Hebrew, how to chant Torah, and reflecting on sacred texts, the Adult B’nai Mitzvah class was honored on Saturday, June 15, 2019/12 Sivan 5779.  Rabbi Benjamin Spratt and Cantor Shayna De Lowe, who taught the program, officiated. Warm congratulations to the class!

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