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Congregation Rodeph Sholom has gone “virtual”—all of our services and programs are streaming online only. But that doesn’t mean we have stopped providing spaces for us to learn, grow, and connect together! We are still here for you, and still ready to be your congregation—your spiritual home—even in these uncertain times.

Most of our virtual events will require registration and/or the use of a passwordAn added benefit of registering ahead of time is that you will receive an email reminder and have the option to add the event to your personal calendar. Please refer to your weekly CRS Live email for information about how to access events that require a password.

If you have any questions, please email info@crsnyc.org.

Upcoming Events

Check here each day for an ongoing schedule of virtual worship, events, & offerings. Click on each event to access the Zoom link/info.

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Dec
3
Thu
CRS Book Group—Here All Along by Sarah Hurwitz
Dec 3 @ 7:00 PM
CRS Book Group—Here All Along by Sarah Hurwitz

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. See a book that interests you, read it, and join us for the discussion. Come when you’d like, skip as you choose.

Register for the Zoom meeting

December’s book is Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life—in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) by Sarah Hurwitz

Known primarily as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama and as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, “Sarah Hurwitz writes beautifully about her journey from Hebrew school dropout to thoughtful commentator on her heritage. She shows how this system of thought, founded in the time of shepherds, can be surprisingly relevant to modern life, with wisdom on such contemporary topics as mindfulness, gratitude, work/life balance, and politics. I recommend this book to all, no matter where you lie on the religious spectrum.” (A.J. Jacobs)

How can I get this book?

 

Questions? Please contact bookgroup@crsnyc.org.

Jan
7
Thu
CRS Book Group—Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman
Jan 7 @ 7:00 PM
CRS Book Group—Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman

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. See a book that interests you, read it, and join us for the discussion. Come when you’d like, skip as you choose.

Register for the Zoom meeting

January’s book is Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman

Linda Hirshman’s dual biography tells the fascinating story of how the relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, Western rancher’s daughter and Brooklyn girl—transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Sisters in Law combines legal detail with warm personal anecdotes that bring these very different women into focus as never before. Meticulously researched and compellingly told, it is an authoritative account of our changing law and culture and a moving story of a remarkable friendship.

How can I get this book?

 

Questions? Please contact bookgroup@crsnyc.org.

Feb
4
Thu
CRS Book Group—The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
Feb 4 @ 7:00 PM
CRS Book Group—The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

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. See a book that interests you, read it, and join us for the discussion. Come when you’d like, skip as you choose.

Register for the Zoom meeting

February’s book is The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it’s his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.

How can I get this book?

 

Questions? Please contact bookgroup@crsnyc.org.

Mar
4
Thu
CRS Book Group—Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox
Mar 4 @ 7:00 PM
CRS Book Group—Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox

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. See a book that interests you, read it, and join us for the discussion. Come when you’d like, skip as you choose.

Register for the Zoom meeting

March’s book is Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, the Quest for Justice and the World’s Greatest Detective Writer by Margalit Fox

Alternate title:  Conan Doyle for the Defense: How Sherlock Holmes’s Creator Turned Real-Life Detective and Freed a Man Wrongly Imprisoned for Murder

After a wealthy woman was brutally murdered in her Glasgow home in 1908, the police found a convenient suspect in Oscar Slater, an immigrant Jewish cardsharp. Though he was known to be innocent, Slater was tried, convicted, and consigned to life at hard labor. Outraged by this injustice, Arthur Conan Doyle, already world renowned as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, used the methods of his most famous character to reinvestigate the case.

How can I get this book?

 

Questions? Please contact bookgroup@crsnyc.org.

Apr
1
Thu
CRS Book Group—House on Endless Waters by Emuna Elon
Apr 1 @ 7:00 PM
CRS Book Group—House on Endless Waters by Emuna Elon

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. See a book that interests you, read it, and join us for the discussion. Come when you’d like, skip as you choose.

Register for the Zoom meeting

April’s book is House on Endless Waters by Emuna Elon

In this novel, the protagonist Yoel Blum is an author who reluctantly agrees to visit his birthplace of Amsterdam to promote his books, despite promising his late mother that he would never return to that city. While touring the Jewish Historical Museum with his wife, Yoel stumbles upon footage portraying prewar Dutch Jewry and is astonished to see the youthful face of his beloved mother staring back at him, posing with his father, his older sister…and an infant he doesn’t recognize.  Part family mystery, part wartime drama, House on Endless Waters is “a rewarding meditation on survival.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

How can I get this book?

 

Questions? Please contact bookgroup@crsnyc.org.

May
6
Thu
CRS Book Group—We Love Anderson Cooper by R. L. Maizes 
May 6 @ 7:00 PM
CRS Book Group—We Love Anderson Cooper by R. L. Maizes 

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. See a book that interests you, read it, and join us for the discussion. Come when you’d like, skip as you choose.

Register for the Zoom meeting

May’s book is We Love Anderson Cooper: Short Stories by R. L. Maizes 

In this quirky, humorous, and deeply human short story collection, Pushcart Prize-nominated author R.L. Maizes reminds us that even in our most isolated moments, we are never truly alone. In We Love Anderson Cooper, characters are treated as outsiders because of their sexual orientation, racial or religious identity, or simply because they look different. As NPR reviewed this collection, “Maizes’ admirable achievement in these charmingly offbeat stories is to balance fascination with sympathy and gravitas with humor.”

How can I get this book?

 

Questions? Please contact bookgroup@crsnyc.org.

Jun
3
Thu
CRS Book Group—The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer
Jun 3 @ 7:00 PM
CRS Book Group—The Mathematician's Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer

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. See a book that interests you, read it, and join us for the discussion. Come when you’d like, skip as you choose.

Register for the Zoom meeting

June’s book is The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer

Alexander “Sasha” Karnokovitch and his family would like to mourn the passing of his mother, Rachela, with modesty and dignity. But Rachela, a famous Polish émigré mathematician and professor at the University of Wisconsin, is rumored to have solved the million-dollar, Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize problem. Rumor has it that she spitefully took the solution to the grave. To Sasha’s chagrin, a ragtag group of socially-challenged mathematicians arrives in Madison and crashes the shiva, vowing to do whatever it takes to find the solution, even if it means prying up the floorboards for Rachela’s notes. As The New York Times Book Review said, “You can never really complain about a book being too alive, too curious, too alert, too true to itself….The novel works for the same reason the humor does: It is smart and brutally honest.”

How can I get this book?

 

Questions? Please contact bookgroup@crsnyc.org.