Welcome to a new year of adult programming at Rodeph Sholom! This year, we aim to offer a bigger and better range of programs and classes that intended to engage and enlighten. If you have any questions about programs from our brochure, or what you see here, please contact your CRS communications team, Kirsten Major at (646) 454-3058, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Sarah Berman, (646) 454-3067, email@example.com.
Dear Rodeph Sholom Family,
Last year at this time, we were embarking on our 175th anniversary. I was deeply moved by the tremendous work of our congregation to make the year a ringing success. Our challenge now: How do we carry forward the profound communal ties we developed, and the engagement and commitment to our values we created this past year?
A part of that answer will be found in these pages. We have invigorated our adult programming to offer genuinely fresh ways to inspire you.
Deepen your spiritual involvement by attending Erev Shabbat services—in the next few pages, we note services throughout the year that feature guest speakers and special occasions.
Enrich your Jewish experience through Hebrew classes, an opportunity to learn trope (cantillation), Havdalah Unplugged, and our Shabbat Study Series; and consider joining our Adult B’nai Mitzvah class.
Minyan, an initiative piloted by Rabbi Ben Spratt and Cantor Shayna De Lowe, will reach those who are looking for connection. Congregants meet in small lay-led groups over several months around a specific topic or theme. For any among us seeking to make a big place feel smaller, learn more at the Minyan launch event.
I encourage you to become involved with the important social action initiatives in which Rodeph Sholom continues to be a leader—including Backpack Buddies, Days for Girls, and this year’s Mitzvah Weekend, which spotlights the important issues of mental health and addiction.
This year we are partnering with Tablet Magazine, a leading source for writing on Jewish news, culture, and ideas. We will bring you a new take on adult education, featuring Jewish thought leaders such as Adam Kirsch, Jenna Weissman Joselit, and Marjorie Ingall as well as a live broadcast of Tablet’s acclaimed and always entertaining podcast, UnOrthodox.
As we enter our 5778th year, the State of Israel is entering her 70th, and we have special programs to celebrate. Together we will explore the culture of Israel through its cuisine; hear from the creator of the Netflix hit series, Fauda; and delve into Israeli poetry. Our Spring Shabbaton features an artist residency by Israeli music group Nava Tehila, which will take you to new places in worship, song, meditation, and participation.
We, your clergy, are so grateful for this community’s strength. As we embark on this journey together, may we graciously pull out a chair for you, and invite you to come, be enlightened, be refreshed, and enjoy all that our community has to offer.