Sisterhood, now in its 126th year, provides an opportunity for women of all ages, backgrounds, and interests to strengthen their ties to each other. A program highlight is Sisterhood Torah Study, where women explore text in an intimate environment of friendship. Sisterhood sponsors the Inspiring Women’s Luncheon, which is a keystone of the congregational year. And this spring, Sisterhood will celebrate Jewish cuisine with a food-related event.
Sisterhood has a long history of social action initiatives. For the past two years, Sisterhood has participated in the Days for Girls program that creates and provides feminine hygiene kits to 400,000 girls and women worldwide who live in poverty. Sisterhood joins with volunteers at The Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy once a month to sew and package these kits. By using the kits, girls can continue to go to school, and get their days back.
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Brotherhood provides connection and learning at Rodeph Sholom through a diverse set of activities. Every Tuesday, Brotherhood holds a pickup basketball game in the 84th Street gym, and every winter, Brotherhood sponsors a hugely popular film festival. Brotherhood also partners with other synagogue committees and provides special holiday programming throughout the year, including the Chanukah Latke Party.
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A wonderful way to connect, learn, and eat, this year’s Lunch Together programs include a performance by star of the standards, singer Harvey Granat; a presentation on the refugee crisis; and a film about Germans, Jews, and reconciliation. All are preceded by an hour of schmoozing and noshing. Try it—you’ll like it! A dairy lunch will be served, and the programs are open to all.
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We offer a delightful afternoon of semi-fierce and fun competition. Whether you’re an expert or a novice, come enjoy the camaraderie, chocolate, and chips. Bring your own cards or purchase when you arrive. Invite a friend!
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Based on the excellent response to the Symposium on Aging last March, another one is being organized for this coming spring. The Symposium on Aging, Part II will take a more in-depth look at end-of-life issues such as estate planning and ethical wills. Details will be announced closer to the event.
Continuing our important work on issues around end-of-life, Rodeph Sholom introduces What Matters: Caring Conversations about End-of-Life, an advance care planning initiative to enable individuals to think about, plan for, and take steps to ensure that when the time comes, their end-of-life wishes will be respected and honored. Details will be announced closer to the event.
With the theme “Reimagining Jewish Life,” our congregation will join with hundreds of others from across North America at the URJ Biennial 2017 from December 6–10 in Boston, MA. Please join us! Our Congregation Rodeph Sholom delegation will include staff, clergy, and congregants. In addition, Rabbi Benjamin Spratt and Cantor Shayna De Lowe will be leading a special Service of Belonging on Thursday morning, December 7.
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Our theater community is ready to put on another show! Founded in 1981, the Rodeph Sholom Theater Company stages one musical a year, featuring talent from our community involved both on stage and off. Whether this is your first show or your tenth, please join us!
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Led by Artistic Director Eliot Bailen, Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom presents classical and modern chamber music and explores the diversity and many dimensions of Jewish music within the repertory. The opening concert of the season, on November 30, will feature works by Israeli composers in honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary. The season continues with programs on March 3 and April 7. Repertoire to be included will be the great Shostakovich Trio in E Minor and the annual jazz/classical concert.
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Book Group gathers once a month to discuss literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or plays) written by a Jewish author or with a theme of Jewish interest. Meetings are self-moderated and led by different members each month. The group nominates and selects their reading material. Every meeting provides spirited conversation, light snacks, and a chance to learn in a stimulating environment.
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