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Erev Shabbat Service in Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

Fri, May 12, 2023 • 6:00 PM7:00 PM


Every year in May, CRS joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Together, we fight stigma, provide support, and educate the public, that support the millions of people in the U.S. affected by mental illness. 

This Shabbat, we honor Ruth Kobrin, our longtime social worker, and Shari Steinberg, chair of the Caring Community, for their years of service in caring for the well-being of our community. 

Ruth Kobrin, LMSW 

Under the aegis of the Caring Community, Ruth Kobrin has been Rodeph Sholom’s resident social worker for 22 years, touching the lives of hundreds of congregants in dealing with the many challenges they face. Ruth is a Senior Social Worker at The Jewish Board and part of the Partners in Caring program of UJA-Federation of New York. “I wear many ‘hats’ at Congregation Rodeph Sholom—assisting those in personal crisis, facilitating support groups, making referrals to helpful resources, and convening workshops on topical issues … we are blessed to be a part of a caring community.” As Ruth ends her tenure here, we appreciate how fortunate we are to have had such a valuable resource to help guide and support us. 


Shari Steinberg, JD, LP 

Shari Steinberg is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst and coach who works with adults on a wide range of issues. Shari and her husband, Alan Harley, have been members of CRS since 1992 and their sons, Nathaniel (Elizabeth) and Michael (Taylor), attended RSS and are B’nai Mitzvah of CRS. They are grandparents to Noah and Isabelle. Now, after 8 years, Shari is stepping down from her role as chair of the Caring Community. The Caring Community seeks to enhance the sense of connection within our Rodeph Sholom family by providing opportunities to reach out to one another, especially in times of need. Shari adeptly guided efforts to keep our members connected during the height of the pandemic, including facilitating “Coffee with the Caring Community” on Zoom for 2.5 years. We appreciate her devotion to Rodeph Sholom and celebrate with gratitude her continued leadership of our Mental Health Committee with Dr. Reina Marin.

Everyone is welcome—no membership is necessary.

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