The Mitzvah repeated most often in the Torah is to “welcome the stranger.” At Rodeph Sholom, we welcome all who wish to enter. You will not be, for even a minute, a “stranger.” Instead, you will be a “newcomer.” And we will do our gracious best to greet you, engage you and help you find your way to the worship, study or social action experience that you seek.
New Yorkers can choose from an infinite variety of opportunities for Jewish affiliation. So when you make the choice to walk through the magnificent doors at Rodeph Sholom, when you make the choice to explore congregational life inside our sacred space, we take that choice very seriously. Our Clergy, our staff and our congregants are all ambassadors to the rich spiritual and educational life at our synagogue. They will extend their hands and their hearts with the ultimate goal of establishing a personal connection with all who come to visit and eventually to stay. The unfamiliar: faces and floorplans, rituals and routines, quickly become the familiar.
We are a large congregation enriched by the many small, overlapping and interconnected communities inside it; these are our hallmark. Abraham and Sarah modeled simple welcoming Jewish behavior. They opened the doors to their tent on all sides, extending an invitation to all who passed: an invitation to community and sustenance. This, too, is our model. All of our doors are open. Venture inside, you are invited.
Why should I join Congregation Rodeph Sholom?
Our Clergy, members and staff are always excited to welcome new members into the Rodeph Sholom community. Rodeph Sholom offers a wide variety of educational, social, and spiritual programming throughout the year designed to engage and be meaningful to our diverse membership.
I'd like to join but don't know anyone at Congregation Rodeph Sholom.
CRS offers many opportunities for new members to meet other members. Several new member events and a host of other synagogue-wide events are held during the year. Our members would love to welcome you to the CRS community and connect you in just the right way. Please be in touch with our Membership Director, Ruth Bernstein 646-454-3051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should I join now as a new parent?
It is never too early to be part of a Jewish community. Our Young Families programming is geared to those with children aged seven and younger. Worship opportunities for families with children of all ages are available every Saturday morning. Read here about our warm and inviting children’s services.
My kids are grown. What does Rodeph Sholom have for me?
Rodeph Sholom focuses on community building with many adult- oriented experiences, leadership opportunities, social action programs, and ritual activities and services. The synagogue strives to enhance your connection with other members at all stages of life and provide an opportunity for spiritual fulfillment. See our community engagement page for 2018-19 to learn more.
What are the benefits of joining Congregation Rodeph Sholom?
CRS takes pride in the diversity and active involvement of our congregational family. Programs and services are offered throughout the week at various times of the day to accommodate congregants’ busy lifestyles. In addition to providing you with a place for prayer and counseling, membership at Rodeph Sholom instills a sense of belonging to a community.
What should I do next?
We welcome you to visit our synagogue. Shabbat services are at 6:00 pm on Friday and on Saturday services begin at 10:00 am in the Main Sanctuary and at 10:15 am in our Chapel. Worship opportunities for families with children of all ages are available every Saturday morning and are posted in our calendar.