RSNS Brochure

synagogue

OUR

COMMUNITY

2021-2022

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Judaisam is more than a religion: It is our history,

literature, art and music, Israel and Hebrew, as well

as our customs and ritual observances. Our sense

of belonging is affirmed through our shared past,

our collective values and our communal experience

of worship, study and celebration. Our religious tradition

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– egalitarian, participatory and inclusive – is a reflection

of our ancestors’ search for meaning, purpose and

value. Whether you’re already an RSNS member,

new to our community, or visiting, we hope you’ll join us

throughout the year as we strive to deepen our connections

with Judaism, each other and improving the world.

RSNS

Jewish Life, Celebrated


Visit

rsns.org for

programming

info

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You belong

here

There is a place for everyone at

RSNS - people of different races,

cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations,

gender identities, Jews by

birth, Jews by choice, interfaith - all

are welcome and celebrated here.

Our award-winning Gan Shalom

Nursery School, our innovative

Synagogue School and our

enthusiasm for lifelong Jewish

learning are just a few examples

of what makes RSNS such a

special place.

Our warm and welcoming clergy

team, with their humor, good cheer

and wisdom, make it a point to

create long lasting personal

relationships with each of our

members and their families.

RSNS believes in the principle that

all people deserve equal rights and

opportunities. We are committed to

social action and to social justice, to

the environment and to Israel.

You belong here. We invite you

to join us at one of our many

experiences listed in this booklet.

Contact the synagogue office

to schedule a visit and to meet

our staff.


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Contents

9

early

childhood

13

synagogue

school

17

teens

adults

23

30 community

shabbat &

holidays

36

43

committees

staff &

volunteers

50

Programs are open to non-members unless otherwise stated.


The instant we

walked into Gan

Shalom decades

ago, we knew we

had found a home

at RSNS. We

soaked up the

warm and loving

atmosphere

that has continued

to nurture us

ever since.

Come Play

With Me

Tuesdays/

Thursdays

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Early Childhood

Programs are open to non-members unless otherwise stated.

We provide a safe, cozy, stimulating and nurturing child-responsive

environment in which teachers and clergy are sensitive to developmental

stages of young children and to each child as an individual.

With many and varied developmentally appropriate materials available,

the children learn through play with one another. Contact our Gan Shalom

Directors, Lisa Erkus or Sara Rubin, for days, times, an application

and additional information at 516-627-6274/GanShalom@rsns.org.

GAN SHALOM: COME PLAY WITH ME

1 - 2 Year Olds *Pending Covid Regulations*

Children along with their parents/caregivers play, paint, sing and

share snacks.

GAN SHALOM: NURSERY SCHOOL

1.9 Years – 5 Year Olds

This program offers a quality Jewish preschool experience in a safe,

relaxed and nurturing environment. We believe in fostering each child’s

natural curiosity, imagination, problem solving skills and creativity.

Children are encouraged to experiment with a variety of materials while

participating in individual and group activities. The curriculum includes

story time, STEM, a nature classroom, music, art, movement, yoga, as

well as the celebration of Shabbat, Jewish holidays and more.

GAN SHALOM: SUMMER PROGRAM

1.9 Years – 5 Year Olds

This program is the perfect time to help your child transition into the

preschool environment. It offers children a variety of activities

appropriate for their age and development. Children play indoors in

air-conditioned classrooms and outdoors where sprinklers and a

water table are available. Themes and special activities are planned

for each week and include Red, White and Blue, Under the Sea,

Pajama Day and Camp Olympics.


GAN SHALOM: BEFORE & AFTER CARE

3 – 5 Year Olds

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:30pm

Our all-day program wraps around our traditional nursery school classes

and includes indoor and outdoor gym playtime, afternoon snack, story

time and art. Minimum enrollment required.

SHALOM SHABBAT with Cantor Eric & Yoga Jen

Birth - 5 Year Olds

Monthly on Saturdays, 9:00 - 9:45am

One Saturday a month, our youngest children, along with their

parent/grandparent/caregiver, celebrate Shabbat with challah and

juice, songs, stories and movement. Both Gan Shalom families and

non-members are invited.

PJ LIBRARY with Morah Miriam and Our Clergy

Birth - 8 Year Olds

Monthly on Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30pm

JEWISH BEDTIME STORIES and SONGS

Join our PJ Family! The RSNS clergy and Gan Shalom Nursery School

partner with PJ Library (a national program) to fill your lives with

Jewish songs and books. Enrolled families receive Jewish-themed

books monthly through the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The

synagogue also offers monthly PJ Library programs which celebrate

Jewish holidays with crafts, storytelling, and music.

FAMILY HAVUROT supervised by Rabbi Jodie

Join a Family Havurah! Each Havurah is a small group of four to six

families. We connect participants to each other and Judaism through

a home-based experiential program that meets five times a year. We

pair you with other family units OR you can make your own group.

Non-members are welcome. Each Family Havurah is assigned a

master teacher who mentors the Havurah as it engages in Jewish

ritual, holidays and culture.

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New!

JEWISH PARENTING WORKSHOP with Rabbi Jodie

Gan Shalom and Synagogue School Families

Quarterly

Every decision we make as parents has not only psychological dimensions

but moral, ethical and spiritual ones as well. Using a Jewish perspective to

understand parenting problems gives us a long view and reveals the

underpinnings of the problem, not just the surface cuts and scratches.

Parents will join Rabbi Jodie in discussion while children explore

Jewish values through art, stories, music and games with faculty.

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Synagogue School

Our students will be engaged in relevant and meaningful learning

with our team of educators. The faculty at RSNS is dedicated to creating

Jewish learning which stimulates, challenges and engages every

learner, encouraging them to truly understand and embrace what it

means to live as a Jew in the modern world. The faculty meets regularly

for ongoing professional development and skill building. We have an

integrated approach to curriculum with a strong emphasis on building

relationships. We believe that relationships emerge between learners,

families, children and congregants by learning together in age groupings

and by weaving a network that creates a caring community within

our school, a reflection of our congregation. Contact Rabbi Jodie for

additional information at 516.627.6274 / RabbiJodie@rsns.org.

KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE (ALEF)

Tuesdays, 4:15 - 6:15pm

We join in song and prayer with our youngest students, welcoming

them into the Synagogue School community. Through a holiday-based


curriculum, Hebrew as a living language, and family involvement, we

integrate our youngest learners into the larger RSNS community. Each

family participates in the class by bringing a special ritual object from

home for “show and tell.” Please choose either Tuesdays or Shabbat.

Start date 9/10, Shabbat or 9/14, Tuesday Shabbat will be 1 Friday

night/month and some Saturday mornings. You will be emailed a

month prior about scheduling.

SECOND - SIXTH GRADE/BET – VAV Members Only

Tuesdays, 4:15 - 6:15pm, All students attend in person

Students learn in grade groupings. They receive Hebrew instruction and

attend school holiday experiences. Each student has the choice to access

prayer in mixed aged groupings through different modalities like

storytelling, social action, yoga and art. Start date 9/14

In addition to in-person Tuesdays, families must choose one of the two

following educational options. Both options will focus on building relationships

between the learners, their teachers and the community. There

will be an emphasis on Torah, Jewish Values and Acts of Ethical Kindness.

Option 1: SHABBAT SCHOOL

One Friday/month and most Saturday mornings

This option involves parents in their child’s Jewish education within the

context of a Shabbat experience. One Friday evening each month (when

family services are held), students are together in their class from 6:00-

7:30pm. At 7:30pm families join together for Family Services.

Saturday mornings, 9:00-11:00am, will include Torah study and services. One

Saturday morning a month is a B’Yahad (Together) experience. Adults study

Torah with clergy and are joined by the children for services. Start date 9/10

Option 2: Thursdays - Remote Learning

This option addresses the need for flexibility in family’s schedules.

There will be small group learning via Zoom for 45 minutes with a

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session at either 4:15pm or 6:15pm, dependent on registration responses.

Because students participating in this option will not have

a worship experience on Thursdays, we encourage participation at

the monthly Friday Family service and the monthly Shabbat Morning

B’Yahad service. This will help students experience and learn Jewish

prayers, and is a unique opportunity for family and community

participation. Start date 9/23

Our B’NEI MITZVAH Program

Members Only

We believe that young adults become b’nei

mitzvah within the context of family and

community. Consequently, each b’nei mitzvah

family has an opportunity to involve themselves

with Torah study and in enhancing the Shabbat

morning service. Our clergy team has a part in

guiding our b’nei mitzvah and their families in

their endeavors. This holistic approach to b’nei

mitzvah reflects the primacy of community in

Reconstructionist Judaism.

TUTORING Cantor Eric is responsible for assisting our b’nei mitzvah

in acquiring the skills necessary to participate in services on Friday

night and Saturday morning. He meets with each student weekly,

determining their abilities and encouraging them to be the best

they can be.

FAMILY D’VAR TORAH Rabbi Jodie is the family guide to the Torah

portion of the week for each family. After an initial home visit with

Rabbi Jodie, the family develops its interpretation of the Torah portion,

which is presented to the congregation on Shabbat morning.

READINGS Rabbi Jodie works with each family to bring

themselves to the Shabbat morning experience by helping them

to edit a supplement of readings of their choice to complement

the many themes found in the service.


KIDS’ CHOIR with Cantor Eric (optional) Members only

Tuesdays, 6:15 - 6:30pm

The Kids’ Choir is open to all Synagogue School students in grades 3-6

(gimmel-vav). Kids learn contemporary Shabbat music including Camp

Havaya (our movement’s summer camp) tunes, folk songs and other

popular melodies. Kids’ Choir sings at every Friday evening family service

and joins the adult choir for a special musical service in the winter. The

choir also performs at nursing homes and at community holiday events.

OR HADASH with Cantor Eric

Grades 4 - 6 (Daled - Vav), occasional Saturdays, 7:00 - 9:30pm

Participants get together for monthly ice cream, Havdalah movie

nights, games with our Israeli shinshinim and a trip to volunteer at a

Jewish soup kitchen in NYC.

KADIMA with Rabbi Jodie and Cantor Eric

Members Only

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm

Our 7th graders meet weekly for a class directed

to developing a Jewish identity. Students are

joined by their parents once a month. Beginning

with a day-long family retreat (9/11),

we form both a spiritual and a learning community

where B’nei Mitzvah students and their parents encounter Judaism

through the eyes of the adults and children who helped shape our

heritage. Start date 9/14

ASHOKAN RETREAT

Grades 3 – 6, (Gimmel - Vav), 12/10 – 12/12 Members only

Our Ashokan retreat in upstate NY offers a special weekend opportunity

for our synagogue student community (grades 3-6) along with our

clergy to celebrate Shabbat, spend time in nature, forge new bonds

and deepen friendships.

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Teens

The RSNS teen program provides many points of entry into synagogue

and Jewish life. Our post-Kadima young adults connect with their Jewish

identity and community by working with younger students, adult seniors

and participate in social action activities, experiential learning and fun

adventures. B’nei mitzvah is only the beginning!

ADOPT A SURVIVOR with Rabbi Jodie

Post-Kadima Year Members Only

Monthly on Wednesdays 5:30-7:00pm

This program was established by Irving Roth

(z”l), director of the Holocaust Resource

Center at Temple Judea of Manhasset. Mr.

Roth organized a network of Holocaust

survivors to serve as “adoptees” for our eighth

grade students. These connections provide

a vital link to the events of the Holocaust in

a time when there are fewer survivors living

to tell their own stories. The process begins with conversations

between survivor and adopter. Through a series of meetings held at RSNS

under Rabbi Jodie’s supervision, the students become “surrogate survivors,”

committed to learning and retelling their survivors’ stories to the next

generation. Students in this program agree to speak about their survivors

in the year 2045, the 100th anniversary of the camps’ liberation. The

initial session consists of a formal educational piece to provide students

with general background information. In subsequent sessions, students

meet the survivors and talk with them in detail. Finally, students present

their survivors’ stories to the Synagogue School and during RSNS’ Yom

HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial) service. Each family takes a turn

providing food for each session. Family members are welcome but not

required to attend.

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ANTISEMITISM FOR TEEN FAMILIES with Cantor Eric

Grades 8-12 (plus parents), Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00pm

In this three-part program, teens and their parents will unpack the complicated

history of antisemitism, from ancient times to today. Cantor Eric will

lead essential conversations on how to respond to antisemitism in popular

culture, social media, American politics and on college campuses.

BROS’ HODESH with Cantor Eric

Grades 8 - 12, Monthly on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Being a guy is not always so simple. In this boys-only group, we’ll take an

opportunity to explore what being a man - and more specifically, a JEW-

ISH man - means, and what we can learn about ourselves and each other.

Through activities, games, popular culture, food, discussions and group

experiences, we’ll bond, work through tough questions together and have

a ton of fun!

GIRLS ROSH HODESH with Rabbi Jodie

Grades 8 – 12, Monthly on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00pm

This program is based on the Jewish tradition of women’s New Moon

celebrations to build self-esteem, Jewish identity, leadership skills and

friendship networks of adolescent girls. The monthly meetings provide a

supportive environment where girls explore the social and cultural issues

they encounter as they become adults and derive their own authentic Jewish

values in response to the challenges they face. The small groups are

designed to provide a celebratory, empowering setting in which girls can

support each other in growing and learning, while having lots of fun. The

program’s success is due, in part, to the participatory mixture of discussing

issues, traditions, and role models, as well as making crafts, writing stories,

rejoicing with song and dance, socializing and munching.

MOVING TRADITIONS GOES BEYOND THE BINARY

Moving Traditions has created a first-of-its-kind online group for Jewish

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teens who identify as transgender, nonbinary or gender questioning. Like

Rosh Hodesh and Shevet Achim, the Moving Traditions’ program for trans/

non-binary Jewish teens — offered in partnership with Keshet — will meet

monthly and sessions will focus on topics relevant to today’s teens through

a Jewish lens. The group offers a safe space where these teens can find

support from peers and a place for themselves, within Judaism. Each

90-minute video conference session will include discussion, games and

other activities. For additional questions, email Rabbi Tamara Cohen, Chief

of Innovation at tcohen@movingtraditions.org.

MADRICHIM coordinated by Rabbi Jodie Members only

Grades 8-12

Madrichim (Aides) are given assignments which include assisting in a

classroom, in the office, Hebrew tutoring or working one-on-one with

students. During training sessions, Madrichim enhance their Synagogue

School experience through continued learning about Judaism, Jewish

education, leadership, professional conduct and teaching techniques.

Madrichim can be paid or earn community service hours.

BETTER TOGETHER with Cantor Eric Members only

Grades 10-12 & RSNS Adult Seniors

Monthly on Sundays, 5:00-7:00pm

Teens and adult seniors will engage in a sharing of perspectives,

experiences, opinions and wisdom on a different topic each month while

sharing a meal together. Participants will take turns providing food for

each session.

KESHER HADASH with Cantor Eric

Grades 8 - 12

Our teen youth group is called Kesher Hadash (New Connections). Teens

have the opportunity to connect once a month by engaging in fun,

informal events such as social action, holiday experiences, trips and more.

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JEWISH LIFE ON CAMPUS with Rabbi Jodie and Cantor Eric

Members only

Grade 12 and their families

A special program about Jewish life, BDS, antisemitism, etc. on college

campuses. Dinner included.

CLERGY CHATS WITH HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS Members only

Each spring, Rabbi Jodie, Rabbi Lee and Cantor Eric have a one-on-one

session with each graduating senior to check in about their lives and

discuss next steps on their journeys.


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Adults

Many Jewish sacred texts are millennia old, yet the Jewish People have

continued to evolve. Similarly, each of us change in the course of our own

lives. Adult studies gives a passageway into Jewish tradition and culture

within the context of the classroom and through shared experiences.

Continue to explore your Jewish journey with the offerings that follow. All

of our adult education opportunities will fully engage both remote and

in-person participants.

WOMEN’S ROSH HODESH with Rabbi Jodie

Monthly on Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00pm

All women of our congregation are welcome to join us as we study and

learn with each other. We examine traditional religious rituals and life

cycle events and reflect on how they continue to meet the needs of

women today. Current issues of importance to us are also discussed.

Women of all ages are welcome.

MEN’S GROUP

Members only

Monthly on Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:00pm

The Men’s Group is a monthly vehicle for the men of our congregation to

socialize and discuss topics of mutual, personal and general interest.

Rabbi Lee, a member of the group, participates in the discussions.

Members socialize, learn more about one another and develop friendships.

Men of all ages are welcome.

Contact: congregant Seymour Weinstein at MensGroup@rsns.org.

GENERATIONS OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

The children and grandchildren of survivors join together to share stories

and the history of their family members. We discover our common bonds

and more fully understand the impact of the Holocaust on our lives.

Discussions depend upon the needs of participants. In the past, they have

included action steps to deal with antisemitism, how to learn more about


our families’ past and the question of reparations.

Contact: congregant Dinah Kramer at Generations@rsns.org

ENGAGING WITH AGING Members only

Meets monthly

Under the expert and gentle guidance of Eileen Rosendahl, we share ideas,

expand our interests and explore new directions in our lives while we get to

better know one another as fellow congregants and friends.

Contact: congregant Carol Blumenthal at Engaging@rsns.org.

CLERGY CONNECTIONS with Cantor Eric and Rabbi Lee

Weekly on Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Cantor Eric and Rabbi Lee will continue this program, teaching on alternate

weeks, blazing pathways into the Jewish past and discussing topics of the

day that are of political, cultural and religious interest.

BIBLE SEMINAR with Rabbi Lee

Bi-monthly on Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Our never-ending study of the Hebrew Bible continues. We will pick up our

reading with the lives of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs featured in the Book

of Genesis, and with both the nobility and dysfunctionality of our first families.

All are welcome to come regularly or episodically, those for whom the

narratives are new, and those who have studied them before.

SHABBAT YOGA with Rabbi Jodie (RYS-200 Certified)

Fridays

Experience Shabbat through movement; connecting body, mind and

soul. Good for all levels. Adults and post b’nei mitzvah teens, as well as

non-members are welcome. Bring your own mat and yoga props (we have

a few if you forget yours). Wear comfortable workout attire.

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Shabbat

at the

beach


CLERGY

ONE-

SHOTS

LOOKING AT ADDICTION THROUGH A

JEWISH LENS with Rabbi Jodie

Tuesday, October 26, 7:00pm

Using traditional texts and insights from

her work at Beit T’Shuvah, Rabbi Jodie will

lead participants on a journey through the

wilderness of addiction.

JEWISH HUMOR THROUGH MUSIC with Cantor Eric

Sunday, November 7, 10:00am

From irony to joy, mischief to satire, Jews, humor and music have a long

history together. Come listen to some hilarious examples as we unpack

the intersection of these quintessential forms of Jewish expression.

A JEWISH VAMPIRE STORY with Rabbi Lee

Thursday, December 16, 7:00pm

If you like scary stories and are interested in how Israelis look

at Diaspora Jewry, you’ll enjoy this reading and analysis of Nobel Prize

laureate S. Y. Agnon’s “The Lady and the Peddler,” a perfect notfor-children

Hanukkah tale.

THE WORLD JEWISH EXPERIENCE through the photography of

Frederic Brenner with Rabbi Lee

Saturday, February 12, 12:00pm

French-born Frederic Brenner has been the photographer of record

of the Jewish world for the past forty years. Rabbi Lee will frame what

Brenner has seen and recorded in his peregrinations to vanishing

Jewish communities throughout the world.

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EXPLORING HAGGADOT.COM: DIY HAGGADAH WORKSHOP with

Cantor Eric

Tuesday, April 5, 7:00pm

Cantor Eric will lead an interactive journey through the world of online

text, giving lots of tips and tricks for creating your own personalized

Haggadah along the way!

RELATIONAL JUDAISM with Rabbi Jodie

Saturday, May 14, 12:00pm

Using the power of relationships to transform the Jewish community,

Rabbi Jodie will lead an exploration of denominational boundaries,

institutional walls, and how we develop Judaism for the next century.

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CANTOR’S KIDDISH LUNCH AND STUDY SESSION

Monthly on Saturday Afternoons

Join Cantor Eric for Shabbat lunch and engage in lively conversation and

the study of diverse topics. This year’s theme is Great Jewish Biographies.

We’ll look at several influential Jewish figures each month, to see how

their stories inform our lives today. Lunch is at the synagogue.

TORAH STUDY with Rabbi Jodie and Cantor Eric

Monthly on Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:15am

Study the Parshat HaShavua (Torah portion of the week). No prior knowledge

or previous study is needed.

SHABBAT SEMINAR with Rabbi Lee

WHAT MAKES US JEWISH

Bi-Monthly Saturdays, 12:00 - 1:30pm

At the beginning of our history as a People, the pillars of Jewish identity

rested on the Torah and the teachings of our Rabbis. Though they

continued to sustain traditional Jews, progressive and secular Jews came

to look to the Holocaust and the modern State of Israel as the foundation

stones of their Jewish identity. Will these two pillars sustain non-Orthodox

Jews in the twenty-first century? We will address this question through the

writings of modern and contemporary Jewish thinkers.

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New!

BETTER TOGETHER

with Cantor Eric

Members only

Grades 10-12, RSNS Adult Seniors

Sundays, 5:00-7:00pm

Teens and adult seniors will engage

in a sharing of perspectives,

experiences, opinions and wisdom

on a different topic each month

while sharing a meal together.

Participants will take turns providing

food for each session.

JEWISH PARENTING WORKSHOP with Rabbi Jodie

Quarterly

Every decision we make as parents has not only psychological dimensions

but moral, ethical and spiritual ones as well. Using a Jewish perspective

to understand parenting problems gives us a long view and reveals the

underpinnings of the problem, not just the surface cuts and scratches.

Parents will join Rabbi Jodie in discussion while children explore Jewish

values through art, stories, music and games with faculty.

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Community

We love when our community comes together.

MEMBER2MEMBER

Member2Member is the product of a congregant collaboration designed

to keep RSNS members connected with one another.

• Get recommendations and reviews of doctors, tradespeople, dog

walkers and vacation spots

• Give away or sell cherished possessions or acquire new ones

• Find baby care, a new nanny or a home health aide for you or a loved one

• And so much more...

Even if we aren’t buying, selling, visiting a doctor or doing new

construction, M2M is a fun and vital way to feel a part of what is going

on in our community.

RECONSTRUCTING JUDAISM

Reconstructionist Learning Networks connect you with people across

geography and perspectives. Explore the crucial questions of Jewish life

that just can’t be googled, and that matter most to you and your community.

Join a network to journey, imagine and create. Collaborate with experts,

including Reconstructing Judaism staff, College for Reconstructing

Judaism faculty, authors and Jewish leaders. Dig into case studies,

classic texts, innovative rituals, and real-life challenges and solutions.

Forge connections, deepen learning and take action. Networks meet three

to six times a year online for an hour each session. Learn more about our

networks and register online at reconstructingjudaism.org/networks. As a

progressive community, we embrace and encourage full participation by

all whenever we come together to pray, to celebrate, to remember.

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We feel blessed

to be part of a

warm, inviting

Synagogue where

our children have

grown up and the

clergy have been

like family.


TUNEFUL TUESDAYS with Cantor Eric

Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:30pm

Do you love to sing? Would you like to meet new people and also enrich

musical participation in services and other events? Join choir members,

old and new, as we put the TOGETHER in singing together. NO Hebrew

or music reading skills necessary. Contact congregant Terry Wolff at

Choir@rsns.org

RSNS HOUSE BAND

Friday Evenings

Our house band includes many talented congregants. If you’re a musician

and would like the opportunity to play at Friday Night Shabbat Services,

contact CantorEric@rsns.org or Solomon Hoffman solklez@gmail.com.

Rehearsals and performances are coordinated based on availability.

ISRAEL

Our congregation seeks to provide a variety of opportunities to engage

with Israel in all its historical, political and cultural complexity. From a study

of primary source documents, to a spirited Friday night conversation, to a

celebration of contemporary Israeli music, our diversity in Israel engagement

mirrors the diversity of our members’ relationships to Israel.

ISRAELI FILM SERIES

Three Saturdays throughout the year: 7:30pm, Nosh & Schmooze,

8:00pm Film and Discussion

A three-part exploration of Israeli cinema and culture led by Israeli

congregant, Orly Dotan. Films and film clips will be watched as catalysts to

conversations about elements of contemporary Israeli society.

CAFE ISRAEL

Join us for a night of Israeli food, dancing and music in celebration of Yom

Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day).

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“The intergenerational

programs have

allowed me to

share my life

experiences and

continue to learn

from the spirit

of young

congregants.


SOCIAL ACTION

Our congregation is passionately committed to Tikkun Olam (Repairing our

World). This includes social justice advocacy, direct service and

volunteering, environmental responsibility, raising awareness and

tolerance, and finding points of connection with diverse groups with whom

we can partner to change our world for the better! Watch your email for

the latest social action updates to keep informed about timely, local

opportunities to engage in Tikkun Olam.

SANDWICH MAKING with Clergy and Jen Schiffer

Some Sundays, 10:00 – 11:30am

Clergy and Jen Schiffer lead our community in fun-filled intergenerational

Sunday mornings making 300 sandwiches that go into 150 decorated

lunch bags. The bags are delivered to the INN (The Interfaith Nutrition

Network), a series of soup kitchens and emergency shelters that address

the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island.

MITZVAH DAY

Our annual synagogue-wide Mitzvah Day is our chance for members of

all ages – from nursery school to seniors, teens to empty nesters – to

participate in various hands-on projects from sandwich making to

neighborhood cleanups, lunch and companionship for nursing home

residents, to Get Out the Vote drives and more.

TANS

TANS (Tikkun Alliance of the North Shore) is our opportunity to join in

communal social action with other local synagogues. Throughout the

year, we will be raising awareness and collecting various items for

Broken But Not Destroyed, Hatzilu, Long Island Volunteer Center’s Prom

Boutique and the Food Pantry at the Sid Jacobson JCC.

RSNS BLOOD DRIVE

RSNS hosts an annual NY Blood Center blood drive at the synagogue.

Sign up information will be emailed directly to all community members.

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RSNS feels like a

hug. At services,

in synagogue

school, online

programming,

social action,

or holiday

experiences, I

always feel like

I belong.

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Shabbat

We believe that the congregation should

a creative, participating community.

FRIDAY SHABBAT SERVICES

8:00pm

A classic melody and a Billy Collins poem. A favorite congregational

tune, a Middle Eastern chant and a new musical setting composed by

our own Solomon Hoffman. Our worship services emphasize group

participation, whether remote or in-person, with live musicians, spirited

discussions and congregational singing, using a modern prayer book

that helps worshippers of all backgrounds connect to the service in a

meaningful, interactive way.

CONGREGATIONAL SHABBAT DINNER

Friday evenings, 6:30pm: 10/8, 11/19, 1/28, 3/11

This intergenerational Shabbat dinner is your chance to get together with

fellow members for an evening that features challah making, a meal and

fellowship.

SHABBAT UNPLUGGED

Monthly on Friday nights,

8:00pm

These services include our

house band along with outside

professional musicians and extended

opportunities for spirited

congregational singing.

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not be a passive, listening audience, but

Sam Blumenthal z”l, founding RSNS member

FAMILY SERVICES

Monthly on Friday nights, 7:30pm

During the school year, we hold a monthly hour-long family service with

songs and stories. Each month we feature a different class from our Synagogue

School who lead us in the prayers they have been studying.

SHABBAT MORNING SERVICES

Saturdays, 9:45am

Shabbat morning services are held whenever we celebrate a young adult

in our community becoming b’nei mitzvah. The Shabbat experience

includes Torah reading and congregational singing. B’nei mitzvah families

take an active role in offering a family d’var Torah and their own choice of

English readings.

B’YAHAD (TOGETHER) SATURDAY MORNINGS

A once a month Torah study for Synagogue School parents (and open to

the entire community) at 9:00am followed by a lively family-oriented

service from 10:15 - 11:00am. A light kiddush potluck lunch is then served.

SHABBAT SHIRA

January 14, 2022, 8:00pm

Our annual celebration of the Song of the Sea, featuring participation by

our Tuneful Tuesdays Choir and full house band.

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Holidays

THE HIGH HOLIDAYS

We observe Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur with services and programs

that are directed to people of all ages. We encourage you to find new ways

to connect with yourself and your community in 5782.

S’LIHOT

Saturday, August 28

In anticipation of the beginning of the High Holidays, we connect for a

service featuring the themes and music of Rosh HaShanah and Yom

Kippur to give us a spiritual head start.

ROSH HASHANAH

EREV ROSH HASHANAH

Monday, September 6

Join us as we begin the celebration of the New Year. The first evening of Rosh

HaShanah is a time for our community to engage in the process of renewal.

FIRST DAY OF ROSH HASHANAH

Tuesday, September 7

There will be multiple services on this day: one for toddlers and their

families, a family-oriented service, and adult services with readings and life

cycle-focused aliyot. The congregation gathers at the water across from

Baxter Pond in Port Washington for Tashlikh, a ritual casting of that which

we no longer want to hold on to.

SECOND DAY OF ROSH HASHANAH

Wednesday, September 8

We come together again for services on the second day of Rosh

HaShanah. These service features a panel of congregants.

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YOM KIPPUR

KOL NIDRE

Wednesday, September 15

We begin with the chanting of Kol Nidre as we enter the time of personal

reflection.

YOM KIPPUR

Thursday, September 16

On Yom Kippur, there will be a toddler service, adult services, and

family-oriented services. For those who want to spend more time

reflecting, we will offer programs that lend different perspectives on this

most important day. We connect once more in the late afternoon for the

concluding services, Martyrology, Yizkor, Ne’ila and Havdalah.

SUKKOT

Tuesday, September 21

The fall harvest holiday includes a full morning service as we shake the

lulav, read Torah and learn about the connection between our Jewish

calendar and the seasons.

SIMHAT TORAH

Monday, September 27

Come dance with the Torah on this festive evening, as we consecrate our

Bet students into our community of Jewish learning.

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SHEMINI ATZERET

Tuesday, September 28, 9:45am

We mark the end of the fall holidays with a service that includes Yizkor.

INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE

Sunday, November 21, 5:00pm

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the entire RSNS community gathers

for an interfaith celebration of gratitude. Each year it is hosted at a

different house of worship. Location TBA.

HANUKKAH SERVICE

Friday, December 3, 7:30pm

Join us to celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights!

TU B’SHEVAT

Sunday, January 16, 2022, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Celebrate the New Year of the Trees with songs, poetry, readings about the

Earth, fruits dipped in chocolate and a potluck dinner!

PURIM

PURIM CARNIVAL

Sunday, March 13, 2022, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Children of all ages and their grownups can kick off our celebration of

Purim with bouncy houses, cotton candy, hot dogs, spin art, fun games

and prizes!

MEGILLAH READING 6:00pm

MUSICAL PURIM SHPIEL (Play),

6:30pm

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

We celebrate with a communal

reading of the Book of Esther, fun

Purim songs and a hilarious musical

Purim Play featuring congregant

thespians of all ages.

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PASSOVER

WOMEN’S SEDER

Sunday, April 3, 2022, 4:00pm

Join us for a musical Passover Seder with an all-

women’s band. We will tell the Passover story in

parallel to narratives from our community. Ages 8 & up.

RSNS has been

a loving and

beautiful part of

our lives. We feel

blessed to be part

of a warm, inviting

Synagogue where

our children have

grown up and the

clergy have been

like family.

CONGREGATIONAL SECOND NIGHT / ZOOM SEDER

Saturday, April 16, 2022, 5:00-6:00pm

Join us for a live, all-remote, congregational seder!

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SEVENTH DAY PASSOVER SERVICES

Friday, April 22, 2022

We mark the final day of Passover together with a full service including

Torah reading, a discussion of the holiday, and Yizkor.

YOM HASHOAH - HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 7:30pm

We remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Interspersed

within the liturgy are the stories of the survivors whom our 8th

graders have adopted.

SHAVUOT

Saturday, June 4, 2022 8:00pm

We celebrate with readings, the liturgy of the festival including yizkor, and

a post-service study session (tikkun leil Shavuot).

MOVING-UP SHABBAT

Friday, June 10, 2022

We invite anyone marking a passage from one school to another (nursery,

middle, high school, or beyond!) to join us at our celebratory family-oriented

Friday night service in June. A special blessing will be made for the

RSNS teens graduating from high school.

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Committees

Get involved! Our committees add to the vibrancy of the synagogue,

enable congregants to influence the direction of our community and are a

great way to meet others. Committees are open to all members.

BYLAWS

This committee is concerned with the overall governance of the

congregation including matters related to the Board of Directors and

officers, budget, and employment of professionals. The committee meets

as needed. Contact: Judy Bieber at Bylaws@rsns.org

COLLEGE OUTREACH

To maintain a connection to RSNS, this committee sends our college

students packages while they’re away at school. The packages

coincide with various Jewish holidays, and contain healthy snacks,

holiday related items (apples & honey, chocolate gelt, Hamantashen,

matzah, etc), a card and a letter from Rabbi Lee.

Contact: Lesley Siegel at CollegeOutreach@rsns.org

DESIGN COMMITTEE

Having completed the renovation of the sanctuary interior and lobby, the

committee will continue its work toward improving the function and

beauty of our building. The committee will meet as needed.

Contact: Myrna Niego at Design@rsns.org

EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY GROUP

Meetings are lively as congregants of many generations reflect on their

own educational experiences and learn about current ideas in educational

practice. Members work together to ensure that the vision and quality of

our Jewish learning community continues to grow in strength and meets

the needs of individual learners. The group meets quarterly.

Contact: Roseann Michelson at Education@rsns.org


FINANCE

Members of the Finance Committee are concerned with the “business”

of the synagogue. Working with the synagogue board treasurer, the

committee draws up the annual budget and oversees the congregation’s

investment portfolio. The committee meets frequently to analyze

and evaluate our financial well-being, while keeping the budget on

track during the year. Contact: Ira Ginsburg at Finance@rsns.org

FUNDRAISING

Members plan and promote programs and events that bring us

together as a community, while benefitting the synagogue financially,

with a focus on our annual Spring Gala.

Contact: Alvin Pitkow and Dinah Kramer at Fundraising@rsns.org

GAN SHALOM ADVISORY

This committee’s goals are building the foundation of our early

childhood learners, interfacing with teachers, directors, parent

representatives and board representatives, while developing a

marketing strategy to increase the school’s visibility in the community

as well as grow enrollment. Contact: GanShalom@rsns.org

HOUSE

This committee oversees the maintenance and repairs of our building

and grounds and works in conjunction with the Design Committee on

major projects. Contact: Bob Schwartz at House@rsns.org

ISRAEL ENGAGEMENT

This committee seeks out and evaluates cultural, educational and

advocacy opportunities for our members to engage with Israel, both

within our congregation and the larger Jewish community. We seek to

support Israel as a flourishing, peaceful and democratic home for all

Jews. Contact: Josh Blumenfeld at Israel@rsns.org

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a warm,

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stimulating

Jewish

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LONG RANGE PLANNING

Drawing from the results of a two-year-long UJA-sponsored study of

our congregation, this committee continues to plan for the future of our

congregation. The committee meets quarterly.

Contact: Judy Bieber and Susan Liberstein at LongRange@rsns.org

MEMBERSHIP ADVISORY

The committee offers participants the opportunity to connect, belong

and grow. RSNS is an inclusive community composed of individual

and household memberships, who are traditional, non-traditional,

and interfaith. The committee focuses on inreach and outreach

activities to maintain as well as to grow our synagogue community.

We meet quarterly. Contact: Jane Buford at Membership@rsns.org

MUTUAL SUPPORT ADVISORY

Recognizing that we are more than a worship community and that

each one of us has something to contribute, or, at some time, be

in need, no other committee better embodies the spirit of our congregation.

Through our “member2member” listserv, holiday-themed

outreach packages to college students, and our monthly Engaging

with Aging meetings, this committee addresses the needs of many

cohorts. The committee meets quarterly.

Contact: Lisa Sloan at MutualSupport@rsns.org

PERSONNEL

Members are responsible for all hiring and dismissal of synagogue

staff (not otherwise detailed in the synagogue bylaws), as well as

consideration of any grievances. The Board of Trustees approves all

actions of this committee. A special committee may be appointed if

needed to deal with specific personnel problems.

Contact: Personnel@rsns.org

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PROGRAMMING

This committee enhances our communal experience by bringing

speakers from outside our synagogue into our building and by finding

adventures that take us beyond our building. Committee members are

always on the lookout for events and activities that expand the

horizons of our congregation. The committee meets several times in

the course of the year. Contact: June Pitkow and Barbara Schaffer at

Programming@rsns.org

PUBLICITY

The Publicity Committee works to make our congregation known to

the larger North Shore community through a variety of platforms that

include our website, social media and print. The committee writes

and posts press releases about Gan Shalom, our Synagogue School

programs and our many activities. The committee is also responsible

for marketing to promote membership. The committee meets

frequently in the course of the year. Contact: Publicity@rsns.org

RECONSTRUCTING JUDAISM

Our congregation is part of the larger communities of Reconstructing

Judaism. Under this rubric, we see ourselves as a progressive

force for Jewish expression.

Contact: Tammy Smiley at ReconstructingJudaism@rsns.org

RITUAL ADVISORY

All matters regarding Shabbat and holiday services and ritual practice

in our synagogue community are the concern of the Committee on

Ritual. Members of the committee evaluate existing policies and

programs, and consider new programs as well.

Contact: Eileen Rosendahl at Ritual@rsns.org

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SECURITY

RSNS is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for

its congregants, students, clergy, staff, visitors, and neighbors. The

Security Committee’s ongoing mission is to maximize the quality of our

ritual and learning environments by minimizing the potential for harm

of any kind. RSNS incorporates security as an integral aspect of all

operations, including but not limited to facility hardening, surveillance

and maintaining strong ties to local law enforcement. Any and all

congregants are welcome to join the RSNS Security Committee.

Contact: Joe Maissel at SecurityCommittee@rsns.org

SHAMOR

This group monitors and responds to antisemitic incidents in our

local community and works to help prevent future incidents. We meet

with local school personnel if incidents occur and provide assistance

for staff training and curriculum development as required. Committee

members connect with Jewish organizations, and build bridges with

houses of worship, at risk communities and local law enforcement

agencies. Contact: Matt Harris at Shamor@rsns.org

SOCIAL ACTION

Our congregation is passionately

committed to Tikkun

Olam (Repairing our World).

This includes social justice,

advocacy, direct service and

volunteering, environmental

responsibility, raising awareness

and tolerance, and finding

points of connection with

diverse groups with whom we can partner to change our world for the

better! The committee meets to identify need and to plan actions to

pursue justice. Contact: SocialAction@rsns.org


Staff&Volunteers

Rabbi Lee Friedlander, RabbiLee@rsns.org

Rabbi Jodie Siff, RabbiJodie@rsns.org

Cantor Eric Schulmiller, CantorEric@rsns.org

Executive Director: Liza Wilson,

ExecutiveDirector@rsns.org

Nursery School Co-Directors: Lisa Erkus & Sara Rubin,

GanShalom@rsns.org

Assistant: Emet Lipson, RSNSassistant@rsns.org

Administrative Assistant: Shahrzad Gadi, Office@rsns.org

Bookkeeper: Lauren Pomerantz, Bookkeeper@rsns.org

MAINTENANCE STAFF

Mauricio Romero & Oscar Hernandez

OFFICERS

Co-Presidents: Dan Rabinowitz & Susan Liberstein

Vice Presidents: Judy Bieber, Alex Eule, Karen Unger Belfer,

Terry Wolff

Treasurer: Ira Ginsburg

Recording Secretary: Matt Horowitz

Corresponding Secretary: Susan Hicks

TRUSTEES

Ted Baecher, Joy Benjamin, Josh Blumenfeld, Lynn Capuano,

Alan Ederer, Meir Gil, Judy Levine, Myrna Niego, Bob Schwartz,

Blythe Kinsler, Josh Cohen, Michael Schiffer

BROCHURE

Designer: Michelle Shain

Editor: Natalie Mines

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