Congregation Rodeph Sholom Offers FREE Day of Music, Fun and Food — Featuring the Zabar Brothers!

Congregation Rodeph Sholom — a Reform synagogue located at 7 West 83rd Street — welcomes all for a free day of music, learning, worship, fun and food. TogetherFest will be taking place on Saturday, May 7, and there’s going to be something exciting for people of all ages!

“We’ll leave Zoom behind and celebrate a day for individuals and families to reclaim the value of gathering in person.”

It’s an all day affair taking place at the iconic Upper West Side synagogue, with happenings taking place within all corners of the beautiful structure, including its 1,300 seat sanctuary and 500 person ballroom.

Little ones (accompanied by their parents) will get to enjoy a lively Shabbat experience and a “trip to Israel” — assisted with crafts, songs and stories! They’ll also get to frolic throughout Rodeph Sholom’s outdoor playgrounds, mini gym and library.

(Re)Soul: A music-infused Shabbat morning experience will mix ancient liturgy with modern melody, this Shabbat morning offering will include reflection, connection and Torah with a twist.

Community service will also be intertwined with the festivities; projects will benefit groups including the West Side Campaign Against Hunger; the Mott Haven Fridge; Days for Girls, which makes and distributes reusable, sustainable feminine hygiene kits to over one million girls and women; and Bedford Green, a brand new supportive and affordable housing project in the Bronx.

The entire family will get to play a fun game of trivia  — and adults will get to enjoy an informal game of Mah Jongg!

Clergy members will host a series of “Mind, Body, Soul” workshops: The Power of Blessing and Gratitude; Identity Embodied: How Movement Can Deepen our Connection to Judaism; and The Meaning of Life: Jewish Wisdom for the Biggest Questions. In addition, there will be a 45-minute meet and greet with Rodeph Sholom’s clergy team.

Young professionals (under 40) will get to meet industry leaders who are members of the congregation during a two-hour networking session, through which they’ll learn about the value of relationship building in all types of business settings.

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The Zabar brothers — Stanley and Saul (Zabar’s) and Eli (E.A.T, Eli’s Bread, Eli’s Essentials and Eli’s) — will host “A Celebration of Food and Family;” taking those in attendance behind the scenes of their gastronomic empires, while sharing how their multi-generational family — many of whom are and have been members of Rodeph Sholom — is centered around food and community. The format of this will be a Q&A with Senior Rabbi Ben Spratt. 

There is no fee to spend the day exploring what this welcoming congregation has to offer. To view the full schedule — and to register for this free community event — please visit 

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