90th Celebration

If Our Walls Could Talk: Celebrating 90 Years of Our Sanctuary

This is a perfect time to reflect on life at RS today and its deep roots to our past. Chairing the celebrations and honoring this milestone are Susan Klehr and Fred Strober. If you are interested in helping, contact Catherine Fischer ([email protected], 267-930-7282).

90 for 90 Patron Levels | Events | Speaker Series | Learn About the History of the Building | Sanctuary Stories

 

The history of RS presented by Fred Strober and RS President Michael Hauptman

 

90 for 90 Patron Levels

In lieu of following our practice of holding fall and spring fundraisers, we are producing these celebratory events as a special “package.”  The money we raise from this initiative will enable Rodeph Shalom to supplement the annual commitments from congregants and continue to provide the kind of excellent programming our congregation expects.

Diamond Angel: $5,000.
•    Participation at both the November 3 celebration and April 28 spring event (2 tickets)
•    Reserved seating, with no additional contribution, to Dancing With Giants starring Tovah Feldshuh on November 14 (2 tickets)
•    Reserved seating, with no additional contribution, for the Scholar Speaker Series (2 tickets)
•    Attendance at the PMJA opening and Latke/Vodka party on DeceOKmber 6 (2 tickets)
•    A piece published in the If These Walls Could Talk commemorative book (400 word limit)
•    Executive Producer status in the film being created for the 90th anniversary year

Platinum Angel: $2,500.
•    Participation at both the November 3 celebration and April 28 spring event (2 tickets)
•    Reserved seating, with no additional contribution, to Dancing With Giants starring Tovah Feldshuh on November 14 (2 tickets)
•    Reserved seating, with no additional contribution, for the Scholar Speaker Series (2 tickets)
•    Attendance at the PMJA opening and Latke/Vodka party on December 6 (2 tickets)
•    A piece published in the If These Walls Could Talk commemorative book (400 word limit)
•    Producer status in the film being created for the 90th anniversary year

Plantinum Angel: $1,500.
•    Participation at both the November 3 celebration and April 28 spring event (1 ticket)
•    Reserved seating, with no additional contribution, to Dancing With Giants starring Tovah Feldshuh on November 14 (1 ticket)
•    Reserved seating, with no additional contribution, for the Scholar Speaker Series (1 ticket)
•    Attendance at the PMJA opening and Latke/Vodka party on December 6 (1 ticket)
•    A piece published in the If These Walls Could Talk commemorative book (400 word limit)
•    Producer status in the film being created for the 90th anniversary year


To sign up to be a 90 for 90 patron please contact Shelley Saunders ([email protected] or 267-930-7289).

Please note important tax information regarding your participation as a 90 for 90 patron. This information is below:

Congregation Rodeph Shalom is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In accordance with IRS guidelines, the fair market value for attendance at the 2018 90 for 90 events has been set at $365 per person. Any amount contributed above that value is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. This document is necessary for any available federal income tax deduction for your contribution.

The official registration and financial information of the Congregation Rodeph Shalom may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

If you have any questions, please contact our accounting department.

Events:

Sunday, April 28 – Premiering the film about RS: If These Walls Could Talk; Ilana Trachtman will film a short video that illustrates RS's grand historical perspective and intimate soul. The film will capture Rodeph Shalom's life at its most resplendent moments and most personal. Using original footage and interviews with families, archival images, historical memorabilia, found footage, and text on screen, viewers will understand RS’s contribution to the history of Jewish Philadelphia and progressive American Judaism, and why it will continue to be at the forefront for the next century. Sponsored by the Lulu and Joseph Rosenbluth Fund and the Alfred and Helen O. Sellers Fund

Speaker Series:

Sunday, January 27 at 10:15am - "1928: Rodeph Shalom and the Architecture of Modern Philadelphia" with Michael Hauptman, RS President

The 1920s was a period of dynamic growth for Philadelphia. This presentation explores the architectural context in which Rodeph Shalom was built– from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the PSFS Building – and where the design of RS falls in the transition from turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts Classicism to mid-century Modernism.

Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00pm– "City Walls, Gates, and Highways: The Boundaries and Breaches of American Jewish Urbanism" with Dr. Lila Corwin Berman, adult education speaker, Director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History; This program is sponsored by the Broder family.
With a view across the last century from Philadelphia and beyond, Dr. Berman explains the spatial and emotional terrain of American Jewish life as fundamentally urban. Far from stable entities, cities formed along constantly shifting lines of class, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. In the boundaries and breaches of these divisions, American Jews have pursued some of the most radical experiments in social living and, also, reinforced some of the most hierarchical social structures. Sponsored by the Broder family.

Tuesday, March 26 at 7pm - "If Our Shoes Could Talk & Where They Have Taken Us" with Stuart and Jane Weitzman Share Stories about their Family, Shoe Business, and How They Are Making a Difference in Today's World
Cost: $18/members, $25/non-members, $90/patron for this event
Purchase tickets here; Contact Shelley Saunders at 267-930-7289 for more information
Stuart, a successful shoe designer, an entrepreneur and founder of the globally renowned shoe company bearing his name, and Jane, a major leader in the organized Jewish community in the US and abroad. Together they will share their passions and ways they are making a profound impact on life in the US and abroad. Ivy Barsky, CEO and Gwen Goodman Director of the National Museum of American Jewish History, will interview this accomplished couple.

Learn about the history of the building:

In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the RS sanctuary, our PMJA (Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art) docents will offer 45-minute tours of various parts of the 1928 building. Congregants are guaranteed to learn surprising history, architectural lessons, and fun facts. A tour will be given on Friday, January 4 at 5:00pm and Friday, January 18 at 5:00 & 7:15pm. Register here.

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