Please join us in honoring and celebrating all of our 44 Presidents; the women and men who have been stewards of and helped lead our beloved congregation for the last 224 years. Chairing the celebrations are Ellen & Mickey Simon. For more information, contact Catherine Fischer (267-930-7282). Anyone who has pictures or stories of any RS presidents of blessed memory, please contact Catherine Fischer (

Celebration Events

“Getting to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: A Walk Through Jewish Television” with David Bianculli & Dr. Melissa Klapper
Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00pm; Patron reception at 5:30pm
Register here

David Bianculli and Dr. Melissa R. Klapper will take us through the evolution of Jewish television leading up toThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. We'll get an inside look from the perspectives of Bianculli, TV critic, columnist, and radio personality, and Klapper, Professor of History and Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Rowan University, as to why this award winning television series has become so significant and popular. Note: Seating will be first come, first served. Please contact Dina Horowitz ( with any questions.

After the discussion there will be an opportunity to buy David Bianculli and Dr. Melissa R. Klapper's books and have them signed by the authors.

Here is a list of the books that will be available:

The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific  by David Bianculli

Ballet Class:  An American History by Dr. Melissa R. Klapper

Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 by Dr. Melissa Klapper


Speaker Series

Discover a wide range of topics pertaining to Judaism at the 2019-2020 Speaker Series. For more information, contact Dina Horowitz (; 267-930-7289).

“Marking 100 Years Since Women's Suffrage with Dr. Lila Corwin Berman and Judith Rosenbaum
Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00pm
Dr. Lila Corwin Berman, Director of The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, and Judith Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Women's Archives, discuss women's suffrage. Sponsored by the Broder family.

Discussion with Michael Solomonov
Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00pm; Patron reception at 5:30pm
Michael Solomonov, world renowned chef and restaurateur, will discuss his personal struggle with addiction. Proceeds will go towards the Caring Community. Sponsored by the Lulu & Joseph Rosenbluth Fund.


Community Philanthropic Celebration Packages

$5,000 President Package:

  • Four tickets to the November 3 event
  • Four tickets to: An Evening with Rabbi Eric Yoffie on November 16
  • Four patron tickets to: PMJA Latke Vodka Party on December 5
  • Four tickets to: Getting to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: A Walk Through Jewish Television, A Conversation with David Bianculli and Dr. Melissa Klapper on March 18
  • Four tickets to: Discussion with Michael Solomonov

$2,500 Vice President Package:
Two tickets to all of the above events

$1,500 Secretary Package:
One ticket to all of the above events


Tax Deductible Information

Congregation Rodeph Shalom is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In accordance with IRS guidelines, the fair market value for attendance at the 2019 Celebrating Our Presidents events has been set at $365 per person for yearlong patrons. 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 please consult your tax advisor. 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.

  • $75 per person for patron status for the Michael Solomonov event
  • $69 per person for patron status for the David Bianculli event