To learn more about our Social Justice initiatives, please contact Rabbi Freedman.

In a broken world, we commit to be a voice of conscience and to engage in the work of social justice. From our doorstep to our neighborhood and beyond, we welcome the stranger and embrace our responsibility to connect with and learn from others.

Every Voice, Every Vote

Every Voice, Every Vote is the Reform Jewish Movement’s 2020 civic engagement campaign, a nonpartisan effort to strengthen our democracy by encouraging everyone to participate in the U.S. election.

In anticipation of the upcoming November election, Rabbis Maderer and Freedman and a group of Rodeph Shalom members formed a nonpartisan voter engagement group whose purpose is to enable voter access. We are excited to be partnering with the entire reform Jewish community in Pennsylvania through the URJ Religious Action Center (RAC) in a newly formed Pennsylvania level organization (RAC-PA).

  • For our voter mobilization program, please contact RS member, Michelle Fogg at
  • For lobbying of election officials, please contact Stephanie Miller at
  • If you are a teen, have a teen or know a teen who wants to get involved in voter engagement, please contact Eli Booth at

Hunger ReSponse

Rodeph Shalom has launched a new project to respond to hunger in our neighborhood called Hunger ReSponse. Our main initiative is preparing and delivering meals to our neighbors down the street at Bethesda North Broad (722 N. Broad St). Rodeph Shalom has, for many years, cooked Sunday breakfast there, and will now start preparing dinners using our kitchen and delivering meals directly to Bethesda’s residents.

Meals will be prepared the last Tuesday or Wednesday of every month. All are welcome to help shop, plan meals, cook, bake and/or deliver. We also would be grateful for financial contributions. A donation of $200 would cover the cost of 50 meals. A generous contribution has already been made to kick off Hunger ReSponse. Questions? Contact: Stacey Spector.


Bethesda on Broad

Cook and serve breakfast on the second Sunday of each month. For more information, contact: Stef Zeis (or 856-357-3484).


MENTOR (Mitzvah, Encourage, Nurture, Tutor, Outreach, Reassure) Program

Be a part of this amazing initiative that changes lives. The RS MENTOR (Mitzvah, Encourage, Nurture, Tutor, Outreach, and Reassure) program is relaunching at the start of the new calendar year. Work with children who read below grade level or need math help. Your support, guidance and assistance to a young person facing challenges can make a world of difference. Now is the moment to learn more. There is a pressing need today! All it takes is two free hours one day per week along with your respect for youth, active listening skills and empathy. For more information, contact: Liz Holzman. 


POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild)

An Interfaith initiative transforming the social and economic policies that are impacting our families and neighborhoods. This year POWER will be specifically focusing on a statewide education campaign. Help us work for a Fair Funding Formula to ensure that every child in Pennsylvania has access to a proper education. For more information, contact chairs: Jamie Kudera and Terrilyn McCormick.


Rodeph Shalom Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

“If 30,000 Americans were dying in a war every year, we wouldn’t just stand idly by, we wouldn’t say, ‘This is what it means to be an American. This is the price we pay for being an American.’ We would have done something…It’sinexplicable, it’s inexcusable, it’s unacceptable.” –Rabbi Joel Mosbacher (

Discuss ways in which Philadelphia can partner with the national Do Not Stand Idly By campaign to leverage purchasing power to expand gun reform. For more information or to join the conversation, contact Doug Rosenblum.


Our Closet

Our Closet, powered by Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS), is partnering with Rodeph Shalom to distribute free clothing and shoes for adults and children in need. Donations can be dropped off on Wednesdays between 8:00am and 6:00pm. Contact Carol Blank Barsh (


Immigration Task Force

Join us as we work to support refugee and immigration justice in our city and beyond. Contact Susan Behr ( or Fran Martin ( for information.


Collection Drive for HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)– Baby Items Needed

Please go to the HIAS PA Target registry, to find items of need right now, including everything from diapers to baby carriers, which are particularly needed.  It’s easy — when you check out, click the box to send the items you select directly to HIAS PA. No need to shop and shlep!  Also, send a gift card with your name and address to receive a receipt and a thank you.  Let them know you are from RS. Your gifts are appreciated!


Breaking Bread on Broad

Breaking Bread on Broad provides the children in our neighborhood with free breakfast and lunch during summer months, just like during the school year. More than food, we will provide a summer of fun activities and learning right here at RS – music, art, science, exercise, games, and more! But to do this, we need your help and support! Breaking Bread will be open from 8:00am – 1:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Whatever your passion, we have a receptive group of kids, from age 5 to 18, ready to share it with you. If you can’t volunteer your time, but would like to contribute, we can always use supplies such as stickers, Play-Doh, pipe cleaners, children’s picture books and chapter books, coloring books and activity books, watercolors ,crayons, bubbles, flower seeds, potting soil and flower pots or construction paper.

For more information on Breaking Bread on Broad, contact Julian Ovalle.

To volunteer with Breaking Bread on Broad, you need to complete a criminal background check and child abuse form. Here are the links:

Criminal Background Check

Child Abuse Clearance


Clergy Beyond the Walls of Rodeph Shalom