Remarks from Catherine Fischer’s Retirement Dinner

Delivered by Catherine Fischer on February 7, 2020. This Shabbat is a celebration of beginnings and endings. Oliver’s baby naming signifies his Jewish beginning (and my beginning as a grandmother)! This warm and magnificent Shabbat dinner celebrates an ending to a chapter in my life which will remain precious to...

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Remarks at Catherine’s Dinner by Michael Hauptman

Catherine and I first met over coffee at the Starbucks at 16th & Arch in January 2008.  She was the newly hired Membership Director, and I was Membership Chair.  We discussed the broader points of synagogue membership and our visions for membership at Rodeph Shalom.  It was the start of...

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Remarks about Catherine Fischer by Hank Bernstein

On behalf of the Congregation, thank you Catherine and Richard for your amazing gift—establishing and funding the Community Engagement Innovation Fund. We’re here to celebrate and honor Catherine for all she’s done for our Community and for each of us here, and it is so Catherine to give us a...

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Celebrating Catherine–Remarks from Fran Martin

Hello.  Hello.  As you are settling in, finding your people, your table and getting your food, I want to not only officially welcome you all to this stunning Celebrating of Catherine, and also to thank each and every one of you here for making this a true Community endeavor, one...

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Parashat Bo: World Zionist Congress Elections

Rabbi Freedman delivered this sermon at Shabbat evening service on January 31. We are still in Egypt. In this week’s Torah portion, we learn about the final three plagues, and Pharaoh ultimately agreeing to release the Israelites from bondage. But, for now, we are still in Egypt for one more...

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The Covenant Reimagined with a More Savvy Abraham

By Carl W. Schneider* God’s first words to Abram (whose name had not yet changed to Abraham) in their initial communication were “Go forth…to a land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation.”  (Gen 12:1-3)  God never identified himself as a deity, as He...

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A Part of Something Greater Than Ourselves

Rabbi Jill Maderer wrote this article for the December Bulletin. I can picture, as a young child, sitting at my family’s Shabbat table on an evening when our Rabbi was there as our guest. I remember he and my parents were engaged in a conversation about the importance of the...

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