Phillies vs. Yom Kippur

      Tonight’s Phillies’ playoffs game-Kol Nidre conflict has inspired a lot of commentary, a few jokes, and I am guessing a few dvr’s ready to record.  I hope the schedule conflict dilemma has deepened Jewish identity!  Our member Glenn Kutler just shared this beautiful story:       As a junior at Central High...

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Shabbat at RS: A Palace in Time

 by Rabbi Bill Kuhn The vision of Congregation Rodeph Shalom is to offer the kind of Friday evening Shabbat worship service which will help create profound connections among all of our congregants. On Friday evenings we hope all of our congregation will come together to welcome Shabbat and to pray...

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In My Own Backyard: A Profound Moment

by Marsha Weinraub, presented at Sep. 2, 2011 Shabbat service My profound moment happened right here, at RS. First, let me provide some context. I grew up a secular Jew in a Jewish neighborhood in Philadelphia. I trained at a Jewish University, and I became a member of a very...

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A Profound Moment of Love

by Ellen Kraftsow-Kogan, presented at July 8 Shabbat service I could not think of a moment of God in my life, BUT, I could think of a profound moment, then realized that of course, it definitely is a moment about God’s presence in my life. My example occurred when I...

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Understanding Profound Moments: Open to Inexplicable Concepts

by Michael Hauptman, presented at July 22 Shabbat Service After my grandmother died, I remember my mother asking me whether I believed in an afterlife; whether after you died, some part of your being remained and watched over the living. Being the self-absorbed, unsentimental twenty-one-year-old that I’m sure I was...

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This Shabbat’s Profound Moment

This Shabbat, we continue our Understanding Profound Moments  series with Michael Hauptman’s presentation and Rabbi Freedman’s teaching.  Please join us tonight at 5:30pm for pre-oneg and blessings and 6:00pm for the service. Thank you to all who have already presented!  Last week, Fred Strober shared a beautiful moment that he experienced...

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Understanding Profound Moments of Love

Last Shabbat, our congregant Ellen Kraftsow-Kogan offered a beautiful presentation on “Understanding Profound Moments.” Her focus on love was inspiring and provoked a lot of thought and conversation, both during the service and afterwards; we invite you to continue the discussion with comments here. Join us to celebrate Shabbat this coming Friday,...

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Understanding Profound Moments this Shabbat at RS

Insipired by our congregation’s Visioning Initiative, the summer’s series of Shabbat evenings will focus on understanding profound moments.  On each Friday evening from July 1 through September 2, a story from the life of one of our congregants will serve as a thought-provoking start to a rabbi-led discussion about how...

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Join our RS Facebook page and check out all the recent photos! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Congregation-Rodeph-Shalom/177135188981014?ref=ts&sk=wall

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V’Achalta, V’Savata, u’Verachata: You shall eat, you shall be satisfied and you shall bless God.

V’Achalta, V’Savata, u’Verachata You shall eat, you shall be satisfied and you shall bless God. —Birkat HaMazon, the traditional Jewish blessing after the meal. Jewish meals unite us—whether it’s a Passover Seder at home or a Shabbat dinner here at Rodeph Shalom. Food, rituals around food, distinctions about what’s “kosher”...

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