Passover Celebrations and Haggadah Recommendations

Purim has come and gone.  That means Pesach is coming!  Here are some ideas for your preparation and celebration. Join RS for the Multi-Generational 2nd Night Seder on Tues., April 19, 5:30 pm! Join us for the Passover Shabbat and Festival Service (includes Yizkor) Saturday, April 23 at 10:45am! And...

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Visioning Initiative Weekend: Continue the Conversation

Our Visioning Initiative Weekend with Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman (click here for Friday’s sermon) provided a meaningful and scholarly foundation for our community to immerse in profound conversations that will transform and deepen the relationships we share.   To engage in the Visioning Initiative, comment on what you experienced this weekend (thoughts to...

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Visioning Initiative

We Invite You to Participate in Rodeph Shalom’s Visioning Initiative The leadership of Rodeph Shalom, along with synagogue transformation expert Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, has been engaged in conversations about what we envision for our congregation in the future. We would like for every RS individual or family to participate in...

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Israel Conversations: Does Israel Still Have a Pioneering Spirit?

At Israel Conversations last Shabbat, our congregation’s president Fred Strober discussed Israel’s pioneering spirit, and referenced the book, Start- Up Nation, by Dan Senor and Saul Singer .  His group explored whether Israel still has the pioneering spirit we associate with the days following the creation of the State.  They talked...

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Israel Conversations: Zionism Then and Now

At Israel Conversations last Shabbat, Rabbi Howard Bogot lead the discussion, “Zionism Then and Now.”  The group discussed many different definitions of Zionism and found the following statements most resonated with their own feelings.  Have a look and then comment or share your own statement about Zionism.

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Confirmation Academy’s You Be the Judge Project

The confirmation academy has been working on a project over the past few weeks to come up with real-life dilemmas and the Jewish answers to these questions.  Please have a look below at the wonderful creations of our student! Apollo 13B You and your friend are astronauts on a malfunctioning spaceship. There...

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Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr.

Abraham Joshua Heschel was born on January 11, 1907. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. But there is so much more than just having birthdays this month that unite these two amazing men. The photograph of Abraham Joshua Heschel walking arm in arm with Martin Luther...

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Jonah’s Fear, Our Fear; Yom Kippur Sermon

by Rabbi Jill Maderer (delivered Yom Kippur morning, main sanctuary) Picture an ocean.  Two waves approach the shoreline and share a conversation along the way.  The large wave reports to the smaller, “Trouble’s ahead!  I wish you could see what I see.  Then you would understand, that we have a...

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Awe: A Place Where Nothing is Old; Kol Nidre Sermon

by Rabbi Jill Maderer (delivered Kol Nidre “Alternative” service) A story is told of 3 astronauts who went into space.  Upon returning, they were asked to reflect on the experience.  One said, “I kept thinking, the world looks so small from outer space—the universe is so vast.”  The second answered,...

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