Breaking Bread on Broad Prayer by Ellen Poster

From Psalm 11 – a Sukkot Prayer for Breaking Bread on Broad Families Inspired by Rabbi Eli Freedman’s Sukkot sermon for 2020 There is a catastrophe happening.     The foundations have crumbled and lie like broken bricks on the sidewalk. Every Wednesday morning, a line of families straggles from the...

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RS Statement on Anti-Racism

The divine image has been diminished by the recent unconscionable killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon Reed, Tony McDade, and countless others, manifestations of systemic racism that has for many years pervaded the education, justice, economic, and healthcare systems, and now COVID-19 trends of our city and nation. Jewish tradition teaches:...

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Inaugural Address 2020: President Hank Bernstein

Thank you, Michael, for your kind introduction and for serving as my mentor and guide throughout this last year, helping, along with Rabbi Maderer, to prepare me for this role. I believe I now have a more complete understanding of my role, and, from what I’ve seen, if I can...

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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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