Visioning Team Update

This article is an update from our Visioning Team, co-chaired by Aaron Weiss and Hank Bernstein, since the initial October meeting. Working with synagogue expert Rabbi Larry Hoffman, we are embarked on what we hope will usher in a brilliant new chapter in the history of Rodeph Shalom. The Team...

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The Life of Sarah – Responding to Pittsburgh

I imagine many of you are feeling a lot of emotions right now. Sadness, anger, fear, comfort, faith, hope… I pray that we all continue to feel, and that we have the strength to share our pain with our fellow congregants who surround us now. I imagine many of you...

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A Message from Rabbi Emeritus Alan Fuchs

As we sang at the Interfaith Vigil on Sunday night, Rabbi Emeritus and past Pittsburgh rabbi Alan Fuchs asks “If not now, tell me when,” in this reflection– Rabbi Maderer This past week should be a wake-up call for all of us. It is clear, beyond a shadow of a...

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“Naamah’s Voice”

“Naamah’s Voice”: Cantor Erin Frankel’s sermon from Friday, October 12 I went to the movies recently. I went to see A Star is Born, because I felt an overwhelming compulsion to see it. I last saw a movie, two actually, over the summer, while my children were at overnight camp...

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Happiness vs. Meaning

Rabbi Eli Freedman: Yom Kippur Morning Sermon This past spring, we had the unique opportunity to host Anat Hoffman, a civil rights pioneer in Israel. Through her organizations, Women of the Wall and the Israeli Religious Action Center, Hoffman works to protect the rights of women, Reform Jews, Arabs and...

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If These Walls Could Talk: 90 Years in the Sanctuary

Delivered by Rabbi Maderer Rosh Hashanah morning Some of you may have known one of Rodeph Shalom’s oldest, long-time members, Floss Feder, of blessed memory.   In my last visit with Floss, who this spring died at the age of 103 ½  ,  I shared with her our plans to celebrate...

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Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779 – Civic Engagement

Sermon given on Sunday, September 9 by Rabbi Eli Freedman HaYom Harat Olam; today is the birthday of the world. Tonight, Erev Rosh Hashanah, we begin the New Year of 5779. And tomorrow morning, in the words of the song we just sang: Let the sun rise, On a new...

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