Taking Down the Fence

This week, we have witnessed the chain-link fence around the congregation come down!  We are not simply taking it down because it’s old or ugly.  We are taking the fence down as we build up our relationships and partnerships within the community and throughout Philadelphia! Jewish law teaches the one stipulation for...

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Mourning a Suicide and Seeking Resources

Our hearts go out to our neighbors in the Shipley School community who mourn the tragic death of Cayman Naib.  Jewish wisdom teaches us that we are all created in God’s image, that every life has inherent value and the highest mitzvah–obligation–is to save a life. We are taught compassion for...

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Can Jewish Texts Expand Our Thinking?

“Can Jewish Texts Expand Our Thinking,” the latest article from “Rabbis Uncensored,” the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis’ blog, includes a response by Rabbi Jill Maderer.  Do you find yourself in conversation with others who already share your opinion?  In what kinds of interactions do you find your thinking expands?  Comments welcome!

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A Sober Thanksgiving Story

Thank you to the leader of our Parents’ Support Group (2nd and 4th Tues’s), Richard Roisman, for offering wisdom to all who are seeking a sober Thanksgiving… It was late November, 2006.  Sarah, then 15, had been at Caron since September 15, 2006.  She was, therefore, in adolescent extended care, and...

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“Vayeira” Coming Out

By Rabbi Kuhn Last Sunday, Cantor Frankel and I were honored to co-officiate at the wedding of our dear friends Michael Carr and Henry Seigel. Now, I have been to a lot of weddings in my day, but I’ve gotta tell you, this one was off the charts in terms...

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Understanding Israel and Engaging Together

Learn with us in our new course: Israel Engagement: Past, Culture, and How We Got to Today, starting this Sunday at 10:15 am at RS. We will meet Sundays, October 26-March 15 at Rodeph Shalom; Attend one, many or all; 10:15 am-11:15 am , except where noted as second session or double...

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RS is Going to Israel

Our Reform Movement brought more students to Israel this summer than any other denomination. It’s OUR turn! Discover Israel through a progressive Jewish lens with our Reform Movement’s outstanding travel arm, ARZA World. Travel with Rabbis Kuhn and Maderer and RS to Israel April 18-29 and register before Nov 15!...

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