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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RS Visioning Initiative Weekend with Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, March 4-6

Please learn about our Visioning Initiative, and join us for the visioning weekend opportunities with Rabbi Hoffman, listed below! RS 2020: Creating Our Vision Together 6:00pm Shabbat Service, 7:00pm Dinner & Discussion  RSVP for Dinner to Marcia Biggs at 215-627-6747 x12 or mbiggs@rodephshalom.org. Cost for dinner is $20 per person. Torah Study...

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RS Visioning Initiative

The leadership of Rodeph Shalom, along with the assistance of synagogue transformation expert Rabbi Larry Hoffman, has been engaged in conversations about what we envision for our congregation in the future.  We would like for every RS individual to participate in this initiative to ensure that our process is inclusive...

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Supplementary Security Income & Today’s Economy

By Rabbi Michael Holzman Every year when our elected officials have to pay the bills they make choices.  In a year when tax revenues are way down, they must wrestle with their decisions.  In Pennsylvania, this year, the choices were brutal, and the budget process drawn out.  What finally emerged...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat

By Rabbi Bill Kuhn On Friday evening, January 15, 2010 at our 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Service, we will celebrate the national holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.  In what has become an annual event at Rodeph Shalom, we will share one of the most meaningful interfaith services of...

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Open Tent Initiative

The “Open Tent Initiative” is a wonderful way to build a strong sense of community. Congregation Rodeph Shalom (RS) recently won an award given by the Union for Reform Judaism (the umbrella organization for all of the Reform Jewish congregations in North America) for our “Open Tent Initiative.” This initiative...

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Connecting in Our Open Tent

by Rabbi Jill Maderer When it comes to city living today, many of us are living on top of one another while we don’t even know each other. The neighborhood is so transient; one of the greatest challenges of our day is to make meaningful, lasting connections. Such ties are the...

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The Torah of Blogging

by Rabbi Jill Maderer Do you feel comfortable commenting on a blog article publically?  What would Moses do? One internet scholar explains that when social networking was first introduced, teen-agers were the most comfortable with it.  Children of the internet, teens commented on any blog post that so moved them and often...

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Early Learning Center at RS

by Rabbi Jill Maderer An Early Learning Center at RS:  “From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength” (Psalms 8:3).  Next fall, our “youngest generation” will strengthen our community with its daily presence at a Congregation Rodeph Shalom of Center City Philadelphia Jewish preschool.   The Congregation’s new property...

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