The Tragedy in Newton, Ct: In Memoriam

Introduction to the Kaddish (December 21, 2012) Rabbi Alan D. Fuchs As we are about to read the names of those of our loved ones and members of this congregational family, we also will remember those who were murdered in Newtown, Ct.  this is very personal for carol and me...

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Tragedy in Newtown, CT

We have all been deeply touched by the tragic events of last Friday’s mass killings in Newtown, CT.  While it is so difficult to know how to respond, our hearts go out to all of the families and friends of the victims of this senseless crime, as we hold each...

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Healing Prayers

By Rabbi William Kuhn One of the great mysteries of life is why we become ill.  People can be living a perfectly normal happy life, when all of a sudden they fall sick, seemingly out of the blue.  We often wonder if there is anything Judaism can do to make...

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Reform Movement’s New President

Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ remarks at URJ’s Biennial Convention (12/18/11): Click for Rabbi Jacobs video. by Rabbi Bill Kuhn The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Biennial Convention took place in Washington, DC  December 14-18,  2011 with a record attendance of over 5,000 Reform Jews from around North America. Founded in 1873 by...

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Cantorial Search Update

Our cantorial search committee has been hard at work!  In our initial meeting we began by thinking about the characteristics that our congregation is looking for in an ideal candidate: We need a wonderful cantor who can provide visionary leadership in all aspects of the life of our congregation. We...

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Phillies vs. Yom Kippur

      Tonight’s Phillies’ playoffs game-Kol Nidre conflict has inspired a lot of commentary, a few jokes, and I am guessing a few dvr’s ready to record.  I hope the schedule conflict dilemma has deepened Jewish identity!  Our member Glenn Kutler just shared this beautiful story:       As a junior at Central High...

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Shabbat at RS: A Palace in Time

 by Rabbi Bill Kuhn The vision of Congregation Rodeph Shalom is to offer the kind of Friday evening Shabbat worship service which will help create profound connections among all of our congregants. On Friday evenings we hope all of our congregation will come together to welcome Shabbat and to pray...

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In My Own Backyard: A Profound Moment

by Marsha Weinraub, presented at Sep. 2, 2011 Shabbat service My profound moment happened right here, at RS. First, let me provide some context. I grew up a secular Jew in a Jewish neighborhood in Philadelphia. I trained at a Jewish University, and I became a member of a very...

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A Profound Moment of Love

by Ellen Kraftsow-Kogan, presented at July 8 Shabbat service I could not think of a moment of God in my life, BUT, I could think of a profound moment, then realized that of course, it definitely is a moment about God’s presence in my life. My example occurred when I...

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Understanding Profound Moments: Open to Inexplicable Concepts

by Michael Hauptman, presented at July 22 Shabbat Service After my grandmother died, I remember my mother asking me whether I believed in an afterlife; whether after you died, some part of your being remained and watched over the living. Being the self-absorbed, unsentimental twenty-one-year-old that I’m sure I was...

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