pRiSm: The mission of pRiSm is to Strengthen Jewish LGBTQA life and identity at RS and in the world. It works to create an inclusive congregation through education, advocacy, and celebration.

Chair: Heshie Zinman ([email protected])
Advocacy: Chair: Henry Patterson ([email protected])
Celebration: Chair: Susan Pultman ([email protected])
Education: Chair: Jocie Block ([email protected])

Article In Jewish Exponent quoting Gloria Becker:"Groups Come Together to Embrace LGBTQ Jews"

Upcoming Events:

Beth Ahavah Plaque Dedication & Commemoration
Friday, May 17 at 7:30pm

The ceremony outside of the Grooms Room includes the installation of a plaque commemorating the merger of Beth Ahavah and Rodeph Shalom, and a rainbow mezuzah, as a sign of our inclusive community. The Grooms Room was the home of Beth Ahavah from 2006 to 2015, when Beth Ahavah merged with RS. After the ceremony, there will be light refreshments in the Gutman Room. RSVP to Alicia Broudy.

LGBTQ Civil Rights: The Pursuit of the Fairness Act
Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30pm
PA House of Representatives members Brian Sims and Malcolm Kenyatta will speak on current LGBTQ equality legislation and participate in a panel discussion. Learn about the proposed protections and the special actions we at Rodeph Shalom can take to assure the PA Fairness Act’s passage. Register here.

Pride Shabbat Dinner with The ANNA Crusis Women's Choir
Friday, June 7 at 7:30pm

Join us for a Shabbat dinner and music from The ANNA Crusis Women's Choir. BYOB. Cost: $35/person. RSVP here.

An Evening with Sarah McBride
Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00pm

Sarah McBride is a transgender civil rights activist and is currently the National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States. She is also the author of Tomorrow Will Be Different. Register here