pRiSm

pRiSm: pRiSm's mission is to serves Philadelphia and the greater Delaware Valley's GLBT Jewish community and welcomes people of all gender and sexual identities. Since 1975, BA has provided a comfortable place for people of all sexual orientations and religious affiliations to experience Judaism. In July 2007 Beth Ahavah affiliated with Congregation Rodeph Shalom. Beth Ahavah retains its congregational status within the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and its membership in the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews: Keshet Ga'avah. Beth Ahavah proudly offers its congregation dual membership at both Beth Ahavah and Rodeph Shalom.
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"

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 10:00am

If you’ve been trying to have a baby, or are planning to have a baby, but need assistance, you’re not alone. Please join us at the RS Women’s Third Annual Health Symposium.

Discussion led by a panel of top local, reproductive endocrinologists, who are board certified in both Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility followed by question and answers.
Panel Participants:
Dr. Ben Gocial: Main Line Fertility
Dr. Lauren Milman: Abington Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Michael I. Sobel: Abington Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Leonore Huppert: Former Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology at Abington Hospital.
If you’ve been trying to have a baby, or are planning to have a baby, but need assistance, you’re not alone. Please join us at the RS Women’s Third Annual Health Symposium.   The event is open to the public and free.
Chairs: Ruth Yaskin and Julia Engel

Questions: Catherine Fischer: [email protected]

Share Your Experience

Did you need assistance getting pregnant? We’d like to hear from you. Please send your stories, poems and thoughts to
[email protected] / 610-639-8129. These can be anonymous or not.  
The booklet of our experiences will be compiled and shared at the RS Women’s Health Symposium on February 26.  .\
  Questions? Contact Julia Engel: 610-639-8129 or [email protected].

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 10:15am

We will explore the power of meaning in our lives: how Judaism helps us search for our purpose in life and adds fulfillment and joy as we grow older.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 11:15am

RS comes together to design and make a unique and dynamic work of art with congregant and artist, Fred Kogan

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 5:30pm

Purim Cocktail Party & Megillah Reading
Join your friends for a festive celebration ~ Costumes and masks welcome
 

6 PM Light Food & Spirits, Shalach Manot & Matanot L’Evyonim and Entertainment

Shalach Manot: Help us assemble gifts for congregants who can’t get to RS easily (BoomRS sponsor)
Matanot L’Evyonim: Help us assemble items for HIAS (help welcome refugees in Philadelphia)
Please bring (all items must be new):
laundry detergent (no bleach)
dish soap
toilet paper
bath soap
shampoo
diapers (size 4)
kids toys (age appropriate for 4 year old and 10 months old)

Bring an appetizer or dessert to share.  BYOB and  BrewRS will provide beer

7 PM Megillah Reading & Spiel

Entertainment with selections from Esther: A Persian Musical
(a Hamilton parody of the Purim story)

RSVP: https://rodeph-shalom.ticketleap.com/purim-cocktail-party/

If you plan to bring an appetizer or dessert, let us know what you will be bringing.
For more information: Catherine Fischer (215-627-6747 x246, [email protected])
Chairs: Carole Wilder, Eric Dickstein and Lauren Jacobson Dickstein

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 11:15am

RS comes together to design and make a unique and dynamic work of art with congregant and artist, Fred Kogan

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:30am

Help us connect with every member household
Join the ConnectRS team and help us do a mitzvah!  We're looking for congregants to give us an hour or two of time (or as long as you can), to bring your cell phone and make phone calls to current RS members. We call every member household to wish them a Happy Passover on behalf of RS and check in. No soliciting - no big commitment - just friends, fun and food (lunch will be provided).  Many ConnectRS have come back each year to help us make calls because it feels good to connect with other members and do this important outreach work on behalf of RS.
Co-chaired by Linda Karp Rudow & Cheryl Dougherty. With special thanks to Mary Ellen Schneider for all her help.
RSVP: Catherine Fischer ([email protected], 215-627-6747 x246)