In our Congregation's vision to create profound connections, we find strength in our diversity of perspective, age, gender expression, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, family constellation, and socioeconomic background and we welcome interfaith families with open arms. Through our Connection Groups, we seek to help peers find one another in order to deepen connections, to socialize, to rejoice with each other in times of joy and comfort each other in times of sadness. All Connection Groups are open to members and non-members.
SEASONED SOLOS (Singles Over 40) are members and prospective members over 40 who enjoy RS events, services, dinners, community service, cultural activities and camaraderie with one another.
YOUNG FRIENDS are in their 20s and 30s, single of married, generally without children, come together to have a good time and bridge our Jewish background with our personal interests. Events take place at RS as well as locations throughout Philadelphia. Programming includes: Social gatherings, jewish learning, social justice and tikkun olam.
DiveRSity brings together families and individuals interested in cultivating a diverse and welcoming community, and exploring issues of racial diversity and identity within the RS community.
FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN serves families with children 5 and under. We gather for Tot Shabbat, milk-and-cookie get-togethers, Sunday playgroups, family friendly outings, parenting informational session, and more!
MEN of RS focus on Social Activism and recreational events that are both entertaining and engaging. We meet monthly for dinner either at RS or at local restaurants. Our goals are simply to create opportunities to share good food and conversation with men of varied ages and backgrounds; fostering social relationships in order to strengthen the bonds of friendship and community within our Synagogue. You will find us as Shabbat Greeters, as regular sponsors of our Sunday Morning Nosh, as well as the yearly building of the outdoor Sukkah.
RS WOMEN The mission of RS Women is to provide opportunities to welcome, engage, learn and support one another. We focus our collective energy on women’s health and our Jewish values.
PARENTS OF MERCAZ LIMUD (religious school age students) get together alone and with children to strengthen their sense of community.
BoomRS are those who are Boomer Generation and those on the cusp, not so much an age as a mindset, getting together to take advantage of Center City life, events and activities, as well as social, spiritual and educational opportunities at RS. Singles and couples welcome.
PrimeTimeRS Adults 65+, retired or not, get together for opportunities at RS and in Center City during the weekday. People of all ages are welcome.
pRiSm: pRiSm's mission is to strengthen Jewish LGBTQA life and identity at Congregation Rodeph Shalom and in the world. Our work will focus on education, advocacy and celebration.
ReadRS: ReadRS is an opportunity to connect with each other and share ideas through lively discussions of books over wine, cheese, and other nibbles. Join in and help us select books of interest you would like to read -- fiction or non-fiction, serious or humorous, controversial or not -- that not only provide "a good read" but also help us explore the meaning and experience of being Jewish, past or present, in America and around the world.
If you have questions about our groups, which group you might be best suited for, or have suggestions for other groups, please contact Catherine Fischer at 215-627-6747 x246, [email protected].