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.

BoomRS
BoomRS are those who are Boomer Generation and those on the cusp, not so much an age as a mindset. BoomRS get 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.

DiveRSity
Chair: Ruth Yaskin 
DiveRSity brings together families & individuals interested in cultivating a diverse and welcoming community, and exploring issues of diversity and identity within the RS community.

Families with Young Children
Chairs:  Jen KingDana Strauss, Rachelle Schneider, Megan Schneider

Families with Young Children work to foster Jewish identity and community in families with children 5 years-old and younger. Gather for Tot Shabbats, holiday sing-alongs, pizza dinners and more. All FwYC are welcome at Buerger events.

LawyeRS
Chairs:  Carl Schneider and Debbie Poul
A new connection group for our many lawyers. Programming will be educational, entertaining and fun, giving our lawyers an opportunity to strengthen their  ties with RS and each other. The group will provide opportunities for volunteers to engage in pro bono  activities supporting deserving individuals or organizations.

Men of RS
Chairs: Jerry Arnold and Rick Braun

Men of RS focuses on social activism and recreational events that are both entertaining and engaging. Our goals are to create opportunities to share good food and conversation with men of varied ages and backgrounds, fostering social relationships, and strengthening the bonds of friendship and community within our synagogue. 

Parents of Mercaz Limud
Parents of Berkman Mercaz Limud (religious school age students) get together alone and with children to strengthen their sense of community.
Pre-K - 3rd Grade Chairs: Kait Yulman & Geoff Neimark 
9th Grade & Up Chair:  Stephanie Bungard 

PrimeTimeRS
Chair: Ben Zion Friedman 
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
Chairs: Heshie Zinman and Ellen Poster
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
Chairs: Elaine Jaskol Crane and Howard Green
ReadRS is an opportunity to connect with each other and share ideas through lively discussions of books. 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.

RS Women
Chairs: Linda Karp Rudow and Ellen Poster
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.

Seasoned Solos
Chairs:  Muriel Kudera and Susan Behr 
Seasoned Solos are members and prospective members over 40 who enjoy RS events, services, dinners, community service, cultural activities  and camaraderie with one another. We greet at Shabbat services on Friday night, and sit together at services and congregational dinners. 

Young Friends
Chairs: Jill Ivey and Beth Marlowe
The Young Friends of Rodeph Shalom gathers members and prospective members, generally in their 20s and 30s, who want to establish and grow roots at RS and in Philadelphia's Jewish community through social events, Jewish learning, and a commitment to tikkun olam.

 

 

Contact Executive Director Jeff Katz  if you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about Rodeph Shalom.