Adult Education

City of Sisterly Activism: Philadelphia Jewish Women's Historical Legacy of Social Advocacy with Melissa Klapper

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American Jewish women were consistently and publicly engaged in all the major issues of their day, including suffrage, birth control, Zionism, and the labor and peace movements.  Philadelphia was home to numerous American Jewish women whose activism was grounded in their gender, religious, cultural, and ethnic identities.  This talk will explore some of their stories and their impact on both American Jewish history and American women's history.

Count to a Thousand with author Caroline Igra

Caroline Goldberg Igra, an art historian, author, and triathlete, born, bred and educated in the United States, and one of the very first to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at Rodeph Shalom, has spent the last thirty years living in Israel. Her novel, "Count to a Thousand," tells the story of an American expatriate who constructs a purposefully insular life in Israel similar to the one she'd expected to live back in the United States until it's time to send her eldest child to the army.

Sunday Seminar: BDS and the New Anti-Semitism: What's Happening in Academia and on American College Campuses?

BDS and the New Anti-Semitism: What's Happening in Academia and on American College Campuses? with Asaf Romirowsky, Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Learn about the origins of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement and how Israel is being de-legitimized.

RSVP: Candice Nemoff


Introduction to Judaism

With Rabbi Maderer, Rabbi Freedman, Cantor Frankel, and Catherine Fischer
Tuesdays, January 23 through April 17,  6-8 pm

If you are an interfaith couple, if you are considering converting to Judaism, or if you are Jewish and looking for beginner’s education, “Introduction to Judaism” is perfect for you.  Click here to register.

For more information contact Alicia Broudy.

Adult Beginning Hebrew

A basic Hebrew reading course designed for the adult beginner with Rebekah Robinson.

2018-2019 Dates:

September  23, 30   

October 7, 14, 21, 28  

November 4, 11, 18   

December 2, 9, 16   

January 6, 13, 20, 27   

February 3, 10, 24

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

April 7, 14, 28

May 5

Cost: $600 members, $900 non-members*

*If cost is an issue, please talk to us to see about what we can do to help subsidize.

ReadRS: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi; Discussion facilitated by Cantor Erin Frankel
Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30pm

Please read this article before the discussion.

ReadRS is an opportunity to connect with each other and share ideas through lively book discussions. Bring a snack or beverage to share. Open to all members and prospective members.

Yom Kippur Meditation Study

The session will be led by Ben-Zion Friedman, who will discuss the science behind the benefits of meditation. Ellen Poster will show how Jonah’s ordeal in the belly of the beast may be interpreted as a meditation on personal transformation, and Mel 'Moshe' Seligsohn will lead a guided practice. The curious and the experienced are welcome.

Day of Learning Being Jewish Abroad Then and Now with Rob Levin, moderator, and Gloris and Jack Dunnous, Patricia Isakowitz, Bella Schafer, and Philippe Weisz

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Travel with us across space and time to learn how it is or was to be Jewish in places like Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Hungary, Iraq, Israel, and elsewhere. Presenters will speak from first-hand experience or intimate knowledge of family members’ everyday lives, Jewish communal life, and relations with non-Jewish neighbors, co-workers, and officialdom. Come ready to listen, ask questions, and share your own stories of being Jewish abroad.

Day of Learning Pursuing Justice--Solutions to Gerrymandering in Pennsylvania and Beyond with Brian Gordon and Rabbi Eli Freedman

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We will look at partisan gerrymandering and its prevention through a Biblical lens, including the story of the Rebellion of Korach.  Our conversation will include the methods traditionally used to effect redistricting and some new rules which can reform and improve the process.         

Day of Learning Shylock: Villain or Victim? with Louise Simons

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What do Sir Laurence Olivier, Peter O’Toole, and Al Pacino have in common? They’ve all portrayed Shakespeare’s notorious Jewish villain, Shylock. But is Shylock actually a villain or is he a victim? We’ll delve into the fascinating world of Renaissance Venice to find out. Prep: If possible, bring a copy of Merchant of Venice to our session. It's helpful but not necessary to read the play ahead.

Day of Learning Who Knew? Surprising RS Lives with Adelle Rubin, moderator, and Michael Coleman, Marilyn Deutsch, Jane Friedman, and Heshie Zinman

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A clown, a bouncer, a designer of haute couture, and an impresario who are also a psychologist, a community activist, a Judaic fabric artist, and a lawyer and businessman. Our panelists will reveal the true stories of their unusual careers and activities, including how these fit into their Jewish journey. There will be time for questions, one-on-one conversations, and an opportunity to see samples or artifacts of these fellow congregants’ fascinating lives.


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