Adult Education

90th Speaker Series: Steven Weisman

Steven Weisman, New York Times Journalist & Author
"How Judaism Became an American Religion"
Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00pm

Steven Weisman will discuss his book, The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion, which tells the dramatic history of how Judaism redefined itself in America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries —the personalities that fought each other and shaped its evolution and, crucially, the American dynamic that transformed an ancient religion.

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.

Day of Learning Why So Funny? Jewish Humor with Bob Bierman

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Why So Funny? Jewish Humor with Bob Bierman
Some statistics report that 85% of successful comedians in America are Jewish. Really? Why is that? What makes Jews so funny? We will try to answer the question along with lots of jokes. Bring your best Jewish jokes and you may get a chance to take the mic for your own minute of stand-up comedy.

Day of Learning Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music Guided Tour at NMAJH

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Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music Tour at NMAJH with Meryl Rodgers

OFF SITE: Meet in the lobby of the National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, at 9:30 a.m.
REQUIRES ADDITIONAL $10 FEE, a discounted rate made possible by a special subsidy from Day of Learning. Space is limited. Tickets for this tour and Day of Learning combined paid to RS by May 4.

A Conversation about Adolescent Health, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity with Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health and Physician General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

A Conversation about Adolescent Health, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity
with Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health and Physician General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Sunday, April 8, 9:30am

Congregation Rodeph Shalom
615 N. Broad St, Philadelphia 19123

New Beginnings: For those considering or in the process of converting to Judaism

(Feel free to bring your own vegetarian dinner)

Join us to discuss issues around identity, family, and community when converting to Judaism. By participating in this group, there is no assumption that everyone will convert. Anyone in the 2018 Introduction to Judaism class or has previously taken the course, RS members, and prospective members are welcome to join us. There is no cost for RS members. Cost for non-RS members is $25.

RSVP: Alicia Broudy 

New Beginnings: For those considering or in the process of converting to Judaism

Tuesdays, May 1* & May 9, 6:00-7:30pm
(Feel free to bring your own vegetarian dinner)
Join us to discuss issues around identity, family, and community when converting to Judaism. By participating in this group, there is no assumption that everyone will convert. Anyone in the 2018 Introduction to Judaism class or has previously taken the course, RS members, and prospective members are welcome to join us. There is no cost for RS members. Cost for non-RS members is $25. *On May 1, we will meet at the Mikveh at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El for a tour and discussion.

Sketching in the Sanctuary led by Fred Kogan

Have you ever felt inspired to draw our sanctuary, but not known how or where to start? Here is the opportunity to learn colored pencil techniques on toned paper while drawing from observation. You will be able to focus on design details or illustrate portions of the interior using perspective. Most of all, it will be a fun time to get your creative juices flowing in a beautiful sacred space.  

Visit the Historic Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Visit the Historic Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (419 S. 6th St.)
Sunday, March 11 at 9:15am (9:30am service starts)

As a chance to experience another faith’s traditions, Rodeph Shalom will be attending a Sunday morning service at the Church. Their choir and band will wake you up and Reverend Tyler's sermon will leave you feeling empowered.

RSVP: Susan C. Friedenberg.

A Discussion of the Book of Job led by Rabbi Emeritus Alan Fuchs

Elisha Ben Abuyah questioning of justice: It is said that once, while sitting in the valley of Gennaser, Aher saw a man climb to the top of a palm tree on Shabbat, take the mother bird with the young, and descend in safety. At the end of Shabbat, he saw another man climb to the top of the same palm tree, take the young but let the mother bird go free. As he descended, a snake bit him and he died. Elisha exclaimed: It is written, “Let the mother go and take only the young, that you may fare well and have a long life” (Devarim 22:7).

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