Havdalah Service, Potluck Dinner and Movie, "Broadway Musicals, A Jewish Legacy"
Saturday, January 19 at 6:00pm
Join us for an evening of friends, food, and music! A Havdalah service will be followed by potluck dinner, movie, and discussion. Please email Patsy Herman to let her know what you are bringing. All are welcome!
"If Our Shoes Could Talk & Where They Have Taken Us" with Stuart and Jane Weitzman Share Stories about their Family, Shoe Business, and How They Are Making a Difference in Today's World
Cost: $18/members, $25/non-members, $90/patron for this event
In partnership with the MacGuffin Theatre & Film Co., we will stage a (short) production of selections from the classic, Fiddler on the Roof.
Rehearsal Schedule with John Rea and Liz Fredette of MacGuffin Theater:
Sundays, February 3, 10, and 24 from 1:00-3:00pm
These three rehearsals, in addition to the performance, will be mandatory for all participants.
We are so excited to share with you that the RS Youth Theater is back! In March, we will stage a (short) production of selections from the classic, Fiddler on the Roof. Once again, we will partner with John Rea and Liz Fredette from MacGuffin Theater and Film Co. to put this show together over only four Sundays in February and March.
Come join fellow congregants to brew beer that will be ready for Purim. If you're interested in how to brew but don't know where to start, have limited experience, or you yourself are a master brewer, stop by. All of the equipment and ingredients will be taken care of. All you need to do is bring a willingness to learn, lend a helping hand, and have engaging conversation. Cheers! RSVP & questions? Contact Bill Tapper.
Contact: Brenda Flock ([email protected])
NAMI Connections Support Group provides encouragement and hope for individuals living with mental illness and is led by trained NAMI volunteer facilitators. This group will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
ALL GROUPS MEET WITH STRICT ADHERENCE TO CONFIDENTIALITY AND ANONYMITY
Be a part of this amazing initiative that changes lives. The RS MENTOR (Mitzvah, Encourage, Nurture, Tutor, Outreach, and Reassure) program is relaunching at the start of the new calendar year. Work with children who read below grade level or need math help. Your support, guidance and assistance to a young person facing challenges can make a world of difference.
Rodeph Shalom DiveRSity invites you to an evening of celebration with special guests The Main Line Indian Association
Havdalah & Tribute to the Jewish Female Stars of Bollywood Cinema
Saturday, February 9, 6:00-8:30pm
Congregation Rodeph Shalom (615 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, 19123)
Free parking available
Please join members of pRiSm on Friday, November 30 for an oneg before the Shabbat evening service in the Community Room. See the AIDS Quilt Panel up close in the Community Room.
6:45 -8:30PM at the home of Ruth Yaskin
Stacy Wyn Sarno will guide us as we celebrate the new moon.
RSVP to Julia Engel; If you would like to learn more about hosting or leading a Rosh Chodesh: New Moon Gathering please contact Julia.
Watch the Philadelphia Eagles v. the Dallas Cowboys in the Community Room at The Symphony House (440 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147). Bring an appetizer, entree, or dessert to share and of course, BYOB, but NO red wine. RSVP to Patsy Herman and let her know what you will bring.
Event Chairs: Jane and Howard Jacobs
We invite families of children in grades 5-8 to join us for a special Shabbat service and dinner. RS will be hosting the Chester Children's Chorus, who will sing during Shabbat services. If you would like to volunteer to help prepare and serve the dinner for our guests, sign up at bit.ly/mlkdinnerprep. Contact Bridget Schneider for more information.
Help us welcome the Chester Children's Chorus as our guests that evening. The children will sing from our bimah, and you won't want to miss the magic of their music and the mission of this chorus. Dr. John Alston, former associate professor of music at Swarthmore College, founded the Chorus in 1994 to offer Chester children the same opportunity to change their lives through music that he was offered as a boy by the Newark (NJ) Boys Choir. Today, the CCC numbers 130 children, ages 8-18, from every school in the city of Chester, PA.
Wednesdays, January 23 through April 17 from 6:00-8:00pm with Rabbi Maderer, Rabbi Freedman, & Catherine Fischer
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. For questions, contact Alicia Broudy.
Registration required at reformjudaism.org/intropa.
Learn about The International School of Peace— a low cost, high impact school for children between the ages of 5 -16 in the refugee camp on the Island of Lesbos, a Greek Island near Turkey. This school, the brainchild of Israeli and Arab educators, provides children with an environment that promotes collaboration, celebration of differences and similarities, safety, security, and peaceful coexistence among people who have been historically at odds with each other. Contact Stacy Wyn Sarno for information.
God's Monsters with Dr. Esther J. Hamori, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary
In the biblical imagination, the heavens are teeming with life—and it isn’t all angels singing. God is surrounded by hybrid creatures, vengeful spirits, divine hitmen, and other bizarre figures who commit remarkably violent acts, all in God’s employ. Who are the monsters skulking through the Bible and what are they telling us about their God? Find out the answers in this Sunday Seminar.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Philadelphia chapter, a partner with Caring Community/RS on mental health issues, embraces our community in collective grief. All RS members seeking solace are welcome to attend a special NAMI Connections Group meeting to share our responses to the horror of October 27 in Pittsburgh. The power of group support can inspire strength and healing in moving forward.
Facilitators: Carly Hester, MSW, Director NAMI Philadelphia, Brenda Flock, Esquire, MSW, RS Congregant and NAMI Facilitator.
Drop off gently used clothing & shoes for adults and children in need.
Our Closet, powered by Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS), is partnering with Rodeph Shalom to distribute free clothing and shoes for adults and children in need. Drop off donations on Tuesdays, November 27, December 4, and December 11 from 8:00am-6:00pm. Volunteers are needed to work at the Pop-Up Shop. Contact Carol Blank Barsh
Ilana Trachtman will film a short video that illustrates RS's grand historical perspective and intimate soul. The film will capture Rodeph Shalom's life at its most resplendent moments and most personal. Using original footage and interviews with families, archival images, historical memorabilia, found footage, and text on screen, viewers will understand RS’s contribution to the history of Jewish Philadelphia and progressive American Judaism, and why it will continue to be at the forefront for the next century. Sponsored by the Lulu and Joseph Rosenbluth Fund and the Alfred and Helen O.
Join Rabbi Maderer, friends, and representatives from more than 20 Jewish organizations for candle lighting, holiday treats, and bonding with the Jewish community.
Young Friends Hanukkah Party
(at Matt & Emily Sutin's home in Merchantville)
Saturday, December 15 at 7:00pm
There will be plenty of latkes. Please bring drinks, a side dish, or dessert to share. RSVP here. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions.
Please join us on Thursday November 15 at 7:00PM at Nam Phuong, 1100-1120 Washington Avenue. It’s a Vietnamese Banquet with something for all! It’s BYOB for us with the corkage fee, tip and tax all inclusive in the $40/pp charge. Email Patricia Isakowitz at [email protected] to reserve your spot by November 9.
This update on the current issues around immigration influences how we can have an impact. Panelists: Blanca Pacheco (New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia), Philippe Weisz (Managing Attorney, HIAS Pennsylvania, and RS congregant), Rabbi Chuck Briskin (co-chair of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Immigrant Justice Campaign).
Join us on Sunday, December 2 at 12:00pm in the Community Room for a light brunch, presentation, and discussion on "World AIDS Day & AIDS Memorial Quilt: History & Future Directions" featuring Robb Reichard, Executive Director of AIDS Fund Philly. This event is free & open to the public. RSVP to Alicia Broudy ([email protected]). A panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt with the names of former Beth Ahavah members will be on display in the Community Room from November 15 to December 2.