BoomRS: Havdalah Service, Potluck Dinner and Movie, "Broadway Musicals, A Jewish Legacy"

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!

RS Youth Theater Music Rehearsals for Selections from Fiddler on the Roof

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.

BrewRS: Help Brew Beer for Purim

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.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connections Support Group for Individuals Meeting

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.


MENTOR: Children's Reading & Math Tutoring-- Orientation Meeting

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.

DiveRSity: Havdalah Potluck & Tribute to the Jewish Female Stars of the Bollywood Cinema

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

Berkman Mercaz Limud Families 5th-8th Grade Cook & Serve Dinner for Chester Children's Chorus

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.

Shabbat Evening Service Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. featuring the Chester Children's Chorus (CCC)

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. 

The International School of Peace Presentation and Discussion

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.

Sunday Seminar: God's Monsters with Dr. Esther J. Hamori, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary

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.

Working Through Your Response to the Tragic Loss of Life in Pittsburgh

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. 

Our Closet Pop-Up Shop

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

If Our Walls Could Talk Film Premiere

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.

BoomRS: Dine Out

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.

Forum on Immigration

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).

World AIDS Day & AIDS Memorial Quilt: History & Future Directions

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.


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