BoomRS: Brunch at the Zoo

We will bring the bagels, the "schmears", and the schnecken, and you BYOB your favorite brunch beverage. Peanuts for the elephants are extra!

We will brunch with all and then you are free to discover the Philadelphia Zoo at your leisure. The cost for the day is $22/person, which includes the reduced price for admission, the bagel brunch and your chance to "talk to the animals."

Co-Chairs for this event are Cheryl Dougherty and Patsy Herman. Please RSVP to Patsy. Family and friends are always welcome. Rain date TBD.

Annual Meeting & Hineni Awards

Join us on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00pm at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Hineni Awards. After the election of our officers and board members, help us acknowledge the accomplishments of our honorees: RS Women Selda Frieder Award recipient Cheryl Dougherty, Men of RS Man of the Year Award recipient Carl Schneider, and Hineni Award recipients, Eric Dickstein, Gail Meister, and Michael Coleman. Light refreshments provided.


Hineni Award Winners:

PMJA: Passages from Dark to Light by Reena Milner Brooks Artist Talk and Reception

Passages from Dark to Light by Reena Milner Brooks Artist Talk and Reception at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art
Thursday, April 19 at 6:00pm

Artist Reena Milner Brooks will take guests through a visual journey of Holocaust survival at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMJA) spring exhibit. Light refreshments provided. Free and open to the public.

Women of the Wall: Women, Democracy, and Pluralism in Israel with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and Chair of Women of the Wall

Hear Anat Hoffman discuss social justice, religious pluralism, Jewish-Arab coexistence, equal rights for women, LGBTQ, and other minorities.

A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated. Students are welcome as our guests.

Sponsored by the Joseph W. Rosenbluth Fund.

Shishi Israeli Dinner

Sitting around a table and sharing a meal is an easy and natural way to connect with people of backgrounds different from one’s own. It is a joyous cultural experience showcasing an Israeli flair with food and music co-sponsored with the Israeli American Council (IAC). The event is open to all.

To register: tinyurl.com/ShishiIsraeliRS.

The community is invited to cook with our Israeli cooks on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Hunger ReSponse

Click here to register.

Hunger ReSponse gives Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, their families, and anyone interested the opportunity to connect with people outside of their community by planning, shopping for, and preparing meals in the RS kitchen once a month and delivering them to Bethesda North Broad. A donation of $200 will help feed the 50 residents at Bethesda North Broad.

Questions? Contact Stacey Spector at [email protected]

Congregational Second Night Seder

Join your Rodeph Shalom family for a multi-generational seder. Members and prospective members  of all ages are invited to share the joy of Passover together and with our clergy.  

This is a family friendly event. Please BYOB.

Cost for members: $40/adult and $15/child (ages 3-12) through March 16. After March 16, $45/adult; $18/child (3-12); Free for children under 3.

Cost for non-members: $45/adult and $15/child (ages 3-12) through March 16. After March 16, $50/adult; $18/child (3-12). For for children under 3.

Cantor Natalie Young @ Rodeph Shalom with Community Dinner & Concert

Cantor Natalie Young, Cantor at Temple Beth El in Aliso Viejo, California and an award-winning composer, will be our special musical guest at Shabbat on Friday, March 9.  Ani Kinor: The RS Orchestra, Makheilah: The RS Choir, and the RS Youth Choir will join Cantor Young.

Following the service, join us for a community Shabbat dinner and coffeehouse-style concert. Cost: $25/adult, $10/child until February 26. $36/adult, $10/child after February 26. BYOB and your desserts too!

The W Connection

Helping Widows Rebuild Their Lives.
Susan Gross, RS member, former teacher and widow, leads discussions for members and their friends who are ready to rebuild and take control of their future.
For more information about The W Connection please go to www.wconnection.org.
If you are interested in coming to a group meeting, contact Catherine Fischer or Susan Gross ([email protected]).

Support Group for Parents of Adolescent and Adult Children Living with Addiction and Mental Health Diagnoses

We meet regularly to learn more about substance use and mental health disorders; share experiences/resources; and explore how to appropriately support our adolescent and adult children. Anonymity respected.

We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 pm.

No affiliation with RS is necessary. No charge.

Munch & Mitzvah

Please join the camaraderie of Caring Community's Munch & Mitzvah when we gather to assemble festive gift bags for our fellow members who cannot participate in congregational life here on site. Bring your own lunch. Snacks will be served.

We also need volunteers to deliver. This is a simple and meaningful opportunity to connect with members of our RS Family whom we don't often get to see. Munchies will be provided. We will finish assembling bags on December 13 at 5:00pm.

Our Prayer Book As A Prism for Our Own Aging

Join us as we explore the background of our prayers and how they can provide a pathway to our sacred aging.
Rabbi Jill Maderer will facilitate the final session to help us process our learning together.
Topic: Sh'ma/V'ahavta & Hashkeveinu 

Judaism as a "holistic" model for life. The inter-connection of mind, body and soul. How this
impacts a Jewish view of health and wellness as we age.

"Finding Jenn's Voice" Screening

Join Moms Demand Action for Gun Session in America and host Congregation Rodeph Shalom for a screening of Finding Jenn’s Voice, a documentary film that looks beyond the black eyes to identity abusive relationships and reveal the risks of homicide during pregnancy. Screening will be followed by a discussion panel, including filmmaker and social worker Tracey Schott, survivors, and gun violence prevention advocates. We hope to bring attention to the intersection between gun violence and intimate partner violence during Domestic Violence awareness month.

PMJA Latke/Vodka 2017

A Walk of the Land by Udi Goren
Photographic Journey of the Israel National Trail


Opening Reception and Artist Talk
Thursday, November 30, 6 pm
Free and open to the public

Annual Latke/Vodka Fundraiser Party
To benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art
Thursday, November 30,  7-9 pm
Patron $75   Benefactor $150   Angel $250

pRiSm: Building Bridges in Philadelphia

Join A Wider Bridge at Congregation Rodeph Shalom to hear about our mission of equality in Israel and equality for Israel. We will be leading a presentation on the status of LGBTQ rights in Israel, what challenges still exist for Israel's LGBTQ community, and how we engage the North American LGBTQ community on issues relating to Israel. RSVP by clicking here

This event is being co-sponsored by: J. Proud, Rodeph Shalom PRiSm, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, Tribe 12.


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