Social Justice

"On the Front Lines of Gun Violence"

Please join us for a discussion on what it is like to treat victims of gun violence from nationally-known trauma surgeon Dr. Amy Goldberg. Scott Charles, who has been working to reduce youth violence since 1988, will enlighten us about the programs that he and Dr. Goldberg have developed in collaboration with other Temple doctors and staff to prevent gun violence.  RS congregant Doug Rosenblum will also give an update on the Do Not Stand Idly By Task Force and its upcoming initiatives.

For more information, contact Doug Rosenblum.

Food Drive for Philabundance

Using the shopping bag distributed to you at the Contemporary and Classical Services on Rosh Hashanah morning, please bring non-perishable food items to Rodeph Shalom on Yom Kippur morning only. Your food donation supports PHILABUNDANCE. Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing, and distributing food to help feed those in need. Their mission is to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever.

Philabundance will be on-site at Rodeph Shalom to receive your contributions beginning at 8:00am.

Mitzvah, Encourage, Nurture, Tutor, Outreach, Reassure (MENTOR) Orientation Session

You can make a profound difference in the life of a child just by showing up on a regular basis.  The RS MENTOR (Mitzvah, Encourage, Nurture, Tutor, Outreach and Reassure) needs volunteers in several city schools to work with children reading below grade level.

We will have an orientation at Rodeph Shalom on September 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm for all those who are interested in becoming a tutor.  If you are currently a tutor, it would be great if you would come and share your experience with those who are considering this fun and meaningful volunteer opportunity. 

Hunger ReSponse

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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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Faith in Cannabis: Religion, Science, and Justice in PA's Medical Marijuana Program

Faith in Cannabis: Religion, Science, and Justice in PA's Medical Marijuana Program
Sunday, June 2 from 2:00-5:00pm

Learn about the intersection of faith and cannabis with views from the perspective of religious leaders, medical experts, industry innovators, and community partners.

For more information, contact Candice Nemoff (267-930-7293).

Breaking Bread on Broad

Breaking Bread on Broad provides food for nearby underserved children, along with fun and interactive programming. Activities led by volunteers last year include science projects, gardening, arts and crafts, sports, daily academic enrichment, and much more!

Contact Julian Ovalle, Breaking Bread on Broad Director, or 215-627-6747 for information.

The Final Tally: Israel's Election Results with Michal Sella from the New Israel Fund

As Israelis make sense of election results this April, Michal Sella, Director of the Shatil Center for Policy Change, The New Israel Fund’s action arm in Israel, will discuss the implications of the election and look at the path ahead for Israeli democracy. Light refreshments provided.

The New Israel Fund is the leading organization advancing and defending democracy in Israel and doesn't support or oppose any candidate or political party for election; we look at the big picture and share the most important stories about issues that affect Israelis from all walks of life.

RS Meet Up at the Women's March

Please join us in the Philly Women Rally March which will leave RS (following Torah Study; you are welcome to get inspiration with us there at 9:15am!) at 10:30am on Sat., Jan. 19, for a meet-up at TGIF’s, 1776 Ben Franklin Pkwy at 11:00am.

We'll march from there to Eakins Oval at the Art Museum. The March protests sexism, gun violence, racism, antisemitism, and Islamophobia and supports equal pay for equal work, the LGBTQ community and Time’s Up. These are our issues! Let’s follow Rabbi Maderer’s call to have a seat at the table.

LGBTQ Social Justice Meeting

The history of RS embodies a broad vision of social justice, which extends beyond our walls to all our brothers and sisters, regardless of race, religion, economic status, sexual orientation or identity. As we pursue this vision, we work to carry out our goal of enhancing LGBTQ.  As the Torah proclaims, “Justice, justice shall you pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:20).  We call LGBTQ and ally congregants to join us for the inaugural meeting of the RS LGBTQ Task Force. For more information contact Heshie Zinman.

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.
 

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.

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
 

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).

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