Social Justice

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).

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]

Our Closet Coat Drop Off

Every year Our Closet provides free winter coats to adults in need at a Coat Day event with Friends Select School in downtown Philadelphia. This year Coat Day will take place on October 21 at the school, and Our Closet wants to break their record of 850 coats distributed by giving away 1,000 coats. Rodeph Shalom is partnering with Our Closet for a winter coat drive to help them reach their goal, and we would greatly appreciate your participation and donations! Our Closet accepts both new and gently used coats in very good to excellent condition.

Our Closet Pop-Up Shop

Our Closet, powered by Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS), is partnering with Congregation Rodeph Shalom to distribute free clothing and shoes for adults and children in need.  A Pop-Up Shop will be held from 10:00am-12:00pm at Rodeph Shalom. Volunteers are needed to work at the Pop-Up Shop. Contact Carol Blank Barsh.

Immigration Crisis: A Call to Our Conscience at ICE Field office


A Call to Our Conscience
Sunday, July 22 at 11:00am
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office at 2nd & Chestnut


During Tisha B'Av, a day to reflect on suffering and loss, join the Philadelphia Jewish Community in solidarity with those seeking refuge. 
Rabbi Freedman will speak at this event.

For more information on meeting up at the event, or to keep the conversation going with the formation of an Immigration Task Force, contact Susan Behr.

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]

Our Closet Pop-Up Shop

Our Closet, powered by Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS), is partnering with Congregation Rodeph Shalom to distribute free clothing and shoes for adults and children in need.  A Pop-Up Shop will be held on Monday, June 18, from 10:00am-12:00pm at Rodeph Shalom. Volunteers are needed to work at the Pop-Up Shop from 9:00am-1:00pm. Contact Carol Blank Barsh.

Anti-Defamation League Walk Against Hate with Team Rodeph Shalom

Join our team for ADL’s 8th Annual Walk Against Hate to participate in a one-of-a kind initiative in which people from various backgrounds are united to make strides toward embracing diversity. This is an opportunity for all of us to stand together against bigotry and hatred in our own community and we’re inviting all of our friends, family, and neighbors to join us when we lace up our sneakers to Walk Against Hate!

The Inaugural Racial Justice Lecture and Conversation: Maya Wiley Keynote Speaker and Panel Discussion

Cable News Commentator and Civil Rights Activist Maya Wiley will deliver a keynote on racial justice and sharing strategies to advance a vision for racial justice. A panel discussion moderated by Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler will follow the keynote. This program is co-sponsored by POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild).

RSVP: Candice Nemoff  (267-930-7293).

 

March For Our Lives

March For Our Lives
Saturday, March 24 all day

Rodeph Shalom congregants are traveling to Washington D.C. to participate in the national march to prevent gun violence. All teens and congregants are welcome on the bus. Space is limited, RSVPs are required as soon as possible. Contact Jennifer James for information or to reserve your seat on the bus.

My Neighbors Keeper: A Multi-Faith Worship Experience at Masjidullah

Continue to be a peace maker, in the spirit of our region’s rich history of multi-faith engagement, following our Ambassadors of Peace gatherings. Join together with Congregation Rodeph Shalom, The Perfecting Church, and Masjidullah as we attend one another’s worship services and get a chance to experience other faith traditions.

Easter Service at The Perfecting Church
Sunday, April 1 at 10:00am
The Perfecting Church, 519 Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd., Sewell, NJ 08080

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