Social Justice

BML Clothing Drive for Our Closet powered by JFCS

We are collecting used clothing for Our Closet powered by JFCS, a non-profit that provides free clothing to Philadelpians.
Please donate gently used clothing in any size or style in the donation box either in the lobby or at the bottom of the limestone steps. BML students will sort and bundle the donations for Our Closet as part of our MLK Mitzvah Day on January 15, 2017. Please contact [email protected] with questions.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL): Presentation of Current Landscape of Anti-Semitsim and Hate Speech

ADL, Associate Regional Director, Robin Burstein, will do a presentation on the current state of anti-semitism, generalized hate and hate speech; how the ADL is responding and what RS community members can do.
Subsequent workshops will follow with dates to be determined.
Sponsored by Men of RS and open to everyone

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crises.
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.
We will offer two 4 hour trainings. Both sessions are required for certification.

Mitzvah Meals

All are welcome to help shop, cook, bake, and/or deliver meals to congregants who can't get to RS easily due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss.
Come join BML families as we prepare Mitzvah Meals together on Wednesday, July 20th, 5pm - 7pm at Rodeph Shalom. Parents are welcome with or without their kids in 5th - 10th grade.  
Help shop*, cook**, deliver***, and/or bake**** a meal to congregants who can't get to RS easily due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss. 

JAFCO Lunch and Learn at RS

This JAFCO (JEWISH ADOPTION AND FAMILY CARE OPTIONS) presentation will discuss child abuse within the Jewish community and the clinical services that are being provided by JAFCO in the Greater Philadelphia Community & NJ.  Come learn how you can make a difference in a child’s life. JAFCO’s mission is to care for abused and neglected children and those with disabilities in the Jewish community and to work in partnership with families and the entire community.  We believe that the care of children in our community is our responsibility, one we accept with joy, pride and love.

TasteRS

Congregation Rodeph Shalom’s eleventh annual harvest fundraiser, TasteRS on Broad, is gearing up for November 1, 2015.
TasteRS on Broad promises to be a great evening: Philadelphia’s premier restaurants will again provide delectable fare and beverages. The live and silent auctions will turn up the heat. Last year’s event was a smashing success — over 320 guests attended; 19 restaurants, and over 70 vendors and retailers participated.
This year's restaurants include:
Candy Creations
Cantina Dos Segundos
Continental Mid-town
Essen

Common Ground Marketplace

Common Ground Marketplace Debuts
Starts Sunday, July 12 from 12-4pm and runs through November 2015
Rodeph Shalom’s multifaceted farmers’ market now features neighborhood urban farm tours, cooking demos, food trucks, book swaps, fitness activities, free bike share rides, on-site wellness services & more.

Mitzvah Meals

Mitzvah Meals: Creating Profound Connections with Members Who Can't Get to RS 
Join us to shop*, bake*, cook (5-7 PM in the RS kitchen) and/or deliver** meals to congregants who can't get to RS due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss.
*Shopping and baking are done before cooking on Wednesday, July 8th at 5 PM. All goods need to be dropped off in RS kitchen by 4:30 that day.
**Delivery can happen anytime after 7 PM on Wednesday the 8th or anytime the next day on Thursday.

Mitzvah Meals

BML Families with Children 5th Grade and Up host Mitzvah Meals: Creating Profound Connections with Members Who Can't Get to RS 
Join BML Families with children in 5th grade and up on August 12 to shop*, bake*, cook (5-7 PM in the RS kitchen) and/or deliver** meals to congregants who can't get to RS due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss.
Contact Karen Wisnia at [email protected] if you are interested in participating.

Purim Mitzvah

A Purim Mitzvah!

Come join us at 7pm on March 4th, Erev Purim, as we fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot Levyonim, gifts for the poor.  The Megillah (The Book of Esther) prescribes "the sending of portions one man to another, and gifts to the poor" (9:22).  We will be filling baskets made by our Berkman Mercaz Limud students with various travel sized toiletries to be donated to a local organization, Bebashi, a full-service health management agency with a special interest in serving economically disadvantaged people in Philadelphia.

Mitzvah Meals: Prepare a Meal for a Family Who Can't Get to RS

We will cook meals Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm for RS congregants who can't get to RS due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss. All welcome to help shop, cook and deliver. (Note: Connection Group hosts are listed next to specific dates.)
September 10 (BoomRS)
October 8 (Young Friends)
October 22 (Singles over 40)
November 5 (Families with Young Children & BML Families: Pre K - 4th Grade)
December 3 (Men of RS)
December 17 (Young Friends)
January 7 (BML Families: Pre K - 4th Grade)
February 4
March 4

Mitzvah Meals: Prepare a Meal for a Family Who Can't Get to RS

We will cook meals Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm for RS congregants who can't get to RS due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss. All welcome to help shop, cook and deliver. (Note: Connection Group hosts are listed next to specific dates.)
September 10 (BoomRS)
October 8 (Young Friends)
October 22 (Singles over 40)
November 5 (Families with Young Children)
November 19 (BML Families: Pre K - 4th Grade)
December 3
December 17 (Young Friends)
January 7 (BML Families: Pre K - 4th Grade)

Mitzvah Meals: Prepare a Meal for a Family Who Can't Get to RS

We will cook meals Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm for RS congregants who can't get to RS due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss. All welcome to help shop, cook and deliver. (Note: Connection Group hosts are listed next to specific dates.)
September 10 (BoomRS)
October 8 (Young Friends)
October 22 (Singles over 40)
November 5 (Families with Young Children & BML Families: Pre K - 4th Grade)
December 3 (Men of RS)
December 17 (Young Friends)
January 7 (BML Families: Pre K - 4th Grade)
February 4
March 4

Support group for parents of adolescent and adult children who are suffering from the use and abuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances

We meet regularly to learn more about substance use and substance use disorders, share our experiences and to explore how to appropriately support our children.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 pm.
No affiliation with RS is necessary. No charge.
For more information:  https://www.caron.org/alumni/support-groups/parent-family   

Support group for parents of adolescent and adult children who are suffering from the use and abuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances

We meet regularly to learn more about substance use and substance use disorders, share our experiences and to explore how to appropriately support our children.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 pm.
No affiliation with RS is necessary. No charge.
For more information:  https://www.caron.org/alumni/support-groups/parent-family   

Screening & Panel About Your Jewish Genes

Thursday, May 8, 2014  7-9pm at Rodeph Shalom
For young professionals & graduate students (ages 18-45) Take Action! 1 in 4 Jews is a carrier for at least one of 19 preventable genetic diseases. 6pm-7pm: Free dinner and panel discussion 7pm-9pm: Dessert, Phillies game and screening. Visit oneinfour.eventbrite.com to pre-register. If you choose to be screened at this event, the maximum out-of-pocket cost with insurance is $99 (highly subsidized). For further information, contact Joshua Stone at 877.401.1093 or [email protected]

CARING FOR AGING PARENTS

Caring for aging parents can be lonely. Join us to discuss the issues that arise and learn from experts as to how we can care for our parents and ourselves.
The program will meet for 4 sessions once a month on Tuesday evening from 6-7:30 PM.
Schedule:
March 18th Rabbi Bill Kuhn, Jewish perspective on aging.
April 8th Rise P. Newman, LLC Rise is an RS member and lawyer who specializes in Elder care and Care Plans for Aging Parents.
May 13th Dr. Bill Uffner, is an RS member and Geriatric Psychiatrist

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