Social Justice

Hunger ReSponse

Rodeph Shalom is launching a new project to respond to hunger in our neighborhood called Hunger ReSponse. Our first initiative will be to prepare/deliver meals to our neighbors down the street at Bethesda North Broad (722 N. Broad St). Rodeph Shalom has, for many years, cooked Sunday breakfast there, and will now start preparing dinners using our kitchen and delivering meals directly to Bethesda’s residents. 

Hunger ReSponse

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Rodeph Shalom is launching a new project to respond to hunger in our neighborhood called Hunger ReSponse. Our first initiative will be to prepare/deliver meals to our neighbors down the street at Bethesda North Broad (722 N. Broad St). Rodeph Shalom has, for many years, cooked Sunday breakfast there, and will now start preparing dinners using our kitchen and delivering meals directly to Bethesda’s residents. 

International Women's Day March with RS Women

Join RS Women for the International Women’s Day March

Saturday, January 20, 2018   10:30am – 3:00pm

The mission of the Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.
Rabbi Maderer will speak at the March.

                        10:15 – gather in front of TGI Fridays – 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

                        10:30 – proceed to Aviator Park/Logan Square

                        11:00 – marching from Logan Square to Eakins Oval

POWER Meeting

POWER is an interfaith organization of congregations that are from all across the city, intentionally bringing people together across the lines of race, faith, income level, and neighborhood —lines that have historically kept Philadelphians divided. POWER is committed to the work of bringing about social and racial justice here and now, in our city and our region.

 

POWER Meeting

POWER is an interfaith organization of congregations that are from all across the city, intentionally bringing people together across the lines of race, faith, income
level, and neighborhood —lines that have historically kept Philadelphians divided. POWER is committed to the work of bringing about social and racial justice here and now, in our city and our region.

 

Ambassadors of Peace: Muslim Led Gathering


Join together as we host a series of gatherings to provide a forum to build bridges between Jews, Christians and Muslims. Answer the call to become a peace maker, as we continue in the spirit of our region's history of multi-faith engagement, by participating in this series of historic gatherings. For more information, contact Alan Kurz.

Muslim Led Gathering with Imam Muhammad Abdul-Aleem (Masjidullah) 
December 7 from 6:00-9:00pm 
7401 Limekiln Place, 19138

Ambassadors of Peace: Jewish Led Gathering


Join together as we host a series of gatherings to provide a forum to build bridges between Jews, Christians and Muslims. Answer the call to become a peace maker, as we continue in the spirit of our region's history of multi-faith engagement, by participating in this series of historic gatherings. For more information, contact Alan Kurz.

Jewish Led Gathering with Rabbi Eli Freedman
November 14 from 6:00-9:00pm
At the National Museum of American Jewish History (101 South Independence Mall East)

POWER Meeting

Please join us in the Rosenbluth Room for the monthly RS POWER meeting. This month's meeting will include some exciting updates on the efforts to return the Philadelphia School District to local control. This will also be an action meeting! Bring your phone or laptop to help with research in support of POWER’s public education campaign. POWER’s original research has found racial inequities in how public funds for education are distributed around the state. The next step is to communicate this information state-wide. Our internet research can help!

"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.

Philly is Charolttesville March & Rally

We ask you to join us on Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00 PM in a march and rally under the banner of "Unmasking White Supremacy in Philadelphia." POWER clergy and laity will be joined by allies (32 BJ SEIU, UNITE HERE!, PFT, 1199C, 215 People's Alliance, Juntos, Women's March PA, and Media Mobilizing) in the fight for social justice as we pull back the veil on injustice within our own borders.

7:00 PM - Gather outside Congregation Rodeph Shalom Synagogue (615 N. Broad Street)

Breaking Bread on Broad: Meals with our Neighborhood Kids

This summer, from June 26 through August 25, Monday through Friday, we will provide meals to underserved children in our immediate neighborhood at our building at 619 N. Broad Street (at Mt. Vernon Street). With generous support from congregants Robert Schwartz and Judith Creed, and in partnership with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Nutritional Development Services, and various neighborhood groups.

 

Social Justice Film Night at the First Unitarian Church

Social Justice Film Night: "13th" Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 PM, in the Sanctuary of First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street

We will be cosponsoring a screening of "13th," a powerful documentary from Ava Duvernay (director of "Selma") about the 13th Amendment which outlawed slavery except for criminals. The award-winning film is "an in depth look at the prison system in the U.S. and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality."  

Berkman ML Mitzvah Day

One great opportunity is for the whole family to attend the Rodeph Shalom Martin Luther King, Jr.  Mitzvah Day together.  This event will take place from 9:30 am until approximately 12pm on January 15th, right here at RS.  Because the whole morning will consist of putting Jewish teachings into action, it takes the place of our regular Berkman Mercaz Limud session.  

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.

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