In a broken world, we commit to be a voice of conscience and to engage in the work of social justice. From our doorstep to our neighborhood and beyond, we welcome the stranger and embrace our responsibility to connect with and learn from others.

As the only Reform synagogue in Center City, Rodeph Shalom has a responsibility to uphold the Jewish value of tikkun olam, repairing the world–in our neighborhood, in our city, in Israel, and in the world.

To learn more about our Social Justice initiatives, please contact Rabbi Freedman.

Now at the End, Again: A Play Reading Casting Call! Rodeph Shalom Actors Needed!
Auditions: Postponed until further notice

Benjamin Behrend and Logan Schulman will be holding auditions for a new play reading at Congregation Rodeph Shalom. Now at the End, Again is a new work exploring present grief through past tradition, and primarily dealing with a contemporary American family who loses a child in an instance of anti-Semitic gun violence. The performance will take place on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00pm in the Community Room. They are seeking to cast four actors from the RS community:

Aron – Ancient Hebrew, Male/Female, any age, any race
Anat – Ancient Hebrew, Female, any age, any race
Tamar – Ancient Hebrew, Female, any age, any race
Shimon – Ancient Hebrew, Male, any age, any race

Auditions will take place on Sunday March 22, from 12:45pm to 2:00pm in classroom 404. First come, first served. For the audition, excerpts of the script will be provided for you to read. No prior preparation is required.
Rehearsal requirements will be minimal: a rehearsal the week before the reading, and a rehearsal on the day of the reading itself.

For the performance, you will read from a script and will be able to mostly sit for the entire reading of the play.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Benjamin Behrend.

Presented by the Rodeph Shalom Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

About the play: This performance follows three interwoven storylines: a group of ancient Hebrews performing pre-burial rituals following the death of a friend; a family in twenty-first century America mourning the loss of their youngest child to an act of gun violence; and a Jewish mythological creature, the Golem, shepherding the souls of the deceased through the afterlife. Uniting these threads, our story anchors itself in the shiva process: the seven day grieving period following the burial of a Jewish person. This work serves as a meditation on how mourning succeeds and fails in the context of sudden and violent death: through the collision of tradition and modernity, history and myth, cause and effect.

Rodeph Shalom Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

“If 30,000 Americans were dying in a war every year, we wouldn’t just stand idly by, we wouldn’t say, ‘This is what it means to be an American. This is the price we pay for being an American.’ We would have done something…It’s inexplicable, it’s inexcusable, it’s unacceptable.” –Rabbi Joel Mosbacher (

Discuss ways in which Philadelphia can partner with the national Do Not Stand Idly By campaign to leverage purchasing power to expand gun reform. For more information or to join the conversation, contact Doug Rosenblum.

Philadelphia has joined with 142 other jurisdictions in the Do Not Stand Idly By Campaign! Click here to see Mayor Kenney’s signature on the commitment form.