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.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 

Subscribe for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) “share” box with high quality produce for yourself, for a friend, or to donate it to a family affected by COVID-19. We have partnered with All Together Now PA to support the Keystone Collective Food Delivery Program – a Summer-Fall CSA program, offering you a four ($100-$200), eight ($200-$350), or twelve-week ($300-$500) subscription beginning Thursday, August 13. The cost to donate to a family affected by COVID-19 is $41/box. With your participation, you help achieve the program’s goal of donating 100 meals per week.

You can arrange for the delivery to go to your home or pick up your box at RS every Thursday through October 29 outside at the Green Street entrance from 11:00am-1:00pm and 2:00-3:30pm.

Pennsylvania food suppliers include Rodale Institute, Blooming Glen Farm, Primordia Mushroom Farm, and Frecon Farms. Click here to purchase or donate a box today!

Hunger ReSponse

Rodeph Shalom has launched a new project to respond to hunger in our neighborhood called Hunger ReSponse. Our main initiative is preparing and delivering 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.

Meals will be prepared the last Tuesday or Wednesday of every month. All are welcome to help shop, plan meals, cook, bake and/or deliver. We also would be grateful for financial contributions. A donation of $200 would cover the cost of 50 meals. A generous contribution has already been made to kick off Hunger ReSponse.  Questions? Contact: Stacey Spector.

B’nai Mitzvah Project Opportunity

Are you searching for a meaningful Mitzvah Project for your child’s B’nai Mitzvah? Look no further than Hunger ReSponse a new RS initiative.  Hunger ReSponse gives students and their parents the opportunity to connect with people outside of their community by preparing meals in the RS kitchen once a month and delivering them to Bethesda North Broad, which provides help for the homeless in Philadelphia.  Consider your child raising the $200 it costs to feed the 50 residents at Bethesda North.  Please register to volunteer/contribute here or contact Stacey Spector


Click here for the recipes used for Hunger ReSponse.

Bethesda North Broad

Cook and serve breakfast on the second Sunday of each month. For more information, contact: Stef Zeis (or 856-357-3484).

Our Closet 

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. Contact Carol Blank Barsh (

Breaking Bread on Broad

Every Tuesday, July 7 – August 25, 9:00-11:00am
Our flagship educational summer program, Breaking Bread on Broad, opens on Tuesday, July 7, with a new format. In keeping with physical distancing guidelines, we will distribute meals and educational materials (and more) to local school children in our neighborhood. There will not be an on-site through the day program this summer.
Thank you to Robert Schwartz and Judith Creed for their continued support of this important program. If you are interested in volunteering (for both in person and virtual work), please be in touch with Eric Dickstein.