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.

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. Open dates: Tuesdays, January 28, May 26, June 23; Wednesdays, February 26, March 25, April 29; Click here to register. 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

Recipes

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. Donations can be dropped off on Wednesdays between 8:00am and 6:00pm. Contact Carol Blank Barsh (carol@baprop.com).

Tzedek Seekers

Sundays,  January 19 from 12:30-3:00pm; Friday, February 14 from 4:00-8:00pm
A new social justice cohort for 6th-8th graders focused on activism and Jewish connections. Tzedek is the Hebrew word for justice. This cohort will be dedicated to seeking justice in all segments of society. Participants will also deepen relationships and make new connections with RS friends. Participants will help plan and implement Berkman Mercaz Limud’s MLK Day of Service on Sunday January 19, 2020 and engage in additional social justice projects. Cost: $90 for the year. Register online at www.tfaforms.com/4743706. 

Breaking Bread on Broad

Breaking Bread on Broad provides the children in our neighborhood with free breakfast and lunch during summer months, just like during the school year. More than food, we will provide a summer of fun activities and learning right here at RS – music, art, science, exercise, games, and more! But to do this, we need your help and support! Breaking Bread will be open from 8:00am – 1:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Whatever your passion, we have a receptive group of kids, from age 5 to 18, ready to share it with you. If you can’t volunteer your time, but would like to contribute, we can always use supplies such as stickers, Play-Doh, pipe cleaners, children’s picture books and chapter books, coloring books and activity books, watercolors, crayons, bubbles, flower seeds, potting soil and flower pots or construction paper.

For more information on Breaking Bread on Broad, contact Julian Ovalle.

To volunteer with Breaking Bread on Broad, you need to complete a criminal background check and child abuse form. Here are the links:

Criminal Background Check

Child Abuse Clearance