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.

Breaking Bread on Broad

Breaking Bread on Broad began in 2017 as a summer program to provide neighborhood children with free breakfast and lunch, along with a program of fun and learning, within the walls of Rodeph Shalom.  The advent of the pandemic required us to redesign our program to serve the ongoing needs of our neighbors suffering from food insecurity and lack of basic supplies for daily living.  Breaking Bread on Broad (BBoB) now provides food, diapers, and feminine hygiene supplies to up to one hundred families in need each Wednesday morning outside our Green Street entrance.  BBoB partners with a variety of Philadelphia non-profits and our own RS members to obtain and distribute these necessary items.  We fulfill our RS mission to create profound connections within our RS community as we join together in this sacred work of tikkun olam and within our neighborhood through our partnerships with other organizations and our relationships with the families we serve.      

Our volunteers find working with BBoB a deeply moving and enriching experience.

For more information on Breaking Bread on Broad, or to volunteer, contact bbob@rodephshalom.org.

Click here to read the Breaking Bread on Broad Prayer by Ellen Poster. 

 

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

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. Contact Carol Blank Barsh (carol@baprop.com).