Chairs:  Elaine Crane ( and Howard Green (

If you enjoy reading and discussing books of Jewish interest, then ReadRS is for you. ReadRS meets bimonthly for discussions of books chosen either by RS staff or group members. Here is our upcoming schedule:

"The Case for Reparations," Ta-Nehisi Coates
Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 p.m. at RS

Moderated by Richard Berkman, RS past President, AJC former Chair of National Board of Governors and participant in the Community Civil Rights Mission

Upon the return of the Community Civil Rights Mission, the Anti-Racism Work Group and ReadRS Group are partnering with Philadelphia's Greater Jewish community to discuss Ta-Nehisi's article and to deepen our understanding about truth and reconciliation from the perspective of Jewish values.

For those interested in forming a possible ongoing study group to learn more about truth and reconciliation, you are invited to remain for a discussion immediately following the ReadRS session. This special session is co-sponsored by the Community Civil Rights Mission, AJC, ADL, and JCRC.

RSVP to Noah Levine



In honor of the 75th anniversary of Israel's rebirth, some ReadRS selections will focus on Israel.

January 4          
Cantor Brad Hyman: Ariel Sabir, My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search For His Family’s Past

March 1             
Rabbi Eli Freedman: Noa Tishby, ISRAEL, A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth

May 3 
Rabbi William Kuhn: Avi Jorisch, Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World        

Early July:        TBD                                                                  


ReadRS Choice

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match . . . a book match! Allow us to introduce ReadRS Choice, a database where you can see what books fellow congregants are recommending. Each recommendation gives the title, author, literary genre, area of Jewish interest, a one or two sentence summary of contents, and a brief opinion. We encourage you to add to the database by making your own recommendations which you do by going to the Rodeph Shalom website, click on “Learn,” then click on “ReadRS,” then click on “ReadRS Choice.” There you will find two links – one to the spreadsheet and one to the form where you can make a recommendation.

To see the spreadsheet of recommendations, click here. To make a recommendation, click here.