Our Initiatives

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. 

To make a gift to Breaking Bread on Broad Fund, click here

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC-PA)

One of our best responses to the assault on reproductive rights is to VOTE!

RAC-PA will be partnering with OnePA, a non-partisan voter advocacy organization, to get out the vote this fall. If you are interested in joining this work, contact Ellen Kraftsow Kogan, Michelle Brancheau-Fogg, and Sarah Friedman Hersh

The Every Voice, Every Vote campaign is writing postcards to engage under-represented voters. Our efforts will include voter education and helping people register and make a plan to vote. Please register to participate here, indicating that you are a member of a Postcard Group.

Virtual Postcard Event
Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Write postcards to voters in key states encouraging them to turn out for the midterm elections. Register here.

Virtual Phone Banking
Thursday, October 13 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Gather with other congregants for a virtual phone banking event to call Pennsylvanians not registered to vote. Training is at the beginning of each phone bank. Sign up here. Questions? Contact Sarah Hersh or Ellen Kraftsow-Kogan.

Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

Contact Doug Rosenblum for information.

POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild)

An Interfaith initiative transforming the social and economic policies that are impacting our families and neighborhoods. 

POWER Education Justice Campaign
POWER Live Free Criminal Justice Campaign