Social Justice

P.O.W.E.R. (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild)
An Interfaith initiative transforming the social and economic policies that are impacting our families and neighborhoods. This year POWER will be specifically focusing on a statewide education campaign.  Help us work for a Fair Funding Formula to ensure that every child in Pennsylvania has access to a proper education. Fore more information, contact chairs, Jamie Kudera and Terrilyn McCormick.

Hunger ReSponse

Rodeph Shalom is launching a new project to respond to hunger in our neighborhood called Hunger ReSponse. Our first initiative will be to prepare/deliver 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 on January 30, February 21, March 28, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, October 30, November 27, and December 18 from 5:00-7:00pm.  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.

Click here to register. Questions? Contact Stacey Spector at [email protected].

Collection Drive for HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)

We are collecting items that are most needed at this time by refugees: Flatware, tea kettles, glass drinking cups, plastic hangers, shower curtains (new) and hooks, gently worm twin and queen comforters, and bath rugs.  Please bring your donation to the red bin at the bottom of the stairs by the Gutman room. Or consider donating needed items to the HIAS wishlist on Amazon

Bethesda on Broad
Cook and serve breakfast on the second Sunday of each month. For more information, contact Stef Zeis (856-751-1862 or [email protected]).

MENTOR (Mitzvah, Encourage, Nurture, Tutor, Outreach, Reassure) Program

The MENTOR Program is looking for a new lay leader to help coordinate tutoring for the future. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact Candice Nemoff
Looking for a great way to help the Philadelphia community? The MENTOR program matches volunteers to students in Kearny, Childs, Nebinger, and Spring Garden Elementary Schools. The volunteers are assigned one or two 2nd - 6th grade students, with whom they meet weekly, spending 45 minutes with each child. This concentrated time with one individual has proven to elevate the students' self-confidence and allow them to become more receptive to learning. The focus of the time is spent on reading, writing and/or math. Volunteers can pick a specific day and time period they are available and they will be matched with the appropriate school. For more information, contact: Candice Nemoff. 

Soda Tab Collection for Ronald McDonald House
Please bring your aluminum can tabs to RS. We now have tab collection cans at the security desk and in the clergy suite. The Ronald McDonald House receives money from recycling these tabs. You can make your own paper container to collect them at home by downloading this adorable template.


To learn more about our Social Justice opportunities, please contact Rabbi Freedman.


Hear Rabbi Freedman's powerful words at Philly is Charlottesville march and rally, on August 16, 2017



Listen to Rabbi Maderer's important message at the Vigil for Those Who Stand Against Hate in response to the events in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.