Social Justice

P.O.W.E.R. (Philadelphia 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.

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]).

Challah for Hospitals
Chair: Joanne Gotto ([email protected])
Challah Delivery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital
Volunteers visit Jewish in-patients in the hospital on Friday afternoons. Each patient is given a challah and a prayer card.  The time commitment is 1-1.5 hours per session. All volunteers have to have up to date immunizations, including flu vaccinations and PPD, a criminal background check, and child abuse clearance.  Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.  Interested congregants may contact Joanne for more information, and she will connect you to the schedule coordinator and Volunteer Services Director.

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

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, October 26, 6-8PM 
A Screening & Panel Discussion of Finidng Jenn's Voice
- documentary film that looks beyond the black eyes to identity abusive relationships and reveal the risks of homicide during pregnancy. Co-sponsored by Moms Demand Action for Gun Session in America

Thursday, Novemver 9, 6-7:30PM
Neighbor is a Moral Concept: A Conversation about RS' Unique Social Justice Role
Inspired by Rabbi Maderer's Kol Nidre sermon, please join RS' social justice leaders and come to share your perspectives and hear other congregants perspectives about the moral leadership we ought to take through statements, coalitions and community service.  


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.