BoomRS are those who are Boomer Generation and those on the cusp, not so much an age as a mindset, getting together to take advantage of Center City life, events and activities, as well as social, spiritual and educational opportunities at RS. Singles and couples welcome.

Chairs: Patsy Herman, Linda Karp Rudow

BoomRS In Transition
Read Fran Martin's article on the RJ Blog

Fran Martin's article was  published in a new URJ resource Moving to the Leading Edge: A URJ REsource and Discussion Guide to Move YOur Congregation Forward.  Mazel tov, Fran! This is great.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

3rd Annual Biblical Brew Off
Philadelphia’s premiere religious homebrewing competition!
It’s the “Angli-cans” vs the “He-brews” in a homebrew battle for charity!! Watch the brewers of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and Congregation Rodeph Shalom battle it out for charity one more time!  This year Team Moses and Team Jesus will be joined by the ladies of Team Eve as they vie for the crown.
Just $25 gets all you can eat BBQ, a custom pint glass and unlimited beer samples. Most importantly all proceeds from this exciting event go to charity! So come root for your favorite team and their sponsored charity! The event starts at 6pm and includes a gift basket auction, music, tours of the magnificent synagogue, and more!
The Biblical Brew Off was started to promote a more sacred understanding of beer. All too often it is viewed as a cheap consumable with no respect for its long and cherished history within both Judaism and Christianity. Since the days of the Exodus we have been making and consuming beer so it is paramount (not to mention fun) for us to continue to deepen this relationship.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door!  Includes BBQ, beer, and custom pint glass! (Purchase online at This year you can also purchase Team Eve, Team Jesus & Team Moses t-shirts ($10), along with limited edition growlers with a super secret logo ($15).


Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 2:00pm

BoomRS Cook Off - DESSERTS! 

Attention Bakers, Makers and Dessert Aficionados!  Bring your best delicious dessert dish and put it to the test on May 22ND!  

A number of Chefs and Food Industry Professionals will judge the desserts on Taste, Appearance, Creativity and Crowd Appeal. All attending BoomRS
not only get a taste but also a vote as our "Crowd Appeal".

Whether your recipe is a handed-down family favorite or you've added a twist to a borrowed recipe, all are welcome!  You can enter as many desserts as
you please and all entries will be consumed after judging.

Let's bake up some fun on May 22nd!  RSVP to Donna Root at[email protected]

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 6:30pm


A Backpack, A Bear & Eight Crates of Vodka, by Lev Golinkin 

This year's selection for Philadelphia's One Book One Jewish Community
"takes the reader into the last great migration out of the USSR in 1989,
from a childhood in Soviet Ukraine through refugee camps in Europe and
beyond. The book explores the insidious power of hatred and
anti-Semitism, the meaning of identity, and the search for
self-awareness, all conveyed within the framework of a sweeping
history."  Jewish Book Council   A "hilarious and heartbreaking story of
a Jewish family's escape from oppression." New York Times

RSVP - Co- Chairs: Carole Wilder ([email protected]) & Ben Zion Friedman ([email protected])

Bring: A snack or beverage to share