Connection Groups

In our Congregation’s vision to create profound connections, we find strength in our diversity of perspective, age, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, family constellation, and socioeconomic background and we welcome interfaith families with open arms.   Through our Connection Groups, we seek to help peers find one another in order to deepen connections, to socialize, to rejoice with each other in times of joy and comfort each other in times of sadness.


RS SINGLES OVER 40 is a dynamic group serving people in their 40s to 60s who are seeking companionship and camaraderie with other single Jews. 

YOUNG FRIENDS Adults in their 20s & 30s, single or married, generally without children, come together to have a good time, do social justice work and bridge our Jewish background with our personal interests.

DiveRSity The DiveRSity Committee brings together families and individuals interested in cultivating a diverse and welcoming community, and exploring issues of racial diversity and identity within the RS community. 

FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN Serves families with children 5 and under.  We gather for Tot Shabbat, milk-and-cookie get-togethers, Sunday playgroups, family friendly outings, parenting informational session, and more!  

MEN of RS focuses on Social Activism and recreational events that are both entertaining and engaging. We meet monthly for dinner either in our Temple or local restaurants. Our goals are simply to create opportunities to share good food and conversation with men of varied ages and backgrounds; fostering social relationships in order to strengthen the bonds of friendship and community within our Synagogue. You will find us as Shabbat Greeters, as regular sponsors of our Sunday Morning Nosh, as well as the yearly building of the outdoor Sukkah.

RS WOMEN RS Women, aka Sisterhood, seeks to provide the women of Congregation Rodeph Shalom with opportunities to gather and enjoy various programs throughout the year. This year's events include the annual luncheon in January, a theatre party in March and our annual Shabbat in April.

PARENTS OF MERCAZ LIMUD (Religious School) AGE CHILDREN Parents strengthen the sense of community at the Berkman Mercaz Limud (Religious School) by engaging in social activities both inside and outside of the synagogue.

BoomRS  Adults ages of 45 and 65,  get together for activities and to take advantage of Center City life, as well as opportunities at RS. 

PrimeTimeRS Adults 65+, retired or not, get together for opportunities at RS and in Center City during the weekday. People of all ages are welcome. 

Congregation Beth Ahavah serves Philadelphia and the greater Delaware Valley's GLBT Jewish community and welcomes people of all gender and sexual identities. Since 1975, BA has provided a comfortable place for people of all sexual orientations and religious affiliations to experience Judaism. In July 2007 Beth Ahavah affiliated with Congregation Rodeph Shalom. Beth Ahavah retains its congregational status within the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and its membership in the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews: Keshet Ga'avah. Beth Ahavah proudly offers its congregation dual membership at both Beth Ahavah and Rodeph Shalom.

If you have questions about our groups, which group you might be best suited for, or have suggestions for other groups, please contact Catherine Fischer at 215-627-6747 x46, [email protected].