Adult Education

New Beginnings: For those considering or in the process of converting to Judaism

(Feel free to bring your own vegetarian dinner)

Join us to discuss issues around identity, family, and community when converting to Judaism. By participating in this group, there is no assumption that everyone will convert. Anyone in the 2018 Introduction to Judaism class or has previously taken the course, RS members, and prospective members are welcome to join us. There is no cost for RS members. Cost for non-RS members is $25.

RSVP: Alicia Broudy 

New Beginnings: For those considering or in the process of converting to Judaism

Tuesdays, May 1* & May 9, 6:00-7:30pm
(Feel free to bring your own vegetarian dinner)
Join us to discuss issues around identity, family, and community when converting to Judaism. By participating in this group, there is no assumption that everyone will convert. Anyone in the 2018 Introduction to Judaism class or has previously taken the course, RS members, and prospective members are welcome to join us. There is no cost for RS members. Cost for non-RS members is $25. *On May 1, we will meet at the Mikveh at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El for a tour and discussion.

Sketching in the Sanctuary led by Fred Kogan

Have you ever felt inspired to draw our sanctuary, but not known how or where to start? Here is the opportunity to learn colored pencil techniques on toned paper while drawing from observation. You will be able to focus on design details or illustrate portions of the interior using perspective. Most of all, it will be a fun time to get your creative juices flowing in a beautiful sacred space.  

Visit the Historic Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Visit the Historic Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (419 S. 6th St.)
Sunday, March 11 at 9:15am (9:30am service starts)

As a chance to experience another faith’s traditions, Rodeph Shalom will be attending a Sunday morning service at the Church. Their choir and band will wake you up and Reverend Tyler's sermon will leave you feeling empowered.

RSVP: Susan C. Friedenberg.

A Discussion of the Book of Job led by Rabbi Emeritus Alan Fuchs

Elisha Ben Abuyah questioning of justice: It is said that once, while sitting in the valley of Gennaser, Aher saw a man climb to the top of a palm tree on Shabbat, take the mother bird with the young, and descend in safety. At the end of Shabbat, he saw another man climb to the top of the same palm tree, take the young but let the mother bird go free. As he descended, a snake bit him and he died. Elisha exclaimed: It is written, “Let the mother go and take only the young, that you may fare well and have a long life” (Devarim 22:7).

A Conversation about Jewish Disability & Inclusion Resources in Philadelphia

A Conversation about Jewish Disability & Inclusion Resources in Philadelphia

Sunday, January 28 from 10:15am—12:15pm


Judith Creed, Board Chair of Judith Creed Horizons for Achieving Independence, and Rachel Buxbaum, a Licensed Social Worker at Jewish Adoption Family Care Options, will lead a special program as part of Jewish Disabilities and Inclusion Awareness Month (February), on how their organizations and services help Jewish individuals with disabilities in the Philadelphia area.

Voices from the Middle East: Interfaith Narratives Writing Program


Tuesday, November 28, 4:00-6:00pm 
with Sami Adwan, Palestinian Director and
co-founder of the Peace Research Institute
 
Please join Sami Adwan to learn about his work with the Writers Matter program that empowers middle school students through writing. The program involves 9 schools, 20 teachers, and serves approximately 400 Israeli Jewish, Israeli Arab, and Palestinian students yearly in the Palestinian Territories in Israel.
For more information and to RSVP: Bob Vogel ([email protected]).

Jewish Film with Carrie Rickey

December 5 only. Starts at 6:00 and ends at 8:15pm

What’s Jewish about Jewish film? Let’s watch John Barrymore in Counsellor-At-Law from 1933, directed by William Wyler. We’ll talk about who plays Jews in the movies, which aspects of American Jewish life are portrayed, and what the film said in its day and says now. We’ll start the film at 6:00 and go immediately into our discussion afterwards, ending by 8:15pm.

The Spiritual Light of Candles with George Stern and Abby House

December 5 only

We often don’t know the origins of rituals or their connections to Jewish teachings, mitzvot, and ethical behavior. Why do we light two candles on Shabbat? Why does it matter which candle we light first on the chanukiyah? We’ll share personal reflections (!) and look at biblical, rabbinic, and modern texts. Then we’ll get our hands into clay to make our own candlesticks. No experience necessary. Prep: Bring an apron or smock.

Jewish Philadelphia with Jerry Silverman

November 28 only

In case you couldn’t join Jerry on his two RS walking tours of Philly’s old Jewish quarter, don’t despair...just sit in a chair! Through the magic of technology, you will see photos of many former and current synagogues, newspapers, social halls, banks, and more. There will be lively descriptions of everything, with lots of input expected from you as well.

Making Sense of an Enigma: Israeli Politics with Fred Strober

Two sessions: November 28 and December 5

Our two-session class will examine the roots of the major Israeli political parties and how they have evolved since the creation of the State. We’ll discuss how the Israeli political system works and how different segments of Israeli society align with the major parties. Prep: If you can, read My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit (Spiegel & Grau, 2013).

Making Sense of an Enigma: Israeli Politics with Fred Strober

Two sessions: November 28 and December 5

Our two-session class will examine the roots of the major Israeli political parties and how they have evolved since the creation of the State. We’ll discuss how the Israeli political system works and how different segments of Israeli society align with the major parties. Prep: If you can, read My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit (Spiegel & Grau, 2013).

The Art of Rodeph Shalom with Ethel Goldberg

December 5 only

We’ll walk around the building to sample art from RS’s three collections: the RS collection, the Obermayer collection of Judaica, and the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art (both the permanent collection and current temporary exhibit). Prep: If you have questions about a specific piece, please email ahead to Ethel at [email protected] so she can have an answer ready for you.

Our Sacred Space with Michael Hauptman

November 28 only

We will explore the 147-year architectural history of the Rodeph Shalom presence at the corner of Broad Street and Mount Vernon, from the original Furness building to our current 1928 building and its 21st century expansion. We’ll uncover the sources of the various achitectural styles and how the design of the latest expansion evolved from the vision of three successive architects and numerous proposals.

 

Speaking Up Jewishly with Rabbi Eli Freedman & Laurel Freedman

Two Sessions: November 28 & December 5

If you want to help heal the world, this two-session class will give you the Jewish mandate and tools for getting involved. We’ll study key biblical and rabbinic texts that call Jews to action. We’ll also share tips for choosing partners and forming coalitions, and practical techniques—such as using social media—for seeking social justice.

 

Speaking Up Jewishly with Rabbi Eli Freedman & Laurel Freedman

Two Sessions: November 28 & December 5

If you want to help heal the world, this two-session class will give you the Jewish mandate and tools for getting involved. We’ll study key biblical and rabbinic texts that call Jews to action. We’ll also share tips for choosing partners and forming coalitions, and practical techniques—such as using social media—for seeking social justice.

 

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