Adult Education

Lunch & Learn

God’s Cupboard: Modern Synagogue Ark Design, Mike Hauptman

Tuesdays from Noon-1:00 PM (Feel free to stay around and schmooze)
Bring your own lunch. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
For more information: Catherine Fischer, Director of Community Engagement, 215-627-6747 x46, [email protected]

Lunch & Learn

How do we view the patriarchs and matriarchs–Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, and Rachel–from our modern perspective? Should Joseph be included with the patriarchs? Discussion facilitated by Louise Simons

Tuesdays from Noon-1:00 PM (Feel free to stay around and schmooze)
Bring your own lunch. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
For more information: Catherine Fischer, Director of Community Engagement, 215-627-6747 x46, [email protected]

Introduction to Judaism

With Rabbis Kuhn, Maderer & Freedman and Cantor Frankel
Wednesdays, January 21 – April 29, 2015, 6-8 pm
If you are an interfaith couple, if you are considering converting to Judaism, or if you are Jewish and looking for beginner’s education, “Introduction to Judaism” is perfect for you.  Registration is required. Please contact Catherine Fischer at [email protected]

A Taste of Judaisim: Topic " God"

A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious
Tuesdays, August 12, 19 & 26 @ 6-8pm
Invite your friends and family to experience a  “A Taste of Judaism: Are you Curious?”, a FREE, three session program open to unaffiliated only - Jews or non-Jews - all are welcome. For more information contact Catherine Fischer at 215-627-6747x46 or email at [email protected]. Taste of Judaism was created by the Union for Reform Judaism.

ReadRS Book Group

Book Title: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

What happens when a golem, a woman made of clay from a Jewish shtetl,  meets up with a jinni, accidentally released from an oil lamp by a Syrian tinsmith, in turn-of-the-century New York? "This impressive first novel manages to combine the narrative magic of The Arabian Nights with the kind of emotional depth, philosophical seriousness and good, old-fashioned storytelling found in the stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer." New York Times

New Beginnings

Tuesdays, May 6, 20, 27 & June 10 @ 6pm
Catherine Fischer will facilitate a series of discussions on matters around identity, family, and community and provide an opportunity to share the challenges and joys of how your path is shaping those issues. One session will be a visit to the mikveh.

Screening & Panel About Your Jewish Genes

Thursday, May 8, 2014  7-9pm at Rodeph Shalom
For young professionals & graduate students (ages 18-45) Take Action! 1 in 4 Jews is a carrier for at least one of 19 preventable genetic diseases. 6pm-7pm: Free dinner and panel discussion 7pm-9pm: Dessert, Phillies game and screening. Visit to pre-register. If you choose to be screened at this event, the maximum out-of-pocket cost with insurance is $99 (highly subsidized). For further information, contact Joshua Stone at 877.401.1093 or [email protected]

Sunday Seminar

Witness to the Holocaust: Learning from a Survivor

Ralph Franklin was born in 1928 in Schlochau, Germany. During Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938, Ralph's teacher told him to return home because he was prohibited from attending a public school. When he arrived home the Gestapo was arresting his father and uncle. They were sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
This educational program has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.



Healing Through Art & Imagery

Join us for a day of creativity, meaning making & gentle healing in Philadelphia, PA.  Together we will support one another in our grief and find new ways to harness our own imaginations in order to heal from great loss.

Facilitated by: Lara Krawchuk, MSW, LCSW, MPH &  Julia Ferrence, MSW, LCSW

When: Sunday April 6, 2014-1:00-3:30


Louis Schmidt interviewed Holocaust survivors for Stephen Spielberg’s Shoah Visual History Foundation. The more than 50,000 testimonies documented to date, bring the lessons of the Holocaust and the message of tolerance for future generations to come.
Louis Schmidt will discuss his intensive training and meaningful experience as an interviewer for the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.


Munch & Mitzvah
Wednesday, March 19th from 12-1:30 PM

Join the fun as we create Passover gift packages for congregants who can't get to RS easily.
Bring your own lunch. Snacks and beverages will be served.
Come and share in the fun!
For more information, contact Harriet Rathmill at [email protected]
RSVP: Catherine Fischer at 215-627-6747 x46, [email protected]


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