Caring Community

Mitzvah Meals

All are welcome to help shop, cook, bake, and/or deliver meals to congregants who can't get to RS easily due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss.  Meals are prepared on the second Wednesday of each month from 5-7 PM in the RS kitchen.
Kitchen Lead: Todd Cohen

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crises.
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.
We will offer two 4 hour trainings. Both sessions are required for certification.

Support Group for Parents of Adolescent & Adult Children Living with Addiction and Related Brain Disease

We meet regularly to learn more about substance use and mental health disorders; share experiences/resources; and explore how to appropriately support our adolescent and adult children. Anonymity respected. 
We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 pm.
No affiliation with RS is necessary. No charge.

Adult Purim Party

Purim Cocktail Party & Megillah Reading
Join your friends for a festive celebration ~ Costumes and masks welcome
6pm Light Food & Spirits, Shalach Manot & Matanot L’Evyonim and Entertainment
Shalach Manot: Help us assemble gifts for congregants who can’t get to RS easily (BoomRS sponsor)
Matanot L’Evyonim: Help us assemble items for HIAS (help welcome refugees in Philadelphia)
Please bring (all items must be new):
laundry detergent (no bleach)
dish soap
toilet paper
bath soap
shampoo

The W Connection

Helping Widows Rebuild Their Lives.
Susan Gross, RS member, former teacher and widow, leads discussions for members and their friends who are ready to rebuild and take control of their future.
For more information about The W Connection please go to www.wconnection.org.
If you are interested in coming to a group meeting, contact Catherine Fischer or Susan Gross ([email protected]).

Mitzvah Meals

All are welcome to help shop, cook, bake, and/or deliver meals to congregants who can't get to RS easily due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss.  Meals are prepared on the second Wednesday of each month from 5-7 PM in the RS kitchen.

Mitzvah Meals

All are welcome to help shop, cook, bake, and/or deliver meals to congregants who can't get to RS easily due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss.
Come join BML families as we prepare Mitzvah Meals together on Wednesday, July 20th, 5pm - 7pm at Rodeph Shalom. Parents are welcome with or without their kids in 5th - 10th grade.  
Help shop*, cook**, deliver***, and/or bake**** a meal to congregants who can't get to RS easily due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss. 

Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth

LGBTQ  Youth and the Jewish Community
Join Phoenix Schneider, MSW and Director of the LGBTQ Initiative at Jewish
Family and Children's Service for a conversation around how to best
support and meet the needs of LGBTQ kids and teens. Topics to be
addressed include terminology, unique concerns, how to best support
LGBTQ youth, and full LGBTQ-inclusion, particularly within Jewish
spaces.

Mitzvah Meals

RS Women host Mitzvah Meals on May 11th
Mitzvah Meals: Creating Profound Connections with Members Who Can't Get to RS  
Help shop, cook, deliver, and or bake a meal for congregants who can't get to RS easily due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss. (Information below on the specifics of what is required.) 
Mitzvah Meal Coordinators: Meal coordinator for is Caren Schiffman
If you can help, contact Catherine Fischer (215-627-6747 x246, [email protected])

An Evening with Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy

RS Caring Community and the Caron Treatment Centers present:
AN EVENING WITH FORMER CONGRESSMAN PATRICK J. KENNEDY SAVING LIVES: Community Responsibility in the Fight to Conquer Addiction and Related Brain Diseases  
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7pm 
Q and A moderated by Stephen Fried, Co-Author 
Followed by sales/signing of their best-selling book:  
A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction by Patrick J. Kennedy
Coordinated by Main Point Books, Bryn Mawr, PA

Mitzvah Meals

All are welcome to help shop, cook, bake, and/or deliver meals to congregants who can't get to RS easily due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss.  Meals are prepared on the second Wednesday of each month from 5-7 PM in the RS kitchen.

Support Group for Parents of Adolescent & Adult Children Living with Addiction and Related Brain Disease

Support Group for Parents of Adolescent and Adult Children Living with Addiction and Related Brain Disease
We meet regularly to learn more about substance use and mental health
disorders; share experiences/resources; and explore how to appropriately
support our children. Anonymity respected. 
We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 pm.
No affiliation with RS is necessary. No charge.

Mitzvah Meals

All are welcome to help shop, cook, bake, and/or deliver meals to congregants who can't get to RS easily due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss.  Meals are prepared on the second Wednesday of each month from 5-7 PM in the RS kitchen.

Common Ground Marketplace

Common Ground Marketplace Debuts
Starts Sunday, July 12 from 12-4pm and runs through November 2015
Rodeph Shalom’s multifaceted farmers’ market now features neighborhood urban farm tours, cooking demos, food trucks, book swaps, fitness activities, free bike share rides, on-site wellness services & more.

Mitzvah Meals

Mitzvah Meals: Creating Profound Connections with Members Who Can't Get to RS 
Join us to shop*, bake*, cook (5-7 PM in the RS kitchen) and/or deliver** meals to congregants who can't get to RS due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss.
*Shopping and baking are done before cooking on Wednesday, July 8th at 5 PM. All goods need to be dropped off in RS kitchen by 4:30 that day.
**Delivery can happen anytime after 7 PM on Wednesday the 8th or anytime the next day on Thursday.

Mitzvah Meals

BML Families with Children 5th Grade and Up host Mitzvah Meals: Creating Profound Connections with Members Who Can't Get to RS 
Join BML Families with children in 5th grade and up on August 12 to shop*, bake*, cook (5-7 PM in the RS kitchen) and/or deliver** meals to congregants who can't get to RS due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss.
Contact Karen Wisnia at [email protected] if you are interested in participating.

Farmers' Market Community Meeting

Farmers’ Market Community Meeting
Who: Open to Everyone!
What: A chance for community members from Rodeph Shalom and our neighborhood to come together to plan for our next market season.  
Where: Congregation Rodeph Shalom
When:  Tuesday, March 24 @ 6pm-8pm
Why: In order for our market to be a success, we need as much help as possible.  Our faith compels us, in the words of the prophet Isaiah, “to be the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets to dwell.”  This is our opportunity as a congregation to make an impact in this neighborhood.

Caring for Aging Parents and Grandparents

Caring for aging parents and grandparents can be lonely. Join us to discuss the issues that arise and learn from RS experts as to ways in which we can care for our loved ones while also caring for ourselves.
The program will meet the first Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 PM. Any member or prospective member is welcome to come to as many sessions as you want/can.
Dates:
February 3rd, Palliative Care led by Dr. Jay Vanston, Palliative Care Physician at Cooper Hospital and Ellen Kraftsow-Kogan, MBE

Purim Mitzvah

A Purim Mitzvah!

Come join us at 7pm on March 4th, Erev Purim, as we fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot Levyonim, gifts for the poor.  The Megillah (The Book of Esther) prescribes "the sending of portions one man to another, and gifts to the poor" (9:22).  We will be filling baskets made by our Berkman Mercaz Limud students with various travel sized toiletries to be donated to a local organization, Bebashi, a full-service health management agency with a special interest in serving economically disadvantaged people in Philadelphia.

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