Berkman Mercaz Limud 5th-8th Grade Cook & Serve Dinner for Chester Children's Chorus

We invite families of children in grades 5-8 to join us for a special Shabbat service and dinner. RS will be hosting the Chester Children's Chorus, who will sing during Shabbat services. If you would like to volunteer to help prepare and serve the dinner for our guests, sign up at bit.ly/mlkdinnerprep. Contact Bridget Schneider  for more information.

Shabbat Evening Service Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. featuring the Chester Children's Chorus (CCC)

Help us welcome the Chester Children's Chorus as our guests that evening. The children will sing from our bimah, and you won't want to miss the magic of their music and the mission of this chorus. Dr. John Alston, former associate professor of music at Swarthmore College, founded the Chorus in 1994 to offer Chester children the same opportunity to change their lives through music that he was offered as a boy by the Newark (NJ) Boys Choir. Today, the CCC numbers 130 children, ages 8-18, from every school in the city of Chester, PA. 

The International School of Peace Presentation and Discussion

Learn about The International School of Peace— a low cost, high impact school for children between the ages of 5 -16 in the refugee camp on the Island of Lesbos, a Greek Island near Turkey. This school, the brainchild of Israeli educators, Jews of The Hashomer Hatzair Life Movement who joined hands with a group of Arab educators, and members of Ajial Movement, provides children with an environment that promotes collaboration, celebration of differences and similarities, safety, security, and peaceful coexistence among people who have been historically at odds with each other.

Sunday Seminar: God's Monsters with Dr. Esther J. Hamori, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary

God's Monsters with Dr. Esther J. Hamori, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary

In the biblical imagination, the heavens are teeming with life—and it isn’t all angels singing. God is surrounded by hybrid creatures, vengeful spirits, divine hitmen, and other bizarre figures who commit remarkably violent acts, all in God’s employ. Who are the monsters skulking through the Bible and what are they telling us about their God? Find out the answers in this Sunday Seminar.

Working Through Your Response to the Tragic Loss of Life in Pittsburgh

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Philadelphia chapter, a partner with Caring Community/RS on mental health issues, embraces our community in collective grief. All RS members seeking solace are welcome to attend a special NAMI Connections Group meeting to share our responses to the horror of October 27 in Pittsburgh. The power of group support can inspire strength and healing in moving forward.

Facilitators: Carly Hester, MSW, Director NAMI Philadelphia, Brenda Flock, Esquire, MSW, RS Congregant and NAMI Facilitator. 

Our Closet Pop-Up Shop

Our Closet, powered by Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS), is partnering with Rodeph Shalom to distribute free clothing and shoes for adults and children in need.  Drop off donations on Tuesdays, November 27, December 4, and December 11 from 8:00am-6:00pm. Volunteers are needed to work at the Pop-Up Shop. Contact Carol Blank Barsh

If Our Walls Could Talk Film Premiere

Ilana Trachtman will film a short video that illustrates RS's grand historical perspective and intimate soul. The film will capture Rodeph Shalom's life at its most resplendent moments and most personal. Using original footage and interviews with families, archival images, historical memorabilia, found footage, and text on screen, viewers will understand RS’s contribution to the history of Jewish Philadelphia and progressive American Judaism, and why it will continue to be at the forefront for the next century. Sponsored by the Lulu and Joseph Rosenbluth Fund and the Alfred and Helen O.

BoomRS: Dine Out

Please join us on Thursday November 15 at 7:00PM at Nam Phuong, 1100-1120 Washington Avenue. It’s a Vietnamese Banquet with something for all! It’s BYOB for us with the corkage fee, tip and tax all inclusive in the $40/pp charge. Email Patricia Isakowitz at [email protected] to reserve your spot by November 9.

Forum on Immigration

This update on the current issues around immigration influences how we can have an impact. Panelists: Blanca Pacheco (New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia), Philippe Weisz (Managing Attorney, HIAS Pennsylvania, and RS congregant), Rabbi Chuck Briskin (co-chair of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Immigrant Justice Campaign).

World AIDS Day & AIDS Memorial Quilt: History & Future Directions

Join us on Sunday, December 2 at 12:00pm in the Community Room for a light brunch, presentation, and discussion on "World AIDS Day & AIDS Memorial Quilt: History & Future Directions" featuring Robb Reichard, Executive Director of AIDS Fund Philly. This event is free & open to the public. RSVP to Alicia Broudy ([email protected]).  A panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt with the names of former Beth Ahavah members will be on display in the Community Room from November 15 to December 2.

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.

Register here

Our Closet Coat Drop Off

Every year Our Closet provides free winter coats to adults in need at a Coat Day event with Friends Select School in downtown Philadelphia. This year Coat Day will take place on October 21 at the school, and Our Closet wants to break their record of 850 coats distributed by giving away 1,000 coats. Rodeph Shalom is partnering with Our Closet for a winter coat drive to help them reach their goal, and we would greatly appreciate your participation and donations! Our Closet accepts both new and gently used coats in very good to excellent condition.

City of Sisterly Activism: Philadelphia Jewish Women's Historical Legacy of Social Advocacy with Melissa Klapper

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American Jewish women were consistently and publicly engaged in all the major issues of their day, including suffrage, birth control, Zionism, and the labor and peace movements.  Philadelphia was home to numerous American Jewish women whose activism was grounded in their gender, religious, cultural, and ethnic identities.  This talk will explore some of their stories and their impact on both American Jewish history and American women's history.

Count to a Thousand with author Caroline Igra

Caroline Goldberg Igra, an art historian, author, and triathlete, born, bred and educated in the United States, and one of the very first to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at Rodeph Shalom, has spent the last thirty years living in Israel. Her novel, "Count to a Thousand," tells the story of an American expatriate who constructs a purposefully insular life in Israel similar to the one she'd expected to live back in the United States until it's time to send her eldest child to the army.

Sunday Seminar: BDS and the New Anti-Semitism: What's Happening in Academia and on American College Campuses?

BDS and the New Anti-Semitism: What's Happening in Academia and on American College Campuses? with Asaf Romirowsky, Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Learn about the origins of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement and how Israel is being de-legitimized.

RSVP: Candice Nemoff



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