Food Drive for Philabundance

Using the shopping bag distributed to you at the Contemporary and Classical Services on Rosh Hashanah morning, please bring non-perishable food items to Rodeph Shalom on Yom Kippur morning only. Your food donation supports PHILABUNDANCE. Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing, and distributing food to help feed those in need. Their mission is to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever.

Philabundance will be on-site at Rodeph Shalom to receive your contributions beginning at 8:00am.

Yom Kippur Meditation Study

The session will be led by Ben-Zion Friedman, who will discuss the science behind the benefits of meditation. Ellen Poster will show how Jonah’s ordeal in the belly of the beast may be interpreted as a meditation on personal transformation, and Mel ‘Moshe’ Seligsohn will lead a guided practice. The curious and the experienced are welcome.


Selichot Service: "Seven Days on '13 Thompson': An A Mental Health Professional’s Inpatient Stay”

As we approach the Days of Awe, join us as we turn inward in our relationships to ourselves and God, and outward to our relationships with each other. This reading, on the personal and professional duty to share as a path to healing and renewal, is from Betsy Fiebach, MSW, LCSW (r), and moderated by Fran Martin, PhD. Through the personal story of Betsy Fiebach and the insight of Fran Martin, we will contemplate our own journeys and consider ways to destigmatize emotional struggles we experience including mental illness.


Mitzvah, Encourage, Nurture, Tutor, Outreach, Reassure (MENTOR) Orientation Session

You can make a profound difference in the life of a child just by showing up on a regular basis.  The RS MENTOR (Mitzvah, Encourage, Nurture, Tutor, Outreach and Reassure) needs volunteers in several city schools to work with children reading below grade level.

We will have an orientation at Rodeph Shalom on September 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm for all those who are interested in becoming a tutor.  If you are currently a tutor, it would be great if you would come and share your experience with those who are considering this fun and meaningful volunteer opportunity. 

Sunday Seminar: What Do We Believe?" with Rabbi Emeritus Alan Fuchs

Over the four sessions of this course, we will trace and discuss the development of God-belief in Israelite/Jewish history. It will begin with tracing the Biblical origins of the religion of ancient Israel. It then will discuss the development of different Jewish theologies of the last two thousand years. The underlying question of the course will be: Is it necessary to believe in God in order to identify as a Jew? Some reading will be suggested. RSVP to Candice Nemoff.

LawyeRS Shabbat Dinner & Disccussion (Open to All)

LawyeRS initial meeting will feature RS member Lexa Edsall*.   Lexa was a Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg during the 1998-1999 Court term.  She will discuss her service to the Justice and other observations about the U.S. Supreme  Court from the perspective of a Justice’s Law Clerk. The program, including a dinner following Shabbat service, will be on Friday, September 13, 2019.  The event will be open to all RS members and guests.

Cost: $25 per adult, $10 per child. BYOB. RSVP here.

Sunday Seminar: "A Lifetime of Genesis' with Rabbi Henry Zoob

Rabbi Henry A. Zoob, 1955 Confirmand at Rodeph Shalom, Returns to Speak about his New Book A Lifetime of Genesis.

Rabbi Zoob, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth David in Westwood, Mass., will speak about his new book, A Lifetime of Genesis. The book features two major themes. One theme is devoted to the idea that the Covenant of Abraham provides the fundamental structure of the Book of Genesis; the second theme is that the lives of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Genesis are our lives.  

RSVP to Candice Nemoff.


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