Social Justice

POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild)
An Interfaith initiative transforming the social and economic policies that are impacting our families and neighborhoods. This year POWER will be specifically focusing on a statewide education campaign. Help us work for a Fair Funding Formula to ensure that every child in Pennsylvania has access to a proper education. For more information, contact chairs: Jamie Kudera and Terrilyn McCormick.

Hunger ReSponse

Rodeph Shalom has launched a new project to respond to hunger in our neighborhood called Hunger ReSponse. Our main initiative is preparing and delivering meals to our neighbors down the street at Bethesda North Broad (722 N. Broad St). Rodeph Shalom has, for many years, cooked Sunday breakfast there, and will now start preparing dinners using our kitchen and delivering meals directly to Bethesda’s residents. 

Meals will be prepared the last Tuesday or Wednesday of every month on September 11, October 30, November 27, and December 18 from 5:00-7:00pm. All are welcome to help shop, plan meals, cook, bake and/or deliver.

We also would be grateful for financial contributions. A donation of $200 would cover the cost of 50 meals. A generous contribution has already been made to kick off Hunger ReSponse.

Click here to register. Questions? Contact: Stacey Spector.

Collection Drive for HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)

We are collecting items that are most needed at this time by refugees: Flatware, tea kettles, glass drinking cups, plastic hangers, shower curtains (new) and hooks, gently worm twin and queen comforters, and bath rugs. Please bring your donation to the red bin at the bottom of the stairs by the Gutman room. Or consider donating needed items to the HIAS wishlist on Amazon.

Bethesda on Broad
Cook and serve breakfast on the second Sunday of each month. For more information, contact: Stef Zeis (or 856-357-3484).

MENTOR (Mitzvah, Encourage, Nurture, Tutor, Outreach, Reassure) Program

Looking for a great way to help the Philadelphia community? The MENTOR program matches volunteers to students in Kearny, Childs, Nebinger, and Spring Garden Elementary Schools. The volunteers are assigned one or two 2nd - 6th grade students, with whom they meet weekly, spending 45 minutes with each child. This concentrated time with one individual has proven to elevate the students' self-confidence and allow them to become more receptive to learning. The focus of the time is spent on reading, writing and/or math. Volunteers can pick a specific day and time period they are available and they will be matched with the appropriate school. For more information, contact: Liz Holzman. 

Soda Tab Collection for Ronald McDonald House
Please bring your aluminum can tabs to RS. We now have tab collection cans at the security desk and in the clergy suite. The Ronald McDonald House receives money from recycling these tabs. You can make your own paper container to collect them at home by downloading this adorable template.

Breaking Bread on Broad
Breaking Bread on Broad provides the children in our neighborhood with free breakfast and lunch during summer months, just like during the school year. More than food, we will provide a summer of fun activities and learning right here at RS – music, art, science, exercise, games, and more! But to do this, we need your help and support! Breaking Bread will be open from 8:00am - 1:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Whatever your passion, we have a receptive group of kids, from age 5 to 18, ready to share it with you. If you can't volunteer your time, but would like to contribute, we can always use supplies such as stickers, Play-Doh, pipe cleaners, children's picture books and chapter books, coloring books and activity books, watercolors ,crayons, bubbles, flower seeds, potting soil and flower pots or construction paper.

For more information on Breaking Bread on Broad, contact Jeff Katz or Julian Ovalle.

To volunteer with Breaking Bread on Broad, you need to complete a criminal background check and child abuse form. Here are the links:

Criminal Background Check

Child Abuse Clearance





To learn more about our Social Justice opportunities, please contact Rabbi Freedman.


Hear Rabbi Freedman's powerful words at Philly is Charlottesville march and rally, on August 16, 2017



Listen to Rabbi Maderer's important message at the Vigil for Those Who Stand Against Hate in response to the events in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.