Sunday Seminars

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 10:15am

Pivotal moments of innovation and revolution that led to the remarkable success of this 223 year old congregation.

Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 10:15am

Pivotal moments of innovation and revolution that led to the remarkable success of this 223 year old congregation.

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:15am

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. His induction into the Israeli Defense Forces and a succession of unexpected events ultimately collapse the fragile equilibrium she's managed to attain, forcing her to reassess her attitude toward her adopted country.
Although not autobiographic, Igra's novel is informed by her own life as well as that of many others. She will join us to speak about the real-life story behind its inception
 

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 10:15am

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.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and Director of Women's & Gender Studies at Rowan University.  She is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU, 2005) and Small Strangers:  The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, 2007).  She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards and lectures frequently in the community.  Dr. Klapper's most recent book, Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace:  American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU, 2013) won the 2013 National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 10:15am

Michael Hauptman, RS President & Architect
"1928: Rodeph Shalom and the Architecture of Modern Philadelphia"
Sunday, January 27 at 10:15am