TasteRS on Broad – Sunday, November 16 at 5pm

November 13, 2014

TasteRS on Broad – Sunday, November 16 @ 5pm

Yes you will be able to watch the Eagles game in-between eating and bidding and having a good time! We will be streaming the game for your enjoyment.
It isn’t too late to buy tickets and check out our auction items.

Brisket and Kugel Cook-Off

November 12, 2014

Brisket and Kugel Cook-Off and Pot Luck Dinner
Sunday, November 23rd at 5:00 PM
Whether your recipe has been handed down through generations or you’ve added a new twist to something borrowed, all entries for the first RS Brisket and Kugel Cook-Off are welcome. You can make one or both recipes, and a “Blind Professional Judging” will name a winner. All entries will then be consumed by all attendees. All BoomRS and RS members and prospective members are invited to attend, but, if not bringing a Brisket or Kugel entry, then a potluck dish for sides, salad, and dessert is appreciated. BYOB of course and all cooks and just eaters please RSVP to Patsy Herman at patriciayusem@gmail.com.

A Snapshot of Life in Tel Aviv Today: From Our Congregant Stacey Spector

November 11, 2014

Thank you to Stacey Spector for sharing this descriptive piece about her current stay in Israel.  

Shalom from Tel Aviv:  It is Saturday morning, and our fifth day in Israel.  What is clearly different this morning from any other day of the week is the absolute stillness of the streets and the lack of jack hammering on the endless construction projects in Tel Aviv (“TA”).  Apparently, there is a running joke among Israelis that the national bird is now the “crane” (as opposed to the bird).  Israelis’ weekend consists of Friday and Saturday so everything is closed today, and we are about to embark on a walking tour of Bauhaus buildings, of which there are many (at least 4000 built in the 30’s and 40’s by German architects who emigrated to what was then Palestine).    Read the rest of this entry »

“Vayeira” Coming Out

November 10, 2014

By Rabbi Kuhn

Last Sunday, Cantor Frankel and I were honored to co-officiate at the wedding of our dear friends Michael Carr and Henry Seigel. Now, I have been to a lot of weddings in my day, but I’ve gotta tell you, this one was off the charts in terms of being exciting, thrilling, emotional and special.

This was the first same-gender wedding Cantor Frankel and I have done since Pennsylvania made it “LEGAL.” Rabbi Freedman officiated at Rich & Rick’s wedding Saturday night and Rabbi Maderer officiated at Steve Mirman and Kenneth Galipeau’s wedding a couple of weeks ago, so we are trying to make up for lost time!

Standing under the chuppah with Michael & Henry was an experience that I will never forget. This was not like the usual couple we marry. Henry & Michael have been together 32 years! They have been living in a monogamous, committed, loving relationship for 32 years! So, why would they feel that they needed to sign a marriage license and have a Jewish ceremony anyway? What possible difference would that little piece of paper make?

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Learn with Rhonda Fink-Whitman about Her Advocacy of New Holocaust Education in PA

October 31, 2014

What is your response to the anti-Semitism in our history and in today’s world? Perhaps the most important Jewish response is to begin with learning.  On Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3:00 pm at Rodeph Shalom, in observance of Krystallnacht, Night of the Broken Glass, the series of coordinated attacks against the Jews throughout Germany and Austria on Nov. 9, 1938, we will join together and learn with Rhonda Fink-Whitman author of 94 Maidens and successful advocate for Holocaust education in PA was passed in Pennsylvania recommending that Holocaust education be taught in all public, charter and cyber schools. A trip to Germany uncovered the horrible truth about what happened to her mother during WW II and she felt that it was her responsibility to tell the story as she does in 94 Maidens.  Together, we will deepen our understanding and glean inspiration from her advocacy.

There is no charge so please bring a sweet to be served with tea.  Please rsvp to Julia Erlichman: juliadiane501@gmail.com.  Thank you to the RS Women for bringing us together for this important discussion!

If Worry Comes to Your Heart: Anxiety, Control and Noah

October 25, 2014

Shabbat sermon delivered 10/24/14.  

We just bought our Halloween candy for next week’s trick-or-treaters.  (I haven’t quite finished it yet.).  Bags of mini candy bars take me back:  Do you remember the 80’s, and the freak reports of razor blades in bags of candy?  Suddenly, the world was out to kill America’s children.  No longer could we accept homemade cookies or apples, lest they be poisoned–by my neighbors, in suburban New Jersey!  And no longer could we go home and pop a chocolate bar in our mouths.  No, we had to wait for my mother to pull out the cutting board and the cleaver, and chop through, to check for razor blades, so that we could then enjoy our Kit-kat sawdust.

What do we need in order to feel secure?  How much worry is too much worry?  How do we balance our caution and our trust?   Read the rest of this entry »

Rabbi Kuhn’s Kol Nidre Sermon 5776: “The Hope”

October 23, 2014

Recently, I found a letter that had been written by Emily’s great grandfather to his grandchild, my wife’s mother.  It had been written from Philadelphia in 1922 and told of his family who had lived all together and happy in Odessa for many generations.  In 1900, in the face of pogroms and persecution of the Jews, the family was broken apart and made to move from their home.  Several of the family members emigrated to Palestine and her great-grandfather and the rest of the family came to Philadelphia.  His letter gave me a great deal of insight into the complexities of decision making which have been involved in Jewish immigration patterns down through the ages.

What causes a person to move away from a place where his or her family has lived for generations?  Whatever the reason, whether oppression or a decision to try to improve their lives in some way, the common thread that runs throughout all of our peoples’ wanderings is HOPE.  Hope for a better life, hope for the freedom to live in a land where we could be proud to be Jewish, hope to raise our children as Jews.

Abraham was the role model of Jewish immigration.  Our Torah tells of his feeling the call from God to “Lech l’cha,”  “Go forth from your native land, from your birthplace, from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” [Gen. 12:1]

And so Judaism was born, as Abraham and Sarah moved from their home in Mesopotamia to the land that would become Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, to dedicate his life to the one God.  And ever since that moment, Judaism has been inextricably tied to the land of Israel. Read the rest of this entry »


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