Buerger Early Learning Center Invites You…

June 30, 2010

The Buerger Early Learning Center: A Joint Program of Congregation Rodeph Shalom and Federation Early Learning Services, is preparing to open!

There will be an Open House for parents interested in learning more about the center (619 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.  19123) on Thursday, July 22, 4-7pm and on Sunday, August 1, 10am -12noon.  You will have an opportunity to meet the center director, see the furnished, equipped classrooms and the onsite playground.  If you are interested in attending either of these events, please RSVP to Director Megan Nachod, mnachod@felskids.org.  Parking is available onsite and refreshments will be served.  We hope that we have the opportunity to meet you and your child. Read the rest of this entry »


Ultra-Orthodox Jewish View of Elena Kagan

June 29, 2010

An interesting article caught the eye of RS member Matt Olesh.  A recent CNSNews.com piece, “Jewish Clergy Group: Elena Kagan Isn’t ‘Kosher’ to Serve on Supreme Court” reports on the views of the Rabbinical Alliance of America.  Although the title refers to “Jewish Clergy Group,” it’s important to understand that the Rabbinical Alliance of America is ultra-orthodox and its leaders have taken fundamentalist views on many issues in modern-day life.


Liberal Zionism in the Wake of the Flotilla

June 22, 2010

by Rabbi Jill Maderer

In his recent New York Review of Books essay, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment,” Peter Beinart, professor of journalism and political science at CUNY, captures his understanding of the status of American Zionism with these provocative words: “For several decades, the Jewish establishment has asked American Jews to check their liberalism at Zionism’s door, and now, to their horror, they are finding that many young Jews have checked their Zionism instead.”  Read the rest of this entry »


A House of Prayer: Jewish Prayer and Spiritual Community

June 16, 2010

by Rabbi Jill Maderer

“My House Shall Be Called a House of Prayer for All People.”  All people?  What does the prophet Isaiah mean when he says “all people?”  We typically understand this phrase to be a sign of welcome into the sanctuary, and it certainly is!  Yet, this summer, we will add another layer of meaning.  The synagogue is a house of prayer for all people because the fullness of Jewish prayer requires not only the singular “person,” but the plural, “people.”   This summer, join us  for community, prayer, and disuccion, as we  explore how Jewish prayer is designed to spiritually connect us in community.  Read the rest of this entry »


RS Members Travel Globe in Search of Sustainability

June 7, 2010

Our RS members Amy and Keith Sutter are entering their last few months of their year of travel.  We have been following their adventures on their blog “Green Around the Globe: Discovering Sustainability Worldwide” and want to make sure you don’t miss their recent entry about the Jewish Refugee Museum in Shanghai, China.