The Universal Struggle For Freedom

March 29, 2011

By Rabbi Bill Kuhn

It was impossible to watch the recent uprising in Egypt and not think of the Passover story. How ironic! Egyptian citizens in the year 2011 felt they were oppressed and enslaved by an authoritarian dictatorship. Perhaps their political oppression was not on a par with the ancient Pharaoh’s enslavement of our Israelite ancestors, but the Egyptians of today certainly felt the need to achieve freedom no less than we did over 3,000 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Passover Celebrations and Haggadah Recommendations

March 24, 2011
Purim has come and gone.  That means Pesach is coming!  Here are some ideas for your preparation and celebration.
Join RS for the Multi-Generational 2nd Night Seder on Tues., April 19, 5:30 pm!
Join us for the Passover Shabbat and Festival Service (includes Yizkor) Saturday, April 23 at 10:45am!
And here are some Haggadah recommendations for your own Passover seder.
Hag Sameach!

Recovering from Purim

March 23, 2011

Thank you to the Megillah readers, Rak-n-Kol a capella group, Beth Ahavah Players and Young Friend Purim poets for contributing to a fun and funny Purim Saturday night!  Here are 2 poems that were read by our Young Friends, Jen Simon Lento, Laurel Klein and Matt Adler. Read the rest of this entry »

Visioning Initiative Weekend: Continue the Conversation

March 9, 2011

Our Visioning Initiative Weekend with Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman (click here for Friday’s sermon) provided a meaningful and scholarly foundation for our community to immerse in profound conversations that will transform and deepen the relationships we share.  

To engage in the Visioning Initiative, comment on what you experienced this weekend (thoughts to jog your memory, below), or contact Catherine Fischer ( to participate in a “Face to Face” conversation, or to sign up to be trained to initiate a Face to Face.  Choose 1 of 2 training sessions:  Wed., March 23, 12:30-2:00 pm (bring your own lunch) OR Thurs., March 24, 5:30-7:00 pm (snacks served).

Our experience with Rabbi Hoffman revealed that Judaism is about conversations.  Reflect and comment on these moments (or others) from this weekend: Read the rest of this entry »

Visioning Initiative

March 9, 2011

We Invite You to Participate in Rodeph Shalom’s Visioning Initiative

The leadership of Rodeph Shalom, along with synagogue transformation expert Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, has been engaged in conversations about what we envision for our congregation in the future. We would like for every RS individual or family to participate in some way in this initiative to ensure that our process is as inclusive as possible and reflects perspectives of our membership.

 What is this Visioning Initiative? Read the rest of this entry »

Share Your Stories of Passover

March 9, 2011

If you have wonderful, spiritual or funny Pesach (Passover) stories, share them here with a comment!  If you are new to Passover observance, share the challenges and questions you face.  Then, bring your reflections to our “Passover is Coming! Preparing the Haggadah and the Kitchen” conversation with Rabbi Bill Kuhn on Sunday, April 10 and 10:30am.

Israel Conversations: Reflect on the Discussion and Add Your Voice Here

March 1, 2011

This past Friday at “Israel Conversations,”  each table at Shabbat dinner engaged with a leader about a different Israel-related topic.  Reflect on the discussion and, whether or not you attended, engage in the conversation here.  Comment on your general perspectives about Israel or go to one of the following links for material that was discussed about specific areas of focus.

Does Israel Still Have a Pioneering Spirit?

Reform Judaism and Pluralism in Israel

Israel’s History

A Two-State Solution

Zionism Then and Now

The Declaration of Independence

Israel Conversations: A Two-State Solution

March 1, 2011

At this past Friday’s Israel Conversations, Nurit Shein discussed a Two-State Solution.  Nurit poses this question for our comments: “Right now the Arab world is preoccupied with overthrowing autocratic regimes and giving voice to democracy. But once the Arab world gains its freedom, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will definitely be the main issue in the area. How should the Israeli government re-focus its foreign policy agenda and push forward with the Peace Process; and how will a Two-State-Solution fit into that policy?”