From Tel Aviv to Ramallah: A Beatbox Journey

November 28, 2014

From Tel Aviv to Ramallah: A Beatbox Journey

Amir, aka DJ Goa, is a Tel Aviv sensation who spins at a weekly event at Club Aviv. After finishing his army service in a combat unit, Amir spent nine months working at a café and collecting records in New York. He is something of a Tel Aviv celebrity and loves each and every corner of his city. He is loyal to his country, but believes in total withdrawal from the occupied territories. Amir lives at home with his mother, but dreams of international dj fame.

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A Sober Thanksgiving Story

November 24, 2014
Thank you to the leader of our Parents’ Support Group (2nd and 4th Tues’s), Richard Roisman, for offering wisdom to all who are seeking a sober Thanksgiving…
It was late November, 2006.  Sarah, then 15, had been at Caron since September 15, 2006.  She was, therefore, in adolescent extended care, and we had been through the Family Education Program. While we had been able to take her from Caron for a few hours at a time a couple of times over the couple of months she had been there, she had not yet earned a homestay from treatment.  Thanksgiving was to be her first day out of rehab.

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LifeEdited: What in Your Life Really Matters?

November 24, 2014

When you move from one home to another, how long does it take until you unpack the final box?  Has that last box ever just remained packed, tape still in-tact, perhaps ready for the next move?  What’s in there?!

A few weeks ago, much of our Rodeph Shalom staff moved to a different floor or to a different side of the hallway, into temporary office space, to allow for the next stages of renovation and construction.  Although I am almost all unpacked, 3 boxes are still staring at me from the floor.  I have to wonder: if I have survived for almost a month without their contents, how important could they be?

In an effort to teach simplicity and sustainability, Graham Hill, founder of LifeEdited, lives in an apartment, with over 1,000 square feet of functionality, in only 420 square feet. The bed folds into the wall, the coffee table becomes the dining room table, and a wall of drawers slides over to reveal guest beds folded into another wall… LifeEdited provides products, spaces and tips on how you can have more time, money and happiness with less stuff, less space and less waste. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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