Community Outreach and Social Action

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Community Outreach and Social Action

About COSA

Going back to its founding, Rodef Shalom Congregation has earned a reputation for civic engagement and has nurtured a long tradition of social action. The Community Outreach and Social Action (COSA) Committee encourages our members to take active roles and to pursue peace in our community.

The COSA committee provides programming designed to thank the Greater Pittsburgh non-Jewish community for its support in the wake of the Tree of Life tragedy. Using the logic of “Never forget," the committee is active in reaching out in meaningful ways to our friends, new and old, in the larger community.

Activities of this committee will be done in the name of Rodef Shalom Congregation and will be undertaken with the support, participation, and assistance of our Rabbis, WRS, Brotherhood, our youth groups, and Beth Tikvah.

The Committee has worked to:

 

  • Forge a serious partnership with an African-American Christian church and a Muslim mosque in our community

 

  • Develop a formal partnership with Gisele Fetterman’s organization “For Good PGH,” including all of its programming, such as “The Free Store”

 

  • Provide ongoing education, training, and programming to our members

 

  • Advance a connection with and participate in the work of The Religious Action Center of the URJ

 

Recent successful COSA projects have included a Holiday Toy Drive in cooperation with the Church of the Holy Cross, Episcopal in Homewood; a winter clothing drive benefiting The Free Store in Braddock; and a food drive for the East End Cooperative Ministry.

Above all, the Community Outreach and Social Action Committee works toward Tikkun Olam: “The pursuit of social action and social justice for all.”

Upcoming Events

  • Mon 05 Dec
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    Dec 05, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    ALC1, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    A full list of Pittsburgh AA meetings is available at pghaa.org/meetings
  • Dec 06, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Beginners welcome! Lunch to follow. Bring lunch for yourself and a dessert to share.
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    Dec 06, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Come join our lovely, little Canasta Group. Beginners are welcome - we will have lessons. New and experienced are playing and ready for more people to join us!!
  • Dec 07, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Everyone is welcome to this informal game of mahj!
  • Dec 07, 7:00 PM – Dec 11, 2:00 PM
    Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Rodef Shalom's COSA Committee is collecting new toys for our friends at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Homewood and For Good PGH in Braddock to distribute to under-resourced families this holiday season. Please drop off new, unwrapped toys or gift cards for the purchase of toys.
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    Dec 07, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Sanctuary, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Our singers span several generations and have varying levels of musical experience. Music reading and Hebrew reading are not required. Our choir sings in services once a month and performs in the community a few times a year. For more information, contact Music Director Don Megahan.
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    Dec 08, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Be the best bridge player you can be at any level! Tuition is $70 for the 7-week class. Advance registration requested - click RSVP to find out more details and register.
  • Thu 08 Dec
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    Dec 08, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Contact Sandie Brand if you have any questions.
  • Multiple Dates
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    Dec 09, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Sanctuary, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
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    Dec 10, 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
    Lippman Library, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Enhance your understanding of the Torah in this informal discussion about Jewish tradition's central text.
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    Dec 10, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Cohen Chapel, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
  • Dec 10, 7:30 PM
    Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Come OUT and join the LGBTQ+ community in Pittsburgh for an OUTrageous evening of Bingo and entertainment! 12 Regular games, CASH BASH, 'As Seen On TV' prizes, Twitter Game and live Entertainment!
  • Dec 11, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
  • Dec 11, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Every Hanukkah celebration needs some yummy Hanukkah-themed cookies and we're going to make them together! Join your friends for lunch and a cookie-decorating extravaganza. We'll have frosting, we'll have sprinkles, and we'll have lots of decorating tools... all we need is you!
  • Dec 11, 12:00 PM
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    Come explore a museum like one you have NEVER seen before. Located right here in Pittsburgh, this mansion houses a world-class collection of music boxes and other antique automatic music machines, as well as many other fascinating items... including a number of hidden doors and secret passages!
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    Dec 13, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Zoom
    All members are welcome to attend!
  • Dec 14, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Neville Roller Drome, 5109 Neville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15225, USA
    Lace up your skates and celebrate Hanukkah at our skating party! Bring your own skates or rent a pair at the skate park. $8 to skate, $3 to rent - CASH ONLY. This event is "rolling," which means come and leave whenever you want. RSVP by December 11.
  • Dec 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon St, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, USA
    Games, crafts, prizes, donuts and latkes! Everyone is welcome to join us for J-JEP Religious School's annual community Hanukkah celebration. Only $5 per person or $15 per family at the door. For sponsorship opportunities contact Stephanie at ad@jjep.org.