Women of Rodef Shalom

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Women of Rodef Shalom

We promote social interaction among the members of the Sisterhood and develop the Jewish spirit in both the public and domestic lives of our members. Our pursuits are religious, educational, social, and philanthropic. For information on membership, please contact Elaine Rybski at rscsisterhood@rodefshalom.org.

About the Women of Rodef Shalom

Women of Rodef Shalom is the collective presence, voice, and strength of our Congregational women. We come together in friendship to plan programs that benefit our congregation and the community at large for social activities, study, and more. Most importantly, WRS provides the opportunity to fulfill our individual potential as people and as women of Reform Judaism.

Institutionally, our President maintains a voting seat on the Board of Trustees. On a more personal level, the group offers an opportunity to meet other women in an atmosphere intended to foster the development of projects that benefit and enhance the Jewish life of our congregation. We do this both inside and outside the Congregational framework. Women of Rodef Shalom is an outlet for the energy, creativity, and leadership potential of Jewish women.

Through our affiliation with Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), Women of Rodef Shalom provides a link to worldwide Jewish identity as well. WRJ is an international federation of more than 600 Sisterhoods with 100,000 members throughout the U.S., Canada, and overseas. WRJ serves Jewish and humanitarian causes worldwide and also includes a pledge to Youth, Education, and Special Projects (YES) Funds. Payment of Women of Rodef Shalom dues automatically enrolls members in WRJ.

What Do We Do?

Simply put, we promote social interaction among the members of the Sisterhood and develop the Jewish spirit in both the public and domestic lives of our members. Our pursuits are religious, educational, social, and philanthropic.

 

More specifically, we provide Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts, Confirmation gifts, flowers for the Bimah, Women's Seder, scholarships for NFTY Israel trips and summer URJ camps, toiletry collection for shelters, and support of the Religious School.

Does Women of Rodef Shalom Really Need Me?

Without a doubt! We want and need the support of all the women of Rodef Shalom Congregation. Whether you're a grandmother, mother, sister, daughter, or aunt, single or married, widowed, with or without children, an empty nester, born Jewish, a Jew by choice, and/or a non-Jew married to someone Jewish, we encourage you to become a member of Women of Rodef Shalom. If you are not a member of the larger Congregation, you can still join Women of Rodef Shalom as a Friend. Friends receive the same privileges and benefits of membership that WRS members have.

 

You may pick and choose among the activities and projects that interest you. Even if you’re extremely busy, your membership matters to the Women of Rodef Shalom because your dues support our activities.

 

Without you, we are one member short!

WRS Board

President - Terry Starrett
Executive Vice President - Judith Kampert
Vice President - Andi Kaufman
Vice President - Elaine Rybski
Vice President - Carol Leaman
Treasurer - Gail Lefkowitz
Assistant Treasurer - Nancy Rosenthal

Recording Secretary - Marjorie Goldfarb
Assistant Recording Secretary - Sheila Werner
Corresponding Secretary – Phyllis Feinert
Assistant Corresponding Secretary – Emmeline Silk
Financial Consultant – Elaine Rybski
Parliamentarian – Marion Damick

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WRS Tzedakah Projects

We are always collecting for different organizations. We do these collections throughout the year.

Parenting Network: We are collecting blankets about 24 inches square for premies. Blankets must be acrylic. This is a great way to use your leftovers.

Women’s Shelter : We are collecting full size toiletries.

The Free Store : We are collecting hats and scarves (homemade or bought).

The COSA (Community Outreach/Social Actions) Committee and WRS (Women of Rodef Shalom) are looking for volunteers to help make hats and scarves for The Free Store. The Free Store is a project that was started by Gisele Fetterman, our most recent RSC recipient of the Pursuer of Peace award. Since this event can’t be held in person, we thought donating and working with the Free Store would be a great way to honor her and all the work she has done to assist in the Free Store's goals.

WRS has a lot of yarn and material available for anyone who would like to help. Please contact Nancy or Andi and we will find a way to get you the materials you need. If you have a desire to learn how to knit or sew, we will teach you.  The Sewing Group meets every Tuesday at 11am in person. Contact us for information.

Nancy Rosenthal

Email at bobnancyrosenthal1@verizon.net

Cell phone 412-860-0020

Andi Kaufman

Email at andijkl@gmail.com

Membership Info

 

Interested in becoming a member of the Women of Rodef Shalom?

 

Download the membership form here.

For additional information on membership, please contact Elaine Rybski at rscsisterhood@rodefshalom.org.

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 02, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Aaron Court, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Join us for light refreshments and a book review by Jacques Besnainou, Chief Commerical Officer of Westinghouse and author of The Promise: A Tale of Two Families Betrayed by France and Saved by the French.
  • Oct 02, 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!!
  • Oct 04, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Beginners welcome! Lunch to follow. Bring lunch for yourself and a dessert to share.
  • Oct 06, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Contact Sandie Brand if you have any questions.
  • Oct 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Everyone is welcome to this informal game of mahj!