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Women of Rodef Shalom

Members of the Women of Rodef Shalom enjoy getting together for a variety of activities and projects that enrich and support our members, as well as our congregation and the broader community.

For information on membership, please contact us at rscsisterhood@rodefshalom.org.

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What We Do:

Recently, the Women of Rodef Shalom employed some of the Covid-restricted time to carefully review and update our by-laws. This led to the recognition that with a stronger structure in place, now would be the right time to reimagine our future, even in a still uncertain environment.

And for that we need your input and support, both participatory and financial.

So here is a short list of a few of our many programs and activities:

 

  • The Caring Community reaches out to our members, for example with deliveries of homemade soup, a challah, and dessert, truly “Soup From the Heart.” Also, each week we provide the flowers which grace the temple’s pulpit, and after Shabbat deliver them to members. Gift bags hold holiday goodies, such as mishloach manot, which cheer members residing in senior living facilities.

  • Topical Programs that have been suggested include recent Supreme Court decisions, women's issues, social justice, antisemitism, and more. But we want to hear from you! Tell us what interests you and then join us in planning it.

  • Social Connections are made and maintained in our popular weekly programs, like bridge, mahjong, and canasta, smaller gatherings that offer an easy way especially for newer members to get to know others in an informal setting. Or check out our weekly Sewing & Knitting Group (beginners welcome), where we create items for sale at our Gift Corner as well as donations to the Free Store, before brown-bagging it. Of course, WRS members enjoy festive larger events as well.

  • Congregational Support extends beyond financial contributions to programs such as the Family Center, religious school, and camp scholarships. Annually we also offer a seder and, jointly with the Brotherhood and religious school, a special Shabbat service. Throughout the year Sisterhood supports holiday celebrations and onegs, and presents gifts to our b’nai mitzvah students. We manage the Gift Corner, which sells gorgeous Judaica and unique items. Profits from this and other sources enabled us to make a generous contribution to the stained glass window repair.

  • The Women of Reform Judaism Atlantic District is now being led by our own Jan Shaw, who is serving as District President of this 100+ year-old organization, until the spring of 2026.  As a member of WRS, you automatically gain membership to WRJ, which strives to enrich contemporary life with Jewish traditions and values. We join with WRJ in practicing Tikkun Olam, in the belief that our collective action can create a more just and compassionate world.

Tzedakah:

The Community Outreach and Social Action (COSA) Committee and Women of Rodef Shalom (WRS) 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, a past recipient of Rodef Shalom Congregation’s Pursuer of Peace Award. WRS has a lot of yarn and material available for anyone who would like to help. Please contact Nancy Rosenthal at bobnancyrosenthal1@verizon.net with any questions or to get involved.

Who We Are:
Women of Rodef Shalom Board 2023-2024
Leadership Council

Past Presidents:

Karen Brean

Terri Cowan

Michele Gray-Schaffer

Jane Kart

Goldie Katz

Andi Kaufman

Marcia Levaur

Caroline Liston

Elaine Rybski

Jan Shaw

Terry Starrett

Marilyn Asimow

Vice President

Carol Leaman

Vice President

Terry Starrett

Treasurer

Nancy Rosenthal

Financial Secretary

Marjorie Goldfarb

Recording Secretary

Phyllis Feinert

Corresponding Secretary

Emmeline Silk

Assistant Corresponding Secretary

Joan Forscher

Director

Janet Ocel

Director

Rochelle Sufrin

Director

Sheila Werner

Director

Marion Damick

Parliamentarian

Upcoming Events

  • May 21, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Beginners welcome! Lunch to follow. Bring lunch for yourself and a dessert to share.
  • May 21, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Tuesday play times are subject to change and determined the Sunday prior. Come join our lovely, little Canasta Group. Beginners are welcome - we will have lessons. New or experienced are playing and ready for more people to join us! Contact Rita at rbarga@heidelberg.edu to confirm Tuesday times.
  • May 22, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Everyone is welcome to this informal game of mahj!
  • May 23, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Aaron Court, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Contact Nancy Rosenthal if you have any questions.
  • May 28, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Beginners welcome! Lunch to follow. Bring lunch for yourself and a dessert to share.
  • May 28, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Tuesday play times are subject to change and determined the Sunday prior. Come join our lovely, little Canasta Group. Beginners are welcome - we will have lessons. New or experienced are playing and ready for more people to join us! Contact Rita at rbarga@heidelberg.edu to confirm Tuesday times.
  • May 29, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Everyone is welcome to this informal game of mahj!
  • May 30, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Aaron Court, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Contact Nancy Rosenthal if you have any questions.
  • Jun 02, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 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 or experienced are playing and ready for more people to join us!! Contact Rita Barga (rbarga@heidelberg.edu) or just show up!
  • Jun 04, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Beginners welcome! Lunch to follow. Bring lunch for yourself and a dessert to share.
  • Jun 04, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Tuesday play times are subject to change and determined the Sunday prior. Come join our lovely, little Canasta Group. Beginners are welcome - we will have lessons. New or experienced are playing and ready for more people to join us! Contact Rita at rbarga@heidelberg.edu to confirm Tuesday times.
  • Jun 05, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Everyone is welcome to this informal game of mahj!
  • Jun 06, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Aaron Court, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Contact Nancy Rosenthal if you have any questions.
  • Jun 09, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 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 or experienced are playing and ready for more people to join us!! Contact Rita Barga (rbarga@heidelberg.edu) or just show up!
  • Jun 11, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Beginners welcome! Lunch to follow. Bring lunch for yourself and a dessert to share.
  • Jun 11, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Sisterhood Room, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Tuesday play times are subject to change and determined the Sunday prior. Come join our lovely, little Canasta Group. Beginners are welcome - we will have lessons. New or experienced are playing and ready for more people to join us! Contact Rita at rbarga@heidelberg.edu to confirm Tuesday times.
  • Jun 13, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Aaron Court, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    Contact Nancy Rosenthal if you have any questions.
  • Jun 16, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 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 or experienced are playing and ready for more people to join us!! Contact Rita Barga (rbarga@heidelberg.edu) or just show up!
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