Congregation Rodef Sholom is a kehilla kedosha, a sacred community that welcomes Jews and their families with open arms and open minds. We're linked to our past and actively building our future. We're multi-generational and multi-cultural. Whether you are married, single, with or without kids, in an interfaith family, disabled in any way, or a member of the LGBQTI community, we would love to have you join us for prayer, study, and social action. Rodef Sholom is a community that will stand by you through all your life cycle events, from birth and b'nai mitzvah, through illness and death.
Soul lifting and life changing -- the potential of prayer
Worship can awaken, animate, challenge and surprise. It can shine a light in dark times and nurture gratitude for the gifts we've been given.
At Rodef Sholom, worship services are vibrant and musical, engaging our hearts and minds with the words of Torah. At the center of our communal spiritual life is Shabbat: a chance to unwind and unplug, count the blessings of the past week, and embrace the prospect of the week ahead. Shabbat nourishes us spiritually, communally, and intellectually.
No matter where you are on the faith spectrum -- confirmed in your beliefs or questioning -- there is a welcome place for you at Rodef Sholom.
Your home away from home
We share carpools and Shabbat dinners. We study together. We rejoice and we mourn with one another. We're a dynamic and compassionate, warm and supportive collection of families and individuals with a mutual belief in the importance of Jewish values in our lives.
We're also a diverse community. We celebrate our varying points of connection with Judaism and God, and make sure there's room for discourse and the opportunity to create and innovate. Wherever your passion lies, we encourage you to bring us your ideas to consider how we might bring them to life.
Rodef Sholom is your spiritual home, a place to be comfortable, and a place to engage.
Where does learning happen?
Learning can happen almost anywhere: On a hike in the hills, within the synagogue walls, or in the Holy Land itself. And every day holds the potential for discovery.
Our Rodef Sholom community is immersed in lifelong, intergenerational learning. We explore texts and traditions, pushing for ways to see the relevance in our own modern lives. Our children and teens engage in stimulating, interactive learning; adult members tackle issues from many perspectives, stretching minds through the exchange of ideas and drawing on the profound richness of our heritage.
Jump in – you may be surprised at the meaning and purpose that Jewish learning can bring to your life.
Repairing the world
Call it justice or social action. At Rodef Sholom, we call it tikkun olam. We believe it's our responsibility to act – boldly and powerfully – to bring healing, dignity, justice and peace to our world.
Repairing the world is central to everything we do, locally and globally. We'll cross the street to help plant a school garden or protest an injustice across an ocean. We instigate. We partner. We recognize and stand up for the rights of others. And we believe that our passion and dedication will change the world.
As Rabbi Hillel said in the Talmud, "Love your neighbor, and love yourself. This is the whole Torah. All the rest is commentary."
Our promised land
A spiritual homeland. An extraordinary achievement. A model of vitality, progress and hope. At Rodef Sholom, we celebrate Israel's sacred history and its unparalleled contribution to the modern world.
As we support Jewish communities the world over, we take particular pride in our engagement with Israel. While we acknowledge the mighty challenges that Israel continues to endure, we are inspired by a vision of peace, equal rights and security in this thriving nation we hold so dear.
Toward that vision, we encourage a respectful dialogue as we ourselves make sense of the realities of Israeli life today. We believe that through thoughtful conversation, rooted in Jewish values, we can help Israel to realize its potential as a peaceful society.