Welcome to Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Congregation Rodeph Sholom is a community of diverse Jews who adhere to the principles of the Conservative Movement. Our community draws members from many towns throughout Fairfield County, including Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Trumbull, Stratford, Westport. We have a vibrant membership and a sincere and approachable clergy and staff who create a warm atmosphere for spiritual nurturing and connection.
Rabbi Leon Speaks During Esther Kelman Memorial Lecture
At this year’s Member/Alumni Shabbat Celebration on April 30, Rabbi Stephen Leon spoke during the Esther Kelman Memorial Lecture. Rabbi Leon talked about his book, “The Third Commandment and the Return of the Anusim: A Rabbi’s Memoir of an Incredible People” and his journey meeting and working with Crypto-Jews in Texas. To listen to the lecture, click below.
Yom Hashoah Conversation on: My Mother’s Secret
During a special Yom Hashoah Coffee & Conversation on April 27, Carol Weinshel was joined by members of both Rodeph Sholom and Church of the Apostles to discuss the book “My Mother’s Secret” authored by J.L. Witterick. The book, inspired by a true story, is a captivating and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier, and the mother and daughter who save them all. To view the discussion, click below.
Coffee & Conversation: The Forgotten Refugees
In this Coffee & Conversation that took place on March 20, Rabbi Shaul Praver and Carol Weinshel discuss the documentary The Forgotten Refugees. The documentary explores the history, culture, and forced exodus of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities in the second half of the 20th Century. Using extensive testimony of refugees from Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and Morocco, the film weaves personal stories with dramatic archival footage of rescue missions, historic images of exodus and resettlement, and analyses by contemporary scholars to tell the story of how and why the Jewish population in the Middle East and North Africa declined from one million in 1945 to several thousand today. To view the discussion, click below.
Coffee & Conversation: David Goldstein
In this Coffee & Conversation, David Goldstein tells us stories from his 17 years of running a residential summer program for blind teens preparing to study music in college. Started in Bridgeport, it became a national model, serving a total of 90 young people from 32 states and four countries. To watch the conversation with David, check out the video below:
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