The Congregation Rodeph Shalom is one of the oldest synagogues in the United States. Founded in 1795, it has had a profound effect on the Philadelphian landscape. Throughout the 1800s, it provided a refuge for newly arrived Jewish immigrants, and formed a community that lasted for generations. Today, many members of the Congregation are children, grandchildren, or even great-grand children of previous members.
You can learn more about Rodeph Shalom at its beautiful building on North Broad Street. The Moorish Revival construction was erected in 1928 after the Congregation outgrew its older building from 1869. It houses offices and an art museum along with its spaces of worship. The Philadelphia Museum of Art showcases contemporary Jewish pieces.
Throughout its history, members of Rodeph Shalom have had an impact on Judaistic thought on a national and international level. Read its PhilaPlace story to learn more about its past.