Messages from the Office...
We close our fiscal year in a few short weeks. Statements for members
outstanding balances have been sent in the mail. Please help maintain the strength of our community by completing all of your financial commitments as soon as possible.
We are excited to offer the Or Shalom App - bringing account access and more to your iOS and Android devices. Download it for free
The office will be closed on Mondays through the end of summer. Email and voicemail will continue to be checked on Mondays.
Save the date
August 26 - Or Shalom Community Picnic in Golden Gate Park
June 19-30, 2019 - Or Shalom's trip to Israel and Palestine
Administrative Assistant & Social Action Fellow
Bet Sefer Coordinator
Join us for Meditation every Wednesday at 1 pm and/or Torah Study at 1:30 pm.
Thank you to...
Barbara Bernstein & John Tibbetts for hosting a wonderful Shabbat.
We Remember the Yahrzeits of:
Roz (Lyn) Elson
Maria Muellauer Freistadt
Alice Ray Bleecker
What is Reconstructing Judaism?
Learn more about our theological grounding at the following sites:
- Check out Rabbi Deborah Waxman's podcast
in which she interviews other Jewish professionals and educators about practices of Jewish resilience.
Find it here
on your favorite podcatcher!
625 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco, CA 94132
Or Shalom Weekly Newsletter
CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS - June-July 2018
||Chant and Drum with BIJ
(final Chant and Drum service of the summer)
|Fri 6/8 - Sun 6/10
||News Minyan - at Community Retreat
B'nai Mitzvah of Fredrica and Allen Lipsett
Son and Daughter of Liz Jaroslow and Marc Lipsett
Join us for a weekday B'nai Mitzvah service!
||Third Friday Shabbat Service and discussion with member Bonnie Willdorf, author of Dancing with Cancer
||Considering God Salon
||Lunch and Learn at Ner Tamid with Rabbi Danny followed by Bag Lunch making for the homeless.
||Pride Shabbat with program to follow led by Social Action Fellow Ezra Leventhal
San Francisco Pride Parade
||Shabbat Service & Bar Mitzvah of Jacob Anderson
Son of Nina and Hashim Anderson
||Traveling Shabbat and veggie potluck at the home of Seraph and Marshall White
See Membership Directory for Address
||Shabbat Morning Service
Annual Members Meeting
The results are in! Here are the Or Shalom Board of Directors for the
President - Janet Jacobs
Past President - Judy Olasov
Secretary - Sue Schechter
Treasurer - Debbie Benrubi*
Chairs and Board Representatives
Adult Ed & Music - Jurate Raulinaitis
Chesed - Saralie Pennington (rep) & Norisa Berardi
Fund Development Committee - Seraph White
Member-at-large - Scott Falcone
Membership - Barbara Bernstein (rep) & Rori Reber
Minhag - Joel Rubinstein
Personnel - Leslie Roffman (rep) & Stacey Leyton
Religious School - Matt Rudoff
Tikkun Olam - Wendy Thurm
*Debbie Benrubi will be in the Treasurer role until a new one is installed and will then serve as the Board Vice President.
Travel with Or Shalom!
Explore the complex layers of Israel and Palestine with your community on a trip that will be spiritual, thought-provoking, and inspirational.
On our first-ever Or Shalom trip to Israel and Palestine, we will:
- Meet the People - Encounter Israelis and Palestinians from the many diverse communities of Israel and Palestine. Learn about the inspirational cultural and political work that often escapes our headlines across the ocean.
- Explore the Land - From the contemporary landscape of borders, checkpoints and security fences to the ruins of ancient Israel, to the natural beauty of desert and water, there is no better way to understand or appreciate a place than to be there in person.
- Learn and Reflect - Our tour will include time and space for learning, spiritual practice, discussion
Third Friday Shabbat Service and discussion
with author (and member!) Bonnie Willdorf
Friday, June 15 @ 7:00 pm
Join us for a musical Shabbat Service followed by our very own Bonnie Willdorf to discuss her book, Dancing with Cancer.
comprises the real-time journals of Barry and Bonnie Willdorf, married 37 years, in which they share their harrowing journeys through not one but two stem cell transplants.
It's that time of year again!
Membership renewal will launch July 1, 2018! All members will receive an email with instructions of how they can renew online. Help us hit our goal of 100% membership renewal before July 31.
Membership at Or Shalom runs from July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019.
Considering God Salon
Wednesday, June 20
6:30 pm nosh, 7-9 pm discussion
This month's topic:
In our collaborative social action work with faith-based, God-centered groups or individuals, how can we embrace and communicate our secular, non-theistic Jewish religious/spiritual beliefs in an inclusive, respectful and educational way?
The Considering God Salon is limited to Or Shalom members.
Friday, June 22 @ 7pm
Join us for a musical Shabbat celebration followed by an exploration of queer Jewish identity led by our own Social Action Fellow and trained Keshet facilitator, Ezra Leventhal!
Mark Your Calendars for the
Upcoming Year of Holidays at Or Shalom
Tisha B'Av - Sat, July 21
Selichot - Sat, Sept 1
Erev Rosh Hashanah - Sun, Sept 9
Rosh Hashanah - Mon, Sept 10
Rosh Hashana II - Tues, Sept 11
Kol Nidre - Tue, Sept 18
Yom Kippur - Wed, Sept 19
Sukkot Shabbat - Fri, Sep 28
Simchat Torah - Sat, Sep 29
Hanukkah - Sat, Dec 8
Tu B'Shvat - Wed, Jan 23
Purim - Wed, March 20
Pesach - Fri, April 26
Yom HaShoah - Wed, May 1
Yom Ha'atzmaut - Wed, May 8
Lag B'Omer - Wed, May 22
Shavuot - Sat, June 8
Music Director David Cohen-Tzedek (Katz) Presents Thresh -
A Unique Shavuot Celebration
Click the image above for a review of a fascinating Shavout observance by our very own David!
Pray With Your Feet!
to learn more and RSVP for upcoming social action events with Or Shalom, such as:
- Poor People's Campaign: 40 Days of Moral Action
California State Capitol South Steps; Mondays throughout June
- San Francisco Pride Parade; Sunday, June 24, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Robin Roth In Memory Of Fernando Barreiro / Sue Schechter & Brian Garcia In Honor Of Or Shalom /
Abby Kovalsky In Memory Of Jeffrey Kovalsky /
Julie and Danny Brook In Memory Of Joe Hammel /
Alan & Claudia Silverman In Honor Of Bravo! Silverman Fund /
Corey Weinstein & Pat Skala In Memory Of Roz Elson /
Barbara Bernstein & John Tibbetts In Memory Of Gertude Bernstein /
Debbie Benrubi In Memory Of Lazar Benrubi / Judy Olasov In Memory Of Rosalie Rabinowitz, Joe Hammel, Chris & Frank White & Mort Levy /
Jordan & Lisa Kang In Memory Of James Jay Brown /
JCC Parent Council In Honor Of Or Shalom and Rabbi Katie /
Aaron Roland & Annelise Goldberg In Honor Of Or Shalom's Social Action Fellow / Corey Weinstein & Pat Skala In Honor Of Their Supportive Or Shalom Friends
Or Shalom is deeply saddened to announce the passing of founding member, Jack Kamesar. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife,
Dahlia Kamesar and
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of several family members of our Or Shalom community. Or Shalom would like to extend our deepest condolences to:
Julie & Danny Brook on the passing of Julie's father, Joe Hammel
Seraph & Marshall White on the passing of Marshall's brother Chris White and his uncle Frank White
Charlie Varon & Myra Levy on the passing of Myra's father Mort
Make an Announcement to Or Shalom
Thinking about submitting an event for inclusion in the Or Shalom weekly email? We'd love to hear from you.
Please submit announcements 3 weeks in advance, with the appropriate RSVP information. All non-official OS programs must meet the following criteria:
- Doesn't conflict with an OS event
- Specifically relevant to the OS community
- Has official OS approval
All postings may be edited for content, format and/or length by office staff or volunteers.
For more information about getting an event listed, please contact Administrator Lillian Markind at