Greetings!

Welcome to the new format of the WRS Newsletter. You'll find all you need to know -- upcoming Events, Save-the-date info, Social Justice work and other interesting articles.

Come hang out with an award-winning Sisterhood. Do you want connection? Do you need to be of service in your life? All opportunities await you through the Women of Rodef Sholom.

COME JOIN US -- WE'RE HAVING A GOOD TIME!
Women of Rodef Sholom

wish you and yours a very

Happy Thanksgiving
Events
Chai Mitzvah Classes
Chai Mitzvah :   a 4-part series of text-based Jewish learning that will sharpen your mind and enrich your soul. Get to know others in deeper and more meaningful ways This curriculum is meant to lead us to perform acts of loving kindness.  

Claire Mikowski,   Jewish Educator extraordinaire, is looking forward to leading the following sessions: 
November 1, 15, 29 and December 6
(come to one, come to all)

Classes meet in the JCC Library at 7 pm; Bring a snack to share and we will nosh and learn together! Cost of materials is $36
Sample of topics discussed
For more information about this program from WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism)   CLICK HERE
SISTERHOOD SHABBAT
NEW DATE THIS YEAR: NOVEMBER 30th, 6:15 pm
Sisterhood Shabbat has moved from the Spring to:
November 30th at 6:15!!

The service promises to be uplifting, musical and serene. Attend this beautiful Shabbat service brought to you by the Women of Rodef Sholom.

Contact Lucy Schneidman if you would like to help with this event.
MONTHLY MAH JONG
11/20 (due to space constraints, only once this month)
Monthly open Mahj play is usually the first and third Tuesday of every month, 1-3 pm in the Congregation Social Hall. Bring your sets, your cards and your Mahj friends. Let's have fun!
For more info contact:
BOOK CLUB
11/14 7:15-8:15 JCC Library
Third Wednesday of each month, we meet in the JCC Library. In November we will meet the on the 14th due to Thanksgiving Holiday!

WRS Book Club Schedule November-February:
November 14th- White Houses by Amy Bloom (note date change to 2nd Wednesday)
December 19th- And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer
January 16th- The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
February 20th- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

To RSVP  CLICK HERE  or Call Alice Miller with questions: 415-381-6792
Campus Partners
Jewish Genetics and the "Founder Effect"
11/11 4-7 pm
Why are Ashkenazi Jews more likely to inherit certain genetic conditions?

Free event: Advanced RSVP Required by Wed., November 7. 
A kosher-style dinner will be catered by Mangia Nosh

Gary Frohlich, MS, CGC of Sanofi Genzyme will discuss the “Founder Effect,” genetic conditions among Ashkenazi Jews, and the signs and symptoms of Gaucher Disease. Gaucher is one of the most common of Ashkenazi diseases, affecting 1 in 850, with 1 in 15 a carrier. 
JCC: BEATLES MUSIC with The Quarry Persons featuring our own Amy Friedricks

11/17 7:30 pm
Sing your favorite Beatles songs Discount offered to WRS members: $10 with advanced online purchase only.  See flyer deadline and info

Come out and have some fun!
Save the date in December
Membership Hanukkah Social
in the JCC Lounge
Sunday, 12/9 3-5 pm
Not Just For New Members Hanukkah Celebration
 
Please join us and enjoy latkes and sufganiyot!
We will be sharing stories from our favorite holiday season and feel free to bring a keepsake to share and tell your story. What a lovely way to get to know each other better while holding our favorite Chanukkiah or dreidel.

Bring a pair of new warm socks for us to share with the less fortunate in Marin as winter approaches.
RSVP to: Rhonda Daniels

We hope to see you on 12/9/18 to celebrate our membership with new members and members who have been sisters for years.
In the Gift Shop
Light up your lives this Hanukkah with a new menorah - we have over 60 different styles, for every taste and pocketbook. These cuties will fly off the shelves so don't delay.

Hanukkah paper goods, candles, cookies, gelt, gift wrap, socks, silly glasses, hats, aprons and much more.
GIFT SHOP HOURS

Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 3:00
Friday 11:30 - 2:00
Sunday 10:30 - 12:30

SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS
Beginning Sunday, November 25 - Friday, December 7
Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 6:00
Friday - 11:30 - 4:00
Sunday - 10:30 - 4:00

Please call ahead to make sure we are open: 415-314-9822
Social Justice
Holiday Dinner Drive
To make your donation online, click:

After you choose your donation amount, click on "Select Congregation" below the donation amounts and choose Women of Rodef Sholom. 

If you choose to send in your check, you can send it to the Women of Rodef Sholom,
Attn: Holiday Dinner Drive, Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903.
Please note on your check Women of Rodef Sholom.
If you respond directly to a request from the San Francisco/Marin Food Bank, please note on the check Women of Rodef Sholom so that we get credit for your donation.
Coming in 2019
WRS TRIVIA NIGHT 1/26/19 7 pm
Save the date for our Annual Trivia Night. ALWAYS FUN!!
Once again Howard Rachelson will be our Master of Trivia.

On line preregistration coming soon!

WRS JEWELRY SALE 3/3/19 afternoon
Proceeds support our Tikkun Olam Fund!
Check it out; you too can participate in this good work while cleaning out your closet.
We are  collecting  your new and gently used jewelry and accessories: scarfs, belts, purses, wallets.

Bring them to the CRS office marked "for WRS"
Past Events

ANAT HOFFMAN at the WRS Opening Event 9/29
Rabbi Stacy passing the "Heal Her" scarf to WRS
Anat Hoffman
A lively discussion
A beautiful Havdallah service
Thank you for attending this event, and for being a part of our wonderful community. Anat said our Sisterhood is awesome!
WRJ Pacific District Convention Oct. 2018
WITH GRATITUDE!!! By Rhonda Daniels
 
Ahhh, to spend a weekend with 157 sisters from 9 States and Provinces, representing 43 different Sisterhoods, I am forever grateful! 
 
To spend Shabbat in a lovely San Diego Temple with two of my own WRS sisters, I am grateful. To learn, study, pray and work together, I am grateful.
 
To connect with old friends and make new friends, I am so grateful. It is such a privilege to represent our Sisterhood and give this gift to myself.
 
To continue doing the good work started by a group of women 105 years ago is a privilege and for this I am grateful.
 
Women’s Rights, Equal Pay, Gender Rights, Youth organizations, religious freedom, the right to vote -- These are but a few of the platforms of which the Women of Reform Judaism have been in the forefront.
 
Although the theme of the weekend was Educate, Empower, Embrace, I am refreshed, energized and ready to be called into action.
 
What is next? The Women of Reform Judaism Social Justice Conference 2019 May 18-19 in Washington D.C.  If you can plan to be in D.C. at this time, I know this will be an experience not to be missed.
WRS attendees Barbara Marino, Rhonda Daniels and Cynthia Boyd
A blessing for the new Pacific District Board of Directors
Membership
Women of Rodef Sholom 2018-2019 Membership
If you have already renewed your dues, thank you. If not, please rejoin. You can do it very easily by Clicking here and you will be taken to the WRS website. Or download our membership form by clicking the "Join Today" button.
A note from our President
Dear Sisters:
I write this message with an aching heart. The tragedy in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue has left us all in tears and asking questions as to why and how this could have happened.

The day after the shooting, was Mitzvah Day at Rodef Sholom. I hope that many of you participated, and found comfort with the members of our Congregation and solace in helping others. That same day, I attended a Union of Reform Judaism Day of Leadership Learning at Beth Israel in San Francisco with Lisa Pavlovsky, Congregation Rodef Sholom Board President, and Suzanne Alpert a CRS Board Member.

Lisa, Suzanne, and I met with over 900 Union of Reform Judaism members via the internet. Our day started with Rabbis, whose congregations are near Squirrel Hill, speaking to us about the tragedy. We prayed together and repeated the names of the 11 people whose lives were so horrifically taken:

Joyce Feinberg
Richard Gottfried
Rose Mallinger
Jerry Rabinowitz
Cecil & David Rosenthal (brothers)
Bernice & Sylvan Simon (husband and wife)
Daniel Stein
Melvin Wax
Irving Younger

Please take a moment to say these names aloud and to learn about each of their remarkable lives: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/victims-of-the-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting/?noredirect=on
Let us join our beloved clergy, Rabbis Stacy, Elana, Lara, and Cantor David
and our wonderful community, and seek healing through prayer:

  • Friday, November 2, Shabbat services at 6:15pm in our own Sanctuary. We will lift our voices in prayer and song, and support each other and our own Jewish community in strength and love.

  • Friday, November 30, Sisterhood Shabbat services at 6:15pm, a service conducted by the Women of Rodef Sholom and open to all. 
With much love,
Lucy Schneidman
Comments from the Clergy
Dear friends,

Words fail to capture our heartbreak and outrage at the events at the Tree of Life Synagogue that took place this past Shabbat. I share with you the range of emotions you may be feeling: from grief to anger, fear to disbelief. I want to let you know that we are here for each other during this difficult time and I encourage you to reach out to any of the clergy at Rodef Sholom if you need to talk.

In the coming months, there will be many opportunities for us to discuss anti-semitism and how we can strengthen our community’s response to it. For the moment, this week, as we pause in our action to sit shiva and observe a week of mourning for the eleven slain, I encourage you to join us for Shabbat services this Friday night as one form of response. This Friday and Saturday Jewish communities from across the country will #showupforshabbat as a show of our solidarity and love for one another and our Jewish community. I remain more affirmed than ever of the beauty of our Jewish tradition and community. No act of violence diminishes that. I also feel buoyed by our interfaith neighbors and community who lift us up during times of our greatest need. We have received messages and phone calls from imams and pastors from across the county. Yesterday our friends at Venetia Valley crossed the street to tell us they love us and they will surround us in a physical circle of love in our courtyard on Thursday morning. We are not alone.

Lastly, I was heartbroken, but not surprised, that the perpetrator of Saturday’s heinous crimes implicated HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) as a reason for hating the Jews. It does not surprise me because we know that the plight of immigrants is bound up in our own heritage as Jews. Even as we struggle to comprehend the violence we remain as committed as ever to our justice work because to be Jewish means to lift all of us from oppression to freedom.

Sending you all much love and a huge hug at this difficult time.
Love,
Rabbi Elana
In the bin this month: In the temple lobby
November: New Toys for San Rafael Santa Cops Program and Book Drive for Venetia Valley School