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Or Shalom Weekly Newsletter
A complete calendar is available at OrShalom.org 

Fri 1/11 7:00 pm
Chant & Drum with BIJ
Sat 1/12 10:00 am
Shabbat Service: Embodied Spiritual Practice
Details below, RSVP please
Sun 1/13 10:00 am  Sing Shalom
Thu 1/17 12:00 pm Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Katie at B'nai Emunah
Followed by making bag lunches for the hungry.
Fri 1/18 6:30 pm  Shabbat Kulanu
Details Below, RSVP please
Come at 6 to preview the BIJ Art Show, details below.
Sat 1/19 11:00 am Women's March SF
Details below
Sun 1/20
10:00 am
News Minyan
at Or Shalom
Mon 1/21 10:00 am MLK Day March 
Details below
Wed 1/23 5-7 pm
Tu B'Shvat Seder
Details below
Fri 1/25 6:30 pm
Shabbat Evening Service and Speaker from Hand in Hand
Details below, RSVP please
Sun 1/27 10:30 am
Or Shalom Canvassing Reflection Meeting
Details Below
Fri 2/1 6:30 pm Traveling Shabbat and Vegetarian Potluck
at the home of Sorel & Jonathan Denholtz
Sun 2/3 10:00 am Deepening Dialogue about Israel/Palestine with Rabbi Amy Eilberg
Details below, RSVP please
Sat 2/9 10:00 am  Shabbat Service & Bat Mitzvah of Samara Bainton
Daughter of Margo Vener and Roland Bainton
Embodied Spiritual Practice Lab
Saturday, January 12 from 10am - 12:30pm 
at Or Shalom

Sometimes the soul speaks through words.  Sometimes through music.  Sometimes through tears and laughter.

Movement is also one language of the soul.

Bring your body into Jewish spiritual life and Jewish spirituality into your body during this 2 hour workshop led by Or Shalom member Gail Gurewitz, Rabbi Katie and David. Using themes from liturgy and Torah, we will co-create an experience that integrates practice from the worlds of Jewish prayer, yoga and dance.  Followed by a light Kiddush.

Please RSVP here.

Friday, January 18 at 6:30pm
Join us for Shabbat Kulanu hosted by Bet Sefer's  Shema & LaDor VaDor cohorts.  Join us for a wonderful meal anchored by Or Shalom with sides provided by our students and families,  followed by a musical and joyful Shabbat service.  

Blessing and dinner start at 6:30pm followed by a service around 7pm.  Please  RSVP so we know you are coming!

Shema & LaDor VaDor families -  sign up here to let us know what you are bringing!  Please also consider signing up to help set up and/or clean up!

SPECIAL ADDITION IN JANUARY  - Or Shalom members are invited to tour the BIJ Art Show at 6pm.  Come early and enjoy the art!
Pray with your Feet this MLK Day Weekend!
Saturday 1/19 and Monday 1/21

Start the new year off right with two marches in one weekend! Meet up with Or Shalom at these two events.

Women's March SF, Sat 1/19 at 11am
Or Shalom is participating in Women's March SF for the third time this year*! Or Shalom will be meeting on the field in front of Civic Center South playground (closest intersection: Larkin & Grove) with our banner and stuffed Torah. Bring comfortable shoes and a lunch, the rally begins at 11:30 am and the march begins at 1:30 pm.

MLK Day March, Mon 1/21 at 10am
Or Shalom will be joining the Black-Jewish unity group to march in the  MLK Day Parade  again this year.   W e will be meeting in front of the Caltrain station at 4th & Townsend at 10:00am with our banner and stuffed Torah. 

Please wear your Or Shalom T-Shirts to any marches you attend! We have more shirts available for purchase.  Contact the office if you are interested.

* We are aware of the controversy surrounding Women's March, Inc. and allegations of anti-Semitism. Here is a list of resources as to why we made the choice to participate in the march, courtesy of our Tikkun Olam Committee.
Or Shalom's Community Domestic Violence Response Policy

Or Shalom is proud to announce that we are in the final stages of finalizing our Community Domestic Violence Response Policy! After months of collaborating with Shalom Bayit, a nonprofit focused on ending domestic violence in the Jewish community, we will soon have a way we will respond to instances of domestic violence within our membership and uphold values that promote the healing and safety of survivors.

If you have any input* about this policy (especially if you have experience with domestic violence, professionally or personally), please email our Social Action Fellow,  Ezra Leventhal

*Your input will only be shared as needed with leadership directly involved on this project; Ezra will keep your name and personal details anonymous if requested.

Southside Jewish Collaborative Events

Congregation Beth Israel Judea and the National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco present
Fine Art from the Holy Land Show and Sale
By Safrai Gallery of Jerusalem
January 17 - 20,  2019

Congregation Beth Israel Judea will be transformed into a gallery featuring the finest in Israeli art. A comprehensive collection of original oil paintings, watercolors, original lithographs and etchings designed by over 100 different Israeli artists will be at the show. Over 1000 works of art will be available for exhibition and sale.

Art Show Drop-In Hours:
Thursday, January 17th    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Friday, January 18th    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday, January 19th  6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday, January 20th   9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Congregation Ner Tamid's Special Movie Event
"Leaving Memel - Refugees from the Reich"
Thursday, January 17 at 6:30pm

Judith Golden owned and ran a small hotel and her husband, Leo Fleischmann had a success-ful textile business in Memel, Lithuania. " Leaving Memel - Refugees from the Reich" tells the story of Judith Golden's family and what they experienced when the times changed and Hitler began demonizing Jews, homosexuals and Gypsies in Europe.  It's a small, personal memoir tucked inside a much larger, darker tale and has strong resonance today. It is a  story of survival and strong family bonds that make the difference between life and death.

RSVPs Appreciated by Tuesday, January 15
Call (415) 661-3383 or email office@NerTamidSF.org
Donations Appropriate
Tu B'Shvat - Birthday of the Trees
Wednesday, January 23, 5:00-7:00pm

Celebrate the earth and explore Jewish environmental teachings with our Bet Sefer kids and special guest Julianne Schwartz from Camp Havaya Arts, the new Reconstructionist sleepaway camp.  

Light vegetarian dinner provided. 

5:00 - Interactive learning for all ages
6:00 - Dinner (provided by Camp Havaya Arts) and Seder

Want to learn more about Tu B'Shvat? Watch these videos on the Story of Honi and the Basics of Tu B'Shvat!
Shabbat Service with Hand in Hand
Friday, January 25 at 6:30pm

Join us for a musical Shabbat service followed by a discussion by Lee Gordon, Co-Founder of  Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel , an Israeli non-profit organization that has created a network of integrated public schools serving Arab and Jewish children.  Starting with just 50 students in 1998, Hand in Hand now has six campuses and over 1800 Jewish and Arab students attending and is making a growing impact in Israel for Jewish-Arab partnership and coexistence.

Please RSVP here.  

2018 Canvassing Reflection
Sunday, 1/27 10:30am

Or Shalom is planning a gathering of those who spent time canvassing and/or registering voters in 2018. Together, we will reflect on what was successful, what we could improve on, and how to continue our work in the coming year. Those who canvassed in 2018 and those who did not, but are interested in learning, are both welcome and encourage to join!

Israel/Palestine and Or Shalom
Deepening the Dialog with Rabbi Amy Eilberg
Sunday, February 3, 10:00am-1:00pm

Join us for our second session with Rabbi Eilberg as we bring the deep listening skills we honed together this fall into open honest dialogue about our experience and beliefs about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

How do our strong feelings and opinions impact us in our families, our community, and our work for justice and peace?  What can we build together as we practice listening and speaking with respect and love, opening our minds and staying in relationship with others with whom we disagree?

Or Shalom Accepts Car Donations!
Car donations are an easy way to support Or Shalom, providing you with a tax write-off and Or Shalom with additional funds for our community. We take care of the DMV paperwork, pick up your car, sell it at auction, and then send you a receipt for the full amount the car is sold for. It's that easy! We can also accept trucks, boats, motorcycles, and RVs.
For more information or to begin the process, contact Jerry Robbins at robbins42@hotmail.com or (650) 766-7233 and be sure to reference Or Shalom Jewish Community, San Francisco.

Thank you to Scott Falcone & Ayala Mirande for recently donating their minivan and directing the donation to the Or Shalom Building Fund.  
Reconstructing Judaism Juicy Tidbits


Listen in on this interview with OS member Susan Levine at the recent Reconstructing Judaism Convention.  The interview was recorded before a live audience for Rabbi Deborah Waxman's podcast Hashiveynu, about resilience.  In this episode, they discuss Susan's path of healing after a suicide attempt which claimed two of her limbs.  

Read Rabbi Katie's latest blog, 'Plagues and Miracles, Suffering and Song'
Social Action Corner  
  • Highlight from the Spark! Calendar: 
    Financial Capabilities: A Social Justice Issue 
    Thursday, 1/31 9:00AM | 100 Larkin St, SF
    Please join the San Francisco Interfaith Council and local civic leaders as we explore together the interconnections of faith, financial empowerment, and community strength. Co-hosted by a planning committee of women of faith and action, including Congregation Emanu-El Senior Rabbi Beth Singer, Human Rights Commissioner Hala Hijazi, St. Mark's Lutheran Church Lead Pastor Rev. Elizabeth Ekdale, and Grace Cathedral's The Rev. Canon Dr. Ellen Clark-King, this special "mini-summit" will feature nationally recognized leaders, San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros and Commissioner on the Status of Women Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz.  Learn more and RSVP here!
  • Get more news and events at Spark!
  • Still need to register for Spark? Email assistant@orshalom.org  and Ezra will get you started!

Jerel Glassman & Beth Mazie In Memory Of Albert Glassman / Louise Schneider In Memory Of Estelle Schneider / Stephen Gerard In Memory of Paulette Mansfield / Wendy Thurm & David Greene In Honor of  Moze Thurmgreene, for achieving the dream of playing college basketball / Claudia & Alan Silverman In Honor Of The Bravo! Silverman Fund / The Kolbe-Saltzman Family In Memory Of Johanna Kolbe, Joachim Neuman, & Murray Saltzman / Alan Geist & Shellie Wiener in Memory of Marilyn Schechter

Or Shalom sends condolences to those on our community who have suffered recent loses.

Robyn Talman on the passing of her mother, Lois Huffman Talman

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
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