Weekly Newsletter
January 7, 2021
625 Brotherhood Way, SF CA 94132
Friday Nights at Or Shalom
Every Friday. 7:00 pm this week, moving to 6:00 pm starting 1/15
Anticipating, preparing for, celebrating, and saying goodbye to Shabbat every week gives our Jewish life its shape. So many members have said that through the disruption of this pandemic, Shabbat has been a steadying, organizing, calming ritual.

Or Shalom marks every Friday night by greeting the Sabbath together. Some evenings there's a full service, often led by Rabbi Katie. Other weeks we have a brief program of Shabbat blessings, songs, prayers for healing, and the Kaddish. Check the Coming Up Soon... calendar at the top of the newsletter.

All Erev Shabbat blessings and services share this Zoom link; password is: SHALOM
Sing Shalom! Coming Up
Next session Sunday, January 10, 10:00-11:00 am
Is there a child aged 7 or under in your family? Treat them to a different kind of Zoom experience, with hands-on learning, music , movement, cooking, stories, and ritual.

Rabbi Katie and Zehava welcome all kids, siblings, parents, grandparents, and caregivers to this once-a-month hour of Jewish fun and companionship. Please register here.
Tikkun HaYam--Spirituality of the Sea
Sunday, January 10, 4:00 pm
Join a conversation on "The Spirituality of the Sea," presented by Tikkun HaYam, an initiative to repair the sea from a Jewish perspective. In this Zoom session, Rabbi Ed Rosenthal will explore what the Torah and Kaballah say about water and the sea, a topic often unexplored in Jewish study.

Tikkun Hayam offers ocean-focused educational programs and mitzvah opportunities, including their flagship program Reverse Tashlich, a worldwide marine debris cleanup.

To register for the Spirituality of the Sea session, click here.
Considering God Salon
Wednesday, January 13, 7:00 pm
Our topic will be: "Is God a Metaphor?"

Over the course of our discussions over the years, the idea of God as metaphor has come up repeatedly. Some members have suggested that when we talk about "God," we are really talking about
  • some aspect of ourselves
  • the best of what we can be
  • limitations of what humans can be and do
Do you have other thoughts? Do you feel that metaphors related to God been helpful to you as an individual and to us as a people? Is there a downside?

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend. We will send you the Zoom link.
All are welcome!
You Shall Not Go Empty:
Wrestling With Reparations as Reconstructionists
Sunday, January 17, 10:00-11:30 am
Every year since 1989, a bill calling for a study of the lingering effects of slavery and possible recommendations for appropriate remedies has been introduced to Congress but has never made it to the House floor for discussion.

This class takes a Reconstructionist approach to exploring classical Jewish texts to see what a Jewish case for reparations might look like and what our role as American Jews can be in the struggle for racial justice at this moment in American history.

Rabbi Micah Geurin Weiss is the Assistant Director of Thriving Communities and Tikkun Olam Specialist at Reconstructing Judaism in Philadelphia. He specializes is congregation-based social justice work and is most passionate about supporting racial justice in the Jewish community and beyond.

This promises to be a provocative and energizing class. Register here. Hosted by Or Shalom.
Reconstructionist Movement-Wide Day of Learning
Sunday, January 24, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Members of the Reconstructionist movement around the country will join together for a virtual Day of Learning. The topic is "God? A Reconstructionist Conversation," and will feature interactive small group discussions, workshops, an endnote panel, and a virtual cocktail hour.
There is a small charge for tickets. Financial assistance is available. Everyone is welcome. Register here.
Tu B'Shvat Seder with the Southside Jewish Collaborative
Wednesday, January 27 at 6:00 pm
Join us for an engaging, all-ages Zoom gathering to celebrate the birthday of the trees with hands-on rituals and discussion ranging from the mystical to the environmental.

For the fullest experience, please have the following at the ready:
  • Red and white grape juice or wine
  • Nuts or fruits with inedible outsides, like walnuts and oranges
  • Fruit that originally had a pit, like dried apricots
  • Fruit that is wholly edible, like figs and blueberries

More information, and the Zoom link, to follow. But mark your calendar now.
We gratefully acknowledge contributions from our members:

  • Beth Mills, in memory of Benjamin Solow
  • Eric Shackelford, in memory of Maxine Garret
  • Yeva Johnson & Michael Potter, in memory of Etta Green Johnson, Natalie Potter, and Gilbert Potter
  • Judith & Michael McCullough in honor of Rabbi Katie and the wonderful members of Or Shalom
  • Corey Weinstein & Pat Skala, in memory of Gerald Newman
Mazel Tov, They're Married Again!

Mazel tov to Fran von Lukanovic and Andrea Brown. This past Sunday, December 27, on Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, Fran and Andrea got married for the third time in 28 years. Yes, they say, they really mean it--and neither an anti-gay annulment years ago nor the pandemic of 2020 can defeat their love and commitment. Congratulations!
The community sends sympathy and support to:
Marcella Campbell, on the loss of her grandfather, Jewel Burton, Sr.
Pat Skala, on the death of her dear friend, Jerry Newman
On the anniversary of their deaths, we remember:

James Robert Ganz, Ben Fine, Paulette Mansfield, Pierre Jeremy Barolette, Percy Goldstein, Craig Garcia, Julian Wager, Zachary Clark Ruchames, Steve Wilson, Dave Pleaner, Menachem Steinberg, Garrett DiAloia, Rosita Alarcon, Paula Marks
This Week's Parsha
The parsha for this week is Sh'mot (Exodus 1:1-4)

Or Shalom Clergy and Staff

Zehava Dahan, Education Director
Janet Jacobs, Board President
Lillian Markind, Administrator