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Or Shalom Weekly Newsletter
CALENDAR  HIGHLIGHTS - January-February 2020
You'll find a complete calendar at OrShalom.org 

Sat 1/11
10:00 am 
Shabbat Morning Service 
Sun 1/12 
10:00 am 
LEV Shalom and Sing Shalom 
Details below 
Mon 1/13 
7:00 pm 
Safety Net Action Committee meeting 
Details below 
Wed 1/15 
6:30 pm 
Evening with Noah Bullock of Cristosal 
Details Below 
Thu 1/16 
12:00 pm 
Southside Collaborative Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Katie at B'nai Emunah 
followed by making bag lunches for the homeless 
Fri 1/17 
6:30 pm 
Shabbat Kulanu hosted by Or Shalom Teens
Details below
Sat 1/18 
11:00 am 
Women's March and Rally 
Details below 
Mon 1/20 
11:00 am 
Martin Luther King Day March 
Details below 
Fri 1/24 
6:30  pm
4th Shabbat - service followed by  
Sanctuary Movement-related speakers 
Details below 
Wed 1/29 
2:00 pm 
Reclaim Our Vote phone-banking
Sat 2/1 
Volunteer Appreciation Havdalah  
Details below 
Fri 2/7 
Traveling Shabbat
Sat 2/8 
10:00 am 
Shabbat Service featuring embodied spiritual practice  
Details to follow 
Sun 2/9 
4:00 pm 
LEV Shalom/SingShalom
Details below 
Sun 2/9 
4:30 pm 
Tu B'shvat Celebration 
Details below
Family Education
Next Session: January 12 at 10:00 am
Special Tu B'Shvat program on February 9 at 4:00
Or Shalom offers two family education programs for young children and their parents.   For either one, you can enroll for the entire series  or drop in any time.   Non-members are welcome, so invite your friends. Everyone can enroll here

Sing Shalom is a Jewish music and movement program for kids under 5 along with their families. Introduce your little ones to song, dance, and Jewish tradition.
LEV Shalom is a joint learning program for children in grades K-2 and their families. Zehava will lead children's activities while Rabbi Katie spends learning time with the adults. The whole group will get together for activities like t 'filah (prayer), art, cooking, and singing.

Safety Net Action Committee 
Monday, January 13, 7:00 pm 
Or Shalom's Safety Net Action Committee is committed to building the movement for Healthcare For All. In this big election year especially, we must raise our voices and pressure our elected officials for structural changes in our healthcare system, ensuring that everyone receives good quality, affordable, and accessible health care. We believe Healthcare For All is a moral and ethical imperative and a public health issue.
We meet the 2nd Monday of every month at 7pm at Or Shalom. Please join us--there is much to do. 

An Evening With Noah Bullock,  
ED of Human Rights Organization Cristosal 
Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 pm
St. Mary the Virgin, 2325 Union St.

Or Shalom joins St. Mary the Virgin and other San Francisco faith communities in sponsoring Noah Bullock, Executive Director of Cristosal, an international human rights organization based in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras that addresses the sources of migration.
Bullock will describe the conditions that lead to migration from the region and advances in developing solutions to the deeply entrenched regional problems. Despite great challenges in both the US and Northern Triangle countries, there are some promising signs for a hopeful future.

Friday, January 17, 6:30 pm

Every month, the whole community gathers for a hosted dinner followed by a joyous, musical Shabbat service for all ages. This is Shabbat Kulanu!

Blessings and dinner start at 6:30, with the service starting around 7. To help us with meal planning, please RSVP here.

This Shabbat Kulanu is hosted by Or Shalom teens and their families. If you are a teen or have one in your family, sign up here for hosting tasks.
Pray With Your Feet
Two important marches in January
Women's March on Saturday, January 18
Rally 11:00 am, march starts at 1:00.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day March on Monday, January 20.
Begins at 11:00 a.m. Line up at the San Francisco Caltrain Center.

More details on both next week!

Housing for Immigrants: Imagination and Resolve 
4th Friday Shabbat 
January 24, 6:30 pm 

After a Shabbat service, we continue our inquiries into what it means to be a Sanctuary community.

We will hear from Cathy Personius, a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, and Rev. Sadie Stone, the pastor of that church, talking about the need for temporary and long-term housing that individuals caught up in our broken immigration system are facing.

They will describe their personal and institutional experiences creating housing. They will invite us to stretch our imaginations about what constitutes housing, how it can be created, and who can offer it. Please join us.

Special Havdalah to Honor Volunteers 
Saturday, February 1, 7:30-9:30  

Or Shalom shines because of our volunteers.

Whether they are delivering a hot meal after someone has suffered a loss, playing in the musical ensemble at services, making decisions in committee or Board meetings, or washing dishes after an event, our volunteers are what make our community strong and vibrant.

Join us as we celebrate our invaluable volunteers with an evening of Havdalah, wine, dessert, music, and gratitude. It's an evening both for those who volunteer and those who want to show appreciation.

This event has been generously sponsored by Margo Friestadt and Lynn Ludlow, in memory of Hans Freistadt.

Please RSVP here.

Tu B'Shvat: A Jewish Environmental Holiday 
Sunday, February 9, 4:30 pm
LEV Shalom pre-program for families with young children 
begins at 4:00
Explore what Judaism teaches about the human relationship to the Earth through singing, study, hands-on activities, eating, and opportunities for ongoing action.

Please RSVP here.
Bet Midrash
Or Shalom's New Adult Learning Opportunity
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 (whenever Bet Sefer is in session)

Join with other Or Shalom seekers as we study a variety of contemporary and traditional Jewish topics in a lively, participatory group of thoughtful kindred spirits. For just an hour a week, take time to exercise your mind, connect with your community, and nurture your soul.

Recent and upcoming topics include: Guilt-Free Teshuvah, The New Jewish Food Movement, Judaism and the Environment, The New Sanctuary Movement, and Rabbinic Rebellion.

All are welcome; no advance registration necessary. Drop in as you can.  Upcoming dates:  1/15, 1/22, 2/5
Or Shalom's Bet Sefer connects students to their Jewish community and heritage by introducing them to Jewish  holidays, history, values, and the Hebrew language. Our curriculum is built around study, song, dance, art, cooking, and community service. It is designed to meet the needs of all learners and support them along their Jewish journey. More information.

We accept new students throughout the year. Use this link to enroll.
Upcoming Bet Sefer dates: 1/15, 1/22, 2/5
Social Action Corner
  • See the film "Objector" and meet the director
    "Objector" is a film about a young Israeli woman questioning her obligation to serve in the army. Several Or Shalom members are among the hosts of this event. Sunday, 1/12, 5:30-8:00 pm at 626 Mission Bay North.
  • Compassion Has No Walls--Protest at ICE. Friday, January 10, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, 630 Sansome Street.
  • Get more news and hear about upcoming events at Spark!, our Social Action Website. You'll need to register to gain access to the site, so email admin@orshalom.org to get started.
Announce Your Event to Or Shalom

We are happy to include your event in the Or Shalom weekly newsletter as long as it meets the following criteria:
  • Doesn't conflict with an OS event 
  • Is  specifically relevant to the OS community
  • Has official OS  approval
Please submit announcements at least 3 weeks in advance. Be sure to include all details, including RSVP information. Your announcement may be edited for content, format, and/or length. 
For more information about getting an event listed, please contact Administrator Lillian Markind at admin@orshalom.org .

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