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We are launching a new service this month.  See details below!  We hope to see you there.
Or Shalom Weekly Newsletter
A complete calendar is available at OrShalom.org 

Fri 10/5 New time!
6:30 pm
Traveling Shabbat and vegetarian potluck at the home of Judy Olasov.  
Address in member directory
Sat 10/6 10:00 am Shabbat Bereishit with Sofer-in-Residence, Rabbi Kevin Hale and Or Zarua
Details Below
Fri 10/12 7:30 pm Chant and Drum with BIJ
Sat 10/13
10:00 am
Daughter of Melissa Budnick
Sat 10/13

7:00 pm
Havdalah & Voter Education Night
Details Below
Sun 10/14 10:00 am
Sing Shalom! 
Details Below
Fri 10/19 6:30 pm Shabbat Kulanu  - Shabbat for Everybody
Details below. Please RSVP.
Sun 10/21 11:00 am Can We Talk About Israel and Palestine?  Discussion lead by Rabbi Amy Eilberg
Sun 10/21 1:00 pm
Tikkun Olam Day with Southside Jewish Collaborative
Details Below
Fri 10/26 6:30 pm Fourth Friday Shabbat
Sat 10/27 10:00 am Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Sean Harrington
Son of Anne Flatte & Matthew Harrington
Sun 10/28 10:00 am
Free Your Words Writing Workshop 
at the home of Daniel Raskin
Havdalah & Voter Education Night
Saturday, 10/13 at 7:00pm

Join Or Shalom for an evening of critical discussion and analysis of the upcoming San Francisco and statewide ballot! After a brief Havdalah service, we will facilitate group discussions about key issues on the ballot. Each discussion will include both the crucial facts and relevant pieces of Jewish text to help inform your opinion.
Democracy thrives on knowledgeable voters. Prepare to bring your informed, progressive, Jewish point of view to the voting box this November!

New Shabbat Schedule for 5779/2018-19
new start times!

1st Friday - 6:30pm Traveling Shabbat and potluck dinner
2nd Friday - 7:30pm Chant & Drum at BIJ
2nd Saturday - 10:00am Shabbat Morning Service
3rd Friday - 6:30pm 'Shabbat Kulanu'- Shabbat for Everybody, with dinner
4th Friday - 6:30pm Shabbat Service with light nosh

Our 6:30pm events will start with blessings and food, followed by a service around 7pm. 

Our new Shabbat Kulanu will be a full meal for all ages - bring the kids and grandparents!   Join us for blessing and dinner at 6:30pm followed by a Shabbat Service (around 7pm).  We encourage all groups from Or Shalom to attend, not just Friday night regulars! Each month the meal will be hosted by a different group within Or Shalom.  October will be hosted by all Bet Sefer families. Please RSVP for meal planning purposes.
Double Mitzvah Membership Drive

To join the Double Mitzvah Membership Drive, simply pledge here to talk with a friend about Or Shalom.  Watch the leaves and oranges multiply with your outreach. 

Shabbat Bereishit with Sofer-in-Residence, Rabbi Kevin Hale and Or Zarua
Saturday, 10/6, 10:00am-3:00pm
St. Albans Episcopal Church 
(Parish Hall, on the second floor)
1501 Washington Avenue, Albany, CA

Or Zarua's observance of Shabbat Bereishit will begin with Morning Tefilah at 10:00am, followed by kiddush and pot luck lunch (roughly 12:15-1:30).  At 1:30pm, we will dig in deep with the following teaching.

Learning Session: Imagining Torah-Writing at the Center of Contemporary Jewish Civilization

Two hundred years from now, will our descendants recognize the origin of a Torah scroll that we will write, in the coming decade, on kosher roadkill deerskin, with a feather quill shed by a great egret, in a distinctive East Bay ktav (script)?
For most of our history, Torah was crafted locally, down the street or perhaps in the next town, with diverse materials and writing styles.  How might Torah be written in this time and place by members of our own communities?  What economic, ecological, artistic and religious priorities would need to shift to enable this essential Jewish sacred craft to be done right here?

Sing Shalom!
A Jewish Music & Movement Program 
for  kids 5 and under and their families
One Sunday a Month at 10 am
Next session - October 14

Introduce your little ones to song, dance,
and  Jewish tradition!  Listen to stories and songs with Rabbi Katie and others.

2018 - Oct 14, Nov 11, 
2019 - Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 7, & May 5

Special programs for Hanukkah on Dec 8 & 
Havdallah June 1 
Fight for Our Democracy This Midterm Season!

There are many local ways to affect democracy through a Jewish lens this election season. If you're interested in making a difference in the midterms, here's an opportunity.   There's more in the Spark! calendar below.

Sunday, 10/14, 8:45am-5:00pm
University of San Francisco,  McLaren Conference Center

As part of their larger democracy initiative, the Jewish Community Relations Council will be hosting Waging Democracy , a day-long forum that includes seminars, sessions and opportunities for action. Click the title link for more information and to RSVP!

Reconstructing Judaism Convention
November 15 - 18, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Join with other Reconstructionists to sing, pray, learn, and c elebrate the movement and the 50th anniversary of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College!  

The Convention program will be infused with music, many options for daily davening and studying, a pick-up choir, late-night programming, storytelling and open mic, a trip to the National Museum of American Jewish History, yoga, meditation, guided walking tours of Philadelphia's many murals and much more! We look forward to seeing you there.

For a draft schedule of Convention, please click  here. For more detail about what will be offered each day,  please click  here. To register and learn more about cost, please click here

Travel with Or Shalom!
June 19-30, 2019


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 
    and  relaxation. 

New Holocaust Drama comes to Potrero Stage
October 11-November 4
1695 18th St, San Francisco

Acclaimed actor Roger Grunwald explores a world gone mad in The Obligation, his riveting, immersive one-person stage drama. Directed by Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award winner, Nancy Carlin, this celebrated work interweaves the stories of a Polish Jew coming of age during World War II, a half-Jewish lieutenant in Hitler's army, a high-ranking SS officer, and a Jewish-American comedian (the play's Chorus)-all brought to life onstage in Grunwald's tour-de-force performance. The Obligation offers a provocative and timely look into the corrosive moral dilemmas of World War II and the Holocaust: a time when the unimaginable was the norm and survival depended on the right choice, guile, and sheer luck.

Presented in partnership with the Holocaust Center of San Francisco's Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS), The Obligation will perform October 11 - November 4, 2018 at the Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco. For tickets ($26-$56) and more information, visit  www.theobligation.org  or call (415) 992 - 7990. Special group rates.

Southside Jewish Collaborative Presents
Tikkun Olam Day
Sunday, October 21, 1:00-3:00pm
at B'nai Emunah - 3595 Taraval and 46th Ave.


The Southside Jewish Collaborative, four synagogues including Or Shalom, has its semi-annual Tikkun Olam Day at Bnai Emunah with beach clean-up at 2:00.  All ages are welcome. We will be making lunches for the homeless, collecting warm coats and sweaters, and making "no no's" for children having cleft palate surgery.

Social Action Corner  
  • Highlight from the Spark! Calendar: 
    Prepare for November: Civic Engagement Fair 
    Sunday, 10/7 at 2:00pm | 3543 18th St, SF
    Women's March San Francisco, League of Women Voters San Francisco, and The Women's Building invite you to a gathering of local community and political organizations offering opportunities for involvement and mobilization leading up to the 2018 midterms and breakout sessions on effective organizing tactics. Attendance is free,  click here to learn more and RSVP!
  • Get more news and events at Spark!
  • Still need to register for Spark? Email assistant@orshalom.org  and Ezra will get you started!

Bryna Rifkind In Memory of Roger Rifkind & Seymour Horowitz / Marta Espinoza / Robin Roth In Memory Of  Margo Adair & Joseph Roth / Michelle Kletter In Honor Of Or Shalom High Holy Days / Stan & Madelle Rosenfeld In Honor Of Rabbi Katie /  Sylvia Jacobs In Honor Of Janet Jacobs /  Judy Olasov In Memory Of John Paul Ferrara & Benjamin Agam, In Honor Of Scott Falcone's 50th birthday /  Margo Freistadt In Memory Of Rico Mendez, Gerda Freistadt, KC Jones, Berta Freistadt /  Tamara Kreinin & Rosalind Hinton In Honor Of Debra Murov


Or Shalom sends condolences to members of our community who have suffered recent loses.

Ayala Mirande & Scott Falcone on the passing of family member, Zvi Rabbie.

Charlie Varon on the passing of his aunt, Diana Jacobs.

Ofer & Nitza Agam on the passing of Ofer's father, Benjamin Agam.

Kirk Schneider & Jurate Raulinaitis on the passing of Kirk's stepfather, Alvin Siegal.

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 admin@orshalom.org .

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