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

Fri 11/2 6:30 pm
Solidarity Shabbat and Vegetarian Potluck 
at the home of Jurate Raulinaitis and Kirk Schneider
Wed 11/7
6:00 pm
B'nai Mitzvah Orientation
Fri 11/9
7:30 pm
Chant and Drum with BIJ
Sat 11/10
10:00 am
Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Ethan Yitzhaki 
Son of Laura Bloch and Ofer Yitzhaki
Sun 11/11 10:00 am
Sing Shalom!
Wed 11/14 6:30 pm
Considering God Salon
Details Below
Thur 11/15 12:00 pm Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Danny at Ner Tamid
Fri 11/16 6:30 pm Shabbat Kulanu
Blessings and dinner followed by a service.
Sun 11/18 10:00 am News Minyan
Thu 11/22 -
Fri 11/23

Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Sun 11/25 10:00 am
Free Your Words Writing Workshop 
at the home of Daniel Raskin
Wed 11/28
Feed Homeless San Franciscans with Or Shalom
Details Below
Sat 12/8 5:30 pm
Hanukkah Celebration
More details coming soon!
Mourning Those Lost at 
Tree of Life * Or L'Simcha Synagogue

The Jewish community has suffered a terrible loss this week. An anti-Semitic terrorist entered Tree of Life * Or L'Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Shabbat morning and killed eleven people, including a member of Reconstructionist Congregation Dor Hadash that was holding Torah study at the synagogue.  In the wake of this tragedy, Or Shalom hosted a solidarity gathering to grieve in song and silence. 

Learn more about our vigil and other Bay Area vigils in this article from JWeekly.

Read Reconstructing Judaism's response here.

A message from Rabbi Katie from her blog:

Jews have a unique relationship to the first amendment in this moment.  On the one hand, the first amendment protects our freedom of religion.  It is the foundation upon which American Jewry has built a relatively safe and prosperous life for centuries in this place...  On the other hand, all too often in recent years, the first amendment has been used as a shield for hate speech and incitement. Read more here...

The Annual Fund is one of the essential income streams which nourish Or  Shalom.  Each year, we count on gifts beyond membership commitments to  meet our basic operating costs.  Please participate generously with your own tax-deductible gift to the Or Shalom Annual Fund this year, and even  if you can only spare a small amount, we do ask each of our members to  take part.   Thank you so much to all of those who have given this week -  your support is what keeps Or Shalom healthy and thriving!

This Week's Donors Are:

Al & Frieda Sion / Lillian Markind & Mike Lelivelt in Honor of Ezra Leventhal / Margo Freistadt & Lynn Ludlow / John Tibbetts & Barbara Bernstein

You can participate in the Annual Fund here
Help Feed Homeless
San Franciscans This Winter!
Wednesday, November 28 at Or Shalom
Or Shalom will cook for the Interfaith Winter Shelter for the homeless this year. In this program, churches and synagogues in San Francisco offer shelter and food for 70 homeless people during the winter months. Several churches allow people to sleep in their buildings, while other churches, synagogues and faith groups provide meals. 

This has been coordinated for many years by San Francisco's Interfaith Council. Or Shalom's contribution will be to cook and serve dinner on Wed. Nov. 28. We will cook at Or Shalom beforehand, and serve dinner at St. Boniface Church.

Please contact Allan Pleaner if you'd like to help. Exact time is to be determined, for now we are just gathering names of folks who are interested. 

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 often followed by a presentation

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

Double Mitzvah Membership Drive
In the last three months many Or Shalom members have reflected on how Or Shalom enriches our lives, and told others about it. Thank you to everyone who participated and brought new faces into Or Shalom circles, at celebrations and solemn occasions. 

We hope you feel that the mitzvah you have done for your friends and for Or Shalom has also been a mitzvah in your own life. Several new households have joined us since the Double Mitzvah drive began. Please continue to tell (and show!) others about our active, contemplative, studious, joyful, sometimes-heartbroken but always resolute community. 

Fight for Our Democracy This Midterm Season!

Or Shalom is dedicated to making a difference this election season! Check out the dedicated election page on our website for local opportunities and election resources. 

Or Shalom hosted an evening of critical discussion and analysis of the upcoming San Francisco and statewide ballot.  Included in the link above are the source sheets we used for the discussion of each proposition with a brief summary of the conclusion each group came to at the end of their discussions. 

We encourage you to check out this meditation on voting from T'ruah before you enter the voting box this Tuesday!

Stay tuned for a post-election gathering.

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. 

Considering God Salon
Wednesday, November 14, 6:30pm

The next Considering God Salon will be on Wednesday, November 14 in the Fireside Room.  We will gather from 6:30 - 7:00 to nosh and meet from 7:00 - 9:00.

We will examine our social activism and what the impact of growing up and being Jewish (religious or secular) has had on these involvements. Why are there so many Jews involved in social justice movements? We also hope to have a short text on Jewish tradition to share.

The Considering God Salon is limited to Or Shalom members. Please contact norisa.berardi@gmail.com to RSVP or with any questions or concerns.

Or Shalom has an Or Shalom Cookbook!

JUSTICE in the KITCHEN is an Or Shalom vegetarian cookbook with over 150 pages, including beautiful cover art by Rabbi Me'irah, a Foreword by Rabbi Rami Shapiro, an Introduction by Danny Brook, and lots of delicious recipes with personal stories from our members, as well as photographs and resources.

Paper copies are sold out, but e-cookbooks (pdf) are available for an $18 suggested donation to Or Shalom.

Social Action Corner  
  • Highlight from the Spark! Calendar: 
    Q Series: State of the LGBTQ Movement 2018
    Thursday, 11/8 5:30PM | 30 Grove St, SF
    Leaders of the LGBTQ movement discuss strategy and what's next for the community. Join Rea Carey of National LGBTQ Taskforce, Jessica Stern of OutRight International, Kris Hayashi of Transgender Law Center, and Kate Kendell of NCLR. Moderated by Horizons' President Roger Doughty. Event is free. 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!

Becky & Barry Klawans In Memory Of  Don Lichtenberg / Motomi & Matthew Rudoff In Memory Of Leonard Rudoff and Janet Rudoff /  Bryna Rifkind In Memory of Roger Rifkind & Seymour Horowitz / Marta Espinoza / Robin Roth In Memory Of  Margo Adair & Joseph Roth


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

Deborah Jansen  on the passing of her brother, 
Harlan James Crowe Jr.

Ezra Leventhal on the passing of her grandfather,
Walt Jessen.

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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