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Or Shalom Weekly Newsletter
CALENDAR  HIGHLIGHTS - November/December 2019
You'll find a complete calendar at OrShalom.org 

Wed 11/13 
4:30 pm 
Bet Midrash
Details below 
Fri 11/15 
6:30 pm 
Shabbat Kulanu
Hosted dinner by Bet Sefer families followed by joyful musical service. Details below 
Sat 11/16 
10:00 am 
Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Lucas Greene 
son of Kelli Smith Greene & David Greene
Sun 11/17 
10:00 am 
News Minyan 
Details below
Sun 11/17 
1:30 pm 
Forum on Racial and Economic Justice 
Details below 
Wed 11/20 
4:30 pm 
Bet Midrash 
Thu 11/21 12:00 pm
Southside Collaborative Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Pam at BIJ  
followed by making bag lunches for the homeless
Fri & Sat 
11/22 & 11/23
Reconstructing Judaism Shabbaton 
Details below
Wed 12/4 
4:30 pm 
Bet Midrash 
Wed 12/4 
6:30 pm 
Considering God Salon 
Fri 12/6  6:3o pm 
Traveling Shabbat and potluck dinnner
at the home of Pat Skala and Corey  Weinstein 
Sat 12/7 
10:00 am
LeDor VaDor Cohort Retreat 
Sun 12/8 
4:00 pm 
Vote Forward Letter-Writing Campaign 
Details below 
Sat 12/14  10:00 am  Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Zachary Maeder-Wolland
son of Elyse Wolland 
Thu 12/19  12:00 pm  
Southside Collaborative Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Shana at Or Shalom 
followed by making bag lunches for the homeless 
Sat 12/28 
5:00 pm 
Hannukah Celebration 
Details to follow 
Thank you to the donors that have kicked off our Annual Fund Drive! If you have not yet made your gift or pledge, we ask you to participate with a meaningful donation.
Or Shalom provides us with an inspiring incubator for ideas, a safe place to grieve when the larger issues in the world break our hearts, and a system of moral justice that our children are proudly sharing with the world around them. It is only with your support that Or Shalom is able to provide the overarching structure for these many activities. 

Friday, November 15 at 6:30pm

Our popular community Shabbat continues with a hosted dinner followed by a joyful and musical service for all ages.

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

This Shabbat Kulanu is hosted by Bet Sefer families, who can sign up for hosting tasks  here.

News Minyan
Sunday, November 17 at 10am at Or Shalom

The News Minyan on November 17 is Or Shalom's first discernment activity to help us learn and think about becoming a Sanctuary Community. We will use this podcast as our "Text of Our Time" this month.   We will listen to part of the podcast together, and Rabbi Katie will present Jewish texts to frame our conversation.

News Minyan uses our tradition's practice of wrestling with text to examine our experience of life in the 21 st century. We seek to focus Judaism's wisdom, compassion and life-affirmation on current events, so that we can decide, in community, how to act. Each meeting, we examine and discuss a "text of our times" (a news article, essay, brief video or podcast) in the light of traditional texts and contemporary Jewish thought. 

The News Minyan is not a forum for political debate. It is a spiritual practice in which we explore and wrestle with what it is to be alive now. In this noisy, cluttered world, we seek a space where silence and contemplation are possible. To that end, we have evolved a form that includes silence, speech, listening, song, prayer, and poetry. This form helps us to face subjects we might want to ignore, or that might ignite fierce dispute, in a way that values difference and engenders depth and new thinking. Everyone is welcome.

Forum on Racial & Economic Justice
Sunday, November 17, 1:30-4:00 pm
African-American Art and Culture Complex
762 Fulton St., San Francisco

Or Shalom members are invited to a series of forums on racial and economic justice, "Beyond Us and Them: Dismantling Racism." The San Francisco Black/Jewish Unity Group is organizing these free programs, with Or Shalom as a co-sponsor. The forums will use documentary film and other media to spark discussions in an effort to inform and build bridges and community for the purpose of dismantling white supremacy and racism. 
The first forum will begin with excerpts from the film "When They See Us."  Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building. Light refreshments will be served.   The second forum will be in January, and the third will be in March at Or Shalom.
The SF Black/Jewish Unity Group is working to join together synagogues and African American churches for social justice work.

Register at EventBrite.  

Reconstructing Judaism Shabbaton with Rabbi Waxman
 November 22-23

Bay Area Reconstructionist Shabbaton 
with Rabbi Deborah Waxman,  
president of the Reconstructing Judaism movement   
Friday, Nov. 22 
Shabbat potluck dinner & conversation 
at Or Shalom, 6:30 pm 
Saturday, Nov. 23
Shabbat morning service with d 'var Torah & conversation 
at  Or Zarua in Albany
10:00 am - 12:30 pm 
RSVP here  
Saturday, Nov 23
Seudah Shlishit (potluck afternoon meal) and Havdalah 
at  Ner Shalom  in Cotati
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
Please RSVP for each event you plan to attend!   
Or Zarua members have offered to host our members in their homes between the morning service and the afternoon Havdalah so that you will not have to go home between these events. If you are interested in taking them up on this offer, please contact the Or Shalom office.   

Vote Forward Letter-Writing Campaign
Sunday, December 8, 4-6 pm

Join us at Or Shalom the afternoon of Sunday, December 8. We'll be writing letters to potential voters in other states, encouraging them to register to vote.

Our project is part of Vote Forward's campaign to identify not-yet-registered voters in under-represented communities around the country and take action to help them register and vote. In this way we can ensure that the electorate reflects the true preferences of the people of each state.

All supplies will be provided. Just bring your energy and enthusiasm.
Human Rights Shabbat
December 13 & 14

We join with over 500 other Jewish Communities in exploring and celebrating the deep connections between Judaism and human rights. 

Or Shalom will mark Human Rights Shabbat with action and learning.

Action   -  Vigil at ICE building, 630 Sansome St, Friday 12/13, noon-1pm

Learning - Rabbi Katie's teaching at services on Saturday, 12/14, 10:00 am

Family Education
Next session - December 15 at 10 am
Learn about Jewish Holidays! 
Or Shalom has launched two new 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.
Shalom Chaverim!
Welcoming New Members to Or Shalom

Announcing the Chaverim program, which matches up new members (or even people seriously exploring membership) with current Or Shalom members. It's a kind of a buddy system, designed to give new members a personal connection at Or Shalom.

We are looking for community members who want to take someone new--it might be a whole family--under their wing for a while. As a Chaver (friend), you will reach out to the new member you've been assigned and offer a personal welcome. You'll answer questions, encourage participation, remind them of upcoming events. There might be a Shabbat dinner at your home, or a date to sit together at services one Saturday morning. You can do as much or as little as seems comfortable for you and your match.
We will try to make matches that take background, interests, kids' ages, etc., into account. We're hoping that lasting friendships will develop.
If you'd like to learn more about being one of our Chaverim, please email buddy@orshalom.org. And if you know someone who is considering joining Or Shalom but wants to know more about us, drop a note to that same address.
Bet Midrash
Or Shalom's New Adult Learning Opportunity
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 (only when 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.

Most sessions will be led by Rabbi Katie; some may be led by other Or Shalom members. If you have topics you would like to learn about or teach, please let Rabbi Katie know.

All are welcome; no advance registration necessary. Drop in as you can.  Upcoming dates: 11/13, 11/20, 12/4

Global Day of Jewish Learning 
Reconstructing Judaism is participating in the Global Day of Jewish Learning, a 24-hour marathon of live-learning events located around the world and linked by video. The goal of the project is to unite Jewish communities in many countries through study of our shared texts.  
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D., will be representing the Reconstructing Judaism movement with a teaching on "Feedback that Works: The Art of Tochecha" on Sunday, November 17, at 11 am Pacific time. Use this link to watch Rabbi Teutsch. Learn more about the whole Global Day of Jewish Learning  here.  
Keep up with what's going on in the movement in its  monthly newsletter
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:  11/13, 11/20, 12/4

Social Action Corner  

  • The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association is expressing support for a bill (HR2407) that promotes the human rights of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation. Here is the full statement. If you live in Nancy Pelosi's district, please sign this petition to urge her to support the bill.
  • 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.
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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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