Weekly Newsletter
November 19, 2020
625 Brotherhood Way, SF CA 94132
Interfaith Gratitude Gathering
Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm

Gather by Zoom with clergy and communities from a variety of faith traditions as we anticipate Thanksgiving 2020. Together we will celebrate the universal human capacity for gratitude through music, words, and a chance to support those in need in this difficult season. 


Sponsored by Or Shalom Jewish Community, Congregation Ner Tamid, Grace Tabernacle Church, Christ Church Lutheran, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Al Sabeel Masjid Noor al Islam and First Mennonite Church of San Francisco.

This event will also be live-streamed to the Or Shalom Facebook Page. 
We thank our generous donors for their continued support of Or Shalom's staff, programming, and social action. You can donate here. The Annual Fund runs through December 31. Every gift of every size is appreciated.
Thursday Morning Zoominyan
Every Thursday, 10:00 am (except 11/26)

Our Thursday morning Zoominyan continues to meet every Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00 am. The minyan is lay-led. We have changed the format a bit to allow for a longer Torah study. We include songs, prayers for healing, Kaddish, and a discussion of the highlights of the week's parsha. Join us! Any questions? Contact Janet Jacobs.

Here's the Zoom link; the password is THURSDAY.
Friday Nights at Or Shalom
Every Friday, 7:00 pm
Does working from home, learning from home, and generally staying at home make every day feel the same? Do your weeks seem shapeless? Judaism has the solution: Shabbat! Here at Or Shalom, we mark every Friday night by greeting the Sabbath. Some evenings there's a full service, often led by Rabbi Katie and Mikey. 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 Shabbat blessings and Shabbat services share this Zoom link; password is: SHALOM
Jewish Baby Network Thanksgiving Celebration
Sunday, November 22 at 10:30 am

Dancing, singing, puppets, turkey fun, blessings, and more! Let's celebrate our families and be thankful for all the blessings in our lives. Please invite grandparents, extended family, and special friends in your life to join us in our Zoom space. Register here.

This program is cosponsored by Congregations Beth Am, Kol Emeth, Beth Jacob, Sherith Israel, Or Shalom, and the PJCC.
Hanukkah is coming!
Saturday, December 12 at 5:00 pm

Save the date for Or Shalom's Hanukkah Celebration on Saturday, December 12 at 5pm. This year, our Chesed Committee will be preparing gift bags with homemade cookies for our members, and delivering them to your home. Please let us know if you need a gluten-free option.
We gratefully acknowledge contributions from our members:

  • Miriam Lewis, in memory of Doris Lewis
  • Miriam Lewis, in honor of Rabbi Katie, Mikey Pauker & the Music Ensemble
  • Tom Herz & Saralie Pennington, in memory of Ilse Herz
  • Judith & Michael McCullough, in memory of Lillian Lesser
  • Laura Bloch & Ofer Yitzhaki, in honor of Chesed Committee
  • Ruth Maginnis, in memory of Bill Maginnis
  • Sue Schechter, in memory of Richard Schechter
  • Bonnie Wildorf, in memory of Elsa Raven
  • Judy Olasov, in memory of Elsa Raven
The community extends its sympathy to
  • Anna Christina Braun, on the death of her sister, Rebecca Braun
  • Judy Olasov, on the death of her aunt, Elsa Raven
On the anniversary of their deaths, we remember:

Wesley Crowe, Gerald Spatt, Lore Grove, Victor Resnick, Lillian Lesser, James Howard Levine, Sarah Ackerman Solow, James Amsler, Isabel Louis, Ilse Herz, Jeff, Ann and Sienna Fairbanks, Saly Ruth Ramler Struik, Judith Knoop, Ruth Rifkind, Helene Hall, Priscilla Bartholomew, Christine Crowe
This Week's Parsha
The parsha for this week is Tol'dot (Genesis 25:19-28:9) Listen here

Susan Levine Essay in Evolve

"Where was God when I was run over by the train?" asks Or Shalom member Susan Levine in an essay recently published online in Evolve, a publication of the Center for Jewish Ethics. Her article is called "Where is God? A Jewish Approach to Death" and is based on a dvar torah that Susan delivered to the Board of Governors of Reconstructing Judaism last month. You can read the entire essay here.
Social Action Corner
Turning Out the Vote in Georgia
The New Georgia Project, a nonpartisan effort co-founded by Stacey Abrams to register and engage Georgians, is doing a livestream volunteer kickoff on Saturday, November 21, at 11 am Pacific time. RSVP for the kickoff or just sign up to volunteer.
Also, during November and December the non-partisan group Reclaim Our Vote is sending postcards to Georgia. Postcards must be mailed by December 7. Get instructions and addresses here. Order postcards here.
St. Anthony’s Thanksgiving Virtual Curbside
Often during the holidays we join the Southside Jewish Collaborative to help prepare and serve food at the St. Anthony's dining room. This year, with COVID-19, we are unable to do so. Instead, please support St. Anthony's virtual event by going to the  Virtual Curbside webpage, where you can “shop” contact-free for food and clothing items for this holiday season. Your contributions will go straight to helping St. Anthony's guests, some of the folks in our city who need it the most.    
Support Paid Leave for Domestic Workers
Molly Seligman, who grew up in Or Shalom, wants our support for her work to win paid time off for domestic workers in San Francisco with the local non-profit organization Hand in Hand. Please sign this petition to city officials today and pass it on to others.
Thank You for Supporting Maria and her Children
Thanks to all the Or Shalom members who donated toys and clothes to Maria and her toddler son. The contributions were much appreciated!
Or Shalom Clergy and Staff

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