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Or Shalom Weekly Newsletter
CALENDAR  HIGHLIGHTS - December 2019-January 2020
You'll find a complete calendar at OrShalom.org 

Wed 12/4 
4:30 pm 
Bet Midrash - special arts project with Havaya Arts director Julianne Schwartz 
Details below 
Wed 12/4 
6:30 pm 
Considering God Salon  
Details below 
Fri 12/6  6:3o pm 
Traveling Shabbat and potluck dinner
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 
Wed 12/11  
 4:30 pm  
Bet Midrash - Special art session 
Details below 
Sat 12/14  10:00 am  Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Zachary Maeder-Wolland
son of Elyse Wolland 
Sun 12/15 
10:00 am 
LEV Shalom and Sing Shalom 
Details below 
Thu 12/19  12:00 pm  
Southside Collaborative Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Pam at Or Shalom 
followed by making bag lunches for the homeless 
Fri 12/20 
6:30 pm 
Shabbat Kulanu 
hosted by the Interfaith Action Committee
Details to follow 
Sat 12/28 
4:30 pm 
LEV Shalom and Sing Shalom--special Hanukkah Party session 
Details below 
Sat 12/28 
5:00 pm 
Hannukah Celebration 
Details below
Fri 1/3 
6:30 pm 
Traveling Shabbat and potluck dinner 
at the home of Barbara Bernstein and John Tibbetts 
Sun  1/5 
10:00 am 
Reclaim Our Vote 
Details to follow 
Wed  1/8 
4:00 pm 
Bet Sefer and Bet Midrash resume 
Sat 1/11
10:00 am 
Shabbat Morning Service 
Save the Dates!
for don't-miss events coming up early next year

Volunteer Appreciation Havdallah, Feb 1, 2020  
We honor the contributions of Or Shalom's volunteers: Board members, committee heads, school helpers, office volunteers, many others. Or Shalom runs on their energy and dedication.  We're planning a big  
Community Retreat at Walker Ranch, May 1-3, 2020
"The best thing we do," according to Rabbi Katie. A relaxing weekend of shmoozing, studying, hiking, praying, swimming, and laughing til it hurts at the famous Or Shalom talent show.  

Our Annual Fund Drive continues! Thanks to all those who have pledged or contributed so far. If you have not yet made your gift or pledge, please consider what Or Shalom means to you, and understand that we need everyone's support to make it all happen. Make a meaningful donation.  

Affordable Housing for Seniors
Wednesday, December 4, 3:00 pm

Faith in Action (Or Shalom is a member) will gather at City Hall (Plaza Polk Street) on December 4, led by our elders. We will deliver a letter to the mayor asking her to commit to a program where low-income seniors pay no more than 30% of their income in rent. Several Supervisors will join us.

Our seniors are keeping alive the hope of being able to continue living in their beloved city of San Francisco. Let's stand together to reclaim the Soul of the City. If you can't be at City Hall, please sign this letter 
Considering God Salon
Wednesday, December 4, 7-9 pm
The Considering God Salon will be wrangling with this topic: As we enter 2020, does our Jewish faith help us deal with the threats, fears, and possibilities? We'll consider our values, teachings, practices, historical lessons, and more.

Come early for some noshing and socializing starting at 6:30. Please bring a snack to share. Our discussion starts at 7.

The Considering God Salon is open to all Or Shalom members. Please RSVP to Norisa .
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.
One Day Only: Bet Midrash Becomes an Arts Camp!
with Julianne Schwartz
Wednesday, December 11, 4:30-5:30
Join us for a special Bet Midrash. On December 11 we will welcome Julianne Schwartz, director of Reconstructing Judaism's arts-based summer camp, Havaya Arts. Julianne and Rabbi Katie will explore a Jewish text through a fun and meaningful visual arts project. You'll hear about the power of Jewish camping, and Havaya Arts's programs in particular.

Havaya Arts, located in Southern California, offers one- and two-week sessions for young people entering grades 3-12. They can specialize in music, theater, dance, or visual arts, all in an immersive and welcoming Jewish environment. There is robust financial aid and free flights to and from.
If you want to know more but can't attend the Bet Midrash, you can contact Julianne here or talk to Rabbi Katie.
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

with the Interfaith Action Committee
Friday, December 20, 6:30 pm
On Shabbat Kulanu evenings, the whole community gathers for a hosted dinner followed by a joyous, musical Shabbat service for all ages.

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

This Shabbat Kulanu is hosted by Or Shalom's Interfaith Action Committee. Committee members, sign up here for hosting tasks.

Family Education
Next session - December 15 at 10 am
Learn about Jewish Holidays!  
PLUS: Special Hanukkah Party Session  
December 28 at 4:30,  
right before the community Hanukkah Celebration 
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.

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.

The December 11 session will be a special project with Havaya Arts director Julianne Schwartz; see the announcement above.

All are welcome; no advance registration necessary. Drop in as you can.  Upcoming dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

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:  12/4, 12/11, 12/18
Social Action Corner
  • Intergenerational Climate Justice! AARP members--please sign this petition urging the group to join the fight against climate change. With 38-million members from across the political spectrum, AARP could be a major player in building a national, non-partisan climate activism movement. Let their management know what seniors want most: a livable world for their children and grandchildren. (If you're not a member, why not join? There's no age limit.) Questions? Want to pass it on? email Barbara Bernstein.
  • San Francisco Politics 101. An intro course on politics with a panel of experts and activists. More information here.
  • 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.
BIJ Chanukah and Holiday Fair
Sunday, December 8, 10 am-2 pm

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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
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For more information about getting an event listed, please contact Administrator Lillian Markind at admin@orshalom.org .

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