Weekly Newsletter
February 18 2021
625 Brotherhood Way, SF CA 94132
Sing Shalom @ Or Shalom: The Joy of Purim
Sunday, February 21 at 10:00 am
Get your mask ready. Make your noise-maker. Share the story of Purim. Sing!
Children aged 7 and under, along with their parents/grandparents/caregivers/siblings, are invited to this once-a-month hour of hands-on learning with Rabbi Katie and Zehava. Enjoy music, movement, stories, and Havdalah. Register here.

Purim kits are available for pickup. Contact the office for information.
Jewish Baby Network presents Purim Palooza
Sunday, February 21, 3:30-4:15
Jewish Baby Network invites very young children (0-1 year) to a costume party and Purim celebration. Rabbi Katie will be there, telling the story of Purim. Come in costume (kids and parents) and get ready for a Zoom Purim parade and holiday show & tell. Make sure to bring a grogger, rattle, or other noisemaker for the Purim story. Register now!
Racism and Antisemitism: Parallel and Intertwining Strategies to Divide
Sundays, February 21st and 28th at 11:00 am
Led by Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, hosted by Ner Shalom
We will look at the histories of racism and antisemitism, examine their origins, what their functions are, and some implications for activism and for the Jewish community today. One aspect will be examining the development of whiteness, how the identification with whiteness limits who we are, and the particular relationship of white Jews to whiteness; as well as some of the history of the relationship between the Black and Jewish communities. The workshop will be both didactic and experiential.
For more information and to register for this free event please click here then click here to join the workshop.

This will be a similar workshop that Or Shalom hosted in December.
Social Action Opportunities
Mass Incarceration: What YOU can do about it.
Sunday, February 28 at 1 -2:30 pm
With increasing numbers of people being sent to jail and to prison, the San Francisco Black-Jewish (and Allies) Unity Group wants to encourage conversations leading people to challenge the American mass incarceration criminal justice system. Or Shalom is co-sponsoring an exciting educational session that will help inspire you to advocate for change in our criminal justice system and in the operation of California’s prisons. Register here. Attendance is free and we hope you will join us.

Hand in Hand Workshop  
March 2 at 7:30 pm - RSVP for the Zoom link.
Join Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network in an Or Shalom-sponsored workshop to explore our experiences of mutual support and learn practical ways in which we can show up for our immigrant sisters and brothers, starting at home. This workshop will be relevant to those of us who might employ immigrant workers as nannies, house-cleaners, homecare attendants, or gardeners, as well as those of us who live in communities with immigrants and want to show up for them.
Vaccines Save Lives
Or Shalom encourages members to get vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless there are medical reasons to decline).

Public health recommendations and Jewish moral teaching make it imperative that our community members participate actively in following the guidelines of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

We have suffered the loss of our communal gatherings for almost one year. (While SFDPH allows outdoor religious gatherings with certain restrictions, Or Shalom has chosen to not use this exemption to the general lockdown out of respect for the most important Jewish value of them all--the preservation of human life.) In the meantime, we will continue to hold virtual meetings and gatherings until it is safe for the general public to meet with others not in their household pod.

The vaccine program is critical to ending the pandemic. Participation in this program is a civic responsibility as well as a moral one. It will assist San Francisco and Or Shalom in getting back to congregate, pray, work, and play.

You can find vaccine availability information here.
We gratefully acknowledge contributions from our members:

  • Stephen Seligman & Mary Amsler, in memory of Frances Amsler
  • John Tibbetts, in memory of Lillian Tibbetts and Dolores Lopez
  • Norisa Berardi, in memory of Elaine & Nicholas Carter
  • Roz & Steve Itelson, in memory of Mark Itelson and Ben Fine
  • Corey Weinstein & Pat Skala, in memory of Earl Weinstein
  • Barbara Bernstein, in memory of Doris Bernstein
  • Corey Weinstein & Pat Skala, in memory of Dawn McIntyre
  • Diane Epstein-Porter & Ken Porter, in memory of Geraldine Satz
  • Bonnie Willdorf, in memory of Abe Offner, Lillian Offner, and Barry Willdorf
On the anniversary of their deaths, we remember:

Dolores Lopez, Alice Staller, Dan Goldman, Lisa Ann Waxman, Ellen Gurian, Frances Amsler, Chrys Hunstiger, Michael Harac, Louis Shlipak, Abraham Raskin, Sam Ruchames, Lillian Tibbetts, Nicholas Carter, Lois Crane Toftley Matusek
This Week's Parsha
The parsha for this week is Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)

Or Shalom Clergy and Staff

Zehava Dahan, Education Director
Alison Faith Levy, Interim Cantorial Soloist
Chana Jacobs, Board President
Lillian Markind, Administrator