www.orshalom.org                      415.469.5542              625 Brotherhood Way, SF CA 94132
Or Shalom Weekly Newsletter
CALENDAR  HIGHLIGHTS - February/March 2020
You'll find a complete calendar at OrShalom.org 

Fri 2/7 
6:30 pm 
Change of plan! 
Shabbat Service now at Or Shalom. Joyful service with special guest musician Mikey Pauker, followed by a festive kiddush -  Details below 
Sat 2/8 
10:00 am 
Shabbat Service- Embodied spiritual practice 
Details below, please RSVP
Sat 2/8 5:30 pm Memorial Shloshim at the home of Allan Pleaner
Sun 2/9 
4:00 pm 
Family Education -  Details below, please enroll
Sun 2/9 
4:30 pm 
Tu B'shvat Celebration  -  Details below, please RSVP
Wed 2/12
4:30 pm
Learn and Discern: Sanctuary OS
At Bet Midrash - Details below
Sat 2/15 
10:00 am 
Shabbat service and Bat Mitzvah of Shoshana Priel,
daughter of Daphne Blumenthal & Peter Priel 
Sun 2/16 11:00 am
Vow Renewal of Al & Patricia Mizrahi, followed by lunch.  Last chance to rsvp, here
Wed 2/19 
2:00 pm
Reclaim Our Vote phone-banking  
Details below, please RSVP 
Thu 2/20 
12:00 pm 
Southside Jewish Collaborative Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Danny at Ner Tamid, followed by making lunches for the homeless 
Fri 2/21 
6:30 pm 
Shabbat Kulanu honoring and welcoming our new members,  hosted by Or Shalom - Please RSVP
Sat 2/22 
10:00 am 
Shabbat service and Bar Mitzvah of Simon Rudoff,  son of Motomi and Matt Rudoff 
Sun 2/23  
10:00 am 
Spiritual exchange at Grace Tabernacle with Rabbi Katie -  Details below 
Sun 2/23 
1:00 pm 
Dismantling Racism: Film and Discussion, co-sponsored by Or Shalom, at the Calvary Presbyterian Church -  Details below  
Fri 2/28
4th Friday Shabbat: Service and talk with Susan Levine 
Oneg hosted by Pat Skala and Corey Weinstein in memory of Dorothy Skala. Details below.
Fri 3/6 6:30pm
Sanctuary Dinners in member homes
Open your home or be a guest at a special Shabbat dinner/discussion 
Details below 
Service and Kiddush with Guest Musician Mikey Pauker
Friday, February 7 at 6:30 pm at Or Shalom 

Our usual Traveling Shabbat comes home to Or Shalom as we enjoy a music-filled service with guest Mikey Pauker.

Mikey Pauker is a folk/world artist from San Rafael. Time Magazine listed him as "One of the 10 Stars of the New Jewish Music." His sound blends elements of folk, reggae, and hip-hop. He is the music director at Wilderness Torah: Center for Earth-Based Judaism and will be releasing an album soon. Check him out here!
Shabbat Morning Service
Embodied Spiritual Practice: Joy in the Struggle 
Saturday, February 8 at 10:00 am
Led by Rabbi Katie and Gail Gurewitz 
Explore the intersection of body and soul as we pray through movement and breath. Our session falls on "Shabbat Shirah," the Shabbat of Song, named for the Torah's description of the Israelites dancing and singing their way into freedom. Inspired by that story, our practice will embody releasing fear and cultivating joy, even in the midst of a struggle.
Please RSVP here. Come in comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat and cushion if you have them.  
Tu B'Shvat: A Jewish Environmental Holiday 
Sunday, February 9, 4:30 pm
Family Education pre-program  begins at 4:00 pm
Explore what Judaism teaches about the human relationship to the Earth through singing, study, hands-on activities, eating, and opportunities for ongoing action.    Please RSVP here .

As part of our family education program, we invite families with children 8 and under to come to a pre-celebration at 4pm. You can enroll here
Reclaim Our Vote Phone-Banking 
Wednesday, February 19, 2-5 pm 
We are working with Reclaim Our Vote to phone citizens in vulnerable populations who have been systematically removed from voter rolls--and may not even know it. On our calls we will give people the tools they need to re-register and reclaim their voices in our democracy.  
Join us at Or Shalom from 2-5 on Wednesday, January 19. Brings three things with you:
  • a fully-charged phone
  • a fully-charged laptop or tablet
  • a headset/headphones with microphone for your phone
Please RSVP. There will be another phone bank at Or Shalom on Sunday, March 29, from 10 am-1 pm.

Friday, February 21 at 6:30pm

This year, the entire community is invited to our gala welcome for new members. Help show those who have joined Or Shalom over the past year what an engaging and interesting community they are now part of. We will share a meal, conversation, a little Or Shalom lore, and a brief service to welcome the Sabbath.

The meal will be hosted by Or Shalom, but please RSVP to let us know you are coming!  
Spiritual Exchange With Grace Tabernacle
Sunday, February 23 at 10am at Grace Tabernacle
Sunday, March 29 at 1pm at Or Shalom

Join us as we deepen our connection to a sister community, Grace Tabernacle Community Church. Grace Tabernacle is a progressive, African-American, evangelical church. Leaders and members from Grace have joined in the past for our seder and other events.

This spring, we will continue the spiritual exchange as Rabbi Katie preaches at Grace Tabernacle ( 1221 Oakdale Avenue in the Bayview) on Sunday morning, February 23, and as we convene a jointly-led Torah and bible study session on Sunday afternoon, March 29, at 1:00-3:00 pm at Or Shalom. 
Unity Forum: Dismantling Racism 
Sunday, Feb 23 at 1:00 pm at Calvary Presbyterian Church

Or Shalom members are invited to the second in a series of forums on racial and economic justice, co-sponsored by Or Shalom. 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. 
This second forum will begin with excerpts from the film "When They See Us."  The third forum is planned for April at Or Shalom.  Admission is free, but p lease RSVP .
4th Friday Shabbat 
"Choosing Life," with Susan Levine
6:30 pm, Friday, Feb 28

After a Shabbat service, we will hear from our friend and member, Susan Levine. Susan will talk about how a life full of optimism and success could also be one of extreme sadness. She will try and answer the question, "How can someone who seems to have everything want to kill themself?" She will discuss what led to her suicide attempts, and what role Judaism has played in her recovery.

The oneg will be generously hosted by Pat Skala and Corey Weinstein, in memory of Pat's mother, Dorothy Skala.
     Sanctuary Shabbat Dinner 
In Member Homes, Friday, March 6 at 6:30pm
Gather with friends for a Shabbat dinner and a discussion of the New Sanctuary Movement and what it would mean for Or Shalom to join and declare ourselves a Sanctuary Synagogue. We will match up hosts and guests for an evening that is sure to be a sociable and meaningful way to learn about this possibility and give your input.
RSVP here to host or be a guest.
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.

Learn and Discern: Sanctuary OS at Bet Midrash
Wednesday 2/12 4:30-5:30

Join Rabbi Katie for a chance to learn and discuss Jewish sources related to the New Sanctuary Movement.  This is one of a series of events and opportunities that is part of the Or Shalom discernment about whether to declare ourselves a Sanctuary Synagogue.  

All are welcome; no advance registration necessary. Drop in as you can.  Upcoming dates:  2/12, 2/26
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: 2/12 & 2/26  

Rabbi Seth Goldstein of Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia, Wash., a sanctuary congregation, describes the process of his community welcoming a guest into physical sanctuary. Rabbi Goldstein is the president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. 
Volunteer Appreciation Havdalah
We had an amazing time at our Volunteer Appreciation Havdalah.  The social hall looked like a cozy lounge; the picture doesn't do it justice!  We wrote and spoke about our appreciation for those who donate their time to Or Shalom.  We can't wait to do it again!  
Vote in the US Election to the World Zionist Congress 
Voting is open now through March 11  
The World Zionist Congress, convening in October, is the international "parliament of the Jewish people." It makes decisions and sets priorities regarding key institutions that support Jewish life around the world. There are multiple "slates" of candidates representing diverse political beliefs, religious denominations, and cultural traditions.

Reconstructing Judaism joins the Reform movement in supporting the progressive ARZA slate. We are all urged to register and vote for ARZA.

Here is a video that takes you through the steps of registering and voting (it is a little involved). Or you can go directly to the website to learn about the election, register, and cast your vote.
Or Shalom Jewish Community | newsletter@orshalom.org | http://www.orshalom.org
625 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco, CA 94132