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Or Shalom Weekly Newsletter
A complete calendar is available at OrShalom.org 

Fri 2/8 7:30 pm Chant & Drum with BIJ
Sat 2/9 10:00 am  Shabbat Service & Bat Mitzvah of Samara Bainton
Daughter of Margo Vener and Roland Bainton
Sun 2/10
10:00 am Sing Shalom!
Sun 2/10 2:00 pm Book Talk with Holocaust Survivor & Peace Activist Irene Butter
Details below, RSVP please
Mon 2/11 4:00 pm Teen Leadership & Havurah
Fri 2/15 6:30 pm Shabbat Kulanu hosted by our New Members! 
Blessings and dinner at 6:30 followed by a service.
Details below, RSVP please
Sun 2/17 10:00 am News Minyan
Wed 2/20 6:30 pm Considering God Salon
Details below
Thu 2/21 12:00 pm Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Pam at BIJ followed by preparing bag lunches for the hungry
Thu 2/21 6:00 pm
Faith In Action Training - Dismantling Injustice in San Francisco
Details below
Fri 2/22 6:30 pm 4th Friday Shabbat Service hosted by the OS Book Group
Details below
Sat 2/23
10:00 am
LaDor VaDor Retreat (7th Grade)
at the home of Margo Vener & Roland Bainton
Fri 3/1 6:30 pm Traveling Shabbat
at the home of an Or Shalom member
Sat 3/2 8:00 pm Benefit Concert for FIA Bay Area
at Sherith Israel, cosponsored by Or Shalom, details below
Fri 3/8 7:30 pm Chant and Drum with BIJ
Sat 3/9 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Service and Ann Zorn Memorial Lunch
Details below
Book Talk with Irene Butter:
Holocaust Survivor and Peace Activist
Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 pm

Holocaust survivor and inspirational speaker Irene Butter will be in conversation with Bay Area author and filmmaker Elizabeth Rynecki. Book signing to follow.

Dr. Irene Butter is a well-known peace activist and Professor Emerita of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Irene's first person memoir, Shores Beyond Shores, is an account of how the heart keeps its common humanity in the most inhumane and turbulent of times. Irene's memoir has been called "a revelation about what sustains the human spirit." 

Please RSVP here

Day of Service with SF Marin Food Bank
Sunday, February 17 at 12:00pm
900 Pennsylvania Ave,  San Francisco

Join Or Shalom for a day of service at the SF Marin Food Bank.  We will be participating on the stock room floor, helping to organize their donated food and parcel it out into manageable packages for distribution.  All ages are welcome to join in this act of Tikkun Olam, including friends that are not affiliated with Or Shalom.

If you are interested in attending please contact our Social Action Fellow Ezra and let her know how many adults and children will be attending in your party. We have a limited amount of spaces reserved, so the sooner you contact Ezra, the more likely you'll get to participate. You can learn more about volunteering with SF Marin Food Bank here. We look forward to serving the community alongside you.

Friday, February 15 at 6:30pm
Join us for Shabbat Kulanu hosted by our new members!  Join us for a wonderful meal anchored by Or Shalom with sides provided by the newest members of our community followed by a musical and joyful Shabbat service.  

Blessing and dinner start at 6:30pm followed by a service around 7pm.  For meal planning, please RSVP here.

New Members -  Please sign up here to let us know what you are bringing and what volunteer jobs you can do.
Considering God Salon
Wednesday, February 20  
Nosh & chat at 6:30pm
Meeting from  7-9pm

The topic is the evolution of the role of women in Judaism. The group will be led by Rabbi Katie, Daniel, Beth, and Ezra.

The Considering God Salon is limited to Or Shalom members.   Please contact  norisa.berardi@gmail.com  to RSVP or with any questions or concerns.

Faith In Action
Dismantling Injustice in San Francisco
Thursday, February 21 from 6-9 pm
(dinner served at 6 pm)
at Or Shalom

Is pursuing justice central to who you are?  Do you yearn to meaningfully impact social wrongs in San Francisco? How can you move our community toward more effective action in the face of injustice?

In this session, local rabbis invite members of their communities into the process of "Becoming Rod'fei Tsedek (Pursuers of Justice)," where they will engage community members to work on key skills for community organizing and on core justice issues in San Francisco. 

Please RSVP to rabbiamy@faithinactionba.org for meal planning. 
4th Friday Shabbat and Discussion
Friday, February 22
6:30pm Blessings and snacks
7:00pm Shabbat Service
8:00pm Discussion

The Or Shalom Book Group will host a community discussion of  The Plot Against America  by Philip Roth as part of Jewish Learning Works'  One Bay One Book  series. 
The award-winning 2004 novel is an alternative history that imagines the impact upon a working class Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey when Charles Lindbergh is elected president in 1940.

  Click here  for reading guides and more information about the book and the series. 

Benefit Concert for Faith In Action Bay Area
Featuring Solstice 
at Sherith Israel, co-sponsored by Or Shalom
Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 pm

Join the award-winning female vocal ensemble Solstice for a benefit concert to support Faith in Action's work to defend immigrant families. Founded in the Bay Area in 1996, Solstice has enthralled audiences with a dynamic repertoire of music for women's voices from around the world and through the ages, precisely and lovingly performed.  This concert will be at Sherith Israel, 2266 California St, SF.

More information can be found here

Ann Zorn Memorial Service
Saturday, March 9 at 10:00 am

Join us for a Saturday morning Shabbat Service followed by a potluck lunch in memory of Ann Zorn, whose 5th Yahrzeit just passed.  

If you would like to make a donation to the Ann Zorn Memorial fund, please do so here.  

2018 in Social Action at Or Shalom

Want to learn more about Or Shalom's commitment to Social Action? Our  revamped Social Action Page  features a complete list of everything we've accomplished in the past year, check it out here!

Torah Chanting Opportunities

Always wanted to chant Torah at on a Shabbat morning and never found an opportunity to do it? March 2019 is your lucky month!  On Saturday morning, March 9, Or Shalom will gather for a Shabbat morning service in memory and honor of our beloved Ann Zorn.   Your Torah chanting chops are in demand for this special celebration of life, generosity and spiritual abundance. Please contact David directly to chant.  

Torah in the Flesh
Let the Torah Rhythm Dance in Your Soul!

David Cohen Tzedek is delighted to offer a Torah cantillation class for Or Shalom members and friends who wish to lend their hearts and voices to continual Revelation. Learn the Ta'amim--the musical flavors--of scriptural Hebrew, and take your first steps towards becoming a Ba'al/at Kri'ah, towards practical ownership of the Torah text in service of the community. Hebrew reading proficiency is prerequisite. Please contact David with your interest or questions. 

New Volunteer Coordinator

We are happy to announce that Melinda Ruchames is our new Volunteer Coordinator.  Melinda may reach out to you to assist with our events.  Or Shalom has many events and a small staff.  We rely on members to help set up, clean up, and act as greeters for our services.  

You can contact her at volunteer@orshalom.org to offer help for any service or activity you plan to attend or you can add your volunteer availability in the notes section when you rsvp for events.  Your help will be greatly appreciated! 
Or Shalom Accepts Car Donations!
Car donations are an easy way to support Or Shalom, providing you with a tax write-off and Or Shalom with additional funds for our community. We take care of the DMV paperwork, pick up your car, sell it at auction, and then send you a receipt for the full amount the car is sold for. It's that easy! We can also accept trucks, boats, motorcycles, and RVs.
For more information or to begin the process, contact Jerry Robbins at robbins42@hotmail.com or (650) 766-7233 and be sure to reference Or Shalom Jewish Community, San Francisco.
Reconstructing Judaism Juicy Tidbits


New content ha s been  posted on Evolve:
 Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations! Check out Rabbi David Teutch's perspective on the tragedy in Pittsburgh here.

Learn about the cutting edge of Judaism with these recent recipients of Reconstructing Judaim's Ignition Grant. Recent RRC Graduate Ariana Katz is exploring sustainable, equitable financial models at her synagogue in Baltimore. 

Learn more about what's going on in the movement in their monthly newsletter!
Social Action Corner  
  • Highlight from the Spark! Calendar: 
    Barnstorm for Universal Medicare
    Tues day, 2/12 at 6:00pm | 3543 18th St, SF
    The US healthcare system is cruel, broken, and
    needlessly expensive. Insurance companies rake
    in billions while far too many people in America
    go without the health care they need. It's time we
    have a system that acknowledges healthcare as a
    human right - and that system is Medicare for All.
    Activists from all over the country are coming
    together in February to launch this campaign
    to win Medicare for All during a National Week
    of Action. Learn more and register here!
  • Get more news and events at Spark!
  • Still need to register for Spark? Email assistant@orshalom.org  and Ezra will get you started!

Stephen Seligman & Mary Amsler In Memory Of Frances Amsler / Debbie Benrubi In Memory Of Morris Rostker / Allan Pleaner In Memory Of Dave Pleaner / Corey Weinstein In Memory Of Earl Weinstein / Stephen Hall & Jaffa Dayan-Hall, Gloria & Hans Kolbe-Saltzman, Jurate Raulinaitis & Kirk Schneider, Rabbi Me'irah Iliinsky, and Daniel Raskin In Honor Of Lee Gordon from Hand in Hand. Claudia & Alan Silverman In Honor Of The Bravo! Silverman Fund / Jerel Glassman & Beth Mazie In Memory Of Albert Glassman

Or Shalom sends support and love to Judy Olasov and Betsy Strausberg on loss of their beloved friend, Mary Isham. 
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