Weekly Newsletter

March 16, 2023

23 Adar 5783



333 Cortland Ave, SF, CA 94110

Coming Up Soon...

Fri, 3/17, 7:00 pm

Shabbat Service via Zoom

with Rabbi Chaya

Zoom Link + Shalom

Wed, 3/22, 7:00 pm

Jewish Prayer as Medicine with Rabbi Chaya

Zoom link + Shalom

Fri, 3/24, 2:15 pm

Nosh/Learn + Tikkun Olam

Congregation Am Tikvah

Zoom Link + LEARN

Fri, 3/24, 5:45 pm

Open Shabbat

with the Night Ministry

16th and Mission BART

Recurring Events

Kvetch & Kvell crafting

2nd/4th Mondays, 4:00 pm

Zoom link + KVETCH

Torah Study Zoominyan

Thursdays, 10:00 am

Zoom link + THURSDAY

Explore our Calendar

The Or Shalom Blog

We Are All Storytellers Returns!

Saturday, April 15, 7:30 pm

Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St

Patron Ticket: $50. General Admission: $30.

Featuring: Charlie Varon, Kenny Yun, Peretz Wolf-Prusan, and Jan Sollish. Join us for an evening of storytelling, conversation, community, and havdalah.

Get tickets here

This Shabbat:

Join us for a Shabbat Service via Zoom led by Rabbi Chaya Gusfield. Zoom Link + Shalom

Nosh and Learn + Tikkun Olam

Friday, March 24, 2:15 pm, in-person and via Zoom

Congregation Am Tikvah, 625 Brotherhood Way

Please join the Southside Jewish Collaborative for a D'var Torah from Rabbi Jeremy Sher. Following the teaching, we will prepare bagged meals for those in need. For those joining online, the teaching will begin at 2:30 pm.

Zoom Link + LEARN

Open Shabbat with the Night Ministry

Friday, March 24, 5:45 pm

16th and Mission BART (click here to view on map)

Or Shalom will join San Francisco’s Night Ministry in offering an outdoor Open Shabbat at the corner of 16th & Mission Streets. The Night Ministry’s pastors and rabbi offer regular religious services on the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District and Tenderloin. All are welcome to join in the Kabbbalat Shabbat service. We will also distribute bagged meals prepared during Nosh and Learn + Tikkun Olam.

For more information, contact Debbie Benrubi or Margo Freistadt.

Kabbalat Shabbat vs. Ma'ariv

Kabbalat Shabbat is the welcoming of Shabbat, and Ma’ariv is the evening service which begins with the Barchu as we call to each other to go deeper into prayer.

Read the rest of Rabbi Chaya's blog post here.

Second-Night Community Seder

Thursday, April 6, 6:30 pm

Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St.

Congregation Ner Tamid President Charlotte Hyman has graciously invited the Or Shalom community to their second-night seder led by Rabbi Shana & Cantor Rudy. The cost is $65 per person. Funds are available to help those who want to attend, but can't financially afford it; no one will be turned away. Click here for the menu.

Reserve your seat here.

The School of Jewish-Living Arts

Jewish Prayer as Medicine with Rabbi Chaya Gusfield

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Extended to March 29!

Together, we will unpack prayer through study, writing, and sharing in small groups, and explore a few key Jewish prayers, but more importantly, Rabbi Chaya will teach you an approach to gaining access to prayer and making it personal.

Zoom link + Shalom

Biblical Therapy: The Psalms with Rabbi Me'irah and Daniel Najjar

Mondays at 7:00 pm, April 17 – May 1

333 Cortland Ave

The psalms are intensely personal. They give voice to our universal experience of immense yearning, desire for connection to the Eternal, and praise for the Divine. Come study a special selection of psalms focused on healing.

Learn more and RSVP here. Limited to 15 signups.

Kiddush/Kaddish—What’s the Difference?

Sunday, May 7, 4:00 pm at 333 Cortland Ave

Who hasn’t gotten Kiddush and Kaddish confused? Come find out what is the same, and also what is different. And how to “do” the Kaddish: what it does for you, and for the deceased.

Learn more and RSVP Here Limited to 15 signups.

Explore All Upcoming SJLA Workshops

Email RabbiMeirah@OrShalom.org if there is something you would like to learn that might make your life a little more Jewish.

Community Bulletin


We gratefully acknowledge these contributions from our community:

Judy Olasov, in Memory of Anthony Louis Olasov.


On the anniversary of their deaths, we remember:

Albert Gurewitz, Beth Bird, Daniel Axelrod, David Lesser, Debbi Goodman-Smith, Edit Doron, Evelyn Mages Zelinsky, Hal Tibbetts, Jerome Muchin, Julie Bailly, Leonard Roffman, Morris Herzig, Sylvia Small

This Week's Parsha

The parsha for this week is Vayak'hel (Exodus 35:1-38:20)


from Reconstructing Judaism

from Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

from American World Jewish Service

Rabbi Chaya is here to support our community. Please reach out if:

You or someone close to you: is experiencing a health challenge; has questions or feelings about life/death/God/Judaism/etc; is in hospital and would like a visit for companionship/prayer/witnessing; is or isn't new to the congregation and wants to feel more connected; is struggling with a conflict in your family or work; or any other reason! Email RabbiChaya@orshalom.org.

Read our Covid-19 Policy for in-person events here

Or Shalom Jewish Community

(415) 469 - 5542

Matt Rudoff, Board President

Amy Mallor, Executive Director

Rabbi Chaya Gusfield, Interim Rabbi

Naomi Rodriguez-Finer, Communications Specialist

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