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

Sat 4/13 10:00 am
Shabbat Service and Bat Mitzvah of Tessa Denholtz
Daughter of Sorel and Jonathan Denholtz
Sun 4/14 10:00 am
Matzoh Baby Boogie: A Sing Shalom Passover Family Event
Details Below
Mon 4/15 7:00 pm
Safety Net Action Committee Meeting
Open to all members - details below
Thu 4/18 12:00 pm
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Katie at Or Shalom 
bag lunch making is cancelled this month in observance of Passover
Sun 4/21 12:00 pm Volunteer at the SF Marin County Food Bank
Details Below
Fri 4/26 6:00 pm Or Shalom Community Passover Seder
Details below, please RSVP
Fri 5/3
6:30 pm
Shabbat Seeha/ Home Hosted Shabbat Meals
Details below
Sun 5/5 10:00 am Sing Shalom
Thu 5/9
7:00 pm
Domestic Violence Education Night in Honor of Or Shalom's Partnership with Shalom Bayit
More Details to Come
Fri 5/10 7:30 pm Chant & Drum with BIJ
Count the 21st day of the Omer with OmerProject.org
Sat 5/11 10:00 am
Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Ananda White
Son of Seraph and Marshall White
Fri 5/17 6:30 pm Shabbat Kulanu
Or Shalom Community Retreat
Memorial Day Weekend - May 24-27, 2019
Walker Creek Ranch, West Marin County

We look forward all year to Or Shalom's Annual Community Retreat.   It's fun. It's spiritual. It's the best thing we do all year - no exaggeration.

This year we are having the retreat on Memorial Day weekend so we can still have plenty of programming -- Shabbat services, art and writing and music, swimming and hiking, Torah Study -- but with more just plain relaxing built in. You can stay all three nights or  come for a day or two.  

Scholarships are available to all members. Please contact the office to arrange.  The first 10 teens to sign up camp for free! 

Registration is now open.   Sign up here by April 22 for the best weekend of the year!
Join Or Shalom in Performing a Mitzvah at the SF Marin Food Bank - Kids Welcome!
Sunday, April 21 at 12:00PM
900 Pennsylvania Ave, SF

Or Shalom had such a great time helping the Food Bank in February (we helped repackage  2100 pounds  of white rice for distribution) that we're doing it again in April.

We will participate on the stockroom floor, helping to organize the Food Bank's stock and parcel it out into manageable packages for distribution. Kids ages four and up are welcome to join in this act of Tikkun Olam, including friends that are not Or Shalom members!

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. 

Matzoh Baby Boogie!
A Sing Shalom Family Passover Event
Sunday, April 14, 10:00am -11:30am
at Or Shalom

Or Shalom's Rabbi Katie and Mimi Greisman will lead us in song as we learn how to bring joy and meaning to our young family seder. We will have delicious snacks, Passover crafts, PJ Library children's books to read, and toys to play with!  

Safety Net Action Committee (SNAC) Meeting
Monday April 15, 7-9pm

All members are welcome! We are an Or Shalom social action group committed to working towards health care for all. Learn more about our moral and ethical perspective that healthcare is a right on our webpage

At this meeting we will practice canvassing techniques, choose some dates to canvass together, and discuss how to further outreach other faith-based groups.

Please RSVP to Betsy Strausberg!

Shabbat Seeha/Conversations around the Shabbat Table
Friday, May 3 at Members' Homes at  6:30pm

Join your fellow congregants for a potluck Shabbat dinner at the table  for connection and conversation. The theme is Your Immigration Story. We will talk about how immigration has affected our families. Part of our focus will be on food memories from our mother countries.

If you can, bring a dish which reflects your family's immigration story.

Click here to RSVP.  W e will be creating a few dinners that are particularly child-appropriate, so please indicate ages as you RSVP. Please also indicate any serious allergies or dietary restrictions. Ages and dietary restrictions can be indicated in notes as you RSVP. 

Or Shalom Community
Passover Seder
Friday, April 26 at 6pm

Why is the Or Shalom Seder Different from all Other Seders?

Join us for a timeless exploration of freedom, slavery, and the living story of human liberation as it touches our lives in this moment.  Where else can you experience a seder with a little bit of everything?
  • Moving music
  • Relevant and thought-provoking discussion
  • Family Friendly elements for all ages
  • Amazing Vegetarian Food
  • Special Guests from other faith communities
  • Leadership from OS Social Action groups
  • Connection with fun, thoughtful, authentic searchers like yourself 
Would you like to be part of our Passover committee?  Send an email  here to be included.   Many people are needed to make this a successful community event and your help is greatly appreciated.

Your RSVP is required by April 19.  Click here to RSVP

Let Our People Go for Passover-
Donate to Bay Area Immigrant Bond Fund!

During this Passover season of freedom, the Interfaith Action Committee invites you  to consider a donation to the  Bay Area Immigrant Bond Fund   to help free immigrants in our community who have been detained and incarcerated.

Reconstructing Judaism Juicy Tidbits


Congregation Dorshei Emet  of Montreal sponsored three Syrian refugee families to resettle in Canada. A new short film shows the families' disrupted lives, the challenges of living with trauma and Dorshei Emet's commitment to  tikkun olam Watch the short film here.

Did you know we have a Reconstructionist on Capitol Hill? New U.S. Rep. Andy Levin, long-standing member of Congregation T'chiyah, talks about Reconstructionism, community, and social change. Read the article here.

Learn more about what's going on in the movement in their monthly newsletter
Social Action Corner  
  • Highlight from the Spark! Calendar: 
    Beyond California: Drug Reform and Its Impacts in Latin America
    Saturday, 4/13 6:00PM | Manny's (3092 16th St, SF)
    Join Catalyst, a Mexico City-based organization that fosters transnational solidarity between communities living on the front lines of the War on Drugs, for a discussion about the links between drug reform in the US and the War on Drugs in Latin America. Come together to learn how the legalization of marijuana in California has impacted Black and Brown communities in the state and in Latin America and how can we take action towards social justice.  After the discussion, there will be space to meet and to exchange our experiences of drug policy reform advocacy in Mexico, the United States, and beyond.
    Learn more and RSVP here!
  • Get more news and events at Spark!
  • Still need to register for Spark? Email assistant@orshalom.org  and Ezra will get you started!
Mazel Tov to the Morenos on their New Baby!

Julian Miles Moreno was born on 3/28/19 at 3:09am. Both Mom and  baby  are doing well. Mazel Tov to Thea, Nicholas, and new big brother Maison Moreno!

Make an Announcement to Or Shalom

Thinking about submitting an event for inclusion in the Or Shalom weekly email? We'd love to hear from you.
Please submit announcements 3 weeks in advance, with the appropriate RSVP information.  All non-official OS programs must meet the following criteria:
  • Doesn't conflict with an OS event 
  • Specifically relevant to the OS community
  • Has official OS  approval
All postings may be edited for content, format and/or length by office staff or volunteers.  For more information about getting an event listed, please contact Administrator Lillian Markind at admin@orshalom.org .

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