Weekly Newsletter

May 18, 2023

27 Iyar 5783



333 Cortland Ave, SF, CA 94110

Coming Up Soon...

Fri, 5/19, 7:00 pm

Malcolm X Day Shabbat

Rabbi Chaya & Ensemble

The Brandeis School

Sat, 5/20, 10:30 am

Shavuot Ice Cream Social

with Jewish Baby Network

625 Holly Park Circle

Sun, 5/21, 11:30 am

Faryn Borella Graduation from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Zoom Link

Thu, 5/25, 8:00 pm

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot Southside Collaborative

Zoom Link

Fri, 6/2, 7:00 pm

Shabbat Service

with Rabbi Chaya

The Brandeis School

Sat, 6/3, 12:30 pm

Aidan's Bar Mitzvah

Ner Tamid

1250 Quintara St

Sun, 6/4, 10:00 am

Annual Member's Meeting

Zoom Link

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

Aidan and his family are very much looking forward to him becoming a Bar Mitzvah on June 3rd, 2023 with Or Shalom!

Aidan Joel Sommerfield is a 7th grader at the Brandeis School of San Francisco. He enjoys playing water polo, baseball, pickleball, ping pong, and snowboarding. He also studies the trumpet and piano, and likes making 2D and 3D digital art, creating maker-space projects, computer coding, hanging with his dog Buster, traveling to Tahoe and Hawaii with his family, and being social with friends. Aidan is also very proud to have earned his black belt in karate, in April 2023!

Aidan's Bar Mitzvah will be celebrated at 12:30 pm on June 3 at Ner Tamid (1250 Quintara Street). No registration is necessary. All are welcome to attend.

This Shabbat:

Friday, May 19, 7:00 pm

The Brandeis School, 655 Brotherhood Way

In addition to coming together as a community, this Shabbat we will honor Malcolm X on his birthday, with a speaker from the Muslim community.

Shavuot Ice Cream Social with JBN

Saturday, May 20, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Celebrate Shavuot with JBN and Or Shalom! We can’t think of a more delicious way to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot than with an ice cream playdate in Holly Park. Join us for ice cream novelties (popsicles available for dairy-free folks), music, puppets, crafts, and more!

Click here to register. Registration is appreciated but not required.

The Return of Traveling Shabbat!

Starting in June, members may once again host a Traveling Shabbat in their own home! Click here to choose from the list of available dates.

Please note, Covid-19 precautions including masking, attendance caps, and testing are to be determined by the host.

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot 5783/2023

Thursday, May 25, 8:00 pm PT, via Zoom

With Am Tikvah, Ner Tamid, Or Shalom & Beth Ohr of Studio City.

Join the congregations of the Southside Jewish Collaborative for an evening of study, music, and reflection. We will hear the echoes of the moment of the Giving of Torah, shed new light on beloved texts and familiar blessings, and receive the words of the “Ten Commandments” that call us, like the words in this beautiful art piece by Rabbi Me'irah, to “Tzeh Ul’mad! Go and Learn!”  

Click here to join the Zoom meeting on May 25. Hosted by Ner Tamid.

Annual Member's Meeting

Sunday, June 4, 2023, 10:00 am PT, via Zoom

Members Only

Our 2022-2023 year has been busy and productive (please read about it in our President's letter dated March 31, 2023).

Come and hear more from President Matt Rudoff, learn about our new Board, see us bid farewell to two of our Board members, learn more about our new home, and celebrate our first Or Zarua award winner from our Executive Director, Amy Mallor. Or Shalom has achieved so much in the past year! Come and learn about our goals and hopes for next year.

Or Shalom Community Retreat

It's not too late to support our community retreat. Whether you registered or not, please give as generously as you can to our retreat scholarship fund. To contribute, just log in to your account on the Or Shalom website, click Make a Payment, and write "Retreat Scholarship Fund" in the Payment Notes field.

The School of Jewish-Living Arts

Email [email protected] if you're interested in these courses or if there is something you would like to learn that might make your life a little more Jewish.

Community Events

Save the Date!

Faryn Borella Graduates from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Sunday, May 21, 11:30 am, Click here for the Livestream

Or Shalom Bulletin

New Community Members!

Please welcome our newest members:

Aviva Euripides, Eala Gross, and Pam Rubin


We gratefully acknowledge these contributions from our community:

Frieda Sion, in Memory of Irena Raulinatis.

Robyn Talman, in Memory of Ronnie Boss.

Jurate Raulinaitis, in Gratitude for Rabbi Chaya.

Carol Small & Ernie Jensen, in Support of SJLA's Biblical Therapy: The Psalms.

Judy Olasov, in Memory of Irena Raulinaitis.

Robin Roth, in Memory of Gerry Roth.

Jody Reiss, in Honor of Rabbi Chaya for her care and support during her Mom's passing.

Wendy Thurm, In Memory of Milton Thurm.

When making a donation online, please be sure to specify where the donation should be allocated. For any questions, email [email protected].


On the anniversary of their deaths, we remember:

Alvin Goldberg, Anchie Kuo, Andre Seban, Benedicto Freistadt, Ethel Roffman, Jerry Opper, Julius Raulinaitis, Kwang-Lin Kuo, Lazar Benrubi, Orla Klass, Robert Bernstein, and Rosalie Rabinowitz

This Week's Parsha

The parsha for this week is Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20)


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 [email protected].

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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