Weekly Newsletter
May 5, 2022
400 Missouri St, SF CA 94107
Bat Mitzvah of Bianca Salazar
Saturday, May 7, 10:00 am

Or Shalom will welcome a new adult member of our community this month! Services will be conducted in person at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall in Pacifica. Come celebrate with Bianca and her family (if you are vaccinated and healthy). Advance registration is requested.
Volunteer Mitzvah Opportunity - urgent!
Saturday, May 7
We need a volunteer or two on Saturday May 7, immediately after Bianca's Bat Mitzvah, to remove and transport the ark and prayer books from the Mildred Owens Concert Hall in Pacifica to the Brandeis School in San Francisco. It must be someone with a vehicle large enough (SUV, wagon, etc). If you can help please sign up  or email Emily ASAP.
Rabbi Katie's Farewell Celebration and Memory Book

Please read on for two important deadlines:
*Responses for our Havdalah evening honoring Rabbi Katie
*Submissions for the memory book we are creating for Rabbi Katie

Havdalah Evening
The deadline for receiving your RSVP to our farewell event for Rabbi Katie is Friday, May 6. If you have not already let us know you will attend, kindly RSVP. Capacity is limited; it’s essential that we know the number of attendees!

Join us for Havdalah and dessert as we say farewell to our beloved Rabbi Katie. 
Saturday, May 14, 2022
7:00 - 9:00 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Society
1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco 
RSVPs and masks are required

Memory Book
We’ve extended the deadline to receive your words of gratitude and photos (if you wish) for the memory book we are creating for Rabbi Katie. The deadline is Friday, May 20. Send your submissions to Chana Jacobs. 

Thank you!
Honor Rabbi Katie by donating to the Rabbi Katie Tribute fund. Your gift will help Or Shalom move into our next chapter, honoring the legacy of all that Rabbi Katie has built during her spiritual leadership with Or Shalom.
Looking Forward -- Meet Amy Mallor

After a months-long nationwide search for the right person to guide Or Shalom toward a stronger future financially and administratively, the Board of Directors is excited to introduce Amy Mallor, our new Executive Director! Amy will be moving to San Francisco from the east coast and will join Or Shalom very soon, on May 10.
Learn more about Amy on our website.
Outdoor Shabbat Service and Bet Sefer Celebration
Friday May 20, 6:00 pm
Pine Lake near Stern Grove

Join Rabbi Katie and our music ensemble for a joyful and musical (super juicy!) Shabbat service highlighting our Bet Sefer kids and teachers. After the service, stay for a picnic dinner at the nearby tables. 

Bring layers (it may be May but it's still SF), picnic dinner for you and your household (we are still not yet doing pot luck), family and friends. Masks optional for those who are vaccinated. Please sign up if you plan to come.
Embodied Spiritual Practice IN PERSON
with Rabbi Katie and Gail Gurewitz
Saturday May 21, 10:00 am - noon
SF Brandeis School, 655 Brotherhood Way

Stretch, dance, and explore prayer and spirituality through embodied practice with Rabbi Katie and OS member Gail Gurewitz. More details to come about our theme. 

Bring your yoga gear and journal, wear comfortable clothing and a mask. Vaccination required for all who are eligible. Please sign up if you plan to come.
Rabbis on the Move

"It's been a season of change for Bay Area synagogues." Rabbi Katie and Or Shalom are among leaders and congregations featured in an article in the J about the comings and goings of Bay Area rabbis. Read "Rabbis on the Move".

We gratefully acknowledge these contributions from our community:

  • Judy Olasov, In Honor of Eleanor Louis and her amazing organizing skills
  • James Lazarus, in Memory of  Jonathan Adam Lazarus
  • Gloria Kolbe-SaltzmanIn Memory of Emanuel Saltzman
  • Judy Olasov, In Memory of Trudy Lionel
  • Debby Schlanger, in Memory of Litza Schlanger
  • Lillian Markind & Mike Lelivelt, in Honor of Bryna Rifkind
  • Claudia & Alan Silverman, in Honor of Bravo! Silverman Fund
  • Patricia Kalman, in Memory of Trudy Kalman

In Honor of Rabbi Katie

Thank you to community members who have honored Rabbi Katie by donating to the
Rabbi Katie Mizrahi Tribute Fund:

Linda Chafetz, Jurate Raulinaitis & Kirk Schneider,  Me'irah Iliinsky, Chana Jacobs & Terry Gomes, Robyn Talman, Debbie Benrubi, Howard Fallon, Jody LeWitter & Marc Van Der Haut, Bryna Rifkind, Steven Harris, Melinda & Eric Ruchames, Anna Christina Braun, Saralie Pennington and Tom Herz, Amy Mallor, Nina Grove & Ken Johnson, Matthew & Motomi Rudoff; Elliot Helman; Corey Weinstein & Pat Skala; Nina & Hashim Anderson; Barbara Bernstein; Phyllis Shulman
Social Action Corner

Help San Francisco Women Register to Vote
Sunday afternoons in May
Our friends at the League of Women Voters are on a mission to register every woman in the country to vote. We’re knocking on women's doors in pairs for a couple of hours each Sunday afternoon inviting women in San Francisco to register to vote. This is an easy way to get in the swing of things for the coming elections. No experience? No worries. Training will be provided. Bring a friend or make a new one -- you’ll be outside, meet other civic-minded people, and help fellow San Franciscans become voters. To participate in this spring canvass, a pilot project, please sign up.

Mass Assembly and Moral March
Monday, May 16
Los Angeles City Hall
The Poor People’s Campaign is gathering for a Mobilization March and Rally on Monday May 16th in Downtown Los Angeles at City Hall. The March starts at 5pm with a Rally starting at 6:00. The Los Angeles tour stop will be the 9th of 10 stops leading up to the National Poor People's Mass Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 18, 2022. Bus transportation from the Bay Area to LA is being provided at a sliding scale of $0-$78 per person. If interested, email Geoff Shaskan or call 415-747-6761.
Or Shalom sends condolences to those who have had losses in the past month: 

Stephen Gerard and Julie Gerard and Ben Gerard as they mourn the loss of Trudy Lionel, Stephen’s beloved wife and Julie and Ben’s loving mother.

Rabbi Sami Barth of Congregation Am Tikvah as he and his family mourn the loss of his beloved wife, Karen Barth.
On the anniversary of their deaths, we remember:
Samuel S Bisnovich, Chris White, Alice LeWitter, Joe Hammel, Allen Johnson, Stephen Arkin, Pinchas Olech, Jeffrey Dinsmore, Mort Levy, Beverly Halm, Bruce Balch, Elizabeth Krauss Banning, Ethan Fox
This Week's Parsha
The parsha for this week is Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1-20:27)
Please note our mailing address!
Please send all mail to:
Or Shalom Jewish Community
400 Missouri St
San Francisco, CA 94107
To reach Or Shalom by phone, please call: (415)469-5542
Or Shalom Clergy and Staff
Matt Rudoff, Board President
Emily Rosenberg, Interim Administrative Coordinator