Weekly Newsletter

June 16, 2022

400 Missouri St, SF CA 94107

Coming Up Soon...

Thurs 6/16 (1:00pm)

Lunch and Learn

with Southside Collab

Zoom link

Fri 6/17 (6:00 pm)

Shabbat Healing Service

at Brandeis School


Sat 6/18 (10:00 am)

Shabbat morning hike


Sat 6/25 (6:00 pm)

Havdalah Service

Pine Lake Park


Sun 6/26(10:00am)

LGBTQ+Pride Parade


Recurring Events

Kvetch & Kvell crafting

2nd & 4th Mondays

(4:00 pm)

Zoom link + KVETCH

Torah Study

Thursdays (10:00 am)

Zoom link + THURSDAY

Find a complete calendar at OrShalom.org

Farewell message from Rabbi Katie

Dear Or Shalom,

There are no words adequate to summarize the 15 years we have journeyed together. There are not enough hours to meet with each of you one on one to have the kind of closure I would wish for. Like so much else in life, my departure will leave loose ends and unfinished edges. But to the extent that words may help us all to find comfort and strength in this parting, I offer these.

What a blessing it has been to be the rabbi of Or Shalom Jewish Community!

Read the rest of Rabbi Katie's message on the blog.

Katieandfamunderthechuppahforablessing image

Lunch and Learn with the Southside Jewish Collaborative

Thursday, June 16, 1:00 pm

(online only)  Zoom link

Led by Rabbi Sami Barth, the topic for this last session before Lunch and Learn takes a pause will be "Tselem Elohim" -- what does it mean for us to be in the "Divine Image" -- a look at Talmud, Kabbalah and Levinas/Derrida. We'll end the session with Kaddish d'Rabbanan, celebrating our shared learning.

Jewish Heritage Night with the San Francisco Giants

Wednesday, August 17, 6:45 pm

Reserve now! Deadline extended to Friday, June 17!


Join Or Shalom friends and other Bay Area Jewish communities cheering the Giants, who'll be playing against the Arizona Diamondbacks at beautiful Oracle Park. Bring your family and friends. The deadline for Or Shalom to reserve advance tickets is June 17. Reserve your tickets today with an email to Amy, indicating how many tickets you would like. Each Special Event ticket is $39.00 and includes a Giants-themed Jewish Heritage Night item.

We hope to see you there! Any questions, contact Amy (amy@orshalom.org). 

Shabbat Healing Service

Friday, June 17, 6:00 pm

SF Brandeis School,655 Brotherhood Way


As Or Shalom stands on the threshold of our transition, let us gather the strands of these Covid times, pause, and heal as we step into our new vision.

Please park on Brotherhood Way or on the road between Brandeis and the Armenian Church next door, as shown in yellow on the map below. If you've entered the frontage road that runs along Brotherhood Way, remember the traffic flow is up the frontage road and around the back of the synagogue, for everyone's safety.

Shabbat morning hike to Mt. Davidson

Saturday, June 18, 10:00 am

Register for address.

Led by Or Shalom members Chad and Kathy Balch. We'll gather in their back yard for refreshments before and after the hike. We’ll be on our way around 10:15. The average difficulty walk/hike will be about 90 minutes and cover 3-4 miles, with an elevation gain of about 500 feet. We’ll walk on sidewalks to Mount Davidson, then take trails to the top for views, amble about, and return. Bring a water bottle, layered outerwear, comfortable shoes with good tread for the trails, and a hat or sunscreen.

Havdalah Service and Family Gathering

Saturday, June 25, 6:00 pm

Pine Lake Park (adjacent to Stern Grove)

Bring your family and friends and a picnic dinner as we celebrate a new moon - and the summer solstice - at Pine Lake Park. Wear layers and please register.

Our service will be at the Pine Lake Circle Pit in Stern Grove, followed by a bring-your-own picnic dinner in the adjacent picnic area. Enter the Vale Avenue Parking Area at Crestlake Drive and Vale Ave (see map and the photo below).

Annual Meeting Recap

Last Sunday morning, 45 members gathered around the Zoom meeting space for Or Shalom’s annual meeting. It was an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of this past year, in particular the contributions that staff and so many members have made to help keep things going – Bet Sefer, services, gatherings, Tikkun Olam actions, fundraising campaigns, etc. – during a time of so many transitions and the ongoing challenges of COVID.

The work of the many committees was highlighted and there was energy and enthusiasm among participants about restarting some dormant committees and getting more members involved. If you are interested in participating on a committee or learning more about any of them, please contact our new Executive Director, Amy Mallor at amy@orshalom.org

It was also an opportunity to honor Rabbi Katie. There was an outpouring of love and appreciation for all that she has provided to the Or Shalom community over these past 15 years. With Rabbi Katie's departure -- we will miss her! -- our beloved member Rabbi Me'irah Iliinsky is stepping up to offer pastoral care as needed and also to lead occasional Shabbat services, while the search for an interim rabbi is going on. 

And it was an opportunity to look forward and hear about plans for the coming year: more in-person activities; planning around the high holidays, including securing a rabbi specifically for the high holidays; the ongoing rabbinical search; and plans to revamp the website and communications. We also approved the Board of Directors for 2022-2023.

There will soon be available a concise annual report, with more highlights and details from the annual meeting.

Or Shalom Celebrates Pride Month!

June is Pride month and the beloved SF Pride Parade is back! -- taking place Sunday June 26, at 10am. Or Shalom members will be joining in a march contingent with the SF Jewish Community Center. Register for the parade on the JCC website.  The JCC has a great lineup of events all month long, including:

June 18: Pride Zumba Fest

June 22: Seeing Gender: Collection from the Asian Art Museum

June 26: LGBTQ+ PRIDE Parade: Love Will Keep Us Together

June 30: Queer Torah

Or Shalom is proud to be a diverse and welcoming place where people know they will be loved and accepted for who they are. Let's celebrate our members, family and friends who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Or Shalom musicians at the Sherwood-CANCELLED

The trio's event at The Sherwood will be rescheduled on a future date.

Social Action Corner

Help the New Georgia Project Get Out the Vote for their June 21 Primary Runoffs

In the leadup to the May primary elections, NGP volunteers called more than 115,000 Georgia voters and sent over 279,000 texts to make sure Georgians were ready to show up and show out. That work helped achieve record voter turnout for the primaries! Now, they need our help to do it all over again! Founded by Stacey Abrams, NGP is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to The New American Majority – people of color, those 18 to 29 years of age, and unmarried women -- who are 62% of the voting age population in Georgia, but only 53% of registered voters. Sign up now for NGP's June runoff phone banks.


We gratefully acknowledge these contributions from our community:

  • Chana Jacobs and Terry Gomes, In Memory of John Gomes
  • Corey Weinstein, In Memory of Roz Lyn Elson
  • Robyn Talman, In Memory of Jake Talman
  • Robyn Talman, In Memory of Hill Boss
  • Corey Weinstein and Pat Skala, On Behalf Of Ryzard Ostrowski
  • Stephen Gerard and family, In Memory of Trudy Lionel
  • Debbie Benrubi, In Memory of Lazar Haim Benrubi
  • Allan Pleaner, In Honour of his Grandparents

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, Betsy Strausberg, Susan Levine, Robyn Talman, Peter Smith, Gabriella Schultz, Leslie Roffman, Deborah Spanier, Fred Weiner & Ellen Weinstein, Eleanor & David Louis, Robin Roth, Allan Pleaner, Norisa Berardi, John Tibbets & Barbara Bernstein, Margo Freistadt & Lynn Ludlow, David Greene & Wendy Thurm, Laura Bresler, Stacey Leyton & Pierre Barolette, Carol Small


Or Shalom sends condolences to those who have had losses in the past month:

Susan Levine and Jim Lauer, on the loss of Susan's mother Beryl Levin

Rabbi Me’irah Iliinsky, on the loss of her cousin Brian Ellis


On the anniversary of their deaths, we remember:

Esther Rostker Benrubi, Louis Bouquette, Maurice "Chick" Choslovsky, Marlyn Greene, Jerrold Himelfarb, John Johnson, Sonia Levine, Gordon Mar, James Marks, Nathan Patla Olasov, Donna Ruchames Rogers, Khane Bushel Solow, Sam Weiss, Sara Weiss, Don White

This Week's Parsha

The parsha for this week is Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)


from Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

from American Jewish World Service

from Reconstructing Judaism

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

Katie Mizrahi, Rabbi

Matt Rudoff, Board President

Amy Mallor, Executive Director

Emily Rosenberg, Interim Administrative Coordinator

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