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Or Shalom Weekly Newsletter
You'll find a complete calendar at OrShalom.org 

Fri 7/19 6:30 pm Shabbat Kulanu
Service and music led by Ami Goodman. Hosted by Considering God Salon. Details below.
Sun 7/21 10:00 am News Minyan
Rabbi Jane Litman will lead discussion about the treatment of refugees and immigrants at the US Border.
Fri 7/26 6:30 pm
4th Friday Shabbat
Service and music led by Ami Goodman
Fri 8/2 6:30 pm
Traveling Shabbat and vegetarian potluck dinner
Service led by Saralie Pennington & Tom Herz  at the home of Wendy Thurm and David Greene
Sat 8/10 8:00 pm
Tisha B'Av
Details below.
Sun 8/18 10:00 am News Minyan
Fri 8/23
6:30 pm Fourth Friday Shabbat
more details to come
Sun 8/25 12-3 pm
Or Shalom Community Picnic in Golden Gate Park
Details below.

Or Shalom members, summertime is the time to renew your commitment to Or Shalom. Your membership runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, so please act now. Our goal is 100% renewal before the end of July.

Your renewal form is here. If you have questions about the renewal process, just call the office. We'll be happy to help you. 

If you are over 70 1/2 year old, you may be eligible to pay your financial commitment by making a Qualified Charitable Distribution from an IRA.  This may have tax benefits for you.  Please consult a financial advisor to find out more. 

Shabbat Kulanu in the Summertime
Fridays, July 19 & August 16 at 6:30pm

Our popular community Shabbats are back! Or Shalom provides dinner; a joyful, musical Shabbat service follows. 

Blessing and dinner start at 6:30pm with a service starting around 7. To help us with meal planning, please  RSVP here for July 19th. 

This week's Shabbat Kulanu is hosted by members of the Considering God Salon, who can sign up for hosting tasks  here.

Tisha B'Av 
Remember, Integrate, and Move Forward
Saturday, August 10, 8:00 pm

Tisha B'Av ("the Ninth of Av") is an annual fast day that commemorates both the destruction of the First Temple (by the Babylonians in 586 BCE) and the Second Temple (by the Romans in 70 CE). According to tradition, these two catastrophes occurred on the same calendar date.

Rabbi Me'irah will lead us in reading portions of Lamentations, a series of dirges and eyewitness accounts of Jerusalem under siege during the first destruction.

We will then have an opportunity to share important memories: how we keep them from being forgotten and how we have integrated them into our lives. Please bring a brief (2-3 minute) story, poem, or song you wish to share. 

Or Shalom is pleased to co-sponsor three films at the 39th Jewish Film Festival


The Israeli-Jewish side of his family calls him Avram. The Palestinian-Muslim side, Ibrahim. His first-generation agnostic lawyer parents call him Abraham. But the 12-year-old kid from Brooklyn who loves food and cookies prefers, well, Just Abe. 
Saturday, July 20 - 11:15 am - Castro Theatre
Sunday, June 28 - 11:00 am - Albany Twin

The Passengers  

Leonard Cohen once sang that there was "Nothing left to do when you've got to go on waiting. Waiting for the miracle to come." Ethiopia's more than 9,000 religious Jews, eager to make aliyah in the Holy Land, are still waiting for that miracle as Israel continues to deny their appeals for citizenship despite taking in thousands of Jews from Europe and the US. Best friends Demoz and Gezi are not only tired of waiting, they're taking direct action. Though neither has ever set foot outside their humble village of Goran, they begin a monumental journey across the American landscape as unlikely ambassadors. Through intimate access, we follow them as they tell their story in hopes of garnering support from prominent Jewish leaders to help pressure the Israeli government into honoring the promise it has never fulfilled.
Friday, August 2 - 2:00 pm - Piedmont Theater


Director Nana Paley's animated musical retelling of the Exodus is beautifully crafted, highly entertaining, and delightfully provocative. Think Fantasia meets the Old Testament, with some serious feminist criticism and questions about Jewish hegemony thrown in for good measure. It is also a personal film. Paley weaves in interviews with her father Hiram in which her dad is shown as an iconic bearded figure and she is a small sacrificial goat.   Paley's syncopated, beat-driven scenes of the ten plagues are an exceptional depiction of one of the central branches of the Passover story. The entire film is set to a strategically curated soundtrack that samples the best of 20th century jazz, big band, pop, folk, punk and traditional Jewish songs, amplifying both the plot and the film's stunning visual effects.  
Sunday, July 21 - 11:30 am - Castro Theater
Saturday, August 3 - 8:45 pm - Piedmont Theater

Or Shalom has 2 free tickets to each of these films. They are available on a first come, first served basis.  Email the office if you would like to be considered. 

For a full list of films, please click here.

Or Shalom in Israel/Palestine

These Or Shalom members participated in Or Shalom's first-ever community trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories last month. They have returned full of stories about what they saw, who they met, what they learned. They will be sharing their experiences with the rest of us over the next months and drawing on them for years to come. 
Walking up the SouthernWall, singing

Read Rabbi Katie's initial reflections on the trip here

Reconstructing Judaism Juicy Tidbits

Reconstructing Judaism joins nine other organizations in launching the Progressive Israel Network, a new  coalition promoting democracy and equal rights, religious freedom and pluralism, and a two-state solution. Details  here .

Learn more about what's going on in the movement in its  monthly newsletter.

Social Action Corner  
  • Volunteer at Sunday Streets to amend Prop 13.      E-Volve and Faith in Action are advocating for a ballot measure to amend Prop 13 for commercial properties. They need people to pass out literature and collect signatures at Mission Sunday Streets. Details here.
  • Support organizations assisting migrants at the southern border. Here is a list, compiled by the Texas Tribune, of organizations that are making a difference. The need, as you know, is critical.
  • Get more news and hear about upcoming events at Spark!, our Social Action Website.
  • Still need to register for Spark? Email admin@orshalom.org  to get started.
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