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Or Shalom Weekly Newsletter
CALENDAR  HIGHLIGHTS - July-August 2020
 
You can find a complete calendar with links at OrShalom.org     
Details about all events further down in the newsletter 

Fri 7/31 
7:00 pm 
Shabbat Blessings with Max Bernstein and family
Sun 8/2  1:00 pm  "Walk the Walk"--a Community Conversation about Racial Justice at Or Shalom 
Thu 8/6 
10:00 am 
Thursday Zoominyan with Rabbi Katie
Fri 8/7 
7:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Mikey and Kosha Dillz
Sat 8/8 
10:00 am 
Shabbat morning service with Rabbi Katie and Mikey 
Thu 8/13 
10:00 am 
Thursday Zoominyan with Rabbi Katie
Fri 8/14 
7:00 pm 
Shabbat Blessings with Rabbi Katie followed by a conversation with Rabbi Deborah Waxman 
Sun 8/16 10:00 am Family Education - Sing Shalom!
Thu 8/20 
10:00 am 
Thursday Zoominyan 
Thu 8/20 
12:30 pm 
South Side Jewish Collaborative Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Shana. Zoom details to follow 
Fri 8/21 
7:00 pm 
Shabbat Blessings 
Sat 8/22 
10:00 am 
Shabbat morning service and Bat Mitzvah of Ella Anderson
Or Shalom At Home
 
It's week 14 of our online photo feature, Or Shalom At Home. Each week the newsletter features a photo of one member/member household sheltering in place or venturing outside. Eventually we will create an album on the Or Shalom website documenting how our community rode out the pandemic.

Stephen and Jaffa harvesting backyard peaches: "Trying to stay ahead of the critters!"

We invite you to submit a photo, along with any message or caption, to Lillian. Photos can be posed, candid, jokey, somber. Please identify everyone in the picture (use first names only if you like). By sending in a photo, you consent to have the photo, your names, and any message you have written displayed in the newsletter and on the public website.
Friday Nights at 7:00 Or Shalom Welcomes Shabbat 
 
Every Friday night at 7:00 Or Shalom will be online, either with a short series of blessings, or with a full Shabbat service.  
 
July 31 - Shabbat Blessings with Max Bernstein and family  
 
August 7 - Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Mikey and Kosha Dillz!
 
August 14 - Shabbat Blessings followed with Rabbi Katie, followed by a conversation with Rabbi Deborah Waxman, President of Reconstructing Judaism.  More details below.
 
August 21 - Shabbat Blessings  
   
  To minimize screen-sharing during services, please download and print our updated Zoominyan Siddur.
All Shabbat blessings and Shabbat services share a Zoom link: 
Password: SHALOM
 For audio by phone: (669) 900-6833  
Meeting ID: 965036140, Passcode: 700830
 
Full services will also be streaming on the Or Shalom Facebook page  via Facebook Live. Simply visit our Facebook page at the scheduled time to view.  Make sure you 'like' our page so that you will receive notifications when we go Live.
Thursday morning Zoominyan
every Thursday at 10:00 am via Zoom

Join Rabbi Katie and/or lay leaders on Thursday mornings for an hour  of spiritual practice, including prayers for healing and kaddish.  

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To participate by phone call (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID 986872815, Password: 974528
"Walk the Walk"
A Community Conversation about Racial Justice at Or Shalom
Sunday, August 2, 1:00-2:30 pm
 
   Join Rabbi Katie and Marcella White Campbell, Or Shalom member and Marketing Director at Be'chol Lashon, for a (Zoom) workshop about what stepping forward on racial justice means for our community.  How can we use this moment to deepen Or Shalom's commitment to racial justice and diversity both within our community and beyond it?   
 
Please register here so that we can send you materials and Zoom details.  
 
Saturday Morning Shabbat Service
Saturday, August 8 at 10:00
     
Join Rabbi Katie and Mikey for a joyful, musical service on Saturday morning, August 8, starting at 10:00 am.  
 
The Zoom link is here.
Meeting ID 884 9610 9084
Password: MORNING
For audio by phone (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 884 9601 9084; Passcode 8743694 
 
Erev Shabbat with Special Guest Rabbi Deborah Waxman
Friday, August 14 at 7:00 pm

Join us on August 14 for Shabbat blessings followed by a dialogue between Rabbi Katie and Rabbi Deborah Waxman, President of Reconstructing Judaism since 2014. T he conversation will focus on the insights Rabbi Waxman  has gained through her podcast, Hashiveynu, on resilience and Judaism, and on the lessons for our moment.

Password: SHALOM
 For audio by phone: (669) 900-6833  
Meeting ID: 965036140, Passcode: 700830
Family Education - Sing Shalom!
Sunday, August 16 at 10am
 
Join Rabbi Katie and Mikey for a free, joyful, and interactive 45-minute  program with music, stories, and learning for families with young kids. Please register here and share with your friends. Zoom details will be provided upon registration. 
Social Action Corner
   
Psalm 137 and the Politics of the Black Spiritual  
with the Jewish Community Library
Thursday, August 6, 7:00-8:00 pm
 
 
What does it mean for oppressed people to play music before their oppressors? How can the artist avoid being co-opted? When is the performance liberatory, and when does it just entrench oppression?
This is the problem of Psalm 137.
Join English professor and Atlantic and Haaretz writer Raphael Magarik to explore one of the most difficult poems of the Hebrew Bible, one which has had a remarkable afterlife in Black culture.    

Faith in Action Demands "No Seniors W ithout Homes!"
 
Or Shalom, along with a coalition of 60 SF schools and congregations in Faith in Action, is asking city leaders to provide vital tenant-based rental subsidies in the City budget this year. Here are immediate next steps you can take to show your support:
 
1)   Write an email to supervisors on the Board of Supervisor's Budget Committee in the next two weeks. (Suggested text below.) 
2)   Send a photo of yourself with a sign saying your name, Or Shalom, and "No Seniors WIthout Homes" to sfsoul@faithinactionba.org. 
3)   Mark 8/11 at 10am to join a Zoom/FacebookLive session to state the case and ask city leaders to pledge support. Link coming next week.
 
Text for email:
Dear Supervisor ___________:
I am ______ with Faith in Action Bay Area. Our research indicates that there are at least 5,000 low-income seniors in San Francisco paying more than 70% of their income in rent and thus in immediate danger of homelessness. Most are Black and immigrant elders who have helped build this city into what it is today, and they deserve to age with dignity. We are proposing to expand the city's existing tenant-based rental subsidy program for seniors and people with disabilities to $50,000,000 per year, which would allow the City to protect these 5,000 vulnerable seniors and keep them out of homelessness.  We understand that despite the urgent need, increasing funding to $50,000,000 this year is not feasible due to budget cuts--so we ask that you commit to meeting this goal over the next five years. As a first step, even in this difficult budget year, we urge you to increase the budget for the tenant-based rental subsidy program for seniors and people with disabilities above its current $2 million funding level. Thank you for your leadership in making San Francisco a city where everyone belongs and where no seniors are without homes.
Sincerely,
(Your name) 
 
Budget Committee Members:
Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer (Chair),  Sandra.Fewer@sfgov.org
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman,   Rafael.Mandelman@sfgov.org
Supervisor Hillary Ronen, Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org  
Supervisor Shamann Walton,   Shamann.Walton@sfgov.org 
Supervisor Norman Yee,  Norman.Yee@sfgov.org 

Big Book Giveaway
Saturday, August 8, 10:00-2:00 pm
Lincoln Park Playground, Clement at 33rd Ave, SF
     
Wow, an in-person event! Come choose from hundreds of free books for all ages: Fiction, nonfiction, picture books, best-sellers, and more. Masks and social distancing required; gloves will be provided.
 
Donations accepted until August 7. Leave books on the porch at 500 36th Avenue, or just bring books with you to the giveaway.  
 
Rain will postpone, but not fog.  
Questions? Contact the office
 
Conversion Curious?
 
At Or Shalom we do not have a Jewish-only attitude about who can do what in our ritual or organizational life. Yet even without that external pressure to join the tribe, some may feel drawn to the personal journey of a formal conversion to Judaism. If that sounds like you, please let me know. I am about to convene a small group of seekers to learn together and support one another through a series of classes once a month or so over the coming year to learn the basics and explore questions of conversion. If you would like to be part of such a group, please let me know and I will follow up by the end of July.          
Time to Renew Your Membership Commitment!
     
Renewal letters have gone out. The sooner you respond, the better we will be able to plan for this coming year. Please be as generous as you can with your annual commitment; Or Shalom faces challenges ahead and a strong financial position will help keep the community active, cohesive, and creative. Make your commitment here, today.  
 
Condolences
    
The community sends sympathy to Mary Ann Goldstein on the death of her mother, Phyllis Arlene Shrager Goldstein. Phyllis Goldstein was born in the old mill town of Lawrence, MA. "Her parents, Ezra and Naomi, were Russian Jewish immigrant tailors who lived in a tenement four floors above the store." She trained as an occupational therapist, worked for the US Army, and met her husband at Fort McClelland during WWII. They raised three daughters in Nyack, NJ, and eventually moved to Los Angeles. Throughout her life, Phyllis was an active learner, teacher, school psychologist, and volunteer for Jewish organizations.

At this time, no memorial has yet been planned.

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