Weekly Newsletter

July 7, 2022

400 Missouri St, SF CA 94107

Coming Up Soon...

Fri 7/8 (6:00 pm)

Travelling Shabbat

at the home of

Judy Olasov


Fri 7/15 (6:00 pm)

Shabbat services

at Pine Lake Park


Fri 7/22 (6:00pm)

Shabbat service

with the Considering God Salon

Zoom Link +SHALOM

Sat 7/30 (10:30 am)

Shabbat Hike

to Brooks Park

(details below)

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

Traveling Shabbat

at the home of Judy Olasov

Friday, July 8, 6:00 pm

Join Or Shalom members and friends for a potluck Shabbat dinner in Judy's garden. (Getting to the garden requires one step down.) Bring finger foods to share. Please register. 

Volunteer at St. Anthony’s with the Southside Jewish Collaborative

Sunday, July 10, 9:45 am- 1:45 pm

The Southside Jewish Collaborative has been volunteering at St. Anthony’s Dining Room for many years. The tasks include working behind the counter, dishing food, carrying trays to mobility-challenged clients, filling cups of water, wiping tables. Now folks can choose to take a carry-out or enjoy the meal in the Dining Room. Read more about volunteering at St. Anthony’s Dining Room.

 Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination to us at the start of the shift. All volunteers are to remain masked for the duration of their shift. Sign up to serve in the Dining Room on July 10, 9:45-1:45 with the Southside Jewish Collaborative.

Shabbat in the Park

Friday, July 15, 6:00 pm

Pine Lake Park (adjacent to Stern Grove)

Bring your family and friends to a joyful Shabbat service led by Or Shalom friend Rabbi Jane Litman, followed by a bring-your-own picnic dinner in the adjacent picnic area.

Our service will be at the Pine Lake Circle Pit, near the restrooms shown on the map. Enter the Vale Avenue Parking Area at Crestlake Drive and Vale Ave. Wear layers and please register in advance.

Shabbat Hike to Brooks Park

Saturday, July 30, 10:30 am

Brooks Park may not be on the tallest hill in San Francisco -- the change in elevation is only 190 feet. Yet from its summit on a clear day, one can get a

panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the Marin Headlands. A brief history of the park can be found on the SFRec-Parks website.

Our walk will take approximately 1.5 hours and will also include a brief stop at Orizaba Rocky-Top Park and the Minnie & Lovie Ward Community

Center. There are restrooms available at the Community Center.


Please register.

The starting and ending point will be Pat Skala and Corey Weinstein's home; Address will be provided in your registration confirmation.

Traveling Shabbat

at the home of Emily Rosenberg and Madeleine Levin

Friday, August 26, 6:00 pm

Join Or Shalom members and friends for Shabbat in Cole Valley, San Francisco. Watch this space for details!

Exciting News about the High Holy Days!

The High Holy Days will arrive on Sunday, September 25, with Erev Rosh Hashanah. We are delighted that High Holy Day services this year will be led by Rabbi Ezra Weinberg.  Rabbi Ezra was a Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City. He has led Reconstructionist communities in New York and New Jersey, and has been a course instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In the coming weeks, Rabbi Ezra will be communicating and planning with Or Shalom's Music Ensemble and High Holy Day Task Force to ensure that our High Holy Day services will be spiritually and musically meaningful. Our High Holy Days will be held, as in past years, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco.

Save the date! Or Shalom Annual Picnic

Sunday, August 21, noon-3 pm

Marx Meadow, Golden Gate Park

Mark your calendars! We've reserved our favorite tables in Marx Meadow for our annual end-of-summer gathering. Families and friends will be welcome! Exact plans for sharing food at the picnic will depend on the protocols recommended to us by the Back to Shul Committee, so stay tuned for details.

Social Action Corner

Many of us feel devastated at recent Supreme Court actions that seek to deny our human rights and abilities to make our world a better place. Let us seek strength and comfort in community. Taking action together with friends, and making new friends when we act together, is a sure antidote to feelings of isolation and despair.

Consider donating to the following funds and organizations to support reproductive freedom and abortion rights:*

National Network of Abortion Funds(the direct button for donation is here)

Access Reproductive Justice

I Need an Abortion

Chicago Abortion Fund (Funding abortion access for those in the many red states in the midwest and southeast)

If, When, How Legal Defense Fund (providing legal defense to those charged with self-managing abortions or aiding others in ending unwanted pregnancies)

Whole Woman’s Health

Please bear a few things in mind when deciding how to donate:

●  giving to smaller, more local orgs can have greater impact. They usually function on a shoestring and depend on dollar raised. (The big orgs are doing great work and they also attract a lot of funding.)

●  recurring donations to the smaller grassroots organizations can be very helpful for their budgeting/planning and crucial to their survival

*thanks to our friends at RUTA for compiling the suggestions above.

Tell Congress: Fund Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Supreme Court decisions notwithstanding, the movement for climate justice had a big win earlier this month when President Biden invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) for ramping up domestic solar manufacturing. Now he needs Congress to have his back and pass the Energy Security and Independence Act to fund critical investment in the U.S.'s renewable energy supply and programs to lower utility bills. Tell Congress to provide robust funding for the DPA to invest in stable and affordable domestic renewable energy.

Contact your representative


Contact your Senator



We gratefully acknowledge these contributions from our community:

  • Beth Solow Mills, In Memory of Khane Bushel Solow
  • Barry & Tirtza Pearl, In Honor of Theresa Guillen & Diane Rosen
  • Robin Roth, in Memory of Fernando Barreiro
  • Judy Olasov, In Memory of Nathan Patla Olasov
  • Debbie Benrubi, In Memory of Esther Benrubi
  • Chana Jacobs and Terry Gomes, In Memory of John Gomes
  • Corey Weinstein, In Memory of Roz Lyn Elson

In Honor of Rabbi Katie

Thank you to community members who have honored Rabbi Katie Mizrahi by donating to the Rabbi Katie 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, Rachelle Resnick


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

Eric and Liz Isaacs, on the loss of Eric's father Herb Isaacs

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


On the anniversary of their deaths, we remember:

Alexander Baelen, Bella Choslovsky, Jerry Epstein, Beverly Fine, Augusta Tuckman Finkelstein, David Aaron Frankel, Bette Garcia, Nancy Gomes,

Mary Johnson, Jack Lauer, Rico Mendez, Bill Richardson, Susan Weber

This Week's Parsha

The parsha for this week is Shelakh (Numbers 16:1-18:32)


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 Jewish Community

Matt Rudoff, Board President

Amy Mallor, Executive Director

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