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

Thu 9/5 
7:30 pm
Elul Study Series #1
Return Again: The Journey of Teshuva
with rabbis of the Southside Jewish Collaborative, at B'nai Emunah.  Details below  
Fri 9/6 
6:30 pm 
Traveling Shabbat and vegetarian potluck dinner
at the home of Tanya Waissman & Thomas Kunkel 
Sat 9/7  10:00 am 
Shabbat Morning Service and Bat Mitzvah of Eleanor Porter
daughter of Diane Epstein-Porter & Ken Porter 
Tue 9/10 
7 pm 
Interfaith SF District Attorney Candidate Forum, co-sponsored by Or Shalom 
Details below 
Wed 9/11 
4 pm 
Bet Sefer opening day 
Details below 
Thu 9/12  7:30 pm 
Elul Study Series #2
Return Again: The Journey of Teshuva
with rabbis of the Southside Jewish Collaborative, at Or Shalom. 
Details below 
Sat 9/14 
10 am 
Shabbat Morning Service  
with speaker Ben McBride, director of PICO CA . Details below 
Sun 9/15 
10 am 
News Minyan 
Wed 9/18 6:00 pm Teen Havurah kick-off meeting
Thu 9/19  12 pm  Lunch and Learn
with Rabbi Katie at B'nai Emunah. Stay to make sandwiches for the homeless as part of the Tikkun Olam Hunger Project. 
Fri 9/20 
6:00 pm 
Shabbat Kulanu  - earlier time!
Dinner and discussion by the Israel trip members followed by a joyful musical service.  Details below 
Sat 9/21 
 8:00 pm 
Selichot Services 
at the home of Jaffa Dayan-Hall & Stephen Hall 
Sun 9/29
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Details below
Mon 9/30
9:00 am
10:00 am
Rosh Hashanah
Details below
High Holy Days 5780/2019

Find full information about tickets and schedules here. Some services require tickets. Members can receive free tickets for friends who will be attending for the first time; contact the office. And additional tickets are available for purchase here.

Saturday, 9/21, 8pm
Contemplative musical service & potluck dessert
at the home of Jaffa Dayan-Hall & Stephen Hall

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, 9/29 at the First Unitarian Universalist Center
6 pm - Family Service (free)
7 pm - Evening Service (children's programming available)

Rosh Hashanah
Monday, 9/30 at the UU Center
9 am -  Family Service (free)
10 am - Morning Service (children's programming available)

Rosh Hashanah at the Beach
Tuesday, 10/1 at Ocean Beach @ Taraval
11 am - Shofar Service
12 pm - Vegetarian potluck and Tashlich

Erev Yom Kippur
Tuesday, 10/8 at the UU Center
6 pm - Family Service (free)
7 pm - Kol Nidre Service (children's programming available)

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, 10/9 at the UU Center
9 am -      Family Service (free)
10 am -     Morning Service (children's programming available)
4:30 pm - Meditation/Yoga
5:30 pm - Healing Circle
6:30 pm - Ne'ilah Service
8:00 pm - Break-the-Fast vegetarian potluck

Sunday, 10/13, 5-8 pm open house
Vegetarian potluck at the home of Rabbi Katie Mizrahi

Simchat Torah
Sunday 10/19 at Or Shalom
6:30 - Vegetarian potluck
7:30 - Service with live music and dancing with the Torah

Non-Members: Join Us For the High Holy Days
Make your holiday plans now

If you are not a member of Or Shalom, we invite you to worship with us on the High Holy Days. Joyous, meaningful services are planned for Selichot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah. Many services are followed by a festive potluck meal, and we hope you will stay and visit.

Refer to the schedule above or click here for complete information, including children's programming.
Learn who needs a ticket, and how to order tickets, here.
We look forward to welcoming 5780 with you.

High Holy Days: Sign up to Volunteer
We need everyone's help!

Our High Holy Day services are as wonderful as they are because many people lend a hand. Be one of them!

All sorts of jobs need to be done--some strenuous, some not; some ahead-of-time, some day-of. Transporting, setting up, greeting, arranging the onegs and meals...there is definitely something that you can help with.

Start this holiday season with a mitzvah. Sign up here.

Or Shalom members, it is time to renew your commitment to Or Shalom. Your membership runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Your High Holy Day tickets can't be sent until we receive your renewal. The process is quick and easy: your renewal form is ready for you here . If you have questions, just call the office. We'll be happy to help you. 

If you are over age 70-1/2, you may be eligible to pay your financial commitment by making a Qualified Charitable Distribution from an IRA, with significant tax benefits for you. Consult a financial advisor to find out more.

Bet Sefer begins next week!  Please use this link to enroll your students.  

Or Shalom's Bet Sefer connects students to their Jewish community and heritage by introducing them to Jewish holidays, history, values, and the Hebrew language. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all learners and support them along their Jewish journey with study, song, dance, art, cooking, and community service.

Bet Sefer starts on September 11 at 4pm.  See you then!

Elul Study Series
Thursday, September 5 at B'nai Emunah
Thursday, September 12 at Or Shalom

Interfaith San Francisco District Attorney 
Candidate Forum
  Tuesday, September 10th, 7-9 pm
Jewish High School of the Bay
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco

Or Shalom is pleased to be co-sponsoring a forum featuring candidates Chesa Boudin, Nancy Tun, Leif Dautch, and Suzy Loftus. This event has been organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council as part of its "Waging Democracy" campaign. 
Contact Or Shalom's JCRC Representative, Corey Weinstein, for more information. 
Shabbat Morning Services + a Powerhouse Speaker
  Saturday, September 14, 10:00 am  

The Reverend Ben McBride will be our guest at Shabbat morning services on September 14 and will speak afterwards.

Ben is the co-director of PICO California, the state's largest community-organizing network. He is a longtime activist for peace and justice in the Bay Area; in fact, in 2008 he moved his family to a neighborhood in Oakland called the "Kill Zone" in order to better understand and respond to the epidemic of gun violence.  
A prodigious organizer, he has founded or played a key organizing role in numerous organizations, include Operation Ceasefire, which has contributed to a 40% reduction in Oakland homicides; the Empower Initiation, which transforms public safety by providing training to police officers and law enforcement executives; and the Trust Through Reform Project, an initiative focused on the community-police relationship. He served as Co-Chair for the Department of Justice's Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board. And this year, Ben founded the BELONG Movement, building bridges across differences of race, faith and status.

Ben says he is "deeply committed to widening the circle of human concern, leading to a society anchored in belonging." He brings a message of hope and empowerment well worth hearing. 
 Friday , September 20th, 6:00 pm (earlier time)

Our upcoming all-community Shabbat Kulanu will have an Israeli flavor. During a festive meal provided by Or Shalom, we will hear from community members who traveled to Israel and Palestine this past June. They will recount their adventures, share their insights, and perhaps lead us to think about the conflict in the Middle East in a more nuanced way. Expect music and photos!  A service will follow.  
Please RSVP here so we can plan for dinner.
Israel trip participants, sign up here to help with the hosting. 
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are  among 18 organizations making up the Jewish Rohingya Network and calling for sanctions against the Burmese military and an end to the persecution of the Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities in Burma. More here
Learn more about what's going on in the movement in its  monthly newsletter.
Social Action Corner  
  • Call your state legislators and ask for a Yes vote on SB54, which will significantly reduce plastic use and plastic waste in California.
  • On August 26, Or Shalom co-sponsored (along with Kehilla Community Synagogue) a noon-time vigil outside the ICE offices in downtown San Francisco. Or Shalom president Janet Jacobs spoke, and our musicians Amnon Goodman and Corey Weinstein led songs. This was one in a month of daily vigils, each led by a different affinity group, protesting the camps at the southern border where refugees and asylum-seekers are being detained.
  • Get more news and hear about upcoming events at Spark!, our Social Action Website. You'll need to register to gain access to the site, so email admin@orshalom.org to get started.
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A non-official OS program must meet the following criteria:
  • Doesn't conflict with an OS event 
  • Is  specifically relevant to the OS community
  • Has official OS  approval
Please submit announcements at least 3 weeks in advance. Be sure to include all details, including RSVP information. Your announcement may be edited for content, format, and/or length. 

For more information about getting an event listed, please contact Administrator Lillian Markind at admin@orshalom.org .

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