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Or Shalom Weekly Newsletter
A complete calendar is available at OrShalom.org 

Sat 9/8
9:15 am
RISE March and Shabbat Service
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Sun 9/9 7:00 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
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Mon 9/10 10:00 am Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
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Tues 9/11 11:00 am Rosh Hashanah II on the Beach
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Sat 9/15 1:30 pm
Embodied Spiritual Practice Lab
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Tues 9/18
7:00 pm
Kol Nidre Service
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Wed 9/19
10:00 am
Yom Kippur Services
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Sun 9/23 9:30 am Help BIJ construct their Sukkah
Mon 9/24-Tues 9/25
National Voter Registration Day Tabling at SF City College
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Fri 9/28
6:30 pm
Traveling Shabbat in the Sukkah @ the home of Seraph and Marshall White
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Sat 9/29
6:30 pm
Simchat Torah
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Sat 10/6 10:00 am Shabbat Bereishit with Sofer-in-Residence, Rabbi Kevin Hale and Or Zarua
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Sat 10/13
New Date
7:00 pm
Havdalah & Voter Education Night
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High Holy Days 5779/2018

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, 9/9 @ UU Center
6:00 PM      Family Service
7:00 PM       Evening Service
Rosh Hashanah I
Monday, 9/10 @ UU Center
9:00 AM    Family Service
10:00 AM    Morning Service
light kiddush will follow

Rosh Hashanah II on the Beach
Tuesday, 9/11 
@ Ocean Beach at Taraval
11:00 AM    Contemplative Shofar Service
12:00 PM   Vegetarian potluck picnic and Tashlich

Kol Nidre (Erev Yom Kippur)
Tuesday, 9/18 @ UU Center
6:00 PM     Family Service
7:00 PM    Kol Nidre Service
Yom Kippur
Wednesday, 9/19 @ UU Center
9:00 AM       Family Service
10:00 AM     Morning Service  
4:30 PM       Meditation/Yoga
5:30 PM       Healing Circle
6:30 PM       Ne'ilah Service
8:00 PM       Break-the-Fast vegetarian potluck

Traveling Shabbat in the Sukkah
Friday, 9/28
@ the home of Seraph & Marshall White
6:30 PM       Sukkot celebration and vegetarian potluck dinner

Simchat Torah
Saturday, 9/29  @ Or Shalom
6:30 PM    Vegetarian potluck dinner
7:30 PM    Service, live music & dancing with the Torah

Members who wish to purchase additional tickets should contact the office.

Non-members can purchase tickets here.  Please contact the office if you have any questions. 

Please consider volunteering for a High Holy Day job.  You can sign up here. 

High Holy Day Childcare and Holiday Program

Will you be sending your 4-year-old to 5th-graders to our High Holy Day Children's Programming during the main services?  If so, you can register here  .  Pre-registration is required!

RISE for Climate, Jobs, & Justice with OS
Saturday 9/8, 9:15am @ Ferry Park

Or Shalom will join tens of thousands of people from around the world for this historic mobilization to protect the Earth.  We'll gather with the faith-based contingent on Saturday, September 8 at Ferry Park for a multi-faith prayer service at 9:15 am. (See map and complete schedule) Look for the stuffed Torah! At 10:00am, Rabbi David Cooper and Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller will lead a Shabbat Service. Then we'll re-group at Embarcadero Plaza for the march. Please RSVP via the RISE website and register here with Or Shalom if you plan to attend.

Membership renewal is now open!   Membership runs from July 1, 2018- J une 30, 2019.

If you need assistance to complete the renewal process, simply call the office.  We would be happy to help you.  Please log into your account for ease of use!

Double Mitzvah Membership Drive

Typically the High Holy Days are a time when we have a lot of visitors to our services, so it's a perfect time for the "double mitzvah" of inviting your friends to an Or Shalom service. Contact the office if you need free guest tickets for first-time attendees. And our free High Holy Day Family Services, held an hour before the "regular" services offer a perfect opportunity for families with young children to celebrate and observe the holidays. No tickets are required for the free family services. Help our Double Mitzvah tree grow by pledging here  to share what you love about our community.

Click the flyer to RSVP!
Fight for Our Democracy This Midterm Season!

There are many local ways to affect democracy through a Jewish lens this election season. If you're interested in making a difference in the midterms, check out these opportunities:

As part of their larger democracy initiative JCRC and will be hosting Waging Democracy , a day-long forum that includes seminars, sessions and opportunities for action. Click the title link for more information and to RSVP!

Or Shalom is committed to making sure all voices are heard this voting season! Join us in tabling at SF City College in honor of National Voter Registration Day. Click the title link to see time slots and sign up!

Havdalah & Voter Education Night
New Date - Saturday, 10/13 at 7:00pm

Join Or Shalom for an evening of critical discussion and analysis of the upcoming San Francisco and statewide ballot! After a brief Havdalah service, we will facilitate group discussions about key issues on the ballot. Each discussion will include both the crucial facts and relevant pieces of Jewish text to help inform your opinion.
Democracy thrives on knowledgeable voters. Prepare to bring your informed, progressive, Jewish point of view to the voting box this November!
Reconstructing Judaism Presents: Evolve
Reconstructing Judaism is officially rolling out an exciting new project, Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations. The Evolve site contains essays and resources meant to serve as the bases for ongoing conversations about challenging topics.

Click here to find insightful essays, study guides, sermon sparks and text resources about seven urgent issues of our day: 

1. Jewish Approaches to Justice Work
2. Harnessing Technology
3. Why Be Jewish?
4. Redefining Jewish Identity
5. Judaism and Race
6. Cultivating Constructive Conversations about Israel/Palestine
7. Reimagining Jewish Community

Reconstructing Judaism hopes that Evolve will be a site for open-hearted communication about these issues; we encourage you to write or video responses that we can add to these conversations. Please share your responses with us here.

Sing Shalom!
A Jewish Music & Movement Program 
for  kids 5 and under and their families
One Sunday a Month at 10 am

Introduce your little ones to song, dance,
and  Jewish tradition!  Listen to stories and songs with Rabbi Katie and others.

2018 - Oct 14, Nov 11, 
2019 - Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 7, & May 5

Special programs for Hanukkah on Dec 8 & 
Havdallah June 1 
Travel with Or Shalom!
June 19-30, 2019


Explore the complex layers of Israel and Palestine with your community on a trip that will be spiritual, thought-provoking, and inspirational. 

On our first-ever Or Shalom trip to Israel and Palestine, we will:
  • Meet the People - Encounter Israelis and Palestinians from the many diverse communities of Israel and Palestine. Learn about the inspirational cultural and political work that often escapes our headlines across the ocean. 
  • Explore the Land - From the contemporary landscape of borders, checkpoints and security fences to the ruins of ancient Israel, to the natural beauty of desert and water, there is no better way to understand or appreciate a place than to be there in person.
  • Learn and Reflect - Our tour will include time and space for learning, spiritual practice, discussion 
    and  relaxation. 

Shabbat Bereishit with Sofer-in-Residence, Rabbi Kevin Hale and Or Zarua
Saturday, 10/6, 10:00am-3:00pm

Or Zarua's observance of Shabbat Bereishit will begin with Morning Tefilah at 10:00am, followed by kiddush and pot luck lunch (roughly 12:15-1:30).  At 1:30pm, we will dig in deep with the following teaching.

Learning Session: Imagining Torah-Writing at the Center of Contemporary Jewish Civilization

Two hundred years from now, will our descendants recognize the origin of a Torah scroll that we will write, in the coming decade, on kosher roadkill deerskin, with a feather quill shed by a great egret, in a distinctive East Bay ktav (script)?
For most of our history, Torah was crafted locally, down the street or perhaps in the next town, with diverse materials and writing styles.  How might Torah be written in this time and place by members of our own communities?  What economic, ecological, artistic and religious priorities would need to shift to enable this essential Jewish sacred craft to be done right here?

Or Shalom T-Shirts are Back (and Front)!

Did you miss the opportunity to rep Or Shalom at the Women's March? We have them back in stock! With Or Shalom's name and logo on the front and "Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue" (Deut. 16:20) in English, Hebrew and transliteration, these women's and men's S,M,L and XL T-shirts go for only $15.  

Social Action Corner  
  • Highlight from the Spark! Calendar: 
    Bay Area Meal Pack for 9/11 Day
    Tues, 9/11, 9AM-5PM | 1454 The Embarcadero, SF
    In observance of 9/11 Day, the nation's largest day of service, please join over 1,000 volunteers who will be participating in this year's First Annual Bay Area Meal Pack for 9/11 Day, at Pier 35 on The Embarcadero.  This year, our goal in the San Francisco Bay Area is to pack and distribute 250,000 non-perishable meals for food insecure individuals. Learn more and register here!
  • Get more news and events at Spark!
  • Still need to register for Spark? Email assistant@orshalom.org  and Ezra will get you started!

Marta Espinoza / Leah Karliner & Descartes Li / Katie & Steve Handelman / Gloria & Hans Kolbe-Saltzman In Memory Of Lucy Saltzman / Corey Weinstein & Pat Skala In Celebration of Rabbi Katie's Birthday / Stephen Gerard & Trudy Lionel In Memory Of Robert Gerard / Judy Olasov In Appreciation Of Or Shalom's Support /  Jurate Raulinaitis & Kirk Schneider In Honor Of Rabbi Katie / Judy Olasov / Howard Fallon / Karen Staller & Hugh Molesworth In Memory Of Alice Staller, Irwin Staller & Patricia Martin / Nicole Avril & Daniel Gelfand
Make an Announcement to Or Shalom

Thinking about submitting an event for inclusion in the Or Shalom weekly email? We'd love to hear from you.
Please submit announcements 3 weeks in advance, with the appropriate RSVP information.  All non-official OS programs must meet the following criteria:
  • Doesn't conflict with an OS event 
  • Specifically relevant to the OS community
  • Has official OS  approval
All postings may be edited for content, format and/or length by office staff or volunteers.  For more information about getting an event listed, please contact Administrator Lillian Markind at admin@orshalom.org .

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