Weekly Newsletter
September 9, 2021
400 Missouri St, SF CA 94107
Or Shalom Membership Renewal is ending! Members can renew their financial commitment here. Not a member yet? Simply contact the office to get started.
Other High Holy Day Services

Healing Service - Friday, September 10 at 6pm
Zoom link + passcode SHALOM

Embodied Spiritual Practice - Saturday, September 11 at 10am via Zoom
During this two-hour workshop, explore our theme, Turning & Returning, through movement, meditation, prayer, and poetry with Gail Gurewitz and Rabbi Katie. For all levels and abilities. If you can, please prepare a private space and arrive a few minutes early so that we can begin promptly. Please bring: yoga mat, towel, comfortable clothing, yoga props (including a nearby chair if needed), journal or paper and pen, and tallit (optional). 

Sukkot Celebration and Shabbat Service - Friday, September 24 at 5:00 pm (note early time)
Meet at the circle pit in Pine Lake Park. Register here

Simchat Torah - Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 pm
We will join with Ner Tamid for this Zoom celebration. Details to follow.

Since we will not be conducting a food drive this holiday season, please consider a donation to Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger.
The Fast I Desire:
Tikkun Olam Actions for the Days of Awe

As part of our collective teshuvah, the Tikkun Olam Committee invites Or Shalom members to make repairing the world a priority in this year's High Holy Days practice. We are inspired by the prophet Isaiah's call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless.

We have compiled a list of tikkun olam actions in Or Shalom's five priority areas: racial justice, sanctuary, safety net, climate change/environment, and democracy. They range from phone banking to beach cleanup, from patrolling the streets of Chinatown to supporting recently-arrived Afghan refugees. See a full list with specific points of contact here.

Postcard Writing at the Ale House
Monday, September 13, 7-9:-- pm
Come join your friends, have a beverage, and write some postcards to your elected officials urging them to support stronger voting rights and climate change legislation. Or, at a time of year when all are encouraged to release our debtors, ask Congress for student debt relief. The Ale House will be closed to the public for the event. Proof of Covid vaccination required. Register here for the address and more information.
We're Collecting Sins (Anonymously)!

In past years, part of our Selichot work involved writing down our past year's "sins" on slips of paper that Rabbi Katie collected, read aloud during High Holy Day services, and then tore up. Acknowledging our failures and putting them behind us was always a profound and refreshing experience.

This year, with no in-person Selichot, we are collecting sins online. Please go to this page (it's completely anonymous; note that you don't have to sign in) and share what you feel were your shortcomings, failures, aggressions, and oversights this past year. Rabbi Katie will again read a selection out loud and release us, as individuals and as a community, to do better.
Remember to Vote by September 14

If you haven't already cast your ballot in California's recall election, now's the time! Every vote matters in determining who holds the very important position of Governor of our state. For your vote to count, your ballot must be postmarked, placed in a dropbox, or delivered to a polling place by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 14. For answers to questions about the election, see the website of your county election office.
Interviews by Or Shalom Teens Create New Paths for Belonging
Or Shalom had a vibrant online Teen Program last year. Students engaged with one another, and also sought to connect with members they typically might not interact with. The project that resulted: interviewing members of the congregation and sharing their stories with the whole community.

This week features Jude Fox interviewing Al Mizrahi. We will be rolling out more interviews in the coming weeks. We hope you will enjoy learning more about our interesting members and our energetic teens, and will agree that this is a good way to strengthen our sense of belonging to the Or Shalom community.
Al Mizrahi, interviewed by Jude Fox
As a sign of our appreciation and affection for Zehava, we are marking her retirement by establishing an education fund in her honor. This fund will support learning for all ages in our community. If you would like to honor Zehava in this way, you can make a donation of any size to the Zehava Dahan Educational Fund here
Mazel Tov and Welcome...

to new member Lisa Kahn
to new members Linda Liebschutz and Joseph Taylor
to returning members Daniel & Betsy Russakoff and family
to returning member Howard Fallon
to returning member Cindy Changar
We gratefully acknowledge contributions from our members:

  • Judy Olasov, in memory of John Ferrara
  • Bryna Rifkind, in memory of Esther Benrubi
  • Stephen Gerard, in memory of Robert Gerard
  • Jurate Raulinaitis & Kirk Schneider, in memory of Laura Siegal
  • Sue Schechter, in memory of Marilyn Schechter, Harry Miller, Hesh Schechter, Rose Miller
  • Marlese & Jacob Kaufman, in honor of Or Shalom
  • Catherine Witzling, in honor of Or Shalom
  • Jeff Zorn, in honor of Or Shalom
  • Jurate Raulinaitis, in honor of Or Shalom's Ensemble
  • Judy Olasov, in memory of Annie Borgenicht
  • Nitza Agam, in memory of Annette Walt
  • April Lapidus, in memory of Jeremy Lapidus
On the anniversary of their deaths, we remember:

Dorise Kerman, Harry Miller, Leonard Levine, Margo Adair, Dale Ganz, Anne Brook, Dorothy Skala, Shirley Seligman, Russ Opper, Viola B. Golding, Sue Teller, Ruth Pleaner, Michael Jacobs, Sara Goldstein, Benjamin Agam, Lazlo Frankovitz, Zvi Agam, Peter Miguel Camejo, Gussie Schechter, Herman (Hesh) Schechter
We send comfort to those with recent losses:

Sandra and Chanan Menachem and their family, as they remember the loss of Chanan's brother, Igal Ben Yona Menachem
This Week's Parsha
The parsha for this week is Vayeilech (Deuteronomy 31:-30))

Our mailing address has changed!

Please send all mail to:
Or Shalom Jewish Community
400 Missouri St
San Francisco, CA 94107

We have consolidated our phone numbers. To reach Or Shalom by phone, please call: (415)469-5542
Or Shalom Clergy and Staff

Alison Faith Levy, Cantorial Soloist
Matt Rudoff, Board President
Lillian Markind, Administrator
Ben Rozio, Youth/Family Program Coordinator