August, 2019

Women of Rodef Sholom provides you the opportunity for community. Come feel connected and meet some wonderful women. We want to get to know you!

Summer is here and we're having fun -- There's a lot to do!
Rosh Hashana Honey Time
Honey for Sale


Rosh Hashana is Sept. 30th

It feels early to order, FREE SHIPPING is available through August 5th !
  • Cost $13 per jar
  • If ordered by Sept 4, Honey is guaranteed to arrive by Rosh Hashana
  • ORT Honey is True Source Honey and can be tracked from hive to table
  • Later orders will include a $5 per jar shipping fee, so order early!

Cards and postage are expensive! For only a little bit more cost, your family and friends will receive a beautiful jar of honey with your New Year's greetings! 

All proceeds support WRS Tikkun Olam fund
Free shipping will be offered  through August 5th. Delivery in time for Rosh Hashana is guaranteed for orders placed  through September 4th  and we will continue to accept orders through the High Holidays.

Questions or problems ordering? Please contact:   Joanne Schwartz or Angela Giacomini
It's time to renew your Membership for the 2019-2020 year
You can do it ON-LINE. It's easy!
8/6 and 8/20 1-3 pm Rodef Sholom Social Hall
Monthly open Mahj play is usually the first & third Tuesday of every month.

Bring your sets, your cards and your Mahj friends. Let's have fun!

Contact: Sharon Haas  or   Harriett Michael
8/21 7:15-8:15 JCC Library (3rd Wed. of the month)

August 21st:   The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 18th: The Button Man by Andrew Gross
October 16th: The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict (also uses the name Heather Terrell)
November 20th: Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thorton 
December 18th: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

To RSVP  CLICK HERE  or Call Alice Miller with questions: 415-381-6792
Sunday, August 25 from 11:30 - 3:30

WRS pool party and pot luck is always such a fun event
Bring a towel, and join us this year!
(you don't even need to swim -- come for the company and great pot luck!)

Join the party at:
501 San Pedro Cove, San Rafael
Community Room and Cabana of Toni Golbus' pool 
Please bring item to share according to your last name initial: 
A-F   Desserts
G-L   Salads/Sides
M-S  Main dish
T-Z  Hor d'oeuvres

When you come through the gate take a right and then a quick left into the parking lot. The pool cabana will be straight ahead. 
If lost on the day of event, Toni can be reached at  415-816-1089

Please RSVP with Angela Giacomini at  
Coming in September

September 15th 3-5 pm
Rodef Sholom Social Hall

Our speaker:
Representative of Planned Parenthood Northern CA


Disparities in reproductive and sexual healthcare account for nearly one-fifth of worldwide illness and premature death*. Planned Parenthood is a key provider of excellent, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and is the United States' largest provider of sex education.

Join the Women of Rodef Sholom (WRS) for this unique opportunity to hear the latest information about reproductive rights, and recent attacks on our access and rights to make healthy decisions about reproductive health, reproduction and sexuality.

The Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) has long been a defender of legal full access to reproductive health care and abortion rights and is launching a “Reproductive Justice Campaign” in partnership with the Religious Action Center (RAC). This campaign will provide training, education and resources to mobilize the Reform community around reproductive rights and justice. 

The mission statement of WRS features the fostering of Tikkun Olam or repairing the world, encourages social action, and creates opportunities for individual growth through study, spirituality, and community. Recently, WRS donated precious Tikkun Olam funds to Planned Parenthood to support their mission to provide vital reproductive health care, sexual education and information.

Join us - we are stronger together! 

*Adding it Up: The Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care by The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, February 2004
This event is FREE to all "paid up" members for 2019-2020
$18 for prospective members/guests
Join us for an afternoon of important information, refreshments and Sisterhood!

For more information contact
Angela and Laura  Giacomini,
Past Events
WRJ Pacific District Northern California Area Day July 27-28
Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills
Area Day was a weekend of learning, sharing and Sisterhood!
Workshops attended:
  • Leadership
  • Membership
  • Fundraising
  • Listening Campaign
  • Engagement
It was great to connect with members of other Sisterhoods in the Pacific District, learn Torah text with the Rabbi and the keynote speaker Amy Asin VP URJ on Strengthening Congregations.
Engagement Opportunties

The Women of Rodef Sholom’s Programming and Membership Committees are seeking new volunteers. Volunteering time, energy and passion to these committees is rewarding work! It is also a great way to meet new people, contribute to interesting projects, and give back to our wonderful organization. 

The next WRS Programming Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6 from 5:30-7:00 pm at the JCC Library.

The Programming Team is responsible for organizing a wide range of WRS events: Pool party, Opening event, Sisterhood Shabbat, Women’s Seder and Retreat. If you are in joining a dynamic, fun group, please join the Programming Team.

To join, please contact Angela and Laura Giacomini,
In the Gift Shop
Come shop and support the Women of Rodef Sholom

Summer Hours:

8/1-9/4 11:30-2pm Mon-Friday

Or by appointment, call Ingrid: 415-640-7868
Wine decanter with multi cups.
Small size, elegant. Add family and community to Shabbat for Kiddush
Colorful pop for the summer and all year round: nesting bowls.
Israeli made Armenian patterned bowls. Really lovely!
If you're interested in volunteering to work in the Gift Shop, please contact Ingrid Tolson by clicking the link below.
Message from our President
Dear Women of Rodef Sholom and friends,

I hope you are enjoying your summer. With only one of three children (really, young adults) at home this summer, I am easing into empty nest-hood! With my lessened home responsibilities, I have had more capacity to spend time with women new to Congregation Rodef Sholom (CRS), new to the WRS, or just new to me. What a gift! I have talked with artists, mothers, doctorate students, fur mothers, grandmothers, activists, and more. I am so impressed with the depth of talent, spirituality, knowledge, breadth of experiences, and graciousness of the women in our community.

I am hopeful you will get to meet some of these amazing women and others new to you at our upcoming relaxing WRS Pool Party on Sunday, August 25, from 11:30am-3:30pm in San Rafael !

This summer I have also had the privilege to visit with a number of dedicated past Presidents of the Women of Rodef Sholom, and with quite a few of my passionate fellow WRS Board members. I truly appreciate their generosity of time, spirit, ideas, and energy, and I am confident that we will have a wonderful, productive, and fun year together!

Last but not least, I have been able to connect with some of the visionary staff and clergy at Congregation Rodef Sholom. Together we are working to partner on critical synagogue issues, social justice initiatives, and simply more ways to learn and grow with each other. I even got to meet the active, effervescent, and adorable Noah Regev, with whom I will chat and play fly-swatter hockey in the CRS office anytime!

I am looking forward to attending the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) Northern California Area Day with about ten other Women of Rodef Sholom at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. We will donate sheets and pillows to LifeMoves, a non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness, and learn and visit with other spirited WRJ members.

Look for additional details and important statistics around reproductive health and justice in anticipation of the WRS “Opening Event” on Sunday, September 15, from 3-5pm in the Social Hall featuring a speaker from Planned Parenthood . We are looking forward to engaging further on the disparities in reproductive and sexual healthcare with our dynamic community. I hope to see you there.

As always, we are Stronger Together.

I can’t wait to see you in person at your next WRS event.
In friendship and sisterhood,
Jen Levine
President, Women of Rodef Sholom
Comments from the Clergy
Will return next month
WRS New Minhag (custom)
"Heal Her Now" SCARFS
El na, refah na lah (Please God, heal her now)

From Numbers 12:13 - Then Moses cried to the LORD, "Heal her now, O God."

The Women of Rodef Sholom has a new minhag (custom) which was introduced and created at the WRS Retreat this year. Inspired by Rabbi Stacy receiving a scarf from the Reform Female Rabbinate when she was healing from her cancer diagnosis, we decided that sharing this kind of loving kindness, refu’ah sh’leymah (complete healing), and Torah, is what Sisterhood is all about.

From now on, when a woman in our Congregation is diagnosed with cancer (or other serious illness or at the discretion of Rabbi Stacy), that woman will be presented with a "Heal Her Now" Scarf as a gift from the Women of Rodef Sholom.
The following is an outline of how this project took form.
Part 1: Purchase and Initial Preparation of the Scarfs
Silk scarfs and supplies are purchased and painted (the Retreat facility would not allow fabric dye).
Part 2: Blessing of the Scarfs at the WRS Retreat
Retreat participants wear the Scarfs as Rabbi Lara blessed us and them as part of our Mishaberach prayer service.
It was powerful and it was holy!(See Rabbi Lara's Comments from the Clergy article below)
Part 3: Holding Torah during Mishaberach, Torah's love going into the Scarfs
Part 4: Sisterhood Members Decorating Scarfs
El na, refah na lah (Please God, heal her now) was inscribed on the Scarfs. They were then decorated and love poured into them.
Part 5: Cards are made
Women make cards with loving messages of support to accompany the Scarfs given to the recipient. Acts of anonymous loving kindness!
The box of Scarfs (see photo above) has been presented to Rabbi Stacy. They are filled with love, Torah and blessings for healing.
We solemnly pray that you never need one of these Scarfs. However, if you do, please contact Rabbi Stacy or and you will be wrapped in healing love. El na, refah na lah (Please God, heal her now)!
Campus Partners
Congregation Rodef Sholom
(Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism)
Tuesday, August 20, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm in Sacramento
RAC-CA’s most important event of the year needs you to show up. Urge our legislators to make the Golden State reflect our Jewish values of justice, compassion, and wholeness. Learn to lobby and meet with your elected officials. Rodef Sholom is getting a group together to represent! This is your opportunity to take meaningful action. Teens are welcome and encouraged to attend as well.

After you register, call CRS so they can count you in. CRS office: 415-479-3441.
In the bin this month: In the temple lobby
August: School supplies for Marin County students in need.