2019
Greetings!

Spring events are now open for registration -- check them out below:
Our famous Jewelry Sale; Annual Women's Seder; Annual Women's Retreat

Come Join Us -- Have fun & do good things!
Events
MONTHLY MAH JONG
2/19 1-3 pm Rodef Sholom Social Hall
Monthly open Mahj play is usually the first & third Tuesday of every month.
Due to space concerns, Mahj will meet only the 19th this month.

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

Contact: Sharon Haas  or   Harriett Michael
BOOK CLUB
2/20 7:15-8:15 JCC Library (3rd Wed. of the month)
Schedule:
February 20th - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
March 20th - A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir Shalev

To RSVP  CLICK HERE  or Call Alice Miller with questions: 415-381-6792
Coming next month in March
WRS JEWELRY SALE 3/3 at 11:00 am
It's almost time for the most fabulous jewelry and accessory sale of the year. 
Want a chance to see everything before the crowd? 

Volunteer to sort (weekday morning in February TBD), or better yet, to work the day of the sale, 3/3. We need a set up crew beginning about 9 am, and sales crew at 10:30 am.

Send your name & email to Barbara Merino and indicate which shift you would like to work.
Proceeds support our Tikkun Olam Fund!
 Check it out; participate in this good work while cleaning out your closet.
We are  collecting  your new and gently used jewelry and accessories: scarfs, belts, purses, wallets.

Bring to the CRS office marked "for WRS"
Coming this Spring - Registration Open
WRS ANNUAL WOMEN'S SEDER
Sun, April 14th 4 pm

The Highlight of our Year

Bring your daughters, granddaughters, mother, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins and friends!

We always fill up, so register and prepay early.  You don't want to miss this event.
WRS ANNUAL WOMEN'S RETREAT
May 3-5
at Westerbeke Ranch
Unbelievable weekend of gourmet meals, Shabbat services, workshops, hiking, reading, soaking in the hot tub, creating new friendships and just relaxing in the beautiful setting of Westerbeke Ranch.

Participation is limited to WRS members only. This year we are limited to 24 full weekend participants, so first come, first served.
Engagement Opportunties
DO YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED BUT DON'T KNOW HOW OR WHERE?

HERE ARE SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Help plan our fabulous Women’s Seder on 4/14 Please join us on Tuesday 2/5/19 6:00 pm JCC library. All welcome; if unable to attend but want to help out, send an email to Susan Goldwasser: sigcrg@aol.com

  • Join the Retreat Committee: plan our 5/3-5/5 Retreat at gorgeous Westebeke Ranch in Glen Ellen. Committee meeting is on Thursday, 2/7 at 5 pm at Boca in the Corte Madera shopping center. If you can't be there in person and want to phone in, that's good too! Please email Susan Goldwasser sigcrg@aol.com

  • Collecting Jewish paperwork for a project to be done at the WRS Retreat in May. Keep your Jewish calendars, Judaic art images, greeting cards, pictures from books and supplies for collage. Bring them to the temple office marked "WRS Retreat."

We would love you to join us in planning these events. It takes a village, and you are part of our village. We would like to get to know you better and have some fun along the way!
In the Gift Shop
Inspired by the murders of innocent Jewish people praying in their Pittsburg, PA temple on a Shabbat morning, the gift shop is selling this T-Shirt, with a powerful message.

We have all sizes. Come in and get one before they're gone.
Passover is Coming!
It's not too early to stop in and shop for all your Passover needs!
REGULAR HOURS:
Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 3:00
Friday - 11:30 - 2:00
Sunday - 10:00 - 12:30

Please call ahead to make sure we are open: 415-314-9822
Past Events
Tubishvat Celebration
Thank you to Sharon Lebell for hosting a celebration of the tress in beautiful Woodacre. The afternoon was a lovely experience for the women who attended. Our gratitude to you!

What a wonderful evening!

Filled with:
Laughter,
Facts
and
FUN!!!!
Thank you to the group of wonderful people who worked so hard on this event.

Yasher Koach Team Trivia!
Membership
Women of Rodef Sholom 2018-2019 Membership
If you have already renewed your dues, thank you. If not, please rejoin. You can do it very easily by Clicking here and you will be taken to the WRS website. Or download our membership form by clicking the "Join Today" button.
A note from our President
This past week my nephew, Noah, became a bar mitzvah, and Rabbi Lara and Cantor David made the service beautiful. Noah is such a sweet, loving young man, as is his older sister, Naomi. In his drash, Noah noted that it was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Noah compared Dr. King to Moses, reminding us that both men fought to help free their people.
The following evening, I was fortunate enough to see Mavis Staples in concert. Mavis was born in Chicago in 1939. Mavis’ father, Pops, was close friends with Martin Luther King, Jr., and her family group, the Staples Singers, became the spiritual and musical voices of the Civil Rights movement. They performed at rallies and marches, and Mavis spoke about getting arrested over and over again for simply singing and speaking out for justice.

In 2011, Mavis won a Grammy for the album You Are Not Alone , and in 2016 she was celebrated by President Obama and her fellow artists when she received the Kennedy Center Honor. Mavis is now seventy-nine years old, and her voice still carries the power and passion of her deep faith in love and peace. My friends and I sang along with Mavis and were moved to tears as she spoke of building bridges not walls. The sparkle in her eyes and the joy in her voice filled the small venue with hope.

Many of you may recognize Mavis’ songs including; I’ll Take You There , Freedom Highway , We Shall Not be Moved , and Positivity . Ben Harper wrote the song Love and Trust for Staples in 2016. It has the same message of freedom as her older songs. One of my favorite moments of the night, was when Mavis sang Build a Bridge .

An excerpt from Build a Bridge…

Gotta build a bridge right over the mountain
Gotta build it right over the sea
Gonna build a bridge right over the ocean
So you can walk right over to me
Look around at our country
At the people that we don't ever see
Standing side by side us divided
Lonely in the land of the free
I'm pull the shades off from my window
I'm gonna let the sunlight in
I'm gonna open my heart to a stranger
I think I know where to begin
I'm gonna build a bridge right over the mountain
I think I know what to do
Gonna build a bridge right over the ocean
I'm gonna walk right over to you
The connection with my nephew, Moses, Mavis Staples, and Marin Luther King, Jr. filled me with hope and love this past week! If you feel like being uplifted, listen to some of Mavis Staples songs too. 
With much love,
Lucy Schneidman
Comments from the Clergy
Dear Friends,

I’m writing this note to you from an airplane as I travel back from Washington DC after an inspiring weekend with 12 Rodef Sholom teens, followed by a conference with over 150 Reform Jewish educators from all over North America. 
Our teens spent 4 days in DC with teens from over 30 congregations around the United States at a L’taken Seminar led by the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism. Together we prayed, sang, toured monuments, visited the Holocaust Museum, played in the snow, and learned about important issues that our country is facing and how to be advocates for the rights of the individuals who reside in this country, and those wishing to enter as well.

On Monday morning, our teens lobbied in the offices of Congressman Huffman, Senator Harris and Senator Feinstein on issues of criminal justice, climate change, immigration reform and refugee resettlement. Their words, their actions, and their passion inspired me greatly, and I was truly honored to witness first-hand the amazing difference our teens are making in this world.

I’m returning to Marin inspired to continue to do the work with our kids, our families and our congregation. We will post the videos shortly of our teens speeches, and I hope that you might join us at a Shabbat service soon (date TBA) where we might here from some of these teens themselves and the words they shared with our representatives on behalf of our congregation and Reform Jews nationwide.

As we begin to move from the darkest time of the year to the season where more literal light will enter our days, I hope that you find the spark of light you need to bring into your life. And like the light the teens brought to our world, I hope you might join us to continue to do the same.
Rabbi Lara Regev
Campus Partners
In the bin this month: In the temple lobby
February : New or gently used towels and twin sheets to be distributed to shelters in Marin by Homeward Bound 
JCC Center for Jewish Peoplehood
Jewish Women’s Theatre
presents
Family Secrets