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and  meet some wonderful women!

Newsletter:   July,
Buy your Rosh Hashana Honey NOW
Rosh Hashana Honey for Sale

It feels early, however, 
on  July 11th!
  • Cost $12 per jar
  • Rosh Hashana begins evening of Sept. 9th; honey is guaranteed to arrive by then
  • 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 

Questions or problem ordering contact:
WRJ Pacific District AREA DAY     7/15

WRJ Pacific District
Location:  Temple Isaiah, Lafayette, CA

We invite you to join the Sisterhood women from Northern California at our Area Day this summer.  

Please join us for a day of learning with members of other Northern California Temples.  We will carpool together form our Temple Parking Lot and have a day of learning and bonding.

RSVP to Rhonda Daniels 415-302-4614 or  Rhonda Daniels so we will reserve a space for you.  
Our Sisterhood feels so strongly about this type of leadership development that we will pay the registration cost for you for the day -- breakfast and lunch included!

The full program on Sunday, July 15 , will feature a presentation from our District First Vice President, Dana Adler, a keynote presentation on Human and Sex Trafficking by Laurel Sgro, and a discussion with Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller, Northern California Senior Organizer for the Religious Action Center.  

The day will also include information on the YES Fund and it's impact on our youth.  There will be workshops as well as opportunities to connect with women from other sisterhoods. Our Saturday afternoon program will include the opportunity for Torah study, either on the trail (around the reservoir in Lafayette), or in the garden of our host sisterhood, Women of Isaiah.  We hope you can join us!

Area Day 2017 in Sacramento
7/3 and 7/17
Monthly Mah Jongg, 1-3pm - Temple Social Hall

Monthly open Mahj play is the first and third Tuesday of every month, 1-3 pm in Congregation Rodef Sholom's Social Hall.   Bring  your sets, your cards and your Mahj friends.  Let's have fun!

For more info contact:
Tekiah: The High Holy Days 
as a Path To Awakening

    Study with Sylvia Boorstein
Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown

  • In the Rodef Sholom Sanctuary
  • Starting Friday July 20th 5:00-7:00pm
  • 6 Mondays 9:30am-11:30am:July 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 
The period before Rosh Hashanah, which in the Jewish Calendar begins with Tisha B'Av, winds its way through the weeks of consolation, the month of Elul, and concludes with S'lichot. These weeks are intended to be a rich and fruitful time for drawing us into deeper relationship with compassion and awareness. No matter what has befallen each one of us in the past year, this period of time gives us an opportunity to reflect on our lives, awaken more deeply to ourselves, and notice the world anew.
Using a variety of Jewish and Buddhist meditation approaches this course will help you look deeply into your own life. The course will incorporate mindfulness meditation, prayer, chant, and text study as we explore the ways the sacred wisdom of the High Holy Days can help us awaken to our daily lives.
Please RSVP to Molly. We will be recording this course for those who are unable to attend in person. If you are following this course virtually and would like a study (chevrutah) partner please reach out to Molly for the course materials.
On summer break for July
Book Club, 7:15-8:15   
Usually the third Wednesday of each month, we meet in the JCC Library
     Books for upcoming months:
August 15th - Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

To RSVP CLICK HERE   Call Alice Miller with questions: 415-381-6792
Coming up in August

WRS pool party and pot luck is happening, bring a towel.   This is always such a fun event -- we'd love you to join us this year!

Date:  Sunday, August 19th
Time: 11:30 - 3:30
Place:   501 San Pedro Cove in San Rafael
Community Room and Cabana of Toni Golbus' pool 

Please bring 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 and cabana will be straight ahead.  
If lost on the day of event, Toni can be reached at 415-816-1089

RSVP:   Angela Giacomini
WRS OPENING EVENT - Sat, Sept. 29th

Anat Hoffman at Rosh Codesh Service, October, 2017
Shabbaton with:
Anat Hoffman
Sponsored by WRS, CRS and the JCC

3:00 Welcome & Nosh
4:00 Shabbaton in the             Sanctuary 
5:30 Havdallah service

$18 Members of WRS
$36 Prospective Members and Guests

Anat Hoffman is Executive Director of the Israeli Religious Action Center (IRAC), and is a founding member and Chairwoman of Women of the Wall.

Before she became Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center in 2002, Anat served as a Jerusalem City Councilwoman for 14 years. She became known as an inexhaustible warrior for justice and equality. She worked to ensure that the powerful Orthodox bloc in the City Council did not dictate lifestyle choices for Jerusalem's secular population; she fought for women's equal pay for equal work; she sought to guarantee adequate municipal services for the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem; and even in this city divided by religious disagreement, she has struggled for recognition of religious pluralism. Anat specialized in attending to the details of municipal administration, where big decisions are often hidden away in the fine print. She became a familiar figure in the Supreme Court, as she pursued her quest for information that the bureaucracy preferred to keep secret.  

Anat was born in Jerusalem and in her teens was an Israeli swimming champion. After army service, she received her BSc in Psychology at the University of California in Los Angeles and pursued graduate studies at Bar Ilan University.  She served on the Boards of the Israel Women's Network, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and many other Israeli organizations for social change.

Anat is a sought-after l ecturer, addressing audiences in Israel and in the United States on subjects close to her heart: gender segregation in the public sphere and the struggle for Jews to be able to practice a broad spectrum of Judaism in Israel,   social justice, and equal rights for women and minorities.  Anat guides IRAC in its work to promote Jewish pluralism, tolerance, and equality, and to combat racism and religious coercion.   Anat   expanded IRAC's mission to go beyond the courts and the Knesset, and to engage in helping people directly through social action.

Social Justice Group from Rodef Sholom Oct. 2017

Anat Hoffman and Judi Sheppard
Rabbi Stacy at Rosh Codesh Service with Women of the Wall

October 18-21, 2018
Open to all and especially great for up and coming leaders who want to learn and study and work with women from sisterhoods from all over our District, this convention is bound to be a great opportunity to really dig in and learn about Women of Reform Judaism, our Pacific District and how to make our own Sisterhood even better than it is. 

Please let Rhonda Daniels know if you are interested in attending.  Rhonda Daniels  415-302-4614. 
Paper  goods for all your party needs

Many new, exciting Judaica are on our shelves - great hostess gifts, new challah boards and covers, kippot, kiddish cups, jewelry and an incredible assortment of new styles of tallits.

Summer hours:
Sunday - Friday, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fridays 11:30 - 2:00 from June 30 - July 12th
COMING in 2019 . . .

Will return next year!   

We are collecting  your new and gently used jewelry and accessories: scarfs, belts, purses, wallets.


Bring your items to the Temple Office marked "WRS"

Can you help us organize for the sale?   If interested, contact Susan Goldwasser   CLICK HERE
SF Pride Parade: We marched with Planned Parenthood

Pictures speak a thousand words . . .

Thanks to Laura and Angela Giacomini to for coordinating our joining Planned Parenthood.  It was a wonderful day!
A "Prideful" Story from Ronna Voorsanger:

Creating challah with Eric, my 22 year old grandson who was visiting from Alexandria, Virginia, was extra special when we created an extraordinarily, brilliantly colored Pride challah to honor Pride Week.   Deciding to make two challahs seemed like a snap since we were both old hands at challah making and Eric has a physics degree.  So, it wasn't going to be a big deal.  Guess you don't need a degree to make awesome challahs, so I'll put that physics comment down to Bubby Bragging.

The challah tasted fabulous and imagine French Toast the next morning.
These pictures of our final product has put a smile on everyone's face.
Warning:  the process is easy but requires a goodly amount of time especially mixing 6 balls of challah dough with food coloring gel.  H ere's the link to the blog this wonderful challah comes from.

June 26, 2018

Message from the WRJ (Women of Reform Judiasm) on Women's Health

Help Protect Women's Health

This morning the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 in favor of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, allowing medical professionals to omit full reproductive health care information to their patients.  Women of Reform Judaism condemns this decision to further restrict the reproductive rights of women. We must continue to act to demand full access to women's health care.

On June 1st, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed an amendment to Title X to ensure compliance with, and enhance implementation of, the requirement that no funds under this federal grant program may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning. This regulation, commonly known as the "domestic gag rule," would undermine a woman's right to choose her own medical decisions and would allow healthcare professionals to withhold accurate and timely medical information from patients.

Title X is the United States' only program dedicated to providing affordable reproductive health care on the federal level, helping 4 million women  nationwide. Currently the law states that funding cannot go to abortion services, but organizations that perform abortions with their own money can still receive funding to provide other health care services. This proposed rule would eliminate all federal funding to any organization that provides or refers for abortion services.

Since our resolution in 1935 birth control literature, WRJ has continued to fight for a woman's right to choose, the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, and access to health care.   Consistent with our longstanding background of actions towards reproductive rights, WRJ urges you to demonstrate your strong opposition to this deeply destructive proposal.


From now until July 31, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services is accepting comments on this proposed rule from the public. There are already over 28,000 comments, with thousands in favor of this regulation. Please submit a comment to make your voice heard.
  • When drafting your comment, please include your personal feelings and connection to this case. Why is reproductive health care important to you? Below is a sample comment that you may use as the basis for your comment, but we strongly encourage you to personalize it. If there are multiple identical comments, they are not counted individually for department consideration. Additionally, all comments will be made available to the public so do not use personal details such as your address or other contact information in your text.  
  • Once your comment is completed, submit it to the Federal Register. You will then be prompted to fill out a required contact form. Once you complete the form, press "continue" to review your information, and then press "submit comment" at the bottom right corner of the page.  
  • Let us know that you submitted a comment by filling out this formWe want you to be counted in WRJ's efforts to protect reproductive rights 
Sample Comment:
Dear Secretary Azar,
As a worried citizen, Reform Jew, and  woman  I am  writing  you today to express my strongest opposition to the proposed rule RIN 0937-ZA00. Nearly 4 million women use federally funded health care services annually and if this proposed rule goes into effect they will not be able to get all of the medical attention and information they deserve.

Jewish tradition tells us that a doctor is obligated to heal, and a person who prevents a physician from doing so "is considered to have shed blood" (Shulchan Arukh Yore De'ah 336:1). I am writing to you today to stand up for my fellow women and demand full and accurate information from doctors and health care providers in addition to full access for women's health care.
This proposed rule would limit women's reproductive rights, undermine free speech, and restrict women's access to quality healthcare. I urge you to withdraw this proposed rule and allow women to receive all health care and information they need and deserve. 

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Sisterhood Service Opportunities
Want to become more involved?  Want to meet some wonderful women?   If you are interested in joining the WRS Programming Committee, to plan for upcoming events for the year like the Pool Party, Opening Event, etc., please join us at our next scheduled meeting on Monday, July 23rd at 7:00 pm.  

For more information, please contact Angela Giacomini, Co-VP Programming at  or call (650) 796-3979.

We hope you will join us!
Without you, we are one woman short!
  Click here to go to our Website, where you can pay on-line
A Note From Our President
Dear Sisters:

"We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it's our garden that is really nurturing us." ~ Jenny Upglow

Thank you for entrusting me to take the helm and help lead the Women of Rodef Sholom Sisterhood. Susan Goldwasser has done an incredible job these past three years, and I hope to be as kind, caring, and productive a leader as Susan. I'm incredibly grateful to be a part of such an amazing group of women and feel continuously nourished by the collective energy, wisdom, social justice fighting power, and love of our Sisterhood.

Summertime floods me with happy childhood memories of being outdoors, swimming, and spending relaxing time with friends and family. We are all so busy throughout the year, moving quickly from task to task, from one email to another, and working our way through never ending to do lists. My goal this summer is to slow down. Hit the pause button at least once a day. Return to the basics of simple pleasures like sitting quietly outside and listening to the birds sing or the neighborhood children laugh.

I hope that you are able to find time to slow down this summer as well and find joy in your garden, a yoga class, or a deep belly laugh with friends. Think of these moments as not a luxury, but a necessity. Rest is vital for rejuvenation. We would love to have you slow down enough to join us at the WRS pool party in August. You will be among friends, there will be joy, laughter, and we're Jewish-so of course delicious food!

With Love,

Lucy Schneidman, WRS President
Comments From the Clergy

will return next month
In the bin this month... (in the Temple Lobby)
July: Diapers and wipes for clients of Homeward Bound

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