2019

Greetings!

Spring events are happening and filling up! 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
WRS JEWELRY SALE
This Sunday 3/3 from 11 am - 2 pm
It's here!
Add to your fashion by finding great treasures at the WRS Jewelry and Accessories Sale!

Fabulous donations have been pouring in; there are great bargains to be found. Come early for the best selection.
Your purchases will help support the youth of our community, both at Rodef Sholom and at Venetia Valley School K-8 School.

This event supports the Tikkun Olam Fund.
Click below to see what it supports*
MONTHLY MAH JONG
3/5 and 3/19 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
BOOK CLUB
3/20 7:15-8:15 JCC Library (3rd Wed. of the month)
Schedule:
March 20th A Pigeon and a Boy  by Meir Shalev
April 17th - The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas (Jewish Book Council 2018 winner for best fiction)
May 15th -  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 
June 19th -  An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

To RSVP  CLICK HERE  or Call Alice Miller with questions: 415-381-6792
Coming in April & May
Registration Open and Filling Up!
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.
Also coming in April and May
Chai Mitzvah Classes return
Chai Mitzvah :   a series of text-based Jewish learning that will sharpen your mind and enrich your soul. Get to know others in deeper and more meaningful ways. This curriculum is meant to lead us to perform acts of loving kindness.  

Claire Mikowski,   Jewish Educator extraordinaire,  is looking forward to leading the following sessions: 

Thursday 4/25/19 7-9pm in the JCC Library
and Thursday 5/9/19 7-9pm Temple Inner Conference room
(come to one, come to both)
Bring a snack to share if you wish, and we will nosh and learn together! Cost of materials is $36

For more info about this program from WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism)  CLICK HERE
Engagement Opportunties
WANT TO GET INVOLVED
BUT DON'T KNOW HOW?

HERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES:



  • Help plan the Women’s Seder on 4/14 Join us on Tuesday 3/5 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, 3/14 at 5:30 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

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
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
Membership
Women of Rodef Sholom 2018-2019 Membership
You can now renew your Membership
ON-LINE. It's easy!
A note from our President
Dear Sisters,

In these times, it is easy to be discouraged by a world where there seems to be so much anger and hate. Being an optimistic, positive parent is hard work. We all do our best, relying on the lessons we learned from our parents, grandparents, friends, and clergy. Compassion, kindness, and love are what we all thrive to demonstrate every day and to model to our children. My mother insisted that I treat everyone with the same courtesy I showed my grandparents, and I’ve tried to teach my daughters this same lesson.

My daughter Katie is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her grandfather’s alma mater. Katie has made many lovely friends in college and is president of her Sorority, Delta Gamma. She and her friends were recently on a flight returning from a DG convention. It is with joy that I share the following letter with you that was sent to the Delta Gamma national organization:

To whom it may concern 
It is with great pleasure that I write you this email. As a Greek alumnus, I understand the nuances regarding the publicity Greek Organizations often receive.
When Greek Members behave negatively, it is front page news which causes shame across every chapter of every organization, nationwide. Seldom do we hear of moments that strengthen and ennoble Greek life. It is my joy to write to you of such a moment.
I am a Flight Attendant based in NYC. This week my crew and I had a day which consisted of working three flights, all either departing or arriving in Chicago. The legendary winters in Chicago spell havoc for aviation, and we often toughen ourselves to deal with the inevitable onslaught of dissatisfied customers. On the first two legs of our trip that day we experienced lengthy delays. By the time we landed in Columbus Ohio, we were drained and exhausted. We had one more leg back to Chicago, a 45-minute flight, so we were ready to push through. It was here that we encountered you exemplary young women.
The flight had a delayed departure time, an hour behind schedule, so we boarded late. I would say 60-70% of our flight load that day was strictly Delta Gamma. Each member greeted us with courtesy and a smile, contradictory to the scowls we often receive for late weather departures. We experienced over two hours of delays on the Tarmac due to air control and weather. Not a single complaint. Not a single passive aggressive statement. They smiled through every announcement, seat change and compliance check. 
They expressed sincere gratitude for every cookie, pretzel and every drop of water. They comforted and entertained each other and solved the various problems that came from weather delays with absolute maturity. No entitled yelling to a faceless voice, no threats of written complaints, just calm patient problem solving.
Each one of them looked at us as we passed through the aisle. They smiled at us and affirmed that we were doing a good job. They asked if we were okay. They asked if we were going into to overtime because of our delays. The expressed genuine concern at the length of our day. So many times, passengers regard us as opposition, as the face of the industry that caused their distress. These lovely young women looked at us with sympathy and understanding, as people who were nearing a 15-hour work day. It was touching.
These women comprised nearly half of our plane and their thoughtful energy was contagious. Because of their behavior, a calm was cast over the remaining passengers. They created an incredible atmosphere for which the crew was grateful. 
When we finally landed each one of them thanked us for our hard work and they even made us a card. These women of our Columbus to Chicago Flight departing at 4:30pm and delayed 3 hours truly live up to the standards I’m certain you have set for them as sisters. I want them to know that their actions are noted and appreciated and valued. I want them to always keep the spirit with which they approached that situation and realize that in that moment they touched the people around them. 
It was a pleasure to serve Delta Gamma and they are welcome on any of my flights. 

Sincerely Jonathan Gartrelle


If you have a positive story you’d like to share, please send it to the Women of Rodef Sholom. We would love to read and share it with our sisters.
With much love,
Lucy Schneidman
Comments from the Clergy
Dear friends:

As Purim approaches I’m called to think about the themes we celebrate on this Jewish holiday and how community helps us to celebrate them. For those of us with young kids at home the holiday may be an all-consuming fete of costumes and hamentaschen. But the layers of depth to Purim and related literature is profound. Purim is a holiday about what is hidden. It invites us to question what we choose to hide, what we choose to reveal, and why.

If you watched the Oscars this year you may have detected a pattern in the speeches. Rami Malek, Lady Gaga, Hannah Beachler, Ruth Carter and many others encouraged the audience to believe in ourselves and share our unique stories. They encouraged anyone struggling with identity and trying to discover or share their unique voice to find a way to be unapologetically oneself.

This is exactly how Esther transforms during the story of Purim. She finds a way to bring a story that is hidden to light. When I think about Congregation Rodef Sholom and the Women of Rodef Sholom I think about the power of community in supporting each one of us in sharing our vulnerabilities, bringing forth our truth, and contributing our unique voice.

I think about the ways we are there for one another throughout each stage of life—through laughter, pain, loss, and love. This is the best of what community can be. And although there may be times when we fall short, we continue to push ourselves and strive to be a community that enables a diversity of storytelling, sharing, and a space for expression. On this Purim holiday, when Kabbalistic teachings encourage us to recognize the ways in which we all have a little bit of Haman, Mordechai, Esther, Vashti, and Achashveros within us, lets continue to find ways to celebrate who we are in community! 
Much love,
Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown
Campus Partners
Congregation Rodef Sholom
In the bin this month: In the temple lobby
March: Gently used medical supplies for Marin Medical Supply Recyclers 
STUDY WITH RABBI ELANA & SYLVIA BOORSTEIN

The Paradox of Freedom:
Counting the Omer as a Path to Awakening

Teachers: Sylvia Boorstein & Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown
When: Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30

April 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14, 21, 28

The Counting of the Omer is a period of seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot during which we symbolically learn for the first time what it means to be free with all of its requisite joys and struggles.   Using a variety of contemplative approaches, this course will help us look deeply into our own lives. The course will incorporate mindfulness meditation, prayer, chant, and text study as we explore the ways the sacred wisdom of the journey from the Exodus at Passover to the receiving of the Torah on Shavuot can help us awaken to our daily lives.

RSVP to the Temple (415) 479-3441