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May 2016
On Our Calendar
Monthly Mah Jongg, 1-3pm  
Monthly open Mahj play is the first Tuesday of every month. 1-3 pm in Congregation Rodef Sholom's social hall.  Bring your sets, your cards and your Mahj friends. There is no charge.
5/4 & 5/6
Mother's Day Mitzvah at Venetia Valley School
The Women of Rodef Sholom are organizing another Mother's Day gift giving experience for all of the first graders at Venetia Valley.  Please go through your jewelry, scarves, and handbags to see if there's anything you haven't used in the last year that you would be willing to donate to this project. If you find items, you can drop them off at the temple office. Questions or for more information contact Hannah Panger at 650-743-4107.

5/4: Volunteer to help set up the boutique in the morning at the Venetia Valley Family Center

5/6: Volunteer to help the children choose a gift for their moms.
Sisterhood Hike
Join the women of WRS and CRS on Friday, May 6th. Meet at 8:30 at Blackie's Pasture in Tiburon. The path is flat, views are spectacular, and feel free to bring your (leashed) dog. This is a wonderful opportunity to commune with nature and spirit while enjoying our community of women.
WRS Retreat
The Women of Rodef Sholom invite you to join us for our 2016 Weekend Retreat.  All of the beds are full, but you can still join us for the day!   Enjoy gourmet meals, shabbat services, yoga, workshops, create new friendships and relax in the beautiful setting of    Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma. Use the RSVP button below to sign up for Friday night or Saturday all day, or to put your name on our waiting list for the full retreat.
Book Club, 7:15-8:15  
The third Wednesday of each month, 7:15-8:15 in the JCC Library. This month the book is Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Call Alice Miller with questions: 415-381-6792
Sisterhood Shabbat, 7:30 (late service)
Join the Congregation to welcome Shabbat, led by the Women of Rodef Sholom.  This service promises to be songful, spiritual and special! Once a year WRS leads the Shabbat services and we are honored to do it again on May 20th at 7:30 (late service).  Bring your family and friends to help celebrate this wonderful evening.  No rsvp necessary.
Rodef Referrals, 12 noon
Congregation Rodef Sholom Social Hall, 4th Wednesday of each month. 
Since networking is a highly effective way to increase your customer base and business exposure, why not do business with people in our  Rodef  Sholom community?  If you are a small business owner or work for a company or a non-profit, please join us and share your products and services with fellow members. There is no fee to participate, however a $10 donation to our Mitzvah Kitchen Fund is requested of non-members. Bring your business cards, lunch and leads! RSVP/questions below.
In the bin this month...
Please donate new and used kids books for Marin Book Exchange and Parent Services Project.
Save The Date
Area Day will be held at Congregation Rodef Sholom this year!  Join the Women of Reform Judaism's Pacific District for leadership training, lively discussions, social action and advocacy, connection with friends, a preview of our November convention in Las Vegas and much more.
Rio Hotel and Convention Center,  Las Vegas, Nevada 
Come celebrate the Pacific District
Workshops ♦ Speakers ♦ Spirituality ♦ Sisterhood
Special Guest Blair Marks, WRJ President
Appearing live Rabbi Joe Black
In the Gift Shop

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Regular  Hours
Most Sundays: 9:30-12:30
Monday-Thursday: 10-3
Friday: 11:30-2

Summer Hours begin June 13th
Monday-Friday, 11:30-2:30
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What We've Been Up To
Women's Seder, April 3

The Reverend Carol Hovis of the Marin Interfaith Council and Terry Seligman of the Women of Rodef Sholom share a moment after reading the Convocation to our Haggadah
Participants lead us in a raucous version of Pharaoh Pharaoh sung to the tune of Louie Louie
Past Women of Rodef Sholom Presidents Judi Sheppard and Rhonda Daniels enjoy a moment of friendship at the Seder
Women of Rodef Sholom President Susan Goldwasser reads about Miriam's Cup at the Seder

College Outreach
Thanks to the Harriet and John Michael college outreach fund, WRS in partnership with CRS sent out one hundred Passover letters to our Rodef college and post high young adults! They received a lovely letter from Cantor David, a Starbucks gift card, a letter from World Jewish Congress and a Passover song sheet. We want them to feel the loving embrace of their Rodef Community.
Social Justice and Advocacy

WRS Volunteers cooked, served and dined with 50 men from the REST program in April.  We made Honey Lemon Chicken over Rice and people contributed beautiful salads, fruit, and toppings for ice cream sundaes.  Lisa Bialkin, as always, picked up lots of bread and goodies from Panera.  It was a lovely evening with good conversations. Dinner was a big hit with both the men and the Volunteers.  

This was the next to the last week of the ninth year of the Marin rotating winter shelter, an interfaith program that Rodef Sholom has been involved with since its inception.
Reaching Out...

WRS member Leslie Goldgehn is recovering from a tragic car accident in March. She is not yet able to drive so needs help getting to (mostly) doctor's appointments. She has set up a CaringBridge account
to organize the help she needs and to keep family and friends updated on her recovery. 

Please sign up and help out when you can.
A Note From Susan
Hello Ladies,
We have many special events happening in May! 

We will be celebrating Mother's Day at Venetia Valley School by sponsoring a Mother's Day Boutique from your generous donations. Each first grader in the school will select a gift for their mom. The boutique has jewelry, scarves and purses. The kids make cards in their classes and then come one class at a time to the boutique. Some spend lots of time making their selection, some know right away. They also choose the color of the gift bags and tissue. The moms absolutely love the cards and gifts, the kids are thrilled. Everyone is happy. Without your donations this event would not happen. The women in our community have touched 100's of moms in the Venetia Valley Community! Thank you.

Our Sisterhood Retreat still has room if you would like to join us for Friday May 20th 4pm- 10 pm or Saturday May 21st breakfast to 10pm. We have great programming, gourmet food and beautiful services planned.  You will strengthen friendships and make new connections. Use the RSVP link below to sign up for Friday night or Saturday all day.

Please join us at our Sisterhood Shabbat on Friday May 20th. We are so fortunate to be part of a Congregation that gives us the opportunity to lead a Friday night service. It will be musical, spiritual and very special. We hope to see you there. 

P.S. Let me know if you would like my recipes for flourless chocolate cake or macaroons!

~Susan Goldwasser, WRS President
Comments From the Clergy
Comments from the Clergy will return next month.

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