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JULY 2013 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

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Friday Evening and Saturday Morning Shabbat Services 

Friday, July 5
Pre-Service Oneg 5:45 pm
Shabbat Services 6:15 pm 

Saturday, July 6
Torah with Soul 9:15 am
Shabbat Services 10:30 am
Mira Welner & Emily Zaltsman, B’not Mitzvah
Torah portion: Matot-Masei, Num. 30:1-36:13 

Friday, July 12
Pre-Service Oneg 5:45 pm
Shabbat Services 6:15 pm 

Saturday, July 13
Pre-Service Oneg 5:45 pm
Shabbat Services 10:30 am
Daniel Ritthaler, Bar Mitzvah
Torah portion: D’varim, Deut. 1:1-3:22 

Third Friday, July 19
Outdoor Sanctuary at Santa Margarita Park in Terra Linda, 6:00 pm Shabbat Services, Rodef Sholom, 8:00 pm
Post Service Oneg 9:15 

Saturday, July 20
Torah on the Trails, 8:30 am
Shabbat Services 10:30 am
Katy Levy, Bat Mitzvah
Torah portion: Va-et’chanan, Deut. 3:23-7:11 

Friday, July 26
Pre-Service Oneg 5:45 pm
Shabbat Services 6:15 pm 

Saturday, July 27
Pre-Service Oneg 5:45 pm
Shabbat Services 10:30 am
Sophia & Jade Zaleski, B’not Mitzvah
Torah portion: R’eih, Deut. 11:26-16:17 

  • The Rosalind & David Bloom Shabbat Oneg Fund helps to underwrite our pre-service onegs. 
  • The Women of Rodef Sholom graciously provides the sweet oneg following our 8 pm 3rd Friday services. 
  • To learn about underwriting or sponsoring our weekly pre-service oneg or a First Friday Shulchan Shabbat, please contact Melissa Armoza at melissa@rodefsholom.org or 479.3441.


STUDY & TORAH

Torah with Soul, July 13 & 27, Shabbat mornings, 9:15 am*, Inner Conference Room
Join us for soul-lifting Torah for learners of all levels and ages.

Torah on the Trails, July 20, at 8:30 am
*Note: on the 3rd Saturday of the month, weather permitting; Torah with Soul will become Torah on the Trails with a member of our clergy for a good hike and some good learning. Contact Molly in the office at molly@rodefsholom.org or 479.3441 for the location of this month’s trailhead. If it’s raining, we’ll meet in the ICR at our normal time. 

SOCIAL ACTION

In the Bin: This month we are collecting children’s clothing for Image for Success.
Please bring your gently-used or new children's clothing and shoes for Image for Success for our bin in the lobby the next time you visit the synagogue. Image for Success is a volunteer, non-profit organization that provides complimentary wardrobes to men, and women and children transitioning to a life of self-reliance. 

Jewish Family and Children’s Services Food Pantry The JFCS barrel in the lobby collects food for Jewish Family and Children's Services food pantry program. We stock our pantry through the goodness of individuals in the Jewish community. Every time you go shopping, especially with your children, pick up some non-perishable items such as peanut butter, dried lentils or tuna and drop them off at the lobby. It is a wonderful opportunity to incorporate a mitzvah into your weekly routine. 

CREATING COMMUNITY

Rodef Referrals
Wednesday, July 10, 12 noon -1 pm, Social Hall
To help increase the visibility of your business while you make a positive economic impact, we are creating a new group called "Rodef Referrals". 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? You may also have suggestions that could help other congregants. Start new relationships while strengthening bonds with people you already know. 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. Bring your business cards, lunch and leads! If you have questions, please call Debi Geller at 378.6930.

The Lunch Bunch
Last Tuesday of each month, July 27, 12 noon
Join senior congregants for a wonderful monthly lunch to try a new restaurant, eat some exotic food and make new friends. In the past, the Lunch Bunch has been to restaurants such as Four Points Sheraton, La Toscana, San Rafael Joe's, and many others. Members of the group help to choose the restaurant and look for new places to discover. To join this fun event, call Molly at 479.3441. 

The Mitzvah Kitchen
For much of July Chef Jeff Kirshbaum and his Mitzvah Kitchen crew will not be making meals - check the weekly email for updates. However, there will still be challah to be delivered. If you have a challah/artisan bread subscription or if you can deliver a challah, just stop by the synagogue lobby Thursday after 2 pm, and on Friday until 3 pm and before or after services. And please remember, it is important that challah be delivered no later than Shabbat. 

REBAR (Rodef Enterprise for Building and Restoration): a new project at Rodef Sholom
Do you need your gutters cleaned? A group of volunteers has formed to help with small to medium jobs of home repair or restoration work for congregants who are unable to maintain their homes, either because of disability, loss of income or age. Examples of the kinds of work REBAR could do include tasks like installing ADA-compliant doors or ramps for the disabled, installing smoke/CO detectors, minor plumbing repair, door repair or replacement, exterior downspout work, etc. - basically, one-day projects that do not require a permit or a licensed contractor. To become a REBAR volunteer, contact Mike Ralston at 472.5852. If you need help from our REBAR group, contact Moji at 479.3441. 

Job Connections Network Our Job Connection Network allows congregants to support each other during these difficult economic times. If you have an employment opportunity available--even a temporary one--please consider a Rodef Sholom congregant and let us know; If you are looking for employment, also let us know, and we will do our best to help you. Contact Moji at 479.3441 or moji@rodefsholom.org. If you are looking for other employment services, contact Jewish Vocational Services at 391.3600; and Norma Barnes, Coordinator of Marin Professionals, a program of the Employment Development Department, at 507.2114 or norma.barnes@edd.ca.gov

Women of Rodef Sholom Gift Shop
Our gift shop has a lovely selection of Judaica merchandise, including tallitot, kippot, spice boxes, mezzuzot, and a variety of books, cards, jewelry, candles, tzedakah boxes, and other items to enrich a Jewish home. 

The Gift Shop is located in the Marin JCC lobby. It is operated by the Women of Rodef Sholom and a large percentage of the profit supports Rodef Sholom camperships - please shop here! For information, please call 444.8098. 

Summer hours:

  • Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 1 pm; and
  • Fridays, 11:30 am – 2 pm. 

Candelabra Rental
Illuminate your next simcha with a WRS candelabra! Simply call our gift shop in the JCC to reserve one for a modest rental contribution of $18.   Special candles are available for purchase, as well.


 

  • 14,000 residents will become eligible for healthcare as of January 1 - are we ready to help them?
  • When immigration reform passes this year, over 10,000 residents will be eligible to start on the long path toward citizenship - are we ready to help them? 
  • Our homeless residents need a 365-day-a-year shelter - are we ready to help them? 

Rodef Sholom is proud to be a founding member of Marin Organizing Committee, and through MOC we are working hard to create a county that values all of its residents. We need you to show up alongside our sisters and brothers from Kol Shofar, St. Raphael's Church, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Parent Services Project, St. Anselm's Church, Community Congregational Church of Tiburon and others and demonstrate to our public officials the importance of action. 

 

 On Sunday, June 9th, from 2 to 4 pm, MOC and our sister organization in Sonoma County will hold "Ready for Reform," a public action bringing together over 400 community leaders from across the region. 

This action will be an opportunity to do 3 things:

  1. Share our strategies to make Healthcare and Immigration Reform work for our communities;
  2. Learn what's at stake for our families and our neighbors; and
  3. Engage our public officials to work with us to ensure our counties are truly ready for reform. 

 

Confirmed guests include Assemblymember Marc Levine, Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams, Marin Department of Health and Human Services Director Larry Meredith, Pedro Toledo of the Redwood Community Health Coalition, and Lynn Scuri of Partnership Health Plan, with more invited. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ken Mercer at mercer.k@comcast.net, Diane Doubleday at ddoubleday@comcast.net, or Meredith at 479.3441. 

The Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) is a broad-based organization of religious congregations (including Congregation Rodef Sholom) and non-profit institutions working to create relational power that can build and strengthen member institutions as well as shape Marin County's public policy for the common good.


THE OUTDOOR SANCTUARY RETURNS THIS MONTH!

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On the third Friday of June, July and August, we will hold 6 pm Kabbalat (Welcoming) Shabbat services outside at the Mikdash Ba’Teva: The Outdoor Sanctuary. Please invite your friends and neighbors to commune with God and connect with nature. All you need to do is bring your blanket, some lawn chairs, a picnic dinner, a dessert to share and your willingness to participate. We’ll bring the challah. 

6:00 pm service followed by a picnic dinner*

  • June 21—Piper Park in Larkspur
    Located at 250 Doherty Drive 
  • July 19—Santa Margarita Park in Terra Linda
    Located at the end of De La Guerra, off of Del Ganado Rd.
  • August 16—China Camp Village
    Located just down the road from Rodef Sholom, China Camp Village is on the upper grass meadow adjacent to the parking lot and above the water. 

*Please note: There will still be a separate 8 pm Shabbat service at Rodef Sholom on these nights, but no 6:15 pm service. 

This summer, the Outdoor Sanctuary is co-sponsored by the PJ Library!
PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. They mail free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. Visit http://www.pjlibrary.org/communities/jewish-federation-san-francisco/12 to sign up.


JUNE 2013 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

Posted by: meredith

Tagged in: Services

Friday Evening and Saturday Morning Shabbat Services 

First Friday, June 7
Pre-Service Oneg 5:45 pm
Shabbat Services 6:15 pm
Shulchan Shabbat Dinner at 7:30 pm 

Saturday, June 8
Torah with Soul 9:15 am
Shabbat Services 10:30 am
Colin Drechsel Bar Mitzvah
Torah portion: Korach, Num. 16:1-18:32 

Second Friday, June 14
Pre-Service Oneg 5:45 pm
Shabbat Services 6:15 pm 

Saturday, June 15
Torah on the Trails, 8:30 am
Shabbat Services 10:30 am
Bo Couture & Eric Schilling B'nai Mitzvah
Torah portion: Chukat, Num. 19:1-22:1 

Third Friday, June 21
Outdoor Sanctuary at Piper Park, Larkspur, 6:00 pm
Shabbat Services, Rodef Sholom, 8:00 pm
Oneg 9:15 

Saturday, June 22
Torah with Soul, 9:5 am
Shabbat Services 10:30 am
Joseph Spinrad & Spencer Shifs B'nai Mitzvah
Torah Portion: Balak, Num. 22:2-25:9 

Fourth Friday, June 28
Pre-Service Oneg 5:45 pm
Shabbat Services 6:15 pm 

Saturday, June 29
Torah with Soul 9:15 am
Shabbat Services 10:30 am
Moriah Chedekel & Alex Foreman B'nai Mitzvah
Torah Portion: Pinchas, Num 25:10-30:1 

  • The Rosalind & David Bloom Shabbat Oneg Fund helps to underwrite our pre-service onegs.
  • The Women of Rodef Sholom graciously provides the sweet oneg following our 8 pm 3rd Friday services. 

To learn about underwriting or sponsoring our weekly pre-service oneg or a First Friday Shulchan Shabbat, please contact Michael Kamler at michaelk@rodefsholom.org or 479.3441.


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