Rodef Sholom: A Reform Jewish Congregation in Marin County, California

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Ms. Messinger will talk about her experiences working with women’s groups to effect change in challenged areas of the world: Hand to hand and heart to heart: Empowering women for social change

Light refreshments will be served. 

Cost for WRS members
This event is open and free of charge to all members of Women of Rodef Sholom who have pledged their financial commitment for 2013-2014 (our fiscal year starts July 1). Our Membership for the 2013-2014 year starts on July 1, 2013. You may pay your WRS membership when you renew your Rodef Sholom membership or directly with Women of Rodef Sholom. 

Cost for non-members and guests
The cost for non-members and guests is $18 (which can be applied to a membership in WRS, if paid in full at the same time). 

Please contact Terry Seligman at Terry@TerryTours.com or415.383.6279 for more information.


STUDY & TORAH

Torah with Soul, June 8, 22 and 29, at 9:15 am*
Most Shabbat mornings, Inner Conference Room
Join us for soul-lifting Torah for learners of all levels and ages. 

Torah on the Trails, June 15, 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 Pete in the office at pete@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 

Volunteers Needed for Meals for the Homeless Program
Rodef Sholom is proud to be a part of this program for over twenty years, providing dinners to various shelters in Marin County. Sign up to receive e-mails about the needs each month and provide a part of a dinner to residents of Mill Street Shelter or Carmel Voyager house in San Rafael. To help out, please contact our volunteer coordinators Rachel Mercer at Rachel.Mercer@alc.com or 479.8554, or Debbie Thal at debrat26@gmail.com or 389.1125. 

In the Bin: This month we are collecting children’s DVDs for Little Wishes
Little Wishes is an organization that supports kids battling cancer. Please bring your DVDs by for our bin in the lobby the next time you visit the synagogue. 

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

First Friday Shulchan Shabbat Congregational Dinner Friday, June 7, 7:30 pm
Please note that Shulchan Shabbat - our First Friday Congregational Dinner is in the JCC’s Hoytt Theater! RSVP with Pete in the office at pete@rodefsholom.org. or 479.3441 and let us know how many to expect. 

Men’s Spiritual Journey Group
2nd Monday of each month, June 10, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Come join this group, which has discussed such things in the past as life journeys, religious backgrounds, differing relationships to God, Torah portions, roles as Jewish fathers, husbands or men, tzedakah, and our roles in Jewish or secular organizations. This group meets monthly. For more information, please contact Mike Ralston (mikeralston@att.net), Steve Saxe (StevenSaxe@pacbell.net) or Michael Weinberger (mswonthemove@gmail.com). 

Rodef Referrals
Wednesday, June 19, 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, June 25, 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 Lanna Thai, 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 Pete at 479.3441. 

The Mitzvah Kitchen
Chef Jeff Kirshbaum and his Mitzvah Kitchen crew will be baking challah and making meals for congregants who are facing trying times or who are celebrating a simcha. If you can occasionally deliver a meal on a Thursday afternoon between 2 - 5 pm, please contact Pete at 479.3441 or pete@rodefsholom.org to be added to our driver list!   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 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. 

Regular gift shop hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm;
  • Fridays, 11:30 am - 2 pm and 
  • Most Sundays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (call the number above to be sure)

 

Summer hours start June 17:

  • 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.


Howard, Marin's master of trivia (and a congregant) will host an evening of competition, entertainment and enlightenment! Prizes for winning team, raffle and door prizes. Bring your own team (10 maximum) or join a team when you get there. 

RSVP to Abra Berkson at chaitikvah@gmail.com or Joanna Berland at 461.5611. Cost is $20 if paid in advance; $25 at the door; includes savory and sweet food delights, coffee, and your first glass of wine or beer. Don't miss out on this fun, annual event sponsored by the Women of Rodef.


featuring Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR!  Here's a schedule for the weekend:

Friday, January 11

  • 6:15 pm Shabbat Service, Rodef Sholom: Visions of the Jewish Future: Innovation and Inspiration

Saturday, January 12

  • 10:30 am, Shabbat Service, Rodef Sholom:  Finding A Way In: The Transformational Possibilities of Jewish Prayer (followed by Kiddush lunch; RSVP to Pete at pete@rodefsholom.org)
  • 1 pm, Shabbat Afternoon Study Session, Rodef Sholom:  Prophets of Eternal Dissent: The Pursuit of Justice as a Religious Act
  • 7 pm, Havdalah and Evening Study Session, Kol Shofar:  The Best Stuff They Never Taught Us In Religious School 

Sunday, January 13

  • 9:30 am Study Session, Osher Marin JCC: When The World Is On Fire: Jewish Responses to Chaos and Crisis (coffee and bagels provided; RSVP with Joanne Greene at 415.444.8066 or jgreene@marinjcc.org  

Co-sponsored by Congregations Rodef Sholom and Kol Shofar with generous support from Deborah and Larry Stadtner; Mona Friedman Kolko Family Fund/Vanessa & Marty Friedman; and Jane and Arnold Kahn in Loving Memory of David and Reva Waldman Kahn.

 


The Rodef Sholom office will close at 3 pm on December 24 and 31 and be closed on December 25. 

Study & Torah

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

*Note: on the 3rd Saturday of the month, December 15, 8:30 am, 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 Pete in the office at pete@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. 

Tot Shabbat, December 1 and 15, 9:30 (December 15 will be our Chanukah party!)
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month
Jonathan Bayer, the rock star for the pre-school crowd, will be using movement and song to introduce young children to Shabbat morning services. Come with your child or grandchild and learn developmentally appropriate Jewish rituals and prayers that you can take home. Hear an interactive story and experience Shabbat in a new way, whether you are new to Jewish prayer or ready to help Jonathan lead! No RSVP necessary. Everyone welcome! 

Tuesdays, 11 am, Trope class with Cantor David Margules
Come and join Cantor David this fall in a new trope class. The weekly sessions will focus on decoding the cantillation symbols and applying them to various texts in the bible. Students will come away with a greater appreciation of our scripture as well as the origins of Jewish music. The class is free and open to all although some knowledge of Hebrew is helpful. RSVP to David at 479.3441 or david@rodefsholom.org

Creating Community 

The Secrets of Matzah Ball Soup with Chef Jeff Kirshbaum and Rabbi Michael Lezak
Tuesday, December 11, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Chicken soup-a.k.a. "Jewish Penicillin" - is perhaps the most iconic of Jewish dishes. Learn how to cook up the perfect pot and to make light-as-a-feather matzo balls with Chef Jeff Kirshbaum and his class sous chef, Rabbi Lezak. $20 drop-in (includes all ingredients to make soup). For information about other classes in this series or to register, visit http://www.marinjcc.org/cjp or call 444.8000. 

Thursday, December 13, 7 pm:  Women of Rodef Sholom Chanukah Membership social, JCC Lounge
Come celebrate Chanukah and dance the hora at our Membership Social. We will be dancing with Sara Kupor, Israeli dance instructor extraordinaire and principal dancer with Tzahalah in Seattle. Bring your menorahs and candles for what is sure to be a fun-filled evening. Continue the WRS Hanukkah tradition: Bring new socks which will be gifted to Marin's less fortunate. RSVP to Claudia Belshaw at alavieestbelle@aol.com or wrs@rodefsholom.org by December 12. We hope to see you there! 

Men’s Spiritual Journey
2nd Monday of each month (December 10) 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Come join this group, which has discussed such things in the past as life journeys, religious backgrounds, differing relationships to God, Torah portions, and roles as Jewish fathers, husbands, and men. For more information, please contact Mike Ralston (mikeralston@att.net), Steve Saxe (StevenSaxe@pacbell.net) or Michael Weinberger (mswonthemove@gmail.com).

No Lunch Bunch this month 

The Mitzvah Kitchen
Chef Jeff Kirshbaum and his volunteer crew bake challah and cook “Mitzvah” meals every Thursday for congregants facing times of need or celebrating a simcha. Volunteers are needed to help deliver these challot and meals. If you can deliver a meal, please contact Pete in advance, at pete@rodefsholom.org or 479.3441; If you can deliver challah before the end of Shabbat, just come by the lobby on Thursday afternoon after 2 pm or any time on Friday to pick them up. 

Challah Subscription and/or Artisan Bread Club
How would you like to take home a mouth-watering loaf of challah, straight from our Mitzvah Kitchen ovens, every Shabbat? Consider a challah subscription! Or try Chef Jeff’s weekly artisan creations, such as French country, whole wheat, rye, semolina, rosemary olive, and more, by subscribing to the Mitzvah Kitchen's Artisan Bread Club. Sign up, and every Thursday afternoon, a fresh hand-baked loaf of artisan bread will be waiting for you at the temple. 

Subscription information: January 3 through March 7
All Mitzvah Kitchen subscription money goes to support youth education at Rodef Sholom. Subscription rates for ten weeks: $40 challah, $50/artisan loaf, or a special price of $70/both artisan and challah. Treat your tummy right. Contact Pete at pete@rodefsholom.org or 479.3441 for more information and to subscribe. 

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

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.


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