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

Kol Yisrael arevim ba’zeh/All Jews are responsible for one another.
Congregation Rodef Sholom stands as one with Israel
.
Tags >> Israel

A NOTE FROM RABBI STACY FRIEDMAN

Posted by: meredith

Tagged in: Rabbi Friedman , Israel

Dear Friends, 

I passed by a costume super store on the street, the kind we see here every year around Halloween time. But it was the middle of winter . . . in Israel. I smiled. It was a PURIM costume Super Store!! I was home.

I was privileged to spend time during my Sabbatical in Israel with a group of rabbis from the Bay Area. Many of us had never met before, and it took going to Israel for us to get to know each other. In addition to seeing the Purim Super Stores, and given that this trip was for people who visited Israel many times, we were also able to visit sites and agencies we’d never been exposed to previously. Many of the organizations toil under the radar, working tirelessly for the advancement of democracy, pluralism, and human rights in Israel.

One of the agencies we visited is MCTC, The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center. In its 53 years of existence, the MCTC has trained thousands of teachers, agricultural experts, and technology workers in the developing world. They have created networks for micro-enterprises. Partnering with numerous international agencies, MCTC brings the best of its expertise to countries in Africa, and around the world. They have helped to train teachers, and to create teacher-training institutions throughout the developing world. They have taught the latest agricultural techniques, greatly improving the lives of countless people. The impact of the MCTC is enormous, and I was proud to know that the values of our Jewish tradition are being realized every day through this remarkable organization. 

While in Haifa, we also met a Rabbi and an Imam who work closely together. The two men, close friends, realized that they could bring their communities together through study and celebrating together. It is not easy, they explained. They each face tremendous resistance from many within their own traditions, but they believe strongly in co-existence. They have convened a group of religious leaders who create new ways to celebrate together and plant groves of trees together, and bring the people of Haifa together as well. It was a true inspiration to be part of the promising work being done in Israel!! 

I am so pleased to be back at our synagogue, and once again, to be able to be part of your lives. It is a true blessing for me. 

Rabbi Stacy Friedman


2 Thursdays, May 16 & May 23, 7:30 to 9 pm, Social Hall
The Congregation Rodef Sholom Israel Pre-Tour Course
Presented by Jehon Grist of Lehrhaus Judaica 

Join us for a virtual visit through Israel's ancient and modern history, following the itinerary of the upcoming Congregation Rodef Sholom tour. Our course will begin with a journey through the key sites and events of ancient Israel, connecting students with both the Biblical text and the life ways of our ancestors. We'll move on to the story of modern Israel, from the beginnings of the Zionist movement to current headlines. 

Whether you're going on this tour, or just thinking about visiting Israel, this course offers a comprehensive introduction to the land of our people. It also includes a fully narrated and illustrated flash drive version of the course, including hundreds of images, video clips and recommended readings as pdf files. We are offering this program free of charge. RSVP to Pete at pete@rodefsholom.org or 479.3441.


“MY SO-CALLED ENEMY”, a documentary about Palestinian and Israeli teen-aged girls, with Director Lisa Gossels, Wednesday, April 10, 7 pm, JCC (The last event in the Salaam, Shalom: Speaking of Peace program, co-sponsored by Rodef Sholom) 

To increase dialogue and understanding among and between local faith communities, we are proud to present a series of programs supported by multiple religious organizations across the North Bay. This series was made possible through generous support by Tricia and Richard Gibbs. 

Co-sponsored by the Marin Interfaith Council, Community Congregational Church of Tiburon, Rodef Sholom, Islamic Center of Mill Valley, International Association of Sufism, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.


Come celebrate Israel’s birthday (Yom Ha’atzmaut is April 16) at our community-wide Israel in Marin Festival! Come experience a taste of life in Israel at this whirlwind tour of the food, culture, art, literature, music, and spirit of Israel. Our fourth graders will be running a café and a shuk and our teens will be staffing our Rodef Sholom table – stop by and give them some love!


The Congregation Rodef Sholom Israel Pre-Tour Course

Presented by Jehon Grist of Lehrhaus Judaica
2 Thursdays, May 16 & May 23, 7:30 to 9 pm, Social Hall 

Join us for a virtual visit through Israel's ancient and modern history, following the itinerary of the upcoming Congregation Rodef Sholom tour. Our course will begin with a journey through the key sites and events of ancient Israel, connecting students with both the Biblical text and the life ways of our ancestors. We'll move on to the story of modern Israel, from the beginnings of the Zionist movement to current headlines. Whether you're going on this tour, or just thinking about visiting Israel, this course offers a comprehensive introduction to the land of our people. It also includes a fully narrated and illustrated flash drive version of the course, including hundreds of images, video clips and recommended readings as pdf files. 

We are offering this program free of charge. RSVP to Pete at pete@rodefsholom.org or 479.3441. 


<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Rules for commenting on the Voice/Blog

Please click here before you comment.

View Entries by Tag

Rabbi Oren Postrel is back!

Click here to learn more.

Stand up for REST!

It's time to find a permanent home for the Rotating Winter Shelter - learn more on May 15, 6:30 - 8:30 at Rodef Sholom. Click here.
rs_bluegreen-module_donate_v4
calendar
RS_orange-module_new_login

like us on facebook by clicking on the image below!


accessiblecongragationslogoThrough the efforts of our Kulanu/ Inclusion of Those with Disabilities Committee, Rodef Sholom has been acknowleded as an accessible congregation by the National Organization on Disability.