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Friday, October 26, 6:15 pm Shabbat Services
Knowing Israel Again for the First Time: Reflections on a Spiritual Journey, with The Reverend Doug Huneke and his wife, Nancy Dagenhart. 

Friday, November 16, 8 pm Shabbat Services* Adult Choir, Kristallnacht commemoration and Adults-only dinner
The adult choir will join us on a night where we also remember Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, when Jews were attacked throughout Germany and parts of Austria on November 9, 1938. *This service will be preceded by an adults-only dinner at 6:30 pm. Dinner is $20 per person and reservations are due to Pete by November 12; Pete can be reached at pete@rodefsholom.org or 479.3441. 

Friday, November 30, 6:15 pm Shabbat Services
Rabbi Barenbaum’s Double Chai celebration! Join us as we celebrate Rabbi Barenbaum’s 36 years of service to our community with a special blessing at Shabbat services.


It’s time to say She'hecheyanu for the cause of Progressive Judaism in Israel! 

From the IRAC website:

For the very first time, the government of Israel has recognized a non-Orthodox rabbi, Rabbi Miri Gold.

The Israeli Attorney General accepted the request of the court and committed to equal pay for Rabbi Gold for her work at Congregation Birkat Shalom. The State will give her the title "Rabbi". 

The decision today paves the way for dozens of other Reform and Conservative Rabbis in Israel to receive a salary from the government for their holy work, in the same way that 4000 Orthodox rabbis do.

This historic victory is another step in leveling the playing field. This allows the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism to build on the success achieved so far by our congregational Rabbis, and deepen our work for the Israeli public.

Rabbi Gold said, “What joy! Finally there's more than one way to be a Rabbi in Israel!”

For more information on this and other news related to progressive Judaism in Israel, visit http://www.irac.org.


If you love Israel, but are not sure how to support her, we have arranged for three of the largest Israel support organizations, AIPAC, J Street and the New Israel Fund, to come and present on three different Friday nights. This is the third of the three evenings. 

This Shabbat service will not have a sermon; instead the speaker will talk directly after the formal end to the service (to allow more time for questions and let people who have come to say Kaddish choose whether or not to stay).


If you love Israel, but are not sure how to support her, we have arranged for three of the largest Israel advocacy organizations, AIPAC, J Street and the New Israel Fund, to come and present on three different Friday nights.   We have asked each organization to provide us with a speaker who can tell us not only why Israel's well-being is important to us, but why we should support their specific advocacy group. The Shabbat services on these evenings will not have a sermon; instead the speaker will talk directly after the formal end to the service (to allow more time for each speaker to field questions and let people who have come to say Kaddish choose whether or not to stay). 

Here are the correct dates:

  • Friday, May 18, 6:15 pm Shabbat Services:   AIPAC (America Israeli Public Affairs Committee)
  • Friday, May 25, 6:15 pm Shabbat Services: J Street
  • Friday, June 1, 6:15 pm Shabbat Services: NIF (New Israel Fund)

 


Join Rabbi Michael Lezak and visiting artists, thinkers and activists as they share stories and insights from their relationship with Israel and Israelis.

3 Sundays, 9:30 to 11:30 am, beginning April 22

•April 22, Library:  New bridges are being built:   Young adults Jews in Israel and in the Bay Area
Barak Loozon, Director for Young Adult Engagement with Israel, Israel Center
April 29, Hoytt Theater:  From Sderot to Jerusalem*
Performance, Micha Bitton, an artist from the city of Sderot, Israel
May 6, Library:  Srugim:   Modern Orthodox in Israel
Michal Kohane, Director, Israel Center 

Please note: The performance on April 29 is part of a bigger campus-wide celebration of Israel involving the JCC and Brandeis-Hillel. Israel in Marin will run from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and offer a tour of the food, culture, art, literature, music, and spirit of Israel. Learn about Israel through hands-on activities and games, a "shuk" (marketplace) selling Israeli goods, and an archaeological dig. Watch the film Holy Land Hardball and hear from the author of Pitching in the Promised Land—about the one year that Israel had professional baseball.  For more information, visit http://www.marinjcc.org/events/2012/04/29/jewish-life/israel-in-marin-cultural-festival/ 

The Israel Center of the San Francisco based Jewish Community Federation provides a variety of opportunities for meaningful Israel experiences and engagement. RSVP to Pete at pete@rodefsholom.org or 479.3441 for any of these classes.


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