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.

American Jewish World Service works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.  Click here to learn more

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).

Space is limited; please contact Terry Seligman at or 415.383.6279 for more information.

MOC and its sister organizations throughout Northern California will be holding an immigration summit on the evening of Wednesday, August 21, at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon. 

 Join MOC and Sonoma County IAF leaders for a community meeting with Congressman Jared Huffman and local public officials as we:


  • learn together about how immigration policy affects our community and the current status of Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Congress;
  • share and hear stories about the experience of immigrant families in our community and the impact of possible immigration reform on all our neighbors; and
  • work together with Congressman Huffman and local public officials to develop a strategy for moving forward a pathway to citizenship in Congress, and laying the foundation for the success of possible reform on the ground. 


For more information, contact Judy Bloomberg at or Meredith at 479.3441.

Although you yourself may be a U.S. citizen, chances are that you know someone who is undocumented – this information could help them. 

An immigration reform plan has not yet been approved yet and it could take many months. While Congress debates reform, here are steps people can take to get ready (developed by our own Judy Bloomberg in collaboration with other leaders from the Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) and Sonoma County IAF:

  1. Get an ITIN number and file taxes: An Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) is a 9-digit identification number from the IRS. You can apply for an ITIN when you file your tax return.
  2. Submit a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA): A FOIA will give you a copy of the records USCIS has of your entry into the US. This information can be important as you decide the course of action best for you and your family.
  3. Apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) if eligible: To apply, you must have entered the US before June 15, 2007, be over 15 years of age now and under 31 as of June 15, 2012, be in school or have a GED/high school diploma. For more information on eligibility or to apply, speak with a legal professional.
  4. Gather documents: To apply for a green card or work permit, you need to prove you are who you say you are. You can do this with either a) a passport from your country of origin or b) a photo ID (matricula) and a copy of your birth certificate.
  5. Gather documentation of any previous tickets or arrests: So far, the proposals for a pathway to citizenship place limitations on people who have certain misdemeanors on their records. If you've ever been arrested or ticketed by the police, get a record of what the charge was.
  6. Save money: We know from experience that USCIS will charge a fee to apply for any pathway to citizenship. We don't know what it will be, but it could be over $2,000 per person. Starting to save now will allow you and your family to be financially ready to apply when and if a pathway is established.
  7. Talk to a lawyer or BIA-accredited professional about your case: You may already qualify for a work permit or a green card now. Be sure to consult with a trusted legal professional about all your options, not just possible reform, especially if you are a crime victim with a police report, a young person not living with your parents, or a victim of domestic violence.
  8. Protect yourself from Notario fraud: Don't put yourself at risk by consulting a notario or someone claiming to be a legal expert. Bay Area IAF member congregations and non-profits are safe places to come and connect with free or low-cost trusted legal professionals. 

August Immigration summit
MOC and its sister organizations throughout Northern California will be holding an immigration summit on the evening of Wednesday, August 21, at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon. At this summit, Congressman Jared Huffman and other public officials will be working with leaders to assess the current state of immigration reform in the Congress and to develop a local strategy to ensure any implementation of reform will be a success. For more information, contact Judy Bloomberg at or Meredith at 479.3441.


  • 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, Diane Doubleday at, 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.

Save the date: HEALTHCARE SHABBATON with Congregation Kol Shofar: 6:15 pm Shabbat Service on Friday, May 24 at Rodef Sholom and 9:15 am Shabbat Services on Saturday, May 25, at Kol Shofar 

Congregants from both congregations are invited to attend Shabbat services at both places – share your stories and challenges around health care for you and your family and learn about the opportunities the Affordable Health Care Act presents for us and for Marin County. More details to follow.

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