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

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In conjunction with the Marin Organizing Committee, Catholic Charities-CYO and the Immigration Legal Resource Center, a number of Rodef Sholom congregants recently underwent training to assist undocumented immigrants with applying for two-year work permits under the executive administration’s new policy. Applicants must meet certain criteria when it comes to present age, date of arrival in the United States, student status and other things in order to apply. 

We are putting together a team of people to help with workshops throughout Marin and specifically in connection with our neighborhood school across the street, Venetia Valley. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Meredith Parnell at 479.3441 or meredith@rodefsholom.org, Joanne Saxe at jo.saxe@pacbell.net or Judy Bloomberg at jbloomberg@immigrationvisalaw.com.


Mitzvah Day is  October 28 and is part of your religious school education - there are still spaces left - sign up with Moji today at moji@rodefsholom.org or 479.3441!

8th grade orientation for parents and kids on Tuesday, October 9 at 7 pm:
•Meet Brandon Brown, our new Youth Director;
•Find out how your child can be a part of CRuSTY Nuggets, our new youth group for 7th & 8th graders;
•Learn more and be the first to sign up for the Jewish Los Angeles trip (December 7-9); and
•Be the first to see the new Midrasha electives. RSVP to Claire at claire@rodefsholom.org or 479.3441. 

Midrasha
Don't forget, the opening day of Midrasha is Tuesday, October 16 - registered students/parents, look for an email next week with our Midrasha electives. 

Opening days of school still to come!
•Thursday, Hebrew - October 11
•Monday, Hebrew - October 15 (Mill Valley only)
•Tuesday, Midrasha - October 16


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, October 20, 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 479.3441 or pete@rodefsholom.org 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 for October – Baby items needed for the Canal Alliance
This month, we are collecting baby items such as diapers, wipes and baby formula. We are also seeking gently used baby clothing and/or shoes. Please bring some by for our bins in the lobby the next time you visit the synagogue. 

Volunteers Needed for Meals for the Homeless Program
Rodef Sholom has been 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. 

Jewish Family and Children’s Services Food Pantry
Hard as it is to believe, even in Marin County, there are people who can't put food on the table. 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. 

A few important reminders:
•Please check expiration dates before donating;
•Only unopened packages, boxes, and jars, please; and
•Others items such as books or clothing can be accepted at JFCS, but not in the barrels. 

CREATING COMMUNITY

Men’s Spiritual Journey Group
2nd Monday of each month (October 8) 7:30 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). 

The Lunch Bunch
Last Tuesday of each month (October 30), 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 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 479.3441 or pete@rodefsholom.org; 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 Subscriptions
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 (details below!) 

Artisan Bread Club
Chef Jeff Kirshbaum and his Mitzvah Kitchen team have been churning out 60+ challot and 18 hot meals for our congregants in deepest need weekly for many years now. You've tasted his challot. Now try his weekly artisan creations, such as French country, whole wheat, rye, semolina, rosemary olive, and more, by subscribing to the Mitzvah Kitchen's new Artisan Bread Club.

Subscription information
All Mitzvah Kitchen subscription money goes to support youth education at Rodef Sholom. Subscription rates for eight weeks: $32 challah, $40/artisan loaf, or a special price of $56/both artisan and challah. Treat your tummy right. Contact Pete at 479.3441 or pete@rodefsholom.org 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

Lefferts Jewish Community Library
Stop by on Sundays, from 10 am - 1 pm, and borrow books, magazines, and DVDs on Jewish themes. We have a growing collection of new books and classics as well as a children's section. For more information on the Library, visit www.leffertsjewishcommunitylibrary.blogspot.com, call 444.8159, or email lefferts.library@gmail.com. 

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. Now, if you can't find exactly what you want, you can still support the Gift Shop by shopping online! Just visit http://rodefsholom.judaicabeautiful.com/ 

Gift Shop hours:
•Monday - Thursday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm;
•Fridays, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm and
•most Sundays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (call first to be sure). 

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. 

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.


Brochures are coming your way with more information about Mitzvah Day. Sign up for one of over 25 projects and join hundreds of other congregants in a day of doing good and making a difference in our community. Some projects are still looking for project leaders, let us know if you are interested. For more information contact Moji at moji@rodefsholom.org or 479.3441.


Study & Torah 

(Please note: Tot Shabbat is going to resume in October 6, not September) 

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, September 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. 

Social Action

In the bin for September – Food!
This month, we are collecting non-perishable food items for the JFCS and the Food Bank. Please bring some by for our bins in the lobby the next time you visit the synagogue.   Remember to check expiration dates and make sure that packages are unopened!

Volunteers needed for Meals for the Homeless program
Rodef Sholom has been 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. 

Creating Community 

Please note that Shulchan Shabbat - our First Friday Congregational Dinner – will resume in September. 

Men’s Spiritual Journey Group
2nd Monday of each month (September 10) 7:30 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, contact Michael Weinberger at 461.9731, Mike Ralston at 472.5852 or  Steve Saxe at 924.2423. 

The Lunch Bunch
Last Tuesday of each month (September 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 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 479.3441 or pete@rodefsholom.org; 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 Subscriptions & Artisan Bread Club
The Fall 2012 cycle of bread subscriptions will run from September 6 – November 15, 2012. There will be no bread available for the week of October 18th. This totals 10 weeks of bread loaves in the fall subscription series. 

As usual, Chef Jeff is baking challahs.  Chef Jeff is also baking artisan loaves each week. These loaves include corned rye, country French, sourdough cheese and more. Here are the prices for the next series:

  • Challah only – 10 loaves @$4.00 = $40.00
  • Artisan only – 10 loaves @$5.00 = $50.00
  • Special savings:  Combo Subscription (10 loaves each challah & artisan) = $70.00 

Subscription information
Please contact Pete and let him know if you would like to continue or restart a subscription or take advantage of the Combo Subscription. Pete can be reached at 479.3441 or pete@rodefsholom.org

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.  

Lefferts Jewish Community Library
The Lefferts Jewish Community Library is open most Sundays from 10 am – 1 pm. Stop by to borrow books, magazines, and DVDs on Jewish themes. We have a growing collection of new books and classics, as well as a children’s section. For more information, call 444.8159, or email lefferts.library@gmail.com

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. Now, if you can't find exactly what you want, you can still support the Gift Shop by shopping online! Just click here!

We start our regular hours after September 5:

  • Monday - Thursday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm;
  • Fridays, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm; and
  • most Sundays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (call first to be sure). 

The Gift Shop is located in the Osher 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. 

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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