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Events and Classes, Autumn 2021 and Beyond

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October 13 - Stand Up for Housing Justice
October 20 - Makhloket L'Shem Shamayim  with Rabbi Amy Eilberg
October 23 - Farm Box Shabbat and Recipe Exchange
October 24 - Mitzvah Day
November 4 - REAL Conversations presents Dr. Edith Eger
November 6 - Cooking with Julie Fingersh: Ready to Ease into Healthy, Cozy Winter Dishes? 
November 7 - The Three Davids, concert with Cantor David
November 14 - Legacy Circle Event with David Anderman in Conversation with Rabbi Stacy Friedman

Exploring Judaism with Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown
Divrei Tzedek with Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown and guest speakers
Adult B'nai Mitzvah classes with Cantor David
Daf Yomi with Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown
Beginning Hebrew with Alona Rafael


An Evening with Doniga Markegard and “Kiss the Ground” Film Screening
Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30pm
Sanctuary and Zoom. Please register to attend in person or online

Learn about steps we can take to protect and restore our environment as we welcome the Shmitah year. Our observances for this Shmitah year will begin with a post “Kiss the Ground” discussion with Doniga Markegard, who uses innovative, carbon-storing methods of regenerative ranching at her west Marin business, Markegard Family Grassfed.

Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 10 at 11:30 am
“Blessed are You, Adonai, Creator of all things.” Bring your pet to the courtyard for song, a special blessing, and a lot of smiles. Register HERE to attend in person.

Stand Up for Housing Justice
Wednesday, October 13 at 7:00pm over Zoom Webinar.
Please register HERE to receive the Zoom Webinar link.
Help Golden Gate Village in Marin City residents challenge the Marin Housing Authority’s plans to crowd an additional 156 units into two new high-rise buildings in their neighborhood. Residents propose deep green renovation, a job training program and a pathway to home ownership through the creation of a community land trust. Learn more about the history and potential future of this very special place.

Wednesday, October 20
7:00pm Makhloket L'Shem Shamayim  with Rabbi Amy Eilberg
Click here to register
Sacred disagreement (makhloket l'shem shamayim) is a Jewish value. As our society becomes more polarized, we seek out tools for dialogue. In this interactive workshop with Rabbi Eilberg, we will center conversation around Israel and discover new ways to view it in the context of makhloket l'shem shamayim.

Saturday, October 23 at 9:30am in the Courtyard
Farm Box Shabbat Breakfast and Recipe Exchange

Food connects us to our earth, our ancestry, and our community. Join for breakfast and bring a recipe and story from your family to share. We look forward to connecting!

Mitzvah Day and Mitzvah Day Blood Drive
Sunday, October 24
Plan on spending a fun and fulfilling morning with your community.  Whatever your interest or talent is—outdoor cleanup, crafting , card making,  even donating blood—your contribution  is important! ​ Click here to go to the Mitzvah Day page.

Thursday, November 4 
6:00pm REAL Conversations presents Dr. Edith Eger - clinical psychologist, author and Holocaust survivor.

Dr. Edith Eger is a sought-after lecturer, helping individuals discard their limitations, discover their powers of self-renewal, and achieve things they previously thought unattainable. Using her own past as a Holocaust survivor and thriver as a powerful analogy, she inspires people to tap their full potential and shape their very best destinies. It's a message of healing and personal growth. A message of freedom from self-imposed limitations. A message of CHOICE to move from recovery to discovery and beyond. 

Saturday, November 6
1:00pm Ready to Ease into Healthy, Cozy Winter Dishes?
Zoom.  Meeting ID: 870 0681 2376, Passcode: 272596
Join food/Life Writer Julie Fingersh for a one-hour ride where we’ll make an assortment of easy, healthy soups and dinners. Just show up, kibbitz and learn! 

Julie Fingersh is a writer, blogger and freelance journalist whose work appears in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Huffington Post. Her secret love is exploring the meaning of life and teaching cooking classes for her beloved community of Congregation Rodef Sholom. 

Sunday, November 14
3:00–5:00pm Legacy Circle Special Event: David Anderman in Conversation with Rabbi Stacy Friedman

Having recently worked at SpaceX as well as serving as legal counsel for Lucas Films during the Disney acquisition, David Anderman has had some of the most timely and extraordinary experience with issues around space exploration and intellectual property. He will share some of those experiences while exploring with Rabbi Stacy the Jewish themes that arise.

Cantor David’s Retirement Year

There will be multiple ways in the coming months to honor Cantor David for his extraordinary contributions to our community in his 31 years at Rodef Sholom.

The Three Davids
Sunday, November 7 at 3:00pm
As cantor David’s last year with us begins please join us as he sings with two dear friends, David Goldstein from Chicago and David Schane from Oberlin. The concert will include liturgical, operatic, and Broadway melodies accompanied by humorous and poignant life stories.

Bay Area Cantors' Concert
Sunday February 6, 2022 at 4:00pm
Bay Area Cantors including (Rabbi) Cantor Elana Rosen-Brown, Cantor Kay Greenwald, Cantor Arik Luck, Cantor Ilene Keys, Cantor Leigh Korn, Cantor Jaime Shpall, and Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy honor Cantor David’s incredible career with an evening of music and celebration.

Cantor David’s Most Inspiring Texts
Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2022 6:00pm
Cantor David will share some of his favorite texts with both commentary and musical interpretations.


Exploring Judaism: An Introduction with Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown
Select Sundays throughout the fall and spring, beginning October 3 at 9:30 am. Please register HERE.
This class will be hybrid, In-Person or Zoom Option available. Please select your preference in the registration. This course is organized around the three pillars of Judaism mentioned in the Mishnah: Torah, Prayer, and Acts of Loving Kindness/Social Justice. We also cover the Jewish calendar, Shabbat practice, and holidays. This class welcomes learners of all ages and levels looking to (re-)ground themselves in the basics of Judaism.

Divrei Tzedek with Rabbi Elana and Guest Speakers
Tuesday Nights beginning October 5 at 7:00pm. Register HERE to receive the ZOOM link.
Join us as we study stories and commentary from the book of Genesis with an emphasis on contemporary issues and social justice. Each week will tackle a different topic such as economic inequality, climate change, reparations, LGBTQ+ rights and more. We will consult the wisdom of our tradition for guidance and inspiration to imagine more expansive futures for our world. Guest teachers include Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi, Maggid Jhos Singer, Ginna Green, Rev. Paul Mowry and more!

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class with Cantor David Margules
Thursdays beginning October 28, 6:00–7:30 pm
Let everyone whose heart so moves them bring the gift of themselves to build Cantor David’s final adult b’nai mitzvah class before he retires. Now is your opportunity to chant from the Torah scroll and teach the congregation from an adult’s perspective. Beginning in October and ending in April just before Passover, come and study your birth portion with a diverse group of seekers. Please email Sofie Goldstein to register. Fee for class is $500. If financial assistance is desired, please contact Tracey Klapow, Executive Director.

Daf Yomi (daily page) Talmud Study
Monthly on Saturday mornings at 11:30 am.
Rodef Sholom began to follow the seven-year cycle that it takes to complete reading the entire Talmud in January 2020. This year we will continue our study of Talmud with the laws of Rosh Hashanah, Purim, weddings and much more! Beginners welcome. Join at any time! If interested, please email Heidi Paul for more detail.

Beginning Hebrew with Alona Rafael
12 consecutive weeks to begin in October; day and time to be determined by interested parties.
We begin with the basics of the Hebrew alphabet, and over the course of 12 weeks, work towards a reading-level understanding of our prayer book. Students will learn to decipher some Hebrew roots and deepen their knowledge of prayers. Please email Heidi Paul to sign up. Fee is $120 for the series, plus an additional $25 materials charge.

Chevra Kadisha
Traditionally, the term chevra kadisha has been used to refer to a Jewish burial society; at Congregation Rodef Sholom, we use it in its literal sense, that of a holy society, and the volunteer members of our Chevra Kadisha engage in ​supporting our congregants and their loved one at the end of life through various holy acts including ​Nichum Aveilim ​/​Comforting the mourner​, Tahara ​/ Ritual ​Purification​, Shomrim ​/Guarding of the body​​.​ To find our more and to join this team of congregants, contact Moji at 415-479-3441 or

Kehillah Group/Small Groups
Kehillah groups are intentional, lay-led communities whose members come together on a regular basis with the understanding that Jewish tradition and deep personal relationships add meaning to our lives. Kehillah groups reflect our mission: to connect our members more deeply to one another, to our community, to Jewish tradition, and to the world.

New groups starting this fall to include:

Wise Aging, for those approaching or already retired.    Midlife Exploration for Women                                               Spiritual Guidance Group                                                                  Rodef Sholom Song Circle 

To register for one or more of these groups, click HERE.  

To find out how to start a new Kehillah Group, contact Moji at 415-479-3441 or

Sun, October 24 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782