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Jeremy Goldwasser Interview

01/09/2023 12:58:48 PM


Rodef Sholom is excited for Jeremy Goldwasser to bring his musical talents to our January 20, 2023 Shabbat services! Listen to him in person or virtually, as he accompanies Cantor David on flute, and read on to learn more about him.

How long have you been in the music world and playing...Read more...

Welcome (back) to REAL MHI! 

12/22/2022 11:06:42 AM


The REAL Mental Health Initiative at Congregation Rodef Sholom began in 2014, born from Rabbi Stacy’s Kol Nidre sermon about mental health. For five years, REAL worked to build a foundation of connection, support, and education to support our mission of reducing stigma and isolation around mental...Read more...

Mitzvah Moments: Rachel deBaere

12/16/2022 10:16:57 AM


Tell us a little about yourself.  I've been a member of Rodef Sholom for almost 60 years. I became a bat-mitzvah at Rodef in 1972, was confirmed and married there as well. My three children were blessed and named by Rabbi Michael Barenbaum. I...Read more...

Mitzvah Moments: Allison Sack

12/09/2022 11:29:30 AM


Rodef Sholom congregant Allison Sack has called Marin County home since childhood, and is currently raising her family in San Rafael.  For this year's Mitzvah Day, Allison, her husband Andrew, and their two children (ages 6 and 4) volunteered to help in the Mill Valley bike path beautification project. They picked up weeds, cleared out trash, and cleaned up an area of Marin that is very important to the family. Read on to...Read more...

Meet Rose Oser, former congregant, book writer of Shoshana in December, a new queer Chanukah musical. 

12/02/2022 11:09:43 AM


“I wanted to write a musical about what it means to be Jewish during the month of December,” said Rose Oser [she\they], book writer of Shoshana in December, a new queer Chanukah musical. Rose was a congregant at Rodef Sholom growing up, and reflects on how Rodef Sholom...Read more...

Mitzvah Moments: Meet Marc Rochman

12/02/2022 11:07:33 AM


This series shines a light on congregant stories who have participated in Rodef Sholom's Mitzvah Moments initiative, a series of community-strengthening opportunities open to all in our community. To learn more about how to get involved with Mitzvah Moments,...Read more...

A Premiere at S'lichot Service & Interview with Rodef Sholom member and composer, Julie Schnapf

09/15/2022 10:21:38 AM


Interview and Blog Post by Rose Hornstein

Can you please provide some background with the composition?
The composition is called "Let Us Speak of the Awesomeness.” That is a translation of the opening line of the 8th century poem Unetanetokef which is sung yearly by the...Read more...

Where Are They Now? A Quick Tour of Objects From Our Former Space

09/08/2022 01:02:33 PM


Rose Hornstein

As Congregation Rodef Sholom’s physical space is transformed, we know many of you have been wondering where our beloved sacred items from the building have found a new home. In order to create space for our future home, these items are continuing their journey onto new lives. So many of you have contributed your time and attention to ensure that the items we love are well-cared for as they find new homes. These acts of tzedakah...Read more...

Meet Scott McKenna, the new Security Director of Congregation Rodef Sholom, Brandeis Marin & the Osher Marin JCC.

09/01/2022 10:07:57 AM


Rose Hornstein

Rose Hornstein, Rodef Sholom's Communications and Marketing Assistant, chatted with our new campus Security Director, Scott McKenna. 

What is your experience in the safety and security field? I was a police officer and juvenile detective...Read more...

Behind the Scenes for High Holy Days - Featuring Chef Jeff of our Mitzvah Kitchen

09/01/2022 10:07:57 AM


Blog and Interview by Rose Hornstein

Jeff Kirshbaum, known around Rodef Sholom as Chef Jeff, has been baking challah for the Mitzvah Kitchen for about 15 years. Chef Jeff is a seasoned cook, and he created the Mitzvah Kitchen initially to bake and deliver challah for those in our community in need...Read more...

Connection and Family Define Donna Isralsky's B'nai Mitzvah

04/01/2022 10:07:04 AM


Donnas Isralsky believes that adulthood lends depth and an addded bonus - family! - to her upcoming B'nai Mitzvah. Mazel Tov to Donna and her son, Lucas Silberman, who will become B'nai Mitzvah on April 2. 

What inspired you to become B’nai Mitzvah as an adult?
I grew up attending an orthodox synagogue and never really understood what we did and why.  After joining and attending Rodef Sholom Services I...Read more...

Perspective and Experience: Adult B'nai Mitzvah

03/31/2022 01:45:09 PM


A trip to Israel as an architecture student at Cal Berkeley proved life-changing  for Lauren Sugarman, leading her to delve into and reclaim her dormant Jewish roots. She will become B'nai Mitzvah Saturday, April 9. 

What...

Song and the Power to Connect

02/11/2022 09:46:34 AM


“I live to sing,” said community song leader, Marv Zauderer from his home in San Rafael. Marv, a Rodef Sholom member of ten years, created the Kehilla Song Circle in October 2021. Marv leads the song circle, where all ages, expertise and voices are welcome. Marv’s mission for...Read more...

Entering Calm Through Havdalah

12/10/2021 12:03:38 PM


Rose Hornstein

Havdalah, which means "separation" is a candle lighting ceremony that marks the conclusion of Shabbat. Shabbat begins on Friday night when three stars in the sky are seen. On Saturday Shabbat ends when three stars are also seen in the sky. We celebrate the end of the...Read more...

My Chanukah Blast at Rodef Sholom

11/30/2021 03:21:34 PM


Rose Hornstein

Chocolate wrapped in gold foil, family, gift exchanges, cashmere scarves, and the yellow glow of candles, is what comes to mind when I think of Chanukah. I grew up attending Rodef Sholom as a child, lit the candles at Hillel in college,...Read more...

Sharon Lebell: Musician, Philosopher, Author, Congregant

11/16/2021 11:14:55 AM


Rose Hornstein

Music brings people together, it bonds and celebrates life. I was fortunate enough to interview Sharon Lebell, musician, mother, philosopher, and Rodef Sholom congregant. We caught up on Zoom as she sat in her West Marin home...Read more...

Joe Goldman of HIAS Speaks on the Refugee Crisis and Immigrant Rights 

10/20/2021 04:11:42 PM


Gardening, Community, and Judaism

10/20/2021 03:28:03 PM


Rose Hornstein

There are few things in life that are more delectable than homegrown tomatoes, layered with freshly picked basil, drizzled in sweet balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a dash of kosher salt (of course). Rodef Sholom congregant Nancy Mann  knows this type of satisfaction quite...Read more...

Cindy Ostroff Drash (Rosh Hashanah day two 5782)

09/17/2021 12:19:57 PM


Cindy Ostroff

As I sat on the beach at Limantour last week, I thought, as I always do, about the first time I saw that beach more than 45 years ago when I moved here. The wide sweep of the beach, my favorite palette of colors, and the silence, all struck me then as they do now. It seems like nothing has changed. But we know that’s not true. Just driving there, we passed the Nicasio Reservoir, shockingly low in most places and completely dry in...Read more...

Meet Your Rodef Rebels!

08/13/2021 02:16:59 PM


Rose Hornstein


Make a Positive Difference Easily - Bring Food to the Community Fridge

07/09/2021 02:50:02 PM


Rose Hornstein

What is the community fridge? 

The Community Fridges  “are a mutual aid space where people take responsibility in caring for one another by redistributing resources. Fridges are set up and run by the people, for the...Read more...

Who Counts, and Who Does the Counting. Penny Lane's B'nai Mitzvah Drash

06/24/2021 11:46:41 AM


Penny Lane


In my Torah portion, B’midbar, Numbers Chapter One, the Israelites are in transition between slavery in Egypt and being a free people in the Promised Land.

They are not yet a nation, and not in their Promised Land either. Moses & Aaron are commanded to take a census, to count the men able to fight.

In her commentary on the Book of Numbers called “Bewilderments”, Dr. Avivah Gottieb Zornberg tells us...Read more...

Covenantal: CRS Board President David Rudnick on Membership

06/03/2021 11:17:42 AM


I’ve never liked the word “membership" to describe why we financially support the synagogue. To me, membership connotes exclusivity, and a menu of services and benefits that your “dues” buy you. Being part of Congregation Rodef Sholom does not feel this way to me — it’s simply not consistent with our values and mission. Allow me to explain clearly what membership means in my eyes.

The relationship we...

Upcoming Racial Justice Events and Action

04/28/2021 01:04:43 PM


Over the past year Congregation Rodef Sholom has been taking steps toward becoming an anti-racist synagogue and the journey continues. Hear from threRead more...

Reminder: CRS Legacy Circle Event (May 2, 2021)

04/23/2021 03:10:56 PM


Rodef Sholom has been our spiritual home for the last 16 years — where we have been inspired and found joy, celebrated and mourned, built community,Read more...

A Message from CRS Pres. David Rudnick: An Update for the Past Presidents of Rodef Sholom

04/22/2021 03:26:14 PM


David Rudnick, President

April 20, 2021

Dear Past Presidents,

One year ago, at the beginning of this period of personal and institutional uncertainty, I wrote to you with updates on a number of important fronts.

A year on, I wanted to reach out again before our virtual get together Wednesday night.

COVID Disruption, Innovation, and Planning

The arrival of the...

04/22/2021 03:25:22 PM


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CONNECT: New Member System for Congregation Rodef Sholom

12/23/2020 04:33:50 PM


Congregation Rodef Sholom:
​​​​​​​Igniting the Passion to Connect

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On Sunday, December 13, 2020 we welcomed hundre

An Important Message about the Rodef Sholom Building Project from Board President David Rudnick

12/11/2020 12:29:41 PM


Exciting Milestone for Congregation Rodef Sholom

I am delighted to report that Rodef Sholom has submitted our final application for Design Review toRead more...
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