a message from the clergy
Juan Rodriguez, Principal of Venetia Valley School, gave an inspiring speech during this High Holy Day's Sukkot Festival:
Rabbi Elana, Rabbi Stacy, thank you for pursuing paths of interconnectedness and continuing to open your hearts and community to me and to all of us across the way at Venetia Valley. This bond has helped shape our vision for our school and sustains me emotionally and spiritually to do this important work.
“What we need is a living, breathing Judaism, not an object of veneration kept locked up in a box. We need a Judaism with calluses on its hands and dirt under its fingernails.”
Friday, March 23, 6:00 pm at Congregation Kol Shofar (215 Blackfield Drive in Tiburon)
Bay area residents are no strangers to natural disasters. Our prayers go out to those coping with Hurricane Harvey and its devastating aftermath. If you would like to help, here's a roundup of organizations to which you can contribute:
The URJ Greene Family Camp is providing housing, meals, and programming for an indefinite amount of time.
At a rally in front of the ICE building in San Francisco on Monday, June 5, Rabbi Stacy Friedman passionately advocated for Venetia Valley School parent and Rodef Sholom volunteer Hugo Mejia, who was arrested by ICE in early May and is still being held in a general population jail in Elk Grove, CA. We stand together in support of Hugo and his family!
Click here to watch Rabbi Stacy speak.
Today, May 1, marks Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli memorial day to fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks.
Every person that has been in Israel on Yom Hazikaron can tell this day doesn’t feel like any other day. There are a lot of ways to describe it or try to explain this day, but for me, I think it’s simply a sad day.
Rabbi Stacy Friedman was just named Best Clergy of 2017
in the Marin IJ's 2017 Reader's Choice Awards!
Kol HaKavod to our amazing senior rabbi!
D’var Israel – International Women’s Day and Purim
I have always associated the New York City subway with camaraderie and a sense of togetherness. This past week was no different.
If you haven't seen the story all over the Internet, it goes like this:
Elaor Azaria: The Soldier from Hebron
Chanukah in Israel
"We want to stand with our brothers and sisters of faith throughout the country and make sure that everybody feels safe and seen and heard," Friedman said. I've heard so many people say that they feel like somebody has died, and I want to make sure that the something that has died is not democracy, and it's not the best in America.
On the way back from LA on September 13…
I remember something Robin Williams said about Marin County many years ago when he appeared on the Tonight Show. He said that when you drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and up the Waldo grade, you see that great rainbow tunnel. But, he lamented, “I don’t know why there’s a rainbow there, because once you cross through the tunnel, there’s no rainbow of colors, only white.”
Thoughts of Yom Kippur, far, far away from home:
Five months ago, my husband Yoni and I welcomed a baby boy, Noah, who was born with a good set of lungs. We spent many days trying new ways to calm him, to help him find a bit of peace in the chaos that comes as a newborn is trying to find his way in this world.
And ultimately, it came down to one song:
"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.”
REAL Parent Support Group
First Thursday of each month starting September 1, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Rodef Sholom and the REAL Mental Health Initiative are proud to announce the forming of a new peer-led support group for parents in a Jewish setting.
Are you (or do you know) a parent of a young adult who:
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is launching a new initiative on August 18 aimed at Voter Protection and Participation called Nitzavim!
From August to November, the Reform Jewish Movement will be partnering with the NAACP, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the PICO National Network to protect the right to vote this election year.
The San Rafael Pacifics hosted their first-ever Jewish Heritage afternoon at Albert Park on July 31. Our very own Marney Margules sang the national anthem and Rodef Rebels captain Matt Elkins threw out the first pitch.