Social justice

Join us December 14 for our #EndGunViolence Shabbat

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 3:08pm -- RodefSholom

#EndGunViolence Shabbat: In Honor of Victims and Survivors of Gun Violence
Friday, December 14 | 6:15 pm in the Sanctuary

Please join Rodef Sholom, Moms Demand Action, and nearly two dozen additional organizations, alliances and coalitions for a nationwide interfaith service and vigil where we will give voice to all victims and survivors of gun violence and together help #EndGunViolence in America.

We Are Reimagined When the Straight Line Breaks

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 5:05pm -- RodefSholom

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.

Rallying for Love

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 4:14pm -- judyzimola

When a group of white nationalists received a permit for a "Patriot Prayer" to be held on Crissy Field on Aug. 26th, resistance groups in San Francisco immediately began making plans for onsite counter-protest. Thankfully, groups touting peace, and citing the violence in Charlottesville, were quick to react, planning various peaceful gatherings elsewhere in the city.

Today, CRS clergy and congregants gathered at San Francisco City Hall on August 25 to lend their voices to the Unite Against Hate rally, organized by The San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Many Ways to Stand Against Hate

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 9:13pm -- judyzimola

We have all spent the past week processing the painful events and aftermath of Charlottesville and bracing ourselves for the arrival of white supremacists in the Bay Area this coming weekend. We will navigate this moment together with strength and moral courage. We, your clergy and congregation are here for you. The following is an outline of upcoming opportunities to join with us both in dialogue and to stand together against hate. 

Rabbi Stacy Friedman stands up for detained Venetia Valley parent, Hugo Mejia

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 6:20pm -- RodefSholom

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.

Adi's Blog - Yom Hazikaron

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 6:01pm -- RodefSholom

Yom Hazikaron

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 reacts to the election in this November 9 Marin IJ article

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 3:37pm -- RodefSholom

"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.



Care for Those in Need by Rabbi Stacy Friedman

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:26pm -- RodefSholom

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.”

Pursuing Peace in a Broken World by Rabbi Lara Regev

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 6:19pm -- Rodef Sholom

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.”

Nitzavim: RAC's Voter Protection and Particpation Project

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 5:17pm -- Rodef Sholom

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.


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