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.
Dear Hugo's Community of Supporters,
Good Morning All,
We thrilled to write you all and share that Judge Valerie Burch has granted Hugo Mejia a bond hearing for November 21st at 9am. We are so grateful for this long-awaited, hard-fought news.
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.
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.
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.
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:
REAL, Rodef Sholom's Mental Health Initiative, is starting a new action commitee focused on erasing the stigma of addiction and recovery so that more individuals and families in our Rodef Sholom and Marin Jewish communities can be helped and healed. If you'd like to get involved, please contact JoAnne Forman at [email protected].
Elaor Azaria: The Soldier from Hebron
"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.
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.”
Rodef Sholom congregants joined with other Marin Organizing Committee leaders to say "Yes in my backyard" to services, including REST, for people experiencing homelessness in Marin County! See the full article here.
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.”
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.