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When Uniting Kids with Books, Adriana Golden Considers the Possibilities

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 3:18pm -- judyzimola

If you're trying to schedule an interview with Adriana Golden, you might have a challenge ahead of you.

After all, as the head of a non-profit, there are resources to secure, volunteers to organize, and customers to see to. But on a hot September afternoon, we caught a window with the 17-year-old Branson student slash TEDx presenter—her cross country practice was canceled.

Watch Videos, RSVP for Events, and More When You Get the Voice Online

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 6:42pm -- judyzimola

We know how it is. You're reading the Voice and you find an upcoming event or class you'd like to RSVP to, especially during the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days. You make a mental note to get online and reserve your spot for Sukkot in the Home, Rabbi Stacy's upcoming End of Life Conversation Series, or the Women of Rodef Sholom's opening event featuring speakers from Planned Parenthood. 

But in your busy life, the mental note is buried. You forgot about the event until the day after. Rats. If only you could have responded while it was fresh in your mind.

Can You Help Beeri's Family?

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 6:13pm -- judyzimola

Below is a message that's been forwarded from a few people in our community about a family who needs some help while their young son with cerebral palsy is being treated and rehabilitated. If you can help, contact Moji. Thank you for reading and considering their needs.

Update from Moji on August 9, 2019: "They found a place in Novato. It's an 'empty house' someone is giving them for the entire time. They will let us know what they might need as far as furniture, so stay posted."

Hi everyone,

Act By May 3 to Help End Gun Violence

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 12:39pm -- judyzimola

Once again, our hearts are broken at the news of a mass shooting in a house of prayer, this time at the Chabad of Poway.

Lori Gilbert-Kaye, z”l, a 60-year-old-woman, put herself between the wounded Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and another bullet meant for him. Congregants chased the gunman out of the building when his weapon jammed. Throughout the tumult, Rabbi Goldstein finished his sermon, hand wrapped in his prayer shawl.

Aretha Franklin and The Power of Elul to Get Us Dancing Again

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 8:09pm -- judyzimola

by Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown, August 17, 2018

As I prepared for tonight’s sermon, I listened to all of my favorite Aretha Franklin songs. Belting out loud to the Queen of Soul, albeit with much less agility and grace, is one of the many ways I’ve found over the last twenty-five years (or more!!) to return, at once, and immediately, to my essential nature and find a place of flow and contentedness no matter what storm of the mind, heart, or planet is currently raging. I bet, whether or not you consider yourself a singer, you can relate.

Who is "Electric Bill", Habitat for Humanity's Celebrated Volunteer?

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 3:14pm -- judyzimola

To Habitat for Humanity, he's known as "Electric Bill," dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer who was acknowledged in April as part of National Volunteer Month. The Congregation Rodef Sholom community knows him as Bill Weinberg, photographed here with fellow Habitat volunteers and congregation members Sheryl Denker and Richard Margulis. 

Join the Movement!

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 4:21pm -- judyzimola

Teens are making it clear that they are tired of feeling unsafe in their schools.  They want to see change and are using their voices to fight for what they believe in -- to fight for their right to feel safe.  There is a movement that has begun in our country started by teenagers just like yours.  

As a sacred community, we support them in their cause.  

VIDEO: Reverend Deborah Lee Speaks on Sanctuary Today: A Faith Response

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 5:46pm -- judyzimola

On January 9, Reverend Deborah Lee from the Interfaith Movement For Human Integrity discussed the history of Sanctuary, the current climate for immigrants in California, and the work of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. As our involvement as a sanctuary congregation deepens we welcome Deborah to guide us in meaningful connection and engagement with this work.

VIDEO: The New Colossus

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:39pm -- judyzimola

The music of Irving Berlin, Kurt Weil, Sigmund Romberg, and stars in the Jewish music world from the 1800s to present day filled the sanctuary on Sunday, February 11. Cantor David, Rabbi Cantor Elana Rosen-Brown, and Rabbi Lara took the vocals, backed by talented musicians 

Daniel Lockert–piano, Fred Ross-Perry–guitar and vocals, Amy Friedricks–bass, Amanda Hahn–flute, Jessie Ivry–cello, and Mike Spinrad–percussion.

Congregant Marv Zauderer Receives Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:05pm -- judyzimola

ExtraFood, led by congregant Marv Zauderer, received the Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence award at the annual Heart of Marin awards, or as Marv put it, "the Oscars for Marin nonprofits." ExtraFood was chosen from a field of 15 nominees, culled by the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership.

North Bay Fires: What's Been Done, What You Can Do

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 6:25pm -- judyzimola

The immediate crises of the terrible fires that claimed lives, homes, businesses, and livelihoods in the North Bay has abated. The amount of time and dollars contributed by individual members of our congregation and groups of volunteers has been generous and gracious, embodying the essense of our shema statement as, through work and innate compassion, we connect with Jewish values, with each other, and with our world.

In the first few days, we:

• collected gift cards to be distributed through CVNL totaling $4500

North Bay Fires - A Roundup of Where to Help

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:14pm -- judyzimola
Here's a roundup of our Facebook postings and emails (edited to include only the information that is still pertinent) since the North Bay fires started almost two weeks ago. We do our best to vet the listings to make sure you're getting up-to-date information. The rapidly-changing nature of the needs has slowed down somewhat, but it's best to contact or visit the website of any of these organizations to ensure your time and money is being spent in the most effective way.

Rabbi Elana's Yom Kippur 2017 Sermon: Seeing the Whole Elephant: Finding Truth in a Post-Truth World

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 4:55pm -- judyzimola

Listen to Rabbi Elana's Yom Kippur sermon here.

Read the full text below.


Seeing the Whole Elephant: Finding Truth in a Post-Truth World


“You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than anything bad happening to you here. Trust me, there’s nothing dangerous in these waters.”

Rabbi Elana's Rosh Hashanah 2017 Sermon: On Anger: An Invitation to Explore and Discuss

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 7:31pm -- judyzimola

Rosh Hashanah's services gave us the opportunity to reflect on our lives as Jews and as caring human beings who look for ways to be better people. Our clergy's sermons were reminders of our better selves: that we are full of talent and potential; our world and nation has opportunities for us to express ourselves; that difficult emotions can be springboards for action.

Listen to Rabbi Elana's sermon here, a full transcript is below.



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