Shabbat Speaker Series

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On select Fridays throughout the year, we welcome special guest speakers to share their knowledge and talents with our congregation. 

fall 2018

September 28, 6:15 pm
Venetia Valley School Partnership Sukkot Shabbat featuring Principal Juan Rodriguez
We invite our friends at Venetia Valley School to share in the joy of Sukkot with us and celebrate the value of partnership and community engagement.

October 5, 6:15 pm
Civic Engagement Shabbat with Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller
This fall, Congregation Rodef Sholom will join with Reform synagogues across the country in RAC's (Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism) Civic Engagement Campaign. Hear more about the exciting initiative of voter engagement and its connection to Jewish values from Rabbi Saxe-Taller.

October 12: National Refugee and Immigrant Rights Shabbat, 6:15 pm services, 7:30 pm potluck & program
Sunday, October 14: Jewish Values and Sanctuary Workshop, 9:15 am, Library
The weekend of October 12-14 we observe National Refugee and Immigrant Rights Weekend, when we will deepen our understanding of migrant justice and connect with the broader Jewish movement for immigrant rights and refugees. This weekend is part of a series of monthly learning opportunities for engagement in immigrant rights work, culminating with an educational trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in February 2019.

November 9, 6:15 pm
Generations: The Rodef Sholom Storytelling Project
Grace, humor, courage, and spirit are embodied in the stories of Rodef Sholom congregants who have seen nine decades and counting. A Shabbat service honoring our senior congregants will feature their stories, told in their own words, with a reception and special exhibit created by the Rodef Sholom Storytelling Project to follow.

November 16, 6:00 pm dinner, 7:30 pm services
Marc Dollinger
Topic: Navigating Jewish Life In These Difficult Times: Anti-Semitism and the National Scene
Congregant Marc Dollinger is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. His areas of focus and expertise include American Jewish history, Jewish social responsibility, modern Jewish identity, and the 1960s. Marc Dollinger inspires action, engagement and the pursuit of justice in our world.
$25 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and under