I was going for a walk on Ring Mountain, the open space preserve near my house; I was feeling mixed up. Reflecting on how I was not sure I was where I should be in life, or could be, thinking about what I should be doing, wondering why the outside of me was not the way I thought I was supposed to be, and not sure who I was on the inside. I was sure I was not the person I used to be, but then I wasn’t sure who I had become. Basically, I was a mess.
I walked past an old broken down fence that I’ve passed many times. It used to be part of a long fence but only a section remained. For some reason I noticed it looked like a giant, low slung letter “H”. I stopped. I stared. It shouted at me. “H”! Here! Hineni.
At that moment the fence taught me all I needed to know. This is where we are. Right now. It may not be what we imagined it would be but this is where we all are right at this moment. There is plenty that is imperfect but there is so much beauty and so much love.
Right now I am feeling grateful to be here, in this community, in this broken but still magnificent time with you. Stronger together.
Susan Goldwasser, President WRS
Tragedy has now hit our own back yard. As you probably know by now, the fires have destroyed so much, including our beloved Camp Newman, second home to so many of our own children. The devastation has been overwhelming and so has the response.
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Donations to go directly to support the Tikkun Olam fund
YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED!
with Parnow House Participation
We will be celebrating Hanukkah with the residents of Parnow House. Come and eat a latke, have a nosh, spin a dreidel, and enjoy the evening with our next door neighbors.
Tuesday, December 19th 7:00 pm
Temple Social Hall
There is no charge for this event. Come, have fun!
November: New Toys for San Rafael Santa Cops Program and Book Drive for Venetia Valley School (across the street)
If you have a celebration, we would love to hear about it. Please send information, with pictures, to WRS Newsletter Editor
Who is still feeling the glow after those marvelous High Holiday services? We are so fortunate to have such inspiring, soulful, musical, insightful clergy and congregants. We have each received immeasurable gifts. It seems like 5778 is going to be a good year, despite turmoil related to politics, weather or work, we have the solace of a strong community.
Women of Rodef Sholom has many wonderful events planned for the year. We hope you will join us. If you are not big on attending gatherings then meet us for coffee or a walk.
I want to personally invite you to our Opening Tea on Oct 8 at 3pm in the Social Hall, hear Sylvia Boorstein and Rabbi Stacy in conversation. Doesn’t that sound great? All are welcome! WRS Members and those considering membership, men who might consider becoming “friends” of the sisterhood and those who have already joined us. Later in the month on Oct 21 We have the honor of hearing Leslie Brier, Women of Reform Judaism’s representative to the United Nations. Join us for Yoga on Oct 22. Games night playing Poker, Mahj and more on Nov 18th which will be an opportunity to JUST HAVE FUN! Take a look at our calendar and see what interests you. Please contact us with your suggestions. We are open to any and all ideas that will bring us closer, contribute to social justice, enhance spirituality and deeper connections.
On behalf of the Women of Rodef Sholom’s Board, I wish you all a peaceful, loving, sweet New Year.
Susan Goldwasser, President WRS
TURKEY “MITZVAH” DONATIONS:
Each year the Women of Rodef Sholom help feed the hungry through our Holiday Dinner Drive project on behalf of the SF Marin Food Bank. 225,000 people in Marin and San Francisco rely on the food bank for meals. Your donation makes a huge difference. At this holiday season, please make a donation today online at http://www.sfmfoodbank.org/dinnerdrive and select Congregation Rodef Sholom from the drop down menu or mail in your check payable to the SF Marin Food Bank to Congregation Rodef Sholom, Attention: WRS.
Please give generously
For every $1 you donate, the Food Bank distributes 3 meals
SOCIAL ACTION “HANDS-ON”
Volunteer at the Marin Food Bank: Tuesday, Nov 7th 9 am-12 Noon
Contact Jodie Silberman, CLICK HERE
for additional information. Email Jodie once you have registered for further instructions. Please note close-toed shoes are required. We look forward to providing service to our community and working hand in hand with our fellow sisters, friends and congregants. The food bank warehouse is located at 75 Digital Drive in Novato.
SOCIAL ACTION Save the Date:
REST Shelter Dinner & Music – Wed, Dec 13th – Temple Social Hall
The Women of Rodef Sholom will be organizing and arranging a fabulous dinner, music, hospitality, love and support for our REST guests. We can decide if we would like to cook as a group in the Mitzvah Kitchen, set, serve and support, and if we would like to ask some of our musicians to join us.
Let’s make a difference and offer an amazing night for these special men. A small committee is being formed. If you are interested in participating, please email Jodie Silberman CLICK HERE.
YOUR TIKKUN OLAM FUNDING IN ACTION:
Tikkun Olam is a core WRS value.
In that spirit, in OCTOBER, WRS has contributed to:
- Tragedy relief efforts in:
- Mexico (Earthquake)
- Puerto Rico (Hurricane)
- Las Vegas (Gun violence)
- Rodef Sholom Mitzvah Day Breakfast
- Rodef Sholom Senior Luncheons
Thank you for your generous contributions!
The Gift Shop carries beautiful items to give as Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts, Wedding gifts, Hostess gifts, etc., and of course, cards!
Whatever you need, we’re here for you.
Feed your Jewish soul
Come shop with us – and support WRS at the same time!
We are located in the lobby of the Osher Marin JCC
After Labor Day Hours:
Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fridays 11:30 – 2:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Phone Number (415) 444-8098
Call for Service:
This Gift Shop is in need of volunteers. We all want the Gift Shop to be open as much as possible for our convenience. Did you know that it is staffed entirely by volunteers? Do you have 3 hours to give to this valuable service?
Please contact Ingrid Tolson
Saturday, September 9, 7:30am-2:30pm
WRS joined forces with Swing Left Marin to do voter registration in Tracy.
Contact Laura J. Giacomini at email@example.com for information about this event.