WRS OPENING EVENT with ANAT HOFFMAN – Shabbaton Sat. 9/29/18 starting at 3:00pm

Come to the WRS Opening Event:

A Shabbaton with Anat Hoffman

Register Now!

This event is co-sponsored by Women of Rodef Sholom, Congregation Rodef Sholom and the Osher Marin JCC Center for Jewish Peoplehood

Anat Hoffman is Executive Director of the Israeli Religious Action Center (IRAC), and is a founding member and Chairwoman of Women of the Wall.

Before she became Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center in 2002, Anat served as a Jerusalem City Councilwoman for 14 years. She became known as an inexhaustible warrior for justice and equality. She worked to ensure that the powerful Orthodox bloc in the City Council did not dictate lifestyle choices for Jerusalem’s secular population; she fought for women’s equal pay for equal work; she sought to guarantee adequate municipal services for the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem; and even in this city divided by religious disagreement, she has struggled for recognition of religious pluralism. Anat specialized in attending to the details of municipal administration, where big decisions are often hidden away in the fine print. She became a familiar figure in the Supreme Court, as she pursued her quest for information that the bureaucracy preferred to keep secret.  

Anat was born in Jerusalem and in her teens was an Israeli swimming champion. After army service, she received her BSc in Psychology at the University of California in Los Angeles and pursued graduate studies at Bar Ilan University.  She served on the Boards of the Israel Women’s Network, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and many other Israeli organizations for social change.

Anat is a sought-after lecturer, addressing audiences in Israel and in the United States on subjects close to her heart: gender segregation in the public sphere and the struggle for Jews to be able to practice a broad spectrum of Judaism in Israel, social justice, and equal rights for women and minorities.  Anat guides IRAC in its work to promote Jewish pluralism, tolerance, and equality, and to combat racism and religious coercion. Anat expanded IRAC’s mission to go beyond the courts and the Knesset, and to engage in helping people directly through social action.

Members of Rodef Sholom Social Justice Trip to Israel with Rabbi Stacy Friedman visit with Anat Hoffman at the IRAC/Women of the Wall office, Jerusalem, October, 2017


3:00 Welcome, nosh and beverage

4:00 Shabbaton with Anat Hoffman

5:30 Havdallah service

WRS Women’s Retreat — Westerbeke Ranch — May 4-6, 2018

WOMEN’S RETREAT  at Westerbeke Ranch

May 4-6, 2018   

Enjoy a weekend of gourmet meals, Shabbat services, workshops, hiking, reading, soaking in the hot tub, creating new friendships and just relaxing in the beautiful setting of Westerbeke Ranch.

Enjoy the gourmet food with fabulous women!

Shabbat morning service (Aliyah: Board members)
Campfire singing
This year we are limited to 28 full-weekend participants.  First come, first served.  Your reservation is not confirmed until your payment is received.
Participation is limited to WRS members only.  If you haven’t already done so, you will have the opportunity to update your dues at registration.
Questions contact Judy Bloomberg

WRS Games Night: Poker, Mahj and More — Saturday, April 28th at 7:00 Temple Social Hall

POKER, MAJ & MORE Saturday, April 28th  at 7 pm   Temple Social Hall

Entry fee: $36
 (this is a fund-raiser)
1 bar drink
snacks, desserts, beverages
and FUN!
This event supports the Tikkun Olam fund*
Silent Auction includes:
  • Golf at the Meadow Club
  • Private Pilates class
  • Art work
  • More!

Invite your friends

Bring your own team or join a team to play a variety of games
Have a fun night out and support a great cause


If you’d like to bake a favorite dessert, or help with this one event, contact Hannah Panger (preferred) or call (650) 743-4107.

WRS Women’s Seder – Our 25th Year – March 18th 4pm Temple Social Hall

WRS Women’s Seder  – Our 25th Year  — It was a fabulous event indeed!!
Beautiful room, tables and women!
Lisa (CRS President) and Joyce Pavlovsky, Rhonda Daniels, Susan Goldwasser and Lucy Schneidmen


The DANCING, as Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown sings
The Musicians: Sharon Lebell, Laurynn Gould, Amy Friedricks, Jessie Potter and Heidi Paul
WRS Music/Spirituality Chair: Amy Friedricks
The Multi-Generations attending the Women’s Seder:
The Levines: Ili, Sheila and Jen
The Levins:  Sue, Kari and Aliyah
The Mattia/Sumskis:Shellie and Marci & Alexandra Sumski
The Giacominis: Angela, Gail and Laura
A huge Yasher Koach to Co-Chairs Rhonda Daniels and Barbara Merino and their spectacular committee for a most enjoyable, meaningful and delicious Seder!

CHAI MITZVAH STUDY with Jewish Educator Extraordinaire Claire Mikowski

Chai Mitzvah:  a 6-part series of text-based Jewish learning that will sharpen your mind and enrich your soul.  Get to know other Women of Rodef Sholom in deeper and more meaningful ways. This curriculum is meant to lead us to perform acts of loving kindness.
Claire Mikowski, Jewish Educator extraordinaire, is the leader and we are so fortunate to have her.  Take advantage of this fabulous learning/growing opportunity.
February 15 (Temple Conference Room, 7 pm) 
February 22 (JCC Library, 7 pm)
March 8 and 22 (JCC Library, 7 pm)
To RSVP and register CLICK HERE
Cost of materials is $36. 
Bring a snack to share and we will munch and learn!
Questions?  Contact Claire at 415-218-2533
For more info about this program from WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism)  CLICK HERE

Comments From the Clergy

Dear Friends,

 A few weeks ago, we put out a call to participate in this year’s Hamilton-themed Purim Schpiel.  Who would have thought that 25 Rodef Sholom congregants ranging in ages from 7 to 70-years old would come out to participate??  When we gathered on that first evening, I posed an opening question: Why did you come here tonight?
The answers varied from, “I LOVE Hamilton!” and “I love Purim at Rodef Sholom and Hamilton and you’re saying that I could do both together??” to “In this new year, I resolved to have more fun, and this is a great way to do that,” and “Last year was great so why not?”
It’s true – Purim is a holiday of joy and celebration, and an opportunity to come together, to sing, to dance the night away, and to join together as a community.  We laugh, we dress up, and we sometimes push ourselves past our comfort zones to tell the Story of Esther.  Whether it’s the masks we wear or the costumes we put on, there is something about those changes we make that empower us to something we might not be every other day.
And perhaps it is up to us during this time at which we might turn outward to celebrate with others, to really take a moment to turn inward and look at ourselves.  How can we empower ourselves, not only by putting on masks and adorning lavish costumes, but also when we are simply ourselves?  What does it take for each of us to feel like we can make a difference by being who we are, not as something we are pretending to be?
I am so looking forward to celebrating Purim with all of you on Wednesday evening February 28th.  Let’s all resolve to have more fun, to join together in song, in dance, in joy and laughter, and in all that Purim allows us to be on a night that is different from all others.
Rabbi Lara


A Note From Our President

Dear Sisters:
The Women’s March on January 20th was joyous!  It was so exciting marching with thousands of people.  We are so fortunate to live in a country where we have the opportunity to gather and express our views.  There were children carrying signs saying “let’s make America KIND again.”  People brought their dogs.  Babies were in push strollers.
We felt empowered knowing we have the ability to vote.  We have different opinions, views, ideas, political affiliations, but we ALL get to vote.  We can be heard.  In the midst of turmoil, government shutdown, divisiveness, I’m remembering Sylvia Boorstein’s words about how to find balance.  Gratitude!
Susan Goldwasser, President WRS

Susan Goldwasser, President WRS

In the Gift Shop

This striking Tree of Life necklace, in many colors and several shapes, is American made.  Come on in, try it on and take it home.
Gift Shop hours from Now through 5/27
Mon – Thurs 10am-3pm
Friday 11:30-2pm
Saturday closed
Sunday 10-12:30
Start thinking about what you need for Passover, it’s coming soon and the Gift Shop is stocking up!
Shop at the Gift Shop, it 
supports WRS!
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

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