Comments From the Clergy

Dear Friends,

The crisp feel of the evening breeze, the coolness in the air, and the colors on the leaves of the trees are all evidence that our seasons are changing and we are headed away from the warmth of summer to the coolness of fall.  I am always attuned to the change of seasons, but especially aware of this one each year as we move from one year to another.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel teaches us about his concept of Radical Amazement.  He teaches, “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement.  Get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”

Each year, I find myself embracing this concept at exactly this point in the year as we move through our High Holy Day season.  In December, we move from the coolness of fall to the down-right cold.  We bring out our coats and boots, and we prepare ourselves for some serious weather (or in California, weather that is definitely colder than other times of the year).  In March, we move from the frigid winter to the spring, filled with drops of rain and perhaps some blooming flowers.  We put up our umbrellas and do some serious puddle jumping from one day to the next.  In June, we move from the rain to the warmth of summer.  We visit the beach, we travel with family, we sit around the campfire and we watch the sunset day after day.  And now, in September, as the coolness of the evening sets in and the leaves begin to change, we plant our seeds and prepare for a year of goodness and peace.

May we enter 5778 with open eyes, with a heightened awareness of our surroundings, and may we strive to live in radical amazement of this ever changing world each and every day.

May this new year be filled with joy, with light, and with love for you and yours.

Shanah tovah u’metukah!

Rabbi Lara

A Note From Our President

Dear Sisters:

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



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 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


Volunteer at the Marin Food BankTuesday, Nov 7th 9 am-12 Noon

     The Women of Rodef Sholom will be volunteering at the Marin Food Bank. We have 12 volunteer slots to fill.  Please follow this link to register your attendance.
     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.


Tikkun Olam is a core WRS value.
In that spirit, in September, WRS has contributed to:

  • Hurricane Harvey: Congregation Beth Israel in Houston, TXIn response to Hurricane Harvey, WRS made a donation to Congregation Beth Israel, the largest congregation in the Houston area; they will be assisting hundreds of families in the coming months.  Our donation will purchase gift cards to assist in meeting immediate needs and for replenishing clothing, toiletries, household items, school supplies for children.
  • Rodef Sholom Mitzvah Day Breakfast 
  • Rodef Sholom Senior Luncheons
Thank you for your generous contributions

WRS GOES TO THE MOVIES – Tues, 11/28 12:30

Date: November 28 at 12:30*
Where:  Rialto Theather in Sepastopol **

Join us:  “Family Commitments,” is a delightful romantic comedy that deals with the clash of generations, religions and cultures.

David and Khaled want to get married, but how smoothly can it go when it involves a homophobic father, a pseudo-orthodox Jewish mother and an unexpected pregnancy?

Order ticket: JCC Sonoma County


RSVP to Fanny Stein that you’re coming and how many people are in your group; we will try to organize a section of the theater to sit together.

* The theater serves salads and light fare.   If you wish to have a light lunch before the movie, please come at 12:00 instead of 12:30.

**This is not a “women only” event.  Feel free to invite anyone you wish.

For more info, contact Fanny Stein CLICK HERE

10/22, 2:45 – 6 – Vin Yoga, Meditation & Gathering


Vin Yoga & Meditation followed by wine/cheese/nosh

Meet at:  Marin Power Yoga
141 Tunstead Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960

After Yoga, we will go to the home of Lucy Schneidman for wine/cheese/nosh and Sisterhood connections (address and directions provided at that time).

This event is new this year.   All levels of yoga ability are welcome.  We hope to see you.

Cost: $10
In the spirit of Tikkun Olam, the entire amount will be donated to current emergency relief efforts

Please Join Us at our Opening Tea

Please join the Women of Rodef Sholom at our Opening Tea

“Rabbi Stacy in conversation with Sylvia Boorstein”

A discussion about resilience in turbulent times.
How mindfulness can help keep us balanced when the world around us seems out of balance.

Sunday, October 8, 2017  3-5 pm
Rodef Sholom Social Hall

$18 for Members*
$36 for Prospective Members and Guests

*If you have not renewed your WRS Membership, you may do so at the door

Register & Pay

RSVP and questions:  Cynthia Boyd, VP Programming

A Note From Our President

Dear Sisters,

Transitions. They keep happening. Ready or not, my youngest is off to college. It brings up so many feelings, memories. We remember when he was born. How did time go so fast? He is ready for this next phase but am I? I had those dark thoughts of regret. What mistakes did I make, how had I fallen short? When I’m wondering how to process a giant step I like to speak with people who have walked that line. You guessed it –Sisterhood!

At the August pool party I spoke with women who had adult children and they told me about their experiences when their kids left for college. They graduated and found jobs. Got married. Became parents themselves!  Ok. Slow down here.  But it was so comforting and beautiful to hear how women in our community at Rodef Sholom have navigated these life cycles.

And it all comes down to love. We love our children completely. We embrace them even after we have let them go.

Wishing you all the best as you encounter your own transitions. Share the wisdom you have acquired with others. We need each other, especially during these moments of profound change.

-Susan Goldwasser, President WRS

Susan and Jeremy Goldwasser

In the Gift Shop

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



10/21, 5-7 pm – WRJ Representative to the UN in Marin


Did you know that the WRJ has a seat at the United Nations?

Our WRJ UN representative, Leslie Brier, will be in Marin and you have the opportunity to attend this event.

Date:  Saturday, October 21
Time: 5 – 7 pm
Location:  Lynn Roy’s home in Larkspur
(address and directions provided after rsvp)

Leslie Brier Bio:
Leslie Brier is on the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) Executive Committee and is the WRJ Representative to the UN.  Leslie discusses matters of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiments, particularly from her perspective of the UN and the global community.  She also discusses the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement aimed at Israel and how the response could use a more progressive Jewish voice from the Reform movement.

Leslie also collaborates with the Commission on The Status of Women to ensure gender equality for women around the world.  Currently, she is representing WRJ in the preparatory process for the Global Compact of Migration.  Participating in this process allows WRJ to give voice to its values regarding Immigration.  Leslie also works with the National Council of Synagogues to increase interfaith dialogue.  She is on the WRJ Speaker’s Bureau.

RSVP TO:   Angela Giacomini and let her know if you’ll be staying for the Pot Luck, and if so, what you’ll be bringing.  She will provide you with the address and directions.

10/8, 3 – 5 pm – Opening Event

Please join the Women of Rodef Sholom at our

Opening Tea

“Rabbi Stacy in conversation with Sylvia Boorstein”

Sunday, October 8, 2017  3-5 pm
Rodef Sholom Social Hall

$18 for Members*
$36 for Prospective Members and Guests

*If you have not renewed your WRS Membership, you may do so at the door

RSVP and questions:  Cynthia Boyd, VP Programming

Would you like to help with this one time event?  We could use some support.  Contact Cynthia Boyd (above) to get involved.

Women’s Mikva 9/17

Congregational Event 6:30 pm, Meet in sanctuary

We look forward to sharing the powerful ritual of mikvah immersion with you as we prepare for the High Holy Days. We will meet in the Rodef Sholom sanctuary at 6:30 pm for pre-mikvah reflection and ritual, after which we will walk together to the JCC, where we will enjoy a meaningful group mikvah immersion. You are welcome to bring a swimsuit if you choose. Additionally, we invite you to come dressed for immersion (bathrobe) so as to minimize changing time. We will have access to dressing rooms but our hope is to facilitate an easy flow from synagogue ritual to water. We recommend bringing a towel and/or robe to wear after the immersion and some warm clothes to change into for our post-immersion ritual and New Year’s toast. Please bring a small vegetarian food item to share for our post-mikvah celebration.