12/5 – Monthly Mah Jongg, 1-3pm – Temple Social Hall

Monthly open Mahj play is normally the first and third Tuesday of every month, 1-3 pm in Congregation Rodef Sholom’s Social Hall.  Bring your sets, your cards and your Mahj friends.  This month it is only on 11/7.

For more info contact Ruth, mahjlover@yahoo.com, or call 415-497-1924.

Comments From the Clergy

Dear Sisters,
Dear Sisters,
As we enter the month of Kislev, and look forward to the festival of lights. I am blessed daily with the new life my daughter has brought into this world, Ava Clara Margules, and feel such deep gratitude for the light she brings to our home.
My family is known for its strong women, starting with my grandmother, Clara Lemlich who helped form the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), and her daughter, my mother Rita Margules who has been a force in B’nai B’rith and was recently honored at the Senior Housing Building which she worked to build in Flushing, Queens. Now I marvel at the strength and determination of my daughter, Danielle, as she raises her daughter Ava and teaches her about the strong woman she is named for.
Rita Margules is honored by B’nai B’rith with a bust of her
Chanukah is a time of rededication. It was my honor to witness the rededication of the B’nai B’rith House in New York and celebrate the hard work of the determined Jewish people in that community who fulfilled the mitzvah of taking care of our elders and less fortunate and established a caring community for them.
Cantor David
May you all be blessed with light that shines brightly in your homes as we celebrate Chanukah and the promise that it offers each one of us.

A Note From Our President

Dear Sisters:
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


Opening Tea
“Rabbi Stacy Friedman 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.
What a fabulous afternoon, attended by almost 100 people!  How timely the subject matter.  No doubt that the attendees left feeling uplifted, hopeful and certainly more connected to many others who feel as they do.  A great community building afternoon, with a wonderful High Tea as well.
CLICK HERE to see some “words of wisdom” from Rabbi Stacy and Sylvia
Yasher Koach and a huge thank you to Cynthia Boyd, VP Programming, and her team, for providing such a wonderful event.  


Thanks to Lucy Schneidman for hosting this lovely day wherein we learned, planned and connected.  By building relationships, we build a better Sisterhood.
 We are Stronger Together!
A discussion of the WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism) and WRJ PD (Pacific District) was held.
CLICK HERE to see the terms used by the WRJ.
CLICK HERE to see the resources offered by the WRJ to Sisterhoods.

SAVE the DATE in DECEMBER – 12/19

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!

RSVP to Diane Amarillas (click here)
Questions:  Call Diane at (415) 871-1025

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 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


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. http://volmarinfb.org/node/add/group-confirmation/46250
     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 OCTOBER, WRS has contributed to:

  • Tragedy relief efforts in:
    1. Mexico (Earthquake)
    2. Puerto Rico (Hurricane)
    3. Las Vegas (Gun violence)
  • Rodef Sholom Mitzvah Day Breakfast
  • Rodef Sholom Senior Luncheons
Thank you for your generous contributions!

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 caboyd@sbcglobal.net

In the Gift Shop

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



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.