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

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.

Honey Time!

High Holidays in July?


No, but Rosh Hashana is quite early this year, beginning at sundown on September 20. Say l’shana tova 5778 by sending honey to your loved ones, beautifully packaged and with your new year’s greeting.

  • Free shipping on all honey orders placed prior to July 24
  • Cost is $11 per jar, same as last year
  • all profits support WRS tikkun olam: campership, Mazon, Canal Community Alliance, Planned Parenthood, ACLU and more.

2017 Northern California WRJ Area Day 7/15-16

Women of Reform Judaism Pacific District Area Day is being hosted by the Women of B’nai Israel in Sacramento. For complete WRJ details, see the Info below.

WRS members are carpooling from Marin for the Sunday, 7/16, program: On Sunday our program begins with a social action project to assemble Kindness Kits for the homeless in each of our communities. The rest of the day’s program will give you the opportunity to make new friends, learn leadership skills, gain greater insight about WRJ, and do a little singing. See the Agenda below.

WRS will pay for you to attend this Leadership building, educational and fun event. If you are interested, please click the link to RSVP below.




2017 Mother’s Day Gift Fair

Mother’s Day Gift Fair at Venetia Valley Family Center

The Women of Rodef Sholom organized their fourth annual Mother’s Day Gift Fair at the Venetia Valley Family Center (at Venetia Valley School). Jewelry and scarves were donated by CRS members and the best items were displayed at a ’boutique’ set up by WRS members and mothers from Venetia Valley School. First grade teachers brought their students to the sale to make gift selections for their mothers which were then wrapped to take home.

This program earned WRS the Gold Or Ami award from the Women of Reform Judaism in November of 2015.


Women’s Retreat, 2017

2017 Weekend Retreat

The Women of Rodef Sholom invite you to join us for our 2017 weekend Retreat. Enjoy gourmet meals, Shabbat services, workshops, outdoor activities, music, and create new friendships in the beautiful setting of Westerbeke Ranch.

Participation in this event is for WRS members only. This year we are limited to a total of 21 guests staying overnight. Therefore, if you must cancel your reservation, your fee will be refunded only if we can fill your space from our waiting list (less $50 non-refundable deposit).

The overnight retreat is full, but you can still come for the day!

May 5th $75
4:00 pm through 10:00 pm
Opening Program
Shabbt Service with Rabbi Elana Rosen Brown
Shabbat Unplugged
May 6th $225
8:00 am through 10:00 pm
Shabbat Service
Workshop or activity/hike
Workshop with Rabbi Stacy Friedman
Fire Circle
WRS Membership (if not already paid) $50
Use the form below to RSVP or to ask questions


You may pay by credit card using the link below. If you wish to pay by check, mail your check (payable to Women of Rodef Sholom) to 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael 94903. Please note on the check and on the envelope ‘retreat 2017’.

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Sisterhood Seder, March 26

Annual Sisterhood Seder, March 26, 4pm in the Social Hall of Congregation Rodef Sholom
Please note: The seder is at capacity. Any further reservations will be put on a waiting list and you will be contacted if cancellations occur and we can add your name to our reservation list. Please use the RSVP form below to be added to the waiting list. {dated 3-16-17}

The Women of Rodef Sholom invite you to join us for our annual Women’s Seder. A traditional seder meal will be served along with ceremonial wine/grape juice. If you’d like wine with dinner, please bring your own. This event is most appropriate for girls third grade and above and women of every age.

Please RSVP below and mail your check (payable to ‘Women of Rodef Sholom’) to 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903.  Clearly mark ‘seder’ on the envelope.

WRS members $55 | non-members $60 | girls 9-18 $36

To RSVP please provide all information below. You may also use this form for questions.

Trivia Night, February 4

Trivia Night, February 4, 7-9pm

2017 Trivia night is over, but the memories linger. Here are a few photos…

It’s time to get out and have an adult evening! WRS is excited to bring to you, once again, Trivia Night, with Rodef Sholom’s very own master of trivia, Howard Rachelson. It’s going to be a great night – it always is! 7pm in the Rodef Sholom social hall.

  • Ticket price includes savory and sweet food delights, coffee and your first glass of wine or beer.
  • Form your own team (limit 10 per team) or just show up and join a team.
  • 50/50 Raffle: winner takes half of the raffle ticket sales. Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5
  • We are preparing a silent auction, so bring your checkbook
  • Lots of team prizes and door prizes!

$20 before February 1, $25 at the door (includes 1 drink ticket). Prizes will be awarded.


Consultation on Conscience, April 30

Social justice is  a Jewish mitzvah. If you are interested in becoming a champion of social justice, then sign up for the Religious Action Center’s conference in Washington, D.C. (April 30 – May 2, 2017). The Consultation on Conscience is the premier social justice gathering of Reform Jewish leaders and activists. More information and registration here.

Accessory Sale, December 8

Jewelry, Purse and Scarf Benefit Sale

The Women of Rodef Sholom will be hosting a Jewelry, Purse and Scarf sale (all gently used) to raise funds for the various organizations supported by WRS including Venetia Valley School in San Rafael. It’s a great place to get some fabulous deals for the upcoming holidays and feel good knowing the proceeds will help those in need.

The Sale will take place on December 8th from 3pm-7pm at the Jewish Community Center in the Lounge, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael.  We look forward to seeing you there.

For questions, please contact Fanny Stein (

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, October 25

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, October 25, 7pm at JCC Hoytt Theater

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. The film takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

That story still resonates today for women who are facing new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence, as the film shows present-day activists creating their generation’s own version of feminism. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a film about activists, made to inspire women and men to work for feminism and human rights.

How does this apply to us now?

Nosh and discussion with Rabbi Stacy Friedman to follow.