2016 Women’s Retreat recap

2016 Women’s Retreat

A reflection of a beautiful Shabbat written for the Women of Rodef Sholom sisterhood at our annual retreat, read by the author to her sisters by the fireside.

Here, it is Good

by D.L. Lang

Far away from the city now,
reconnecting to our souls and how!
Wandering this rainbow floral wonderland
as wind chimes ring a calming song
beneath prayer flags
whose messages of peace do freely wave
in multilingual unity—
a clue to how the world should be.

Here, it is good.
We stand together as women
before God,
barefoot in the sanctuary,
singing with our hearts out,
connecting to the energy and serenity of love.

The mealtime bells do ring along,
as we embrace in holy sing-a-longs.
Nights of singing Jewish, folk,
and country songs,
gathered cross-legged
in a round barn.

The birds are giving
concerts of their own
as sisters sing
with angelic voices, echoing
into the heavens.

Like each bird with our unique notes to bring,
gathered here to pray and sing
for peace and goodness
as we pause from travelling
the labyrinths of our lives
as loving daughters, mothers, sisters, and wives.

Sitting by the fire pit,
reveling in the simple joy of it.
The sweet smell of smoke rises in the air
like the hopes and dreams that we all share.
United as sisters we all will stay,
trying to be holy
in these fleeting days,
admiring those who came before us
and ignited the way.

On this ranch we adore the food,
but what tastes so sweet as sisterhood?

2016 Mother’s Day Gift Fair recap

Mother’s Day Gift Fair at Venetia Valley Family Center

The Women of Rodef Sholom organized their third annual Mother’s Day Gift Fair at the Venetia Valley Family Center (at Venetia Valley School). Jewelry and scarves were donated by CRS members for last year’s annual Jewelry Sale (also to benefit Venetia Valley School). Not everything was sold last year, so the best items were displayed at a ’boutique’ set up by WRS members and mothers from Venetia Valley School on May 4. First grade teachers brought their students to the sale to make gift selections for their mothers which were then wrapped to take home on May 6.

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


Mother’s Day Mitzvah, May 4 & 6

Mother’s Day Mitzvah at Venetia Valley School

The Women of Rodef Sholom are organizing another Mother’s Day gift giving experience for all of the first graders at Venetia Valley School. Please go through your jewelry, scarves, and handbags to see if there’s anything you haven’t used in the last year that you would be willing to donate to this project. If you find items, you can drop them off at the temple office. Or (preferably) use the form below to contact Hannah Panger and drop your items off at her house.

We are also looking for volunteers on two days:

  • 5/4-volunteer to help set up the boutique in the morning at the Venetia Valley Family Center
  • 5/6-volunteer to hlep the children choose a gift for their moms

This program earned WRS the Gold Or Ami award from the Women of Reform Judaism in November of 2015. Please help to keep it successful!

Women of Rodef Sholom Win Or Ami

Women of Rodef Sholom Win Or Ami Award at the WRJ/URJ Biennial
WRS delegation to the WRJ/URJ Biennial in Orlando receive the 2015 GOLD OR AMI Award from the President, 1st VP and Executive Director of the WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism).  WRS won the award for our program: “Crossing the Street: Mother’s Day Surprise” a program that provided students from Venetia Valley School with gifts they chose to present their mothers on Mother’s Day.