Weekly Newsletter

April 25, 2024

17 Nisan 5784 | Pesach



333 Cortland Ave, SF, CA 94110

Coming Up Soon...

Fri, 4/26, 6:00 pm

Traveling Shabbat hosted by Paul Axelrod and Kristen Sligar

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Sun, 4/28, 10:00 am

Charoset Making with OSCS Families at 333 Cortland Ave

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Mon, 4/29, 7:00 pm

Integrating the Omer with Gail & R' Faryn at 333 Cortland Ave

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Fri, 5/3, 5:30 pm

Shabbat Service in Honor of Yom HaShoah/ Holocaust Remembrance Day at NVM

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Sun, 5/5, 10:00 am

Addressing Antisemitism and Reaching Past Division at 333 Cortland Ave

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Wed, 5/15, 7:00 pm

Mahjong & Munchies at 333 Cortland Ave

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Recurring Events

Kvetch & Kvell crafting

2nd/4th Mondays, 4:00 pm

Zoom link + KVETCH

Torah Study Zoominyan

Thursdays, 10:00 am

Zoom Link + THURSDAY

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Become an Or Shalomer

We had an absolutely "ribbiting" time at our Community Passover Seder!

A heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers and guests for contributing to a night filled with boundless joy. If you captured any memorable moments in photos or videos, we'd love to see them! Please send them to naomi@orshalomsf.org.

This Shabbat: Traveling Shabbat at the home of Paul Axelrod and Kristen Sligar

Friday, April 26, 6:00 pm, RSVP for address

Celebrate Shabbat with a kosher-for-Passover potluck at the home of Paul Axelrod and Kristen Sligar. Attendance is limited to 15 people. RSVP below for address.

Please register so our hosts can prepare.

Note: there is a cat in the home.

Charoset Making with our School Families

Sunday, April 28, 10:00 – 12:00 pm, 333 Cortland Ave*

Everyone is invited to join Jeni Clancy and our school families for a special Passover edition of Or Shalom's family program! Explore global charoset recipes from seder tables around the world plus storytelling & music. Click here to RSVP!

Integrating the Omer

Mondays beginning April 29, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, 333 Cortland Ave*

Join Gail Gurewitz and R’ Faryn for an embodied exploration of the Omer (the ancient practice of counting the days between Passover and Shavuot) through the lens of the kabbalistic tree of life, mapping the ten qualities of divinity onto our bodies through moving meditation, breathwork, prayer, and gentle yoga (optional).

Open to all; suited for all bodies and abilities. Click here to learn more and register

Next Shabbat: Shabbat Service in Honor of Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day

Friday, May 3, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St

5:30 pm: Happy Half Hour sponsored by the Holocaust Descendants Chavurah

6:00 pm: Join us for Shabbat services with R' Faryn and the ensemble, marking Yom Hashoah with a special presentation from the Holocaust Descendants Chavurah about their families' stories.

7:30 pm: Bring a vegetarian dish & reusable dishware for our vegetarian potluck.

Like A Tree Planted by Water: Addressing Antisemitism & Reaching Past Division

Sunday, May 5, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 333 Cortland Ave*

The increased manifestation of antisemitism in our country and beyond is painful and frightening, and it is complicated at this moment by the ongoing violence in Israel/Palestine. Join Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller and other members of Or Shalom to learn a framework for understanding the role of antisemitism in our society and to build our capacity to address it together. Click here to learn more and register

Mahjong and Munchies

Third Wednesdays, beginning May 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, 333 Cortland Ave*

Whether you're beginning, reigniting, or continuing your love for Mahjong, everyone is invited to join us for a night of play with a special guest Mahjong teacher, Andrew Keeler! Limited space available, RSVPs required. Click here to register for May 15.

Or Shalom Annual Community Retreat - Register Now!

Friday – Sunday, June 14-16, Walker Creek Ranch

Stay the weekend, a night, or just visit for the day. Enjoy swimming, hiking, music, and more. Escape the city for a peaceful Shabbat close to nature. Scholarships available, including special assistance for young adults aged 20-40. Open to all. Register here by May 10!

Building Consecration, June 9

Join us for this sacred ceremony led by R' Faryn at 333 Cortland Ave.

All-Member Meeting, June 23

Or Shalom has achieved so much in the past year. Come and learn about our goals and hopes for next year.

Tikkun Olam Corner

New Food Collection Box at 333 Cortland Ave.

In response to the increasing demand for food for immigrant families in our Sanctuary City, we now have a collection box at our Cortland site. Items will be taken to the Faith in Action center in the Mission. Click here for a list of acceptable donations.

OS Chesed Circle Volunteer Site | Click here to join

Assist Or Shalom members with visits, rides and meals. Need help or have questions? Email Madeleine at madelevin@gmail.com.

OS Member-Only Email Groups

Are you a member of Or Shalom and interested in joining one of our dedicated email discussion groups? We have open enrollment for the following groups: The Social Action Circle, Dayenu Circle, Voting Rights & Democracy, and Ceasefire.

The School of Jewish-Living Arts

The Jewish Art of re-telling the story of the miracle of Passover

How fortunate we are to have 8 days in which to immerse ourselves in the recounting of the miraculous unfolding of the Passover story. It was an event that so blew our ancestors’ minds, that it galvanized a people, and made them determined that the story would not be lost to future generations. And we can participate in a seder every night! Click here for a video of an art-filled, musical Pesach seder, and more comments.

Or Shalom Bulletin

Schedule a one-on-one with R' Faryn by clicking here


We gratefully acknowledge these contributions from our community:

When making a donation online, please be sure to specify where to allocate.

The Seligman Amsler Family, in memory of David and Anna Weinraub.

Chana Jacobs, in memory of Martin Jacobs.

Miriam Lewis, in Memory of her father, S.W. Lewis.

Suzana Seban, in honor of Matt and Lisa, past and current presidents, for ALL they've done, and will be doing, for our community & in honor of Stephen Gerard, Matt, Amy, the board, and all the others who worked - hard and long - to get our new home in Bernal Heights.

Wendy Thurm, In memory of her father, Milton Thurm on his Yahrzeit.

We received two separate checks: one from RBC Bank and another from Morgan Stanley Indianapolis. Thank you for your generosity! To ensure proper recording, please email Amy@orshalomsf.org if you were the donor.


On the anniversary of their deaths, we remember:

Susan Brook, Ola Carlson, Harry Chesley, Judah Fine, Judy Hiller Goldberg, Alice Hammel, Eileen Hansen, Tom Hodgson, Jack Van Der Hout, Philip Kirschner, Trudy Lionel, Margaret McCullough, William Merrick, Mel Morganstein, Hope Isadora Reichbach, Gertrude Levine Roth, Emanuel Saltzman, Litza Schlanger, Murray Schneider, Frank White

Or Shalom Jewish Community

(415) 469 - 5542

Lisa Garbus, Interim Board President

Amy Mallor, Executive Director

Rabbi Faryn Borella, Rabbi

Naomi Rodriguez-Finer, Communications Specialist

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* Events marked with an asterisk are held at 333 Cortland Ave, a building which requires climbing 21 steps to access. If this poses a barrier to entry for you, please email rabbifaryn@orshalomsf.org with at least 5 days notice. Read our full accessibility notice here.