Weekly Newsletter

June 6, 2024

29 Iyar 5784 | Parshat Bamidbar



333 Cortland Ave, SF, CA 94110

Coming Up Soon...

Fri, 6/7, 5:30 pm

Happy Hour, Shabbat Service & Potluck at NVM

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Sun, 6/9, 11:00 am

Consecration of our New Home at 333 Cortland Ave

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Tue, 6/11, 7:00 pm

Tikkun Leil Shavuot at The Firehouse, 259 Frederick St.

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Fri-Sun, Jun 14-16

Or Shalom Retreat

Wed, 6/19, 7:00 pm

Mahjong and Munchies,

333 Cortland Ave.

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Sat, 6/22, 10:00 am

B'Mitzvah of Artemis Stahl at NVM

Sun 6/23, 4:00 pm

The GenX-ish Chavurah

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Fri, 6/28, 6:00 pm

Traveling Shabbat hosted by Pat Skala & Corey Weinstein

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Recurring Events

Kvetch & Kvell crafting

2nd/4th Mondays, 4:00pm

Zoom link + KVETCH

Mahjong + Munchies

3rd Wednesdays

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Torah Study Zoominyan

Thursdays, 10:00 am

Zoom Link + THURSDAY

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Become an Or Shalomer

We had a great time at the Irving Penn docent-led private tour at the de Young this past Sunday. A special thank you to Lorne and Elana for organizing!

This Shabbat: Happy Half Hour, Shabbat Service & Potluck at Noe Valley Ministry

Friday, June 7, 1021 Sanchez St.

5:30 pm: Happy Half Hour sponsored by Pat and Corey Skala in memory of Yahrzeit for Roz Elson.

6:00 pm: Lively musical services with R' Faryn and the ensemble.

7:30 pm: Vegetarian potluck Sign up here!

NVM is ADA accessible. Masks advised.

Consecration of Our New Home

Sunday, June 9, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 333 Cortland Ave.

Join us for a meaningful ceremony, led by R' Faryn, during which we will affix a mezuzah to our doorpost. We will celebrate the invaluable contributions of immediate past president Matt Rudoff and former Executive Director Amy Mallor. Bring lunch and join us for a picnic in Holly Park after the event.

The downstairs tenant has a No Shoes policy,.

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Community Safety Survey Deadline Extended to June 10

Click here to fill out our survey.

Please Note: Rabbi Faryn is out of office today, June 6.

In case of pastoral emergency, please call Rabbi Me'irah or email R' Faryn to be put in touch with Rabbi Me'irah.

Integrating the Omer; 1 class left!

Mondays through June 10, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, 333 Cortland Ave*

Try an embodied exploration of the Omer 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. Open to all; suited for all bodies and abilities. Click here to register.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot with Or Shalom, Ayin Press, and the Firehouse

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 pm – 7:00 am next day, The Firehouse at 259 Frederick St.

Join us for a night of study, embodiment, song, movement, poetry, art, prayer, and cheesecake! We will have workshops that are creative, experiential, and hands-on, as well as learning sessions that invoke the complex, knotted realm of ancient texts, and others that tackle the reality of the present. RSVP here

The GenX-ish Chavurah

Sunday, June 23, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, RSVP for address

Relive the glory days of SNL, the Brat Pack, moonwalking, and iconic 80s hair & fashion. Join us the last Sundays of June – October for reminiscing, schmoozing, and light eats. We will have different hosts for each chavurah – our inaugural hosts are Liz & Eric Isaacs! RSVP here

All-Member Meeting, June 23, 10:00 am

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

Tikkun Olam Corner

Next Steps for Repair, Justice, & Equity: CA Reparations

Thursday, June 13, 6:00 – 7:15 pm, via Zoom

The San Francisco Black & Jewish Unity Coalition invites you to come learn from lead organizer of the Coalition for a Just & Equitable California (CJEC) Chris Lodgson how we can be effective advocates and take action now on California reparations. Click here to register.

Food Collection Box at 333 Cortland Ave.

We 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. Questions? Email Madeleine at madelevin@gmail.com.


Multi-Celli: OS Cellists Perform in Noe Valley Town Square

Sunday, June 9th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 3861 24th St.

After our post-consecration picnic in Holly Park, come hear Hans Kolbe, Jurate Raulinaitis, Stephen Gerard, and Kenneth Johnson perform at “Acoustic Sunday” in the Noe Valley Town Square. Classical, ragtime, pop, Broadway; Multi-Celli plays it all! 

Beyond Zionism and Anti-Zionism

Monday, June 17, 5:00 pm, via Zoom

Put on by Reconstructionists Expanding the Conversation on Israel/Palestine, Shaul Magid will explore the possibilities of North American Jewish life that continue to critique Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people while reaching beyond both Zionism and anti-Zionism. Click here to learn more.

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.

Debbie Benrubi, in memory of Lazar Haim Benrubi.

Deborah Gavrin Frangquist, in honor of R' Faryn.

Linda Liebschutz, in memory of her father David Liebschutz's yahrzeit and in honor of R' Faryn for her help with pronouncing the memorial blessing and Rabbi Me'irah for helping her learn to read Torah. 

Judy Olasov, in memory of her beloved grandmother Rosalie Rabinowitz.

Robin Roth, In memory of her beloved husband Fernando Barreiro on his yahrzeit.

We received a check from Morgan Stanley Indianapolis. Thank you for your generosity! To ensure proper recording, please email Admin@orshalomsf.org if you were the donor.


On the anniversary of their deaths, we remember:

Fernando Barreiro, Roz (Lyn) Elson, John Gomes, Judy Macks, Roslyn Marks, Iris Merrick, Maria Muellauer Freistadt, Aileen Paskoff, Vincent Perez, Ethel Roffman, Maurice J. Small, Jake Talman, Maurice Varon, Janice Weil

Or Shalom Jewish Community

(415) 469 - 5542

Lisa Garbus, Interim Board President

Rabbi Faryn Borella, Rabbi

Naomi Rodriguez-Finer, Interim Administrator

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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.