Weekly Newsletter

July 4, 2024

28 Sivan 5784 | Parshat Korach



333 Cortland Ave, SF, CA 94110

Coming Up Soon...

Fri, 7/5, 5:30 pm

Happy Half Hour, Shabbat Service & Potluck at NVM, 1021 Sanchez St

More Info

Sat, 7/6, 10:00 am

Shabbat Morning Service & Potluck,

333 Cortland Ave

Wed, 7/10, 7:00 pm

Considering God Salon

333 Cortland Ave


Fri, 7/12, 6:00 pm

Welcoming Shabbat led by Miriam & Doug, via Zoom

Sun, 7/14, 9:30 am

Volunteer at St Anthony's Kitchen with the SJC

121 Golden Gate Ave

Learn More

Wed, 7/17, 7:00 pm

Mahjong & Munchies

333 Cortland Ave


Fri, 7/26, 5:00 pm

Baby & Tot Shabbat in Precita Park with JBN

3200 Folsom St

Learn more

Recurring Events

Kvetch & Kvell crafting

2nd/4th Mondays, 4:00pm

Zoom link + KVETCH

Torah Study Zoominyan

Thursdays, 10:00 am

Zoom Link + THURSDAY

Explore our Calendar

Become an Or Shalomer

Celebrate Shabbat Friday Night and Saturday Morning! 

This Shabbat: Happy Half Hour, Shabbat Service and Vegetarian Potluck

Friday, July 5, 5:30 pm, Noe Valley Ministry

5:30 pm: Happy Half Hour sponsored by Stephen Gerard

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

7:30 pm: Vegetarian potluck

NVM is ADA accessible. Masks advised.

Shabbat Morning Service & Potluck

Saturday, July 6, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, 333 Cortland Ave*

10:00 am: Join R'Faryn for a Shabbat morning service. We will move slowly through the service as a chance to get to know it better, with lots of room for explanation and questions. 

12:30 pm: Post-service vegetarian potluck. Bring a vegetarian dish & reusable dishware.

Masks advised.

Shabbat Greeters & Setup Volunteers Needed

Want to warmly welcome new members and visitors to our Friday night shabbat services at Noe Valley Ministry? Can you lend a hand to distribute and collect prayer books before and after services? We would love your help! To volunteer for either task, please sign up here.

Considering God Salon

Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 pm, 333 Cortland Ave*

We'll be discussing "Traditions to Pass Down, Traditions to Leave Behind", a topic arising from our Non-theistic Shabbat in April. Please RSVP as space at Cortland Ave is limited and we reached our limit last time. RSVP here.

Welcoming Shabbat on Zoom led by Miriam & Doug

Friday, July 12, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, via Zoom

Welcome Shabbat on Zoom hosted by Miriam Lewis & Douglas Mandell.

Volunteer at St Anthony's Kitchen with SJC

Sunday, July 14, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, 121 Golden Gate Ave

Our Southside Jewish Collaborative will once again volunteer in the Dining Room at St. Anthony’s. This is very gratifying work. Typical tasks are serving food behind the cafeteria-style counter, filling water cups, wiping tables, and handling out fruit. Lunch is provided and a locker is available to secure your valuables. 

We need a group of between 5 and 7 people. RSVP using this form.

Mahjong and Munchies

Wednesday, July 17, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 333 Cortland Ave*

Begin, reignite, or continue your love for Mahjong! Everyone is invited to join us to play on the third Wednesday of every month. Limited space available, RSVPs required. RSVP here.

Baby & Tot Shabbat in Precita Park with Jewish Baby Network

Friday, July 26, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, 3200 Folsom St

Bring your own picnic dinner and join Or Shalom and JBN’s Jeni Markowitz Clancy in Precita Park for an outdoor baby and tot Shabbat with music, puppets, dancing, and more! Challah, grape juice, & drinks provided. Register here.

We're seeking members for the High Holidays Committee! Please reach out to rabbifaryn@orshalomsf.org if interested!


Community Thrift Store (623 Valencia) accepts donations of many things, which it resells to the public at low prices. If you donate and designate #130/Or Shalom, OS will get a large proportion of the proceeds, while you can clear out your place, get a tax deduction, and allow others to benefit from your donations. Win-win-win!

The School of Jewish Living Arts

SJLA will be initiating our Wise Aging Women’s group this coming Sunday, July 7, at 2:00 – 4:00 pm. We reached our quota of 10 wonderful Or Shalom women, and are looking forward to this on-going once per month group. Going forward, I will post only about our upcoming, or on-going programs. Blessings to all who incorporate a new Jewish-Living art into your lives!

Rabbi Me’irah

Tikkun Olam Corner

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.

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.

Thank you to everyone who donated in honor of our consecration!

Debbie Benrubi, in memory of Esther Benrubi.

Deborah Gavrin Frangquist, in honor of R' Faryn.

Stephen Gerard, in honor of Rabbi Me'irah.

David Greene & Wendy Thurm, in memory of Marlyn Greene on the 25th anniversary of her passing.

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 brother Nathan Olasov and her beloved grandmother Rosalie Rabinowitz.

Erica Reder, for the Or Shalom Retreat.

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

Susan Rifkin, in honor of Shmuli ben Agvaniah, who 'spoke' through Charlie Varon at our momentous Consecration.

Sue Schechter, in memory of Bette Garcia.

Phyllis Shulman, in honor of Rabbi Faryn and our beloved community in our new home.

We received a check from Morgan Stanley Indianapolis without a name on it. To ensure proper financial recording, please email Admin@orshalomsf.org if this check came from you.


On the anniversary of their deaths, we remember:

Alexander Baelen, Bella Choslovsky, Brian Ellis, Beverly Fine, Augusta Tuckman Finkelstein, David Aaron Frankel, Bette Garcia, Miriam Goebel, Nancy Gomes, Mary Johnson, Jack Lauer, Gordon Mar, Rico Mendez, Sharon Richardson, Bill Richardson

Or Shalom Jewish Community

(415) 469 - 5542

Lisa Garbus, 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.