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Aretha Franklin and The Power of Elul to Get Us Dancing Again

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 8:09pm -- judyzimola

by Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown, August 17, 2018

As I prepared for tonight’s sermon, I listened to all of my favorite Aretha Franklin songs. Belting out loud to the Queen of Soul, albeit with much less agility and grace, is one of the many ways I’ve found over the last twenty-five years (or more!!) to return, at once, and immediately, to my essential nature and find a place of flow and contentedness no matter what storm of the mind, heart, or planet is currently raging. I bet, whether or not you consider yourself a singer, you can relate.

Who is "Electric Bill", Habitat for Humanity's Celebrated Volunteer?

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 3:14pm -- judyzimola

To Habitat for Humanity, he's known as "Electric Bill," dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer who was acknowledged in April as part of National Volunteer Month. The Congregation Rodef Sholom community knows him as Bill Weinberg, photographed here with fellow Habitat volunteers and congregation members Sheryl Denker and Richard Margulis. 

Join the Movement!

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 4:21pm -- judyzimola

Teens are making it clear that they are tired of feeling unsafe in their schools.  They want to see change and are using their voices to fight for what they believe in -- to fight for their right to feel safe.  There is a movement that has begun in our country started by teenagers just like yours.  

As a sacred community, we support them in their cause.  

VIDEO: Reverend Deborah Lee Speaks on Sanctuary Today: A Faith Response

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 5:46pm -- judyzimola

On January 9, Reverend Deborah Lee from the Interfaith Movement For Human Integrity discussed the history of Sanctuary, the current climate for immigrants in California, and the work of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. As our involvement as a sanctuary congregation deepens we welcome Deborah to guide us in meaningful connection and engagement with this work.

VIDEO: The New Colossus

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:39pm -- judyzimola

The music of Irving Berlin, Kurt Weil, Sigmund Romberg, and stars in the Jewish music world from the 1800s to present day filled the sanctuary on Sunday, February 11. Cantor David, Rabbi Cantor Elana Rosen-Brown, and Rabbi Lara took the vocals, backed by talented musicians 

Daniel Lockert–piano, Fred Ross-Perry–guitar and vocals, Amy Friedricks–bass, Amanda Hahn–flute, Jessie Ivry–cello, and Mike Spinrad–percussion.

Congregant Marv Zauderer Receives Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:05pm -- judyzimola

ExtraFood, led by congregant Marv Zauderer, received the Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence award at the annual Heart of Marin awards, or as Marv put it, "the Oscars for Marin nonprofits." ExtraFood was chosen from a field of 15 nominees, culled by the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership.

North Bay Fires: What's Been Done, What You Can Do

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 6:25pm -- judyzimola

The immediate crises of the terrible fires that claimed lives, homes, businesses, and livelihoods in the North Bay has abated. The amount of time and dollars contributed by individual members of our congregation and groups of volunteers has been generous and gracious, embodying the essense of our shema statement as, through work and innate compassion, we connect with Jewish values, with each other, and with our world.

In the first few days, we:

• collected gift cards to be distributed through CVNL totaling $4500

North Bay Fires - A Roundup of Where to Help

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:14pm -- judyzimola
Here's a roundup of our Facebook postings and emails (edited to include only the information that is still pertinent) since the North Bay fires started almost two weeks ago. We do our best to vet the listings to make sure you're getting up-to-date information. The rapidly-changing nature of the needs has slowed down somewhat, but it's best to contact or visit the website of any of these organizations to ensure your time and money is being spent in the most effective way.
 

Rabbi Elana's Yom Kippur 2017 Sermon: Seeing the Whole Elephant: Finding Truth in a Post-Truth World

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 4:55pm -- judyzimola

Listen to Rabbi Elana's Yom Kippur sermon here.

Read the full text below.

 

Seeing the Whole Elephant: Finding Truth in a Post-Truth World

 

“You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than anything bad happening to you here. Trust me, there’s nothing dangerous in these waters.”

Rabbi Elana's Rosh Hashanah 2017 Sermon: On Anger: An Invitation to Explore and Discuss

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 7:31pm -- judyzimola

Rosh Hashanah's services gave us the opportunity to reflect on our lives as Jews and as caring human beings who look for ways to be better people. Our clergy's sermons were reminders of our better selves: that we are full of talent and potential; our world and nation has opportunities for us to express ourselves; that difficult emotions can be springboards for action.

Listen to Rabbi Elana's sermon here, a full transcript is below.

 

Rabbi Stacy's Rosh Hashanah 2017 Sermon: Anti-Semitism and Our Power Over It

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 7:24pm -- judyzimola

Rosh Hashanah's services gave us the opportunity to reflect on our lives as Jews and as caring human beings who look for ways to be better people. Our clergy's sermons were reminders of our better selves: that we are full of talent and potential; our world and nation has opportunities for us to express ourselves; that difficult emotions can be springboards for action.

Rabbi Stacy's sermon can be heard here; the full transcript is below.

Rabbi Lara's Rosh Hashanah Sermon: The Gifts You Bring Can Change the World

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 5:51pm -- judyzimola

Rosh Hashanah's services gave us the opportunity to reflect on our lives as Jews and as caring human beings who look for ways to be better people. Our clergy's sermons were reminders of our better selves: that we are full of talent and potential; our world and nation has opportunities for us to express ourselves; that difficult emotions can be springboards for action.

Listen to Rabbi Lara Regev's sermon here. The full transcript is below.

Ways to Help Houston

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 7:55pm -- judyzimola

Bay area residents are no strangers to natural disasters. Our prayers go out to those coping with Hurricane Harvey and its devastating aftermath. If you would like to help, here's a roundup of organizations to which you can contribute:

The URJ Greene Family Camp is providing housing, meals, and programming for an indefinite amount of time.

Rallying for Love

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 4:14pm -- judyzimola

When a group of white nationalists received a permit for a "Patriot Prayer" to be held on Crissy Field on Aug. 26th, resistance groups in San Francisco immediately began making plans for onsite counter-protest. Thankfully, groups touting peace, and citing the violence in Charlottesville, were quick to react, planning various peaceful gatherings elsewhere in the city.

Today, CRS clergy and congregants gathered at San Francisco City Hall on August 25 to lend their voices to the Unite Against Hate rally, organized by The San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Many Ways to Stand Against Hate

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 9:13pm -- judyzimola

We have all spent the past week processing the painful events and aftermath of Charlottesville and bracing ourselves for the arrival of white supremacists in the Bay Area this coming weekend. We will navigate this moment together with strength and moral courage. We, your clergy and congregation are here for you. The following is an outline of upcoming opportunities to join with us both in dialogue and to stand together against hate. 

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