Winter/Spring 2018 Shabbat Speaker Series

On select Fridays throughout the year, we welcome special guest speakers to share their knowledge and talents with our congregation. Some are preceded or followed by a Shabbat dinner (RSVP and additional fee required).

Friday, January 26
Service 6:15 pm | Adults-only Dinner 7:30 pm
with Sylvia Boorstein
Sylvia Boorstein is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She lectures nationally on Buddhism and mindfulness; her teachings emphasize seeing daily life as practice, from being mindful standing in a grocery store checkout line to sitting on a meditation cushion.
 
A practicing psychotherapist since 1967, Boorstein has a Ph.D. in psychology and has been a presenter at the American Psychiatric Association. Widely respected by her peers, she is often a keynote speaker at Buddhist, interfaith, and meditation conferences.
 
Adult Shabbat Dinner at 7:30 pm. $20 per person. RSVP to Molly at [email protected] by January 22.

 
Friday, March 16
Adults-only Dinner 6:00 pm | Service 7:30 pm
with Rev. Floyd Thompkins
Rev. Thompkins is the Director of Center for Innovation in Ministry at San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo. He served as a dean and chaplain at Stanford and Princeton universities. He developed unique, highly effective programs to empower underserved teenage youth and young adults in East Palo Alto, CA and rural South Georgia. He led Antioch Baptist Church, the oldest African American Church in San Jose, CA , and was the Education and Administrative Pastor of Covenant Church in Douglas, GA.
 
His many awards include the Presidential Award for Community Service from President Bill Clinton, the Benjamin E. Mays Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Edward G. Howel Preaching Award from Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Regional Service Award from the Northern California Kidney Associaton. 
 
Adult Shabbat Dinner at 6:00 pm. $20 per person. RSVP to Molly at [email protected] by March 12.

 
Friday, April 27, 6:15 pm
REAL Mental Health Shabbat
In these turbulent times, let's celebrate and support our connections to each other. We strive to create a place for all people to be REAL -- to share their life experience, bring their real selves, and connect with a welcoming and caring community. 
 
Themes will include acknolwedging our struggles, embracing the stranger in ourselves and others, and the power of hope. Join us as we kick off Mental Health Awareness month and celebrate the work of our REAL Mental Health Initiative.
 
Rodef Sholom gained recognition for its REAL Mental Health Initiative by the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ). The congregation received a 2017 Belin Award in the category of Audacious Hospitality from URJ Congregations in North America. The award was given in recognition for REAL's "high level of inclusion, impact, innovation, and replicability." Rodef Sholom was also recognized as an Exemplar Congregation by the URJ in the category of Mental Health.

 
Friday, June 1, 6:15 pm
Pride Shabbat
with keynote speaker Melanie Nathan
Join us for our annual Pride Shabbat service to kick off Pride month here in the Bay Area. Services will include liturgical additions, musical celebration, and special readings for Pride. Our keynote speaker this year will be Rodef Sholom member and activist Melanie Nathan.
 
Melanie Nathan was raised in South Africa, where she practiced law during the apartheid era. After immigrating to the United States, she became a mediator and an equality and human rights advocate. She is the Executive Director of the African Human Rights Coalition which provides safe shelter, humanitarian assistance and advocacy for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees from Africa. She also directs the Peacemaker Museum, a joint Nobel Peace Prize and SAGCE educational program. She currently serves as the SF Pride Board Vice President. The Marin County Human Rights Commission awarded Melanie the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award in 2016.