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Dear Rabbi Katie

We are collecting pictures and notes of appreciation for our beloved Rabbi Katie. Some of them are below.

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In the years that we’ve been part of the Or Shalom Community, Rabbi Katie’s wisdom, passion and good humor have been a ray of sunshine. We feel deeply fortunate to have had such an empathetic and energetic spiritual leader, one who has always been there for us and the community, and we wish her nothing but the best as she embarks on this new chapter in her life!

The Babcocks

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You taught us kindness, acceptance, grace, and some lovely melodies. And we picked up a few great cooking tips from Raj! Thanks for everything. 

Barbara & John

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Wishing you well, Rabbi Katie. More than once, I’ve heard it  said “Rabbi Katie always says the right thing,” and I thought yes, because she is coming from the right place.  The right place in the heart and soul.  I loved it that you said at an Embodied Spirituality service that you pray best when moving.  I feel the same way, and that Or Shalom has room for the whole self - body, mind and spirit.  You brought your whole self and have added so much.

Laura

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Schneider – Raulinaitis family

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Elliot

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Margo


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Leah Steinberg, Lisa Steinberg, Debby Schlanger, Miranda Steinberg on the Or Shalom trip to Israel, June 2019.

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Dear Rabbi Katie,

Thank you for your spiritual inspiration, and for supporting and being with our family during times of joy, loss, and transition. The connection between you and our family will always be there!

With love and gratitude,

Laela, Elana, Kathy, and Chad Balch

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Dear Katie,

When I learned that you were leaving Or Shalom, the first word that came to my mind was “shmita,” release.  I had recently learned about shmita, the year of cancelling debt, freeing slaves and letting fields go fallow. I knew the only way I could feel okay about your leaving is to think: “We release you.”  

We release you without obligation.  It’s clear to me and many others that Or Shalom cannot provide you with the support you need to reach your full potential as a spiritual leader and activist.  We got you started, but now you need to be in a place where you can nurture your gifts by taking time for study, contemplation and writing.

I have many memories of your time at Or Shalom. You married me and Corey under the Or Shalom huppah. You were with me when we buried my Mom in a Catholic cemetery.  You read Psalm 23. I was so grateful for your presence.  When I hear you speak at rallies, I think , “That’s my Rabbi up there!”

Under your guidance, Or Shalom has become my spiritual home.  Last year I reached out to you in a moment of confusion.  Someone I respect had casually mentioned that saying Kaddish can “elevate the soul” of the deceased. I gave up on Purgatory and Hell decades ago and now the idea that a soul might be hanging out somewhere waiting to be elevated put me in panic mode. The purpose of Kaddish, you said, is to remind ourselves of the good things that the deceased did in this world and to be inspired to carry on that work.  You also said you don’t think too much about what happens after death and that was a comfort to me. Thank you.

I love the symbolism of you going from sea level to the mountains.  All the better to have your voice ring out.  We release you to be your best self in all the ways open to you.

Pat


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Thanks for all your help in our good times and the not so good times.

--Rachelle, Sam, Nadya, Akiva and Zohar

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Rabbi Katie, we are so grateful for your work with Or Shalom and with our family in particular. From good times to bad, you were always there for us with your kindness and support. 
 
We wish you all the very, very best in your next chapter in the Denver area! When you do interfaith events, please be on the lookout for my good friend, Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, at the Boulder Valley UU Fellowship. https://www.bvuuf.org/our-staff/rev-lydia-ferrante-roseberry/
 
Here is a photo from Ethan’s bar mitzvah:
 
 
And here is a link to the J Weekly opinion piece you co-authored with Ella.
 
All the very, very best to you and your family!
 
Love,
Laura, Ofer, Ella & Ethan
 

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Dear Rabbi Katie,

You were a rock and solace for Barry and me from our first meeting, soon after you arrived in San Francisco.  Throughout his illness and death and beyond, your presence and wise counsel were so appreciated and helpful.
 
With much love and gratitude,
 
Bonnie
 

 

 

Wed, May 18 2022 17 Iyyar 5782