Welcome

Welcome

Congregation Shomrei Torah is the home of progressive Reform Judaism in Sonoma County. Blending the traditional with the innovative, we are a diverse, inclusive and socially conscious community that provides a doorway to Jewish life through worship, study, social action, fellowship, and play.

Our congregation is a welcoming community for households of every variety. Our clergy are available to marry interfaith and same-sex couples, and our facilities are available to host weddings and other life-cycle celebrations. Click HERE to read about interfaith families at Shomrei Torah.

All Friday evening Shabbat services begin at 6:15 PM in the Sanctuary. Saturday morning services begin at 10:30 AM. The second Friday of every month is a Rabbi’s Tisch, an alternative Shabbat experience consisting of a catered dinner followed by a lively discussion led by our clergy and guest speakers.


The Rarest Color Blue

June 7, 2019 Rabbi George Gittleman

Click HERE to watch Rabbi George’s most recent talk.

Open Door, Open Heart

June 12, 2019 – A Blog by Rabbi George Gittleman

Rabbi George Gittleman The summer Torah readings are all b’midbar, in the wilderness, part of the story of our ancient ancestors’ mythic 40-year trek from Egypt to the Promised Land. Most of the story is laid out in the Book of Numbers (the Hebrew name is actually B’midbar). Some of Numbers is captivating, like the … READ MORE.


Making Judaism Welcoming for Everyone

April 22, Rabbi Stephanie Kramer

In hushed tones, a lady whispers to me that she doesn’t really belong in Torah study. This is not the first time I have heard this sentiment. Unfortunately, the majority of people who walk through the doors of Jewish synagogues, institutes or places of Jewish study believe that they are out of place… (READ MORE).


RESCHEDULED: Congregational Eastern Europe Trip – Informational Meeting

This meeting is being rescheduled for a later date, stay tuned!

August 23 – September 4, 2020.  Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Jewish Journey to Europe: Poland, Vienna, Budapest. Led by Rabbi George Gittleman. For more information, contact Rabbi George at rabbig@cstsr.org or call (707)578-5519. www.keshetisrael.co.il.

Trip Highlights include:

  • Explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Shabbat services with members of Krakow’s Jewish Community
  • At Auschwitz, pay tribute to the six million
  • See the legacy and beauty of imperial Vienna
  • In Budapest, visit Europe’s largest synagogue
  • Visit the remarkable Jewish museums in Warsaw and Vienna
  • Cruise on the Danube River

Jewish Literary Circle

Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

Thursday, June 20, 6:00 – 7:45pm

FREE, all are welcome, please RSVP to the office.

The Jewish Literary Circle, one of the Life Long Learning programs, meets monthly to read Jewish literature and other published material in an atmosphere of stimulating discussion. Participants choose the reading selections.

Our upcoming discussions will be: 

For more information, please contact Marian McKenna: chabansky@yahoo.com.


Women in Conversation About Aging

Wednesday, July 3, 10:00am – 11:45am

Our new group meets at Shomrei Torah on the first Wednesday morning of the month. Please join us at our upcoming meeting, our topic, before delving into heavier issues, will be the benefits of growing older.

Senior women are invited to join us. Please call Fran Danoff at 707-539-7394 for more information.


July 4th Fireworks Viewing at CST

Thursday, July 4, Gate opens at 8:00 PM

CST members and their guests only. Please RSVP by calling the office.

The best place to enjoy the fireworks is from the patio of Shomrei Torah!  We are having a FREE gathering available only to Shomrei Torah members and their guests. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, food and drinks. You’re encouraged to bring food and drinks to share with others. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. 

We have limited parking spaces, limit 2 cars per family. A Shomrei Torah member must be in each car and only those whose names are on the reservation list will be allowed entry.


July Rabbi’s Tisch with Alissa Hirshfeld Flores

Friday, July 12, 6:15 PM
$18 Suggested donation for dinner, please RSVP to the office.

Join Alissa as she leads a discussion based on her new novel, “Living Waters: From Harvard Halls to Sacred Falls.”

The book focuses on one character’s search for an authentic Jewish identity and another’s coming to terms with issues of mortality. Alissa will read from her book and explore themes of Jewish identity, as well as cross cultural and Jewish beliefs about the afterlife. Read More about Alissa…


Save the Date: Rabbi Michael Robinson Memorial Lecture with Rabbi Elizabeth Richman

Organizing for Hope: Stories from the Field of Jewish Community Organizing

Friday, August 9, 6:15pm
$18 suggested donation for the catered dinner, please RSVP to the temple office.

Across the country, Jewish communities are organizing to make a huge difference in the everyday lives of millions of people. In the Washington DC region, the Jewish community- together with partners across lines of race, religion, and class- has successfully worked to pass new laws that advance racial equity, the fair treatment of immigrants, and affordable housing.

They have helped families keep food on the table and care for their children by creating a paid family and medical leave program and successfully advocating for large increases in the minimum wage and paid sick days for all employees. In an era that’s so often filled with despair and bad news, Jewish communities and our allies are creating hope. Come hear some of these inspiring stories from the field of Jewish organizing and learn what we can do to make positive change in our communities. Read more about Rabbi RichmanHERE


STaRS REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Registration for 2019-2020 religious school year is open.

K-7th grade, click HERE to register today!

For more information about our religious school programs, click HERE.

To register for KIDdish, our preschool program, click HERE.


CST  Women’s Interest Groups

Meet both new and long-time Shomrei Torah friends by checking out one or more  Shomrei Torah Women’s Groups. Try them all and then attend the group(s) that work for you when you can.

No commitments are required. Fun and friendships are guaranteed!

Ongoing Groups: Monthly Book Club, Monthly Movie Group

Newly Formed Groups:  Walking (restarting), Knitting/Crocheting, Healthy Cooking, Dinner Group, Lunch Group, Mahjongg & Games Group

For dates, locations, details and questions, please email Sue: susanlewis@sonic.net.


First-Ever Family Trip to Israel – June 24 – July 5, 2020

Join your CST family and Rabbi Kramer for a family trip to Israel.

We will visit all of the “must  see” sights and get a real taste of The Holy Land!

For complete information and to view the trip catalogue, click HERE!

Itinerary and hotel information can be found HERE.

To register for this trip, click HERE!


Watch Services Online

Congregation Shomrei Torah now streams all of our services!  Click here to see a past service or event.

Click the PLAY button on the screen below to view a current event or to see an video archive of our previous events..

Activities and Events at Shomrei Torah

Click HERE to read the Spring/Summer 2019 Program Guide.

Click HERE to read The VIEW: A Guide to Programs, Holidays & Special Events including KIDdish, Religious School, B’nei Mitzvah Program, Teens, College Students, Young Adults, Social Action, Environmental Action, LifeLong Learning Classes.


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