All Are Welcome to Get a Head Start on Hanukkah, Wednesday, December 21hanukkah-warm-up-flier

Join your Shomrei Torah Community at 6:15 PM on Wednesday, December 21, for our annual Hanukkah warm-up. Enjoy latkes, donuts, dreidls. Bring a vegetarian dish to share (no desserts, please). No RSVP necessary. All are welcome.





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Dec. 4 Bagel Club Speaker Richard Lazovick on the Latest Consumer Technology

The next gathering of the Shomrei Torah Men’s Bagel Club is Sunday, December 4, at 9 AM. CST member Richard Lazovick, an engineer and tech consultant, will explain some of the amazing capabilities, differences, and benefits of iPhones, Androids, Apple TV, Chromecast, and other popular consumer electronics. Please RSVP for your delicious bagel and lox brunch to cstbagelmen@gmail,.com.  Ladies, too, are always welcome.

Donate Early and Skip the Gelt-a-Thon Phone Call on December 11

Gelt-a-thonOur eighth annual Gelt-a-Thon takes place December 11, but you can preempt the phone call by making your donation right now. This Gelt-a-Thon is Shomrei Torah’s only major fundraiser this year, so your donation is even more important than usual, since it not only raises much-needed money for our operations and programs, it also brings us together as a community and affirms our culture of tzedakah. The suggested donation is $118 per member household, but our goal is 100% participation, so gifts at any level are welcome.

Use the “Make a Donation” pull-down menu on this page and select Gelt-a-Thon 2016, or call the office to charge your account. You may also mail a check to the office with the notation “Gelt-a-Thon” on the memo line. Volunteer callers are needed; if you would like to help, contact the office at (707) 578-5519 or email denise@cstsr.org.

Applesauce Schmapplesauce

applesauceWho can resist HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE on your latkes? Watch this brief Gelt-a-Thon Video and learn how easy it is to make homemade applesauce to accompany your Hanukkah latkes.


Click here or on the image at left to watch the video.


 Join the Soup Brigade to Help Feed Local Homeless

Image result for soup kitchenFor the fourth consecutive year, the Social Action Committee is mobilizing in support of Sonoma County’s homeless, partnering with Catholic Charities to provide to provide soup for about 40 people on eight Thursday nights through January and February, 2017. There are two ways to help: make soup and deliver it to the shelter, and help serve between 7:30 and 9 PM. Samuel Jones Hall at 4020 Finley Avenue (south of Sebastopol Road (west of Stony Point) during the day and put in the refrigerator for the Emergency Winter Shelter program. For more information and to sign up, click here. Please make about 5 quarts of soup in your own home; chicken noodle and other wholesome soups are welcome; no matzoh balls since the soup is served in tall paper cups. Contact Peter Copen at pcopen38@aol.com with any questions.

Explore Jewish Identity in American Popular Films, December 7, 14

Image result for driving miss daisyJoin CST member and award winning teacher Sherry Knazan on December 7 and 14, from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, for an exploration of Jewish life in America as depicted in such wel-known films as “Frisco Kid,” “Avalon,” “Gentleman’s Agreement,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Crossing Delancy,” and more. Free to members. Please RSVP to the office at 707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

 Raise Money for Shomrei Torah with Every Purchase on Amazon

amazon.comDid you know that you can earn a donation for Shomrei Torah of 0.5% for every online purchase you make on Amazon.com? Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com and shop the way you always do on Amazon — the same products, same service, same prices, same shipping and return policies. Just click on www.smile.amazon.com and search for Congregation Shomrei Torah Santa Rosa. Enrolling is simple — no personal information is required. Once you designate CST as your charitable organization, everything else is automatic.

Join a Chavurah to Connect with CST Members Who Share Your Interests

Displaying Chavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for website.jpgChavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for websiteA Chavurah is a group of CST members who meet from time to time to share a meal, take a hike, enjoy a ball game, or participate in any number of interesting activities. There are many existing Chavurot to join, or consider starting one of  your own.  If you’d like to learn more about this easy and informal way to build community and connect with fellow CST members, email or call Denise in the synagogue office at 707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org. Pictured at left, a special Shabbat Oneg on January 29 where the Chavurah Committee hosted a gathering of current and prospective Chavurah members. Displaying Chavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for website.jpg

See Photos of Recent Events and Connect With Us on Facebook

Have you liked Shomrei Torah on Facebook yet? If not, click here to visit our Facebook page. There you’ll find news about upcoming events, photos of past events, and other ways to connect with your synagogue community. Use this link or go to Facebook.com and search for Congregation Shomrei Torah Santa Rosa.

Shomrei Torah Congregant in Critical Need of a Donor Kidney

Kidney donor neededRichard Lazovick is a kind and gentle man, a dedicated dad, and a solid member of this community. And both of his kidneys are failing. Richard spends every night, all night, connected to a dialysis machine while he waits for a donor kidney — a wait estimated to be eight years! Meanwhile, his kidney function continues to decline. Read More…

This Week’s Torah Portion

“It is a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace.” (Proverbs 3:17-18)

Welcome to Shomrei Torah

Walk to End Genocide, 4-18-2010 022Congregation Shomrei Torah is the welcoming 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.

Chanukah Party-1050158Join Rabbi George GittlemanRabbi Stephanie Kramer and Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner at a Shabbat service, attend our popular Lifelong Learning events or participate in our community activities or social action initiatives. Children discover their Jewish identity in our thriving religious school. Click here to inquire about joining our congregation today.

Shabbat Services: Fridays at 6:15 PM, Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Second Friday of the month is a Rabbi’s Tisch

bimaAll 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.  RSVP’s greatly appreciated. The suggested tisch donation is $18. If you or your chavurah would like to sponsor a tisch, please contact the office.

Shomrei Torah Supports Interfaith and Same-sex Marriage

Congregation Shomrei Torah 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 households at Shomrei Torah. Please call the office to learn more, or to arrange a conversation with one of our rabbis.

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