Next Up in Performance Series: 2 Cantors, 1 Uproarious Night
Shomrei Torah’s performance series continues on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 PM with The Dueling Cantors, featuring our own David Frommer and noted Cantor Josh Breitzer, who will present an unforgettable evening of cantoring, kibitzing and competition. This special evening will include additional surprises! The audience will have the opportunity to bid to determine which songs are performed — and which ones get the hook!
Special guest appearance by renowned pianist and composer Nolan Gasser.
The series concludes with a performance of The Mama-logues on Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 PM. Celebrate Mother’s Day with this original comedy about motherhood, written and produced by CST member Laurie Levy. Forget brunch! What mom really wants for Mother’s Day is wine, chocolate and laughter!
Click the link to see a YouTube video clip from The Mama-logues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Concert For Peace Celebrates County’s Diversity, Faith, Saturday, Feb 28, 7:30 PM
Join us when over 120 singers will gather to present a free Concert for Peace. The singers represent many faiths, multiple generations and the diversity of Sonoma County. Joining the CST Choir, led by Cantor David, will be four other groups: “The Joyful Noise! Gospel Singers”, “Lobosong” from Elsie Allen High School, “Take Jack”, an ensemble of nine signers and musicians, and “The Occidental Community Choir” that combines storytelling, humor, poetry and an off-the-beaten path repertoire. Free and open to the public; donations will be gratefully accepted to help defray costs.
Seminar Explores End of Life: Navigating a Way Through What is Right for You, March 1
In this two-hour session at 4 PM on Sunday, March 1, Dr. Desmond Shapiro and Rabbi George will explore the physical, practical and spiritual challenges one faces at the end of life. “Our goal is to help people think through how they want to respond to the end of life for them and those they love”. Free. Please RSVP to the office at 707-578-5519 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aladdin-style Purim Promises Silliness A-plenty, Wednesday, March 4, 6:15 PM
Join us when we boo Haman out of the Sanctuary with our Aladddin -style Purim Shpiel. Lots of fun, costumes are encouraged, and hamentaschen for everyone. If you’ve never been to CST for Purim, now is the time!
Noise-makers provided, or bring your own.
Workshop Explains What’s Involved in Adult B’nei Mitzvah, Tuesday, March 10
Curious about what is involved in having an adult B’nei Mitzvah? Interested in exploring what such an experience might mean to you? This one-session workshop led by Rabbi George is for you. No previous knowledge is necessary and all are welcome to attend. One session only, Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 PM in the Kolbo. There is no charge to attend. Please RSVP to email@example.com call the office at 707-578-5519.
Popular Congregation and Community Passover Seders Return April 4-5, 6 PM
Two Seders to choose from, each with a delicious traditional Pesach meal, as we celebrate the Festival of Freedom. Our annual members-only congregational Seder is on the second night of Passover, Saturday, April 4.
The Community Seder, open to all, is on the third night, Sunday, April 5.
Passover at Shomrei Torah is more than the retelling of the ancient story of the Exodus; it honors our ongoing struggle for freedom, justice and equality everywhere. There is a place at the table waiting for you. The cost is $30 per adult, $18 children twelve and under, and free for children under four. Reservations required – call (707) 578-5519.
Register Now for Congregational Retreat At Camp Newman
Registration is open for Shomrei Torah’s inter-generational retreat at beautiful, nearby Camp Newman. Join our rabbis and cantor along with your fellow congregants to hike, sing, study, create art, and worship under the trees. Activities, accommodations, meals, and everything you need for the April 10-12 weekend is provided, and scholarships are available. The deadline to register is March 1, so don’t delay, and don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience a Shabbaton with family, friends and your Shomrei Torah community.
Summer Camp Scholarship Application Available Now
Applications are being accepted now through March 31 for financial aid to deserving families to enable pre-college age children to attend Jewish summer camp. The scholarships are provided by the Marlene and Martin Stein Camp and Israel Experience Scholarship Fund. To download the scholarship application form, click here: 2015 Campership Application.
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
Congregation 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.
Join Rabbi George Gittleman, Rabbi Stephanie Kramer and Cantor David Frommer 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
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. 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.