Bagel Club Resumes Sept. 7 with Jewish Film Festival Preview, 9 AM
The Bagel Club starts the new season on Sunday, September 7 at 9 AM with a preview of this year’s Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival. Ellen Blustein, program director of the Jewish Film Festival and daughter of Bagel Club founder Jeff Blustein, will tell us about the films that will entertain us at this year’s event. A lox and bagel brunch will be served. A donation of $7 per person is requested; please RSVP by calling Rick (539-6736) or Jerry (829-1388) or email your RSVP
Fund for Social Justice Matching Donations End September 8
Donations to the Rabbi Michael Robinson Fund for Social Justice made on or before September 8 will be matched by a generous Shomrei Torah donor. Please consider supporting the important work of this fund by phoning the office, mailing a check, or online by clicking Rabbi Michael.
Rabbi George is a Contributor to New Book on Jewish Thought
Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Jewish Questions is a newly released book for anyone interested in Judaism’s big questions. With succinct, accessible responses, 12 rabbis — including Shomrei Torah’s senior rabbi – respond to questions in one of three categories: (1) On God, (2) On Our Humanity, (3) On the Jewish People. Their responses include thoughtful, personal essays about God, ethics, humanity, suffering, evil, the soul, after-life, interfaith dialogue, and more. Click here to order your own copy.
Business Networking Group Meets September 9, at 7:30 AM
First-timers are welcome to join B2B@CST, the business networking group that next meets on Tuesday morning, July 8, at 7:30 AM in the Kolbo. Each meeting includes a round-table discussion of issues common to most professionals and small-business owners and features a brief presentation by a group member on their own business and experience. No reservations are necessary. Coffee is provided. For information, email Stormy Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prepare for High Holy Days at September 12 Rabbis’ Tisch, 6:15 PM
At the September Tisch, Shomrei Torah’s monthly alternative Shabbat service, Rabbi George, Rabbi Kramer and Cantor David will lead us in preparing for the High Holy Days through song, study and thought-provoking discussion. This is the first in our Jewish Holiday Series classes taught by our clergy. Participants will study the basis of each holiday and how it is celebrated through ritual and food. Please RSVP to 707-578-5519 or email@example.com. A donation of $18 per person is requested to cover the cost of the catered Shabbat dinner.
Click here to visit our Jewish Holidays page, then scroll down to find the animated video where our “e-Scapegoat” will collect your sins.
CST Men’s Mini-retreat on September 14, 3 – 7 PM
The CST Men’s Mini-retreat will take place Sunday September 14, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the home of Roy and Miriam Sparrow. This gathering of Shomrei Torah men of all ages occurs just once every couple of years and is a great chance to get to know the men in our congregational community. For more information or to sign up contact Norman Eisley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Roy at (707) 575-0797 to save your spot.
High Holy Days Begin on Wednesday, September 24
By now you should have received your High Holy Day packets full of information to guide you through the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim). Please return the form(s) promptly to receive seating cards and reserve other services, such as rides to service and child care. Seating cards are provided to those who have renewed their membership for the 2014-2015 year.
Non-members are welcome to attend any and all High Holy Day services. Please contact the synagogue office for information.
Registration is Open for CST Women’s Retreat in October
This year’s retreat will be on the weekend of October 24 – 26 at the nearby Mountain Home Ranch off of Calistoga Road about 30 minutes from Shomrei Torah. There are 5 miles of hiking trails on the property, a heated swimming pool, a small lake and a wonderful outdoor fireplace around which we can sing together or simply enjoy being out under the stars. We are planning a full weekend of prayer, services, crafts, discussion and camaraderie so you will have more than enough to do without going anywhere. However, if you feel like being pampered, the spas of Calistoga are a short 15 minute drive from the property.Download the Registration Form for more information.
Coming This Fall: 2014 Shomrei Torah Membership Directory
The 2014 Membership Director is in the works. All members received a contact information update form in their High Holy Days packet. Please fill out and return this form with your High Holy Days materials.
The deadline to purchase an ad in the directory is August 31. For information or to place an ad, contact Marcy Pluznick-Marrin at MarcyPM@aol.com.
Click here to download the Membership Directory Rates and Reservations form.
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.