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.
For information about the High Holy Days and all Jewish holidays, published by the Union for Reform Judaism, click here.
Click here to visit our Jewish Holidays page, then scroll down to find the animated video where our “e-Scapegoat” will collect your sins.
October 10 Rabbis’ Tisch Tackles 10 Toughest Questions About Israel
Israel is often in the news–and much of the coverage can be downright critical (e.g., “Israel is an uncaring bully in a lopsided conflict”). Hear Jonathan Carey explain the facts and help us answer some of the toughest questions about Israel. Jonathan is the President of LegalVision and also heads Blue Star, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Jewish students and others develop accurate and thoughtful responses to the vitriol directed against Israel. Join us for a delicious catered meal. Please RSVP to Denise in our office at 707-578-5519 or email@example.com.
A Moveable Feast for Sukkot, Saturday, October 11 at 6:15 PM
To celebrate the Feast of Booths, we are going to travel from sukkah to sukkah around town as we take our Progressive Sukkot Dinner on the road. Our meal will begin with appetizers hosted in the CST sukkah, and will be followed by potluck dinner and dessert at volunteer members’ sukkahs in northern and southern Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, and Petaluma. There is a group traveling near you! Want to make new friends or connect with
existing CST members? This is a great way to mix, mingle, and munch. Please call Denise at 707-578-5519 to sign up so we know how many will be in each group.
Celebrate Simcha Torah with Song and Dance, October 15, 6:15 PM
Join us as we celebrate the unfurling and rerolling of our Torah with lively music, singing and dancing. This family-oriented party is a wonderful opportunity to see the Torah unfold in all its glory. Full community participation is encouraged and welcome; come shake it up with us at Shomrei Torah!
Israel Trip Information Meeting, October 21, 7:00 PM
Itinerary and Pricing for April 2015 Congregational Trip to Israel Now Available
Rabbi George will lead a congregational trip to Israel April 18-30, 2015. The complete itinerary and pricing information are available here: http://www.keshetisrael.co.il/
The trip includes four nights in Tel Aviv and six nights in Jerusalem, plus side trips north along the Mediterranean coast and south to Sderot. An informational meeting about the trip is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, at 7:00 PM in the Kolbo.
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.
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.
Performance Series Offers World-class Entertainment
Start your Hanukkah shopping early by purchasing a four-performance package to the cultural series starting January 24. Tickets are just $100 for all four events, or $36 for individual performances. Save the dates for these very special events:
Saturday, January 24, 2015 – 7:30 PM: Magician and Mentalist Marc Salem, fresh from his hit show on Broadway, offers a captivating excursion into the power and possibilities of the human mind.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 – 4:00 PM: Folk Musician and Cantorial Soloist Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd, the Monterey Bay-based duo have earned national acclaim for their songwriting and world music repertoire.
Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 7:30 PM: The Dueling Cantors, our own David Frommer and noted Cantor Josh Breitzer present an unforgettable evening of cantoring, kibitzing and competition. This special evening will include additional surprises – don’t miss it!
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 PM: Celebrate Mother’s Day with The Mama-logues: A comedy about motherhood, written and produced by CST member Laurie Levy. Forget brunch! What Mom’s really want for Mother’s Day is wine, chocolate and laughter!
If you’d like to become a sponsor, please contact Fundraising Committee Chair Bruce Falstein.
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.