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.

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If you have a rabbinic emergency between July 18-July 25

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STaRS Registration is Open!

K-7th grade: Register now for the 2018-2019 school year! Registration will take less than 5 minutes per student. A deposit of $200 per student is due at the time of registration. Register HERE.


A Delicious Afternoon of Jewish Learning, Sonoma Wines, and Gorgeous Landscapes

Sunday, August 5
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
St. Francis Winery and Vineyard, 100 Pythian Road @Hwy 12

Led by Rabbi George Gittleman and Reb Irwin Keller.  “Perfect Pairing” asks the question that arises in our story of the Garden of Eden: ayeka – “Where Are You?” This is an ongoing question for every individual in every generation.

In the trajectory of your life, of who you want to be, how you want to be – where are you? Often the answer is “I don’t know.” Sometimes the answer is hineini – I am here. We will look at a couple moments in Torah and pose this question to ourselves and each other.

Organized by Congregation Ner Shalom and the Jewish Concierge of Sonoma County. Supported in part by a grant from The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

COST: $35. Includes 3 wines, light cheese pairing, community and conversation.
Register here: https://shalomevents.ticketleap.com/perfect-pairing-ayeka/
For more information visit jewishfed.org/news/events/perfect-pairing-wisdom-wine or contact Carol Appel: (415)847-2992 or carola@sfjcf.org.

Annual Rabbi Michael Robinson Memorial Lecture & Tisch

Friday, August 10, 6:15PM

At the August Rabbi’s Tisch, our guest speaker will be Larry Robinson, who was a dear friend of Rabbi Michael Robinson and worked with him on many social action and human rights projects.

Larry Robinson is a potter, a poet and a long-time activist for social justice and the environment. Now retired from both politics and the practice of psychotherapy, he serves on the board of directors of the Center for Climate Protection and the board of trustees for Meridian University. He is the founder of Rumi’s Caravan and dedicated to restoring the oral tradition of poetry.

$18 suggested donation for the catered dinner, RSVP to the temple office: (707)578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org



Led by Rabbi George on August 12 and 26; 4:00 PM
Led by Alissa Hirshfeld Flores on September 2; 4:00 PM

Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of cultivating our attention on the present moment; body sensations, mood, and the never ending stream of thought that flows through our minds. Through focused attention – meditation – we become more aware of what is true for us and the degree to which our thoughts, habits and life patterns serve our goals and higher aspirations. Are we happy? Are we living the life we want to live?

As we learn to see our truth more clearly a path opens to living a fuller, happier, healthier life.  Jewish Mindfulness adds the teachings of our tradition to compliment and deepen the experience. This course will include teaching, meditation instruction and periods of silence. No previous experience is necessary.

Free, but please RSVP to the temple office (707)578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.



“The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is for Good Men to do Nothing!” -Edmund Burke
Thursday, August 16
6:00 PM, Sanctuary

If you are troubled by what is happening in America, don’t miss this free community in conversation hosted by Rabbi George Gittleman and the Social Action Committee (SAC).

The SAC of Shomrei Torah has a long history of taking on challenges such as homelessness, immigration issues, prison reform, health care, LGBTQ rights and much more. With leadership from Rabbis Michael Robinson, George Gittleman, and Stephanie Kramer, we have addressed social problems through advocacy, education, Elisha’s pantry and other work with nonprofit community partners.

Many people in the Shomrei Torah community are shocked, appalled, and fearful because of recent conduct of the United States Government that they feel is not in accord with Jewish values.  However you feel, this community gathering is for you. Please join fellow congregants and our rabbis for an evening of connection, communication, and information for our community’s engagement on the issues of our time including concern over the midterm elections. Your input is crucial.
We invite you to channel your feelings into action — the proven antidote to hopelessness or resignation.

Free, but please RSVP to (707)578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org so that we can plan accordingly. If you would like more information now, feel free to contact a SAC co-chair: Ellen van den Berg: ellenvdb@sonic.net, (707) 546-2244, or Bruce Berkowitz: heythere50@gmail.com, (707) 529-1999.



Sunday, August 19 – Introductory meetings at staggered times on August 19, 2018 in Gimmel. Come to one or both!!
Women in our congregation have expressed an interest in connecting with other CST women. In August, we are launching two interest-based groups to facilitate the process of getting to know each another. Introductory meetings at staggered times on August 19, 2018 in Gimmel. Come to one or both!! Based on your suggestions, additional exciting groups will be added starting in January.

WEEKLY WALKING GROUP- 10:00-11:30 a.m.  Bring your calendar to plan future walking dates, times and locations.  A 1Ž2 hour walk around the neighborhood for walkers of all levels will follow the discussion.

MONTHLY MOVIE AND DISCUSSION GROUP- 10:30 a.m.–noon Plan future meeting dates, times, and locations. Bring suggestions for movies (new, classic or in between) and your calendar.

Interested?  Plan to join us on the 19th to learn more and get connected! Contact Sue Lewis: susanlewis@sonic.net  to ask questions and/or to RSVP for one or both groups. (Although we’d love to know who’s coming, RSVP is not necessary for attendance)



Aug. 23, 2018 Sep. 20, 2018 Oct. 18, 2018 Nov. 15, 2018 Dec. 20, 2018
Jan. 17, 2019 Feb. 21, 2019 Mar. 21, 2019 Apr. 18, 2019 May 16, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

6:15pm-8:00pm, Kolbo Room

The Life Long Learning Committee is starting a new group to read Jewish literature and other published material in an atmosphere of stimulating discussion. Participants will choose the reading selections.

FREE, all are welcome, please RSVP to Denise at (707)578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.




Wednesday, August 29
12:00 PM, Lunch will be provided

How do you support Jewish life for your Grandchildren? Congregation Shomrei Torah is pleased to welcome Rabbi Samantha Kahn the director of Interfaith Families in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a rabbi of the people, connecting to multitudes in mixed heritage relationships and helping them explore Jewish life. Learn more about her at RabbiKahn.com.

FREE, but please RSVP to the temple office (707)578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.


This September, 2018

Soon, we will gather together in sacred community to usher in the New Year. In Hebrew, these days are called the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe. It is awesome when you think about it: all of us – old, young, married, single, gay, straight – a diverse group in many ways, joined together by our connection to Jewish heritage and our more universal longings for health, happiness and peace in the New Year.

This year, all services will be in our home at 2600 Bennett Valley Road.  Click the link below to download our High Holy Day informational packet including service dates, seating cards, donations, and educational program registration:

High Holy Days 2018 at Congregation Shomrei Torah


Workshop Series Hosted by IsraAID

Introductory Session: Sunday, October 7, 5:00-7:00 PM

Topic: Building Strength and Resilience

During the October, 2017 wildfires, IsraAID, Israel’s largest humanitarian relief organization, provided support for adults and children, assistance with Congregation Shomrei Torah’s day camp program and supplies for families who lost their homes.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of these traumatic wildfires, IsraAID joins Congregation Shomrei Torah again to host a series of workshops designed to provide ongoing support and learning opportunities.

Upcoming Sunday Workshop Dates (5:00-7:00PM):

October 21 Parenting/Supporting Kids
November 4 Chi Quong
November 18 Music
December 2 Art for Families
December 16 Psycho-Drama






Workshops include lectures on various topics, instruction in stress-relief, coping/relaxation techniques and self-care and wellness. Workshops will meet twice a month, starting October 7 with more dates listed below. All workshops are free, but please RSVP to the temple office: denise@cstsr.org or (707)578-5519.



Shomrei Torah Women’s Retreat

Friday-Sunday, October 26-28, 2018

Join us for our 11th Shomrei Torah Women’s Retreat.  The Women’s Retreat only comes around every two years! Escape for the weekend and discover what some of us already know: Shomrei women are the heart and soul of the temple.

Location: Westerbeke Ranch, 2300 Grove Street, Sonoma, CA 95476

Cost: $385 (all-inclusive), for scholarship information contact Rabbi Kramer, rabbikramer@cstsr.org

Download the registration form HERE.

Questions, or to be part of the organizing team, contact Chris Smith: cesmith@comcast.net


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