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.
- Torah Study: Saturdays at 8:45 AM, Click HERE to read this week’s Torah portion
- Shabbat Services: Fridays at 6:15 PM, Saturdays at 10:30 AM
- Rabbi’s Tisch: Second Friday of each month
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.
- Read our monthly newsletter: The VOICE
- Read our Spring/Summer 2019 VIEW Program Guide
- Read our annual guide to programs, holidays and events: The VIEW
Marley, Reggae and Passover
April 17, Rabbi George Gittleman
With Passover just a few days away, I am thinking about Bob Marley. I fell in love with Bob Marley’s music before I fell in love with Judaism. I was a freshman in college at the University of Vermont, a long way from my home in Louisville, Kentucky and even farther from Kingston, Jamaica… READ MORE.
Making Judaism Welcoming for Everyone
April 22, Rabbi Stephanie Kramer
In hushed tones, a lady whispers to me that she doesn’t really belong in Torah study. This is not the first time I have heard this sentiment. Unfortunately, the majority of people who walk through the doors of Jewish synagogues, institutes or places of Jewish study believe that they are out of place… (READ MORE).
Friday, May 17, 6:15pm
Broadway Shabbat is heading our way! Come hear your favorite prayersset to your favorite Broadway melodies. This special service will integrate our
beloved prayers with some of Broadway’s most well-known tunes—from classic to contemporary. This is not to be missed! Immediately following services will be a mouthwatering New York themed Oneg Shabbat!
First-Ever Family Trip to Israel – June 24 – July 5, 2020
Join your CST family and Rabbi Kramer for a family trip to Israel.
We will visit all of the “must see” sights and get a real taste of The Holy Land!
For complete information and to view the trip catalogue, click HERE!
Itinerary and hotel information can be found HERE.
To register for this trip, click HERE!
What’s COOKING at CST?
Challah Baking with Sherry Knazan
Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Please RSVP to the office, spaces limited.
Always wanted to make your own challah, but were afraid to try? Then this class is for you! Join Sherry Knazan, weekly challah baker, for some mixing, kneading and braiding and learning about challah traditions. You will taste some yummy challah while in class, practice braiding your own loaf, and then take the unbaked loaf home to either freeze and bake later, or bake as soon as you get home!
WANT TO TEACH A FALL COOKING CLASS?
What’s Cooking at CST is taking a summer break, but these popular classes will resume in September. Consider teaching a holiday related dish, such as Tzimmes, Honey Cake, or Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah. Or Yom Kippur break-the-fast dishes like kugel or Chanukkah favorites like latkes and applesauce, doughnuts, or desserts? Let’s Get Cookin’ Together! Volunteer to teach these or other classes. Please contact Susan Bailyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 24, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
FREE! Please RSVP to the office.
Shabbat ShaBoogie is a very special Shabbat experience for families with children 3rd grade and under!
Begin with a short service with music, dancing and stories – and then enjoy a light dinner and dessert with all of your new friends!
Regular Shabbat services to follow at 6:15pm.
Bagel Club goes to DiRosa Preserve
Sunday, June 2, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost: $18, Please RSVP to email@example.com
Calling all art appreciators! We’re having a field trip to a beautiful outdoor and indoor art facility just past Sonoma Town. We will have a docent-led tour of the grounds and gallery starting at 11 am.
Carpooling suggested. Meet at the CST parking lot at 10 am. Of course, no breakfast this time, but we will have a picnic lunch potluck at the facility. Bring food to share. Drinks provided.
Questions? Please contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org or Warren at email@example.com.
No Bagel Club meeting in July or August.
The San Francisco Yiddish Combo Returns to CST!
Sunday, June 2, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Free! Bring a friend. Please RSVP to the office.
Join us for a rollicking good time that will include noshing and schmoozing.
The San Francisco Yiddish Combo (SFYC) was formed by accident when a love of Klezmer music collided with their collective backgrounds in every genre except Klezmer… (Read More).
AGING & BEYOND
Wednesday, June 5, 10:00 AM
Please RSVP to the office.
A group for women interested in discussing the issues we face as we grow older. We will meet on the first Wednesday of the month from 10 to 11:45am.
Future topics will range widely; Downsizing, dealing with adult children, meaningful retirement and adjusting to physical changes.
For questions or more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Ecology and Revelation ~ An Evening of Environmental Learning
Saturday, June 8
7:00–8:30: Panel Discussion
8:30–9:00: Traditional and Not-so-Traditional Shavuot Foods
9:00–10:30: “Green” Torah Study with Rabbi George
Please RSVP to the office.
Larry Robinson, former Mayor of Sebastopol and visionary leader at the Center for Climate Protection…
Reuben Weinzveg, longtime Shomrei Torah member, community leader and environmental activist…
Dr. Will Tuttle, the internationally acclaimed author of The World Peace
Diet, and a recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award… READ MORE.
CST Women’s Interest Groups
Meet both new and long-time Shomrei Torah friends by checking out one or more Shomrei Torah Women’s Groups. Try them all and then attend the group(s) that work for you when you can.
No commitments are required. Fun and friendships are guaranteed!
Ongoing Groups: Monthly Book Club, Monthly Movie Group
Newly Formed Groups: Walking (restarting), Knitting/Crocheting, Healthy Cooking, Dinner Group, Lunch Group, Mahjongg & Games Group
For dates, locations, details and questions, please email Sue: email@example.com.
Annual Meeting and Dinner
Wednesday, June 12, 6:15 PM
Free dinner provided, please RSVP to the office.
Please join us at our annual meeting for free dinner, conversation and a little business. We will honor our hard working volunteers and learn how we fund our operations and where your money is being spent. Please check your mail soon for our Annual Report.
If you would like to share your thoughts or questions about the Annual Report, please feel free to contact Rabbi George at firstname.lastname@example.org, Rabbi Stephanie at email@example.com, or Sharon Bauman, President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Literary Circle
Thursday, June 20, 6:00 – 7:45pm
FREE, all are welcome, please RSVP to the office.
The Jewish Literary Circle, one of the Life Long Learning programs, meets monthly to read Jewish literature and other published material in an atmosphere of stimulating discussion. Participants choose the reading selections.
Upcoming classes: July 18, August 15, reading selections to be chosen soon!
Congregational Journey to Eastern Europe –
August 23 – September 4, 2020
Please join Rabbi George for an informational meeting about the trip on Wednesday, June 19th from 7:00 – 8:15 PM at CST.
Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Jewish Journey to Europe: Poland, Vienna, Budapest. Led by Rabbi George Gittleman.
Trip Highlights include:
- Explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto
- Shabbat services with members of Krakow’s Jewish Community
- At Auschwitz, pay tribute to the six million
- See the legacy and beauty of imperial Vienna
- In Budapest, visit Europe’s largest synagogue
- Visit the remarkable Jewish museums in Warsaw and Vienna
- Cruise on the Danube River
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