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.
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Tradition is the glue that defines cultures and keeps communities intact.
Our Shomrei Torah community is all about tradition. If you’re like most of us, there are some traditions you participate in year after year.
This year, we’d like to invite you to participate in a new tradition, the “Tradition of Giving.”
Annual membership pledges cover less than 60% of the cost to operate our synagogue. The rest must come from other sources.
While we welcome any size donation to the Tradition of Giving Campaign, we hope you’ll consider a gift at one of these levels: $180; $360; $500; $1000; $2500; $5000.
Donate by clicking here or you may send a check or call the CST office.
A Message from Rabbi George
“A Guide to the Holy Days”
by Rabbi George Gittleman
September 9, 2019: “We often think of the Holy Days as beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur. In fact, the Yamim Noraim (The Days of Awe) officially begin a month before the start of Elul. I think of Elul as the month of conditioning before the big climb, not up Mount Sinai, but rather inside ourselves”….. READ MORE..
A Message from Rabbi Stephanie
“Disagreeing with Dignity” by Rabbi Stephanie Kramer, September 24, 2019:When his mother asked a child whether his Lego guys were the good guys or the bad guys, he responded, “We think we’re the good guys and they’re the bad guys, but they think they’re the good guys and we’re the bad guys.” This insightful youngster can teach us so much… READ MORE.
Our High Holy Day Sermons are available for you to watch online, follow the links below:
- Rabbi George’s Yom Kippur Sermon: Choosing Life (text only)
- Rabbi Kramer’s Kol Nidre Sermon: Yom Kippur Mirror, or read it HERE.
- Watch the music from Kol Nidre: Alternative Kol Nidre Hashkiveinu/One Day, Children’s Violin Kol Nidre,Nolan Gasser’s Kol Nidre
- Rabbi George’s Multi-Generational Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon: Her Right Foot: The Statue of Liberty and the Jewish-American Experience
- Rabbi George’s Rosh Hashanah Day Sermon: The Meaning of “Shalom” as we Enter the New Year
Informational Meeting: 2020 Congregational Eastern Europe Trip
Wednesday, October 23, 7-8:15 PM
Join us for a more in-depth meeting about the trip on Wednesday, November 20, 6-7 PM.
Trip Dates: August 23 – September 4, 2020. Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Jewish Journey to Europe: Poland, Vienna, Budapest. Led by Rabbi George Gittleman.
Explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto. Shabbat services with members of Krakow’s Jewish Community. Pay tribute to the six million at Auschwitz . See the legacy & beauty of imperial Vienna. Visit Europe’s largest synagogue in Budapest. Visit the remarkable Jewish museums in Warsaw and Vienna. Cruise on the Danube River.
Friday, October 25, 5:15pm – 6:15pm
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 will follow at 6:15 PM.
Shabbat ShaBoogie is a free event but please RSVP to CST@cstsr.org so we know how much food to order.
What’s Cooking at CST – Constantine Cuisine
Sunday, October 27, 12:30-2:30 PM
FULL: Waitlist available, contact the office.
CST member Eva Thomas-El Beze takes us on a taste filled journey through her family’s recipes of North Africa. Using recipes that were handed down generation after generation, Eva is excited to share her rich culture of Arabic and Berber cuisine. This class is full, waitlist available. Read more HERE.
Creating Sacred Space: A Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Program
Drop In Session: $8 CST Members / $12 Non-Members
Series: $80 CST Members / $120 Non-Members. Please RSVP to the office.
- October 27 @ 4:30pm: Sukkot & Impermanence
- November 3 (Guest Leader Alissa Hirshfeld), 17 (Guest Leader Alissa Hirshfeld), 24 @ 4pm: Thanksgiving & Gratitude
- December 8, 15, 22 @ 4pm: Hanukkah &Inner Light
Are we happy? Are we living the life we want to live? Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of cultivating our attention to the present moment. As we learn to quiet our minds, we see our truth more clearly, and open a path to living a fuller, happier, healthier life… read more HERE.
New Member Shabbat
Friday, November 1, 6:15 PM
Our clergy, staff, Board of Directors and Membership Task Force invite members who have joined the synagogue in the past year to attend this New Member Shabbat Service.
We would like to officially welcome you to the CST community with a blessing on the bima and an opportunity to meet established members and other new members at the evening’s oneg Shabbat. Mark your calendars for this special evening.
Adding Solar to your home with Joe Pundyk
Sunday, November 3, 9:00 AM
CST member Joseph Pundyk will talk to us about the advantages of solar for our homes. Joe was an engineer and CEO of PFR Engineering in Los Angeles before he and his wife Colleen moved to Santa Rosa and joined Shomrei Torah. Everyone is welcome.
$7-$10 donation requested, Please RSVP to email@example.com or call 707-829-1388 to reserve your seat and brunch.
Rabbi’s Tisch with Ann DuBay
Friday, November 8, 6:15 PM
$18 suggested donation for the catered dinner, please RSVP to the office.
Miriam’s well was a rock that rolled through the desert, following the Jewish people as they wandered in search of the land of Israel. For 40 years, wherever they stopped, water would miraculously gush from the well.
Today’s version of Miriam’s well is the faucet. In developed countries, wherever you go and whatever time you arrive, water gushes forth when you open the spigot. But, like Miriam’s well, the source of the water remains largely invisible and unknown to most people.
This visually-engaging, interactive discussion will focus on local water sources, and the challenges our community faces in a changing climate, including the human right to water and whether Northern Californians have a moral obligation to provide water to our southern neighbors. Read more about Ann HERE.
Commemorating the Anniversary of Kristallnacht
Performing Music of Composers Interred During the Shoah
Saturday, November 9, 7:00 PM
Free admission, refreshments provided, please RSVP to the office.
The Shomrei Torah Cultural Committee Presents an evening of transcendent music. In commemoration of the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the CST presents a concert of the music of Jewish composers who perished in the Shoah. This will be a transformative concert that will honor the memory and talent of these composers.
LUNCH & LEARN WITH Dr. Stan Roodman
Tuesday, November 12, 12:00 PM–1:30 PM
Please RSVP to the office. Cost $8, Soup and Salad provided
A very brief introduction to Immunology with emphasis on antibodies and the
amazing discoveries of three Jewish immunology Nobel Prize winners that not only helped to explain the mystery of antibodies, but how they can be used in cancer therapy.
Stan spent 29 years as a Professor in the Pathology Department at St. Louis University Medical School where he per- formed research on many areas of Immunology.
Ten Paths to God
An exploration of Judaism based on the teachings of Rabbi Jonathon Sacks
Wednesdays: 7-8:30pm: November 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18, January 8
Cost for the Series – $54 members, $72 Nonmembers
Drop-ins – $8 for Members, $12 Non Members
Please RSVP to the office.
This 6 session class facilitated by Rabbi George and Rabbi Stephanie is great for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of Jewish tradition and spirituality.
Utilizing curriculum and materials (including videos) provided by the renowned rabbi and Jewish thought leader, Lord Jonathon Sacks, we will focus on the following key elements of Jewish life: Identity, Prayer, Study, Mitzvot, Tzedakah & Chessed.
Social Action Committee Gearing Up for Elections
With the unprecedented attacks on our democratic system and a growing sense of powerlessness, one of SAC’s primary focuses is voter engagement. You can get involved and make a difference! Here are some opportunities to connect with your CST family, have fun, and be engaged
Phone Banking at Bertolone Realty (offsite)
November 3, 1:00-3:30 PM
Please sign up HERE. We will be making calls to Virginia prior to November 5th statewide elections.
Letter Writing with Judith Richlin-Klonsky (at CST)
November 13, 7-9 PM
Please RSVP to the office.
Judith will train us so we may do more of this in the future.
If you or anyone you know is not registered, it is an easy process. https://vote.gov.
Chavurah Kickoff Meeting
Thursday, November 14, 7:00pm
All members are welcome. Free dessert and noshes.
Please RSVP to the office.
Want to join a Chavurah? New Chavurot are forming! This meeting is for anyone interested in making new friends and joining a Chavurah. With guided mingling around common interests, new groups will come together. By the end of the evening, new Chavurah groups will be formed and have their first meeting date to look forward to. Whether you submitted a form or not, all are welcome.
For more info, or those who would like to join a Chavurah and cannot attend this evening, please contact one of the following:
Marian McKenna: 650-776-6543 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Schwartz: 707-479-1110 email@example.com
Telling Stories & Creating Memories
Friday-Sunday, April 24-26, 2020
Join us at the beautiful Marconi Conference Center overlooking Tomales Bay. We have a full schedule of activities for the body, spirit and funny bone. Enjoy a unique Sabbath experience, nature walks, and much more. Fully accessible!
Register online HERE.
Adult B’nei Mitzvah Cohort
If you are a Jewish adult who has never had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, now is your opportunity. This 14-month course will delve into Jewish theology, liturgy (prayer), and Jewish cannon (Torah, Midrash,Talmud, etc.). READ MORE…
$200 deposit due at time of registration, please RSVP to the office. Cost: $1,310. Includes tuition and materials; Scholarships available upon request.
PJ Library Read Day with Diana Shmiana
Sunday, November 17, 9:00am-11:15am
Come in your pajamas for PJ Library stories and a special performance by a children’s group! We will wrap up the fun with a special snack of cookies and milk. Special thanks to PJ Library for this event!
Tractate Ta’anit – What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?
Cost: $315, $252, $189 (Students choose their tier)
To register, click HERE.
Sunday Class Dates from 1:30-3:30pm: November 17, December 8, January 5, February 2, March 1, April 5, May 17, June 7 (Offsite)
In this mostly narrative section the Talmud, questions are raised about “Holy Men” who pronounce the “meaning” of a disaster… read more HERE.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (offsite)
Sunday, November 17, 6:00 PM
Location – Christ Church United Methodist
Join us for a veggie/dairy potluck dinner followed by a family-friendly service with mu- sic, stories and sharing. Please bring a dish to share.
Jewish Literary Circle
November 21, 6:30pm: What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander.
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.
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 Ronnie: firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-483-2534.
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Get Involved & Support Shomrei Torah
- Buy a Judaica Gift Shop Gift Certificate
- Join Shomrei Torah’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
- Purchase a Yahrzeit Memorial Plaque
- Join a Chavurah (Interest) Group
- Purchase a Leaf or Pomegranate on our Kir Hakavod Wall
- Sign up for eScrip: Raise money for your favorite school or nonprofit when you shop.