Concern for Israel Mounts as Conflict Continues
As hostilities between Israel and Hamas persist, Shomrei Torah expresses its solidarity with the people of Israel and holds the innocent victims on both sides of the conflict in our hearts and prayers. While we share a special, familial concern for our brothers and sisters in Israel, especially those directly in harm’s way, we pray for the sake of all concerned that there will be a quick resolution and a peaceful way forward.
Below are links to information that you may find useful during this difficult time.
Rabbi Michael Lerner Is Robinson Lecturer at August 8 Tisch
Help us welcome Rabbi Michael Lerner, Berkeley activist, who will present, “Spiritual Healing & Transformation” for our 8th Annual Rabbi Michael Robinson Memorial Lecture on Friday, August 8, at 6:15 PM. Rabbi Lerner was a disciple and protege of Abraham Joshua Heschel and founded Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls in San Francisco and Berkeley. He holds Ph.D’s in Philosophy and Psychology and currently teaches and leads services in Berkeley. The lecture is also our monthly Rabbi’sTisch so a delicious catered dinner will be served before Rabbi Lerner’s presentation. $18.00 suggested donation for dinner. Please RSVP to the office at 707-578-5519 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about CST Rabbi Emeritus Michael Robinson by clicking Rabbi Michael.
High Holy Days Begin on Wednesday, September 24
High Holy Day packets will be arriving soon in members’ mailboxes, full of information to guide you through the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim). When it arrives, 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.
Business Networking Group Meets Tuesday, August 12, 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 email@example.com.
Special Lunch & Learn: Caring for our Elderly, August 20 at Noon
“Helping our Aging Community Live Safely” is the topic that will be presented by Diana Klein, Regional Director of Jewish Family and Children’s Services here in Santa Rosa. Learn about caring for an aging relative or friend, find out about resources available in our community and hear how better care starts at home. Bring your own lunch. Free. RSVP to the temple office at 707-578-5519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSA at CST: Farm-Fresh Produce Delivered Weekly
For the fourth consecutive year, Shomrei Torah members can receive weekly boxes of fresh-from-the-farm produce and other foods, courtesy of Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm. Weekly and bi-weekly deliveries of fresh veggies, fruits, and even brown rice, olive oil and eggs, resume on May 7. Learn more about the CST Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program by clicking here. Or learn more about Singing Frogs Farm by clicking here. Contact Rick Reisman at email@example.com with questions or if you need a share partner.
Coming This Fall: 2014 Shomrei Torah Membership Directory
How you can participate…
- Sell some ads
- Place an ad for your business
- Renew or update your previous ad
- Place an “ad” with greetings from your family or your Chavurah
- Honor or remember a special person
If you’d like to help, contact Marcy Pluznick-Marrin at MarcyPM@aol.com.
Click here to download the Membership Directory Rates and Reservations form.
Jewish Food Fest on Hiatus This Summer, Will Return in August 2015
Shomrei Torah’s popular Jewish Food Fest will not take place in 2014, but plans are in the works for a 2015 event. Check back soon for more information. In the meantime, try this recipe for Chicken Soup. Copies of “Oy to Joy,” Shomrei Torah’s congregational cookbook, are available from the synagogue office — a great gift idea.
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 $10, or you may purchase a yearlong “package” for a suggested donation of $100. 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.