Welcome

Welcome

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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Shomrei Torah Women’s Retreat

Friday-Sunday, October 26-28, 2018

Some spaces are still open! Register today!

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.  Also, please see the Westerbeke Ranch Guidelines and Westerbeke Release Waiver.

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


JEWISH LITERARY CIRCLE

Thursday, October 18, 6:15pm-8:00pm

The Jewish Literary Circle is a new group, meeting monthly, to read Jewish literature and other published material in an atmosphere of stimulating discussion.  Following the discussion we will vote to select our next reading choice. Participants are encouraged to bring reading suggestions to the group.

FREE, all are welcome. For more information, please contact Marian McKenna: chabansky@yahoo.com.

Upcoming dates: Nov. 15, 2018, Dec. 20, 2018, Jan. 17, 2019, Feb. 21, 2019, Mar. 21, 2019, Apr. 18, 2019, May 16, 2019, Jun 20, 2019


An Introduction to Prayer Book Hebrew and Jewish Liturgy – Rabbi Meredith Cahn

Sundays, October 21, and 28; Nov. 4, 11 and 18; Dec. 2, 9, and 16

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Are you tired of relying on transliteration in the service? Interested in dipping your toes in Hebrew, Lashon Hakodesh (the holy language)? Join Rabbi Meredith Cahn and sister/brother congregants in an engaging class that will take us through half the alphabet—the most commonly used letters – to start you on the way. All are welcome. This class is a prerequisite if you are considering an Adult B’nai Mitzvah.

Rabbi Meredith Cahn interned with CST in 2009-2011 and now works primarily as a chaplain at Kaiser Santa Rosa and at St. Paul’s Towers, a retirement community in Oakland. She served as rabbi of North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, and at J School for B’nai Israel and Ner Shalom. Rabbi Cahn received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley and a Master of Rabbinic Studies and ordination from the Academy of Jewish Religion California, a transdenominational seminary. $180.00 for the 9-week course, please RSVP to the office, denise@cstsr.org or (707)578-5519.


Genetics, Jews and Cancer: How Science Could Change (Or Save!) Your Life

Sunday, October 21, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Revolutionary breakthroughs in genetic research are changing what we know about cancer prevention and treatment – especially for Jewish people. This free panel discussion will focus on risk factors, risk-reducing strategies and the future of breast cancer treatment.

  • Panelists include:
    Dr. Charles Elboim, MD, FACS, a surgeon specializing in breast cancer who has worked extensively with women and men with hereditary (genetic) risks.
  • Kathleen Mott, RN, MS, NP, Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics, a specialist in cancer risk assessment, genetic evaluation and management.
  • Ann DuBay, CST member, a cancer survivor with BRCA1 genetic mutation.

Sponsored by Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County, Congregation Shomrei Torah and St. Joseph Medical Group. Free, but  RSVP required: denise@cstsr.org or 707-578-5519.


ISRAAID WORKSHOP #2 – COPING AMONG CHILDREN POST FIRES

Sunday, October 21, 5:00-7:00 PM

Please join us for the second workshop of the series: Coping Among Children Post Fires, a workshop for parents. Ruth Sokolovsky, Clinical Psychologist and Hadas Keppel, LMFT, will discuss coping among children post fires, identifying challenges and supporting recovery.

We will discuss current possible responses of children still dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of this experience. We will introduce and discuss strategies to support the healing process via relaxation and other techniques, as well as how to identify the need for further professional help and learn about available resources.

This program is generously supported by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco and IsraAID.

Upcoming workshops: November 4, November 18, December 2, December 16. All workshops are free, but please RSVP to the temple office: denise@cstsr.org or (707)578-5519.


YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE

Let’s be a 100% Voting Congregation!
Register to vote deadline is October 22
Next election is November 6th

Vote by mail request must be received by Tuesday, October 30

  • Register to vote online HERE; or get form from CST,  library, post office, schools; or  visit the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office at 435 Fiscal Dr., Santa Rosa.
  • You need to re-register if you changed your name, address, political party.  If displaced by the fires see special information HERE.
  • Sign up to vote by mail: online at the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters HERE, or use application on back cover of Sonoma County Voter Information guide that is mailed to you, or go to the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters.
  • College students can register at their home address or campus address HERE.
  • Register in Spanish HERE.
  • Check to see if you are registered HERE.

Psalms of the Heart – Rabbi Mordecai Miller

An exploration of Psalms 1, 8, 15, 16 and 139 in Hebrew and English.

Four Thursdays: October 25; November 1, 8, 15
10:30am – 12:30pm

Over the four sessions, we will attempt to gain a better understanding of the unique language – its connotations as well as its denotations – of the Psalms in order to find ways to use the Psalms as an instrument for personal meditation and expression.

In addition to being the spiritual leader of our neighbor, Congregation Beth Ami, Rabbi Mordecai Miller is a talented teacher with over 45 years experience teaching Bible and Talmud in youth and adult settings including the Solomon Schechter Day School, the Adult Melton mini-school and the Robert P. Jacobs Adult Institute. Rabbi Miller received his B.A from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa in 1970 and an MA in Hebrew Letters and ordination from HUC-JIR, Cincinnati in 1974. This four week class is FREE, but please RSVP


Shabbat Movie Night

 Friday, November 2, 6:15pm

Join us for a camp-style Shabbat followed by a burrito bar dinner and a family-friendly movie.

Come in PJ’s!

Please RSVP to denise@cstsr.org or 707-578-5519; we will charge your card on file $10 per family to help pay for food, unless you request otherwise.​


KLEZMER ON THE EDGE – A NIGHT WITH THE SF YIDDISH COMBO

Saturday, November 3, 7:00 PM

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. Now the SFYC, led by cellist Rebecca Roudman, has embarked on a world-wide journey to present their own unique blend of everything that is Klezmer, mixed with years of experience in the jazz, blues, folk and even hip hop world.

Comprised of classically trained musicians who enjoy stretching musical boundaries, the SFYC is led by cellist Rebecca Roudman, who has fronted groups all over the world bringing her virtuosic and fiery playing to stages from China to Italy and beyond. Check out the SFYC for a fresh spin on Klezmer with plenty of recognizable nods to an eclectic mix of genres. Oh, yeah, it’s also great for dancing!

Free, but please RSVP to denise@cstsr.org or 707-578-5519.


Isra Aid Workshop #3 – Riding The Waves of Change: A Way of Joy Qigong with Vicki Dello Joio

Sunday, November 4, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

All workshops are free, but please RSVP to the temple office: denise@cstsr.org or (707)578-5519.

Qigong is an ancient system of energy practices, physical exercises and internal meditations that create a feeling of harmony, tranquility, and peace. In this workshop, you’ll learn some powerful practices to relax AND energize you by increasing your ability to be spontaneous and flexible while staying grounded and centered, even in the face of life’s challenges.

In this introductory workshop, you will learn key practices to
• Experience an inner state of stillness in the face of overwhelm
• Ride through transitions gracefully, whether they are large life transitions or daily shifts
• Cultivate your ability to be responsive rather than reactive when faced with sudden or sustained change.
• Increase your vitality while sustaining inner peace.Author and Founder of “The Way of Joy: A Spiritual Fitness Program,” Vicki Dello Joio is a transformational speaker and life-changing workshop leader whose brand of brilliance is guiding people to claim their birthright of Joy. Inducted recently into the Women’s Martial Artists Hall of Fame for her over 40 years experience teaching qigong and qi practice, she teaches appreciative audiences to embody these lessons in their very cells, so the transformation stays with them for a lifetime.Upcoming Workshops from 5:00-7:00 PM: November 18: Healing Power of Music, December 2: Art & Resilience for Families, December 16: Psycho-Drama


MINDFULNESS MEDITATION – BUDDHIST PRACTICE, JEWISH WISDOM

Led by Rabbi George Gittleman

Four Wednesdays: November 7, 14, 28, December 5
7:00PM-8:30PM

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 4 session course will include teaching, meditation instruction and periods of silence. No previous experience is necessary. All are welcome. $36 for the four-week class, please RSVP to (707)578-5519 or Denise@cstsr.org.


MAKING THE MOST OF OUR AGING BODIES (LUNCH INCLUDED)

Wednesday, November 7
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Rabbi George teams up with longtime member and retired social worker Adele Pickar for this engaging look at aging and our bodies. The program will start with 3 members of our community sharing their own experience and will be followed by a facilitated Community Conversation.
$12 for the class and lunch, please RSVP to (707)578-5519 or Denise@cstsr.org.

November Rabbi’s Tisch – Yotam Polize Co-CEO of IsraAID

Friday, November 9, 6:15pm

$18 suggested donation for the catered dinner, please RSVP to (707)578-5519 or Denise@cstsr.org

The evening will present IsraAID’s work with Syrian refugees, hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and Houston, the Ebola outbreak and more, and will provide participants with opportunities to get involved both locally and internationally. Born and raised in a small village in Northern Israel, Yotam, who has been a social activist from a young age, today boasts a dozen years of experience in humanitarian projects around the world.
Yotam began his social activism working with juvenile delinquents in a rehabilitation center. Yotam joined the Tevel B’Tzedek’s development project in Nepal, where he spent three and a half years as a Project Coordinator. During this time, he was also employed by the Israeli Embassy as Consular Assistant. He joined IsraAID following the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, serving as Japan Country Director for 3 years. Following 2 years as Asia Regional Director, Yotam is now the Co-Chief Executive Officer, overseeing all of IsraAID’s fundraising and strategic partnerships around the world.

LEHRHAUS TALMUD CIRCLE

Tractate Ta’anit–Acts of God: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters

Sundays: November 11, December 2, January 6; 3:00-5:00PM
It’s not too late for Talmud Class. Sign up today! 
The Shomrei Torah tuition for the remaining sessions is $45
Register online at https://catalog.lehrhaus.org/course/2018/fall/TC850-ST

Even though we have had one session of “Acts of God: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters,” there are three more scheduled (and perhaps more if desired).

It is not too late to join us for Rabbinic tales of drought, disaster, and charismatic holy men that illuminate critical questions about power, ethics, and ecology in Jewish late antiquity.  Through a reading of the Babylonian Talmud tractate Ta’anit (on fasts in response to drought), we will discuss how the Talmud challenges Deuteronomy’s claim that virtue can assure abundance and that misfortune is an unambiguous sign of divine rebuke.  While the majority of participants are continuing students, anyone may join.

Handouts will be provided and students may also purchase the Koren Talmud Bavli Noe, Vol. 12: Ta’anit/Megilla separately or the inexpensive PDF version at: https://www.korenpub.com/koren_en_usd/vol-12-ta-anit-megilla-pdf.html.  If you have questions or need tuition assistance, please contact Abra Greenspan at abra@lehrhaus.org.


Interfaith Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

Sunday, November 11, 6:15pm

Please bring a veggie/dairy dish to share, we will provide desserts

RSVP to (707)578-5519 or Denise@cstsr.org.

This year Shomrei Torah is hosting the pre-Thanksgiving interfaith worship service with Christ Church United Methodist (CCUM).

Join us for a veggie/dairy potluck dinner of fellowship followed by a family-friendly service with music, stories and sharing!

 


DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY SUMMIT Session #2: Recognizing Ethnicity and Incorporating Diversity

Monday, November 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

In an increasingly multicultural society and fraught political climate, the need for self-awareness, tolerance and open communication has never been more critical. This interactive workshop increases participants’ ability to communicate and collaborate more effectively across lines of social identity and difference.

Join us for Session 2, presented by Lindsey Newman, Program Manager at Be’chol Lashon, an organization that advocates for the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity.  Prior to Be’chol Lashon, Lindsey worked in the field of women’s rights and advocacy and early childhood education.  She received her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University (2009).

This program is made possible by Rick Concoff, Program Director for Chaverim, Malcolm McElheney, Youth Educator for Shomrei Torah, and a generous grant from the Jewish Community Federation. Teens, parents and interested adults from all walks of life in Sonoma County are invited to participate. Bring a friend! We look forward to seeing you Congregation Shomrei Torah!

Upcoming Summit Dates and Topics:
December 10, 2018 | Supporting Teens who are Trans
January 28, 2019 | LGBTQ Inclusion and Support
February 25, 2019 | Embracing Those Living with a Chronic Illness or Disability
April 8, 2019 | Creating a Culture of Inclusion


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