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.


The Rarest Color Blue

June 7, 2019 Rabbi George Gittleman

Click HERE to watch Rabbi George’s most recent talk.

Open Door, Open Heart

June 12, 2019 – A Blog by Rabbi George Gittleman

Rabbi George Gittleman The summer Torah readings are all b’midbar, in the wilderness, part of the story of our ancient ancestors’ mythic 40-year trek from Egypt to the Promised Land. Most of the story is laid out in the Book of Numbers (the Hebrew name is actually B’midbar). Some of Numbers is captivating, like the … READ MORE.


Jewish Literacy Circle

The Family Markowitz by Allegra Goodman

Thursday, July  18,  6:00pm
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. 

Upcoming Dates: 


Creating Sacred Space:  A Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Program

Single Session:  $8 CST Members / $12 Non-Members
Series (15 Sessions):  $80 CST Members / $120 Non-Members

Please RSVP to the office. All are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

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.   Jewish Mindfulness adds the teachings of our tradition to deepen the meditative experience.

This course, led by Rabbi George Gittleman, will include teaching, meditation instruction, and periods of silence. By practicing together, we’ll enhance our ability to listen to the voice within and expand our sense of interconnectedness.  The seasons of the Jewish calendar will serve a guiding theme, to deepen the meditative experience.  No previous experience is necessary.

A graduate of the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute’s Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program, Rabbi George has developed both Buddhist and Jewish meditative practices over the past two decades.  Where indicated on the schedule, sessions will feature a guest leader.

Program Schedule (Timing/Dates):

August: 4:30 – 5:45 PM
Tisha B’Av: Conflict & Loss
Dates:  8/4, 8/11, 8/25 (Guest Leader)
November: 4:00 – 5:15 PM
Thanksgiving:  Gratitude
11/3 (Guest Leader), 11/17 (Guest Leader), 11/24
September: 4:30 – 5:45 PM
Elul: Loving Others/Loving Ourselves
Dates:  9/8, 9/15, 9/22 (Guest Leader)
December:  4:00 – 5:15 PM
Hanukkah:  Inner Light
12/8, 12/15, 12/22
October:  4:30 – 5:45 PM
Sukkot: Impermanence
10/13, 10/20, 10/27

Rabbi Michael Robinson Memorial Lecture with Rabbi Elizabeth Richman

Organizing for Hope: Stories from the Field of Jewish Community Organizing

Friday, August 9, 6:15pm
$18 suggested donation for the catered dinner, please RSVP to the temple office.

Across the country, Jewish communities are organizing to make a huge difference in the everyday lives of millions of people. In the Washington DC region, the Jewish community- together with partners across lines of race, religion, and class- has successfully worked to pass new laws that advance racial equity, the fair treatment of immigrants, and affordable housing.

They have helped families keep food on the table and care for their children by creating a paid family and medical leave program and successfully advocating for large increases in the minimum wage and paid sick days for all employees. In an era that’s so often filled with despair and bad news, Jewish communities and our allies are creating hope. Come hear some of these inspiring stories from the field of Jewish organizing and learn what we can do to make positive change in our communities. Read more about Rabbi RichmanHERE


2020 Congregational Eastern Europe Trip

August 23 – September 4, 2020. Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Jewish Journey to Europe: Poland, Vienna, Budapest. Led by Rabbi George Gittleman.

For more information, contact Rabbi George at rabbig@cstsr.org or call (707)578-5519. www.keshetisrael.co.il.

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

STaRS REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Registration for 2019-2020 religious school year is open.

K-7th grade, click HERE to register today!

For more information about our religious school programs, click HERE.

To register for KIDdish, our preschool program, click HERE.


Financial Seminar led by Carla Frank

Cost:  $20 per family per session or $30 for both sessions. No one turned away for lack of funds.

As the new year approaches, we invite you to spend some time reflecting on your finances: where are you are now, and where you would like to be? Attend one session or both.

We will be debunking myths, gaining knowledge and developing confidence in planning for your financial future. CST member Carla Frank is a financial executive with more than 25 years’ experience in financial planning & analysis, READ MORE HERE.

Planning for Retirement

Sunday, September 22, 4pm-5:30pm

How can we evaluate if a potential investment is a good fit for our family? Should we invest in long term care insurance? What should we know about annuities before deciding to invest?

Financial Planning for Families

Wednesday, September 25, 7pm-8:30pm.

How do we create a family budget? How do we prepare for the unexpected? The kids are so smart! How will we pay for college?


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: susanlewis@sonic.net.


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!


Watch Services Online

Congregation Shomrei Torah now streams all of our services!  Click here to see a past service or event.

Click the PLAY button on the screen below to view a current event or to see an video archive of our previous events..

Activities and Events at Shomrei Torah

Click HERE to read the Spring/Summer 2019 Program Guide.

Click HERE to read The VIEW: A Guide to Programs, Holidays & Special Events including KIDdish, Religious School, B’nei Mitzvah Program, Teens, College Students, Young Adults, Social Action, Environmental Action, LifeLong Learning Classes.


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