Amazing Mentalist Featured on “60 Minutes” Kicks Off Performance Series on Saturday, January 24

Specially priced series package for $100 includes all four events. $36 for individual performances. Click here to Purchase Tickets online before 4 PM Friday, January 23. Tickets will be available at the door.

Salem on 60 Minutes

Thanks to a CST member who knows him personally, the world-renowned mentalist Marc Salem will appear at Shomrei Torah one night only, January 24 at 7:30 PM. Mr. Salem, whose one-man show on Broadway garnered rave reviews, offers a captivating excursion into the power and possibilities of the human mind.

The performance series is Shomrei Torah’s only fundraising event this year, so here’s your chance to witness a truly amazing spectacle while supporting the synagogue.

Click on the image to view a video of Marc Salem on the CBS Program “60 Minutes”.

Click here to read what Chris Smith in Tuesday’s Press Democrat has to say about Marc Salem.

Here’s what the New York press have to say about Marc Salem:

“Mind-blowing is the only way to describe Marc Salem’s Mind Games. This is a one man tour de force as Marc wows and charms his audience for an hour and a half with his incredible ability to read minds.”  – Liz Smith, New York Post

“It’s far and away the best mentalist show I’ve ever seen.” - Ross Wetzsteon, Village Voice

“Marc Salem’s display of mind control casts a mesmerizing hold on his audience… Marc has revived the long lost art of mental magic.” - Robert Daniels, Variety

“Catch his fabulous show. You won’t understand it – or rather, you won’t understand how he does it. Mind Games is as brilliantly entertaining as it is tantalizingly puzzling.”

– Clive Barnes, New York Post

“Hide your thoughts! Marc Salem is in town! Quick-witted family fun with a WOW finish!” - Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times

Fineman and Hurd videoFolk Musicians Fineman & Hurd, Sunday, Feb 15, 4 PM
Folk Musician and Cantorial Soloist Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd. The Monterey Bay-based duo have earned national acclaim for their songwriting and world music repertoire. Click on the image to see a video of Fineman and Hurd in performance.


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The Dueling Cantors, Saturday, March 28, 7:30 PM

The Dueling Cantors, our own David Frommer and noted Cantor Josh Breitzer present an unforgettable evening of cantoring, kibitzing and competition. This special evening will include additional surprises! As the promotional video explains, the audience will have the opportunity to bid to determine which songs are performed — and which ones get the hook!. Click here to watch Cantor David’s promotional video. (Caution: some viewers may find the content of this video… well, you decide.)

Mama-logues LogoThe Mama-logues, Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 PM: Celebrate Mother’s Day with The Mama-logues: A comedy about motherhood, written and produced by CST member Laurie Levy. Forget brunch! What mom really wants for Mother’s Day is wine, chocolate and laughter!

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Consider Being a Sponsor

With the generous help of sponsors, 100% of the proceeds will benefit Shomrei Torah programs. If you’d like to become a sponsor, please contact Fundraising Committee Chair Bruce Falstein.



Earth Under Stress—Climate Change & Soaring Population, Jan 25

Shomrei Torah’s Social Action, Environmental Action and Lifelong Learning committees together present “Earth Under Stress–Climate Change & Soaring Population” on Sunday, January 25 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.  This free public forum features a panel of experts who will tackle the related problems of climate change and growing global population. Tickets for this free event are available by clicking here.

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Workshop Explains What’s Involved in Adult B’nei Mitzvah, Tuesday, March 10

Curious about what is involved in having an adult B’nei Mitzvah?  Interested in exploring what such an experience might mean to you?  This one-session workshop led by Rabbi George is for you.  No previous knowledge is necessary and all are welcome to attend.  One session only, Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 PM in the Kolbo. There is no charge to attend. Please RSVP to denise@cstsr.orgor call the office at 707-578-5519.

Register Now for Congregational Retreat At Camp Newman

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Registration is open for Shomrei Torah’s inter-generational retreat at beautiful, nearby Camp Newman. Join our rabbis and cantor along with your fellow congregants to hike, sing, study, create art, and worship under the trees. Activities, accommodations, meals, and everything you need for the April 10-12 weekend is provided, and scholarships are available. The deadline to register is March 1, so don’t delay, and don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience a Shabbaton  with family, friends and your Shomrei Torah community.

Click here to download the complete flyer and registration form. 



Summer Camp Scholarship Application Available Now

Applications are being accepted now through March 31 for financial aid to deserving families to enable pre-college age children to attend Jewish summer camp. The scholarships are provided by the Marlene and Martin Stein Camp and Israel Experience Scholarship Fund. To download the scholarship application form, click here: 2015 Campership Application.

This Week’s Torah Portion

“It is a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace.” (Proverbs 3:17-18)

Welcome to Shomrei Torah

Walk to End Genocide, 4-18-2010 022Congregation 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.

Chanukah Party-1050158Join Rabbi George GittlemanRabbi 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

bimaAll 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 $18. 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.

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