Holocaust Remembrance Day

If you are someone who finds it too painful to attend a Yom Hashoah memorial service, consider this: At next Wednesday’s (May 4) Shomrei Torah service, the guest speaker is Art Shostak, a retired professor who has spent much of his life creating “Stealth Altruism,” the forbidden Care by Jews, of Jews, throughout the Holocaust.

Image result for holocaust remembrance dayThe service begins at 6:15 pm. Our Candle Lighting service will honor the six million Jews + the children, disabled, LGBTQ, political activists, righteous among nations, and the Roma/gypsies. And we will not forget the other genocides with candle lighting …from Native America and Armenia to Cambodia & Bosnia, and Rwanda and Darfur.

Our Rabbis George and Stephanie will light the Candles of Hope! Beautiful music by Jenny Levine-Smith on Yiddish; Mama Loshn, Cantorial soloist Erica Wisner and the wonderful Shomrei Torah Choir. Art Shostak will hold a special “after the service” dialogue on the Holocaust.

Sponsors: Shomrei Torah’s Social Action Committee and Sonoma State’s Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide

CST Fair Combines Business and Pleasure: BBQ, Fun for Kids & Annual Meeting

postcard_4_frontFor the third year running, Shomrei Torah will hold its brief annual meeting during a family-friendly Congregational Fair, offering games, prizes, food, along with a short meeting to elect members of the Board of Directors and approve a budget, as required in the synagogue’s by-laws.

This free event on May 15 starts at 4 PM with a jumpy house and other games for kids, a free BBQ dinner provided by the Men’s Bagel Club, and opportunities to speak with representatives of most CST committees and groups at tables in Shalom Hall, where they will offer information and invitations to participate. Most important, the casual afternoon offers a setting where members can mingle with old friends and make new ones.

No RSVP is necessary. All members are encouraged to attend.

Donning his Camo Kippah, Cantor David Mobilizes for US Army Passover Duty in Afghanistan

Cantor David Frommer, a chaplain in the California National Guard, will spend Passover in Afghanistan on a six-week religious support mission. Captain Frommer, who in 2012 served as an active-duty US Army chaplain in Iraq, will be the only Jewish chaplain serving our military personnel in Afghanistan. As difficult as it is for Cantor David to leave his family and his congregation during the Passover holidays, “the Talmud teaches that all Jews are responsible for each other, no matter the geography or the priorities that separate them,” Cantor David wrote in a letter to the congregation. “I urge you to see yourselves in the faces of those Jewish men and women whom I will be serving while I am awayI will also have a unique opportunity to represent Jewish values and beliefs to many non-Jews who have had limited, if any interaction with our communities. At a time when the political discourse in this country highlights differences and divisions, there is valuable work to be done within the military to foster mutual understanding and respect.”

Mama-logues Returns May 7 with All-new, Whimsical Look at Motherhood

Mama-logues LogoALL NEW CONTENT FOR 2016! Back for a 2nd year in Sonoma County,The Mama-logues: A Comedy about Motherhood, is two hours of spit-your-beer-out-funny in celebration of motherhood! It’s for anyone who is a mom, has a mom or knows a mom. Local talent will perform selections from mom-tastic blogs, books, and articles by Scary Mommy, Moms Who Drink and Swear, Outnumbered Mother, The Bloggess, Samantha Bee, Babysideburns, and many others!  And oh yes, the song and dance pieces!  Come Whip-Nae-Nae Mama style!

Beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and dessert will be offered for sale at the event. Bring your friends be they mamas or not! There is a little something for everyone to laugh at in this show. All proceeds benefit the CST Educational Scholarship Fund and JCC Parent’s Place (parentsplaceonline.org). 13 and up due to strong language and content. Babes in arms are welcome! Tickets are $25 in advance at brownpapertickets.com and $30 at the door.

Raise Money for Shomrei Torah with Every Purchase on Amazon

amazon.comDid you know that you can earn a donation for Shomrei Torah of 0.5% for every online purchase you make on Amazon.com? Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com and shop the way you always do on Amazon — the same products, same service, same prices, same shipping and return policies. Just click on www.smile.amazon.com and search for Congregation Shomrei Torah Santa Rosa. Enrolling is simple — no personal information is required. Once you designate CST as your charitable organization, everything else is automatic.

Membership Database Update

If you have not yet completed your updated database form, please do so as soon as possible.  This form contains information that we have not had before in our temple database that we need in order to serve you better.  You can download and print the Membership Application Form, or you can pick up a copy at the CST office.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact the office at (707)578-5519.

Join a Chavurah to Connect with CST Members Who Share Your Interests

Displaying Chavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for website.jpgChavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for websiteA Chavurah is a group of CST members who meet from time to time to share a meal, take a hike, enjoy a ball game, or participate in any number of interesting activities. There are many existing Chavurot to join, or consider starting one of  your own.  If you’d like to learn more about this easy and informal way to build community and connect with fellow CST members, email or call Jan Gilman (drjangilman@sbcglobal.net / 483-8866) or Donna Taffel (taffel3@sbcglobal.net / 695-5635). Pictured at left, a special Shabbat Oneg on January 29 where the Chavurah Committee hosted a gathering of current and prospective Chavurah members. Displaying Chavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for website.jpg

See Photos of Recent Events and Connect With Us on Facebook

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Shomrei Torah Congregant in Critical Need of a Donor Kidney

Kidney donor neededRichard Lazovick is a kind and gentle man, a dedicated dad, and a solid member of this community. And both of his kidneys are failing. Richard spends every night, all night, connected to a dialysis machine while he waits for a donor kidney — a wait estimated to be eight years! Meanwhile, his kidney function continues to decline. Read More…


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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