Hanukkah Begins December 16

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The first night of Hanukkah is Tuesday, December 16. Shomrei Torah’s community Hanukkah celebration is Wednesday, December 17, at 6:15 pm. Bring your chanukiyah to light, along with a vegetarian dish for our potluck dinner. There will be free latkes, home-made apple sauce, and sufganiyot (jelly donuts).

Click here to read Rabbi George’s answers to questions about Hanukkah.

Click here to read the Press Democrat article on decorating for Hanukkah featuring Rabbi Kramer.

Click here to read a blog post about Hanukkah by Judith Richlin-Klonsky.

Click here to read all about Hanukkah at ReformJudaism.org, the URJ’s web site.

The Shomrei Shop Has All Your Hanukkah Needs

Don’t forget to stop by the Shomrei Shop for candles, gifts, decorations, wrapping paper, and everything you need for the Festival of Lights. Chocolate gelt, too, while supplies last.

Winter Clothing and Toy Drives Now Underway

Please keep bringing gently-used warm clothing to the labeled receptacles in our building entryway for distribution in December to our needy neighbors and clients of Elisha’s Pantry.  Heavy sweaters, jackets, coats, sleeping bags, hats, clean socks, gloves, blankets and rain gear are all needed and appreciated.

The yearly toy collection benefits those children whose parents can’t provide them with a holiday gift.  Please bring wrapped gifts, labeled boy or girl and age range, to the labeled bin in the building entry way.

Tickets Now Available Online for Upcoming Performance Series

Starting in January, World-class Entertainment Comes to Shomrei Torah

Start your Hanukkah shopping early by purchasing a four-performance package to the cultural series starting January 24. Tickets are just $100 for all fPlaybill Ad - all 4our events, or $36 for individual performances. Save the dates for these very special events:

Saturday, January 24, 2015 – 7:30 PM: Magician and Mentalist Marc Salem, fresh from his hit show on Broadway, offers a captivating excursion into the power and possibilities of the human mind.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 – 4:00 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.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 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!

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!

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.

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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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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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