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.


Hide or fight, what does our tradition tell us to do?

Rabbi George’s sermon from Friday, July 19. Click HERE to watch.

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.


LiveStreaming from Shomrei Torah

LiveStream from Sanctuary: Shabbat Services and B’nei Mitzvahs

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Jewish Literacy Circle

August 15,  6:00pm: A River Could Be a Tree by Angela Himsel 

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: 

September 19,  6:00pm: Focus  by Arthur Miller 


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 as a guiding theme, to deepen the meditative experience.  No previous experience is necessary.

A graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’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:  8/25
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
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

Shabbat ShaBoogie!

Friday, August 23, 5:15pm – 6:15pm

Shabbat ShaBoggie is a very special Shabbat experience for families with children 3rd grade and under!

Begin with a short service with music, dancing and stories – and then enjoy a light dinner and dessert with all of your new friends! Regular Shabbat services will follow at 6:15 PM.

Shabbat ShaBoogie is a free event but please RSVP to CST@cstsr.org​ so we know how much food to order.


Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Professor Daniel C. Matt

Daniel Matt, one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah, will introduce us to some of the central themes of the Jewish mystical tradition. Read more about Daniel C. Matt HERE.

Join us for these events featuring our scholar-in-residence (click links for more info):

High Holy Day Volunteers Needed

Congregation Shomrei Torah looks forward to celebrating the High Holy Days with you! All of our High Holy Day services will be held in our home at Congregation Shomrei Torah. 

We need your help to make everything run smoothly.  Please visit our SIGN-UP if you are able to help. Check your mail soon for your High Holy Day packet, or download it HERE

For more information about High Holy Days at CST, click HERE.


STaRS Opening Day is September 8!

Registration for 2019-2020 religious school year is open. A $100 discount will be given to any STaRS family who refers a new family that registers for the 2019-2020 school year! The new family will also receive a $100 discount! It’s a win-win to grow our amazing religious school.

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?


Adult B’nei Mitzvah Cohort – Introductory Class

Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 PM

If you are a Jewish adult who has never had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, now is your opportunity.  This 14-month course will delve into Jewish theology, liturgy (prayer), and Jewish cannon (Torah, Midrash,Talmud, etc.). READ MORE


Informational Meeting: 2020 Congregational Eastern Europe Trip

Meeting Date: Thursday, October 23, 7:00 PM

Trip Dates: 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

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!


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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