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.
- Torah Study: Saturdays at 8:45 AM, Click HERE to read this week’s Torah portion
- Shabbat Services: Fridays at 6:15 PM, Saturdays at 10:30 AM
- Rabbi’s Tisch: Second Friday of each month
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.
- Read our monthly newsletter: The VOICE
- Read our annual guide to programs, holidays and events: The VIEW
An Introduction to Prayer Book Hebrew and Jewish Liturgy – Rabbi Meredith Cahn
TIME CHANGE: Sunday, November 18, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Sundays December 2, 9, and 16, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Are you tired of relying on transliteration in the service? Interested in dipping your toes in Hebrew, Lashon Hakodesh (the holy language)? Join Rabbi Meredith Cahn and sister/brother congregants in an engaging class that will take us through half the alphabet—the most commonly used letters – to start you on the way. All are welcome. This class is a prerequisite if you are considering an Adult B’nai Mitzvah.
Rabbi Meredith Cahn interned with CST in 2009-2011 and now works primarily as a chaplain at Kaiser Santa Rosa and at St. Paul’s Towers, a retirement community in Oakland. She served as rabbi of North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, and at J School for B’nai Israel and Ner Shalom. Rabbi Cahn received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley and a Master of Rabbinic Studies and ordination from the Academy of Jewish Religion California, a transdenominational seminary. $180.00 for the 9-week course, please RSVP to the office, email@example.com or (707)578-5519.
CST’s Annual Posada Toy Drive is Back!
November 16 – December 14
Some of you may remember our eight-year participation in the drive to collect toys for the children of the local Roseland community. We are happy to, once again, be participating in this joyful event, which culminate in toy delivery on December 15th.
Wrapped gifts should each have a tag indicating gender (girl, boy or either) and age range (baby, 3-5, 6-10, 10-14, 15 & up).
Please put wrapped gifts into the marked bins in the synagogue entryway any time between November 16 and December 14.
Sponsored by the CST Social Action Committee and STaRS.
HEALING POWER OF MUSIC WITH LIOR ZARFATI – ISRAAID WORKSHOP
Sunday, November 18, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
An international touring musician and recording artist, Lior Zarfati has always viewed music as more than entertainment. For Lior, it’s also been a profound source of healing.
Over the years, Lior has used the healing power of music to make a difference for the homeless, for kids, for hospice patients, and more recently for elders. Five years ago, he began taking his music to Alzheimer’s communities in the Bay Area, and the response has been overwhelming. Village Song is the logical and spiritual culmination of all Lior’s done, as one thread has run through his vibrant life, and that is a commitment to music as a powerful instrument for change and healing.All workshops are free, but please RSVP to the temple office: firstname.lastname@example.org or (707)578-5519.
Friday, November 23, 6:15pm
You’ve enjoyed Thanksgiving, now come treat yourself to a Shabbat with special guest, Cantor Josh Breitzer! Along with Rabbi Stephanie, Cantor Breitzer and Cantorial Soloist Erica are working together to prepare this post-Thanksgiving musical feast. You may remember Cantor Breitzer from CST’s original Dueling Cantors event. We promise, you’ll leave stuffed – in a good way!
If you are so inclined, please re-invent your Thanksgiving leftovers for a potluck oneg!
DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY SUMMIT Session #2: Recognizing Ethnicity and Incorporating Diversity
Monday, November 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
In an increasingly multicultural society and fraught political climate, the need for self-awareness, tolerance and open communication has never been more critical. This interactive workshop increases participants’ ability to communicate and collaborate more effectively across lines of social identity and difference.
Join us for Session 2, presented by Lindsey Newman, Program Manager at Be’chol Lashon, an organization that advocates for the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity. Prior to Be’chol Lashon, Lindsey worked in the field of women’s rights and advocacy and early childhood education. She received her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University (2009).
This program is made possible by Rick Concoff, Program Director for Chaverim, Malcolm McElheney, Youth Educator for Shomrei Torah, and a generous grant from the Jewish Community Federation. Teens, parents and interested adults from all walks of life in Sonoma County are invited to participate. Bring a friend! We look forward to seeing you Congregation Shomrei Torah!
Upcoming Summit Dates and Topics:
December 10, 2018 | Supporting Teens who are Trans
January 28, 2019 | LGBTQ Inclusion and Support
February 25, 2019 | Embracing Those Living with a Chronic Illness or Disability
April 8, 2019 | Creating a Culture of Inclusion
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION – BUDDHIST PRACTICE, JEWISH WISDOM
Led by Rabbi George Gittleman
Wednesdays: November 28, December 5
Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of cultivating our attention on the present moment; body sensations, mood, and the never ending stream of thought that flows through our minds. Through focused attention – meditation – we become more aware of what is true for us and the degree to which our thoughts, habits and life patterns serve our goals and higher aspirations. Are we happy? Are we living the life we want to live?
As we learn to see our truth more clearly a path opens to living a fuller, happier, healthier life. Jewish Mindfulness adds the teachings of our tradition to compliment and deepen the experience.
This 4 session course will include teaching, meditation instruction and periods of silence. No previous experience is necessary. All are welcome. $36 for the four-week class, please RSVP to (707)578-5519 or Denise@cstsr.org.
2019 SAC Soup Brigade
The homeless in Santa Rosa endure harsh times during the winter months, particularly this year due to last year’s tragic fires. Catholic Charities expanded its services at the Samuel Jones Shelter, creating extra indoor sleeping space for the homeless and put out a call to the faith-based community asking for assistance. For the 6th year in a row, The CST Social Action Committee has stepped up to provide soup for about 40 people each night, for eight Thursday nights through January and February 2019.
We need 3-5 volunteers each Thursday in January and February to provide soup.
- Please make soup in your own home, or buy it and bring it.
- Make about 5 quarts, enough to serve 10-12 people.
- Chicken noodle and other wholesome soups are welcome (no matzoh balls because the soup is served in tall paper cups).
- Please deliver soup to Samuel Jones Hall at 4020 Finley Avenue. The soup can be brought during the day and put in the refrigerator if you cannot come at night.
We need 1-3 volunteers to help heat and serve the soup from 5:30-8:00 PM. Children are welcome, and tend to get a lot out of the experience.
To register to bring soup or to serve soup please visit: sacsoup.doodle.com/poll/een6b22gppi2rmcn
- Please put an (*) before your name if you will be a server.
- Please provide your email or phone number in case we need to contact you.
Thank you for your kindness and compassion for those in need! If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
INTIMACY AND SEXUALITY WHILE AGING
Wednesday, December 5, 11:00am
$12 for the class, includes lunch. Please RSVP to the office.
Sex Therapist Diane Gleim will discuss how generational diﬀerences aﬀect sexual expectations and relationships as we age. She will also explore the biological, social and psychological issues that aﬀect sexuality over time.
Diane Gleim, MFT, CST, is an experienced and sex-positive Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist located in Santa Rosa. She works with individuals and couples ages 18-80 and beyond helping with the many diverse issues relating to sexual identity, sexual expression, sexual behavior, and sexual relationships.
Shabbat plus Hanukkah, Free dinner, Latkes & Music
Friday, December 7, 6:15pm
Free, please RSVP to the office.
Bring your menorah and candles and join CST for beautiful Hanukkah music and fun. We will provide a free, delicious Hannukah dinner with challah, latkes and sufvganiot (doughnuts).
PAINTING STARS OF HOPE
Sunday, December 9, 11:15AM – 2:00PM
Free lunch included. Stars are limited, please RSVP to the office to reserve your star.
Stars of HOPE empowers people to transform communities impacted by disasters through colorful art and messages of healing. Participants are each given a blank wooden Star of HOPE and asked to paint a message that will lift the spirits of people who need to know they are not forgotten.
Last year, in the aftermath of the wildfires, our city was covered in Stars of HOPE— they were painted by people near and far who sent their prayers and well wishes. They served as beacons of hope and compassion for all to see.
This year, the stars we paint will be hung all around the fire areas in Los Angeles.
Please join us in spreading the light of Hanukkah and paying it forward by painting Stars of HOPE to send to others who are in need. Come paint a star and enjoy a free lunch.
SUPPORTING TEENS WHO ARE TRANS
Monday, December 10, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Free to all teens and interested adults, dessert will be served.
This workshop will explore trans identity, gender expansive and adolescent development. Together we will learn and appreciate current terminology and differences between sexuality and gender. Through interactive activity and discussions, we will gain understanding and insight into the teen trans experience.
January 28 | LGBTQ Inclusion and Support; February 25 | Embracing Those with Chronic Illness or Disability; April 8 | Creating a Culture of Inclusion
SULAIMAN KHATIB – A REMARKABLE STORY
Tuesday, December 11, 7:00 PM
Free, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-578-5519.
Congregation Shomrei Torah invites you to meet Sulaiman Khatib, a Palestinian peace activist Rabbi Stephanie met while visiting the West Bank, Israel. Sulaiman has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and will share his remarkable story with us.
At the age of 14, Sulaiman was sentenced to 15 years in Israeli prison. During this time, he educated himself in Israel/Palestinian history, Hebrew, English and various other world conflicts, as well as peace activists such as Ghandi and Mandela. He acquired his entire education and worldview while in jail. This is when he started to have new thoughts about the conflict and the means for resolving it. As a result, he is a committed advocate for peace in the Middle East and an active member of various programs aiming to promote a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict within local communities, as well as on a regional and international level.
Sulaiman was born in Hizmeh/Jerusalem and lives in Ramallah. He is an elected member of the Peace NGO’s Forum and he is co-founder and former co-director of Combatants for Peace, a non-profit Israeli/Palestinian peace building organization located in Ramallah and Tel Aviv. Combatants for Peace are ex-Israeli soldiers and ex-Palestinian prisoners that decided to join hands to solve conflict through non-violent means. The founder and General Director of Al-Qud’s Association for Democracy and Dialogue, since 2005, Sulaiman has been working with Palestinian youth to create effective and sustainable projects and programs focusing on the promotion of peace, democracy, dialogue and civic participation in the Palestinian Territories.
DECEMBER RABBI’S TISCH
Rabbi Zelig Golden, Founding Director, Wilderness Torah: Awakening Earth-Based Judaism
Friday, December 14, 6:15pm
$18 suggested donation for catered dinner, please RSVP to email@example.com. Please bring wine to share with your table.
Judaism is rooted in an ancient relationship to the earth, a relationship severed by our history. As the next generation seeks authentic ways to renew Judaism, while addressing the issues of our time, like global climate change, there is a rapidly growing movement to return Judaism to its earth-based roots. Rabbi Zelig will share the story of Wilderness Torah using his personal story and by exploring primary texts including Torah, Talmud, Chasidut, and Kabbalah.
Rabbi Zelig received rabbinic ordination from ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and a Masters in Jewish Studies from Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. Zelig was ordained Maggid by Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi ztz”l on Lag B’Omer 5771. He previously worked as an environmental lawyer, including a 2010 landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory protecting food and farms.
Heal, Paint and Nosh
Monday, December 17, 7:00 PM
$20 for CST members, $35 non-members , space is limited, please reserve your spot now at 707-578-5519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for another evening of healing, painting and noshing. All supplies, wine, noshes and a teacher are provided. If you have never done a paint night, then this is your chance! Men and women are all welcome. We will have step-by-step instructions and it’s easier than you may think; and FUN!
JEWISH LITERARY CIRCLE
Thursday, December 20, 6:15pm
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.
The readings for our next 3 meetings are:
- December 20: The Loudest Voice, a short story by Grace Paley (free, online)
- January 17: The Magic of the Ordinary by Gershon Winkler
- February 21: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
FREE, all are welcome. For more information, please contact the office.
Upcoming dates: Jan. 17, 2019, Feb. 21, 2019, Mar. 21, 2019, Apr. 18, 2019, May 16, 2019, Jun 20, 2019
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Activities and Events at Shomrei Torah
Click HERE to read The VIEW: A Guide to Programs, Holidays & Special Events
- STaRS Religious School
- B’nei Mitzvah Program
- Teens and College Students
- Young Adults
- Social Action and Environmental Action
- LifeLong Learning Classes
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