Read Rabbi Kramer’s “Close to Home” Article in the Press Democrat
Performance Series Finale: The Mama-logues, A Comedy About Motherhood
Shomrei Torah’s performance series fundraiser concludes Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 PM, with The Mama-logues. Celebrate Mother’s Day with this original 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!
Click the link to see a YouTube video clip from The Mama-logues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Popular Congregation and Community Passover Seders Return April 4-5, 6 PM
Two Seders to choose from, each with a delicious traditional Pesach meal, as we celebrate the Festival of Freedom.
Passover at Shomrei Torah is more than the retelling of the ancient story of the Exodus; it honors our ongoing struggle for freedom, justice and equality everywhere. There is a place at the table waiting for you. The cost is $30 per adult, $18 children twelve and under, and free for children under four. Reservations required – call (707) 578-5519.
Our annual members-only congregational Seder is on the second night of Passover, Saturday, April 4.
Member Seder April 4
Community Seder April 5
Register Now for Congregational Retreat At Camp Newman
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.
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)
To read a midrash by Anne Levy Howson, click here: Exodus 28 midrash
Welcome to Shomrei Torah
Congregation 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.
Join Rabbi George Gittleman, Rabbi 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
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. 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.