All are Welcome to CST’s Free End-of-Summer BBQ
On Friday, August 26, at 6:15 PM, everyone is invited to our free, end-of-summer BBQ. Hot dogs and hamburgers (and vegetarian options) will be provided. Please contribute as follows: if your last name begins with A-L, please bring a vegetarian side dish to share; if your name begins with M-Z please bring a dessert to share. The BBQ dinner follows immediately after the Shabbat service. Please RSVP with number attending to Denise at 707-578-5519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register Now for Shomrei Torah Women’s Retreat, October 28-30
The biennial Women’s Retreat will be held at the beautiful Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma starting Friday, October 28th. The deadline to register is October 1st or when we have reached our maximum capacity of 48 overnight guests. Click here for more information and to download the registration form.
It’s Time to Renew Your Membership
So far, about half of CST members have sent in their renewal membership pledges for the 2016-2017 membership period. Thank you! If you have not done so yet, please send in your paperwork, or call the office at (707)578-5519 with the information. Help us sustain and grow Shomrei Torah into the future by renewing your membership and pledging at the Fair Share Pledge level.
Online Registration Now Available for Shomrei Torah Religious School
It’s that time of year to register your child for STaRS, Shomrei Torah Religious School! Opening day is September 11, 2016.
Register by June 30th and receive a $25 Early Bird Discount per child.
Click here to register
If you have trouble with registration, please email email@example.com
Raise Money for Shomrei Torah with Every Purchase on Amazon
Did 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
A 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org / 483-8866) or Donna Taffel (email@example.com / 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.
See Photos of Recent Events and Connect With Us on Facebook
Have you liked Shomrei Torah on Facebook yet? If not, click here to visit our Facebook page. There you’ll find news about upcoming events, photos of past events, and other ways to connect with your synagogue community. Use this link or go to Facebook.com and search for Congregation Shomrei Torah Santa Rosa.
Shomrei Torah Congregant in Critical Need of a Donor Kidney
Richard 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
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.
Already a Member? Get Involved & Support Shomrei Torah
- Sign up for eScrip
- Buy a Judaica Gift Certificate
- Purchase our Oy to Joy Cookbook
- Join Shomrei Torah’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
- Purchase a Yahrzeit Memorial Plaque
- Adopt a Shomrei Torah Garden Plot
- Join a Chavurah Group
- Purchase a Leaf on our Kir Hakavod Wall