Advertise Your Business or Best Wishes in the 2017 Member Directory

Members and local businesses are invited to purchase an ad in the new directory to promote your goods and services or to offer a personal expression of greeting or gratitude. The photo directory is the synagogue’s major fundraiser for 2017. Click here to learn more about advertising in the 2017 Directory

There’s Still Time to Have Your Photo Appear in Our New Directory

Photo sessions are now filled, but you still have two ways to include a photo in the new directory. Call the office to put your name on a waiting list in the event session times become available, or submit a photo that meets the publication requirements. Contact Marcy Pluznick-Marrin or Bill Skoonberg via the synagogue office for more information about these options.

SAC Film Series: “Catching the Sun,” Image result for catching the sun movieSaturday, February 25, 7 PM

“Catching the Sun,” the second in the “Social Action Goes to the Movies” series, shines a solar-powered light on how we can confront climate change by accelerating our transition to renewable energy, and in the process create needed jobs and train people to fill them. Read more…

Community In Conversation: Free Dinner and Childcare For Sharing Your Thoughts

Image result for conversationTuesday, February 28, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
What’s on your mind in these challenging times? The Social Action Committee and Rabbi George would like to treat  you to dinner to find out. Join us for a Community Conversation–a great way to let your voice be heard, meet new people, and connect more deeply to the Congregation. Free childcare provided. Reservations are REQUIRED.  Please sign up no later than this Friday, February 24 by contacting Denise at denise@cstsr.org or 707-578-5519.

Rabbi George on “Politics From the Pulpit” at Bagel Club, Sunday, March 5, 9 AM

Image result for lox and bagelsRabbi George Gittleman tackles “Politics from the Pulpit” as the speaker at the upcoming gathering of the Men’s Bagel Club on Sunday, March 5, at 9 AM. A delicious, lox-and-bagel breakfast with all the trimmings is available for a requested donation of $7.  Reserve your seat by emailing to cstbagelmen@gmail.com. As always, ladies are welcome.

Family Shabbat and Game Night, with Dinner, Friday, March 3, 6:15 PM

Join us for a family-friendly camp-style Shabbat service followed by a pasta and salad dinner.  Bring your own board games, cards and tile games to play! Please RSVP to ra@cstsr.org. Suggested donation of $10 per family to defray the cost of food.

Weekend At Camp: Congregational Retreat at Camp Newman, April 28-30

Image result for camp newman santa rosaYou’re invited to join your Congregational Family Friday for a fun and soulful weekend at beautiful Camp Newman, just twenty minutes east of Santa Rosa.  Activities or (or not!) for every CST member. Enjoy comfy cabins that include heat and private bathrooms (we’re “glamping”, not camping here!) or splurge for the little-known luxury accommodations. Fun includes hiking, wine and beer tasting, campfires, arts and crafts, Torah study–or sitting with your book surrounded by nature.

NEW! Due to the generous grant that we received from The Women’s Fund through the Jewish Federation. we are able to include ALL single parents in an additional 20% discount on retreat costs!  Reserve your spot today by calling Denise at 707-578-5519 with your $100.00 deposit.

Price is per person and includes all meals and activities. $200.00 Adults 18+; $100.00 kids; $150.00 teens; under 3 free; $250.00 unaccompanied teen 13-17. Note: families pay a maximum of $500.00.

This is a popular event and always sells out, so book your space early.

Help Us Build a New Playground

Image result for swing setShomrei Torah’s existing play structure needs to be replaced, and we’re counting on your help to make it happen. Outdoor play time is a critical part of our education program, providing a valuable opportunity for children to interact, collaborate, and build community among their peers. Time outdoors also makes more attentive students indoors. Please make a donation to help us build a new playground for our newest members.

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 Apply Now for Summer Camp Financial Aid from Stein Campership Fund

Throught the generosity of the Marlene and Martin Stein Camp and Israel Experience Scholarship Fundfinancial assistance is available for pre-college-age children of Congregation Shomrei Torah members to participate in summer camp or to visit Israel. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Click here to download the application form.

Raise Money for Shomrei Torah with Every Purchase on Amazon

Image result for smile amazon logoDid 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.

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

Kidney donor neededRichard 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

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 Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner 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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