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Sign Up Now for 2017 Photo Directory and Get Free Professional 8 X 10 Family Portrait

There are three ways to participate:

1. Sign Up to Have Your Photo Taken

Professional photographers will be at Shomrei Torah on select dates throughout the month of February to take pictures for the new Shomrei Torah Member Directory. Every participating household will receive a FREE professional 8 X 10 portrait and a copy of the new directory when it is published (additional photos available for purchase). Click here to schedule your photo session.

2. Buy An Ad and Support CST

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 download the order form and sizing information.

3. Volunteer to Greet Photo Shoot Participants

This is an easy, fun way to help out with the directory project. To sign up for a specific time and date, click here.

Image result for Jewish musicNew Class: Understanding God Through (Mostly Rock) Music

Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 PM
God is hard to talk about and even harder to understand.  This two-session class, led by Rabbi George, will use contemporary, mostly rock, music (Joan Osborn, Tom Waits, George Harrison, Matisyahu, etc.) as a medium for discussion and reflection.  Please RSVP to the temple office at 707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org. Free to CST members.

Image result for Inocente documentarySocial Action Committee Film Series Returns January 28 with Oscar-winning “Inocente”

The Shomrei Torah Social Action Committee launches its fifth annual, award-winning film series at 7 PM on January 28 with the presentation of “Inocente,” the Academy Award-winning coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old undocumented, homeless girl in California. The series’ theme this year is “Sparks of Hope: Healing Through Innovation and Creativity.” Download the series flier.  Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. For more information, visit the Social Action page.

 Join the Soup Brigade to Help Feed Local Homeless

Image result for soup kitchenFor the fourth consecutive year, the Social Action Committee is mobilizing in support of Sonoma County’s homeless, partnering with Catholic Charities to provide to provide soup for about 40 people on eight Thursday nights through January and February, 2017. There are two ways to help: make soup and deliver it to the shelter, and help serve between 7:30 and 9 PM. Samuel Jones Hall at 4020 Finley Avenue (south of Sebastopol Road (west of Stony Point) during the day and put in the refrigerator for the Emergency Winter Shelter program. For more information and to sign up, click here. Please make about 5 quarts of soup in your own home; chicken noodle and other wholesome soups are welcome; no matzoh balls since the soup is served in tall paper cups. Contact Peter Copen at pcopen38@aol.com with any questions.

Raise Money for Shomrei Torah with Every Purchase on Amazon

amazon.comDid 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.

Join a Chavurah to Connect with CST Members Who Share Your Interests

Displaying Chavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for website.jpgChavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for websiteA 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 Denise in the synagogue office at 707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org. Pictured at left, a special Shabbat Oneg on January 29 where the Chavurah Committee hosted a gathering of current and prospective Chavurah members. Displaying Chavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for website.jpg

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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