Fifth Annual Hanukkah Gelt-a-Thon is Sunday, December 8
Shomrei Torah’s easiest and most important fundraiser of the year is Sunday morning, December 8, when volunteers will telephone every Shomrei Torah member household seeking to raise money for ongoing operations and programs. The suggested donation is $118 per household; please give more if you can or any amount you can afford, because more important than the amount you give is that every member household participate. Or to make your donation online, use the Donate Now button at right — make sure Gelt-a-Thon 2013 appears in the pull-down menu.
Lecture: “Where Can God Be Found?”, Sunday, December 8, 3 PM
The second in a series of scholar lectures takes place Sunday, December 8, from 3 PM to 4:30 PM when Rabbi Lavey Derby explores the question, “Where Can God Be Found?” The talk examines one of the famous teachings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev.
Rabbi Lavey Derby teaches meditation, mysticism and Hasidism around the country and is an eighth-generation descendant of Rabbi Yitzchok of Berditchev. Cost is $18; please purchase in advance by calling the synagogue office or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your payment instructions.
The King James Bible translates Proverbs 31 as “a woman of virtue.” The JPS Bible reads “a woman of valor.” Professor Seidman’s lecture explores the implications of this small but significant difference.
“Not Your Grandmother’s Cantor*,” Friday, December 13, 6:15 PM
Cantor David Frommer examines the expanding role of the cantor in synagogue life at the next Rabbis’ Tisch, Friday, December 13 at 6:15 PM. ”Not Your Grandmother’s Cantor” is an exploration into the complexities of the modern day Cantorate. Enjoy a delicious catered Shabbat dinner before Cantor David’s talk.
The Rabbis’ Tisch is an alternative Shabbat dinner service on the second Friday of each month, when a learned speaker explores a topic relevant to contemporary Jewish life. Suggested donation of $10.00 to cover the cost of the catered meal. RSVP to the office or email@example.com.
(* Unless your grandmother is a member of the Army National Guard, in which case, he is.)
Read Cantor Frommer’s New York Times Blog on Hanukkah and War
Cantor David Frommer’s essay, “Understanding War Through Hanukkah,” appeared recently in the New York Times’ “At War: Notes From the Front Lines” guest commentary series. Cantor Frommer served as a United States Army Chaplain in Afghanistan and Kuwait, and is currently a Battalion Chaplain with the California Army National Guard. Click here to read his trenchant and inspiring thoughts on the meaning of Hanukkah and the nature of war.
Don’t Miss These Upcoming Learning Opportunities
“Spiritual Direction,” Wednesdays, February 12, 19 and 26, 7 PM. Taught by Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, certified in Jewish Spiritual Direction.
“Introduction to Hebrew,” Saturdays, January 18 through March 29, 1 PM. Taught by Rabbi George and Rabbi Kramer. $150 for all sessions, including study materials.
Reserve Your Table for Julie Silver in Concert March 1
Renowned singer-songwriter Julie Silver will appear live on the Shomrei Torah stage on Saturday, March 1. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the Jewish world’s top musical performers.
Use the Buy Now button below to purchase your table for 8 and individual tickets. Or call the Shomrei Torah office to reserve your table or purchase individual tickets.
Reform Movement Collects Funds to Aid Typhoon Victims
The Union for Reform Judaism’s General Disaster Relief Fund is collecting donations that will be distributed to aid groups working in the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Click here to make a donation.
Apply Now for Summer Camp Scholarships
Applications for scholarships for Jewish summer camp are available now. Click here to download the Application Form. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2014.
The scholarships are available to pre-college age children of Shomrei Torah members. The Marlene and Martin Stein Camp and Israel Experience Scholarship Fund is an endowment established by the Stein family to make available to all Shomrei Torah kids the formative experiences of attending Jewish summer camp and visiting Israel.
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 and Rabbi Stephanie Kramer 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 $10, or you may purchase a yearlong “package” for a suggested donation of $100. 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.