Click here to read the February Voice online.
Trees and Hope – A Tu Bishvat Reflection
Rabbi George Gittleman’s recent blog entry on the Sonoma County wildfires.
Heal, Paint, Nosh —Not Necessarily in that Order —Jan 24, 7 – 9 PM
Join us for an evening of healing, painting and noshing. All supplies, wine, noshes and a teacher are provided. If you have never done a paint night, then this is your chance! Men and women are all welcome. $20.00 per person; space is limited so reserve now. Contact Denise at 707-578-5519or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award-Winning “Social Action Goes to the Movies” Returns January 27
“Democracy is not a spectator sport” is the theme linking three films in popular series. Click here for more information.
January 27 • “Women’s March” – On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington to express to the new president and Congress that women’s rights are human rights and their power cannot be ignored.
February 24 • “The Bail Trap” – The inability to pay bail is one of the main causes of America’s mass incarceration system – and yet something most Americans know little about. Find out about the devastation caused by money bail and how we can fix the system.
March 17 • “Fix It” – An in-depth look at how our dysfunctional health care system damages our economy, suffocates our businesses, discourages physicians, and negatively impacts the nation’s health, all the while remaining unaffordable for a third of our citizens.
Master Storyteller Joel Ben Izzy Returns to Shomrei Torah February 3
Author and storyteller extraordinaire Joel Ben Izzy returns to Shomrei Torah Saturday, February 3, at 6:30 PM to share tales from Jewish tradition of wisdom and wonder, laughter and learning, tears and teaching. Free to the entire community, but please RSVP to the temple office at 707-578-5519 or email@example.com.
Listen to Rabbi George Gittleman on KQED’s FORUM Radio Show
Actors Needed for February 28 “Mary Poppins” Purim Spiel
CST’s annual Purim Spiel is always a fun, entertaining, and loud event. We need a few more “actors” who would like to participate in telling the story. This year, it’s Purim according to Mary Poppins! So contact Malcolm McElheney, Youth and Music Coordinator/Liturgical Soloist and let him know that you are in: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Shpiel is on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:15 pm.
Back by Popular Demand: Dueling Cantors Return March 3 at 7:30 PM
Come for Cantor banter and musical moxie! Our beloved former Cantor David Frommer and Cantor Jamie Marx from Temple Sholom in Broomall, PA, will entertain us with an evening of fun, music, and silliness. $36.00 includes noshes and beverage. Reserve your seat now by calling the temple office at 707-578-5519 or email email@example.com.
Proceeds benefit Shomrei Torah’s music and other programs.
Rabbi George joins with other religious leaders to discuss how faith communities are helping cope with the North Bay wildfires.
Who By Fire
Sermon by Rabbi George Gittleman
October 20, 2017
Watch Shomrei Torah Services Online on Your Desktop or Mobile Device — Live or Recorded
Can’t make it to shul? Did you miss a past service? Want to hear the sermon again? Shomrei Torah now offers live streaming of most services right on your computer or mobile device. You can also watch past services stored in the archive. Just click below to start streaming live or recorded videos of Shomrei Torah services.
Two New Shomrei Torah Publications Showcase Fall Events and General Information
Two new publications offer an overview of Shomrei Torah. The View presents general information about the synagogue, the congregation, and all that Shomrei Torah has to offer year round. The Fall 2017 Guide presents information about upcoming events and ways to participate in synagogue life.
Download them, or pick up hard copies in Shalom Hall. In prior years, these two publications were presented as a single brochure; to keep them both updated and timely, this year they are separate.
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.
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 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.
Learn All About Us At Shomrei Torah
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.
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