Welcome

Welcome

Congregation Shomrei Torah is the 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.

Our congregation 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 families at Shomrei Torah.

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.

  • Read our monthly newsletter: The VOICE
  • Read our annual guide to programs, holidays and events: The VIEW 


STaRS Registration is Open!

K-7th grade: Register now for the 2018-2019 school year! Registration will take less than 5 minutes per student. A deposit of $200 per student is due at the time of registration. Register HERE.


SHABBAT SHABOOGIE!

Frdiay, August 17, 5:30pm

Come enjoy a lively musical Shabbat service aimed at young families, or young​-​at​-​heart families followed by a simple dinner and schmoozing.
Dinner is free but please RSVP​ to denise@cstsr.org​ so we know how much​ food to order.

 


MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

Led by Rabbi George on August 12 and 26; 4:00 PM
Led by Alissa Hirshfeld Flores on September 2; 4:00 PM

Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of cultivating our attention on the present moment; body sensations, mood, and the never ending stream of thought that flows through our minds. Through focused attention – meditation – we become more aware of what is true for us and the degree to which our thoughts, habits and life patterns serve our goals and higher aspirations. Are we happy? Are we living the life we want to live?

As we learn to see our truth more clearly a path opens to living a fuller, happier, healthier life.  Jewish Mindfulness adds the teachings of our tradition to compliment and deepen the experience. This course will include teaching, meditation instruction and periods of silence. No previous experience is necessary.

Free, but please RSVP to the temple office (707)578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

 


WOMEN’S INTEREST GROUPS – CONNECTING CST WOMEN 

Sunday, August 19 – Introductory meetings at staggered times on August 19, 2018 in Gimmel. Come to one or both!!
Women in our congregation have expressed an interest in connecting with other CST women. In August, we are launching two interest-based groups to facilitate the process of getting to know each another. Come to one or both!!

WEEKLY WALKING GROUP- 10:00-11:30 a.m.  Bring your calendar to plan future walking dates, times and locations.  A half-hour walk around the neighborhood for walkers of all levels will follow the discussion.

MONTHLY MOVIE AND DISCUSSION GROUP- 10:30 a.m.–noon Plan future meeting dates, times, and locations. Bring suggestions for movies (new, classic or in between) and your calendar.

Interested?  Plan to join us on the 19th to learn more and get connected! Contact Sue Lewis: susanlewis@sonic.net  to ask questions and/or to RSVP for one or both groups. (Although we’d love to know who’s coming, RSVP is not necessary for attendance)

 


Shomrei Torah Women’s Retreat

Friday-Sunday, October 26-28, 2018

Join us for our 11th Shomrei Torah Women’s Retreat.  The Women’s Retreat only comes around every two years! Escape for the weekend and discover what some of us already know: Shomrei women are the heart and soul of the temple.

Location: Westerbeke Ranch, 2300 Grove Street, Sonoma, CA 95476

Cost: $385 (all-inclusive), for scholarship information contact Rabbi Kramer, rabbikramer@cstsr.org

Download the registration form HERE.

Questions, or to be part of the organizing team, contact Chris Smith: cesmith@comcast.net

 


JEWISH LITERARY CIRCLE

Aug. 23, 2018 Sep. 20, 2018 Oct. 18, 2018 Nov. 15, 2018 Dec. 20, 2018
Jan. 17, 2019 Feb. 21, 2019 Mar. 21, 2019 Apr. 18, 2019 May 16, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

6:15pm-8:00pm, Kolbo Room

The Jewish Literary Circle is a new group, meeting monthly, to read Jewish literature and other published material in an atmosphere of stimulating discussion.

The reading for our next meeting is Scenes from A Village Life by Amos Oz  which we will discuss at our next meeting on August 23.  The book (182 pages) is available on Amazon and at the Sonoma County Public Library. Following the discussion we will vote to select our next reading choice. Participants are encouraged to bring reading suggestions to the group.

FREE, all are welcome. For more information, please contact Marian McKenna: chabansky@yahoo.com.


HOW TO GRANDPARENT INTERFAITH FAMILIES

Wednesday, August 29
12:00 PM, Lunch will be provided

How do you support Jewish life for your Grandchildren? Congregation Shomrei Torah is pleased to welcome Rabbi Samantha Kahn the director of Interfaith Families in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a rabbi of the people, connecting to multitudes in mixed heritage relationships and helping them explore Jewish life. Learn more about her at RabbiKahn.com.

FREE, but please RSVP to the temple office (707)578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

 


This September, 2018

Soon, we will gather together in sacred community to usher in the New Year. In Hebrew, these days are called the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe. It is awesome when you think about it: all of us – old, young, married, single, gay, straight – a diverse group in many ways, joined together by our connection to Jewish heritage and our more universal longings for health, happiness and peace in the New Year.

This year, all services will be in our home at 2600 Bennett Valley Road.  Click the link below to download our High Holy Day informational packet including service dates, seating cards, donations, and educational program registration:

High Holy Days 2018 at Congregation Shomrei Torah

 


Solidarity Shabbat with Free Dinner

Friday, September 14, 6:15pm

In lieu of the September Rabbi’s Tisch, come for a free dinner and discussion with Rabbi George, Rabbi Stephanie and Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner. The High Holy Days are complicated for many of us, especially with the anniversary of the wildfires quickly approaching. We need more than ever to come together to celebrate Shabbat and find comfort in community.

The dinner is free but please RSVP to denise@cstsr.org or (707)578-5519 so we can order enough food.


Strength & Spirit: Celebrating our Community

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018, 2:00 – 5:00 PM

On this eve of Sukkot, please join us to commemorate the strength and spirit of our community. Lots of family fun for all ages! Food, wine tasting, music, crafts, and more. All are welcome to this free community-wide event.

Presented by JEWISH FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S SERVICES
In partnership with: Congregation Shomrei Torah, Congregation Beth Ami, Congregation Ner Shalom, Congregation Shir Shalom, B’nai Israel Jewish Center, Jewish Community Center Sonoma County, Jewish Community Federation, and Chabad Jewish Center of Sonoma County.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED AT https://strengthandspirit.eventbrite.com. Questions? Call JFCS at 707-303-1500, or email sonoma@jfcs.org

CST HABITAT FOR HUMANITY/SUKKOT VOLUNTEER DAY

Saturday, September 29
Time, Choose one: Morning slot: 8:45AM-12:00PM -or- Afternoon slot: 1:00PM-4:00pm

Location: 2863 West Steele Lane at Comstock Park (directly across the street), Santa Rosa

Cost: Free. Lunch included. Registration and RSVP required: (707)578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org

CST members are invited to spend Shabbat “praying with our hands and feet”. Last year we learned just how temporary our permanent structures can be. This year we will come together as a community to help re-build for those in need.

Several activities are planned for all ages, abilities, and interests. There will be three volunteer tracks: the construction team, the beautification team, and the food team. Individuals and families of all ages and generations are welcome and encouraged to sign up for a 3-hour, morning or afternoon slot. A delicious and nutritious lunch will be provided to all participants. Volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

 


Simchat Torah Celebration, followed by free lunch

Sunday, September 30, 10:30am

Come dance with the Torah at the holiest party of the year! This will be a Simchat Torah to remember with music, dancing, chanting Torah, and celebration as we end our Torah reading cycle and immediately begin all over again.

A free lunch will be provided after the celebration, please RSVP to the office: (707)578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

 


Workshop Series Hosted by IsraAID

Introductory Session: Sunday, October 7, 5:00-7:00 PM

Topic: Building Strength and Resilience

During the October, 2017 wildfires, IsraAID, Israel’s largest humanitarian relief organization, provided support for adults and children, assistance with Congregation Shomrei Torah’s day camp program and supplies for families who lost their homes.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of these traumatic wildfires, IsraAID joins Congregation Shomrei Torah again to host a series of workshops designed to provide ongoing support and learning opportunities.

Upcoming Sunday Workshop Dates (5:00-7:00PM):

  • October 21 – Parenting/Supporting Kids
  • November 4 – Chi Quong
  • November 18 – Music
  • December 2 – Art for Families
  • December 16 – Psycho-Drama

Workshops include lectures on various topics, instruction in stress-relief, coping/relaxation techniques and self-care and wellness. Workshops will meet twice a month, starting October 7 with more dates listed below. All workshops are free, but please RSVP to the temple office: denise@cstsr.org or (707)578-5519.

 


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Congregation Shomrei Torah now streams all of our services!  Click here to see a past service or event.

Click the PLAY button on the screen below to view a current event or to see an video archive of our previous events..

 


Activities and Events at Shomrei Torah

Click HERE to read The VIEW: A Guide to Programs, Holidays & Special Events


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