Your Electric Bill is Bagel Club Topic Sunday, November 2, 9 AM

lox and bagelDo you think your electric bill is too high? Have you ever wondered what “baseline” is and how it works? Would you like to learn how to monitor your electric usage and bring it under control? Bring your PG&E bill and find out from CST member Bill Skoonberg how to cut back on your usage. Please RSVP for your delicious bagel & lox breakfast with all the trimmings to cstbagelmen@gmail.com.

Rabbi George’s SRJC Talk on Faith and Fly Fishing, November 5

A River Runs Through It CoverRabbi George will present “The Spirit Runs Through It: Faith and Fly Fishing” on Wednesday, November 5, at noon in Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall, at Santa Rosa Junior College. His talk, relating to Norman MacLean’s best-selling work A River Runs Through It, is part of the college’s Work of Literary Merit series, which invites a wide range of scholars across multiple disciplines to discuss a particular literary work from a variety of vantage points. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.

 Celebrate Shabbat with Blues Musician Saul Kaye, November 7

Acclaimed Blues musician Saul Kaye brings his unique fusion of the Blues and the traditional Shabbat liturgy to Shomrei Torah on Friday, November 7, at 6:15 PM. With two successful albums and a national tour to his credit, Kaye has been called a “soulful and sincere player [who] has dipped the Torah into the Delta.”

Learn About Ethical Wills at Free Workshop, November 9, 3 – 5 PM

“Ethical Wills And Other Practical Estate Planning Tools” is a free workshop where you can join members of our congregation and get started writing your own Ethical Will. Most people have heard the term, but have little idea what it really means and how to construct a meaningful document for your family. Come and learn how to accomplish your goals in these areas. Sunday, November 9, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Free to members. Click here to download the Ethical Will flyer with additional information.

November 14 Rabbis’ Tisch Explores Nexus of Politics and Religion

In the aftermath of the midterm election, Rabbis Gittleman and Kramer lead an exploration of the intersection of religion and politics in Judaism at the November 14 Rabbis’ Tisch. The evening begins with a brief Shabbat service at 6:15 PM, followed by a catered dinner. A donation of $18 per person is requested to cover the cost of the meal.

Tickets Now Available Online for Upcoming Performance Series

Starting in January, World-class Entertainment Comes to Shomrei Torah

Start your Hanukkah shopping early by purchasing a four-performance package to the cultural series starting January 24. Tickets are just $100 for all four events, or $36 for individual performances. Save the dates for these very special events:

SaMarc Salemturday, January 24, 2015 – 7:30 PM: Magician and Mentalist Marc Salem, fresh from his hit show on Broadway, offers a captivating excursion into the power and possibilities of the human mind.

Alisa FinemanSunday, February 15, 2015 – 4:00 PM: Folk Musician and Cantorial Soloist Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd, the Monterey Bay-based duo have earned national acclaim for their songwriting and world music repertoire.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 7:30 PM: The Dueling Cantors, our own David Frommer and noted Cantor Josh Breitzer present an unforgettable evening of cantoring, kibitzing and competition. This special evening will include additional surprises – don’t miss it!

Mama-logues LogoSaturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 PM: Celebrate Mother’s Day with The Mama-logues: A comedy about motherhood, written and produced by CST member Laurie Levy. Forget brunch! What mom really wants for Mother’s Day is wine, chocolate and laughter!

Consider Being a Sponsor

With the generous help of sponsors, 100% of the proceeds will benefit Shomrei Torah programs. If you’d like to become a sponsor, please contact Fundraising Committee Chair Bruce Falstein.

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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 Cantor David Frommer 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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