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.

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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

Click HERE to listen to the radio show with Rabbi George & Rabbi Ted Feldman on the Meaning of the Holy Days.

September Office Closures:
September 18 – Closed at Noon
September 19 – Yom Kippur
September 24 – Sukkot


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.  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.


Opening day is September 23 at 9am!

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.

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.

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


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.


Shomrei Torah Women’s Retreat

Friday-Sunday, October 26-28, 2018

Deadline to register is October 1!

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


Workshop Series “Building Strength and Resilience”

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

In this first workshop of the series, Mor Gavish will help participants discover how a well-rounded self-care system (with an emphasis on mindfulness, resilience, self- compassion, experiential exercises, self- reflection and much more) can help tremendously when dealing with stress, discomfort and anxiety. We will learn practical tools to ease our minds and become more present. Practice resiliency – how to respond in a different way to the ups and downs in life. Deepen the natural resources we already have and, most importantly, how to have greater compassion for ourselves and others in harsh moments.

Mor Gavish, LMFT has a Masters degree in Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her approach is grounded in psychodynamics- relational psychology as well as and somatic modalities such as Somatic Experiencing, for which she was trained for three years. She has a private practice in San Francisco where she works with individuals and couples. She specialize in working with anxiety, trauma, sexual & emotional abuse and relationship issues. Mor is a co-founder of The Anxiety Relief Center in San Francisco. She believes that body-mind awareness and self compassion are important ingredients in creating healing.

This program is generously supported by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco and IsraAID.

All workshops are free, but please RSVP to the temple office: denise@cstsr.org or (707)578-5519.

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

  • October 21 – Coping Among Children Post-Fire
  • November 4 – A Way of Joy Qigong
  • November 18 – Healing Power of Music
  • December 2 – Art & Resilience for Families
  • December 16 – Psycho-Drama


Tractate Ta’anit–Acts of God: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters

Sundays: October 7, November 11, December 2, January 6
3:00-5:00PM, $80 – $120 for the class
Rabbinic tales of drought, disaster, and charismatic holy men illuminate critical questions about power, ethics, and ecology in Jewish late  antiquity. Through a reading of the Babylonian Talmud tractate Ta’anit (on fasts in response to drought) we will discuss how the Talmud  challenges Deuteronomy’s claim that virtue can assure abundance and that misfortune is an unambiguous sign of divine rebuke.

Students must also purchase the Koren Talmud Bavli Noé, Vol.12: Ta’anit/Megilla, Hebrew/English. To register, please visit https://catalog.lehrhaus.org/course/2018/fall/TC850-ST/


Tuesday, October 9, 6:00pm PM

We know that the anniversary of the Sonoma wildfires will be filled with a myriad of   emotions, some conscious and others buried deep inside.  Our tradition recognizes that the passing of time can have deep meaning and healing effects.

Join us as we mark the one-year anniversary with ritual, a shared meal and the comfort of  community.

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


Can We Tawk? – A History of Jewish Humor
Friday, October 12, 6:15pm

If Jewish humor was born out of persecution, what is the role of Jewish humor today, in a time of less oppression?  What does Jewish humor have to teach us about Jewish history and culture? Most importantly, is Sarah Silverman good for the Jews? Comedy professor and performing artist Sara Felder will deliver a concise history of Jewish humor, beginning in biblical times and ending with contemporary stand-up and performance.

Sara Felder is a playwright and performer who, over the last 3 decades, has created a body of work that juggles personal narrative, circus shtick and social justice. She has toured with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus and Joel Grey’s Borscht Capades and performed at Jewish/Yiddish cultural festivals all over the world.

$18 suggested donation for the catered meal.  Please RSVP to denise@cstsr.org or (707)578-5519.  Please bring wine to share with your table.


For Our Lives, Parkland – Film and Panel Discussion

Saturday, October 13, 7:00pm

Don’t miss this impactful film and follow up panel about the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This Nightline documentary captures intimate moments as the Parkland Florida community rebuilds and goes from grief to activism,including organizing the national March For Our Lives.

This film is a hopeful testament to the power of young people to come together, organize and make a difference in the upcoming mid term elections. This event is part of the ongoing efforts of the Social Action Committee to engage our community to register and be educated and activist voters. A special welcome to our youngest and newest voters! This event is free, carpooling is encouraged.


Let’s be a 100% Voting Congregation!
Register to vote deadline is October 22
Next election is November 6th

Vote by mail request must be received by Tuesday, October 30

  • Register to vote online HERE; or get form from CST,  library, post office, schools; or  visit the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office at 435 Fiscal Dr., Santa Rosa.
  • You need to re-register if you changed your name, address, political party.  If displaced by the fires see special information HERE.
  • Sign up to vote by mail: online at the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters HERE, or use application on back cover of Sonoma County Voter Information guide that is mailed to you, or go to the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters.
  • College students can register at their home address or campus address HERE.
  • Register in Spanish HERE.
  • Check to see if you are registered HERE.

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