Cantor David’s Account of His Passover Mission to Afghanistan

12. Final Seder at KAFI looked at the flier advertising my upcoming Seders at Bagram Airfield (BAF) in Afghanistan. “Commemorate The Miracle that The LORD Redeemed Our Forefathers and Us from Egypt, praising the LORD for all the Miracles HE has done and continues to do for us.” As a summary of how Southern Baptists like its author, the Command Chaplain, understand the holiday of Passover, it was perfect. As a reflection of my Reform Jewish approach to everything from theology to publicity, it needed some work. “Looks good, Sir,” I wrote back. “I would only recommend changing the wording entirely. How about this? ‘From musket balls to matzah balls, American Jews have observed the Festival of Passover while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces throughout our nation’s history. Join the Jewish Community in a celebration of Freedom as we share songs, stories and, of course, great food!’”

It was definitely catchy, but several key points of my alternate text were also completely aspirational. With just a few weeks until the Seder, the “Jewish Community” at BAF still numbered only a single civilian, working there for the Department of Defense (DOD). And as for “great food,” that would depend on the Command Chaplain’s influence with the installation’s Dining Facility (DFAC), and he had already sent me back several emails protesting that my Special Meals Request (SMR) would be impossible to support. If so, the entire menu would consist of packaged Kosher Meals Ready to Eat (MREs)—the kind of food that not even airlines served anymore. The more I thought about it, the more the initial flier’s wording seemed appropriate. It would take a Miracle for this to work. READ MORE…

“Alef-Bet” Yoga, Free Class, Thursdays in June at 10:30 AM

CST Member and 500-hour yoga certified Helenka Wiscombe will lead this series on practicing yoga with poses that represent some Hebrew letters and the opportunity to experience the health benefits that yoga has to offer. Yoga practice is the communion of body, mind and spirit. Through asanas (poses) and pranayamas (breathing exercises), we will focus on our physical being.  Each yoga practice will end with a few minutes of shavasana (deep relaxation) for our mind, body, and spirit.  FREE.  No prior experience necessary.

At June Rabbis’ Tisch: Professor, Attorney Marshall Krause on “Supreme Court After Scalia”

“The U.S. Supreme Court After Scalia” is the topic of Marshall Krause’s talk for the June Rabbis’ Tisch.  Professor Marshall Krause is a civil rights attorney and expert on the Supreme Court.  He’ll review the Jewish commitment to the rule of law and also address the Supreme Court in the context of the 2016 election, including the pending nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to be the 9th Justice of the Supreme Court.  The evening begins with a delicious catered dinner and Shabbat prayers and ends after Professor Krause’s presentation with Mi’Shebeirach and Kaddish.  $18.00 suggested donation for dinner.  Please RSVP so that we can provide enough food:  707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

New Class by Rabbi George: “Loving Kindness — Buddhist Practice, Jewish Wisdom”

Rabbi George Gittleman leads a new class that places the Buddhist practice of Metta in a Jewish context by focusing on the Hebrew words for Love/Ahavah, Compassion/Rachamim, Loving Kindness/hesed and Peace/Shalom.  Four sessions meet on Sundays, June 12, 19, 26, and July 10 at 7:00 PM in the Kolbo Room. These four sessions will include some teaching, chanting, and at least 30 minutes of silent meditation during each class. All are welcome in this free class; no previous experience necessary. Please RSVP to the temple office at 707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

Raise Money for Shomrei Torah with Every Purchase on Amazon

amazon.comDid 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.

Membership Database Update

If you have not yet completed your updated database form, please do so as soon as possible.  This form contains information that we have not had before in our temple database that we need in order to serve you better.  You can download and print the Membership Application Form, or you can pick up a copy at the CST office.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact the office at (707)578-5519.

Join a Chavurah to Connect with CST Members Who Share Your Interests

Displaying Chavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for website.jpgChavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for websiteA Chavurah is a group of CST members who meet from time to time to share a meal, take a hike, enjoy a ball game, or participate in any number of interesting activities. There are many existing Chavurot to join, or consider starting one of  your own.  If you’d like to learn more about this easy and informal way to build community and connect with fellow CST members, email or call Jan Gilman (drjangilman@sbcglobal.net / 483-8866) or Donna Taffel (taffel3@sbcglobal.net / 695-5635). Pictured at left, a special Shabbat Oneg on January 29 where the Chavurah Committee hosted a gathering of current and prospective Chavurah members. Displaying Chavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for website.jpg

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

Kidney donor neededRichard 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

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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