Rabbi George’s Latest Blog: “Dayenu” — When Is Enough…Enough?

Passover is the jewel in the crown of the Jewish holidays. It celebrates the essential narrative of the Jewish people, the Exodus, and it offers perhaps the most meaningful Jewish ritual, the Seder. For a meaning junky like me, Passover is a feast!

Every year some aspect of our journey from slavery to freedom stands out, and this year it was the song in the Seder often song ad nauseam, Dayenu. Dayenu means “it would have been enough” and it is the refrain of a song that recounts the whole Exodus narrative, stopping each step along the way to say, “Dayenu!” Continue reading…

Performance Series Finale: The Mama-logues, A Comedy About Motherhood

Mama-logues LogoShomrei Torah’s performance series fundraiser concludes Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 PM, with The Mama-logues. Celebrate Mother’s Day with this original 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!

Click the link to see a YouTube video clip from The Mama-logues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GthDsXFgV0U

Please note that “The Mama-Logues” is recommended for age 14 and older. Contains strong language and adult topics. 



 Yom Hashoah Day Spotlights Jewish World Watch Leader, April 15, 6:15  PM

Image result for jewish world watch and janice kamenir-reznikHow many middle age Jewish women do you know who would confront a Congolese warlord on the exploitation of children in his mine?   Join us on Wed., April 15 at 6:15 PM  at CST’s annual Yom Hashoah observance to meet Janice Kamenir-Reznik, president and co-founder of Jewish World Watch, who did, in fact stand up to that warlord and has done so much more in the fight against genocide and mass atrocities. A highlight of the annual Yom Hashoah commemoration is the candle lighting, which includes survivors or children of survivors of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust plus candle lighters representing the LGBTQ community, Roma/Gypsy, disabled, political prisoners, and righteous gentiles. Cantor David Frommer will lead the Shomrei Torah Choir; Rabbi George Gittleman will officiate.

A key project of JWW is the annual Walk to End Genocide, which takes place in Santa Rosa on April 26. This will be the seventh year Shomrei Torah has participated in the Walk.

Yom Hashoah is a project of the CST’s Social Action Committee.  Refreshments will be served. The event is open to the community.

Israeli Soldiers Share Their Experience of Serving in the IDF, Thursday, April 23, 10:30 AM

An opportunity to meet and discuss the Israeli-Arab conflict with reserve duty IDF soldiers.  Free and open to the entire Jewish community, this event is co-sponsored by Stand WithUs, Hillel of Sonoma County, and Congregation Shomrei Torah.

7th Annual Walk to End Genocide, Sunday, April 26, 8 AM

All ages invited!  Join us in our 7th year of bringing attention to the importance of stopping the genocides that are happening in our world today.  Hundreds of Shomrei Torah members and friends will walk approximately two miles, many carrying banners and signs, to make a vocal and visual statement of our values. Can’t walk but still want to donate?  Other questions?  Click here for more information and to register, and to contact event organizers Noah Bacon or Jake Matalon.


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)

To read a midrash by Anne Levy Howson, click here: Exodus 28 midrash 

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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