Acclaimed Composer Nolan Gasser Headlines November 21 Piano Dedication Fundraiser

Piano Dedication invitationNolan Gasser, the internationally acclaimed composer and pianist, will perform a special concert to dedicate Shomrei Torah’s new piano. The event, on November 21 at 7:30 PM, is a fundraiser to support music and other religious, cultural, and education programs at Shomrei Torah. The new piano was purchased with funds generously donated by the family of John DeAguiar, in memory of Laur DeAguiar. Tickets are $36 per person; purchase here or by calling the synagogue office at 578-5519.

Those who participated in Shomrei Torah’s Erev Yom Kippur observance on September 22 heard Nolan Gasser perform his original, hauntingly beautiful Kol Nidre composition as part of the service.

Read Rabbi Gittleman’s Latest Blog on California’s New “Right to Die” Law

Rabbi George’s latest blog post discusses AB 15, the new, so-called “Right to Die” bill recently signed into law by Governor Brown. What does Jewish tradition say about assisted suicide, and how does that comport with our contemporary views on compassion and human dignity? Read the rabbi’s thoughts on this controversial topic by clicking here.  Please consider sharing your thoughts by leaving a comment.

Shabbat Service Honors New Members, Friday, October 30, 6:15 PM

Our clergy, staff, Board of Directors and Membership Task Force invite members who have joined the synagogue in the past year to attend the New Member Shabbat Service on October 30.  We would like to officially welcome you to the CST community with a blessing on the bima by Rabbi Kramer and an opportunity to meet established members and other new members at the evening’sOneg Shabbat. Mark your calendars for this special evening.


The View, Shomrei Torah’s Year-long Program Guide, Now Available Online

View coverAfter making its debut a year ago to rave reviews, The View, Shomrei Torah’s guide to programming for the coming year, returns and is now available online by clicking here.  The View presents information about upcoming religious, cultural, education, community, and social events scheduled for the fiscal year that began July 1 and continues through June 30, 2016.

This year’s edition also provides information about synagogue resources, and presents opportunities to connect with your synagogue community and engage more fully as a CST member. Hard copies of The View will be available at the synagogue, and distributed at all High Holy Days services.

Registration Open for CST Men’s Retreat, October 16-18

The 5th 2012 Men's Mini Retreat Group PhotoShomrei Torah Men’s Retreat is right around the corner. Don’t miss out on a weekend of camaraderie, contemplation, kibitzing, and of course, good food. The Enchanted Hills Retreat Center features excellent facilities for sports, hiking and swimming in a beautiful setting, and the food, prepared by a professional staff, is amazing! Come to just kick back with other guys and to enjoy a stress-free weekend.

For more information or to register, call Norman Eisley at (707) 573-1107 or email him at norman.eisley@edwardjones.com. You may download and print the registration form by clicking here: Mens Retreat Application Form

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.

Adult B’nei Mitzvah Class Now Forming; No Time Like the Present to Be Called to the Torah

If you are a Jewish adult who has never had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, now is your opportunity.  This 13-month course will delve into Jewish theology, liturgy (prayer), and the Jewish cannon (Torah, Midrash, Talmud, etc.). Class time will also be devoted to the mastery of parts of the Shabbat morning service.  The course culminates at the Shabbat morning service on Saturday, December 17, 2016 during which students will share in leading the service.  Regular class will meet on Saturdays, 1 PM-2:30 PM beginning November 7, 2015 and taught by Rabbi George, Rabbi Kramer, and a number of guest teachers (to be announced). Deadline to register is September 15, 2015.  Cost:  $1,310.00 for tuition and materials; scholarships available upon request. RSVP to the temple office by calling Denise at 707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

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)

Here are links to the “Jewish Journeys” presented on Yom Kippur afternoon:

Jewish Journey – Jennifer Levine-Smith 2015

Jewish Journey – Adele Pickar 2015

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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