Don’t wait another 18 years — purchase Tribute Book space and Chai Ball tickets by March 15. Scroll down for more information, or click on the image above.
Business Networking Group Meets Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 AM
B2B@CST, the monthly networking group that aims to help members’ grow their businesses and professional practices, meets in the Kolbo on March 11 at 7:30 AM. The meeting will feature a 10-minute presentation by Ellen van den Berg of Nexus Consulting. Contact Stormy Knight at email@example.com for more information.
“Fiddler on the Roof” is Theme of March 15 Purim Shpiel
One of the best-attended events every year is Shomrei Torah’s Purim Shpiel, which this year takes as its theme “Fiddler on the Roof.” Join us on Saturday, March 15, at 6:15 PM for a rollicking re-telling of the Purim story, complete with outlandish costumes, noisy graggers, and of course plenty of delicious hamentaschen. There is no charge for this event and all are welcome.
To learn more about Purim — its meaning, its traditions and more — click here.
Chai Weekend, April 4-6, Marks Rabbi George’s 18 Years at CST
Chai Weekend is a series of special events April 4-6, 2014 honoring Rabbi George Gittleman on the 18th anniversary of his installation as Shomrei Torah’s rabbi. The weekend includes special Shabbat services, the presentation of a Tribute Book, and the Chai Ball, a gala fundraiser.
You can buy your Chai Ball tickets and space in the Tribute Book online. Click here to purchase Chai Ball tickets – the deadline is March 15. Click here to purchase space in the Tribute Book – the deadline is March 15.
March 15 is Deadline for Rabbi’s Tribute Book Contributions
March 14, 2014 is the last day to submit your contributions for inclusion in the Tribute Book that will be presented to Rabbi George on April 4, during the Erev Shabbat service that kicks off Chai Weekend, our three-day celebration of Rabbi George’s 18 years at Shomrei Torah. Click here to download the Tribute Book Order Form.
Chai Spirits and Chai Society at Chai Ball, our Gala Fundraiser
The Chai Ball is a celebration of Rabbi George Gittleman’s 18th anniversary as Shomrei Torah’s rabbi. The evening will include a catered dinner followed by a full program of live entertainment, including a performance by internationally acclaimed composer and pianist Nolan Gasser, among many other performers. Our emcee for the evening will be Leira Satlof. Click here for the full lineup of performers who are scheduled to appear.
The Chai Ball is also Shomrei Torah’s main fundraising event for 2014.
The deadline to purchase tickets is March 15. You may purchase tickets online by clicking the Buy Now button below. $144/person
March 23 is Community Involvement Day
On March 23, Shomrei Torah members and friends will gather to clean up Santa Rosa Creek in our annual Community Involvement Day. Click here or on the image at right to learn more.
Reserve Early for Member and Public Passover Seders, April 15-16
Once again, Shomrei Torah will offer two community Passover Seders, one for members on April 15 and a second open to the entire community. Last year, both of these special, catered communal meals sold out, so be sure to reserve your place early. Online reservations will be accepted starting March 1.
It’s Not Purim Without Hamantaschen
- In a large mixing bowl, cream margarine and sugar together until fluffy. Add egg and beat well with mixer.
- Stir in orange juice and vanilla and blend.
- Add flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Blend well. Refrigerate at least one hour.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll cold dough on floured board and cut into 3 inch rounds with cookie cutters.
- Place one teaspoon of filling in center of each round, pinch side up to form triangle. Seal well.
- Bake on ungreased cookie sheets about 10-12 minutes.
Note: Keep dough refrigerated when not using. After cutting rounds, refrigerate before filling and pinching.
Chicken Soup is Good for More Than the Soul
Chicken soup has been an icon of the Jewish table since early medieval times. Its presence defined the Shabbat table, and a Jewish wedding feast symbolically started with the soup. As far as the curative powers of chicken soup, recent studies conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical School (see study here) identified some properties in chicken soup with vegetables that suggests it has an anti-inflammatory effect on our bodies that helps lessen the symptoms of the common cold. Moses Maimonides, the great scholar and physician of the twelfth century, prescribed chicken soup to the weak and the infirm in one of his medical writings. And even if it doesn’t cure the common cold, it couldn’t hurt, right?
- Cut the chicken into pieces. Place the pieces in a large soup pot and cover with water.
- Bring the water to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming the top of the liquid to remove all of the brown foam.
- Add the remaining ingredients and cook over low heat until the chicken is quite tender and the vegetables are soft, about 2–3 hours.
- Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon. Discard the dill and parsley. Remove the vegetables to nibble on, and save the carrot for later use in the soup. Strain the soup so that it is nice and clear.
- Place the soup in a clean pot, and add the carrots. Cooked kreplach or matzah balls may be added at this point. Heat until nice and hot. Serve.
Welcome to Shomrei Torah
Congregation 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.
Join Rabbi George Gittleman, Rabbi 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
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. RSVP’s greatly appreciated. The suggested tisch donation is $10, or you may purchase a yearlong “package” for a suggested donation of $100. 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.