Read Rabbi George’s Latest Blog Post: “Reflections on Memorial Day”

Rabbi George compares Memorial Day observances here and in Israel. You can read his latest blog post by clicking here. Please remember that your comments and feedback are encouraged and appreciated.

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.

 Social Action Committee’s Film Series Honored by Religious Action Center

RAC Wash. DC - Larry, Asher & IsaacShomrei Torah’s Social Action Committee’s annual film series, “Social Action Goes to the Movies” received an honorable mention in the 2015 Fain Awards, presented by the Religious Action Center of the Union for Reform Judaism at its annual Conference, “Consultation on Conscience,” in late April.  In the photo at left, SAC’s Asher Sheppard, right, and Larry Carlin, center, are pictured with Isaac Nuell, manager of the Congregational Social Action for RAC in Washington, D.C.
The biannual Irving J. Fain Awards honor URJ congregations doing exemplary social justice work to l’taken et ha’olam.

AIDS Quilt Comes to Shomrei Torah June 12-14

The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at Shomrei Torah June 14 from 10 AM to 6 PM in the sanctuary as part of our celebration of Pride Month, honoring the LGBTQI community. The huge display will include 72 quilts (nine panels of eight quilts each). The weekend begins on Friday, June 12, at 6:15 PM when the Rabbis’ Tisch features guest speaker Andrew Ramer from Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. Check back soon for more information about this very special event.

Registration is Open for 2015/2016 Religious School

SKMBT_C36015042711240It’s that time of year to register your child/ren for Shomrei Torah Religious School for the 2015/2016 year  Use our easy online registration. Register before June 1 to receive a $50.00 per student discount.  We must receive your $200.00 deposit to complete registration.  Click HERE to sign in and register.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Caldwell, Rabbinic Assistant at ra@cstsr.org or call 707-578-5519 Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 1:30 PM.

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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