Welcome to Shomrei Torah
Congregation Shomrei Torah is the 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.
Our congregation 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 families at Shomrei Torah.
Shabbat Services: Fridays at 6:15 PM, Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Rabbi’s Tisch: Second Friday of each month
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. Click here to read this week’s Torah portion.
Read our monthly newsletter The VOICE.
STaRS Registration is Open!
K-7th grade: Register now for the 2018-2019 school year! Registration will take less than 5 minutes per student.
A deposit of $200 per student is due at the time of registration.
Register now by clicking HERE.
Evolving Identities of 20th Century American Jews Seen through Film with Sherry Knazan – CLASS FULL
Wednesday April 25, 2018 7:00 PM
Movies from the early 1940’s to the 1990’s can tell us a great deal about American Jewish identity and the social, cultural and political issues affecting Jews during these years. Through the lens of selections from the following films, we’ll explore the changing nature of Jewish identity: Frisco Kid, Avalon, Gentleman’s Agreement, Driving Miss Daisy, Crossing Delancey, Goodbye Columbus, A Stranger Among Us and Annie Hall.
May Rabbi’s Tisch with Rick Coshnear
Friday, May 11, 6:15 PM
“Fear and Courage amongst Scapegoats: my experience with immigrants in the era of threats of mass deportations.”
Rick Coshnear is an immigration lawyer in Santa Rosa, and one of the founders of the non-profit “VIDAS” (Vital Immigrant Defense Advocacy and Services). VIDAS is a grassroots, self-defense organization of and by and for the immigrant community. Before VIDAS, Rick worked in private practice for ten years, and before that, as a physician assistant in an immigrant medical clinic in Healdsburg for a dozen years. He has fought for a Sonoma County of Refuge for immigrants since 1985, when he and his wife, Kim, moved here, in the midst of the Sanctuary Movement.
$18 suggested donation for the catered dinner, RSVP to the temple office (707) 578-5519. Please bring wine to share with your table.
Shabbat and Shavuot with Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Join us in welcoming the renowned author, teacher, speaker and liberal mystic Rabbi Rami Shapiro.
Friday, May 18, 6:15 PM Shabbat Evening Service
Rabbi Rami will take us on a spiritual journey from the familiar to the extraordinary. During L’cha Dodi, we face the door to the synagogue to welcome the Sabbath Bride, but the real door that needs opening is the door to our own hearts. Using meditation and chants drawn from Kabbalistic and other sources, we are uplifted by Shechinah, the feminine presence of God.
Saturday, May 19, 8:45 AM Torah study
In preparation for Shavuot, Rabbi Rami will focus on the Ten Commandments and his work with Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn. We will explore how the Ten Commandments can be used as a series of daily affirmations: a Torah to live by.
Saturday, May 19, 3:00 PM Shabbat Afternoon Service
The focus will be on the tension between Keva, the traditional liturgy, and Kavanah, our personal spiritual energy, to awaken us to our true nature as the image of God.
Saturday, May 19, 8:30 PM Tikkun Lael Shavuot
Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a night of study, commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Rabbi Rami and Rabbi George will conclude the session with a meditation focused on what we have learned and the Torah we hope to take with us through the rest of the year.
Activities and Events at Shomrei Torah
Click HERE for a listing of Spring 2018 events
Click HERE to read The VIEW: A Guide to Programs, Holidays & Special Events
- Babies & Bagels and Tot Shabbat
- STaRS Religious School
- B’nei Mitzvah Program
- Teens and College Students
- Young Adults
- Social Action and Environmental Action
- LifeLong Learning Classes
Watch Services Online
Congregation Shomrei Torah now streams all of our services! Click here to see a past service or event.
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