High Holy Days 5776 Begin With Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, September 13

High Holy Day services will be led by Rabbi George Gittleman, Rabbi Stephanie Kramer, Cantor David Frommer, and Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner, with special musical accompaniment by the Congregational Choir. For a complete schedule of events and services, and for seating information, click here.

Sunday, September 13:  Erev Rosh Hashanah: Family service, 6 PM at Shomrei Torah; Adult service, 8 PM, Center for Spiritual Living

Monday, September 14: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, 10:30 AM, Center for Spiritual Living

Tuesday, September 15: 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service, 10:30 AM, Shomrei Torah

Sunday, September 20: Cemetery Service, 10:30 AM, Santa Rosa Memorial Park

Tuesday, September 22: Erev Yom Kippur, Family Service, 6 PM, Shomrei Torah; Adult Service, 8 PM, Center for Spiritual Living

Wednesday, September 23: Yom Kippur Adult Service, 10:30 AM, Center for Spiritual Living

Please note: Only those holding seating cards will be admitted. Seating cards are available by calling the synagogue office at (707) 578-5519.

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.

 Purchase or Dedicate A Copy of New Holy Days Prayer Book

Congregation Shomrei Torah  will be using the new High Holy Day Machzorim (prayer books) for every service this year. We will not be using Gates of Repentance.  The new two-book set (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) is available for purchase through the office for $48.00.
Donating or dedicating a copy of the prayer book is a longstanding Jewish tradition, an enduring way to express your support of Shomrei Torah, honor a friend or loved one, celebrate a life cycle event , or remember someone you’ve lost. To dedicate a prayer book for $18, click Book Plate.

Registration is Open for 2015/2016 Religious School

SKMBT_C36015042711240It’s that time of year to register your child for STaRS (Shomrei Torah Religious School).  This year we are offering online registration. Click HERE to register.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Caldwell, Rabbinic Assistant, at ra@cstsr.org or call 707-578-5519Monday through Friday9:30 AM – 2:30 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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