Rabbi, South American Human Rights Activist, Speaks Friday, August 12, 6:15 PM

Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz, the South American human rights activist, is the featured speaker at the annual Rabbi Michael Robinson memorial lecture, Friday, August 12, at 6:15 PM. Rabbi Graetz served as rabbi in Buenos Aries and Rio de Janeiro for almost 20 years.  He was also Director for Latin America for the World Union of Progressive Judaism.  Rabbi Michael and Rabbi Graetz met in the late 1960’s during a Vietnam war protest. Rabbi Graetz will speak about his social action and his human rights work in South America. Join us for Shabbat prayers and a delicious dinner.  After Rabbi Graetz’s talk, we’ll recite theMi’Shebeirach and Kaddish.  $18.00 suggested donation for dinner.  Seats for the memorial lecture fill up fast so RSVP now to the temple office at 707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

Bagel Club Heads to the Ballpark

On Sunday, August 14, at 5 PM, the Shomrei Torah Bagelmen will watch the Sonoma Stompers, our own minor-league professional baseball team, take on the Pittsburg Diamonds. Bring the family to watch the only professional baseball team with women on the roster. The cost is $20 for the best seats–with seat backs–which includes $5 for food and drink. Reserve your ticket (s) by sending $20 for each ticket to Jerry Newman care of the CST office. To ensure we have enough tickets, please RSVP before August 7.

Free Class, “Eye of the Artist,” Explores Finer Points of the Artistic Process

CST member and artist Lillian Mattimore will present 5 sessions about how an artist selects a subject, composes elements, depicts textures, simplifies detail and mixes colors. The free class meets Wednesdays, July 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of fine paintings by learning what is going on in the background. Please RSVP to the temple office at 707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

Free Yoga Class, All Levels Welcome, Thursdays 10:30 AM-11:45 AM

CST member and 500-hr Yoga certified Helenka Wiscombe has generously offered to continue leading Yoga practice with poses that represent some Hebrew letters and the opportunity to experience the health benefits that Yoga has to offer. Yoga practice is the communion of body, mind and spirit. Through Asanas (poses) and Pranayamas (breathing exercises), we will focus on our physical well-being.  Each Yoga practice will end with a few minutes of Shavasana (deep relaxation) for our mind, body, and spirit. This is a free class. No prior experience necessary; everyone is welcome.  Questions?  Contact Helenka at hnwmba@hotmail.com.

It’s Time to Renew Your Membership

So far, about half of CST members have sent in their renewal membership pledges for the 2016-2017 membership period. Thank you! If you have not done so yet, please send in your paperwork, or call the office at (707)578-5519 with the information. Help us sustain and grow Shomrei Torah into the future by renewing your membership and pledging at the Fair Share Pledge level.

Online Registration Now Available for Shomrei Torah Religious School

It’s that time of year to register your child for STaRS, Shomrei Torah Religious School! Opening day is September 11, 2016.
Register by June 30th and receive a $25 Early Bird Discount per child.
Click here to register

If you have trouble with registration, please email ra@cstsr.org

 Raise Money for Shomrei Torah with Every Purchase on Amazon

amazon.comDid you know that you can earn a donation for Shomrei Torah of 0.5% for every online purchase you make on Amazon.com? Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com and shop the way you always do on Amazon — the same products, same service, same prices, same shipping and return policies. Just click on www.smile.amazon.com and search for Congregation Shomrei Torah Santa Rosa. Enrolling is simple — no personal information is required. Once you designate CST as your charitable organization, everything else is automatic.

Membership Database Update

If you have not yet completed your updated database form, please do so as soon as possible.  This form contains information that we have not had before in our temple database that we need in order to serve you better.  You can download and print the Membership Application Form, or you can pick up a copy at the CST office.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact the office at (707)578-5519.

Join a Chavurah to Connect with CST Members Who Share Your Interests

Displaying Chavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for website.jpgChavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for websiteA Chavurah is a group of CST members who meet from time to time to share a meal, take a hike, enjoy a ball game, or participate in any number of interesting activities. There are many existing Chavurot to join, or consider starting one of  your own.  If you’d like to learn more about this easy and informal way to build community and connect with fellow CST members, email or call Jan Gilman (drjangilman@sbcglobal.net / 483-8866) or Donna Taffel (taffel3@sbcglobal.net / 695-5635). Pictured at left, a special Shabbat Oneg on January 29 where the Chavurah Committee hosted a gathering of current and prospective Chavurah members. Displaying Chavarah Committee Shabbat Oneg for website.jpg

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.

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)

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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