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Happy Passover from Shomrei Torah

MatzahThis week, Jews around the world observe Passover, the annual retelling of the story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and their freedom from slavery.

To learn more about the contemporary relevance of this ancient holiday, read the “Close to Home” essay by Rabbi George Gittleman that appeared in last Sunday’s edition of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat by clicking here.

Chag Pesach Sameach - Happy Passover. 

“Counting the Omer,” the Pesach Ritual, Continues Through June 2

Count the Omer

This Pesach, the Shomrei Torah Ritual Committee invites you to participate in the traditional practice of “counting the Omer.” According to Torah, we are obligated to count fifty days, beginning on the second day of Pesach and ending just before the festival of Shavuot — a period called “the Omer.”   Today, many Jews use the practice to reflect on their personal paths out of the bondage of old habits, fear and anger, toward hope and possibility. In 2014, the Omer begins on the night of April 15 and concludes on the evening of June 2.

Click here for information on counting the Omer, to leave a comment, and to learn how you can get involved.

Film and Panel Examine Single-Payer Healthcare, April 24 at 7 PM

Healthcareisahumanright_zpsf85f378dThe Social Action Committee presents a documentary film on single-payer health care in the United States, followed by a panel discussion featuring three local physicians, on Thursday, April 24 at 7 PM. The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Free Clinic, the Jewish Community Center, and congregations B’nai Israel, Ner Shalom and Beth Ami. The $5 donation includes refreshments and will benefit the Jewish Free Clinic.

6th Annual Walk to End Genocide is Sunday, April 27

wegJoin teen co-chairs Jake Matalon and Noah Bacon, in cooperation with the CST Social Action Committee, for the sixth annual Walk to End Genocide on Sunday, April 27. Registration for the family-friendly three-mile walk starts at 8 AM and the walk leaves Shomrei Torah at 9 AM.  Register and/or donate online by clicking here.

There will be speakers, refreshments, music, and activities for children before the march begins. This important social action initiative helps raise funds and awareness in the fight against genocide.

Fresh Produce Deliveries From Singing Frogs Farm Resume May 7

fresh-produce-1For the fourth consecutive year, Shomrei Torah members can receive weekly boxes of fresh-from-the-farm produce and other foods, courtesy of Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm. Weekly and bi-weekly deliveries of fresh veggies, fruits, and even brown rice, olive oil and eggs, resume on May 7. Learn more about the CST Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program by clicking  here.  Or learn more about Singing Frogs Farm by clicking here.  Contact Rick Reisman at rickcath@sonic.net with questions or if you need a  share partner.

Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 66th Birthday, on May 5

Israel_is_bornShomrei Torah celebrates the 66th anniversary of the founding of the modern State of Israel with a free filml and catered dinner, starting at 4 PM on Monday, May 5.  The film, “Salach Shabbati”, starring Chayim Topal, will be followed by a discussion then a free catered dinner prepared and served by our very own Leira Satlof and Nature’s Serving:  World Food, Fast!  Please RSVP to the synagogue office.

Coming This Fall: 2014 Shomrei Torah Membership Directory

2009CSTDirectoryCoverforMarcy How you can help…

  • Sell some ads
  • Place an ad for your business
  • Renew or update your previous ad
  • Place an “ad” with greetings from your family or your Chavurah
  • Honor or remember a special person

If you’d like to help, contact Marcy Pluznick-Marrin at MarcyPM@aol.com

Click here to download the Membership Directory Rates and Reservations form.

Jewish Food Fest on Hiatus This Summer, Will Return in August 2015

Oy to Joy Cover artShomrei Torah’s popular Jewish Food Fest will not take place in 2014, but plans are in the works for a 2015 event. Check back soon for more information. In the meantime, try this recipe for Chicken Soup. Copies of “Oy to Joy,” Shomrei Torah’s congregational cookbook, are available from the synagogue office — a great gift idea.

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 $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.

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