Click here to read the August 2017 issue of The Voice online.

 Rabbi Robinson Memorial Lecture by Rabbi Denise Eger on August 11

The August Rabbi’s Tisch on Friday, August 11, at 6:15 PM, will also be the annual Rabbi Michael Robinson Memorial Lecture, this year presented by Rabbi Denise Eger, a social activist for gay rights. Rabbi Eger’s presentation is entitled, “Healing the Soul, Healing the World–the Jewish Way of Tikkun Olam & Social Justice.” Rabbi Eger received her Master’s Degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1985 and was ordained in 1988. She is the immediate Past President of the Central Conference of America Rabbis, the largest and oldest rabbinic association in North America.  Please join us for dinner and this important talk.  $18.00 suggested donation for dinner.  Please RSVP to the office at 707-578-5519 or  denise@cstsr.org.  There is no Rabbi’s Tisch in the month of July.

Deposit Due Sept 1 for May 2018 Congregational Trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico

Image result for santa fe new mexicoDid you know that Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition settled in what is today New Mexico? Join Rabbi George and two dozen fellow congregants for a trip to explore the fascinating 500-year-old Jewish history of Santa Fe. Click here to download the flyer describing the trip. If you’re interested, a $100 per person deposit is due by September 1.

High Holy Days Begin Sept 21; Here Are Three Ways to Prepare

Image result for High Holy Days 5778Three-Session Class Uses Prayer Book to Explore Elul

The month of Elul is the time to prepare for the Holy Days by performing a heshbon hanefesh, an accounting of the soul, and asking ourselves if we are where we want to be in our lives and the lives of others.  Join us Wednesdays, August 16, 23, and 30, at 7:00 PM as we use the beautiful High Holy Day prayer books to assist us in our heshbon hanefesh with its lovely writings, poetry, and prayers.  Led by Rabbi George, Rabbi Stephanie, and CST member Melissa Kort.  Free.  Please RSVP to Denise at 707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

Do You 10Q?

There is no better way to start preparing than signing up as a partner for 10Q! 10Q is a modern twist on the Days of Awe.  10Q will email you a question every day for 10 days that will give you an opportunity to reflect upon yourself, your life, the year you’ve had and the year ahead.  Click #DoYou10Q to find out more and to register.

Sing with the CST Choir on High Holy Days

Shomrei Torah is seeking new participants for our volunteer High Holy Day Choir. Singing in the Choir is a great way to be part of the community and to contribute in a significant way during the Holy Days. Experienced and inexperienced singers are all appreciated and welcome.  One rehearsal per week until Holy Days.  If interested, please contact CST Choir Director, Sonia Tubridy at sonia.tubridy@gmail.com.

Interfaith Sing-along on August 13 Shares Sacred Music of Various Traditions

Join members and musicians from the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Center for Spiritual Living, and Knox Presbyterian Church on Sunday, August 13, at 6:15 PM for a vegetarian lasagna dinner while we share songs from our traditions as well as American “campfire” favorites. Potluck desserts. Free.  Please RSVP to Denise at 707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

Almost There! With Just a Little More Help… a New Playground

Thanks to generous donors, Shomrei Torah is two-thirds of the way to raising the funds to replace our obsolete play structure. Outdoor play time is a critical part of our education program, providing a valuable opportunity for children to interact, collaborate, and build community among their peers. Time outdoors also makes more attentive students indoors. Please make a donation to help us build a new playground for our newest members.

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Raise Money for Shomrei Torah with Every Purchase on Amazon

Did 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.

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 Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner 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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