Welcome

Welcome

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.

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.


Marley, Reggae and Passover

April 17, Rabbi George Gittleman

With Passover just a few days away, I am thinking about Bob Marley. I fell in love with Bob Marley’s music before I fell in love with Judaism. I was a freshman in college at the University of Vermont, a long way from my home in Louisville, Kentucky and even farther from Kingston, Jamaica… READ MORE.


Making Judaism Welcoming for Everyone

April 22, Rabbi Stephanie Kramer

In hushed tones, a lady whispers to me that she doesn’t really belong in Torah study. This is not the first time I have heard this sentiment. Unfortunately, the majority of people who walk through the doors of Jewish synagogues, institutes or places of Jewish study believe that they are out of place… (READ MORE).


First-Ever Family Trip to Israel – June 24 – July 5, 2020

Join your CST family and Rabbi Kramer for a family trip to Israel.

We will visit all of the “must  see” sights and get a real taste of The Holy Land!

For complete information and to view the trip catalogue, click HERE!

Itinerary and hotel information can be found HERE.

To register for this trip, click HERE!


Shabbat ShaBoogie

Friday, May 24, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

FREE! Please RSVP to the office.

Shabbat ShaBoogie is a very special Shabbat experience for families with children 3rd grade and under!

Begin with a short service with music, dancing and stories – and then enjoy a light dinner and dessert with all of your new friends!

Regular Shabbat services to follow at 6:15pm.


Bagel Club goes to DiRosa Preserve

Sunday, June 2, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cost: $18, Please RSVP to cstbagelmen@gmail.com

Calling all art appreciators!  We’re having a field trip to a beautiful outdoor and indoor art facility just past Sonoma Town.  We will have a docent-led tour of the grounds and gallery starting at 11 am. 

Carpooling suggested. Meet at the CST parking lot at 10 am.  Of course, no breakfast this time, but we will have a picnic lunch potluck at the facility. Bring food to share.  Drinks provided.  

Questions? Please contact Rick at rickcath@sonic.net or Warren at warren.j.wiscombe@gmail.com.

No Bagel Club meeting in July or August.


The San Francisco Yiddish Combo Returns to CST!

Sunday, June 2, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Free! Bring a friend. Please RSVP to the office.

Join us for a rollicking good time that will include noshing and schmoozing.

The San Francisco Yiddish Combo (SFYC) was formed by accident when a love of Klezmer music collided with their collective backgrounds in every genre except Klezmer… (Read More).


AGING & BEYOND

Wednesday, June 5, 10:00 AM

Please RSVP to the office.

A group for women interested in discussing the issues we face as we grow older. We will meet on the first Wednesday of the month from 10 to 11:45am.

Future topics will range widely; Downsizing, dealing with adult children, meaningful retirement and adjusting to physical changes. 
For questions or more information please contact frandanoff@aol.com


Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Ecology and Revelation ~ An Evening of Environmental Learning

Saturday, June 8
7:00–8:30: Panel Discussion
8:30–9:00: Traditional and Not-so-Traditional Shavuot Foods
9:00–10:30: “Green” Torah Study with Rabbi George

Please RSVP to the office.

Panelists include:
Larry Robinson, former Mayor of Sebastopol and visionary leader at the Center for Climate Protection…

Reuben Weinzveg, longtime Shomrei Torah member, community leader and environmental activist…

Dr. Will Tuttle, the internationally acclaimed author of The World Peace
Diet
, and a recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award… READ MORE.


Shomrei Torah Parlor Meeting

Monday, June 10, 7:30-9:00 PM
Home of Dina and Lev Luvishis (
Address to be provided upon RSVP).
Spaces limited, please RSVP to cst@cstsr.org by June 5 to register. 
Dessert, Coffee and Tea will be served


Join Rabbi Kramer and members of the CST community to learn about the bipartisan advocacy work of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

This gathering, co-hosted by CST members Dina and Lev Luvishis and Lisa Ehrlich and John DeAguiar, is an opportunity for us to learn about AIPAC’s mission to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship through education and how the organization continues to embrace its strategy of bringing Democrats and Republicans together notwithstanding the hyper-partisan political environment across the country. 

 The evening will involve a short presentation by AIPAC regional staff members, Rachel Urman and Yoni Saadi, focusing on AIPAC’s mission, strategy and legislative achievements, which include annual funding of $3.3 billion for security assistance and $500 million in cooperative missile defense technologies such as Iron Dome, which has saved countless lives- both Israeli and Palestinian- during recent conflicts with Gaza. 

 There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discuss current events in Israel, including the recent election, and what to expect heading into the 2020 here in the US. 

Rachel Urman (pictured above), Pacific Northwest Regional Synagogue Initiative Director, AIPAC. Yoni Saadi (pictured below), San Francisco, Marin, Napa and Sonoma Associate Area Director, AIPAC


Annual Meeting and Dinner

Wednesday, June 12, 6:15 PM
Free dinner provided, please RSVP to the office.

Please join us at our annual meeting for free dinner, conversation and a little business.  We will honor our hard working volunteers and learn how we fund our operations and where your money is being spent. Please check your mail soon for our Annual Report. 

If you would like to share your thoughts or questions about the Annual Report, please feel free to contact Rabbi George at rabbig@cstsr.org, Rabbi Stephanie at rabbikramer@cstsr.org, or Sharon Bauman, President at sharonbbauman@gmail.com.


Congregational Journey to Eastern Europe –
August 23 – September 4, 2020

Please join Rabbi George for an informational meeting about the trip on Wednesday, June 19th from 7:00 – 8:15 PM at CST.

Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Jewish Journey to Europe: Poland, Vienna, Budapest. Led by Rabbi George Gittleman.

Trip Highlights include:

For more information, contact Rabbi George at rabbig@cstsr.org or call (707)578-5519. www.keshetisrael.co.il.

  • Explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Shabbat services with members of Krakow’s Jewish Community
  • At Auschwitz, pay tribute to the six million
  • See the legacy and beauty of imperial Vienna
  • In Budapest, visit Europe’s largest synagogue
  • Visit the remarkable Jewish museums in Warsaw and Vienna
  • Cruise on the Danube River

WANT TO TEACH A FALL COOKING CLASS?

What’s Cooking at CST is taking a summer break, but these popular classes will resume in September. Consider teaching a holiday related dish, such as Tzimmes, Honey Cake, or Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah. Or Yom Kippur break-the-fast dishes like kugel or Chanukkah favorites like latkes and applesauce, doughnuts, or desserts? Let’s Get Cookin’ Together! Volunteer to teach these or other classes. Please contact Susan Bailyn at susan@bailyngraphics.com.


STaRS REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Registration for 2019-2020 religious school year is open.

K-7th grade, click HERE to register today!

For more information about our religious school programs, click HERE.

To register for KIDdish, our preschool program, click HERE.


CST  Women’s Interest Groups

Meet both new and long-time Shomrei Torah friends by checking out one or more  Shomrei Torah Women’s Groups. Try them all and then attend the group(s) that work for you when you can.

No commitments are required. Fun and friendships are guaranteed!

Ongoing Groups: Monthly Book Club, Monthly Movie Group

Newly Formed Groups:  Walking (restarting), Knitting/Crocheting, Healthy Cooking, Dinner Group, Lunch Group, Mahjongg & Games Group

For dates, locations, details and questions, please email Sue: susanlewis@sonic.net.


Jewish Literary Circle

Thursday, June 20, 6:00 – 7:45pm

FREE, all are welcome, please RSVP to the office.

The Jewish Literary Circle, one of the Life Long Learning programs, meets monthly to read Jewish literature and other published material in an atmosphere of stimulating discussion. Participants choose the reading selections.

Upcoming classes: July 18, August 15, reading selections to be chosen soon!


Watch Services Online

Congregation Shomrei Torah now streams all of our services!  Click here to see a past service or event.

Click the PLAY button on the screen below to view a current event or to see an video archive of our previous events..

Activities and Events at Shomrei Torah

Click HERE to read the Spring/Summer 2019 Program Guide.

Click HERE to read The VIEW: A Guide to Programs, Holidays & Special Events including KIDdish, Religious School, B’nei Mitzvah Program, Teens, College Students, Young Adults, Social Action, Environmental Action, LifeLong Learning Classes.


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