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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.

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  • Read our annual guide to programs, holidays and events: The VIEW

Hundreds Gathered at Solidarity Interfaith Service for Synagogue Shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Our hearts are broken over the tragic events at The Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they mourn and begin the long road of recovery from this unimaginable loss. May they find comfort and strength in the knowledge that they are not alone in their grief; that Am Yisrael, the Jewish People here in Santa Rosa and around the world, stands with them.

Participating Congregations:
Congregation Beth Ami, Congregation Ner Shalom, First Presbyterian Church, Christ Church United Methodist, First United Methodist Church, The Center for Spiritual Living, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, and The Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Rosa.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION – BUDDHIST PRACTICE, JEWISH WISDOM

Led by Rabbi George Gittleman

Wednesdays: November 14, 28, December 5
7:00PM-8:30PM

Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of cultivating our attention on the present moment; body sensations, mood, and the never ending stream of thought that flows through our minds. Through focused attention – meditation – we become more aware of what is true for us and the degree to which our thoughts, habits and life patterns serve our goals and higher aspirations. Are we happy? Are we living the life we want to live?

As we learn to see our truth more clearly a path opens to living a fuller, happier, healthier life. Jewish Mindfulness adds the teachings of our tradition to compliment and deepen the experience.
This 4 session course will include teaching, meditation instruction and periods of silence. No previous experience is necessary. All are welcome. $36 for the four-week class, please RSVP to (707)578-5519 or Denise@cstsr.org.


JEWISH LITERARY CIRCLE

Thursday, November 15, 6:15pm-8:00pm

The Jewish Literary Circle is a new group, meeting monthly, to read Jewish literature and other published material in an atmosphere of stimulating discussion.  Following the discussion we will vote to select our next reading choice. Participants are encouraged to bring reading suggestions to the group.

FREE, all are welcome. For more information, please contact Marian McKenna: chabansky@yahoo.com.

Upcoming dates: Dec. 20, 2018, Jan. 17, 2019, Feb. 21, 2019, Mar. 21, 2019, Apr. 18, 2019, May 16, 2019, Jun 20, 2019


An Introduction to Prayer Book Hebrew and Jewish Liturgy – Rabbi Meredith Cahn

TIME CHANGE: Sunday, November 18, 1:00 – 2:30pm

Sundays December 2, 9, and 16, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Are you tired of relying on transliteration in the service? Interested in dipping your toes in Hebrew, Lashon Hakodesh (the holy language)? Join Rabbi Meredith Cahn and sister/brother congregants in an engaging class that will take us through half the alphabet—the most commonly used letters – to start you on the way. All are welcome. This class is a prerequisite if you are considering an Adult B’nai Mitzvah.

Rabbi Meredith Cahn interned with CST in 2009-2011 and now works primarily as a chaplain at Kaiser Santa Rosa and at St. Paul’s Towers, a retirement community in Oakland. She served as rabbi of North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, and at J School for B’nai Israel and Ner Shalom. Rabbi Cahn received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley and a Master of Rabbinic Studies and ordination from the Academy of Jewish Religion California, a transdenominational seminary. $180.00 for the 9-week course, please RSVP to the office, denise@cstsr.org or (707)578-5519.


CST’s Annual Posada Toy Drive is Back!

November 16 – December 14

Some of you may remember our eight-year participation in the drive to collect toys for the children of the local Roseland community. We are happy to, once again, be participating in this joyful event, which culminate in toy delivery on December 15th.

Wrapped gifts should each have a tag indicating gender (girl, boy or either) and age range (baby, 3-5, 6-10, 10-14, 15 & up).

Please put wrapped gifts into the marked bins in the synagogue entryway any time between November 16 and December 14.

Sponsored by the CST Social Action Committee and STaRS.


HEALING POWER OF MUSIC WITH LIOR ZARFATI – ISRAAID WORKSHOP

Sunday, November 18, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

An international touring musician and recording artist, Lior Zarfati has always viewed music as more than entertainment. For Lior, it’s also been a profound source of healing.

Over the years, Lior has used the healing power of music to make a difference for the homeless, for kids, for hospice patients, and more recently for elders. Five years ago, he began taking his music to Alzheimer’s communities in the Bay Area, and the response has been overwhelming. Village Song is the logical and spiritual culmination of all Lior’s done, as one thread has run through his vibrant life, and that is a commitment to music as a powerful instrument for change and healing.All workshops are free, but please RSVP to the temple office: denise@cstsr.org or (707)578-5519.

Upcoming Workshops from 5:00-7:00 PM:
· December 2: Art & Resilience for Families
· December 16: Psycho-Drama


PERSONAL STORIES NEEDED FOR SONOMA HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL

Hello everyone! My name is Eden Luvishis and I am a youth member of Shomrei Torah. I am currently working with Leslie Gattmann, a local artist, on the Sonoma County Community Holocaust Memorial, located at the Jewish Cemetery at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. In order to broaden the impact of our work, I have created a website where I will be documenting the stories of family members of those in our community who perished in the Holocaust.

If you have any interest in participating in this project and adding to our growing digital library please contact me at scholmem@gmail.com. Additionally, if you would like to preview the format, or submit a request for a tile to be added to the memorial in memory of your family, please visit our website: www.scholmem.org.


DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY SUMMIT Session #2: Recognizing Ethnicity and Incorporating Diversity

Monday, November 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

In an increasingly multicultural society and fraught political climate, the need for self-awareness, tolerance and open communication has never been more critical. This interactive workshop increases participants’ ability to communicate and collaborate more effectively across lines of social identity and difference.

Join us for Session 2, presented by Lindsey Newman, Program Manager at Be’chol Lashon, an organization that advocates for the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity.  Prior to Be’chol Lashon, Lindsey worked in the field of women’s rights and advocacy and early childhood education.  She received her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University (2009).

This program is made possible by Rick Concoff, Program Director for Chaverim, Malcolm McElheney, Youth Educator for Shomrei Torah, and a generous grant from the Jewish Community Federation. Teens, parents and interested adults from all walks of life in Sonoma County are invited to participate. Bring a friend! We look forward to seeing you Congregation Shomrei Torah!

Upcoming Summit Dates and Topics:
December 10, 2018 | Supporting Teens who are Trans
January 28, 2019 | LGBTQ Inclusion and Support
February 25, 2019 | Embracing Those Living with a Chronic Illness or Disability
April 8, 2019 | Creating a Culture of Inclusion


2019 SAC Soup Brigade

The homeless in Santa Rosa endure harsh times during the winter months, particularly this year due to last year’s tragic fires. Catholic Charities expanded its services at the Samuel Jones Shelter, creating extra indoor sleeping space for the homeless and put out a call to the faith-based community asking for assistance. For the 6th year in a row, The CST Social Action Committee has stepped up to provide soup for about 40 people each night, for eight Thursday nights through January and February 2019.

We need 3-5 volunteers each Thursday in January and February to provide soup.

  • Please make soup in your own home, or buy it and bring it.
  • Make about 5 quarts, enough to serve 10-12 people.
  • Chicken noodle and other wholesome soups are welcome (no matzoh balls because the soup is served in tall paper cups).
  • Please deliver soup to Samuel Jones Hall at 4020 Finley Avenue. The soup can be brought during the day and put in the refrigerator if you cannot come at night.

We need 1-3 volunteers to help heat and serve the soup from 5:30-8:00 PM.  Children are welcome, and tend to get a lot out of the experience.

To register to bring soup or to serve soup please visit: sacsoup.doodle.com/poll/een6b22gppi2rmcn

  • Please put an (*) before your name if you will be a server.
  • Please provide your email or phone number in case we need to contact you.

Thank you for your kindness and compassion for those in need! If you have any questions, please email pcopen38@aol.com.


INTIMACY AND SEXUALITY WHILE AGING

Wednesday, December 5, 11:00am
$12 for the class, includes lunch. Please RSVP to the office.

Sex Therapist Diane Gleim will discuss how generational differences affect sexual expectations and relationships as we age. She will also explore the biological, social and psychological issues that affect sexuality over time.

Diane Gleim, MFT, CST, is an experienced and sex-positive Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist located in Santa Rosa. She works with individuals and couples ages 18-80 and beyond helping with the many diverse issues relating to sexual identity, sexual expression, sexual behavior, and sexual relationships.


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