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May 1 is the Deadline to Advertise in the 2017 Member Directory

Members and local businesses are invited to purchase an ad before May 1 in the new directory to promote your goods and services or to offer a personal expression of greeting or gratitude. The photo directory is the synagogue’s major fundraiser for 2017. Click here to learn more about advertising in the 2017 Directory

Free Portraits Available for Pickup in the CST Office
 If you had your photo taken at CST and did not order prints, your free 8×10 photo is now available in the office for pick up.

Upcoming at Shomrei Torah…


Friday, April 14, 6:15 PM: Rabbi’s Tisch with Rabbi George and Reb Irwin Keller on Love, Marriage in the Liberal Jewish Community

The Tisch includes opening and closing Shabbat prayers, dinner, and an interactive presentation by the two Jewish community leaders. Please RSVP to the synagogue office to ensure there is enough food; an $18 per person donation is requested to cover the cost of the meal.

Saturday, April 22, 9:30 – 11:30 AM: Celebrate Earth Day on the Prince Memorial Greenway HelImage result for earth dayp clean up the Santa Rosa Creek. Tools and refreshments provided. Meet at the Olive Park footbridge, near 105 Olive Street. RSVP if you can join us for the cleanup, or for more information: CSTEnvironmentalAction@gmail.com. After the clean up, continue on to Santa Rosa’s 8th Annual Earth Day Festival, 12 – 4 PM at Courthouse Square.

Sunday, April 23, 8 AM: Walk to End Genocide

Register now to walk or donate in the annual Jewish World Watch project. For information and to register or donate, click here.

Sunday, April 23, 6:15 PM: Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Join us for the annual candlelighting ceremony to commemorate the Holocaust. This year’s program features Professors David McCuan and Arthur Shostak, who will lead a discussion among those who attend. The evening includes live musical performances by Mama Loshn, Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner, and the CST Choir. All are welcome.

April 28-30: Weekend At Camp Newman: Congregational Retreat

Image result for camp newman santa rosaYou’re invited to join your Congregational Family for a fun and soulful weekend at beautiful Camp Newman, just twenty minutes east of Santa Rosa. Enjoy comfy cabins that include heat and private bathrooms or splurge for luxury accommodations. Fun includes hiking, wine and beer tasting, campfires, arts and crafts, Torah study–or sitting with your book surrounded by nature. Click here for pricing and to download the registration form. This is a popular event and always sells out, so book your space early.

Shabbat Service, Israeli Dancing and Free Dinner Celebration for Yom Ha’atzmaut

May 5 at 6:15PM Celebrate Israeli Independence Day with Israeli art, dancing and free dinner.

This event is sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation and Sterling Bank/Seligman Family Foundation

Sunday, May 7, 11:30 AM: CST Congregational Fair and Annual Meeting

Join us for family-friendly games, music, and a BBQ lunch prepared by the Men’s Bagel Club as we elect a Board of Directors and approve a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Find out about all the way there are to participate in activities, committees, and leadership of your synagogue.

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

Image result for swing setThanks 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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 Apply Now for Summer Camp Financial Aid from Stein Campership Fund

Throught the generosity of the Marlene and Martin Stein Camp and Israel Experience Scholarship Fundfinancial assistance is available for pre-college-age children of Congregation Shomrei Torah members to participate in summer camp or to visit Israel. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Click here to download the application form.

Raise Money for Shomrei Torah with Every Purchase on Amazon

Image result for smile amazon logoDid 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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