Welcome to Shomrei Torah
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.
Shabbat Services: Fridays at 6:15 PM, Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Rabbi’s Tisch: Second Friday of each month
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. Click here to read this week’s Torah portion.
Read our monthly newsletter The VOICE.
Passover Seder at Shomrei Torah
Saturday, March 31, 6:00 PM
Our annual Seder on the second night of Passover welcomes both members and non-members. Seating in the sanctuary is limited; please reserve your seat early to ensure your place at our Seder table. Passover at Shomrei Torah is more than the retelling of the ancient story of the Exodus; it honors our ongoing struggle for freedom, justice and equality. There is a place at the table waiting for you.
Reservations are required. Click HERE to reserve your spot online, or call the office at (707) 578-5519.
Fighting FIRE with FIRE – One Pair of Candlesticks at a Time
Friday, March 16, 6:15 PM
We are deeply moved that people from across the country are continuing to offer support to those of us affected by the Sonoma Wildfires. Thanks to Judaica artist, Gary Rosenthal, 150 mothers and daughters from Jewish Women’s Connection of Atlanta created over 180 pairs of beautiful Shabbat candlesticks. Fifty pairs of candlesticks have been donated to our families affected by the wildfires.
Please join us to welcome Shabbat by lighting these gorgeous candlesticks. The candlesticks are gifts to those who would like a set, and will be available to take home.
Social Action Goes to the Movies
Saturday, March 17 @ 7PM
Health care in America is in crisis while Congress plays politics.
“FIX IT,” the final program of this year’s social action film series, defines a single-payer health care system: our choices and consumer rights, management, coverage, eligibility, financing, and coordination with Medicare and existing group plans. Following the film, a panel will answer your questions and discuss pending legislation, the Healthy California Act (SB 562), a single–payer system that would guarantee all Californians comprehensive, affordable healthcare.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. Carpooling is encouraged.
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Israeli Chamber Project
Saturday, March 24, 1:00 PM
FREE but Reservations a Must!
Now in its 10th year, the eight musicians on strings, wind, harp and piano, will hold a conversation about their lives as musicians and cultural ambassadors traveling the world. They will play a sample of the program they will be performing that night at the Green Music Center. The event is sponsored by Shomrei Torah’s Legacy Circle. For reservations, email email@example.com or call (707) 578-5519.
Saturday, March 24, 7:00 PM
Although the recent wildfires are out, and the rebuilding plans have begun, the emotional and psychological impact of the tragedy remains with us all. Join us for a forum of mental health professionals to address the impact of the fires on the community. We will provide psycho-education about trauma and grief as well as guidance on self-care techniques. This evening is for everyone, whether you lost a home or business, were evacuated, have a loved one who suffered or have your house intact but are feeling the emotional impact of the tragedy.
This event is FREE and open to the public. We hope you can join us, as we all continue to support each other as we heal together!
HEAL, PAINT AND NOSH
Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 PM
Join us for another evening of healing, painting and noshing. All supplies, wine, noshes and a teacher are provided. If you have never done a paint night, then this again is your chance! Men and women are all welcome. With step-by-step instructions, it’s easier than you may think. And it’s fun!! $20.00 per person; space is limited so reserve now. Contact Denise at 707-578-5519 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Broadway Shabbat & Honoring of L’Taken Participants
Friday, April 6 @ 6:15pm
Hear your favorite prayers set to your favorite Broadway melodies including Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, RENT and West Side Story! We will also be honoring the L’Taken participants at this special Shabbat service.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Yom Hashoah Commemoration
Wednesday, April 11, 6:15 PM
Join us for CST’s annual candle lighting commemorating Yom Hashoah. This year’s theme is Resistance. We will explore ways both Jews and non-Jews frustrated the Nazi’s efforts. Rabbi George will be the keynote speaker and CST and community members will light candles in memory of the many victims of the Holocaust and other genocides. The evening will also feature music by Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner and the CST choir.
Sunday, April 15, 12:00 PM
After the fires in Santa Rosa, communities, artists, and temples from across the country have generously donated thousands of Judaica items to help those that lost everything rebuild their Jewish homes. Please come peruse our wide selection of mezzuzot, talitot, kippot, artwork, books, menorahs and more.
Please come for a free lunch and free “shopping” on Sunday, April 15. RSVP to the temple office at (707) 578-5519 or to email@example.com so we know how much food to order. If you are unable to come on Sunday, the Judaica Shuk will be left up for one week for you to stop by at your convenience.
Evolving Identities of 20th Century American Jews Seen through Film with Sherry Knazan
Wednesdays: April 18 and 25, 2018 7:00 PM
Movies from the early 1940’s to the 1990’s can tell us a great deal about American Jewish identity and the social, cultural and political issues affecting Jews during these years. Through the lens of selections from the following films, we’ll explore the changing nature of Jewish identity: Frisco Kid, Avalon, Gentleman’s Agreement, Driving Miss Daisy, Crossing Delancey, Goodbye Columbus, A Stranger Among Us and Annie Hall. Free, but please RSVP to the temple office (707)578-5519.
Activities and Events at Shomrei Torah
Click HERE for a listing of Spring 2018 events
Click HERE to read The VIEW: A Guide to Programs, Holidays & Special Events
- Babies & Bagels and Tot Shabbat
- STaRS Religious School
- B’nei Mitzvah Program
- Teens and College Students
- Young Adults
- Social Action and Environmental Action
- LifeLong Learning Classes
Watch Services Online
Congregation Shomrei Torah now streams all of our services! Click here to see a past service or event.
If we are currently streaming, you can watch by pressing “play” below.