Concern for Israel Mounts as Conflict Escalates

As hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalate, Shomrei Torah expresses its solidarity with the people of Israel and holds the innocent victims on both sides of the conflict in our hearts and prayers. While we share a special, familial concern for our brothers and sisters in Israel, especially those directly in harm’s way, we pray for the sake of all concerned that there will be a quick resolution and a peaceful way forward.

Below are links to information that you may find useful during this difficult time.

 Emergency Solidarity Gathering 

 Jewish Community Relations Council – Action Items 

 Union For Reform Judaism – Israel Information and Action

Rabbi Michael Lerner Is Robinson Lecturer at August 8 Tisch

Help us welcome Rabbi Michael Lerner, Berkeley activist, who will present, “Spiritual Healing & Transformation” for our 8th Annual Rabbi Michael Robinson Memorial Lecture on Friday, August 8, at 6:15 PM.  Rabbi Lerner was a disciple and protege of Abraham Joshua Heschel and founded Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls in San Francisco and Berkeley. He holds Ph.D’s in Philosophy and Psychology and currently teaches and leads services in Berkeley. The lecture is also our monthly Rabbi’sTisch so a delicious catered dinner will be served before Rabbi Lerner’s presentation.  $18.00 suggested donation for dinner.  Please RSVP to the office at 707-578-5519 or to denise@shomreitorah.org. Learn more about CST Rabbi Emeritus Michael Robinson by clicking Rabbi Michael.   

Shomrei Torah Marches with URJ in SF Pride Parade

Pride march 2014Members of Shomrei Torah marched in the SF Pride Parade on June 29 as part of a contingent organized by the Union for Reform Judaism, the first time the entire community of Bay Area Reform congregations marched as a single unit.

In the photo at right, CST member Mack Falstein waves the flag for LGBT rights. Below, members Sherry and Jeff Fink display the parade theme for 2014, “Color Our World with Pride.”Jeff and Sherry at Pride

Business Networking Group Meets Tuesday, August 12, at 7:30 AM

B2B logoFirst-timers are welcome to join B2B@CST, the business networking group that next meets on Tuesday morning, July 8, at 7:30 AM in the Kolbo. Each meeting includes a round-table discussion of issues common to most professionals and small-business owners and features a brief presentation by a group member on their own business and experience. No reservations are necessary. Coffee is provided. For information, email Stormy Knight at stormy@net101.com.

CSA at CST: Farm-Fresh Produce Delivered Weekly

fresh-produce-1For the fourth consecutive year, Shomrei Torah members can receive weekly boxes of fresh-from-the-farm produce and other foods, courtesy of Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm. Weekly and bi-weekly deliveries of fresh veggies, fruits, and even brown rice, olive oil and eggs, resume on May 7. Learn more about the CST Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program by clicking  here.  Or learn more about Singing Frogs Farm by clicking here.  Contact Rick Reisman at rickcath@sonic.net with questions or if you need a  share partner.

Coming This Fall: 2014 Shomrei Torah Membership Directory

2009CSTDirectoryCoverforMarcy How you can participate…

  • Sell some ads
  • Place an ad for your business
  • Renew or update your previous ad
  • Place an “ad” with greetings from your family or your Chavurah
  • Honor or remember a special person

If you’d like to help, contact Marcy Pluznick-Marrin at MarcyPM@aol.com

Click here to download the Membership Directory Rates and Reservations form.

Jewish Food Fest on Hiatus This Summer, Will Return in August 2015

Oy to Joy Cover artShomrei Torah’s popular Jewish Food Fest will not take place in 2014, but plans are in the works for a 2015 event. Check back soon for more information. In the meantime, try this recipe for Chicken Soup. Copies of “Oy to Joy,” Shomrei Torah’s congregational cookbook, are available from the synagogue office — a great gift idea.

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 Cantor David Frommer 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 $10, or you may purchase a yearlong “package” for a suggested donation of $100. 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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