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).


Congregational Retreat

April 26-28, 2019 | Point Bonita YMCA, Sausalito

If you can’t commit to the entire weekend, come down for the day on Saturday, April 27th and partake in any and all programming and meals for the bargain day rate of $100 per adult or $50 per child!

Please join your congregational family for a community healing retreat. Activities and “chill-tivities” for every type of CST family, big or small, fun for all! Bring your spouse, your kids, your grandparents, or just bring yourself!

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings in the Marin Headlands, completely accessible, close to the beach and ocean air, a break from your allergies. Fun includes hiking, art, study, campfire, lighthouse tour, yoga, or sitting with your book surrounded by nature

Price includes the whole weekend – boarding, meals, and activities!

  • Adults 18+: $200
  • Kids 4-17: $125
  • Kids 0-3: FREE
  • Family cap of $500. Scholarships available upon request.

Gun Violence Prevention Community Forum with Congressman Mike Thompson

Thursday April 25, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to the office. Limited parking, carpooling encouraged.

Join Congressman Mike Thompson and CST’s Social Action Committee for a forum on gun violence prevention and pending legislation.

Our panel will include Ruth Moore, Middle School Teacher; Joshua Weil, MD, Asst. Physician-in-Chief Hospital Operations Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Kaiser Hospital; Kathleen Pozzi, Sonoma County Public Defender; Jeannine Ruggeiro, Las Vegas Shooting Survivor

There will be time for questions and discussion, as well as action steps we can collectively take as a community. 


Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Facing Fear: A Youth Perspective on the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, May 1, 6:15 PM

All the world is a very narrow bridge, and the most important thing is not to be overwhelmed by fear.

–Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

Three of our CST students will be presenting their thoughts with us: Lily Matalon, Wilson Ganzler and Isabella Clark… READ MORE.

As is our tradition, CST and other community members will light candles in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides. The evening will feature music by Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner and the CST choir.


Shabbat Service Honoring Malcolm McElheney

Friday, May 3, 6:15pm

Please join us for a very special Shabbat service and community send off as we honor Malcolm McElheney and the 4 years of service he has given to our congregation as Youth and Music Coordinator and Cantorial Soloist. A special ice cream oneg will follow services.


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.


SAC Presents “White Right – Meeting the Enemy”

Saturday May 4, 7:00 PM

This event is Free, carpooling encouraged.

The film “White Right, Meeting the Enemy” offers an important look into race relations, the rise of white supremacist hate in the United States, and how we can address the problem.

Following the screening, Arno Michaelis, a former racist skinhead (who appears in the film), will talk about his struggle with his past and his journey to become an advocate for social justice. READ MORE…


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.


Yom HaAtzma’ut Celebration & Free Dinner

Wednesday, May 8, 6:15pm

Free, please RSVP to the office so we can order enough food.

Join Rabbi George and Rabbi Stephanie for a free Israeli Dinner and showing of the Israeli Film Classic: Sallah Shabbati starring Chaim Topol.

Set in the chaotic years just after the War of Independence when Israel struggled to settle hundreds of thousands of refugees from around the world, Sallah is the story of one Yemenite families saga to find there way in the new, Jewish State.  


Rabbi’s Tisch with Dr. Steven Gelber

American Antisemitism: An Ambiguous Legacy

Friday, May 10, 6:15pm
$18 suggested donation for the catered dinner, please RSVP to the office.

The recent mass killing of Jews in Pittsburgh, along with numerous reports of an increase in other antisemitic incidents in America and Europe, has raised anxiety among Jews and concerns that historic anti-Jewish patterns may be reemerging.

This talk will explore the unique nature of American antisemitism, focusing on the way that traditional Christian antisemitism has had to accommodate the fundamental American ethos of equality and nondiscrimination… READ MORE.


Jewish Literary Circle

Gimpel the Fool and other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Thursday, May 16⋅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: June 20, July 18, August 15, reading selections to be chosen soon!


Broadway Shabbat

Friday, May 17, 6:15pm

Broadway Shabbat is heading our way! Come hear your favorite prayersset to your favorite Broadway melodies. This special service will integrate our
beloved prayers with some of Broadway’s most well-known tunes—from classic to contemporary. This is not to be missed! Immediately following services will be a mouthwatering New York themed Oneg Shabbat!


What’s COOKING at CST?

Challah Baking with Sherry Knazan

Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Please RSVP to the office, spaces limited.

Always wanted to make your own challah, but were afraid to try? Then this class is for you! Join Sherry Knazan, weekly challah baker, for some mixing, kneading and braiding and learning about challah traditions. You will taste some yummy challah while in class, practice braiding your own loaf, and then take the unbaked loaf home to either freeze and bake later, or bake as soon as you get home!


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.


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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