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CST Marches For Affordable Housing, Wednesday, July 29, 5:30 PM

Join Rabbi George and members of Shomrei Torah’s Social Action Committee to demonstrate our concern for affordable housing in Sonoma County. The march, organized by the North Bay Organizing Project, will let public officials know that tenant protections should be a top priority. Marchers will gather at 5:30 PM at Roseland Plaza (on Sebastopol Road, west of Dutton near the old Albertsons). For more information, contact Madeleine Rose, mrose@sonic.net or Ed Berger, eberger@sonic.net .

“Where Judaism and Buddhism Meet”– New Class Explores Meditation

 Rabbi George’s new class, “An Introduction to Meditation:  Where Judaism and Buddhism Meet” meets August 5, 12, 19, and 26 in the Kolbo Room from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Experience meditation in both Buddhist and Jewish settings with instructions and teachings and plenty of time to practice.
No previous knowledge or experience necessary.  Free.  Please RSVP to the office at 707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

Honoring Robinson, August 14 Tisch Explores “Selma 50 Years Later”

The annual Rabbi Michael Robinson Memorial Service is a Rabbis’ Tisch on August 14 featuring Clayborne Carson, a Stanford University professor and an expert on the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. His lecture, “Selma 50 Years Later: The American Jewish Community & the Civil Rights Movement” will explore the important role the Jewish community played in the struggle for civil rights in the United States. Each year Shomrei Torah invites a leading human rights scholar or activist to deliver a lecture on a topic related to the work of the late Rabbi Michael Robinson, who devoted his life before and during his rabbinate at Shomrei Torah to the pursuit of justice for the oppressed.

Beginning at 6:15 PM, the monthly Rabbis’ Tisch is an alternative Shabbat service that features a catered Shabbat dinner, a brief opening and closing service, and a presentation by a noted speaker. The suggested donation of $18 covers the cost of the meal. Please RSVP to the synagogue office to reserve your meal. Click the link to download the event flyer: Rabbi Michael Memorial Aug. 14 Flyer

Art Show and Sale Features the Work of Noted Artist Ruth Robinson

Don’t miss this rare exhibition of the art of Ruth Robinson, a highly acclaimed artist and wife of the late Rabbi Michael Robinson. Ruth’s paintings will be on display and available for purchase in Shalom Hall August 11-16. All proceeds from the sale of her artwork will benefit Shomrei Torah’s mortgage fund. The sale honors the legacy of Rabbi Michael, Shomrei Torah’s former rabbi and a lifelong leader in the struggle for human and civil rights.

To see more of Ruth’s work, click here.

Registration Open for October Men’s Retreat

The 5th 2012 Men's Mini Retreat Group PhotoShomrei Torah Men’s Retreat is right around the corner. Don’t miss out on a weekend of camaraderie, contemplation, kibitzing, and of course, good food. The Enchanted Hills Retreat Center features excellent facilities for sports, hiking and swimming in a beautiful setting, and the food, prepared by a professional staff, is amazing! Come to just kick back with other guys and to enjoy a stress-free weekend.

For more information or to register, call Norman Eisley at (707) 573-1107 or email him at norman.eisley@edwardjones.com. You may download and print the registration form by clicking here: RetreatAppForm

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.

Adult B’nei Mitzvah Class Now Forming; No Time Like the Present to Be Called to the Torah

If you are a Jewish adult who has never had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, now is your opportunity.  This 13-month course will delve into Jewish theology, liturgy (prayer), and the Jewish cannon (Torah, Midrash, Talmud, etc.). Class time will also be devoted to the mastery of parts of the Shabbat morning service.  The course culminates at the Shabbat morning service on Saturday, December 17, 2016 during which students will share in leading the service.  Regular class will meet on Saturdays, 1 PM-2:30 PM beginning November 7, 2015 and taught by Rabbi George, Rabbi Kramer, and a number of guest teachers (to be announced). Deadline to register is September 15, 2015.  Cost:  $1,310.00 for tuition and materials; scholarships available upon request. RSVP to the temple office by calling Denise at 707-578-5519 or denise@cstsr.org.

 Social Action Committee’s Film Series Honored by Religious Action Center

RAC Wash. DC - Larry, Asher & IsaacShomrei Torah’s Social Action Committee’s annual film series, “Social Action Goes to the Movies” received an honorable mention in the 2015 Fain Awards, presented by the Religious Action Center of the Union for Reform Judaism at its annual conference, “Consultation on Conscience,” in late April.  In the photo at left, SAC’s Asher Sheppard, right, and Larry Carlin, center, are pictured with Isaac Nuell, manager of Congregational Social Action for RAC in Washington, D.C.
The biannual Irving J. Fain Awards honor URJ congregations doing exemplary social justice work to l’taken et ha’olam.

Registration is Open for 2015/2016 Religious School

SKMBT_C36015042711240It’s that time of year to register your child for STaRS (Shomrei Torah Religious School).  This year we are offering online registration. Click HERE to register.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Caldwell, Rabbinic Assistant, at ra@cstsr.org or call 707-578-5519Monday through Friday9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

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)

To read a midrash by Anne Levy Howson, click here: Exodus 28 midrash 

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 $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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