Our Synagogue

Shomrei Torah Exterior On April 29, 2007 we dedicated our new synagogue on a hilltop overlooking Santa Rosa, California.

Building our new home was truly a community effort. Members and friends contributed hundreds of hours of volunteer labor in planning, planting, building fences, cleaning, and moving.

The Making of our Torah Mantles

A Labor of Love, CST’s New Tzedakah Box Combines Art, Beauty and Charity

tzedakah boxMore than a year in the making, Shomrei Torah’s newly installed Tzedakah box is now accepting donations. The box was designed by CST member Linda Weiss in collaboration with Rabbi George Gittleman and Ben Benson. It was handcrafted by Weiss, a noted silversmith, and by cabinetmaker Greg Zall. The colored glasswork is by Dr. Charlie Catlett.

Our new Tzedakah box was conceived as a gift from the congregation to Rabbi George on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of his rabbinate–his “chai” year. The 18-inch tall box is made of natural cherry wood and depicts an olive branch on each side made of inlaid argentium sterling silver. In addition to symbolizing peace, the olive branches are a visual link to the nearby Heritage Cabinet, the bima furniture, and the signature olive tree on the patio just outside the building entrance. The colored glass panels on either side of the box, illuminated by interior LED bulbs, correlate to the twelve tribes of Israel. For more information about the box’s design, construction, and significance, click here. Next time you enter Shomrei Torah, please take a moment to admire this work of art, and consider making a donation, 100% of which will directly benefit those in need.

AED (Automatic Emergency Defibrillator)

Located above the drinking fountain near the temple bathrooms. If someone is unconscious, having a heart attack or another medical emergency, call 911 first! But don’t be afraid to get the AED. It is simple to use: JUST TURN IT ON! It will tell you what to do. It literally can save a life, though we hope it never needs to be used.

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