Lifelong Learning

The mission and purpose of the Lifelong Learning is to plan and implement educational programs.  These programs offer educational opportunities for adult congregants of all age groups and all levels of Jewish learning.  While program topics vary widely, they will include a connection to Judaism, Jewish life, or issues of importance to Jews.

For a list of recent and upcoming Lifelong Learning programs, see the current issue of The VIEW, our annual guide to Shomrei Torah programs, or the most recent issue of The Voice, our monthly newsletter.

 Torah Study

Torah study sessions are held every Shabbat morning at 8:45AM in our Kolbo Room.

All are welcome, of any age, including beginners to Torah study. Sessions are led by Rabbi George, Rabbi Kramer, and by lay leaders. This is the best opportunity for ongoing, in-depth discussion of Torah and related writings.



Rabbi’s Tisch

On the second Friday of each month, join your CST family for a Rabbi’s Tisch (table) in lieu of regular Friday night Shabbat Services. All Tisches take place at 6:15 PM and include a brief service (including Mi’Shebeirach and Kaddish), communal dinner and a special program.

$18 suggested donation for the catered dinner, please RSVP by calling (707)578-5519 or emailing



 Upcoming Lifelong Learning Events:


May Rabbi’s Tisch

Friday, May 11, 6:15 PM

“Fear and Courage Among Scapegoats: My Experience with Immigrants in the Era of Threats of Mass Deportations”
Rick Cosnear is an immigration lawyer in Santa Rosa and one of the founders of the non-profit “VIDAS” (Vital Immigrant Defense Advocacy and Services).  VIDAS is a grassroots self-defense organization of, by and for the immigrant community.  Before VIDAS, Rick worked in private practice for ten years, and, before that, as a physician assistant in an immigrant medical clinic in Healdsburg for a dozen years.  He has fought for a Sonoma County of refuge for immigrants since 1985, when he and his wife, Kim, moved here, in the midst of the Sanctuary Movement.

$18 suggested donation for the catered dinner, please RSVP by calling (707)578-5519 or emailing


June Rabbi’s Tisch with Paul Gullixon

Friday, June 8, 6:15 PM
What will come in the fall?  Former Press Democrat Editorial Director Paul Gullixson will discuss the results of the June 5 primary election with an eye toward the much-anticipated fall elections, which could bring a shift in Washington, D.C. politics.  Paul will also be discussing his own shift – from daily journalism to working at Sonoma State University as the communications director.

$18 suggested donation for the catered dinner, please RSVP by calling (707)578-5519 or emailing


Judaism as a Spiritual Practice:  Falling in Love with Judaism led by Judith Goleman

Sunday, July 1, 10:00 AM

In this class, we’ll do an hour of looking at some joyful and deep spiritual concepts held by early Kabbalistic/Hasidic Rabbis.

The second hour will look at the liturgy, the flow of the prayer service, as a way of moving toward an encounter with Divinity.

The third hour will take difficult sections of the Torah and see some ways the Rabbis over the millennia have filled them with light.

Judith Goleman, MFT, RP, has a psychotherapy practice in Sebastopol, California.  She was also ordained as a Rabbinic Chaplain in the Jewish Renewal Movement in 2011.  She has been a member of Congregation Shomrei Torah since 1975.

$18 for the class, please RSVP to or call (707)578-5519.