services and events
What's the Buzz?
Ongoing at Ner Shalom!
for the Hungry Hearted
Saturday, May 23 ~ 7 PM and
through the night
At B'nai Israel Jewish Center in Petaluma
of our loveliest traditions: learning overnight. This year our theme is
"Harvest for the Hungry Hearted." Our teachers include every
congregational rabbi in Sonoma County, plus many other gifted teacher.
The night also includes music, dairy treats and childcare (until 10
PM). Sponsored by all the Sonoma County synagogues.
For details, just click
|Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, May 30 ~ 10 AM
Led by Binah Block and Friends
by daylight! Join us to soak up the holiness at the start of day. And
to say farewell to our Binah, who will be moving back east in June!
|Spirit of the Matter: Compassionate
Listening and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Sunday, May 31 ~ 1-5 PM
Held Off Site
Led by Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman
Rabbi Shifrah to learn significant
tools for engaging in meaningful and productive dialog; then put those
skills right to use as we share our hopes, fears, joys and pain having
to do with the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this special
four-hour workshop we will hone the practices of listening well and
sharing compassionately with one another. To ensure that this workshop
is as inclusive as possible of all those wishing to attend, we
encourage you to register in advance by clicking here
You can also call Rabbi Shifrah at 510-915-1040 if you are interested
in attending. A modest donation will be requested on the day of the
workshop (Sliding scale, $10-$20). No one will be turned away for lack
of funds. Drop-ins are welcome.
June 5th ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Rabbi Meredith Cahn
Song, celebration and soulfulness.
provided upon request by Wednesday, June 3.
of Peace Chant Circle
At Ner Shalom
Thursday, June 11 ~ 7:30 PM
Led by Atzilah Solot, with Lorenzo Valensi and Jeff Hoffman
weaving of voices, sound, and breath, connecting deeply inside
ourselves, with each other. Chant on behalf of those in need of
healing, to honor those who have passed on, to move through a difficult
time, and to celebrate our lives. Many of the chants are in Hebrew...
take advantage of this opportunity to chant in this powerful, ancient
language. No child care is provided, but older kids are welcome to join
the chanting. Suggested donation: $10-15; free for Ner Shalom members.
No one turned away for lack
Memorial Quilt Display
Sunday, June 14 ~ 10am-6pm
Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa
Shalom co-sponsors this display of 72 quilt panels from the Names
Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. In addition there will be photos
projected, a documentary shown, and opportunities to remember,
ritualize and even make art. Free and open to the public.
June 19th ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde
Song, celebration and soulfulness.
provided upon request by Wednesday, June 17.
Second Saturday of the Month ~ 7 PM
Teaching, Learning, Arranging, Playing, Performing. Come work up some
rhythm with other talented Ner Shalomers! (Bring your own drum.)
|Ner Shalom Singers
2nd and 4th Tuesday of each Month ~ 7:00 PM
At Rachel Friedman's Home
A semi-monthly sing, just for
and to develop the repertoire, allowing the Ner Shalom Singers to drop
into more services and events. For details and address, email Lorenzo.
Fourth Friday of the Month ~ 6PM
Some Sebastopol and West County Ner Shalomers are making it a practice
to gather and welcome shabbat together over a potluck meal. No program,
no fuss. Just a warm, candle-lit place to hang out in community on Erev
Shabbat. If you'd like to participate, email Jen Herman.
with Young Children
Join this new and delightful chavurah
for families with young children. Events include Shabbat dinners,
weekend hikes and song sessions! Get
A Periodic Exploration of Wine, Winegrowing and Jewish Tradition
At Orpheus Winery
8910 Sonoma Hwy in Kenwood
Led by Rachel Friedman, Marc Krafft and Reb Irwin
Talmud says if a snake is swimming toward your boat and you have
uncovered wine in it, quickly dillute the wine to repel the snake. This
and a million other mysteries of Judaism's relationship with wine. Email to find out be included in
Click on the Picture for Details
Join us to discuss a wide range of books containing
Jewish themes or points of view. Watch this spot for upcoming books!
Monday, May 18
Wednesday, June 17
monthly workshop explores the great Yiddish writers of Europe,
Israel and North America. We read, translate and discuss poetry, short
stories and other texts, both serious and comic. No previous Yiddish
required. We read and translate together, and discuss the literature
seriously and humorously. Yiddish Tish is usually taught by Reb Irwin
Keller. However, in our May and June sessions, Gale Kissin leads us on a journey of
Yiddish poetry set to music. So be prepared to read, parse, discuss and
sing! And bring your lunch.
at 11 AM
Led by Gesher Calmenson
class, an outgrowth of our monthly Yiddish Tish, will help you learn to
read and speak basic Yiddish, and gain greater access to Yiddish
over Ner Shalom. Photo by Lorenzo Valensi.
SHALOM MISSION STATEMENT
Congregation Ner Shalom is a warm and
inclusive Jewish community. Drawing from our Reconstructionist roots
and the soulfulness of Jewish Renewal, we embrace Judaism through
ritual, social justice, music, learning and laughter.
School for Jewish Learning
Looking for a
school for your kids? Our dynamic "J School" is a collaboration with
Israel Jewish Center. Join our vibrant school and community. Read all
about it by clicking
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available for a hospital visit, or to deliver a meal, or make a phone
call, or respond to some other need, let us put you on our Chesed Alert
list. Just contact Vicki.
the elders of our community to discuss hot issues and enjoy each
other's company. For information, contact
Next meeting TBD
At Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.
Next Ner Shalom Board
Thursday, May 28 - 6:30 PM
If you'd like to attend, email us. Just click here.
Shalom: Strictly Scent-Free
Love You Just
the Way You Smell
Ner Shalom is dedicated to creating community and ritual space that is
safe and accessible to all, including people with severe environmental
sensitivity. It's easy to do once you know how:
wear cologne, perfume, or scented hair (or
other) products when you come to Ner Shalom.
If you smoke, please take a few
minutes to let
the smoke from your last cigarette dissipated before entering the
- As you settle into a scent-free,
of thinking, consider buying scent-free laundry detergent and fabric
softener, so that you can hug everyone at shul, and everyone can hug
We thank you for making our holy space safe for everyone.
guests. They might be resistant at first. Looking nice for
synagogue might, for them, include smelling nice. So
please explain to them that being scented may seem small to them, but
not to someone who may not be able to remain in the room at services
because of it. Or just tell them we're sticklers (because we are).
Congregation Ner Shalom
A Reconstructionist Synagogue
of Sonoma & Marin Counties