services and events
What's the Buzz?
Ongoing at Ner Shalom!
of Peace Chant Circle
February 11 ~ 7:30 AM
Led by Atzilah Solot, with wonderful Ner Shalom Musicians
our 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. $10-15 for non-Ner Shalom members. No one turned
away for lack of funds.
Evening with ZMANIM
12 ~ 5:30 PM
go of the busyness of the week and enter the spaciousness of
Shabbat in community with song and blessings! Please bring a vegetarian
dish to share - organic, seasonal offerings from home gardens and local
farms especially appreciated. Fish and dairy also great. RSVP directly
to ZMANIM by clicking here.
February 13th, 2015
At B'nai Israel Jewish Center
Co-Sponsored by Ner Shalom
Led by Reb Mia Miriam Cohen & Lorenzo Valensi
9:15 am Torah Study with light breakfast
9:45-10:30 AM Shacharit with instruments
10:30-11:45 AM Torah Service and Drash
11:45 AM Kiddush lunch
us for a musical Shabbat service that brings together contemporary and
traditional Judaism in a moving, uplifting, and inspiring way.
Shabbat with Reb Irwin
February 19 ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin, with Atzilah Solot, Lorenzo Valensi
And the Good Shabbos Band
Shabbat with song and soulfulness, along with a Reb Irwin-style drash. A fun, musical night.
Nature Hike with ZMANIM
21 ~ 10AM-1PM
Willow Creek in Occidental
Rabbis Daria and Josh for a morning hike in Willow Creek State
Park in Occidental. We'll weave in some morning blessings, a healthy
dose of wonder, and nature-connected learning. Come explore this
beautiful park together! Kids welcome! The event is free but donations
gratefully accepted. RSVP for details by clicking here.
February 26, 2015
Sebastopol and West County chavurah
gets together every fourth Friday to welcome Shabbat in someone's home,
eat dinner, make music, tell stories, and have a good time. If you'd
like to be included on the Shabbastopol mailing list to know dates and
locations, click here
and let us
Minyan & Torah Study
February 27 ~ 10 AM Sharp
Led by Reb Irwin
the shabbat morning light. Singing and gentle ritual, plus Torah
study with Reb Irwin.
Day of Jewish Learning
28 ~ 12:30-5:30 PM
Finley Community Center, Person Senior Wing, Santa Rosa
afternoon of stimulating learning sponsored by the Jewish Community
Center of Sonoma County, with three shifts, enabling you to learn with
several different teachers. Among the Ner Shalomers, Shoshana Fershtman
will be teaching "Experiencing Kabbalah," Reb Irwin will be teaching
"Angels in the Margins," Atzilah Solot will be teaching "The Magic of
Hebrew Chant; Rabbi Meredith Cahn will teach "Wise Aging with Jewish
Wisdom," Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde will teach "Mussar - A Spiritual
Practice for Patience and More," and Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde will lead
"Nature-Connected Qigung and Kabbalah." This is a free event.
Refreshments will be served.
with Young Children
Join this delightful chavurah
for families with young children. Events include Shabbat dinners,
weekend hikes and song sessions! Get
|Ner Shalom Singers
Lend your voice! Besides our annual High Holy Day appearances, we sing
for other ritual and just for the joy of it.
For details email Lorenzo.
Currently on hiatus. Watch this spot for updated details!
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.
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
SHALOM MISSION STATEMENT
Shalom is a warm and
inclusive Jewish community.
Drawing from our Reconstructionist roots
and the soulfulness of Jewish Renewal,
we embrace Judaism through
social justice, music,
learning and laughter.
A Night with the
Saturday Evening, March 12
The Riccardis! No, not Lucy and Ricky, but Sandy and Richard - a
wonderful comedic duo whose songs are witty, politically astute, and
just 2 degrees less dirty than the Kinsey Sicks. For a delightful
taste, click here
Watch this spot for details.
Meanwhile, our event team still needs a few motivated folks for fun,
short-turnaround help - marketing and more. Step up! You won't regret
it. Just click here
21 ~ 1 PM
Our next book is Primo Levi's The
We are reading this as part of the
OneBayOneBook program sponsored by Jewish Learning Works. Loaner copies
are available at Ner Shalom. Please contact Vicki at (707) 664-8622 or email her
for a copy.
Taught by Reb Irwin Keller, this
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. 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.
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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Help Ner Shalom community members in crisis. If you might ever be
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
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the elders of our community to discuss hot issues and enjoy each
other's company. For information, contact
Monday, February 15 ~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.
Next Ner Shalom Board
Thursday, January 28 - 5:30 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