Congregation Ner Shalom

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Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, August 19 ~ 6:45 Shmooze, 7PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin Keller
Music from the Good Shabbos Band

Join us to welcome Shabbat with sweetness, soulfulness, song and Reb Irwin's tales of summer travels and studies.

Morning Minyan & Portal to Torah
Saturday, August 27 ~ 10 AM Sharp

Shabbat in the morning light! Join us for a sweet morning service plus Reb Irwin's special style of Torah teaching. This will not be a traditional Torah reading but instead an intimate look into a piece of the week's portion, with a teaching from Chasidic sources, and lively discussion among us all! No previous knowledge necessary - just your imagination and heart.

Havdalah with the Horses!
Saturday, August 27 ~ 5-7 PM
Renaissance Healing and Learning Center
7695 Derby Ln. Cotati, CA, 94931  

Once again it's time to pull the spurs out of mothballs and join the Celebrations Program for their 8th annual Havdalah with the Horses. Shabbat and cowboy songs, great company, vegetarian potluck dinner (with barbecued salmon provided by us, prepared once again by master grill chef Alan Hahn). Oh – and havdalah too! It gets mighty chilly sometimes at the end of the evening so bring a warm jacket. If you have a folding chair or two or blanket to sit on, bring them along also. Space is limited and RSVP is required by August 23. Click here or call (707) 664-8622.

Note: The actual entrance to Renaissance is on Oak Ave., the third driveway down.  Please save the driveway area for wheelchair parking!  

Across the Interfaith Table
Sonoma County Interfaith Dinner 2016
Sunday, August 28 ~ Workshops at 2:30; Dinner at 6:30
Presbyterian Church of the Roses, 2500 Patio Ct. in Santa Rosa

The Interfaith Council of Sonoma County (ICSC) and the Of One Soul campaign invite you to their annual gathering and dinner. Workshops (you could even catch Reb Irwin teaching some Talmud), presentations and food, connecting compassionate hearts in discussion and dinner.
    2:30–5:00 pm    Gathering, workshops and presentations
    5:00–6:30 pm    Worship, including Muslim prayer
    6:30–8:00 pm    Vegetarian potluck buffet dinner.
Admission Is Free. Free Childcare.
Music Shabbat
Friday, September 2 ~ 6:45 Shmooze, 7PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin Keller
With Chantleader Atzilah Solot and Music from the Good Shabbos Band

Join us to honor Shabbat with an extra dose of great, moving, catchy, difficult, easy music!

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Friday, September 9th ~ 7:30 PM
Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot
With Calvin Johnson, Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum and Jeff Hoffman

The deep calming and enlivening magic of Hebrew chant. Donation of $10-20 suggested. Free for Ner Shalom members.

Healing Shabbat
Friday, September 16 ~ 6:45 Shmooze, 7PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin Keller
With Chantleader Atzilah Solot and Music from the Good Shabbos Band

We lean into Shabbat's healing qualities this week in word, music and experience. Tonight's service also honors the work of the Jewish Community Free Clinic.

A Night with Mama Loshn!
Benefiting Ner Shalom
Saturday, September 17 ~ 7:30 PM

World Music with a contemporary beat in Yiddish, English, French, Spanish, Ladino and Hebrew. Join us to enjoy Sonoma County’s homegrown Mama Loshn performing world music from the Old World shtetl and beyond.

Mama Loshn (Yiddish for "mother tongue") performs uses contemporary, playful arrangements to connect traditional music with modern relevance. Samples of their music can be heard by clicking here.

Get your tickets!

Holly Near: Peace Becomes You
A Commonweal New School Conversation
Monday, September 19 ~ 7 PM
At Congregation Ner Shalom

Join New School Host Irwin Keller in a conversation with legendary musician, teacher, and activist Holly Near.

Holly Near is an acclaimed songwriter, producer, and recording artist with more than 40 creative years and 30 recordings. Respected around the world for her music and activism, her joy and passion inspire people to join in her celebration of the human spirit. Registration is required. Click here.


High Holy Days: Mark Your Calendars

The High Holy Days are unusually late this year. All the more reason to get them calendared so you can schedule your days off of work and school!

Saturday, September 24 – Selichot Service (evening)
Sunday, October 2 – Rosh Hashanah Evening
Monday, October 3 – Rosh Hashanah Morning and Tashlikh
Tuesday, October 4 – Rosh Hashanah - 2nd Day Contemplative Service
Friday, October 7 – Shabbat Shuvah (evening)
Tuesday, October 11 – Kol Nidre (Yom Kippur Eve)
Wednesday, October 12 – Yom Kippur Day
Sunday, October 16 – Sukkot Eve
Sunday, October 23 – Simchat Torah Celebration

Reserve your seats and learn more by clicking here.

Ongoing at Ner Shalom!

Sapling Chavurah
for Families
with Young Children

Join this delightful chavurah for families with young children. Events include Shabbat dinners, weekend hikes and song sessions! Get info here.

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.

Shalom Drum-In
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.

Wine Tish
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 future sessions.


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.

Special Upcoming
and Ongoing!

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace
Chant Evening

Second Fridays at 7:30 PM

September 9
October 14
November 11
December 9

Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot
With Calvin Johnson, Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum and Jeff Hoffman
Experience the magic of Hebrew chant!
Join us in a deeply settling and enlivening journey from sound to silence, silence to sound. Together we weave sound and breath, connecting deeply, exploring and opening doorways of consciousness. This is a night suitable for Jews and non-Jews. No chant or Hebrew experience necessary.

Donation of $10-20 suggested.
Members free.

Yiddish Tish
Next: Wednesday, August 31

Taught this month by Loretta Denner, we will explore the poetry of the great Yakov Glatshtayn. No previous Yiddish knowledge is required. We read and translate together, and discuss the literature seriously and humorously.  Bring your lunch.


Beginning Yiddish
Tuesdays at 11 AM

Led by Gesher Calmenson
and Myra Siegel

This class, an outgrowth of our monthly Yiddish Tish, will help you learn to read and speak basic Yiddish, and gain greater access to Yiddish literature. 

Rainbow over Ner Shalom. Photo by Lorenzo Valensi.

Ongoing Stuff...

AppleCommunity School for Jewish Learning
Looking for a religious school for your kids? Our dynamic "J School" is a collaboration with B'nai Israel Jewish Center. Join our vibrant school and community. Read all about it by clicking here.

Find us on Facebook
Join the Ner Shalom Facebook group to stay in better touch with your Ner Shalom friends.

Chesed Team
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 list. Just contact Vicki.

Many Meetings

Kavanah (Ritual) Committee:
Wednesday, July 26
~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.

Yet-to-be-Named Multi-Gendered Shvesterhood
Wednesday, August 17 ~ 5:30 PM

Next Ner Shalom Board Meeting:
Thursday, June 30 - 5:30 PM
If you'd like to attend, email us. Just click here.

Ner Shalom: Strictly Scent-Free

We Love You Just the Way You Smell

Congregation 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:
  • Please don't wear cologne, perfume, or scented hair (or other) products when you come to Ner Shalom.
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    If you smoke, please take a few minutes to let the smoke from your last cigarette dissipated before entering the building.
  • As you settle into a scent-free, chem-free way of thinking, consider buying scent-free laundry detergent and fabric softener, so that you can hug everyone at shul, and everyone can hug you.
  • Tell your 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).
We thank you for making our holy space safe for everyone.

Congregation Ner Shalom
A Reconstructionist Synagogue
of Sonoma & Marin Counties

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