Congregation Ner Shalom

services and events

What's the Buzz?

Erev Shabbat in the Park
Friday, July 1 ~ 6:45 Shmooze, 7PM Service
In La Plaza Park, across from Ner Shalom
Led by Reb Irwin Keller
Music from the Good Shabbos Band

Come rejoice! We will welcome shabbat in daylight and end our service under the stars. Tonight we will enjoy a range of music emerging from the Jewish Renewal Movement. Come join us. And, important: Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. And a sweater!

July 15 - No Shabbat Service
Friday, July 15 ~ 6:45 Shmooze, 7PM Service

It's midsummer and Reb Irwin is off studying with the Aleph Program in Colorado. We leave this Friday night to you, Ner Shalomers! Get together, hang out, welcome shabbat with your families or with each other. What? You need the text of blessings for candlelighting and more? Just click here for your Ner Shalom Shabbat Download!

Morning Minyan & Portal to Torah
Saturday, July 23 ~ 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.

Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, August 5 ~ 6:45 Shmooze, 7PM Service

Join us to welcome Shabbat with sweetness, soulfulness and song!

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

Watch this spot for more information on High Holy Day activities!

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

July 8
August 12
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: TBA

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 knowledge is required. We read and translate together, and discuss the literature seriously and humorously. And 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.
  • Pomegranate
    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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