Congregation Ner Shalom

services and events

What's the Buzz?

Erev Shabbat
Friday, January 6th ~ 6:45 PM Shmooze; 7:00 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin and the Good Shabbos Band

Join Reb Irwin, Atzilah and Ner Shalom's fabulous musicians to welcome Shabbat with joy and music. Oneg Shabbat sponsored by Sally Churgel.

Commonweal New School: Chas Nol
Radical Faeries: Unleashing the Sissy Boy
Monday, January 9th ~ 7PM

The Radical Faerie movement was launched in 1979 by longtime gay activist Harry Hay and three other visionaries. It was (and is) a movement among gay men that explores the culture and spirituality of The Sissy. Instead of activism that aims toward gay men’s assimilation into mainstream straight culture, the Faeries allow space for gay men to express their sexuality, their gender, and their spirit in ways that are authentic, creative, and honored. Radical Faerie sanctuaries and encampments exist around the world, and Faeries gatherings have created a recipe for self-exploration, heartfelt sharing, and vivid self-expression that have come to be used in many contexts outside of the Faerie world.

Join New School Host Irwin Keller in a sparkling and thought-provoking conversation with Chas Nol about sexuality, identity, culture, and glitter.

No "Messengers of Peace" Chant Circle
Cancelled for Friday, January 13

Chantleader Atzilah and Reb Irwin will be at the Ohalah Rabbinic Conference in Boulder. Messengers of Peace will resume Friday, February 10 at 7:30PM.

"Re-Auguration" Shabbat
Friday, January 20th ~ 6:45 PM Shmooze; 7:00 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin and the Good Shabbos Band

It's Inauguration Day. Join Reb Irwin, Atzilah and Ner Shalom musicians as we not only welcome Shabbat, but pour some of our divine energy into the path ahead. A chance to relax after a difficult day, be in good community, and recommit to the holiness to all things.



Linda Hirschhorn and Naomi Newman in
"Two Big Mouths"

Saturday, February 4th – 7:30 PM

Linda Hirschhorn (songwriter, cantor and founder of the Vocolot Ensemble) teams up with Naomi Newman (actor, director and founder of the San Francisco Traveling Jewish Theatre) for an evening of storytelling, memoir, music and laughter — about growing up Jewish and learning a thing or two. These two performers are Bay Area treasures. Do not miss this special night. For tickets, click here.

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Friday, February 10 ~ 7:30 PM
Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot

Join Atzilah and gifted musicians Calvin Johnson, Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum and Jeff Hoffman for a deep, calming and enlivening evening of Hebrew chant. This beautiful monthly event (second Friday every month) engages Hebrew text in an ecumenical way. A great way to bring non-Jewish friends into the magic of Ner Shalom. Donation of $10-20 suggested. Free for Ner Shalom members.



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.



Shabbastopol

Ner Shalom has a West County chavurah that gathers monthly for Shabbat. Open to Ner Shalom members and their guests. To find out more, email us.


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.





NER 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.


Special Upcoming
and Ongoing!


Linda Hirschhorn &
Naomi Newman in
"Two Big Mouths"



Saturday, February 4 @ 7:30 PM

Linda Hirschhorn (songwriter, cantor and founder of the Vocolot Ensemble) teams up with Naomi Newman (actor, director and founder of the Traveling Jewish Theatre) for an evening of storytelling, memoir, music and laughter — about growing up Jewish and learning a thing or two.

These two performers are Bay Area treasures. Do not miss this special night.


For tickets, click here.

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace
Chant Evening

Second Fridays at 7:30 PM

Next: February 10
(No Chant Evening in January)

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.
Free for Ner Shalom Members and "Friends of Ner Shalom".





Monthly:
Yiddish Tish
Next: TBA ~ Noon

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.



Weekly:

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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