Congregation Ner Shalom

services and events

What's the Buzz?

The Muslim Next Door
Sunday, November 6th – 3-4:30 PM
At Ner Shalom
Sponsored by Commonweal and "Of One Soul"

Join Reb Irwin Keller for a Commonweal "New School" conversation with scholar, writer and lawyer Sumbul Ali-Karamali. Sumbul is a scholar of Islamic law and Huffington Post columnist, writing on matters of interest to Muslim Americans and Muslim women. Her books and columns have helped translate for mainstream Americans both the history of Islam and Muslim Americans’ everyday realities. She is the author of The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing, which was published in 2008 and was a Bronze Medal Winner of the 2009 Independent Book Awards. Join us for a probing discussion about what it is like to be a Muslim American (and talking head) in this moment of history.

Shabbat with Reb Irwin & Friends
Friday, November 4th ~ 6:30 PM Shmooze; 7:00 PM Service
Led by Irwin, with Atzilah Solot
And the members of the Ner Shalom Good Shabbos Band

Join us to welcome Shabbat with music, soulfulness and boisterous fun. Plus a Reb Irwin-style drash.

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Friday, November 11th ~ 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.

Shabbat with Reb Irwin & Friends
Friday, November 18th ~ 6:30 PM Shmooze; 7:00 PM Service
Led by Irwin, with Atzilah Solot
And the members of the Ner Shalom Good Shabbos Band

Join us to welcome Shabbat with music, soulfulness and boisterous fun. Plus a Reb Irwin-style drash.

The Kinsey Sicks Return to Ner Shalom
in "Chicks with Shticks"

Sunday, December 11th – 7:30 PM
At Ner Shalom

The Kinsey Sicks, America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, return to Sonoma County in "Chicks with Shticks," a performance benefitting Congregation Ner Shalom. This group, called by NPR "the Royal Shakespeare Company of drag performance," is the alma mater of Ner Shalom's spiritual leader, Reb Irwin Keller. Will he make an encore appearance as Winnie? You decide. Just vote "yes" or "no" as you buy your ticket. More information and ticket link 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.


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.


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

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 ~ 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.


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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