services and events
What's the Buzz?
Friday, December 5 ~ 7 PM
Led by Reb Irwin, with Lorenzo Valensi, Atzilah Solot and Friends
Welcome shabbat with music, rest,
soulfulness and a drash from
Reb Irwin. Childcare provided.
of Peace Chant Circle
Tuesday, December 9 ~ 7:30 PM
Held at Devi Yoga Studio, 7151 Wilton
Ave #103 in Sebastopol
Led by Atzilah Solot, with Lorenzo Valensi and Jeff Hoffman
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. Suggested donation: $10-15; no one turned away for lack
Kindling Fires Within
Darkness (Outdoor Gathering)
Sunday, December 14 ~
At Ocean Song Farm & Wilderness Center
Sponsored by Zmanim.
A day-long community gathering outdoors, preparing for Chanukah and the
season of winter and exploring the element of fire in Jewish tradition.
Led by Rabbis Daria & Josh Jacobs-Velde, Wilderness Guide Rachel
Ruach and Yael Raff Peskin. Come make oil-burning chanukiyot
from natural materials
and build a fire without matches! Organized by ZMANIM (SEASONS), a new
nature-based, Waldorf-inspired, embodied learning program in West
Sonoma County, cultivating multi-generational Jewish community outdoors
through the seasons. $54 for adults; $44 for members of Sonoma County
synagogues. Click here
for more information.
|Sunday, December 14: They're Baaaaaack!
The Kinsey Sicks return to Sonoma County in an encore performance of
"Oy Vey in a Manger," benefitting Congregation Ner Shalom. Come join us
again! Or if you can't stomach another night with these girls, then
send your friends instead. Note that this will be Reb Irwin's last
California performance with the Kinsey Sicks as he steps into the drag
of retirement. Click
for info and tickets.
Treasures: Solstice Shabbat 2014
Friday, December 19 ~ 7 PM
Led by Atzilah Solot and Friends
Shabbat, Solstice, and nearly Christmas. On this near-longest night of
the year we come together to chant, relax
and drop into a deep place. We will give voice to the chants of a
number of traditions. Come enjoy
the warmth of each other's company and the magic of the long winter
nights. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this special night!
Ner Shalom Community Chanukah
Mostly-Vegetarian Potluck Dinner!
Sunday, December 21 ~ 5-7 PM
Your Hosts: Binah Block and Susie Miller
Chanukah! It's Solstice! It's Chanukah! It's Solstice! It's Chanukah
AND Solstice! Join us to light candles (bring your menorah), eat
delicious food including lots of latkes provided by
Ner Shalom, sing, laugh, play games and enjoy a warm, communal,
kid-friendly Chanukah moment. RSVP by clicking
and we'll throw another teaspoon of matzah meal in the latkes.
Potluck Assignments: If your middle name begins with A-H, bring a
desser. I-Q: Main Course. R-Z: Salad. Remember: vegetarian or kosher
fish (i.e. fins & scales).
by Reb Irwin
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. 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
The Betrayers, by David Bezmozgis
Sunday, February 15
compact saga of love, duty, family, and sacrifice from a rising star
whose fiction is ''self-assured, elegant, perceptive . . . and
unflinchingly honest'' (New York Times)
These incandescent pages give us one fraught, momentous day in the life
of Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who now finds himself a
disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a
contrary but principled stand regarding the settlements in the West
Bank, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades
his junior, and the besieged couple escapes to Yalta, the faded Crimean
resort of Kotler's youth. There, shockingly, Kotler comes face-to-face
with the former friend whose denunciation sent him to the Gulag almost
forty years earlier.
Loaner copies will be available at Ner Shalom after January 5. We read
this book as part of the One Bay One Book program. Find out about other
programs relating to this novel by clicking
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
Ner Shalom Singers meet periodically to prepare pieces for special
services and events. Lend us your voice! Just email
Choir Manager Lorenzo Valensi!
Shalom Book Group
Love to read? Join us to discuss a wide range of books containing
Jewish themes or points of view. See calendar above for upcoming
sessions and books! For information, contact
us on Facebook
Join the Ner
Shalom Facebook group to stay in better touch with your Ner Shalom
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.
the elders of our community to discuss hot issues and enjoy each
other's company. For information, contact
At Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.
Next Ner Shalom Board
Thursday, October 23 - 6:30 PM
If you'd like to attend, email us. Just click here.
Shalom: Strictly Scent-Free
Like 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