services and events
What's the Buzz?
Ongoing at Ner Shalom!
Saturday, April 25 ~ 10 AM
Kiddush to Follow
Led by Judy Iwanier and Friends
shabbat by daylight! Our monthly Saturday morning minyan is sweet and
intimate and boasts an
incomparable feeling of closeness and holiness. Judy says this shabbat
will be simple: song, prayer and the joy of being together.
|Walk to End Genocide
Sunday, April 26 ~ 9 AM
Stepping off from Congregation Shomrei Torah
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was asked about his experience marching
with Rev. Martin Luther King to Selma, he replied, "I felt like my legs
were praying." Let's let our legs do the praying...
Join the J School team to bring our Jewish feet and intentions and
resources to bring relief from violence around the globe. We will this
year be especially focused on the plight of the Yazidi people of Syria.
Please sponsor the J School team for as much or as little as you can.
Or walk with us. Just click
Sunday, April 26 ~ Noon-4 PM
Santa Rosa Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Avenue
presents Sonoma County's Jewish Cultural Festival, Simcha Sunday. Food,
entertainment, sing-along, shopping, kids' mini-carnival, community
resources and great nosh. Admission is free. Volunteer at the Ner
Shalom table by emailing Vicki.
|Erev Shabbat with Reb
Irwin and Friends
New Ner Shalom Members!
Friday, May 1st ~ 6:45 shmooze, 7 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin, with music by Lorenzo Valensi, Binah Block, Suzanne
Shanbaum and Chantleader Atzilah Solot
Song, celebration, soulfulness - and a Reb Irwin-style drash. This week we honor and
welcome our newest Ner Shalom members. Please join us to be welcomed,
and veterans, please join us to do the welcoming! Childcare
of Peace Chant Circle
At Ner Shalom
Tuesday, May 12 ~ 7:30 PM
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; free for Ner Shalom members.
No one turned away for lack
Meeting - Members Attend!
Thursday, May 14
5:30 ~ Vegetarian Potluck Dinner
6:30-8:30 ~ Down to Business
is an exciting moment in Ner Shalom's growth. Challenges, to be sure,
and many exciting new opportunities ahead. Join us to be together,
enjoy each other's company, reflect on our accomplishments and plot our
course for the future. And fine, we'll make some music too.
This is an important and enjoyable night. Please put it in your
calendar. Open to Ner Shalom members only. (And it's not too late to
become a Ner Shalom member!)
Potluck assignments by last name: A-G: Main dish (vegetarian please).
H-N: Salad or side dish. O-Z: Dessert. Be prepared to identify your
contribution's ingredients for members with food allergies!
|Erev Shabbat with Reb
Irwin and Friends
May 15th ~ 6:15 Learn with
Reb Irwin; 7 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin, with music by Chantleader Atzilah Solot, Lorenzo
Valensi, Binah Block and Suzanne Shanbaum
Song, celebration, soulfulness - and a Reb Irwin-style drash. This
week we honor and welcome our newest Ner Shalom members. Please join us
to be welcomed, and veterans, please join us to do the welcoming!
architecture of Jewish prayer.
Come at 6:15 and learn with Reb Irwin about the major themes in the
service, the fixed order, and how the prayer service is like the Temple
of ancient times.
for the Hungry Hearted
Saturday, May 23 ~ 7 PM and
through the night
At B'nai Israel Jewish Center in Petaluma
of our loveliest traditions: learning overnight. This year our theme is
"Harvest for the Hungry Hearted." Our teachers include every
congregational rabbi in Sonoma County, plus many other gifted teacher.
The night also includes music, dairy treats and childcare (until 10
PM). Sponsored by all the Sonoma County synagogues.
For details, just click
Fourth Saturday of the Month ~ 7 PM
Teaching, Learning, Arranging, Playing, Performing. Come work up some
rhythm with other talented Ner Shalomers! (Bring your own drum.)
|Ner Shalom Singers
2nd and 4th Tuesday of each Month ~ 7:00 PM
At Rachel Friedman's Home
A monthly sing, just for fun,
and to develop the repertoire, allowing the Ner Shalom Singers to drop
into more services and events. For details and address, email Lorenzo.
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.
with Young Children
Join this new and delightful chavurah
for families with young children. Events include Shabbat dinners,
weekend hikes and song sessions! Get
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
Click on the Picture for Details
Watch this spot for our next book...
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
over Ner Shalom. Photo by Lorenzo Valensi.
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.
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, January 22 - 6:30 PM
If you'd like to attend, email us. Just click here.
Shalom: Strictly Scent-Free
Love 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