services and events
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Book Group: The Curse
Sunday, August 31 ~ 11AM-1PM
month we will read The Curse of
by Mitchell Chefitz. Ten jewel-like tales nestled in a larger
framework, wherein an aged storyteller passes on his craft to four
unlikely apprentices. This is a very short book that can be read in a
sitting, yet stay with you forever. Ariana has a few loaner copies. Click here to email her.
Friday, September 5 ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Reb Judith Goleman
Join us as to welcome Shabbat with spirit, song and sweetness.
Childcare available upon request by September 3.
Messengers of Peace
Thursday, September 11 ~ 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: $5-10; no one turned away for lack of
|Oliver Ranch Hike,
Supporting J School
Friday, September 12 ~ 4:30-6:30 PM
A limited number of spots are available for this small group hike of
the remarkable Oliver Ranch grounds and sculpture gardens in
Geyserville. (Never been there? Reb Irwin says it's one of the most
beautiful places he's ever visited. Take a gander.
$100 donation supports our school. And after two hours at Oliver Ranch,
you'll be primed for a truly delicious Shabbat. To nab your spot, call
Vicki at (707) 664-8622.
|Save the Dates:
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 here.
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
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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
Tuesday, October 7 - 6:30 PM
If you'd like to attend, email us. Just click here.
|High Holy Days 5775
Hashanah begins Wednesday, September 24, and with it we enter
year, where our ancient law was to let our fields lie fallow. Most
of us today don’t own actual
what is the Soul Lesson that the idea of shmitah give us?
In a world that values doing
over being, what is the value
of stillness, listening, awareness, patience? How bad would it be to
give up trying to control it all? If we were to just stand back and
how might we all grow and bear new, creative fruit ?
us for our beautiful, moving, and highly musical High Holy Days at
Ner Shalom. Balancing tradition and innovation, our High Holy Day
experience invites you to look at what makes you tick, discover what
you need, and emerge with a renewed sense of possibility.
Irwin Keller will lead services, along with many musicians, singers
and brilliant congregational leaders. And once again we will feature
art of Storahtelling as our
theatrical strategy for reading and engaging in Torah. Find out more
and reserve your spot by going to shalomevents.org.
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. This month we complete a beautiful story by
Isaac Bashevis Singer - if you weren't there last time we'll catch you
up in a split second in a jiffy.
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: 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