services and events
What's the Buzz?
Ongoing at Ner Shalom!
20 at 7:00 PM
Led by Reb Irwin
With Lorenzo Valensi, Atzilah Solot, and the Good Shabbes Band
us for a songful, soulful Erev Shabbat. Come meet all the new people
who are bringing their beautiful presence to this community. New
members: come meet the veterans who are the foundation of this
community. Much joy to be had.
|Family Shabbat Morning Hike
Saturday, November 21 ~ 10-Noon
At Crane Creek
Led by Janet Rae Jorgensen and Kamala Brown
our Sapling Chavurah - Ner Shalom families with young children - for a
stroll in Crane Creek. Enjoy good company, room for kids to run around,
and music by Susie Miller. Bring a lunch for your family. In case of
rain, it's popcorn and games at Ner Shalom! RSVP by clicking here
Brett: Text, Jews and Rock 'n' Roll
23, 7-8:30 PM at Ner Shalom
A Commonweal New School Conversation
In Conversation with Reb Irwin Keller
Commonweal conversation series called The New School
is coming to
Sonoma County, beginning with this conversation with author Lily Brett.
Lily Brett is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, who at 19 became a
rock and roll journalist, interviewing the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi
Hendrix and Mick Jagger. She went on to publish seven novels, four
collections of essays, and eight volumes of poetry. An Australian based
in New York, Lily’s work has struggled to make connections between the
disparate and conflicting facts of our lives, finding in them both
humor and home. The event is free, but registration is required. Click
28 at 10:00 AM
Led by Reb Irwin and Friends
nice, easy Shabbat morning. Music, community, and some Torah too. Join
4; 6:45 Shmooze; 7PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin and Friends
us to welcome Shabbat with song and soulfulness, and a Reb Irwin-style drash.
of Peace Chant Circle
December 10 at 7:30 PM
Led by Atzilah Solot, with some musical combination of Lorenzo Valensi,
Suzanne Shanbaum and Jeff Hoffman
our 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. $10-15 for non-Ner Shalom members. No one turned
for lack of funds.
Shalom Family Chanukah Celebration!
Sunday, December 13 ~ 5-7 PM
(bring a menorah from home). Games. Latkes. Mostly vegetarian potluck
dinner! Sing, laugh, make a bisl art, play games, shmooze, and enjoy a
warm, communal, kid-friendly Chanukah moment. This event is for
EVERYONE in our community of all ages. RSVP by clicking here
and we'll throw
another latke in the oil.
Assignments: If your middle name begins with A-H, bring a main dish.
I-Q: salad. R-Z: dessert. Remember: vegetarian or kosher fish (i.e.
fins & scales).
Treasures: Solstice Shabbat 2015
18; 6:45 Shmooze; 7PM Service
Led by Atzilah Solot, Reb Irwin and Assorted Wonderful Musicians
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!
Second 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
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.
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
SHALOM MISSION STATEMENT
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.
Our next book is Primo Levi's The
Periodic Table. We are reading this as part of the
OneBayOneBook program sponsored by Jewish Learning Works. Watch this
spot for details.
Thursday, December 17
Taught by Reb Irwin Keller, this
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. And bring your lunch. This month: Reb Irwin
talks about the political and cultural import of Yiddish-reading women
in the 18-19th Centuries.
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.
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
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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
Wednesday, December 9 ~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.
Next Ner Shalom Board
Thursday, November 19 - 5:30 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