services and events
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Ongoing at Ner Shalom!
Holy Days begin September 24
the information and to secure your seats!
Saturday, September 24 – Selichot Service (evening)
Sunday, October 2 – Rosh Hashanah Evening
Monday, October 3 – Rosh Hashanah Morning and Tashlikh
Tuesday, October 4 – Rosh Hashanah - 2nd Day with Zmanim in Sebastopol
Friday, October 7 – Shabbat Shuvah (evening)
Tuesday, October 11 – Kol Nidre (Yom Kippur Eve)
Wednesday, October 12 – Yom Kippur Day
Sunday, October 16 – Sukkot Eve
Sunday, October 23 – Simchat Torah Celebration
Everything you need to know: click
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
~ 7:30 PM
Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot
Calvin Johnson, Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum and Jeff Hoffman
deep calming and enlivening magic of Hebrew chant. Donation of $10-20
suggested. Free for Ner Shalom members.
16 ~ 7:00 PM, in the Sukkah
Led by Reb Irwin and Shoshana Fershtman
night of Hallel. We will welcome our fall holiday with Psalms of
praise. We will sing and chant Psalms, set by a variety of composers;
enjoy the starlight (bring a jacket or blanket!); and even get a
Irwin. Join us for this unusual and beautiful night.
Team and Visiting the Sick
October 19 ~ 7:00 PM, in the Sukkah
Led by Judy Iwanier and Reb Irwin
Chesed Team, i.e. Ner Shalom's caring community of congregants helping
other congregants in times of need, will get together to talk over
plans for the future. The session will begin with a teaching from Reb
Irwin about the Jewish mitzvah
of bikkur cholim – visiting
the sick. Where does this mitzvah
come from? And what is expected? And where is the Shekhinah in the room? Everyone is
welcome. Join us.
with Young Children
Join this delightful chavurah
for families with young children. Events include Shabbat dinners,
weekend hikes and song sessions! Get
|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.
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
social justice, music,
learning and laughter.
Messengers of Peace
Second Fridays at 7:30 PM
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.
TBA ~ Noon
Taught this month by Loretta Denner,
we will explore the poetry of the great Yakov Glatshtayn. No previous
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.
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.
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
Thursday, June 30 - 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