Congregation Ner Shalom

services and events

What's the Buzz?

Friday, April 29
Our Sebastopol and West County chavurah gets together every fourth Friday to welcome Shabbat in someone's home, eat dinner, make music, tell stories, and have a good time. If you'd like to be included on the Shabbastopol mailing list to know dates and locations, click here and let us know!

Sapling Hike for Families for Young Children
Saturday, April 30 ~ 10 AM
Crane Creek Regional Park

Join Janet Rae, Kamala and Reb Irwin as we hit the trail and breathe in the delicious air of Shabbat together with our families. Stories, music and great community. RSVP by clicking here.

Morning Minyan & Torah Study
Saturday, April 30 ~ 10 AM Sharp
Led by Reb Mia Miriam Cohen and Lorenzo Valensi

Enjoy the Shabbat morning light. Singing and gentle ritual and a holiday yizkor service.

Community Yom Hashoah Commemoration
Expressing the Experience of the Holocaust
Sunday, May 1 ~ 2-4 PM
At the Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette in Santa Rosa

Many Ner Shalomers are involved in this year's Yom Hashoah experience, where we explore together how our lives and culture continue to be affected by the Shoah. A beautiful event - please attend!

Erev Shabbat with Shoshana
Friday, May 6 ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Shoshana Fershtman, with Lorenzo Valensi  and the Good Shabbos Band

Welcome Shabbat with an extra helping of spirit and mysticism, courtesy of our beloved Shoshana Fershtman.


Ner Shalom Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, May 15 ~ 1 PM

Countywide Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
Saturday, June 11 ~ 6 PM at Congregation Shomrei Torah

Shavuot Hike with Rabbi Shefa Gold
Sunday, June 12 - Cosponsored by Ner Shalom, B'nai Israel and Z'MANIM

Limmud Bay Area
June 24-27 at Sonoma State University

Ongoing at Ner Shalom!

Sapling Chavurah
for Families
with Young Children

Join this delightful chavurah for families with young children. Events include Shabbat dinners, weekend hikes and song sessions! Get info here.

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.

Shalom Drum-In
Currently on hiatus. Watch this spot for updated details!

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.

Wine Tish
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 future sessions.


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.

Special Upcoming
and Ongoing!

Yiddish Tish
Next: Wednesday, May 18

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 knowledge is required. We read and translate together, and discuss the literature seriously and humorously. And bring your lunch.


Beginning Yiddish
Tuesdays at 11 AM

Led by Gesher Calmenson
and Myra Siegel

This class, an outgrowth of our monthly Yiddish Tish, will help you learn to read and speak basic Yiddish, and gain greater access to Yiddish literature. 

Rainbow over Ner Shalom. Photo by Lorenzo Valensi.

Ongoing Stuff...

AppleCommunity School for Jewish Learning
Looking for a religious school for your kids? Our dynamic "J School" is a collaboration with B'nai Israel Jewish Center. Join our vibrant school and community. Read all about it by clicking here.

Find us on Facebook
Join the Ner Shalom Facebook group to stay in better touch with your Ner Shalom friends.

Chesed Team
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.

Many Meetings

Kavanah (Ritual) Committee:
Wednesday, June 1
~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.

Next Ner Shalom Board Meeting:
Thursday, May 26 - 5:30 PM
If you'd like to attend, email us. Just click here.

Ner Shalom: Strictly Scent-Free

We Love You Just the Way You Smell

Congregation 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:
  • Please don't wear cologne, perfume, or scented hair (or other) products when you come to Ner Shalom.
  • Pomegranate
    If you smoke, please take a few minutes to let the smoke from your last cigarette dissipated before entering the building.
  • As you settle into a scent-free, chem-free way of thinking, consider buying scent-free laundry detergent and fabric softener, so that you can hug everyone at shul, and everyone can hug you.
  • Tell your 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).
We thank you for making our holy space safe for everyone.

Congregation Ner Shalom
A Reconstructionist Synagogue
of Sonoma & Marin Counties

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