services and events
What's the Buzz?
Ongoing at Ner Shalom!
25th ~ 10 AM
by Reb Irwin; Torah Reading by Jules Briskin
by daylight! Join us for a light-filled morning. Our Ba"al Korei,
or Torah reader, will be Jules Briskin. And we will all take part in
lively conversation about this month's chosen Torah portion!
7th ~ 6:45 PM Shmooze; 7:00 PM Service
by Reb Irwin Keller and the Good Shabbos Band
Shabbat with song and soulfulness and a teaching from Reb Irwin. Oneg
shabbat sponsored by Ariana Elster.
Luterman: The Largest Possible Life
6th ~ 7-8:30 PM
A Program of the New School at
New School host, Reb Irwin Keller, for an evening of talk with poet and
playwright Alison Luterman about how we live our lives to the fullest,
and how we tell our stories – turning our days into poetry, written
sometimes in ink and sometimes in flesh and blood, breath, and action.
The event is free, but registration is requested. Click
Hike for Families with Young Children
Led by Janet Rae Jorgensen and Kamala Brown
Helen Putnam Regional Park
411 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma
hills are alive with green and burgeoning wildflowers beckoning us to
explore the days of spring. Join us for a saunter, complete with story
and song just in time for welcoming Passover. All families with
children are welcome. Meet at the children's playground across from the
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Friday, April 14
~ 7:30 PM
Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot
Atzilah and gifted musicians Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum,
Sheridan Gold and
Jeff Hoffman for a deep, calming and enlivening evening of Hebrew
chant. This beautiful monthly event (second Friday every month) engages
Hebrew text in an ecumenical way. A great way to bring non-Jewish
friends into the magic of Ner Shalom. Donation of $10-20
suggested. Free for Ner Shalom members and "Friends of Ner Shalom."
Birthing Change: A Ner Shalom Community Seder for This Moment
15th ~ 6:00 PM
by Reb Irwin Keller, Atzilah Solot and Ner Shalom Musicians
do we move from slavery to freedom? How do we get the waters of
redemption flowing? In our traditional Exodus story, it was five
radical women – a mother, a daughter, two midwives and a princess – who
stirred the waters.
With talk, song and symbolism, we will lean into the ways we make
change – through resistance, generosity, creativity and courage – using
these five women as our touchstones.
will be thought-provoking, laughter-filled, and suitable
for all genders and all generations. Bring your
partners and organizing buddies. A
delicious catered dinner
(vegetarian plus fish) will be served. If you can, please contribute to
"Elijah's Plate" when you purchase your tickets, to help make it
possible for those who cannot afford it to participate.
Of all the great things we do at
Shalom, this is one of the greatest. We can't wait to see you there.
For tickets, click here.
Shabbat with Special Guest!
21st ~ 6:45 PM Shmooze; 7:00 PM Service
by Reb Irwin Keller, Atzilah Solot and the Good Shabbos Band
Shabbat with song and soulfulness. And we welcome our friend, Rev.
David Parks-Ramage, who is the pastor at the First Congregational
United Church of Christ of Santa Rosa and a practicing Zen teacher.
Mitzvah: Sophie Goslow-Zwicker
22nd ~ 10AM
join us to welcome Sophie Goslow-Zwicker, the daughter of Annemarie
Goslow and David Zwicker, as she becomes an adult in our community and
the community of Israel. The Goslow-Zwickers are an exceptionally
musical family. Be prepared for some beautiful singing. Kiddush
provided by the Goslow-Zwicker family.
Sunday, May 7th
~ Potluck Lunch at Noon; Meeting 1-3
is an important meeting. A chance to look at our accomplishments, our
goals and our needs. We need you there. Open to all Ner Shalom members
in good standing. Ner Shalom provides bagels and lox. The rest of lunch
is vegetarian potluck.
Day Concert: Zoë Lewis
Sunday, May 14th
A Mother's Day benefit for J School. Come see the quirky,
you-have-to-see-her-to-believe-her, Huck Finn meets Julie Andrews,
world-class British troubador, Zoë
A treat for every gender and every generation. Tickets
include pizza and a soft drink. (Beer and other snacks available.)
Honor the mothers and others in your life with the gift of upbeat,
hilarious, goodhearted, live musical entertainment. Get tickets here
May 30: Tikkun Leyl Shavuot – Night of Learning
June 3: Holly Near in Concert at Ner Shalom
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.
Ner Shalom has a West County chavurah
that gathers monthly for Shabbat. Open to Ner Shalom members and their
guests. To find out more, email us.
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.
Ner Shalom Oasis
Every Wednesday at 6PM
Live Streaming on Facebook
We are all carrying the weight of this difficult time, and many of us
feel torn in many directions at once. The Ner Shalom Oasis is a weekly
opportunity to slow down and re-center. Each week, different Ner
Shalom spiritual or musical leader will offer 10-15 minutes of calming
engagement – prayer, chant, meditation, song.
If you can't make it to join our cyber-community at 6pm, video of the
live stream will be posted for you to view whenever it works for you
Just click here
Wednesday at 6!
Messengers of Peace
Second Fridays at 7:30 PM
Next: April 14
Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot
With Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum, Jeff Hoffman and Sheridan Gold
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.
Free for Ner Shalom Members and "Friends of Ner Shalom".
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.
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
literature. Meets in a private home. To inquire, email Gesher.
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
us on Facebook
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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.
Tuesday, March 21 ~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.
Next Ner Shalom Board
Thursday, March 23 - 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