Congregation Ner Shalom

services and events

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Countywide Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
Harvest for the Hungry Hearted
Saturday, May 23 ~ 7 PM and through the night
At B'nai Israel Jewish Center in Petaluma

One of our loveliest traditions: learning overnight. This year our theme is "Harvest for the Hungry Hearted." Our teachers include every congregational rabbi in Sonoma County, plus many other gifted teacher. The night also includes music, dairy treats and childcare (until 10 PM). Sponsored by all the Sonoma County synagogues.

For details, just click here.

Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, May 30 ~ 10 AM
Led by Binah Block and Friends

Shabbat by daylight! Join us to soak up the holiness at the start of day. And to say farewell to our Binah, who will be moving back east in June!

Spirit of the Matter: Compassionate Listening and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Sunday, May 31 ~ 1-5 PM
Held Off Site
Led by Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman

Join Rabbi Shifrah to learn significant tools for engaging in meaningful and productive dialog; then put those skills right to use as we share our hopes, fears, joys and pain having to do with the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this special four-hour workshop we will hone the practices of listening well and sharing compassionately with one another. To ensure that this workshop is as inclusive as possible of all those wishing to attend, we encourage you to register in advance by clicking here. You can also call Rabbi Shifrah at 510-915-1040 if you are interested in attending. A modest donation will be requested on the day of the workshop (Sliding scale, $10-$20). No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Drop-ins are welcome.

Erev Shabbat
Friday, June 5th ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Rabbi Meredith Cahn

Shabbos!!! Song, celebration and soulfulness. Childcare provided upon request by Wednesday, June 3.

Messengers of Peace Chant Circle
At Ner Shalom

Thursday, June 11 ~ 7:30 PM
Led by Atzilah Solot, with Lorenzo Valensi and Jeff Hoffman

Join 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. Suggested donation: $10-15; free for Ner Shalom members. No one turned away for lack of funds.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Display
Sunday, June 14 ~ 10am-6pm
Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa

Ner Shalom co-sponsors this display of 72 quilt panels from the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. In addition there will be photos projected, a documentary shown, and opportunities to remember, ritualize and even make art. Free and open to the public.

Erev Shabbat
Friday, June 19th ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde

Shabbos!!! Song, celebration and soulfulness. Childcare provided upon request by Wednesday, June 17.

Ongoing at Ner Shalom!

Shalom Drum-In
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
2nd and 4th Tuesday of each Month ~ 7:00 PM
At Rachel Friedman's Home
Yulupa Co-Housing

A semi-monthly sing, just for fun, and to develop the repertoire, allowing the Ner Shalom Singers to drop into more services and events. For details and address, 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.

Sapling Chavurah
for Families
with Young Children

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

Your Great Idea Here

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.

Special Upcoming
and Ongoing!

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Ner Shalom
Book Group

Love to read?
Join us to discuss a wide range of books containing Jewish themes or points of view. Watch this spot for upcoming books!

Yiddish Tish
Next Dates:
Monday, May 18
Wednesday, June 17

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. Yiddish Tish is usually taught by Reb Irwin Keller. However, in our May and June sessions, Gale Kissin leads us on a journey of Yiddish poetry set to music. So be prepared to read, parse, discuss and sing! 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.


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.

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.

Silver Circle
Join the elders of our community to discuss hot issues and enjoy each other's company. For information, contact Vicki.

Many Meetings

Kavanah (Ritual) Committee:
Next meeting TBD
At Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.

Next Ner Shalom Board Meeting:
Thursday, May 28 - 6:30 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.
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    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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