services and events
What's the Buzz?
Ongoing at Ner Shalom!
into the Arms of Love
July 3rd ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Atzilah Solot, with Hannah Caratti
this Independence Day Weekend Shabbat with a special chant journey led
by Atzilah Solot and Hannah Caratti. Guitar & drumming
provided by Lorenzo and friends. Please come, open your heart and
allow yourself to be uplifted and settled into this Summer Shabbat
celebration. Bring friends for this completely accessible evening.
of Peace Chant Circle
At Ner Shalom
Thursday, July 9 ~ 7:30 PM
Led by Atzilah Solot, with Lorenzo Valensi and Jeff Hoffman
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
|Bat Mitzvah: Rachel
Saturday, July 11th ~ 10 AM
Led by Reb Irwin and Friends
us as we welcome Rachel Allen, daughter of Robert Allen and Ner Shalom
Administrator Vicki Allen, as she becomes an adult in our community and
Yisrael. Rachel will use Storahtelling to present the
fascinating story of the daughters of Tzelafchad. So prepare to be
entertained and challenged.
Shalom Chesed Summit
Wednesday, July 15 ~ 7PM
Led by Reb Irwin and Amy Schiff
us for a meeting to discuss Ner Shalom's response both to congregant
emergencies and to issues faced by Ner Shalomers that are not emergent
but are insistent nonetheless. Many of our members have disabilities or
cannot travel. Tonight we will come together to discuss the range of
situations people face and brainstorm how we, as a community, can make
sure that no Ner Shalomer is out of sight / out of mind.
July 17th ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin and Friends
us as we welcome Shabbat with song and soulfulness. Plus Reb Irwin will
reflect on his recent visit to Israel. The children's room and library
will be open (with only light supervision).
|A Night of Lament
July 25h ~ 8-9:30 PM
Led by Reb Irwin, Shoshana Fershtman and Reb Judith Goleman
Tisha B'Av we mourn the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, first
by Babylon and then by Rome. We mark the sad history of persecutions
and expulsions that have followed, and we dip also into our own
lamentations - the sorrows that we carry with us. We will chant from
the Book of Lamentations (Eychah), recite, sing and meditate, listening
to be called back into the light. This night sets the stage for our
spiritual rebuilding that comes to its completion at the High Holy
Days. No child care for this event.
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 Monday of each Month
At Ner Shalom
A semi-monthly sing, for
and to develop the repertoire for the High Holy Days. 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.
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.
Join us to discuss a wide range of books containing
Jewish themes or points of view. Watch this spot for upcoming books!
Wednesday, June 17
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. 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.
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
Thursday, July 16 ~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.
Next Ner Shalom Board
Thursday, June 25 - 6:30 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