services and events
What's the Buzz?
Ongoing at Ner Shalom!
Member Music Shabbat
2nd ~ 6:45 PM Shmooze; 7:00 PM Service
by Reb Irwin and the Good Shabbos Band
Reb Irwin and Ner Shalom musicians to welcome Shabbat with big joy and
great music. This is a chance to welcome people who have
recently joined Ner Shalom. So if you're new: come be
welcomed. If you're a veteran: come do the welcoming!
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
~ 7:30 PM
Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot
Atzilah and gifted musicians Calvin Johnson, Lorenzo Valensi,
Suzanne Shanbaum 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.
The Kinsey Sicks Return to Ner Shalom
in "Chicks with Shticks"
11th – 7:30 PM
At Ner Shalom
Kinsey Sicks, America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, return
to Sonoma County in "Chicks with Shticks," a performance benefitting
Congregation Ner Shalom. This group, called by NPR "the Royal
Shakespeare Company of drag performance," is the alma mater of Ner
Shalom's spiritual leader, Reb Irwin Keller. Will he make an encore
appearance as Winnie? You decide. Just vote "yes" or "no" as you buy
your ticket. More information and ticket link by clicking here.
Treasures" Solstice Shabbat
16th ~ 7 PM
by Atzilah Solot and Reb Irwin and Friends
It's Shabbat and almost the longest night of the year. We come together
to chant, relax and drop into a deep place. We will give voice to the
chants of a number of traditions. Come enjoy the warmth of each other's
company and the magic of the long winter nights. You don't have to be
Jewish to enjoy this special night!
Celebrate Chanukah with Ner Shalom!
30th – 5-7 PM
At Ner Shalom
The annual Ner Shalom Chanukah blow-out
is exploding with creativity this year and you won’t want to miss it.
We’ll light Shabbat candles and make kiddush to honor our guest, the
Sabbath Bride. And then we will celebrate Chanukah in style.
Bring your chanukiah (menorah) and light your own candles in
the glow of our togetherness. Dance to live music as our newly
klezmer-equipped Good Shabbos Band plays for us. Put your mark on a
community mural in a project led by Susie Miller. We’ll have games.
Latkes. More latkes. Mostly vegetarian potluck dinner! Sing, laugh,
make art, shmooze, and enjoy a warm, communal, kid-friendly Chanukah
moment. This event is for EVERYONE in our community of all ages. RSVP by clicking here and
we'll throw another latke in the oil.
Potluck Assignments: If your middle name begins with A-H, bring a
salad. I-Q: dessert. R-Z: main dish. Remember: vegetarian or kosher
fish (i.e. fins & scales).
And if you’d like to be in the inner circle – a real VIP!!! -- for this
party, volunteer to help make latkes, receive the potluck offerings, or
be part of the clean-up crew. Let us know by clicking here.
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.
Messengers of Peace
Second Fridays at 7:30 PM
Next: December 9
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