services and events
What's the Buzz?
New at Ner Shalom!
Saturday, March 28 ~ 10 AM
Kiddush to Follow
Led by Cyndi Norwitz, with Reb Irwin and Friends
shabbat by daylight! Our monthly Saturday morning minyan boasts an
incomparable feeling of closeness and holiness. Let's be
sure to have a minyan so our
fellow Ner Shalomers who are in mourning can be sure to say Kaddish.
This morning's Kiddush sponsored by Cyndi, Michael and Miriam Norwitz.
Ner Shalom Second
our Tale with Supper, Song & Seder-Play
Saturday, April 4th ~ 6 PM
Led by Reb Irwin and Atzilah Solot
Music from Lorenzo Valensi, Susie Miller, Dafna Simon and Others
we will creatively retell our ancient story of slavery and freedom. The
evening will be thought-provoking, laughter-filled, and suitable for
all generations. A delicious catered dinner (vegetarian plus salmon)
will be served. Bring your favorite conversation partners! Get all the
details by clicking here
This seder will sell out, so sign up early!
|Matzah Making &
Program by our Friends at Z'manim
Sunday, April 5th ~ 10AM-1PM
Led by Rabbis Daria and Josh Jacobs-Velde and Yael Raff Peskin
At Ocean Song Farm & Wilderness Center, 19999 Coleman Valley Rd,
ancient ancestors didn't eat matzah that came from a box, and today we
won't either! Join us for matza baking in the wonderful outdoors.
This is a free program, but donations to Zmanim are welcome. Click
of Peace Chant Circle
At Ner Shalom
Thursday, April 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
|Erev Shabbat with Reb
Irwin and Friends
Friday, April 17th ~ 6:15 Learn with
Reb Irwin; 7 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin, with music by Lorenzo Valensi, Susie
Binah Block and Suzanne Shanbaum
Come celebrate making it through another week, and honor that holy spot
in you that is so easily forgotten about in our normal day-to-day.
Song, celebration, soulfulness - and a Reb Irwin-style drash. Childcare provided. New: Why do we bow? When do we
stand? And what's the amidah anyway?
Come at 6:15 and learn with Reb Irwin about the whats and hows of the
Shabbat service before we start praying together!
Fourth 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
A 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.
with Young Children
Saturday Morning, April 18
Join this newly forming chavurah
for a Shabbat morning walk-play-picnic in nature. Get info here.
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
Second Night Seder!
Saturday, April 4th at 6 PM
Click on the Picture for Details
Watch this spot for our next book...
by Reb Irwin
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. 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
Ner Shalom Singers meet periodically to prepare pieces for special
services and events. Lend us your voice! Just email
Choir Manager Lorenzo Valensi!
Shalom Book Group
Love to read? Join us to discuss a wide range of books containing
Jewish themes or points of view. See calendar above for upcoming
sessions and books! For information, contact
us on Facebook
Join the Ner
Shalom Facebook group to stay in better touch with your Ner Shalom
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
At Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.
Next Ner Shalom Board
Thursday, January 22 - 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