Congregation Ner Shalom

services and events

What's the Buzz?

New Member Music Shabbat
Friday, December 2nd ~ 6:45 PM Shmooze; 7:00 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin and the Good Shabbos Band

Join 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!

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Friday, December 9th ~ 7:30 PM
Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot

Join 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"

Sunday, December 11th – 7:30 PM
At Ner Shalom

The 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.

"Winter Treasures" Solstice Shabbat
Friday, December 16th ~ 7 PM
Led 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!

Friday, December 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.

Ongoing at Ner Shalom!

Sapling Chavurah
for Families
with Young Children

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

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.

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.


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.

Special Upcoming
and Ongoing!

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace
Chant Evening

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.
Members free.

Yiddish Tish
Next: TBA ~ Noon

Taught this month by Loretta Denner, we will explore the poetry of the great Yakov Glatshtayn. No previous Yiddish knowledge is required. We read and translate together, and discuss the literature seriously and humorously.  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.

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.

Many Meetings

Kavanah (Ritual) Committee:
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 Meeting:
Thursday, June 30 - 5:30 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.
  • Pomegranate
    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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