services and events
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New at Ner Shalom!
Saturday, February 28 ~ 10 AM
Kiddush to Follow
Led by Binah Block
we enjoy these springlike
temperatures and the beauty that surrounds us, Binah invites you to
join her and a few wonderful fellow travelers as we look at the beauty
in Parashat Tetzaveh, with
its descriptions of the gorgeous clothing the priests were commanded to
wear, representing the beauty, glory and honor of HaShem, ourselves and
one another. We are reflections of the Divine - and the ner tamid (the light that never
goes out) inside us needs firing up on a daily basis so that we
remember who we are.
There will be some rituals to remind you of your inner and outer
beauty, chants, poems, songs, Torah and food! Bring something beautiful
you love to look at: a painting, a card, some cloth, a picture of a
beloved, a flower, a gift you received...anything you like. We will use
This is not your normal Saturday Shabbat service, so try it! Shabbat
morning services are only once a month, so give it a shot. Let's be
sure to have a minyan so our
fellow Ner Shalomers who are in mourning can be sure to say Kaddish.
|PURIM (and Act-Along
Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30
Led by Reb Irwin, Rabbi Ted, Rabbi Meredith, Reb Mia, Binah Block and
Megillah reading by Rabbi Ted and Rachel Friedman
Music by Lorenzo Valensi, Susie Miller and Jim Stern
that time again: our most rollicking holiday. This year be part of the
story as the megillah
played out around and through us. Don't worry, no advance study
necessary. Will you be an Esther? A Haman? A member of the Persian
Guard? Anything could happen. Just come ready for fun! This is for all
ages. Oh, and please bring some extra wigs, crowns, boas and shmatehs
We will also have a hamentaschen bake-off. So bring a batch of your
favorite recipe. Cookie dought? Bread dough? Gluten free? Poppy? Prune?
Chili and mango? Bring your best. (And share your recipes on our Facebook page
|Erev Shabbat with Reb
Irwin and Friends
Friday, March 6th ~ 6:45 Shmooze, 7 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin, with music by Lorenzo Valensi, Susie Miller &
Come celebrate making it through another week, and nurturing that holy
spot in each of us that gets so easily covered up by our day-to-day
tasks. Song, celebration, soulfulness - and a Reb Irwin-style drash.
Childcare provided. Note: this Shabbat is the national day of unplugging!
of Peace Chant Circle
At Ner Shalom
Thursday, March 12 ~ 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
|Hear O Israel:
Compassionate Listening and Tikkun Olam
Sunday, March 22 ~ 3-5 PM
Led by Rabbi Janet Shifrah Tobacman
we approach Passover, how can we open our hearts to hear the liberation
story in new ways? There are many issues in the world about which many
of us care deeply, from anti-semitism in Europe to the killing of
unarmed young men of color in the US, from the right of LGBT Americans
to marry, to human rights abuses perpetrated against gay Ugandans, from
food justice to environmental degradation. But these issues can feel
overwhelming, and it can be difficult to find helpful ways of
expressing our fears and concerns that can open our minds to fresh
This introductory Compassionate Listening workshop will set up a
framework for a longer event in April, and will serve as the first
program in the Spirit of the Matter series. It will lay the groundwork
for us to listen to each other well as a community in the future,
whether we are talking about global warming or Israel/Palestine.
We will learn about the power of compassionate listening as a tool to
deepen our connections and build trust even across our differences and
do our part to heal the world.
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
Third Tuesday of the 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.
|Chavurah for Families
with Young Children
Friday, January 30 ~ 4:30-7 PM
At Ner Shalom
Join this newly forming chavurah
to welcome Shabbat with light, warmth and homemade food. 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
Watch this Spot!
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
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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
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