Congregation Ner Shalom

services and events

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Shabbat Morning
Saturday, March 28 ~ 10 AM
Kiddush to Follow
Led by Cyndi Norwitz, with Reb Irwin and Friends

Enjoy 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 Night Seder!
Re-Telling 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

Together, 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 & Nature Connection
A 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, Occidental

Our 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 for details.

Messengers of Peace Chant Circle
At Ner Shalom

Thursday, April 9 ~ 7:30 PM
Led by Atzilah Solot, with Lorenzo Valensi and Jeff Hoffman

Join our 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 of funds.

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 Miller, Binah Block and Suzanne Shanbaum

Shabbos!!! 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!

New at Ner Shalom!

Shalom Drum-In
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
Yulupa Co-Housing

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.

Sapling Chavurah
for Families
with Young Children

Saturday Morning, April 18

Join this newly forming chavurah for a Shabbat morning walk-play-picnic in nature. Get info here.

Your Great Idea Here

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.

Special Upcoming
and Ongoing!

Ner Shalom
Second Night Seder!

Saturday, April 4th at 6 PM
Click on the Picture for Details

Ner Shalom
Book Group

Watch this spot for our next book...

Yiddish Tish
Next Date: TBA

Taught by Reb Irwin

This 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 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.

Ner Shalom Singers
The Ner Shalom Singers meet periodically to prepare pieces for special services and events. Lend us your voice! Just email Choir Manager Lorenzo Valensi!

Ner 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 Vicki.

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.

Silver Circle
Join the elders of our community to discuss hot issues and enjoy each other's company. For information, contact Vicki.

Many Meetings

Kavanah (Ritual) Committee:
Monday, February 9 - 9:30 AM
At Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.

Next Ner Shalom Board Meeting:
Thursday, January 22 - 6:30 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.
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    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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