Congregation Ner Shalom

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Erev Shabbat:Resting into the Arms of Love
Friday, July 3rd ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Atzilah Solot, with Hannah Caratti

Welcome this Independence Day Weekend Shabbat with a special chant journey led by Atzilah Solot and Hannah Caratti. Guitar & drumming provided  by Lorenzo and friends. Please come, open your heart and allow yourself to be uplifted and settled into this Summer Shabbat celebration. Bring friends for this completely accessible evening.

Messengers of Peace Chant Circle
At Ner Shalom

Thursday, July 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.

Bat Mitzvah: Rachel Allen
Saturday, July 11th ~ 10 AM
Led by Reb Irwin and Friends

Join us as we welcome Rachel Allen, daughter of Robert Allen and Ner Shalom Administrator Vicki Allen, as she becomes an adult in our community and klal Yisrael. Rachel will use Storahtelling to present the fascinating story of the daughters of Tzelafchad. So prepare to be entertained and challenged.

Ner Shalom Chesed Summit
Wednesday, July 15 ~ 7PM
Led by Reb Irwin and Amy Schiff

Join us for a meeting to discuss Ner Shalom's response both to congregant emergencies and to issues faced by Ner Shalomers that are not emergent but are insistent nonetheless. Many of our members have disabilities or cannot travel. Tonight we will come together to discuss the range of situations people face and brainstorm how we, as a community, can make sure that no Ner Shalomer is out of sight / out of mind.

Erev Shabbat
Friday, July 17th ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin and Friends

Join us as we welcome Shabbat with song and soulfulness. Plus Reb Irwin will reflect on his recent visit to Israel. The children's room and library will be open (with only light supervision).

A Night of Lament
Saturday, July 25h ~ 8-9:30 PM
Led by Reb Irwin, Shoshana Fershtman and Reb Judith Goleman

On Tisha B'Av we mourn the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, first by Babylon and then by Rome. We mark the sad history of persecutions and expulsions that have followed, and we dip also into our own lamentations - the sorrows that we carry with us. We will chant from the Book of Lamentations (Eychah), recite, sing and meditate, listening to be called back into the light. This night sets the stage for our spiritual rebuilding that comes to its completion at the High Holy Days. No child care for this event.

Ongoing at Ner Shalom!

Shalom Drum-In
Second 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 Monday of each Month
7:00 PM
At Ner Shalom

A semi-monthly sing, for fun and to develop the repertoire for the High Holy Days. 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

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


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!

Ner Shalom
Book Group

Love to read?
Join us to discuss a wide range of books containing Jewish themes or points of view. Watch this spot for upcoming books!

Yiddish Tish
Wednesday, June 17

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. Yiddish Tish is usually taught by Reb Irwin Keller. However, in our May and June sessions, Gale Kissin leads us on a journey of Yiddish poetry set to music. So be prepared to read, parse, discuss and sing! And 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.

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:
July 16 ~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.

Next Ner Shalom Board Meeting:
Thursday, June 25 - 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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