services and events
What's the Buzz?
Ongoing at Ner Shalom!
Friday, April 29
Sebastopol and West County chavurah
gets together every fourth Friday to welcome Shabbat in someone's home,
eat dinner, make music, tell stories, and have a good time. If you'd
like to be included on the Shabbastopol mailing list to know dates and
locations, click here
and let us
Hike for Families for Young Children
30 ~ 10 AM
Crane Creek Regional Park
Janet Rae, Kamala and Reb Irwin as we hit the trail and breathe in the
delicious air of Shabbat together with our families. Stories, music and
great community. RSVP by clicking
Minyan & Torah Study
30 ~ 10 AM Sharp
Led by Reb Mia Miriam Cohen and Lorenzo Valensi
the Shabbat morning light. Singing and gentle ritual and a holiday
Yom Hashoah Commemoration
Expressing the Experience of the Holocaust
Sunday, May 1 ~ 2-4 PM
At the Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette in Santa Rosa
Ner Shalomers are involved in this year's Yom Hashoah experience, where
we explore together how our lives and culture continue to be affected
by the Shoah. A beautiful event - please attend!
Shabbat with Shoshana
Friday, May 6
~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Shoshana Fershtman, with Lorenzo Valensi and the Good
Shabbat with an extra helping of spirit and mysticism, courtesy of our
beloved Shoshana Fershtman.
Shalom Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, May 15 ~ 1 PM
Countywide Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
Saturday, June 11 ~ 6 PM at Congregation Shomrei Torah
Shavuot Hike with Rabbi Shefa Gold
Sunday, June 12 - Cosponsored by Ner Shalom, B'nai Israel and Z'MANIM
Limmud Bay Area
June 24-27 at Sonoma State University
with Young Children
Join this delightful chavurah
for families with young children. Events include Shabbat dinners,
weekend hikes and song sessions! Get
|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.
Currently on hiatus. Watch this spot for updated details!
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.
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
SHALOM MISSION STATEMENT
Shalom is a warm and
inclusive Jewish community.
Drawing from our Reconstructionist roots
and the soulfulness of Jewish Renewal,
we embrace Judaism through
social justice, music,
learning and laughter.
Wednesday, May 18
Taught by Reb Irwin Keller, 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
required. We read and translate together, and discuss the literature
seriously and humorously. And 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
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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.
Wednesday, June 1 ~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.
Next Ner Shalom Board
Thursday, May 26 - 5:30 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