services and events
What's the Buzz?
Saturday, October 25 ~ 10 AM
Led by Reb Judith Goleman
for shabbat by daylight.
Music, soulful wakeup, and ritual relating to
this week's portion: Noah! Come enjoy shabbat
with us! Feel free to bring some vegetarian nasheray to contribute to our kiddush.
Friday, November 7 ~ 7 PM
Led by Atzilah Solot, with Lorenzo Valensi and many friends!
Welcome shabbat with music, rest and
soulfulness. Childcare available upon request by November 5.
of Peace Chant Circle
Thursday, November 13 ~ 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: $5-10; no one turned away for lack of
Member Music Shabbat
Friday, November 21 ~ 7 PM
Led by Reb Irwin, with Lorenzo Valensi, Atzilah Solot and Special
for a heap of music and a raft of new faces. Welcome our new members.
New members, come be welcomes. And enjoy a shabbat that soars on the wings of
song! Childcare available.
Hosted by Ner Shalom, and co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia, Ner Shalom,
and a slew of
synagogues and Sonoma County Jewish organizations. YiddishLand features
a Saturday night blowout
concert with an amazing array of performers (Mama Loshn, Sara Felder,
Naomi Newman, Jubilee Klezmer, Scott Gerber, Bruce Bierman, Laurie
Lippin and Irwin Keller. Then Sunday is the Yiddish cultural festival -
workshops, arts, dramatics, farming, language, oral histories - you
name it. Click on the image above for more details or visit
|Sunday, December 14: They're Baaaaaack!
The Kinsey Sicks return to Sonoma County in an encore performance of
"Oy Vey in a Manger," benefitting Congregation Ner Shalom. Come join us
again! Or if you can't stomach another night with these girls, then
send your friends instead. Note that this will be Reb Irwin's last
California performance with the Kinsey Sicks as he steps into the drag
of retirement. Click
for info and tickets.
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
The Betrayers, by David Bezmozgis
Sunday, February 15
compact saga of love, duty, family, and sacrifice from a rising star
whose fiction is ''self-assured, elegant, perceptive . . . and
unflinchingly honest'' (New York Times)
These incandescent pages give us one fraught, momentous day in the life
of Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who now finds himself a
disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a
contrary but principled stand regarding the settlements in the West
Bank, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades
his junior, and the besieged couple escapes to Yalta, the faded Crimean
resort of Kotler's youth. There, shockingly, Kotler comes face-to-face
with the former friend whose denunciation sent him to the Gulag almost
forty years earlier.
Loaner copies will be available at Ner Shalom after January 5. We read
this book as part of the One Bay One Book program. Find out about other
programs relating to this novel by clicking
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
us on Facebook
Join the Ner
Shalom Facebook group to stay in better touch with your Ner Shalom
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, October 23 - 6:30 PM
If you'd like to attend, email us. Just click here.
Shalom: Strictly Scent-Free
Like 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