Congregation Ner Shalom

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Shabbat Morning
Saturday, March 25th ~ 10 AM
Led by Reb Irwin; Torah Reading by Jules Briskin

Shabbat by daylight!  Join us for a light-filled morning. Our Ba"al Korei, or Torah reader, will be Jules Briskin. And we will all take part in lively conversation about this month's chosen Torah portion!

Erev Shabbat
Friday, April 7th ~ 6:45 PM Shmooze; 7:00 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin Keller and the Good Shabbos Band

Welcome Shabbat with song and soulfulness and a teaching from Reb Irwin. Oneg shabbat sponsored by Ariana Elster.

Alison Luterman: The Largest Possible Life
Thursday, April 6th ~ 7-8:30 PM
A Program of the New School at Commonweal

Join New School host, Reb Irwin Keller, for an evening of talk with poet and playwright Alison Luterman about how we live our lives to the fullest, and how we tell our stories – turning our days into poetry, written sometimes in ink and sometimes in flesh and blood, breath, and action. The event is free, but registration is requested. Click here.

Sapling Hike for Families with Young Children
Saturday, April 8 ~ 10AM-Noon
Led by Janet Rae Jorgensen and Kamala Brown
Helen Putnam Regional Park
411 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma

The hills are alive with green and burgeoning wildflowers beckoning us to explore the days of spring. Join us for a saunter, complete with story and song just in time for welcoming Passover. All families with children are welcome. Meet at the children's playground across from the parking lot.

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Friday, April 14 ~ 7:30 PM
Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot

Join Atzilah and gifted musicians Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum, Sheridan Gold and Jeff Hoffman for a deep, calming and enlivening evening of Hebrew chant. This beautiful monthly event (second Friday every month) engages Hebrew text in an ecumenical way. A great way to bring non-Jewish friends into the magic of Ner Shalom. Donation of $10-20 suggested. Free for Ner Shalom members and "Friends of Ner Shalom."

Birthing Change: A Ner Shalom Community Seder for This Moment
Saturday, April 15th ~ 6:00 PM
Led by Reb Irwin Keller, Atzilah Solot and Ner Shalom Musicians

How do we move from slavery to freedom? How do we get the waters of redemption flowing? In our traditional Exodus story, it was five radical women – a mother, a daughter, two midwives and a princess – who stirred the waters.

With talk, song and symbolism, we will lean into the ways we make change – through resistance, generosity, creativity and courage – using these five women as our touchstones.

The evening will be thought-provoking, laughter-filled, and suitable for all genders and all generations. Bring your favorite conversation partners and organizing buddies. A delicious catered dinner (vegetarian plus fish) will be served. If you can, please contribute to "Elijah's Plate" when you purchase your tickets, to help make it possible for those who cannot afford it to participate.

Of all the great things we do at Ner Shalom, this is one of the greatest. We can't wait to see you there.

For tickets, click here.

Erev Shabbat with Special Guest!
Friday, April 21st ~ 6:45 PM Shmooze; 7:00 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin Keller, Atzilah Solot and the Good Shabbos Band

Welcome Shabbat with song and soulfulness. And we welcome our friend, Rev. David Parks-Ramage, who is the pastor at the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Santa Rosa and a practicing Zen teacher.

Bat Mitzvah: Sophie Goslow-Zwicker
Saturday, April 22nd ~ 10AM

Please join us to welcome Sophie Goslow-Zwicker, the daughter of Annemarie Goslow and David Zwicker, as she becomes an adult in our community and the community of Israel. The Goslow-Zwickers are an exceptionally musical family. Be prepared for some beautiful singing.  Kiddush provided by the Goslow-Zwicker family.

Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, May 7th ~ Potluck Lunch at Noon; Meeting 1-3

This is an important meeting. A chance to look at our accomplishments, our goals and our needs. We need you there. Open to all Ner Shalom members in good standing. Ner Shalom provides bagels and lox. The rest of lunch is vegetarian potluck.

Mothers Day Concert: Zoë Lewis
Sunday, May 14th ~ 4-6PM

A Mother's Day benefit for J School. Come see the quirky, you-have-to-see-her-to-believe-her, Huck Finn meets Julie Andrews, world-class British troubador, Zoë Lewis. A treat for every gender and every generation. Tickets include pizza and a soft drink. (Beer and other snacks available.) Honor the mothers and others in your life with the gift of upbeat, hilarious, goodhearted, live musical entertainment. Get tickets here.

Save These Dates

May 30:  Tikkun Leyl Shavuot – Night of Learning
June 3:  Holly Near in Concert at Ner Shalom

Ongoing at Ner Shalom!

Sapling Chavurah
for Families
with Young Children

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

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.


Ner Shalom has a West County chavurah that gathers monthly for Shabbat. Open to Ner Shalom members and their guests. To find out more, email us.

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 Oasis

Every Wednesday at 6PM
Live Streaming on Facebook

We are all carrying the weight of this difficult time, and many of us feel torn in many directions at once. The Ner Shalom Oasis is a weekly opportunity to slow down and re-center. Each week,  different Ner Shalom spiritual or musical leader will offer 10-15 minutes of calming engagement – prayer, chant, meditation, song.

If you can't make it to join our cyber-community at 6pm, video of the live stream will be posted for you to view whenever it works for you

Just click here any Wednesday at 6!

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace
Chant Evening

Second Fridays at 7:30 PM

Next: April 14

Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot
With Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum, Jeff Hoffman and Sheridan Gold
Experience the magic of Hebrew chant!
Join us in a deeply settling and enlivening journey from sound to silence, silence to sound. Together we weave sound and breath, connecting deeply, exploring and opening doorways of consciousness. This is a night suitable for Jews and non-Jews. No chant or Hebrew experience necessary.

Donation of $10-20 suggested.
Free for Ner Shalom Members and "Friends of Ner Shalom".

Yiddish Tish
Next: TBA ~ Noon

Taught this month by Loretta Denner, we will explore the poetry of the great Yakov Glatshtayn. No previous Yiddish knowledge is required. We read and translate together, and discuss the literature seriously and humorously.  Bring your lunch.


Beginning Yiddish
Tuesdays Mornings

Led by Gesher Calmenson

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. Meets in a private home. To inquire, email Gesher.

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.

Many Meetings

Kavanah (Ritual) Committee:
Tuesday, March 21
~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.

Next Ner Shalom Board Meeting:
Thursday, March 23 - 5:30 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.
  • Pomegranate
    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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