Congregation Ner Shalom

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High Holy Days begin September 24
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High Holy Days

Saturday, September 24 – Selichot Service (evening)
Sunday, October 2 – Rosh Hashanah Evening
Monday, October 3 – Rosh Hashanah Morning and Tashlikh
Tuesday, October 4 – Rosh Hashanah - 2nd Day with Zmanim in Sebastopol
Friday, October 7 – Shabbat Shuvah (evening)
Tuesday, October 11 – Kol Nidre (Yom Kippur Eve)
Wednesday, October 12 – Yom Kippur Day
Sunday, October 16 – Sukkot Eve
Sunday, October 23 – Simchat Torah Celebration

Everything you need to know: click here.

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Friday, October 14th ~ 7:30 PM
Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot
With Calvin Johnson, Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum and Jeff Hoffman

The deep calming and enlivening magic of Hebrew chant. Donation of $10-20 suggested. Free for Ner Shalom members.

Sukkot Evening
Sunday, October 16 ~ 7:00 PM, in the Sukkah
Led by Reb Irwin and Shoshana Fershtman

A night of Hallel. We will welcome our fall holiday with Psalms of praise. We will sing and chant Psalms, set by a variety of composers; enjoy the starlight (bring a jacket or blanket!); and even get a small drash from Reb Irwin. Join us for this unusual and beautiful night.

Chesed Team and Visiting the Sick
Wednesday, October 19 ~ 7:00 PM, in the Sukkah
Led by Judy Iwanier and Reb Irwin

The Chesed Team, i.e. Ner Shalom's caring community of congregants helping other congregants in times of need, will get together to talk over plans for the future. The session will begin with a teaching from Reb Irwin about the Jewish mitzvah of bikkur cholim – visiting the sick. Where does this mitzvah come from? And what is expected? And where is the Shekhinah in the room? Everyone is welcome. Join us.

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.

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.

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!

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace
Chant Evening

Second Fridays at 7:30 PM

October 14
November 11
December 9

Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot
With Calvin Johnson, Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum and Jeff Hoffman
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.
Members free.

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 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.

Many Meetings

Kavanah (Ritual) Committee:
Wednesday, July 26
~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.

Yet-to-be-Named Multi-Gendered Shvesterhood
Wednesday, August 17 ~ 5:30 PM

Next Ner Shalom Board Meeting:
Thursday, June 30 - 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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