services and events
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Ongoing at Ner Shalom!
Shabbat with Rabbi Daria
Friday, May 20 ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde
Music by Suzanne Shanbaum and Sheridan Gold
If Shabbat has the potential to be a taste of Olam Haba, the time of
the Mashiach, what does that mean for us? Through song, discussion, and
the weekly parashah we'll explore this idea together. Oneg shabbat
sponsored by Sheridan Gold.
of Shabbat" Camping Trip
Friday, May 20
through Sunday, May 22
Spring Lake Campground in Santa Rosa
Reb Irwin, Rabbi Meredith and Rabbi Ted for a shabbaton
for J School families and
other families with children in the community. A chance to rest, learn,
pray and play in nature. For details, click here.
Or to register, click here
How My Experiences with Refugees in Greece Opened My Eyes and My Heart
Monday, May 23
Namkung, retired Sonoma County educator, recently spent three weeks in
Greece volunteering with refugees from Syria and other parts of the
Middle East. He will share a firsthand account of his experiences with
the refugees and what he learned about them and their journey toward
peace and safety.
(For a written account of his experience, click here
Friday, May 27
At the home of Suzanne Shanbaum and Jane Lawhon
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
Minyan & Torah Study
Saturday, May 28
~ 10 AM Sharp
Led by Reb Judith Goleman
in the morning light. Join us for sweet shacharit and Torah study. Reb
Judith will lead us through Parashat Behar, in which we receive
instructions for the shmitah year. How do we live within a nature that
is deeper and bigger than our ability to control it?
June 2 ~ Noon
Taught by Reb Irwin Keller
will visit our old friend, poet Itzik Manger, and his poems about
Ruth and Naomi, in this pre-Shavuot session of Yiddish Tish. There is
always lively discussion, Yiddish learning, and enjoyment of the beauty
of poetry. No previous Yiddish knowledge necessary. This session's
learning will be dedicated to the memory of Helene Steinlauf-Norwitt
and Evey Sackler, both Yiddish Tish regulars. Bring your lunch.
Member Music Shabbat!
Friday, June 3 ~
6:45 Shmooze, 7PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin Keller
Music from Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum, Susie Miller, Sheridan
Gold and Calvin Johnson
rejoice! We will have a heap of great music, plus a teaching from
Reb Irwin. We will welcome and celebrate all the people who have joined
this congregation in recent months. Come make them at home in this
writing workshop at Ner Shalom
Facilitated by Poet and Journalist Rita Losch
Sunday, June 5 ~ 2-4 PM at Ner Shalom
are central for Jews. Let's explore that and write together! From
a simple, gentle and flexible prompt, we will free-write for a short
while, surprising ourselves by seeing what emerges onto the blank page.
Then, we can choose to share from what we have written. This experience
is open to writers and non-writers. RSVP by clicking here.
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
A Night of
Jewish Study on "Inclusivity and Diversity"
Saturday, June 11 ~ 7 PM till After Midnight
At Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa
again our whole county comes together for the venerable tradition
of late night study on our holiday of revelation. This year we explore
inclusivity and diversity in Judaism. There will be many teachers and
many workshops. Teachers from Ner Shalom include Rabbi Meredith Cahn
("The Elder as Other"), Reb Judith Goleman (Sufi poetry), Rabbi Josh
Jacobs-Velde (Judaism and Buddhism), Laurie Le'ah Lippin (Dominance and
Marginalization) and Reb Irwin Keller (Transgender and Intersex in
Talmudic Times). Join us for the sweetness of late night learning.
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and Hike up the Mountain of Revelation
With Rabbi Shefa
Sunday, June 12 ~ 2-5 PM
In celebration of Shavuot, our holiday of revelation,
Rabbi Shefa Gold will lead a moving outdoor experience, open to all, in
beautiful Occidental. Rabbi Gold is a well-known pioneer in the use of
Hebrew chant as a modality for healing, contemplation and community
building. Children attending will have their own special nature
experience led by Wilderness Torah educator Rebecca Schisler. Requested
donation: $20/adult; $7/child (6-12). Children under 6 are free.
Limited space available. Register by June 8 by clicking here
event is sponsored by ZMANIM, Congregation Ner Shalom, and B’nai Israel
Jewish Center. Supported by a partial grant from the Newton &
Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust. (Note that this event involves
moderate walking on uneven terrain.)
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.
and Hike with Shefa Gold!
June 24-27 at Sonoma
entire Bay Area comes together at SSU for these days of intensive
Jewish study. Click here
for information and registration.
Thursday, June 2
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