Congregation Ner Shalom

services and events

What's the Buzz?

Messengers of Peace Chant Circle
Thursday, February 11 ~ 7:30 AM
Led by Atzilah Solot, with wonderful Ner Shalom Musicians

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.  $10-15 for non-Ner Shalom members. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Shabbat Evening with ZMANIM
Friday, February 12 ~ 5:30 PM

Let go of the busyness of the week and enter the spaciousness of Shabbat in community with song and blessings! Please bring a vegetarian dish to share - organic, seasonal offerings from home gardens and local farms especially appreciated. Fish and dairy also great. RSVP directly to ZMANIM by clicking here.

Musical Shabbat Morning
Saturday, February 13th, 2015
At B'nai Israel Jewish Center
Co-Sponsored by Ner Shalom
Led by Reb Mia Miriam Cohen & Lorenzo Valensi
9:15 am Torah Study with light breakfast
9:45-10:30 AM Shacharit with instruments
10:30-11:45 AM Torah Service and Drash
11:45 AM Kiddush lunch
Join us for a musical Shabbat service that brings together contemporary and traditional Judaism in a moving, uplifting, and inspiring way. 

Erev Shabbat with Reb Irwin
Friday, February 19 ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin, with Atzilah Solot, Lorenzo Valensi
And the Good Shabbos Band

Welcome Shabbat with song and soulfulness, along with a Reb Irwin-style drash. A fun, musical night.

Jewish Nature Hike with ZMANIM
Sunday, February 21 ~ 10AM-1PM
Willow Creek in Occidental

Join Rabbis Daria and Josh for a morning hike in Willow Creek State Park in Occidental. We'll weave in some morning blessings, a healthy dose of wonder, and nature-connected learning. Come explore this beautiful park together! Kids welcome! The event is free but donations gratefully accepted.  RSVP for details by clicking here.

Friday, February 26, 2015
Our 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 know!

Morning Minyan & Torah Study
Saturday, February 27 ~ 10 AM Sharp
Led by Reb Irwin

Enjoy the shabbat morning light. Singing and gentle ritual, plus Torah study with Reb Irwin.

Countywide Day of Jewish Learning
Sunday, February 28 ~ 12:30-5:30 PM
Finley Community Center, Person Senior Wing, Santa Rosa

An afternoon of stimulating learning sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County, with three shifts, enabling you to learn with several different teachers. Among the Ner Shalomers, Shoshana Fershtman will be teaching "Experiencing Kabbalah," Reb Irwin will be teaching "Angels in the Margins," Atzilah Solot will be teaching "The Magic of Hebrew Chant; Rabbi Meredith Cahn will teach "Wise Aging with Jewish Wisdom," Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde will teach "Mussar - A Spiritual Practice for Patience and More," and Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde will lead "Nature-Connected Qigung and Kabbalah." This is a free event. Refreshments will be served.

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.

Shalom Drum-In
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.

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!

Save the Date!
A Night with the

Saturday Evening, March 12

The Riccardis! No, not Lucy and Ricky, but Sandy and Richard - a wonderful comedic duo whose songs are witty, politically astute, and just 2 degrees less dirty than the Kinsey Sicks. For a delightful taste, click here.

Watch this spot for details.

Meanwhile, our event team still needs a few motivated folks for fun, short-turnaround help - marketing and more. Step up! You won't regret it. Just click here.

Ner Shalom
Book Group

February 21 ~ 1 PM

Our next book is Primo Levi's The Periodic Table. We are reading this as part of the OneBayOneBook program sponsored by Jewish Learning Works. Loaner copies are available at Ner Shalom. Please contact Vicki at (707) 664-8622 or email her for a copy.

Yiddish Tish
Next: TBD

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 knowledge is required. We read and translate together, and discuss the literature seriously and humorously. And 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.

Silver Circle
Join the elders of our community to discuss hot issues and enjoy each other's company. For information, contact Vicki.

Many Meetings

Kavanah (Ritual) Committee:
Monday, February 15
~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.

Next Ner Shalom Board Meeting:
Thursday, January 28 - 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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