services and events
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Erev Shabbat -
Friday, August 1 ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7-8:15 Service; Oneg to Follow
Led by Reb Mia Miriam Cohen, with Lorenzo Valensi and Atzilah Solot
The shabbat before Tisha B'Av is called Shabbat Chazon - the Shabbat of
Vision. Join us for a sweet shabbat of vision with our new friend Reb
Mia. Beautiful music and mindfulness, with an eye toward the themes of
Tisha B'Av and an awareness of the fact that we are completing Shloshim, the 30-day mourning
period, for Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, whose teaching continues to
inspire so many members of our community.. Child care available upon
request by July 30.
|Tisha B'Av - A Night
of Grief and Hope
Monday, August 4 ~ 8-9:30 PM
Led by Shoshana Fershtman, Reb Judith Goleman and Atzilah Solot
has been a time of such grief - violence in Israel and the West Bank,
the loss of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and many personal losses and
challenges in our community as well. The holy day of Tisha B'av,
marking the destruction of our ancient Temple, is our opportunity to
give full voice to the grief that continues to be part of our history
and of our daily lives. Tonight we will read from the Book of
Lamentations, we will chant, we will weep, we will breathe, and we will
explore the real hope that emerges out of our grief. This night, the
darkest of the dark, is what sets the stage for our spiritual
rebuilding that comes to completion at the High Holy Days.
|Messengers of Peace
Thursday, August 7 ~ 7:30 PM
Led by Atzilah Solot, with Lorenzo Valensi and Jeff Hoffman
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
Friday, August 15 ~ 6:45 Shmooze; 7 PM Service
Led by Reb Irwin, with special musical guest Lisa Iskin
Join us as to welcome Shabbat with spirit, song and good music.
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 here.
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
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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.
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, August 14 - 6:30 PM
If you'd like to attend, email us. Just click here.
|High Holy Days 5775
Tending Our Soil;
Attending Our Soul
Hashanah begins Wednesday, September 24, and with it we enter
year, where our ancient law was to let our fields lie fallow. Most of
us today don’t own actual fields. So what is the spirit of shmitah that we could use in our
lives right now?
a world that values doing
how do we invite more stillness, more listening, more breath into our
lives? How do we allow for a moment of reflection before reacting? How
might such a moment improve our lives, our relationships and our world?
And if we let go of our compulsion to act and control, what new fruit
might grow, unbidden?
us for our beautiful, moving, and highly musical High Holy Days at
Ner Shalom. Balancing tradition and innovation, our High Holy Day
experience invites you to look at what makes you tick, discover what
you need, and emerge with a renewed sense of possibility.
Irwin Keller will lead services, along with many musicians, singers
and brilliant congregational leaders. And once again we will feature
art of Storahtelling as our
theatrical strategy for reading and engaging in Torah. Find out more
and reserve your spot by going to shalomevents.org.
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. This month we complete a beautiful story by
Isaac Bashevis Singer - if you weren't there last time we'll catch you
up in a split second in a jiffy.
Watch this Spot for Next Date
are currently accepting nominations for our next book to read! What
have you read that (a) you enjoyed; and (b) is an item of Jewish
interest, loosely defined? Send your suggestion to the office and mark it "Book
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
literature. We are currently learning with Mayn Yiddish Buch by Deborah
Tarant. It is viewable in full online by clicking
over Ner Shalom. Photo by Lorenzo Valensi.
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