services and events
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New at Ner Shalom!
|Shabbat Dinner for
Families with Young Children
Friday, January 30 ~ 4:30-7 PM
Hosted by Kamala Brown and Janet Rae Jorgensen at Ner Shalom
With a story by Reb Irwin and music by Susie Miller
chance for families with young children who are looking for ways to
take root Jewishly to get together, enjoy Shabbat, model Jewish
community for their children, sing, eat and relax. Please RSVP
with your potluck
contribution (vegetarian or kosher fish please), the number of people
in your family and the ages of your children.
Loshn Shabbat Café
Friday, February 6 ~ 7 PM
With Mama Loshn: Gale Kissin, Suzanne Shanbaum, Rhonda Findling and
Commentary and drash by Reb
is not a Shabbat service. It is a Shabbat experience. Performance,
passion and prayer. Imagine welcoming
the Sabbath with a mix of traditional, contemporary and Yiddish music,
full of soulfulness and joy. (But, with respect to the traditional
Friday night, a bit off the rails.) If the Chasidim and the Socialist
revolutionaries of 100 years ago were to have welcomed Shabbat together
in some European cafe, it might have felt vaguely like this. Come try
it out with us. Childcare available. Oneg sponsored by Reb Irwin and
family in memory of Marilyn Keller.
|Wine Tish: The Torah
Saturday, February 7 ~ 2-4 PM
At Orpheus Winery, 8910 Sonoma Hwy in Kenwood
Led by Reb Irwin, Rachel Friedman and Marc Krafft
is part of nearly every Jewish ritual from infancy to old age. It
serves as metaphor for sweetness, love, revelation and closeness to
God. Join us for this periodic study group where we read Torah, Talmud
and Chasidic texts involving wine growing,
winemaking and wine drinking. (And some wine drinking could in fact
happen on site!) Enjoy this very special Shabbos afternoon. Space is
limited. Please RSVP!
of Peace Chant Circle
At Ner Shalom
Thursday, February 12 ~ 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: $10-15; free for Ner Shalom members.
No one turned away for lack
Friday, February 20 ~ 6:45 Shmooze, 7 PM Service
the sweetness and poignance of Shabbat's long-awaited weekly return.
Childcare available upon request by February 18.
Zingen: A Musical Tribute to the Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma
Sunday, February 22 ~ 3 PM
At Ner Shalom
The Jewish Folk Chorus of the Bay Area has
been in existence since 1926 and currently
performs songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and Russian. Over the years
the Chorus has sung many interesting and difficult Jewish musical
works, without forgetting the simple folk music of our ancestors. They
"preserve a rich, diverse and deeply satisfying musical heritage."
Co-sponsored by B'nai Israel Jewish Center, Congregation Ner Shalom,
Saturday, February 28 ~ 10 AM
Led by Binah Block
by daylight! The Shabbat morning service has some stunning liturgy,
gorgeous melodies, and an opportunity to engage with Torah. Come enjoy
with us. And bring a little something to share for kiddush...
Fourth Saturday of the Month ~ 7 PM
Teaching, Learning, Arranging, Playing, Performing. Come work up some
rhythm with other talented Ner Shalomers! (Bring your own drum.)
|Ner Shalom Singers
Third Tuesday of the Month ~ 7:30 PM
At Rachel Friedman's Home
A monthly sing, just for fun,
and to develop the repertoire, allowing the Ner Shalom Singers to drop
into more services and events. For details and address, 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.
|Chavurah for Families
with Young Children
Friday, January 30 ~ 4:30-7 PM
At Ner Shalom
Join this newly forming chavurah
to welcome Shabbat with light, warmth and homemade food. Get info here.
|JFCS Post-Retirement Group
Wednesdays, February 4 - March 11 ~ 5-6:30 PM
JFCS Office, 1360 N. Dutton, Suite C in Santa Rosa
Facilitated by Marsha Jacobs, MFT
you nearing retirement, or have you recently retired? Are you
thinking,“What comes next?” Life transitions of any kind can present
challenges as well as opportunities!
Join Jewish Family & Children's Services for a
new six-week discussion group geared to individuals exploring their
post-retirement options. Click here
to sign up. Registration is $60.
Launches February 3 in Santa Rosa
Facilitated by Rabbi Natan Fenner, Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
and Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores
Shalom co-sponsors this 10-week group, along with the Bay Area
Jewish Healing Center and neighborhood synagogues, as a means to help
those of us who have experienced significant loss give shape and
expression to our grief. The group will meet at Congregation Shomrei
Torah, and you must pre-register for it. Watch this spot for
registration details. To read more about BAJHS bereavement groups, click
here. There is a participation fee of $100, but some scholarships
The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
Sunday, February 15 ~ 1 PM
compact saga of love, duty, family, and sacrifice from a rising star
whose fiction is ''self-assured, elegant, perceptive . . . and
unflinchingly honest'' (New York Times)
These incandescent pages give us one fraught, momentous day in the life
of Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who now finds himself a
disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a
contrary but principled stand regarding the settlements in the West
Bank, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades
his junior, and the besieged couple escapes to Yalta, the faded Crimean
resort of Kotler's youth. There, shockingly, Kotler comes face-to-face
with the former friend whose denunciation sent him to the Gulag almost
forty years earlier.
Loaner copies will be available at Ner Shalom after January 5. We read
this book as part of the One Bay One Book program. Find out about other
programs relating to this novel by clicking
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: the art of the formal business or
love letter! 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
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, January 22 - 6:30 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