Death & Dying: Jewish Custom and Outlook
May
3
5:30 pm17:30

Death & Dying: Jewish Custom and Outlook

  • Ner Shalom

Wednesday, May 3 ~ 5:30-7pm
Taught by Reb Judith Goleman and Reb Irwin Keller

Sometimes people find themselves at a loss in the face of loss: not having a clear idea how to be with someone who is dying, how to mourn and how to remember. In this introduction to Jewish practice, Rebs Judith and Irwin will explore the wisdom that our Jewish tradition has to share.

Annual Congregational Meeting
May
7
1:00 pm13:00

Annual Congregational Meeting

  • Ner Shalom

This is an Important Meeting

A chance to look at our accomplishments, our goals and our needs. We need you there. Open to all Ner Shalom members in good standing.   Ner Shalom provides bagels and lox.

The rest of lunch is vegetarian potluck

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
May
12
7:30 pm19:30

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening

  • Ner Shalom

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.

Shabbat Morning
May
27
10:00 am10:00

Shabbat Morning

Led by Reb Irwin.

Shabbat by daylight! Join us for some beautiful waking up into the beauty of Shabbat, with good talk and Torah reading by Jules Briskin.

Holly Near
Jun
3
8:00 pm20:00

Holly Near

  • ner shalom

Saturday, June 3rd – 8PM at Ner Shalom

Holly Near brings to the stage a unique combination of highly trained vocal power, delightful humor, poetic reflection and a lifetime of fearless activism. She will be accompanied by Cotati resident Jan Martinelli on piano. We are delighted to present this wonderful program of Songs and Stories!
 

Purchase Tickets HERE

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Jun
9
7:30 pm19:30

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening

  • Ner Shalom

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.


Passover Seder: Birthing Change
Apr
15
6:00 pm18:00

Passover Seder: Birthing Change

  • Ner Shalom

The evening will be thought-provoking, laughter-filled, and suitable for all genders and all generations. Bring your favorite conversation partners and organizing buddies. A delicious catered dinner (vegetarian plus fish) will be served. If you can, please contribute to "Elijah's Plate" when you purchase your tickets, to help make it possible for those who cannot afford it to participate.

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Apr
14
7:30 pm19:30

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening

  • Ner Shalom

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.

Sapling Hike for Families with Young Children
Apr
8
10:00 am10:00

Sapling Hike for Families with Young Children

  • Helen Putnam Regional Park

Led by Janet Rae Jorgensen and Kamala Brown
Helen Putnam Regional Park
411 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma

The hills are alive with green and burgeoning wildflowers beckoning us to explore the days of spring. Join us for a saunter, complete with story and song just in time for welcoming Passover. All families with children are welcome. Meet at the children's playground across from the parking lot. 

Erev Shabbat
Apr
7
6:45 pm18:45

Erev Shabbat

  • ner shalom

Welcome Shabbat with song and soulfulness and a teaching from Reb Irwin. 
Oneg shabbat sponsored by Ariana Elster.

Alison Luterman: The Largest Possible Life
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Alison Luterman: The Largest Possible Life

  • Ner Shalom

Join New School host, Reb Irwin Keller, for an evening of talk with poet and playwright Alison Luterman about how we live our lives to the fullest, and how we tell our stories – turning our days into poetry, written sometimes in ink and sometimes in flesh and blood, breath, and action.

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Mar
10
7:30 pm19:30

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening

  • Ner Shalom

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.

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Feb
10
7:30 pm19:30

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening

  • Ner Shalom

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.

"Re-Auguration" Shabbat
Jan
20
6:45 pm18:45

"Re-Auguration" Shabbat

  • Ner Shalom

It's Inauguration Day. Join Reb Irwin, Atzilah and Ner Shalom musicians as we not only welcome Shabbat, but pour some of our divine energy into the path ahead.

Erev Shabbat
Jan
6
6:45 pm18:45

Erev Shabbat

  • Ner Shalom

Led by Reb Irwin and the Good Shabbos Band

Join Reb Irwin, Atzilah and Ner Shalom's fabulous musicians to welcome Shabbat with joy and music.

Chanukah with Ner Shalom!
Dec
30
5:30 pm17:30

Chanukah with Ner Shalom!

  • Ner Shalom

Bring your chanukiah (menorah) and light your own candles in the glow of our togetherness. Dance to live music as our newly klezmer-equipped Good Shabbos Band plays for us. Put your mark on a community mural in a project led by Susie Miller. 

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Dec
9
7:30 pm19:30

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening

  • Ner Shalom

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening

Friday, November 11th ~ 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.

Holiday Craft Fair in Cotati
Dec
4
10:00 am10:00

Holiday Craft Fair in Cotati

  • Ner Shalom

Holiday Craft Fair in Cotati!

We're happy to announce our first Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, to be held Dec. 4. If you are an artisan who would like to sell your finely crafted items, whether you think of them as arts or crafts, please download the application here and send it in to us. And please do spread the word!

Show your amazing crafts in Cotati on December 4th @ Congregation Ner Shalom (formerly the Cotati Caberet).  Download the application here and save your space now here. The cost is $50 for a 6 foot table, or $40 for Ner Shalom members.

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Nov
11
7:30 pm19:30

Messengers of Peace Chant Evening

  • Ner Shalom

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening

Friday, November 11th ~ 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.

 

Public Talk: Sumbul Ali-Karamali, The Muslim Next Door
Nov
6
3:00 pm15:00

Public Talk: Sumbul Ali-Karamali, The Muslim Next Door

  • Ner Shalom

Join Commonweal New School host Irwin Keller in conversation with Sumbul Ali-Karamali, author of "The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Media, and that Veil Thing."

This event is free, but registration is required via this link.

Sumbul Ali-Karamali is a lawyer, scholar and frequent spokesperson on matters of interest to Muslim Americans. Her first book, "The Muslim Next Door" was published in 2008 and was a Bronze Medal Winner of the 2009 Independent Book Awards. The book appeared in the American Academy of Religion's Islam section as a recomended text for teaching Islam in classrooms, and on the Huffington Post's "Eleven Must-Read Books by Muslim Authors." Her second book, "Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam," is directed at broadening the understanding of middle- and high-schoolers.

Sumbul is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and a frequent speaker and writer on Islam-related topics. She has been on the steering committee of Women in Islamic Spirituality and Equality and on the Muslim Women's Global Shura Council, both of which aim to promote women's rights and human rights from an Islamic perspective.

In her spare time, enjoys opera, whitewater rafting, reading fantasy literature and watching Star Trek reruns with her family.

This conversation is part of The New School at Commonweal Sonoma Series. It is co-sponsored by the "Of One Soul" Campaign of the Interfaith Coalition of Sonoma County (ICSC).

Ner Shalom is a scent-free space. Please come smelling as you are!

Beginning Yiddish; Weekly
Nov
1
11:00 am11:00

Beginning Yiddish; Weekly

  • Ner Shalom

Weekly:
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.  

Beginning Yiddish; Weekly
Oct
25
11:00 am11:00

Beginning Yiddish; Weekly

  • Ner Shalom

Weekly:
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.  

Simchat Torah Blowout!
Oct
23
4:00 pm16:00

Simchat Torah Blowout!

  • Ner Shalom

Sunday, October 23rd~ 4 PM
With a vegetarian potluck dinner.
Led by Rabbi Ted Feldman, Reb Mia Cohen and Reb Irwin
With the Ner Shalom Good Shabbos Band

Ner Shalomers, B'nai Israelites and their friends of all ages are invited to celebrate the completion of our annual Torah-reading cycle. Short ritual, Torah hoopla, parading, peeking in the scroll, and dancing dancing dancing. This event is free, wildly fun and a joyous opportunity to meet your neighbors from across the tracks. This is in lieu of J School in the morning, and J Schooler families are expected to attend. Potluck facilitated by members of the Ner Shalom All-Gender Shvesterhood. Music provided by the upgraded and klezmer-equipped Good Shabbos Band!

Simchat Torah for Young People with Special Needs
Oct
23
11:00 am11:00

Simchat Torah for Young People with Special Needs

  • Ner Shalom

Sunday, October 23rd~ 11:00 AM
Led by Leslie Gattmann, Reb Irwin and John Maas

Join our Celebrations group to celebrate the Torah with song, food, and fun projects. If you know families who are looking for a welcoming Jewish experience for their young people with special needs, please let them know about Celebrations. RSVP or get more information by contacting our office. The Celebrations Program is supported in large part by a grant from the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Shabbat of Sukkot
Oct
21
7:00 pm19:00

Shabbat of Sukkot

  • Ner Shalom

Friday, October 21st ~ 7:00 PM
Led by Reb Irwin and Friends

Join us in the Sukkah to welcome Shabbat. Wear your gatkes – it could get cold! Note: our scent-free policy is important even when we meet outdoors!