Barbara Higbie

In Concert

Saturday, June 2 at 7:30PM

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Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Barbara Higbie will take the stage at at Ner Shalom's Cotati Cabaret. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Higbie "one of the most exciting musicians I have heard, full of life and brilliant in her playing." Barbara Higbie is best known for her vivacious, lyrical recordings on the Windham Hill label. Special guest performers: Nancy Vogl and Suzanne ShanbaumTickets are $32 (VIP) and $22 (general).

Isle of Klezbos

In Concert

Saturday, July 8 at 7:00PM


NYC-based Isle of Klezbos approaches tradition with playful irreverence and deepest respect. Now celebrating two decades together, the soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-gal klezmer sextet has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998.

The band repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: Neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing & retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking song, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals.

Broadcast credits include CBS Sunday Morning, The L Word, PBS, as well as over a dozen film soundtracks such as Grace Paley: Collected Shorts and Esther Broner: A Weave of Women.

Tickets: $30 (VIP); $20 (general); $10 (kids 12 and under).

Impacted by Fire?

Thanks to a grant from the Jewish Community Federation, if you were impacted by the fire, we want you to enjoy these concerts regardless of your ability to pay. Just email us!

Yiscah Smith

Spirit, Gender & the Quest for Authentic Living

Scholar-in-Residence, June 13-15

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A 3-day residency with author, scholar and activist Yiscah Smith, sponsored by Congregation Ner Shalom, Congregation Beth Ami, and B'nai Israel Jewish Center.

Yiscah Smith is a Jerusalem-based Jewish educator, spiritual activist and author. As someone who transitioned from a Chabad man to an observant woman, she is in constant dialogue with the question of authentic living and its spiritual dimension. Yiscah teaches at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and at the Conservative Yeshiva, both in Jerusalem. She produces podcasts on Jewish spirituality, and offers individual spiritual guidance for authentic living.


Forty Years in the Wilderness: My Journey to Authentic Living

Congregation Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza in Cotati
Wednesday, June 13 – 7-8:30 PM

Yiscah will share the joys and struggles of facing her own spirituality, gender identity, and commitment to living true to herself. The story she tells is one of a man, facing his truth, embracing the woman she was always meant to be, and returning to her faith with wholeness and authenticity. Free, contributions welcome.

Jewish Living as the Cultivation of a Spiritual Practice

Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette in Santa Rosa
Thursday, June 14 – 7-8:30 PM

Yiscah will teach the inspiring and progressive ideas of Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapira, the Piaseczna Rebbe (d. 1943). She will discuss our inherent spiritual nature, how we awaken to the Divine within us, and how we can integrate this awareness into a fuller mind, body and soul  experience in our lives. Free, contributions welcome.

Lech Lecha – Go to Yourself: Moving from One Self to Another Self

B'nai Israel Jewish Center, 640 Western in Petaluma
Friday, June 15 – 1:30-3; followed by yoga 3-4:30 PM

Yiscah will share a teaching on encountering the Divine presence within and heeding her "still small voice."  This session on moving away from a finite sense of self toward a sense of self that is limitless and beyond-ego self will be followed by a yoga session continuing these themes, led by Helaine Sheias. Sliding scale.