Congregation Ner Shalom

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Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
Friday, February 10 ~ 7:30 PM
Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot

Join Atzilah and gifted musicians Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum and Jeff Hoffman for a deep, calming and enlivening evening of Hebrew chant. This beautiful monthly event (second Friday every month) engages Hebrew text in an ecumenical way. A great way to bring non-Jewish friends into the magic of Ner Shalom. Special this month: Tu Bishvat teachings from Shoshana Fershtman and Reb Irwin. Donation of $10-20 suggested. Free for Ner Shalom members and "Friends of Ner Shalom."

Erev Shabbat
Friday, February 17th ~ 6:45 PM Shmooze; 7:00 PM Service
Led by Reb Miriam Mia Cohen and the Good Shabbos Band

Join our friend Reb Mia, Rabbinic Associate at B'nai Israel Jewish Center in Petaluma, for a joyous, spirit-centering evening. And if you want a second helping, our Chief Musician, Lorenzo Valensi, will be joining Reb Mia for a Musical Shabbat morning service at B'nai Israel on February 18, at 9:45 AM!

Non-Violence in the Holy Land: An Evening with Ali Abu Awwad
Wednesday, February 22nd ~ 7PM
At Ner Shalom

Sponsored by the Metta Center for Nonviolence and co-sponsored by Ner Shalom. Join us for an evening with Palestinian non-violence advocate Ali Abu Awwad. Awwad is the founder of Taghyeer (Change), which teaches the principles of nonviolence as the foundation of Palestinian political resistance. He is also a member of the Bereaved Families Forum and tours the world together with Robi Damelin, a Jewish woman whose son was killed by a Palestinian sniper, to encourage dialogue and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. See his Ted Talk here. Donations to Taghyeer's work gratefully accepted.

Shabbat Morning
Saturday, February 25th ~ 10 AM
Led by Reb Irwin; Torah Reading by Jules Briskin

Shabbat by daylight!  Join us for a light-filled morning. Our Ba"al Korei, or Torah reader, will be Jules Briskin. And we will all take part in lively conversation about this month's chosen Torah portion! Kiddush sponsored by Ellyn Lazar.

Ner Shalom Social Justice Café
Sunday, March 5th ~ 2-4 PM

Inspiring Music/ Poetry/ Stories/ Good Nosherie. We gather to celebrate our tradition of activism with music and poetry from our lineage of radical Jews. We will encourage and inspire each other in the good work we are all doing protecting all that we hold precious. There will be opportunities to share news about projects you are involved in and to learn about other ways to contribute to tikkun olam and to rabble rousing.

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.


Ner Shalom has a West County chavurah that gathers monthly for Shabbat. Open to Ner Shalom members and their guests. To find out more, email us.

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!

Ner Shalom Oasis

Every Wednesday at 6PM
Live Streaming on Facebook

We are all carrying the weight of this difficult time, and many of us feel torn in many directions at once. The Ner Shalom Oasis is a weekly opportunity to slow down and re-center. Each week,  different Ner Shalom spiritual or musical leader will offer 10-15 minutes of calming engagement – prayer, chant, meditation, song.

If you can't make it to join our cyber-community at 6pm, video of the live stream will be posted for you to view whenever it works for you

Just click here any Wednesday at 6!

Mashmia Shalom
Messengers of Peace
Chant Evening

Second Fridays at 7:30 PM

Next: February 10

Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot
With Lorenzo Valensi, Suzanne Shanbaum and Jeff Hoffman
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. No chant or Hebrew experience necessary.

Donation of $10-20 suggested.
Free for Ner Shalom Members and "Friends of Ner Shalom".

Yiddish Tish
Next: TBA ~ Noon

Taught this month by Loretta Denner, we will explore the poetry of the great Yakov Glatshtayn. No previous Yiddish knowledge is required. We read and translate together, and discuss the literature seriously and humorously.  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.

Many Meetings

Kavanah (Ritual) Committee:
Tuesday, February 28
~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.

Next Ner Shalom Board Meeting:
Thursday, February 23 - 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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