services and events
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Ongoing at Ner Shalom!
Messengers of Peace Chant Evening
~ 7:30 PM
Led by Chantleader Atzilah-Ellen Solot
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."
17th ~ 6:45 PM Shmooze; 7:00 PM Service
by Reb Miriam Mia Cohen and the Good Shabbos Band
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
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.
February 25th ~ 10 AM
by Reb Irwin; Torah Reading by Jules Briskin
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
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.
with Young Children
Join this delightful chavurah
for families with young children. Events include Shabbat dinners,
weekend hikes and song sessions! Get
|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.
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
SHALOM MISSION STATEMENT
Shalom is a warm and
inclusive Jewish community.
Drawing from our Reconstructionist roots
and the soulfulness of Jewish Renewal,
we embrace Judaism through
social justice, music,
learning and laughter.
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
Wednesday at 6!
Messengers of Peace
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".
TBA ~ Noon
Taught this month by Loretta Denner,
we will explore the poetry of the great Yakov Glatshtayn. No previous
required. We read and translate together, and discuss the literature
seriously and humorously. 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
us on Facebook
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Shalom Facebook group to stay in better touch with your Ner Shalom
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.
Tuesday, February 28 ~ 9:30 AM at Marvin's Restaurant in Cotati.
Next Ner Shalom Board
Thursday, February 23 - 5:30 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