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Rabbi George Gittleman

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Rabbi George's Sermons

Rabbi George's Blog

Rabbi George Gittleman joined Shomrei Torah as our first full time rabbi in 1996.

In 1991 he embarked on his rabbinical journey after 8 years in computer sales, obtaining a Masters in Hebrew Letters and Ordination from the Reform Seminary, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996.

Rabbi George is also a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the prestigious Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and a graduate of the Rabbinic Leadership Program of The Institute for Jewish Spirituality.


Rabbi Stephanie Kramer

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Rabbi Stephanie's Sermons

Rabbi Stephanie's Blog

Rabbi Stephanie Kramer is the Senior Associate Rabbi at Congregation Shomrei Torah, a Reform congregation in Santa Rosa, California. During the 2017 Northern California Wildfires, Rabbi Kramer led the entire Sonoma County Jewish community with grace and dedication, earning her the moniker the “Fire Rabbi.” During the devastating fires, Rabbi Kramer organized resources to help families in need and turned the temple into an evacuation center, a day camp, and a place for comfort. She worked to find temporary housing for congregants and others in the community who lost their homes. Fittingly, Rabbi Kramer also works in a group supporting rabbis through trauma and natural disasters.

Rabbi Kramer is the friendly face that greets families on the playground and welcomes people to the sanctuary with her warm, compassionate, and caring presence. Her rabbinate is filled with counseling, pastoral outreach, liturgical creativity, and governance. She understands that one of the primary reasons members stay connected to their congregation – and to one another – is interpersonal relationships; and she is honored to work with families through their most joyous moments, hold their hands during their most difficult times, and help her community find deeper meaning along their journeys.  Rabbi Kramer is an innovator, collaborator, and natural connector, working extensively with the Board and staff to ensure a thriving Reform Jewish community in Santa Rosa. With energy and originality, she cultivates creative models for community-building and dynamic ways to integrate Judaism into our lives. Rabbi Kramer thrives in collaborative environments, and enjoys reimagining and visioning along with lay leaders to carry out the mission of the congregation. 

She is an enthusiastic storyteller and a passionate teacher who eagerly shares her love of Torah and helps Jews at all stages feel a stronger connection to Judaism. Along with her daily pulpit responsibilities, Rabbi Kramer enjoys supporting the broader Jewish community through her work on a number of Boards and Committees including the Camp Newman Advisor Board, the IsraAID Global Rabbinical Council, the Sonoma County Jewish Leadership Council, and the Budget and Finance Committee for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. In addition, she is the immediate past president of Sonoma Hillel. 

Rabbi Kramer was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a master’s degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston. She is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and is currently in the Clergy Leadership Incubator and in the inaugural cohort of an all-female fellowship, Voices for Good. 

Rabbi Kramer’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, eJewish Philanthropy, and The Press Democrat. She and her husband, Adam Kramer, have two children, Micah and Noa. 


Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner

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Erica Wisner serves as Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Shomrei Torah. In addition to leading services, Erica directs the CST choir and tutors B'nei Mitzvah students. She loves to create musically themed Shabbatot. 

Erica, a Sacramento native who lived in New York City for a decade while pursuing a career in musical theater, is a professional musician with a master’s degree from The Boston Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

As a young child, Erica grew up going to services and fell in love with Jewish musical liturgy when her parents started a synagogue in Sacramento County.  After considering Cantorial school in 2006, but determining the timing wasn’t right, Erica feels blessed that life has come full circle with this position at CST. 

Erica and her husband, Chris, moved to Santa Rosa in 2008, after marrying here in 2007.  They are the proud parents of Noah and Lael.


Youth Coordinator Morgan Folger

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Morgan's Sermons

Hello everyone! I’m from Sacramento but I am currently in Santa Barbara, finishing my undergraduate degrees in English and Religious studies at UCSB. Growing up in Sacramento, my synagogue was a second home to me, and I took advantage of all the programs my congregation had to offer.

From Bat Mitzvah to madricha to camper and service leader, being a part of my synagogue gave me opportunities to grow amid a fantastic community. My Jewish experiences growing up have led to me to continue my Jewish involvement and education in Santa Barbara.  I have joined a Jewish sorority, am serving on the Hillel board, and am a religious school teacher at the local synagogue.

Over the past four summers, I have worked at Camp Newman as a counselor, song leader, and unit head. In my free time you can usually find me hiking, cooking, reading, and crocheting. I am incredibly excited to be a part of, and work with, the Shomrei Torah community and share my passion for Judaism, Jewish programming, and Jewish music with you all!


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