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Rabbi George Gittleman

rabbig@cstsr.org

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

rabbikramer@cstsr.org

Rabbi Stephanie's Sermons

Rabbi Stephanie's Blog

Rabbi Stephanie Kramer came to our congregation in 2011. 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.

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 Northern California Board of Rabbis Advisory 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 and she is the Immediate past president of Sonoma Hillel. 

Ordained at the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Kramer holds a Masters 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 an all female cohort, Voices for Good. 

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


Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner

ericaw@cstsr.org

Erica Wisner is Cantorial Soloist at Shomrei Torah, participating in services and holiday observances on a part-time basis.

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

youth@cstsr.org

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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