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From Rabbi George 

Are you looking for a meaningful response this election year to the deluge of calamity across the United States? Living in the bubble of Sonoma County, it is hard to know how to act to save our democracy and the progressive values so many of us share.

With the help of the Social Action Committee, Congregation Shomrei Torah members can do more than mark our ballots and yearn for a way to make a difference beyond our county and state. The SAC will connect us to "Postcarding for Democracy", a non-partisan nationwide campaign to bolster democracy in areas rife with voter suppression. Completing postcards is easy to learn, is stress-free, can be done in the comfort of home, and has proven to increase registration and voting in these targeted areas.

To kick off this five-month project, Shomrei Torah has committed funds to purchase
postcard packets that are available to CST members at no charge. Look for the basket in Shalom Hall that includes packets and instructions. 

I encourage you to get involved. As Jews, we are especially aware of the possibility of redemption, even from the most dire situations. Every time we sing Mi Chamocha (“Who is like You?”) during services, we recall the moment in our mythic past when we struggled to escape Egypt. You recall the scene: With the Red Sea ahead of us and Pharaoh's army behind us, we were stuck in a dangerous and frightening place. And then, as Torah tells the story, Divine intervention parted the waters, and we walked to safety “in the midst of the sea on dry land.”

But according to Jewish legend, God did not immediately step in and part the sea. It took the action of an activist named Nachson, who walked into the water, one step at a time, until it came up to his neck and he was about to drown. Only following Nachshon’s courageous action did God split the sea. The story of Nachson illustrates the idea that we are “the hands and feet of God.”

Stuck now in a dangerous and frightening place, we can’t wait to be saved. We must take action ourselves. “Postcarding for Democracy” is one way to start.

Postcarding for Democracy

Are you looking for a meaningful way to help protect our Democracy?


CST has again teamed with Reclaim Our Vote in a
postcard campaign targeting get-out-the-vote efforts in communities nationwide where voter suppression is a concern. Non-partisan messages are specific to
given areas of the country and have proven to
increase voter registration and voting in targeted

Our current campaign continues the fight against
voter suppression-- this time in Florida.  Postcards
alert voters to the importance of registering to vote and voting in the August 23rd primary and in the general election.

New postcards for different states will be released
periodically until the November election.

“Every word has consequences. Every silence too.” Jean Paul Sartre
We invite YOU to be a part of this campaign.

To kick off this 5-month long project, we have committed funds to purchase packets of
Postcards that will be distributed free to CST members and friends.

We provide packets that include 20 Reclaim Our Vote postcards, stamps, clear instructions, voter address lists, a script to follow and labels to affix with voter registration information. 

You pick up the packets from the information table in Shalom Hall at Shomrei Torah, fill out the cards in the comfort of your home and mail them.

If you are unable to pick up your packets at CST, delivery can be arranged.
For more info contact Sue Smith, 707 823-2377 or Susan Daniels,707 538-0138.

This is a project of the CST Social Action Committee.


Social Action   Events at Shomrei Torah

Watch or Re-watch SAC programs from 2021

Social Action Committee Accomplishments in 2021 


Our new chairperson, Judy Kay, came aboard.


“They Have Arrived. Now What?” We initiated a program in conjunction with Passover to encourage donations to immigrant organizations.


Members helped plan the Sonoma County Yom Hashoah Commemoration

We presented an Earth Day Climate Forum via Zoom.


Several committee members worked on social justice legislation with The Religious Action Center of California and also met individually with elected officials, including state Sen. Mike Maguire, state Assemblymember Cecelia Aguiar-Curry and state Sen. Bill Dodd. We advocated for the AB 731 criminal justice reform bill, among other issues.


We presented the “Life After Incarceration in the Age of Covid” Zoom panel.


Several committee members met with Assemblyman Marc Levine and Sen. Bill Dodd advocating for the “Time Done” criminal justice bill.

 We encouraged the congregation to contact our representatives in Washington to protect voting rights.


We organized congregants to march under the Shomrei Torah banner in the Women’s Reproductive Rights Rally Santa Rosa.

We held a Zoom “Conversation with Senator Mike McGuire.”


We helped with the Toy Drive of the North Bay Organizing Project and Christ United Methodist Church.

We organized our annual Winter Clothing Drive for Elisha’s Pantry

We presented “The Challenge of Mass Incarceration,” a Zoom forum with the Equal Justice Initiative.

Ongoing SAC Projects

Elisha’s Pantry

We partner with Christ United Methodist Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church to distribute food to people in need.  The pantry, which is at 1717 Yulupa Avenue, is open on Thursday afternoons. To sign up to work at the pantry, click here.

Redwood Empire Food Bank

We have special shifts of CST volunteers helping pack food and do other tasks at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Sign up here.

Other Projects

The Social Action Committee has presented films, forums, and panel discussions highlighting current issues. Past programs have addressed criminal justice reform, homelessness, election concerns, gun violence, money bail, immigration issues, the climate crisis and much more. If there is an issue of specific importance to you, please let us know – and join us. For information  email chair Judy Kay or members JulieAnn Steinberger, Doris Fried, or Stephen Harper

Social Action Resources

The Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, California is a valuable resource with up-to-date analyses of key social justice topics through a Jewish lens. The RAC also has action guides for urgent social issues specifically within our state.

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