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Sonoma Stories: Starting Over in a Strange Land (Building Alliances - "The Past")
Sunday, Sep 10th 3:00p to 5:00p
Discover the fascinating histories of Jewish, Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino immigration to Sonoma County. How we all came here, overcame obstacles, and thrived. 

Racism: From Underground to "In Your Face" (Building Alliances - "The Present")
Sunday, Oct 15th 3:00p to 5:00p
Antisemitism and anti-Asian racism is rising after staying underground for decades. How bad is it? How are we feeling the effects? How are our youth experiencing it? Hear individuals from different backgrounds share their experiences and from organizations working to stop hate. 

Facing the Challenges... Together (Building Alliances - "The Future")
Sunday, Nov 5th 3:00p to 5:00p
In a community in conversation format, we will explore ways minority communities can mutually support each other as we face threats to our well-being. How can we collaborate on issues we all care about?

Presentations will be followed by Q&A. Refreshments will be served.    Seating is limited. Please register to attend.


Spring 2023 Series

Latin Jewish history and the current experience of Latin Jews in the Bay Area with Jewtina y Co. Watch the Recording Here.

Originally Aired January 22

Building an inclusive Jewish community for Black, African American, and mixed-race Jews with Be’chol Lashon. Watch the Recording Here.

Originally Aired February 26

Sample an Asian Jewish Seder with LUNAR. Watch the Recording Here.

Originally Aired March 11



A sincere thank you to everyone who participated in POSTCARDING for DEMOCRACY - our effort to get out the vote in communities nationwide, where voter suppression is a concern.
CST members and friends sent out 6,520 postcards encouraging people to register and to vote early. This was truly a group effort by the CST community, from our STaRS students and teens to our seniors.



Click Here to volunteer for a shift at Elisha’s Pantry.


Check out a Social Action Committee meeting. For more info, contact the office.


Watch or Re-watch SAC programs from 2021

Social Action Committee Accomplishments in 2022 

January - August
We arranged and worked on the “Reclaim Our Vote” postcard campaign. Over 6500 postcards were sent to voters from Congregation Shomrei Torah.

Many Social Action committee members as well as other congregants marched in
the annual Santa Rosa Gay Pride Parade. A phenomenal community event.

Several committee members attended the Reproductive Rights March in Santa Rosa. Some committee members participated in non-partisan political canvassing with
NBOP in Petaluma.

Some individual members of the Social Action Committee did political canvassing
work in Arizona, Nevada, and Central California.

We worked with the STaRS children and staff to prepare 500 bags of needed items
to be handed out to those unsheltered in our community. A true mitzvah project for
all of us. We will be doing more intergenerational work with the children into the
new year.

We organized our annual successful Winter Clothing Drive for Elisha’s Pantry. Some committee members worked with the STaRS children at their annual Hannukah event.

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.

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 more information, contact the CST office.

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, read more.

Sat, September 23 2023 8 Tishrei 5784