Congregation Shomrei Torah

Tallahassee, Florida

Affiliated with the Conservative / Masorti Movement

Congregation Shomrei Torah

Welcome letter from Ritual Vice President

Congregation Shomrei Torah is a Conservative synagogue, affiliated with The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. We offer Shabbat services each week at 8:00 p.m. on Friday evenings and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings. Our services are led by knowledgeable congregants or visiting Rabbis. Services include prayer, songs, Torah and Haftarah chanting and a stimulating D’var Torah , (commentary on the weekly Torah portion).

We welcome all newcomers to join us in the service, and the Oneg Shabbat or Kiddush luncheon afterward to get to know our congregants. Shomrei Torah excels in southern hospitality and warmth.

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Shabbat D'var Torah Speakers for 2017

We are grateful to these members and scholars for sharing their knowledge and thoughts with us each week.

April 22

Barb Abrams

April 29

Debbie Robinson


May 6

Nechama Gottschalk

May 13

Dwight Kingsbury

May 20

Rabbi Leon Rosenblum

May 27

Loren Schreiber


June 3

Barb Abrams

June 10

Dwight Kingsbury

June 17

Nechama Gottschalk

June 24

Debbie Robinson

July 1


July 8

Nechama Gottschalk

July 15

Richard Morris

July 22

Loren Schreiber

July 29

Dwight Kingsbury

D'var from Rosh Hashanah - 5776

I want to talk about a song for this time in the Jewish year that my wife, Jamie, and I learned when we lived in Gainesville. Through the chavurah we belonged to at the time, we learned a song by a rabbi who was known for his singing and guitar playing, Shlomo Carlebach. This song strongly resonated inside me and helped me develop tools for doing the work that builds toward Yom Kippur. The song goes:

Return again, return again, Return to the home of your soul.

You who have strayed, Be not afraid; We are one in the eyes of the Lord.

Return to who you are; return to what you are; return to where you are –

Born and reborn again.

Return again, return again; Return to the home of your soul.

The words of this song seem simple on the surface, but to me they deliver the narrative of the work we do in preparation for Yom Kippur. We might have been thinking about this work over the past few weeks, but now that we are in the 10 days of awe, it is the time to act on those thoughts. These days are also called the Ten Days of Teshuvah. The Hebrew word Teshuvah is often translated as repentance. For example, in our machzor we read that teshuvah, tefillah, and tzedakah, translated as repentance, prayer, and charity, can avert the evil decree. However, translations often vary and many sources say that the more accurate translation of teshuvah is ‘return’.

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Congregation Shomrei Torah - 4858 Kerry Forest Parkway – Tallahassee, FL – Phone: (850) 893-9674

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