A celebration of diversity, freedom, Jewish values and inclusion took place on Tu B’Shvat January 31, 2010 at Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa. Paul Munson and Shirley Liberman, members of Congregation Shomrei Torah, envisioned an LGBT Jewish celebration in Sonoma and they volunteered to orchestrate and design the evening that welcomed 85 LGBT Jewish Sonoma County residents, their families, friends and supporters.
Andrew Ramer, the author of the Haggadah originally used at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and recently adapted for the members of Congregation Shomrei Torah, led the service along with Paul Munson and Shirley Liberman. Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Rabbi & Liturgical Soloist, Rabbi George Gittleman & Leira Satlof, along with Congregation Sha’ar Zahav President, Alex Ingersoll and Congregation Shomrei Torah, President, Marcy Pluznick-Marrin participated. Lisa Finkelstein, Director of the LGBT Alliance at the Jewish Community Federation also attended.