Perfect Pairing: Wisdom & Wine


Led in perfect pairing by Reb Irwin Keller and Rabbi George Gittleman, and sampling the wines of St. Francis Winery and Vineyards.

This last session of "Perfect Pairing" asks the question that arises in our story of the Garden of Eden: ayeka – "Where Are You?" This is an ongoing question for every individual in every generation. In the trajectory of your life, of who you want to be, how you want to be – where are you? Often the answer is "I don't know." Sometimes the answer is hineini – I am here. We will look at a couple moments in Torah and pose this question to ourselves and each other.
Organized by Congregation Ner Shalom and the Jewish Concierge of Sonoma County. Supported in part by a grant from The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.


August 05, 2018
12:00 AM
St. Francis Winery and Vineyard
100 Pythian Road @Hwy 12
Santa Rosa
$35. Includes 3 wines, light cheese pairing, community and conversation.


Organized By: 
Congregation Ner Shalom
Jewish Concierge of Sonoma County
Event Contact Person: 
Carol Appel
Reb Irwin Keller
Reb Irwin Keller is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Shalom in Sonoma County, California since 2008. His past work included LGBT and HIV advocacy, having authored Chicago's first LGBT rights law and directing an AIDS legal services organization in San Francisco. He was also a founder and, for 21 years, a writer and performer in The Kinsey Sicks, known as “America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet,” a career which included an Off-Broadway show, thousands of appearances in 42 states and abroad, 8 albums and 2 films.

Reb Irwin is currently continuing his rabbinical studies through the Aleph Ordination Program. His sermons and essays, speaking to issues of Torah, Israel, God, community, queerness, disillusionment and finding inspiration on the fringe, can be found on his Itzik’s Well blog, at

Rabbi George Gittleman
Rabbi George Gittleman has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa since 1996. George and his wife Laura, a hospital administrator and artist, have college age twins, Sophia and Levi.

A native of Kentucky, Rabbi George earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from the University of Vermont in 1984. 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 Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality Rabbinic Leadership Program.