Shomer Shalom is an organization of Jews who follow a path of nonviolence based on Jewish principles of religious engagement. Some of us repeat a daily intention of Jewish nonviolence.
Shomer is a Hebrew word meaning stewardship. Traditionally, the word shomer is used in several key expressions: Shomer Shabbat: keeping the Sabbath, Shomer Kashrut: keeping kosher, Shomer lashon, guarding our tongue from hurtful speech and more recently Shomer Adamah: keeper of the environment.
Shomer Shalom entails a daily choice not to cause intentional harm and committing oneself to active non-violence, a transformative pathway of social and spiritual action.
Individually, members of Shomer Shalom are committed to living a nonviolent Jewish life and are encouraged to participate in nonviolence organizations as Jews and to participate in Jewish organizations as practitioners of nonviolence.
Collectively, Shomer Shalom offers retreats and programs dedicated to nurturing the nonviolent faith of its members. It produces and distributes educational and liturgical materials rooted in Jewish nonviolent traditions.
Shomer Shalom is committed to cultivating an intergenerational, multi-cultural and interfaith global community of peace, justice, loving kindness, and solidarity.