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    ROCKIN' SHABBAT Jewish Blues with Saul Kaye
    February 27, 5:30 for the Tot Shabbat crowd, then dinner and a Rockin' service
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Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Feb 25 (Wednesdays, weekly) 7 – 7:30 p.m. Rabbi’s Midrash class

Feb 26 (Thursdays, weekly) 7:30 -9 pm Introduction to Judaism class

Feb 27 (Friday) Rockin’ Shabbat with Saul Kaye

March 4 (Wed) 10 – noon Social Action at the Food Bank

March 4 (Wed) 6:30 p.m. Purim service and Megillah reading

March 5 (Thurs) 7:00 a.m. Purim service and Megillah reading

March 6 (Fri) 6 p.m. Shabbat dinner followed by service

March 7 (Sat) 7:30 p.m. Purimspiel and afterparty

March 8 (Sun) 2:00 p.m. Purimspiel matinee

March 11 & 25 (Wed)  6:30 – 9 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

March 15 (Sun) 2-4 p.m. Literary Series with Frieda Ferrick

March 27 (Fri) Beth Ami joins 6:15 pm evening service at Shomrei Torah

March 28 (Sat) 9:30 a.m. Shomrei Torah comes to Beth Ami for services



Rockin’ Shabbat Jewish Blues with Saul Kaye

February 27, At 5:30 p.m. – Music with SAUL KAYE geared for the Tot Shabbat crowd and their families. Playground opens at 5:00. At 6:15 p.m. – Informal vegetarian dinner (Adults are $8, Children 4-8 are $4, under 4 are free.)At 7:00 p.m. – Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Miller and SAUL KAYE— open to the whole community. Rockin Shabbat Saul Kaye Feb 2015

The Beth Ami Purim Spiel, March 7 & 8

The calendar turns, and that means that another Purim Spiel is upon us. This year’s Spiel is Les Mégillah, as we hope to build upon the monster Broadway hit, Les Misérables. Of course, since spiels rarely build upon anything – we are more destructive in our artistry – you can expect lots of fun to emerge out of our efforts. The Purim Players feel another hit is in the offing!
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. Havdallah and schmooze, 8:00 p.m. spiel— $30/person for spiel and party. Join us following the performance to party with the spielers; continue the fun with music by the Megillah Band, dancing, wine, refreshments, Beth Ami-made hamentashen, and more.
Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m. $10/Adults, Children 12 & under free. Following the performance you shouldn’t leave hungry: have some Beth Ami-made hamentashen. Les Megillah Purimspiel flyer

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Sunday March 1st, At 10 a.m. – Hear Lauren tell her version of the story of Esther, our Purim Heroine. Make decorative crowns, bake Hamentashen and make Shalach Manos (gift baskets) for your family and friends. Event is free but donations for supplies are appreciated. bau Purim 2015

The Real Gantze Megillah

Beth Ami has some amazing Megillah readers, if we do say so ourselves. Yes, our Purim Spiel is always a spectacle, but our Megillah readings are the real deal. Come in costume and hear Asher Nathan 6:30 p.m. Wednesday March 4, and Ahuva Simon Saar, who doubles as one of the greatest hamentashen bakers ever, reads at 7:00 a.m. Thursday March 5. Plus, after you hear the Megillah, there are hamentashen made at Beth Ami by Ahuva and the Kitchen Committee.

Congregation Beth Ami’s 2015 Literary Series

You’re invited for An Afternoon of Poetry, Memories and Stories: Frieda Ferrick, Author: Poems about the Holocaust and the author’s parents
surviving it, prayers and personal musings about life. Sunday, March 15, 2-4 p.m. flyer.

Adult Education classes with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Midrash Class: Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study)
where we examine the original text of the Midrash Rabba (the Great Midrash) on Genesis as well as an 18th Century commentary called “Eitz Yoseph”. These provide original insights into the Biblical text. Discussion is encouraged.

Introduction to Judaism: Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study)
an introduction into the various elements of basic Judaism: Shabbat, Festivals, Dietary Laws, the Prayerbook, Israel. In addition we are viewing the series “Civilization: History and the Jews” narrated by Abba Eban to provide the class with a “bird’s-eye” view of Jewish History. At our last class we listened to various types of Jewish Music, cantorial, modern liturgical and yiddish folk.

Important: If you are interested in attending , please be sure to call Rabbi Miller (314) 308-3672 to make sure that the class is being held that evening. There is no charge for these courses.

Social Action Monthly at the Food Bank

Starting in September we have been going to the food bank on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Hopefully you can mark you calendar in advance and get used to committing 2 hours a month to help support the food bank. They need volunteers and it is a wonderful way to get to know people and do a mitzvah at the same time. The new facility is very open and inviting. On Wednesday March 4th we will be going to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Volunteers need to be 12 or over.  Hope to see you there.  The time is 10:00-12:00 at the Redwood Empire Food Bank on 3990 Brickway. Please contact Elizabeth at the CBA office so we know you’re coming.

Shabbat meals

In March the Shabbat dinner will be March 6, the usual first Friday. The schedule for Friday evening is as follows: 6:00 Catered Dinner (it’s nice to bring wine if you wish), 7:30 Services with Rabbi Miller, Oneg follows. We usually have wonderful live music provided by Rabbi Miller on clarinet, Zim Zum, and/or other congregants. Dancing is encouraged. Birthdays and anniversaries are enthusiastically celebrated.

$18 for member adults, $10 for children ages 6-17, and 5 & under are free – with a family maximum of $46. Non-members are $22 per adult, $10 for children ages 6-17, and 5 & under free. Make your reservation by calling the office at 360-3000.

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We are thrilled to announce that the book selected for Jewish LearningWorks’ One Bay One Book program for 2014-2015 is The Betrayers, the new novel by Latvian-born writer and filmmaker David Bezmozgis. Bezmozgis is the author of the award-winning collection Natasha and Other Stories and the novel The Free World. Book discussion groups will be April 14, led by Susanne Batzdorff in the daytime and Gabor Por in the evening. 12 copies of the book will be available 4 weeks before the event.

 Ongoing Activities

“Daily Daven” morning and evening with Rabbi Miller in the Chapel
–Monday thru Friday at 7:00 am
Sundays and national holidays at 8:30am, a light breakfast follows on 1st and 3rd Sundays
Evenings–Sunday thru Thursday at 6:30pm
If you need to say Kaddish or memorialize a special event, contact the office at 360-3000 one week in advance, and we will do our best to secure a minyan. The Torah is read Monday and Thursday, if there is a minyan.

Israeli Folk Dancing, approximately two Wednesdays a month at 6:30 pm, March 11 and 25

Bingo CardsBingo: (formerly the game at Ursuline High School)
Sunday nights 6:45 pm Benefiting Congregation Beth Ami


Check out the current March/April Shofar 2015 for more events and details about the events listed above.

Congregation Beth Ami is located in Northern California,in the heart of Wine Country in Sonoma County, about one hour north of San Francisco, and about one hour west of Napa.

For more information about events and activities at our synagogue, please contact our office at (707) 360-3000.