Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Nov 18 (Wed) 5:30 –7:00 p.m. Aging in Place Seniors Seminar with Jewish Family and Children’s Services

Nov 18 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the social hall

Nov 21 (Sat) 9:30 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Alexandra Glickman

Nov 24 (Tues) 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Parsha of the Week class with Rabbi Miller

Nov 25 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Friedman Center

Nov 28 (Sat) 9:30 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of Joseph Elizalde

Dec 4 (Fri) Shabbat Dinner honoring Carolyn Metz, services 6 p.m., dinner 6:30

Dec 6 (Sun) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Religious School Skill Building Intensive open to community

Dec 13 (Sun) 4 – 7:30 p.m. Family Chanukah latkes and game night

Dec 18 (Fri) 5:30 p.m. Rockin’ Shabbat with Tzvi Bar-David

Jan 4 (Sun) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Religious School Skill Building Intensive open to community


Shabbat dinner honoring Carolyn Metz

Shabbat dinners are held on the first Friday of each month: next one is December 4, and will be held as a special tribute to our retiring Executive Director Carolyn Metz. Services at 6:00 pm and special dinner at 6:30 pm. Join Congregation Beth Ami to pay tribute, say good-bye and thank Carolyn Metz for a job MORE than well done! Music, Entertainment, Tributes, Fun!  CLICK HERE FOR YOUR INVITATIONCatered by CBA member Celebrity Chef RICK GOLDBERG. FIRM Dinner Reservation Deadline: NOVEMBER 30 Dinner $18.00/adult $9.00/child CALL OFFICE FOR RESERVATION AND/OR DONATION 360-3000 Or Mail check to CBA, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Family Chanukah Potluck, Latkes and Game Night!

Sunday, December 13, 4:00-7:30 p.m. in the CBA Social Hall, hosted by the board It’s the eighth night! Bring your Chanukah menorah and candles. Puppet making, Chanukah crafts, Pin the Flame on the Menorah, Dreidel, Treasure Hunt for the little kids! Many different board games, Dreidel tournament and cards in the social hall, and Ping Pong competition in the youth lounge (rm 12/13) for bigger kids and adults. 4:00 Kids’ games and craft stations, board games and dreidel.
4:45 Chanukah skit by the BACNS teachers
5:00 Candle lighting and Latkes!
6:00 Dreidel tournament, songs led by the religious school, games, more noshing…
Potluck: Letters A-M uncooked veggie salad, fruits, or veggie sticks (parve or dairy); letters N-Z desserts
Potluck questions? There’s a link to guidelines at BethAmiSR.org>food, or call or email Jeffrey or Janet, 707-539-6612, JSL2602@sonic.net.
Latkes and trimmings provided and cooked by the board!!!!
Cost: Free for CBA members, Nursery School and Religious School. Please bring 2 non-perishable food or toiletry donations for the Jewish Family Service Food Bank

Rockin’ Shabbat with Rabbi Tsvi Bar-DavidRockin Shabbat logo

December 18, 6 – 9 p.m. Community dinner at 6 PM followed by lively music and spirited Shabbat program with acclaimed Bay Area Rabbi and Mystic Tsvi Bar-David. Tickets for dinner on sale until noon on Wednesday 12/16. $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers, $4 for children, 4 & under free. Reserve tickets at the CBA office at 360-3000.
Kid’s Shabbat with Rabbi Tsvi! 5:30 – 6 p.m. before dinner. Bring your children of all ages for this fun, interactive service. Flyer for Rockin’ Shabbat Bar-David

Adult Education classes

Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller: 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 with Rabbi Miller: 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.

New: Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller meeting Tuesday mornings from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Important: If you are interested in attending , please be sure to call Rabbi Miller at 707-889-6905 or email rabbi@bethamisr.org 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

The Social Action Committee organizes volunteers to help at the the Redwood Empire Food Bank on the first Wednesdays of the month. We will be going on Wed. December 2 from 10:00 -12:00. We would love to have you join us. Maybe, we could go out for lunch when we finish. It is a mitzvah to volunteer at the food bank and also a time to get together with friends and get to know people better. Call the office if you are interested.
Thank you to everyone in our community for supporting the JFCS food pantry. There is always need for gluten free products: pasta, cereal, crackers.

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, Next dancing is November 18 in the Social Hall and November 25 in the Friedman Center.

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

Check out the current newsletter: December-January 15-16 Shofar for more events and details about the events listed above. Archived issues of the Shofar are also available online.

We are looking for an Executive Director (PDF)

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.