Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa
California.

Events at a glance

Feb 20 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Feb 20 (Wed) 5:00 -7:00 p.m. Social Action committee at the Redwood Empire Food Bank

Feb 27 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Mar 1 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. service followed by Shabbat Dinner Resilience, hope and Recovery Series

Mar 6 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Mar 13 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Mar 13 (Wed) Social Action committee makes and serves dinner at the Palms

Mar 20 (Wed) 5:00 p.m. Purim program for children and adults, Pizza dinner, Megillah reading

Mar 21 (Thurs) 8:30 p.m. Purim morning service, Megillah reading

Mar 23 (Sat) 7:30 p.m. Purimspiel Back to the Future followed by party

Mar 24 (Sun) 2:00 p.m. Purimspiel Back to the Future matinee

April 3 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Book Discussion of American Pastoral by Phillip Roth

April 14 (Sun) 8:00 p.m. Absolute Music with String Circle

April 19 (Fri) Pesach begins, community seder

Purim at Beth Ami

There is a Purim Spiel in your Future! his is the 14th community Purim Spiel at Beth Ami, and we’ve been hard at work packing it with songs from the 80’s, jokes, weird props, and dancing. Join Mordy McChai and Bubbe Brown and go back to the 80s for 5779’s Spiel. We let the band do Rock and Roll last year and now we can’t get them to stop. Join us for songs by Madonna, Michael Jackson, Queen, Tina Turner, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, Blondie, Eurythmics, Olivia Newton-John, Boy George, The Police, Journey, Bon Jovi, even Twisted Sister and who knows who else.

Mar 23 (Sat) 7:30 p.m. Purimspiel “Back to the Future” followed by party

Mar 24 (Sun) 2:00 p.m. “Purimspiel Back to the Future” matinee

SPONSOR THE SPIEL! Click Back to the Future spiel sponsorship to see sponsorship and Shalach Manos opportunities, and to order WIll Call tickets. You can have a singing commercial! Don’t stop the spieling—hold on to the feeling!

For Purim, 5779…
Of, course we not only have a Purimspiel, we welcome Purim together with the Nursery School on Wednesday March 20th at 5:00 p.m. with a family program by Diana Shmiana of Shpiel-o-Rama Productions. Pizza and salad at 5:45, followed by a costume parade and the real Gantze Megillah reading by Asher Nathan. Next morning, Thursday March 21 at 8 a.m. Ahuva Simoon Saar will read the Megillah for morning Purim services. nursery school Purim event

Absolute Music

Sunday, April 14, 8:00 p.m., we are thrilled to present our 2019 Spring Concert in the Sanctuary of Congregation Beth Ami. StringCircle
Joseph Edelberg, Violin Concertmaster, Santa Rosa Symphony; and Kati Kyme, Violin; Anthony Martin, Viola; Thalia Moore, Cello. With Guest Artist Stacey Pelinka, Flute. They will be presenting Amy Beach’s Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet and Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in G. Tickets: $25.00. Pick up or mail order: Congregation Beth Ami 4676 Mayette Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. or purchase at Corrick’s Stationery, Gallery & Gifts, 637 Fourth Street in downtown Santa RosaInformation 707-540-0614 or email meldecker5@gmail.com or office@BethAmiSR.org

Shabbat dinner series programming for 2018-2019

Resilience, Hope & Recovery: Extraordinary Contributions and the People who Create Them. Join us the first Friday of every month for Shabbat service, community dinner (no charge) and program featuring extraordinary contributions to resilience, hope and recovery and the people in our community who make them. Shabbat is a time to be with family and friends, and this year we particularly are mindful of how the presence of a strong community offers survivors of any disasters stepping stones on the path to normalcy. Join us for Services (6:00 pm) and dinner (6:30 pm) with program to follow; invite your family & friends. You must make reservations by Wednesday the week of the dinner. Donations are always appreciated! This program is generously underwritten by a grant from the Jewish Community Federation’s Wildfire Relief Fund. Resilience Hope Recovery flyer  March 1: Donna Waldman, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Free Clinic Shabbat Dinner Donna Waldman

Social Action

An exciting project: We at Social Action Committee will have a few opportunities for us to make for a better world. Our Kehilla is known for its generosity. Thanks to everyone in advance for doing what you can ,whether it’s bringing food for the JFCS pantry or volunteering at the food bank.

We will be serving dinner at Palms on Wednesday, March 13th. Let us know if you can help.

We have also have planned to volunteer at The Redwood Empire Food Bank 6 times this year. We will meet at the food bank and pack fruit or veggies from 5:00-7:00 and then go out for a simple meal. The next volunteer evening is Wednesday, February 20. So every month we will be either serving at the Palms or volunteering at the food bank. Please consider joining us or helping prepare food.

Adult Education

Beth Ami has a drop-in book group that is open and free to all CBA members and friends. AMERICAN PASTORAL by prolific writer Philip Roth is the next read for the Adult Ed. sponsored book group. Roth won a Pulitzer Prize for this one. The novel mainly takes place in the 1960s and Vietnam War era, but in the early on Roth describes the 1995 45th h. s. class reunion of the narrator & classmates & how they and their memories differ so. Copies borrowed from the SF Jewish Community Library are available in the CBA Office. Book discussion will be Wed., Apr. 3, 7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. As always, open to all CBA members and friends. Comments to Linda at 544-4532.

Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller: Wednesday evenings 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study)
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. Bi-weekly schedule.

Book of Joshua class and discussion with Rabbi Miller meeting Wednesday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class will be cancelled on those Wednesdays which are actual Yom Tovim.

There is no charge for Rabbi Miller’s classes. 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. Classes are not held on Yom Tovim.

Ongoing Activities

“Daily Daven” morning and evening with Rabbi Miller in the chapel
Mornings
–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 through Thursday at 7:00 pm
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 has moved to the Person Senior Center at Finley Rec Center. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out the current newsletter: Shofar January February 2019 for more events and details about the events listed above. Archived issues of the Shofar are also available online.

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.