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    Contemporary Jewish Writing:
    Gabor Por’s six-session class will start April 16
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    יום הזיכרון Yom HaZikaron
    Day of Remembrance and Hope April 21st
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    Beth Ami Shabbat dinners on first Fridays
    We're usually lucky enough to have some of our musicians play for us.
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    Israeli dance in the Friedman Center
    Two Wednesdays a month. Next dance April 22.

Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa
California.

Events at a glance

April 14 (Tues) both 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. discussion groups for One Bay One Book

April 15 (Wednesdays, weekly) 7 – 7:30 p.m. Rabbi’s Midrash class

April 16 (Thursdays, weekly) 7:30 -9 pm Introduction to Judaism class

April 16 (Thurs, 6 weeks) 7 p.m. Contemporary Jewish Writing class with Gabor Por

April 20 (Mon) 7 p.m. at Beth Ami Rosh Chodesh Iyar, all Jewish women invited

April 21 (Tues) 7:15 p.m. Yom HaZikaron

April 22 (Wed)  6:15 Yom HaAtzmaut program at Shomrei Torah

April 22 (Wed)  6:30 – 9 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center, Yom HaAtzmaut dances

April 26 (Sun) Join us at Simcha Sunday

May 1 (Fri) 6 p.m. Shabbat dinner with climate change speaker

May 8 (Wed) 8 p.m. Lag B’Omer celebration

 

 

Adult Education classes

Contemporary Jewish Writing: Gabor Por’s six-session class will start April 16 and will introduce you to current Jewish literary talents in these areas:
Novels
American Jewish History
(Auto)Biographies
World Jewish History
Shoah
Mysticism
He will also give us tips on using the internet to find reviews of new works. Gabor has a Master’s degree in Information Science, a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and has a blog on the internet on which he lists works of Jewish interest: jewishbookworld.org
Classes will be held at Beth Ami on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 and will start on April 16. NOTE this differs from the original date printed in the Shofar because of the Passover holiday.

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.

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.

יום הזיכרון Yom HaZikaron

Tuesday, April 21st, 7:15-9:00 p.m. – Join us in remembering the fallen soldiers of Israel and Jewish victims of terrorism at a special service on Tuesday, April 21st, 7:15-9:00 p.m. at Congregation Beth Ami. SEE FLYER.

Shabbat meals

The next Shabbat dinner will be May 1, 6:00 p.m.; at 7:30 P.M.,  Dr. Melanie Okoro, a water quality specialist with NOAA, with speak on “Stewardship, Greening, and Sustainability,” in the context of how faith-based organizations can become involved in the critical issue of climate protection, which is tikkun olam. Dr. Okoro’s talk will be preceded by the Friday night Shabbat service at 6:00 and a Kosher dinner. Dinner reservations are required. Please call 707-360-3000 by Wed, April 29th. An Oneg will follow her talk. Dr. Okoro is one of 300 scientists nationwide who are speaking in houses of worship as a part of Green Faith’s “Bring a Scientist to Services” effort. Green Faith is an interfaith organization blending different religious traditions’ viewpoints on environmentalism with actions that faith communities can take. Dinner is $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.

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 May 6th 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.

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 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, April 8 and 22

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

Check out the current  March April 2015 Shofar 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.

Beth Ami has Two Job Openings:
1. Director, Youth Education (Part-Time)
The Director of Youth Education is responsible for the day-to-day administration of Congregation Beth Ami’s Religious School and Youth Programming for Pre-K through 12th grade. The Director provides vision and leadership regarding curriculum and programming while nurturing positive Jewish identities and values in the youth of our congregation. For a full description, please click on the pdf link.
TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Barbara Tomin, VP Youth and Education cbarsresumes@gmail.com 
CBA Director Youth Education Posting 3.8.15

2. Director of Young Family Programming
Congregation Beth Ami is seeking a part-time (6-8 hours per week) Director of Young Family Programming to provide the vision, leadership and direction for quality programs that create a welcoming transition for pre-school children and their families entering our Religious School. This Director will develop and administer programming to attract and retain families with young children to the Beth Ami community. They will be an expert at
forming connections in the wider region and marketing our synagogue as an ideal environment for families with young children. YoungFamilyProgrammingJob Description

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