Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

May 3 (Tues) 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Parsha of the Week class with Rabbi Miller

May 4 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash study with Rabbi Miller

May 5 (Thurs) 12 noon Rosh Chodesh women plus men at SRJC planetarium

May 6 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Dinner followed by services and oneg.

May 10 (Tues) 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Parsha of the Week class with Rabbi Miller

May 11 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash study with Rabbi Miller

May 11 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Friedman Center

May 13 (Fri) 4:00 p.m. Rockin’ Yom HaAtzmaut and Shabbat dinner with Melita Silberstein and Isaac Zones

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

June 26 (Sun) 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Frieda Ferrick Poetry reading

 Rockin’ Yom HaAtzmaut at Beth Ami – Friday, May 13

A Sonoma County wide event – Everyone is welcome at Beth Ami Celebrate Israel’s Independence with a joyous musical Shabbat evening at Congregation Beth Ami. The celebration will start at 4:00 and includes special programs for children, an Israeli wine and cheese reception for adults, henna and face painting, dinner featuring Israeli inspired cuisine, special musical guest artists Melita Silberstein (of Octopretzel http://www.octopretzel.com ) and Isaac Zones of Shamati, and Shabbat evening service.
For more details SEE FLYER For dinner reservations contact the Beth Ami office. Come for all or just parts of the event. No charge for anything except dinner. Dinner reservations made by May 10: $8 per adult, $4 children 6-12, 5 and under free. Dinner reservations made after May 10: $14 per personimage0031
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation with support from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

Shabbat Dinner & Services

We have a monthly Shabbat dinner on the first Friday of the month at 6:00 p.m., followed by Kabbalat Shabbat service at 7:30, and an Oneg after services. We usually have music played by congregants. Ahuva Simon Saar, Nancy Tisman, the Kitchen Committee and friends have kindly volunteered to prepare our Shabbat Dinner so that we can lower the price for adults to $14. Children age 5 and under are free! $14 for member adults, $8 for children ages 6-17 – with a family maximum of $40. Non-members are $18 per adult, $8 for children ages 6-17, and 5 & under free.
Please RSVP by the Wednesday before.  707-360-3000 or office@bethamisr.org

Adult Education classes

Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller: Wednesday evenings 7:30 – 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.

Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller meeting Tuesday mornings from 11:00 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.

Frieda Ferrick Poetry reading

Sunday, June 26th from 2 to 4 p.m. As a therapist, a human being and a daughter of Holocaust survivors, Frieda Ferrick has been enthralled with the legacy of resiliency. Join her as she travels from those times of World War Two to current times
where she writes about grief and loss, the whimsical and just about life ..

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. May 4 from 10:00 -12:00. We would love to have you join us. 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 room 12/13
–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 6:00pm (Starting February 14)
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 7:00 pm, Next dancing is May 11 and 25. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out the current newsletter: Shofar April May 2016 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.