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    Israel Fair December 7
    Learn about Israel programs for students and adults, no charge
  • home slideshow food bank
    Join the Social Action Committee at the Food Bank
    We volunteer one Wednesday a month, 10 a.m. to noon
  • home slideshow gift shop chanukah
    Buying at the Gift Shop supports Beth Ami
    Lots of beautiful new things, located in the office
  • Beth Ami board frying latkes
    We believe we can fry!
    December 21: the Beth Ami board's thank you to the members.

Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Nov 26 (Wed)  6:30 – 9 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

Dec 3 (Wed) 10 am to noon Social Action at the Redwood Food Bank

Dec 3 (Wed)  6:30 – 9 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

Dec 3 (Wednesdays, weekly) 7 – 8:30 p.m. Rabbi’s Midrash class

Dec 4 (Thursdays through Dec 11) 7:30 -9 pm Early Christianity from a Jewish perspective

Dec 4 (Thursdays, weekly) 7:30 -9 pm Introduction to Judaism class

Dec. 5 (Fri) 6 pm Shabbat dinner followed by services

Dec 7 (Sun) 10 am to noon Beth Ami and You Hebrew program

December 7 (Sunday) 11:00 am to 2 pm Israel Fair information

December 21 (Sunday) 4-7:30pm Latke dinner and games information


Israel Fair with 20 organizations and the Israeli Deputy Consul

Dec. 7 11 am to 2 pm Israel Fair FREE with the Israeli Deputy Consul at the Friedman Event Center. Meet with people from over 20 Israel programs to discover opportunities for you to visit, study in, and volunteer for Israel. Activities for kids and adults will be provided, including free Israeli style lunch, Israeli dancing and made-in-Israel gifts. Participants and schedule at http://IsraelUpdate.INFO

This program is supported by a Ma’alot Grant for Israel Education and Advocacy, a partnership of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and Nefesh B’Nefesh and is co-sponsored by the Sonoma County Israel Committee.

Beth Ami and You: Hebrew for young children and families

ba and you logo ideasIt’s all in the Hebrew… Come learn everyday words and phrases with us in modern-day Hebrew. Our Sunday BAU learning series is for families with children ages 2 to 6.
Dec 7th – Hebrew for your favorite foods. We are coordinating our event so that everyone can visit the Israel Fair. Parents this Beth Ami and You event is free. Playground opens at 9:30 and then we’ll meet in room 12/13 for a special story with Lauren, our fabulous storyteller. We’ll then visit a shuk (Israeli Market) set up especially for our little ones. Special time is 10:00 to 11:30 with an Israeli inspired vegetarian snack. Drop off your little one, ages 4 to 8, and visit with the Israeli Deputy Consul at 10:30 on the campus. At 11:30, pick up your child(ren) and visit the fair with your whole family (young, old and in between). There will be more activities and information on travel opportunities for all ages.
L’hitraot (See you then)  Beth Ami& You Hebrew programs

Adult Education

Early Christianity from a Jewish perspective

For five Thursdays in November through December 11 from 7:30 – 9 Beth Ami will sponsor this class in room 12/13 (no class on Thanksgiving) Taught by Beth Ami member and former Resident Head of the Christian Mission in Jerusalem, Ishie Petlock. The course will cover the time-span from the start of Christianity as a Jewish sect to its adoption by the Roman Emperor in the 4th century as the state religion.

There will be no required reading, but most material will be taken from the writings of Professor Amy Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University, especially her edition of: The Jewish Annotated New Testament, Oxford University Press, 2011. (with Marc Brettler) There will be no charge for the course. For any questions e-mail Jeffrey Sheff (jssheff@gmail.com)

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 Sept we will be 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.
The next date:
Wed. Dec. 3th
The time is 10:00-12:00 at the Redwood Empire Food Bank on 3990 Brickway. Please contact Elizabeth at the CBA office at least a week before the date. Hope to see you at the food bank.

Shabbat meals

The community gets together at Beth Ami on the first Friday of each month for a delicious Shabbat dinner with catered kosher food and challah baked with love (and cardamon) by Irwin Margolese. Dinner at 6:00pm and Services with Rabbi Miller follow at 7:30 pm. $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.

A thank-you to our members: latkes by the board

December 21, 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. is our now-traditional Chanukah potluck with latkes peeled, grated, mixed and fried by the Beth Ami board. Click for information: Latkes by the board

Trip to South Africa

“Litvaks and Lions” Rabbi Miller and Dr. Diane Ashton are offering a unique custom-designed two-week tour to South Africa this coming June, 2015.  The trip will provide an opportunity to explore, understand and discuss  some of the contributions Jews have made to South African life in over a century, spend time in Cape Town seeing the natural beauty and culture, and go on safari in Kruger National Park as well as a gorgeous private reserve on the Kariega River. If you’re intrigued with the possibility of exploring this remarkable part of the world, please consider attending an informational meeting Thursday evening, November 13th, 7:00 p.m. in Beth Ami’s Multi-purpose Room (back of the Social Hall).  Feel free to contact Rabbi at: rabbi@bethamisr.org or to contact Diane at: drdashton@gmail.com For a detailed itinerary please click on Litvaks and Lions itinerary and prices.

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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. 

 Ongoing Activities

Come to the “Daily Daven,” and daven Shacharit with Rabbi Miller. Daily Monday to Friday at 7:00 AM in the Chapel. Although we are a small group, we make up for it in enthusiasm. If you need a minyan to say Kaddish on one of these days, please let the office know at 707-360-3000 as early as possible, and we will endeavor to get enough people there to do so.

The Morning Minyan meets every Sunday in the Chapel at 8:30 AM, followed by a light breakfast on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. 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, November 12 and 26, December 3 and 17

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


Check out the current November December Shofar 2014 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.