Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa
California.

Events at a glance

Oct 16 (Wed) 5:00 p.m. Social Action at the Redwood Food Bank

Oct 16 (Wed) 6:10 p.m. Israeli folk dancing at the Person Center

Oct 20-22 Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, click for full schedule of Sukkot through Simchat Torah

Oct 21 (Mon) 6:00 p.m. Erev Simchat Torah, dancing with the Torahs

Oct 29 (Tues) 11:30 a.m. Rosh Chodesh women’s group lunch and movie

Oct 29 (Tues) 2:00 p.m. Mishnah class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Oct 30 (Wed) 6:10 p.m. Israeli folk dancing at the Person Center

Nov 1 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Shabbat dinner with Don Schlesinger of the Jewish National Fund

Nov 5 (Tues) 2:00 p.m. Mishnah class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Nov 11- Dec 4 (Mon & Wed) 1:00 p.m. Matter of Balance class with Dana Jacoby Matter of Balance flyer

Nov 12 (Tues) 2:00 p.m. Mishnah class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Nov 19 (Tues) 2:00 p.m. Mishnah class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Nov 29 (Fri) 7:30 p.m. Moon Maven Kabbalat Shabbat

Dec 5-8 A weekend with musician Beth Hamon more information to come

The Holidays continue

The holidays continue: Shemini Atzeret comes at the end of Sukkot, yet is a separate holiday. Time to pray for rain!
Evening service Sunday October 20 at 6:00 p.m.
Monday October 21 at 9:30 a.m. the holiday service includes Yizkor memorial prayers.
Simchat Torah, “Rejoicing with the Torah,” falls on the second day of Shemini Atzeret. It is filled with joy and love for G-d, the Torah, and the Jewish community. It marks the completion of the yearlong cycle of weekly Torah readings.
Monday October 21 at 6:00 p.m. Evening service and dancing with the Torahs.
Tuesday October 22 9:30 a.m. morning service. Everyone is called up to receive an Aliyah. A special honor is given to the person who is called up for the very last Aliyah over the Torah (Chatan/Kallat Torah) and the person who is called up for the very first Aliyah in the new cycle (Chatan/Kallat Bereishit).. A full schedule of Sukkot and Simchat Torah holiday events and services is online: Schedule of Fall Holidays 2019  

Shabbat Dinner

Join us every first Friday (except in October) for an early Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6:00 p.m., followed by a community Shabbat dinner at 6:30. Judy, Ahuva, Lee and other fabulously talented volunteers are back in the kitchen cooking wonderful Shabbat dinners. Please join us, but it’s important to RSVP by the previous Wednesday morning. $15 per adult, $8 for children over 5. Younger children are free. A speaker, music or discussion follows the dinner. November 1 the Israel Committee is sponsoring speaker Don Schlesinger, Executive Director of the Jewish National Fund

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 the Palms September 18. Let us know if you can help.

We will also volunteer at The Redwood Empire Food Bank 6 times this year. On a Wednesday, from 5:00-7:00, we will meet at the Food Bank and pack boxes of food on an assembly line. NEXT DATE: October 16. When we are finished, we will go out for a Mexican meal. To confirm or get more info, please call Lyla Nathan at 526-7438 or Elizabeth Jarlberg at BA office 360-3000.

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

Adult Education-forming new dramatic reading group: We’ll do mainly plays and excerpts from plays by Jewish authors. No group rehearsals, no directing — individuals look over their parts prior to reading. Different members each time. Minimal time commitment. I am a member of our Adult Ed. Committee who feels we learn a lot from the Humanities. I am an enthusiastic listener and willing to handle scheduling, recruiting for each meeting, acting as facilitator. If YOU are interested in picking out reading selections and/or reading for a given time or two, or being an active listener, or have any suggestions, please phone me. Linda Emblen 544-4532. We will start small.

Mishna Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller on Tuesday afternoons 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study)
The collection of Oral Torah edited and compiled by Rabbi Judah the Prince in the year 200. We will examine the Hebrew text and the classic commentary of Rabbi Ovadiah of Bertinora. All Hebrew will be translated and explained. We will make reference to the Artscroll Mishna. The tractate we will study is Brachot which deals with the content, nature and structure of the recitation of the Shema, our daily prayers, the Grace after meals and blessings for different occasions.
Please feel free to sign up and catch a sample lesson and join us weekly if you find this speaks to your desire to learn about our traditions.

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 Samuel 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.  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. NOTE, RABBI MILLER IS ON VACATION DURING JULY.

Ongoing Activities

Sunday morning Minyan 8:30am in the chapel, a light breakfast follows on 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.

Israeli Folk Dancing has moved to the Person Senior Center at Finley Rec Center. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out our current newsletter for September and October shofar Shofar September October 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.