• home slideshow Israel Fair cooks
    Thanks to the Israel Fair volunteers
    The Fair was informative and fun, and lunch was amazing.
  • 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

Dec 17 (Wednesdays, weekly) 7 – 8:30 p.m. Rabbi’s Midrash class

Dec 18 (Thursdays, weekly) 7:30 -9 pm Introduction to Judaism class

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

December 22 (Monday) 7:00pm Rosh Chodesh Beth Ami Social Hall

Jan 7 (Wed)  6:30 – 9 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

Jan 9 (Fri) 6 p.m. Shabbat dinner (instead of the usual 1st Friday)

Jan 9-11  Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Gary Kenzer Information

Jan 21 (Wed)  6:30 – 9 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

Jan 23 (Friday) 5:30 p.m. A joyous Rockin Shabbat with Cantor Ahuva Batz

Jan 24 & 25 (Sat. Sun.) HaLayla HaGadol dinner parties

Feb 3 (Tuesday) TuB’Shvat seder

Feb 27 (Friday) Rockin’ Shabbat with Saul Kaye



Scholar-in-Residence weekend

Jan 9-11 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Gary Kenzer, Executive Director, Honest Reporting  FREE
Enjoy a weekend of learning and doing with HonestReporting’s USA Executive Director Gary Kenzer. Informational pdf: Honest Reporting weekend

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 Beth Ami and You learning series is for families with children ages 2 to 6.
January 11th – Hebrew for your family and friends. Come learn the common words for all your family members including your pets. We’ll learn names of others like our neighbors and friends. And a few salutations along the way, too. Lauren will tell a story about what makes a family a family. The art craft will bring many months of fun learning and make believe play for the whole family. SUNDAYS 10:00am-12:00pm (Playground Opens at 9:30am) Congregation Beth Ami
Cost: $8 per child, $6 for Beth Ami Members All families welcomed–affiliated, Jewish or not. Light Snack included. Ask about family discounts. No one turned away for lack of funds or affiliation.
L’hitraot (See you then)  Beth Ami& You Hebrew programs

Adult Education 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 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.
The next date is a special extra December opportunity:
On Wednesday Dec. 24th we will be going to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. We hope that our young members and parents or grandparents will take this opportunity to do a mitzvah during the winter break.  Volunteers need to be 12 or over.  We had a wonderful turn out when students helped during the summer.  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. Hope to see you at the food bank.

Shabbat meals

In January the Shabbat dinner will be January 9 instead of the usual first Friday. The community gets together at Beth Ami on the first Friday of each month (usually) 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

“Daily Daven” morning and evening with Rabbi Miller in the Chapel
–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, December 3 and 17, January 7 and 21, February 4 and 18

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.