Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Aug 28 (Tues) 4:00 p.m. Lev Simcha Religious School Welcome Back Apple Festival

Aug 29 (Wed)11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week discussion with Rabbi Miller

Aug 29 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash class with Rabbi Miller

Aug 29 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli folk dance at the Person Center

Sep 1 (Sat) 8:30 p.m. Slichot Program and Service

Sep 7 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Shabbat Dinner with speaker Susan Cooper

Sep 9 (Sun) 8:00 p.m. Erev Rosh HaShana service, champagne and honey cake

Sep 10 (Mon) 8:30 p.m. Rosh HaShana First Day morning service

Sep 10 (Mon) 10:00 p.m. Rosh HaShana Children’s service with Lisa Iskin

Sep 10 (Mon) 4:30 p.m. Tashlich followed by potluck

Sep 11 (Tues) 8:30 a.m. Rosh HaShana 2nd Day morning service, lunch

Sep 18 (Tues) 5:00 p.m. Pre-fast dinner 

Sep 18 (Tues) 6:30 p.m. Kol Nidre, Erev Yom Kippur 

Sep 19 (Wed) 9:30 a.m. Yom Kippur morning service

Sep 19 (Wed) 10:00 a.m. Yom Kippur Children’s service with Lisa Iskin

Sep 19 (Wed) 5:00 p.m. Yom Kippur Teen service with Rick Concoff

Sep 19 (Wed) 8:00 p.m. Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast dinner

Sep 26 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Book Club with Loretta Denner









Open Hearts, Open Doors: High Holidays at Beth Ami

We’re so pleased to welcome you to Beth Ami as we approach the coming Jewish New Year, 5779. We hope you will seize the opportunity take time out: to step back; to reflect on the past year in the unique way we call “T’shuvah”; to combine ancient traditions and modern perspectives; to listen to and join in chanting both new and familiar melodies. Above all, we hope you find the way to “reconnect” with your True Source. Perhaps this is your first time participating; perhaps it’s part of your family’s tradition; perhaps you simply decided to stop back after a hiatus of one or more years. We want you to feel at home!

We believe our Traditions can awaken in each of us the sense that every single moment in life is an opportunity and every day is a precious gift. L’Shanah tovah tikateivu! May you and all those you hold close be written in the Book of Life for a good and sweet year!

Congregation Beth Ami does not charge for High Holiday tickets. Donations are gratefully accepted. Contact us for your free ticket, and join Rabbi Mordecai Miller, Cantor Yael Krieger, our fledgling choir, and our traditional, egalitarian, inclusive community. Please contact us to RSVP and pay for our pre-Yom Kippur dinner, and our Break-the-Fast dinner.
Sept. 1 8:30 p.m. Slichot program and services.
Sept. 9 8:00 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah services, installation of officers and Champagne / Honey Cake oneg
Sept. 10 8:30 a.m. First Day Rosh Hashanah Services in Friedman Center
Sept. 10 10:00 a.m. Children’s Rosh Hashanah Activities and Service with Lisa Iskin, in the Sanctuary
Sept. 10 4:30 p.m. Tashlich in Howarth Park -Potluck dinner, Mincha and Ma’ariv follow Tashlich Flyer 2018
Sept. 11 8:30 a.m. Second Day Rosh Hashanah Services in Sanctuary

Sept. 18 5:00 p.m. Pre-Yom Kippur dinner in the Social Hall
Sept. 18 6:30 p.m. Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre service in the Friedman Center 
Sept. 19 9:30 a.m. Yom Kippur services in the Friedman Center
Sept. 19 10:00 a.m. to noon Children’s Yom Kippur Activities and 11:30 Service with Lisa Iskin, in the Sanctuary
Sept. 19 5:00 p.m. Teen Services with Rick Concoff
Sept. 19 8:00 p.m. Post Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast dinner
Erev Sukkot, Sunday, 9/23/18; 1st Day Sukkot, Monday, 9/24/18; 2nd Day, 9/25/18
All High Holiday services will be held in the Friedman Center

The Pre Kol Nidre Dinner is $16, $8 for children, free for 5 years old and younger. The Break-the-Fast dinner is $18, $8 for children, free for 5 years old and younger. Both will be held in the Beth Ami Social Hall. Tickets for dinners can be purchased in advance by calling the office.

For a complete holiday schedule through Simchat Torah: High Holiday Schedule 2018
A Guide to the meanings and practices of each holiday event: High Holiday guide 2018
Order “Challah Bags” to benefit youth programs Challah order form 2018;
Forms for Yom Kippur pre and post fast dinners and for ordering Lulav and Etrog sets Dinners and Lulav&Etrog orders 2018


Shabbat Dinner & Services

On the first Friday of the month evening Shabbat services are from 6:00-6:30 pm followed by dinner at 6:30. After dinner we often have a speaker, special program, music, or sometimes just time to relax and visit. Next Shabbat Dinner is Friday, September 7, 2018.  Make your reservation by calling or emailing the office by the previous Wednesday 707-360-3000 or office@bethamisr.org. Birthdays and Anniversaries celebrated! On the second through fifth Fridays of the month
Every third Friday, Sing in Shabbat with musician Lisa Iskin and Rabbi Mordecai Miller, 7:30 p.m. Next Sing-In Shabbat is September 21, 2018. An interactive musical service designed to delight all ages! Stay tuned for special guest Scott Gerber in October!... Sing in Shabbat with Lisa
Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 7:30 starting in September, when there are no Shabbat dinners.

Shabbat Dinner with Susan Cooper


Friday, September 7, 2018 our Shabbat dinner will feature a presentation by Susan Cooper. Have you ever wondered why people live in poverty? Or how small actions by many people can result in a Big Change? Join Susan Cooper from Community Action Partnership, Sonoma County’s designated anti-poverty agency as she talks about her work to repair the world one day at a time. Susan will discuss the agency’s programs that work to change the cycles of poverty in this community, how the fires effected their programs and clients and how her Jewish values play a part in her work. Susan Cooper flyer

6:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat service
6:30 p.m. Shabbat dinner: no charge, donations made online or sent to the office are gratefully accepted.
7:15 p.m. Susan Cooper speaks on Community Action Partnership
Make sure to RSVP by Wednesday Sept. 5. 

Social Action

An exciting new project the social action committee is undertaking: The Palms Inn, is a housing program located here in Santa Rosa. This program provides permanent housing with supportive services for chronically homeless individuals. The program was begun in 2016 when the Palms hotel owner converted his hotel into housing for the homeless. Housing 128 residents, the program is administrated by Catholic Charities and funded by HUD, and the Veteran’s Administration.

Social Action has committed to providing dinner once a month for the residents. We will cook and serve our next dinner on Wednesday, October 17. We hope you will consider being involved in this important effort. We have a list available of additional items needed to support this worthy cause. Pleases consider bringing items to the Beth Ami office or volunteering your time to cook or serve. Tikkun Olam!

Our monthly Wednesday mornings at The Redwood Empire Food Bank haven’t been very successful this year. However, their
needs have increased due to the fires. We are hoping to change the time to afternoons and early evening to increase attendance.
We perhaps could go out for a simple meal afterward. More information to follow.

Adult Education classes

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.

Parsha of the week 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. 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. Classes are not held on Yom Tovim.

Adult Education Book Group: THE BROTHERS ASHKENAZI
(1936) by I.J. Singer is the current novel we are reading for the this book group, which is open to all CBA members and friends. LORETTA DENNER, SRJC English professor emeritus and fluent in Yiddish, will again lead the discussion which will be held on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 7:30pm, probably in the CBA Succah. A limited number of books borrowed from the SFJC Library are available in the CBA Office. Questions or comments? Linda Emblen 544-4532. For more information click Book Group Brothers Ashkenazi

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 through Thursday at 7:00 pm (check schedule for passover during the holiday)
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 has moved to the Person Senior Center at Finley Rec Center. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out the current newsletter: July August 2018 Shofar 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.