Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Nov 28 (Tues) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class with Rabbi Miller

Nov 28 (Tues) 7:30 p.m. Purimspiel meeting

Nov 30 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Social Hall

Nov 30 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Study with Rabbi Miller

Dec 1 (Thurs) 7:30 p.m. Doorways to Davening class with Rabbi Miller

Dec 2 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. service and Shabbat dinner with presentation by Eric Thompson

Dec 3 (Sat) 9:30 a.m. Rainbow Shabbat with Reb Irwin Keller and Keshet Committee

Dec 5 (Mon) Jewish Pathways to Health, Longevity and Vitality -Wine

Dec 6 (Tues) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class with Rabbi Miller

Dec 7 (Wed) 10 a.m. Social Action at the Redwood Food Bank

Dec 7 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Study with Rabbi Miller

Dec 8 (Thurs) 7:30 p.m. Doorways to Davening class with Rabbi Miller

Dec 12 (Mon) Jewish Pathways to Health, Longevity and Vitality -Food

Dec 19 (Mon) Jewish Pathways to Health, Longevity and Vitality -Spas

Dec 24 (Sat) 6:30 p.m. joint Beth Ami and Shomrei Torah Chanukah party

Jan 3 (Mon) Jewish Pathways to Health, Longevity and Vitality -Excercixe



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 will be a speaker, special program, music, or just time to relax and visit.

eric_thompson_1December 2 will feature a presentation by Eric Thompson, a very popular professor at the JC, on the topic, “Why is ‘Elohim plural? or Is there such a thing as monotheism?.” Dr. Thompson writes: “It is very common these days for commentators on religion to characterize monotheism as chauvinistic, imperialistic, and generally responsible for much of the violence, torture, and misery in the world. That this criticism is at least partially valid is certain. In this exposition, I will survey the term ~yhla in the TaNaK, and the history of its interpretation as an equivalent to the Tetragammaton (YHWH, Ha-Shem). Then I will trace the term to its earliest expression in the ancient Levant, and make a cross-cultural glance at other cultures’ terms for the divine world, concluding that terms like “monotheism” and “polytheism” are probably just bad descriptions of the divine world most people, including the ancient authors of the Bible, envision.”

Ahuva Simon Sa’ar has kindly volunteered to prepare our Shabbat Dinner so that we can keep the price for adults at $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 noon the Wednesday before the dinner: 707-360-3000 or office@bethamisr.org On the second through fifth Fridays of the month Kabbalat Services begin at 7:30 pm. Always check the calendar for any last minute changes. For more information see the Worship page.

December 3 will be a Rainbow Shabbat, organized by the Keshet Committee and featuring Reb Irwin Keller, Teacher, Writer and Musician. See the flyer and also an essay by past president of Beth Ami Henry Cohn.

Adult Education classes

Sh’mirat Ha-guf: Jewish Pathways to Health, Longevity and Vitality Coming December 5 to January 3, Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. with additional optional field trips. This course is free but includes a small materials fee. jewish-pathways-to-health-workshops

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. Next classes are September 28, then October 26.

Doorway to Davening with Rabbi Miller: Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study) Resumes November 17.

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.

Social Action for the New Year

As the year 5777 begins our thoughts go to those in need in our community. We are suggesting three ways to do a mitzvah and make for a better the world. (Tikun Olam)
One: Please bring food to the  shul to fill the containers for the JFCS pantry.  They always need boxed milk, peanut butter, sardines, cereal, low sodium and glutton free items and teas and condiments in small sizes.
Two:  We will be distributing bags and purses to those in need of  a little TLC this fall.  There will be baskets in foyer for you to drop off travel sized notions, clean socks for men and women, tooth brushes and tooth paste, hygiene items etc.  So please start collecting and asking friends .  We will distribute bags starting in November.
Three:  We will once again be partnering with Shomrei Torah  in the Winter Clothing Drive. We are doing it earlier this year so that we can get the clothing out before it gets too cold. So start looking for jackets, sweats, sweaters, blankets, scarfs, hats and gloves in good condition.  Large sizes as well as children clothes are needed. There will be containers in the foyer.
As always we will be going to the Redwood Empire Food Bank on the first Wed. of the Month.  Next time  is November 2  from 10:00-12:00.
Beth Ami is truly a giving Kehilla, and we want to thank everyone in advance for participating in these worthwhile activities.
Shana Tova,  Social Action Committee.

Joint Shomrei Torah and Beth Ami Chanukah Party

6:30 pm on Saturday evening, Dec 24, 2016 in the Beth Ami Social Hall. Bring your Chanukiah and candles. We will be making latkes! More details to come. Begin Chanukah with all your friends and family!!”

Leadership Award for our Nursery School director

Jenny Levine-Smith has been selected to be honored at the North Bay Business Journal’s 5th Annual Nonprofit Leadership Awards. She will be featured in the BUSINESS JOURNAL‘s Nonprofit Leadership Awards special report, supplementing their October 17 issue. She will be honored along with other recipients at an awards luncheon on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Two years after Jenny became director, BACNS is one of the most well-regarded preschools in Santa Rosa. Jenny has welcomed visitors from the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, Sonoma Country Day School, as well as a variety of preschools who are interested in learning about and from the school. We all know that she has truly caused our school to thrive, and are happy to have the entire North Bay know it as well. Mazeltov, Jenny!

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 November 2, 16 and 30. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out the current newsletter: shofar-newsletter-november-december-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.