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    "Guess Who's Coming to Shabbat?" Program
    Our Shabbat matchmakers help arrange Friday night dinners in homes.
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    Going from Nursery School to Religious School?
    FREE one-year family membership to Beth Ami, including tuition.
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    Social Action at the Redwood Empire Food Bank
    First Wednesday of the month, 10 to noon.
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    Tisha B’Av—Saturday Evening, July 25
    Join us for Tisha B’Av services from 9 p.m. to about 10:30 p.m.

Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

July 25 (Sat) 9:30 a.m. Susy Raful’s 90th birthday celebrated at services

July 25 (Sat) 9 to 10:30 p.m. Erev Tisha B’Av

July 26 (Sun) Tisha B’Av

July 29 (Wed)  6:30 – 9 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

Aug 5 (Wed) 10- noon Social Action at the Redwood Food Bank

Aug 7 (Fri) 6 p.m. catered Shabbat dinner followed by services and oneg

Aug 23 (Sun) Mashgiach class 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the kitchen

Aug 30 (Sun) 10 a.m to 2 p.m. 2015 Sonoma County Israel Fair


Tisha B’Av—Saturday Evening, July 25

Join us for Tisha B’Av services from 9 p.m. to about 10:30 p.m. the evening of Saturday, July 25. This holy day commemorates the destruction of the Second Temple. During the evening service we will sit on the floor and take turns reading by candle light from the book of Lamentations—a somber text about the destruction of the First Temple and the siege of Jerusalem.
The Sunday morning service at 8:30 will also be somewhat different in that we don’t put on tallis and t’philin.

Adult Education classes

Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller: 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 with Rabbi Miller: 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.

Shabbat dinner at Beth Ami on first Fridays

Shabbat dinners are held on the first Friday of each month: next one is August 7. Dinner at 6:00 pm and Services with Rabbi Miller follow at 7:30 pm. We are usually lucky enough to have our talented musician members (and Rabbi) play music for us, and birthdays and anniversaries are enthusiastically celebrated. $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.

Social Action Monthly at the Food Bank

It is summer and school is out. So it is time to get the young adults (13 and over ) and teachers to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. We will be going on Wed. July 1st and Wed. August 5th. from 10:00 -12:00. We would love to have you join us with your parents or as a group. Maybe, we could go out for lunch when we finish. If there are other dates that are better for the group we can make that happen. It is a mitzvah to volunteer at the food bank and also a time to get together with friends and get to know people better. Call the office if you are interested.
Thank you to everyone in our community for supporting the JFCS food pantry. In summer there tends to be a lull in givng so please continue to bring healthy canned foods this summer. There has been a request for Amy’s soups. There is always need for gluten free products: pasta, cereal, crackers.

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, Next dancing is June 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 newsletter: Shofar July 2015 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.