Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

June 14 (Tues) 11 a.m. Parsha of the Week class and discussion

June 19 and 26 (Sun) 10:00am- 12:00pm start of Daily Psalms through the Culinary Arts 8-part series

June 21 (Tues) 11 a.m. Parsha of the Week class and discussion

June 21 (Tues) 5:30 p.m. Special fundraising dinner at Dierk’s Parkside Cafe

June 22 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. One Bay One Book discussion of Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table led by Gabor Por

June 22 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Friedman Center

June 26 (Sun) 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Frieda Ferrick Poetry reading

June 29 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Friedman Center

July 1 (Fri) 6 p.m. evening service, 6:30 p.m. Shabbat Dinner, 7:30 p.m. Oneg with speaker or music

July 5 (Tues) 7 p.m. Rosh Chodesh Tammuz American Jewish Women of Note meeting at Beth Ami

July 6 (Wed) 10 a.m. Social Action at the Redwood Empire Food Bank

July 13 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Friedman Center

July 27 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Friedman Center


 A special dinner at Dierk’s Parkside Cafe

Save the date: June 21st at 5:30 p.m. We are excited to announce that Mark and Karen Dierkhising are hosting a fundraiser for us at their restaurant, Dierk’s Parkside Cafe, on Tuesday June 21st at 5:30 p.m. Those who were there last time know it was a wonderful evening. It’s limited to the first 48 people who sign up, so click on the invitation and menu , choose your entree, and RSVP right away.

Shavuot Program June 11, 2016, Shavuot services June 12 and 13

This year Shomrei Torah is hosting the community wide Tikkun Leyl Shavuot. It will begin at 7 PM and go until around midnight. This is a meaningful evening of study, discussion, and food. Arrive at 7:00 and stay as long as you want. 2600 Bennett Valley Road Santa Rosa California 95404 See facebook page. Beth Ami is holding Shavuot services 9:30 a.m. June 12 and 13, Sunday and Monday. Yiskor is on Monday.

Shabbat Dinner & Services

NEW SCHEDULE: On the first Friday of the month evening Shabbat services are from 6:00-6:30 pm followed by dinner from 6:30-7:30. After dinner will be a speaker, special program, music, or just time to relax and visit. Ahuva Simon Sa’ar, Nancy Tisman, the Kitchen Committee, and friends have 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.

Adult Education classes

Discover the Culinary Secrets Hidden within the Psalms Come join us! No previous experience needed! Bring your curiosity, your spirituality and your taste buds!! Congregation Beth Ami Adult Education proudly presents Sarah Miller’s exciting new series! “The Taste of the Temple” An exploration of the Daily Psalms through the Culinary Arts

Our Social Hall will explode with food, fun and friends Sundays 10:00am- 12:00pm. The workbook includes recipes and Psalms. The friends and memories will last a life time. The $50.00 fee covers food and workbook.

Put June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14 on you calendar Register by June 12th. Contact Nancy Tisman 562-882-7735 or ntisman@gmail.com

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.

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.

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.

One Bay One Bookone bay one book

The Periodic Table, a personal memoir, by Primo Levi, a Jewish chemist and fine author, who lived and worked during the uncertain and chaotic times in WWII Italy and who also survived Auschwitz. It is this year’s chosen OneBayOneBook selection for the SF Bay area. Copies available on loan — sign in — in the CBA Office. By popular demand, Gabor Por will lead the book discussion of Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table on Wed., June 22, 7:30-9PM, at CBA in Rm. 12-13. Questions: Linda Emblen 544-4532.

Frieda Ferrick Poetry reading

Sunday, June 26th from 2 to 4 p.m. As a therapist, a human being and a daughter of Holocaust survivors, Frieda Ferrick has been enthralled with the legacy of resiliency. Join her as she travels from those times of World War Two to current times
where she writes about grief and loss, the whimsical and just about life . Frieda Ferrick book talk

Social Action Monthly at the Food Bank

The Social Action Committee organizes volunteers to help at the the Redwood Empire Food Bank on the first Wednesdays of the month. We will be going on Wed. July 6 from 10:00 -12:00. We would love to have you join us. 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. There is always need for gluten free products: pasta, cereal, crackers.

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 June 8, 22 and 29, July 13 and 27. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out the current newsletter: Shofar newsletter summer 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.