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Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Jan 16 (Tues) 11:00 p.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

Jan 17 (Weds) 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Midrash class with Rabbi Miller

Jan 17 (Weds) 7:00 Rosh Chodesh women’s group guided imagery by Michele Baime

Jan 23 (Tues) 11:00 p.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

Jan 24 (Wed) Social Action cooking and serving dinner at The Palms

Jan 24 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Person Senior Center

Jan 25 (Thurs) 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Doorways to Davening with Rabbi Miller

Jan 27 (Sat) 7:00 p.m. Social Action film series at Shomrei Torah

Jan 30 (Tues) 11:00 p.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

Jan 30 (Tues) 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tu B’Shevat Seder for religious school and community

Jan 31 (Weds) 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Midrash class with Rabbi Miller

Feb 1 (Thurs) 10:00 a.m. Rm 12-13 One Bay One Book discussion with Susanne Batzdorff

Feb 2 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by Shabbat dinner 

Feb 6 (Tues) 7:30 p.m. Rm 12-13 One Bay One Book discussion with Linda Emben



Tu B’Shevat for the whole community

Sonoma County Tu B’Shevat 20-Chai! January 30, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. 
Congregation Beth Ami invites you to join us for an evening of celebration, engagement, and rejuvenation as we embrace the awakening of the trees in Israel and the rebirth of Sonoma County.

Preschoolers will experience the joy of Tu B’Shevat through stories, games, crafts, and more as we celebrate the birthday of the trees with our special friends from PJ Library! Our K-6th graders will delight in the science of the season with experts from the Children’s Museum. The “museum-on-the-go” will provide hands on experiments and exploration all about our environment. Adults can sit back, sip, and relax with a sampling of wines from the wonderful Ron Rubin Winery. Enjoy the traditional Tu B’Shevat fruits and nuts, learn a little about the winemaking process, and explore what the holiday is all about. (Juice will be available for non-wine drinkers).AND PLEASE STAY FOR DINNER… Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese, Kid-Style Mac-n-Cheese, Gluten Free Option Available, Garden Salad, Fresh Fruit, Desserts THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please RSVP by January 26 so we can reserve your spot in our activities. SEE FLYER tu b’shevat 2018

Social Action

Thanks to everyone
who brought the most amazing jackets for the winter clothing drive. The jackets were given to people at Doyle Park, and Camp Michaela in Roseland. They were very appreciated. We are not taking more for now. We will let you know if we continue collecting in January. Continued thanks to everyone for bringing toiletries.

The next dates for Compassionate Conversations is January 28. All meetings are on Sunday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 in the sanctuary.  Everyone is welcome. If you have any questions please contact Lyla Nathan, Ellen Mundell or Rabbi Miller.

The next volunteering at the Redwood Empire food bank is Wednesday, February 7, from 10:00-12:00.  Please consider doing a mitzvah. So many people in our community are in need of food assistance. Thanks so much. 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.

On January 5th, CBA hosted a Shabbat Dinner and informative program presented by Akash Kalia, owner of the Palms, and his program manager, Thai Hilton. How is CBA involved? Social Action has committed to providing dinner once a month for the residents. We will cook and serve our first dinner on January 24th and 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!

One Bay One Book Discussions

This year, One Bay, One Book is reading and discussing The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer. One Bay One Book is a program where people throughout the Bay Area read the same book and have local opportunities to discuss the reading. The
book tells of a Jewish family in Iran and what happens to the family members when the Shah is deposed and they live under the reign of the Ayatollahs. The book was also made into a movie. Beth Ami has copies from the SFJewish Community Library to loan to Beth Ami members. A limited # of books will be available in the office. It also may be purchased from Copperfield’s or online dealers.
Susanne Batzdorff will lead discussion of the book on Thursday, February 1, 10 AM in Rm.12-13. Linda Emblen will lead one there on Tuesday, February 6. at 7:30 PM. We welcome your lively participation. For further info, please phone Linda at 544-4532.

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, February 2, 2018. We are continuing to have free Shabbat dinners until June. Donations are very much appreciated. Make your reservation by calling or emailing the office by Wednesday, January 31, 707-360-3000 or office@bethamisr.org. Birthdays and Anniversaries celebrated! On the second through fifth Fridays of the month Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 7:30 pm. during January, and in February will switch to 6:30.

 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. The next class is January 17.

Doorway to Davening with Rabbi Miller: Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study). Next Doorways to Davening Classes held Thursday January 11 and 25.

Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller meeting Tuesday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class will be cancelled on those Tuesdays 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.

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 6:00 pm (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 has moved to the Person Senior Center at Finley Rec Center. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out the current newsletter: Shofar January February 2018 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.