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    Rockin' Shabbat with Ahuva Batz
    Joyful song and music starts with Friday Jan. 23 and continues all weekend
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    HaLayla HaGadol fundraiser January 24 and 25
    Sumptuous dinners hosted by our congregants
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    Beth Ami & You: Hebrew for young children and families
    February 1st – Come learn the Hebrew words for trees, flowers, plants
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    Celebrate the New Year of the Trees
    Tu' B'Shevat Seder Tuesday, February 3, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Jan 22 (Thursdays, weekly) 7:30 -9 pm Introduction to Judaism class

Jan 23 (Friday) 5:30 p.m. A joyous musical Rockin’ Shabbat with Ahuva Batz

Jan 24 & 25 (Sat. Sun.) HaLayla HaGadol dinner parties Invitation

Feb. 1 (Sun) 10 a.m. Beth Ami & You Hebrew for young children info

Feb 3 (Tuesday) TuB’Shvat seder

Feb 4 (Wed) 10 – noon Social Action at the Food Bank

Feb 4 (Wed) 5:30 – 7 p.m. Nursery School Open House all welcome

Feb 4 (Wed)  6:30 – 9 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

Feb 4 (Wednesdays, weekly) 7 – 7:30 p.m. Rabbi’s Midrash class

Feb 5 (Thursdays, weekly) 7:30 -9 pm Introduction to Judaism class

Feb 6 (Fri) 6 p.m. Shabbat dinner followed by service

Feb 27 (Friday) Rockin’ Shabbat with Saul Kaye



Rockin’ Shabbat: a Weekend with Ahuva Batz

Friday January 23 and continuing all weekend, Ahuva Batz is coming back to Beth Ami to once again lead us in song and prayer that comes straight from the heart. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Ahuva and experiencing her rich voice and moving style, you’re in for a treat. We invite you to meet Ahuva via her website, and hear her voice in her podcast. On Friday night she’ll lead our Rockin’ Shabbat for young children and families, followed by an inexpensive vegetarian dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat Services, and may teach us some of her favorite Ladino prayers, in the Sephardic tradition. Ahuva will conduct the Shabbat morning service with Rabbi Miller. After lunch she’ll teach us about some of the ways Shabbat services reach back to earlier Jewish traditions. See the flyer for details and to RSVP for dinner….Rockin Shabbat Ahuva Batz 2015

HaLayla HaGadol: Beth Ami’s Big Night Fundraiser

Enjoy a sumptuous Halayla Hagadol meal at the homes of seven congregants on Saturday January 24th and Sunday January 25th, 2015. The proceeds of the event will benefit the congregation’s financial wellbeing. Participating in this gathering is a wonderful way for people to get together in a festive and warm atmosphere, while supporting the synagogue. In addition, it would be wonderful if friends and relatives who are not members would also be invited. HaLayla HaGadol 2015 invitation

Tu B’Shevat Seder – Tuesday, February 3, 7:00-9:00 pm at Beth Ami Tu B'Shvat DriedfruitS

Tu B’Shevat, the fifteenth of the month of Shevat, celebrates the New Year of the trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. You and your family are invited to an after dinner seder that explores the connections between the cycles of nature and the cycles of our lives while we eat a selection of fruits and nuts from the Seven Species described in the Bible as being abundant in the land of Israel. To make sure we have enough food, please contact the Beth Ami office at (707) 360-3000 or email office@BethAmiSR.org by Thursday, January 29, to make your reservation. There is no fee but donations are always welcome.

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Sunday February 1st – Happy New Year, Trees! It’s Tu B’Shevat! Come celebrate the birthday of the trees. We’ll learn about the special plants related to the holiday with their Hebrew names. We’ll have a small seder with Lauren, our special storyteller, who will take us on a journey to Israel to celebrate. Our take home is a planting project. This program is free. SUNDAY 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. (Playground Opens at 9:30am) Beth Ami & You Feb 1

Adult Education classes with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Midrash Class: 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: 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.

Adult Education classes starting in January

Shalom Hartiman Institute Adult Education class Wednesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30
At Shomrei Torah. For the past few years, Shomrei Torah has presented material from the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem – an institution dedicated to Jewish learning which welcomes Orthodox, Conservative and Reform students. This year’s class is an 8-session series which runs from January 7 to March 11, entitled “The Tribes of Israel” which tackles the challenge that modern Israel has in creating political comity among people of many different religious, ideological and ethnic groups. Each class will consist of a video lecture from the Institute followed by discussions led by the rabbis of Shomrei Torah. The cost of the course is $100.

Social Action Monthly at the Food Bank

Starting in September we have been going to the food bank on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Hopefully you can mark you calendar in advance and get used to committing 2 hours a month to help support the food bank. They need volunteers and it is a wonderful way to get to know people and do a mitzvah at the same time. The new facility is very open and inviting.
The next date is a special extra December opportunity:
On Wednesday Dec. 24th we will be going to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. We hope that our young members and parents or grandparents will take this opportunity to do a mitzvah during the winter break.  Volunteers need to be 12 or over.  We had a wonderful turn out when students helped during the summer.  Hope to see you there.  The time is 10:00-12:00 at the Redwood Empire Food Bank on 3990 Brickway. Please contact Elizabeth at the CBA office so we know you’re coming. Hope to see you at the food bank.

Shabbat meals

In February the Shabbat dinner will be February 6, the usual first Friday. The schedule for Friday evening is as follows: 6:00 Catered Dinner (it’s nice to bring wine if you wish), 7:30 Services with Rabbi Miller, Oneg follows. We usually have wonderful live music provided by Rabbi Miller on clarinet, Zim Zum, and/or other congregants. Dancing is encouraged. 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.

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We are thrilled to announce that the book selected for Jewish LearningWorks’ One Bay One Book program for 2014-2015 is The Betrayers, the new novel by Latvian-born writer and filmmaker David Bezmozgis. Bezmozgis is the author of the award-winning collection Natasha and Other Stories and the novel The Free World. 

 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, February 4 and 18

Bingo CardsBingo: (formerly the game at Ursuline High School)
Sunday nights 6:45 pm Benefiting Congregation Beth Ami


Check out the current January February Shofar 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.

For more information about events and activities at our synagogue, please contact our office at (707) 360-3000.