Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Feb 21 (Weds) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

Feb 21 (Weds) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing at the Person/Finley Center

Feb 21 (Weds) 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Midrash class with Rabbi Miller

Feb 23 (Fri) 5:30 p.m. Singing Shabbat and Dinner with Lisa Iskin

Feb 28 (Wed) 5:15 p.m. Purim Magic show and dinner

Feb 28 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Purim service, Megillah reading, costume parade

March 1 (Thurs) 7:00 a.m. Purim service, Megillah reading

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

March 3 (Sat)  7:30 p.m. doors open for Purim of Love Spiel followed by party

March 4 (Sun)  2:00 p.m. Purim of Love Spiel matinee

March 7 (Weds) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

March 11 (Sun) 2:00 p.m. Stand With us Speaker presented by the Israel Affairs Committee

March 14 (Weds) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

March 14 (Weds) 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Midrash class with Rabbi Miller

March 21 (Weds) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

March 21 (Weds) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing at the Person/Finley Center

March 25 (Sun) 2:00 p.m. JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa speaker

March 31 (Sat) 7:30 p.m. Community Passover Seder at Beth Ami

April 8 (Sun) 2:00 p.m. CAMERA: Countering media bias, campus anti-Semitism speaker

Purim will be all about the Bay Area, Love and Magic.

Sponsor the spiel! Why should the cast and crew have all the glory? Click Purim of Love sponsorship for all the ways to participate. This year, the Beth Ami Spielers are bringing the spiel home to San Francisco and Sonoma County for the Purim of Love. So while we’re talking about 480 BCE, we will simultaneously be in 1967, which seems almost recent in comparison.

In the summer of 1967, idealistic young people were streaming into San Francisco. Some of them were planting vegetables at Lou Gottleib’s Morningstar Commune in west county. Some of them were singing with Shlomo Carlebach in the House of Love and Prayer. Some of them might have been you. You know who you are. Did 1967 change the world? As it turned out, we may not have had all the answers, but we did have rock and roll. That includes music from Cream, The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, The Stone Poneys, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Otis Redding, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas and the Papas, The Youngbloods, and more: even the Turtles. Our band members are so happy….

Wednesday, February 28, Purim Magic Show and Amazing Balloon Creations with PERRY YAN! Doors open 5:15 p.m., Magic Show 5:30 – 6:00, Pizza Dinner and Balloons 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Costume Parade with Balloons, and Megillah reading. NO CHARGE, BUT RSVPs for dinner are required so that we know how much dinner to provide. Purim magic show and balloons

Thursday, March 1, 7:00 a.m. Megillah reading & service. Our hamentashen bakers are baking hundreds of hamentashen, so come eat some!

Two Purimspiel performances. Tickets will be available at the door, but contact the office  at 707-360-300 or office@BethAmiSR.org to pay in advance for Will Call. Avoid the Havdallah rush. Purim of Love flyer

Saturday, March 3, doors open 7:30 p.m., Purim Spiel starts 8 p.m.  Following the performance, party with the spielers, and with music by the Megillah Band. Dancing, wine, refreshments, and Beth Ami-made hamentashen. $30 for Saturday night performance and adult party

Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m. Family matinee Purim Spiel performance, plus hamentashen, tea, coffee and juice. $10 for Sunday matinee with hamentashen, kids 12 & under free.

Singing Shabbat

Congregation Beth Ami presents a Singing Shabbat with Lisa Iskin Friday February 23rd. Kabbalat Shabbat 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Dinner 6:20 – 7:00 p.m. Religious School, Nursery School, congregants and the entire community are invited. It’s free, but RSVP! Singing Shabbat Lisa Iskin.

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.
Please see the Social Action blog for Social Action Goes to the Movies.

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 cooked and served our first dinner on January 24th. We 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!

The New Anti Semitism

Series of talks by Jewish organizations Responding to the New Anti-Semitism Sundays at 2:00 pm presented by the Israel Affairs committee.  Learn what you can do to help those organizations on the front line, our first responders, putting out the fires of intolerance and hatred. Join Congregation Beth Ami to welcome speakers sharing with us their contributions to fighting the New anti-Semitism. 
March 11: Stand With Us: Supporting the Jewish People Around the World
March 25: JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa seek justice
April 8:  ADL: To stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all
April 29: CAMERA Countering Media Bias, anti-Semitism in Textbooks, and Campus anti-Semitism
May 13: Amcha Initiative: focusing on faculty boycotters of Israel and faculty involvement with campus anti-Semitism

In Sonoma County, unless you are a college campus, we feel anti-Semitism and hate speech mostly secondhand through online channels;  elsewhere our fellow Jews feel it firsthand: the anti-Semitic voicemails and swastika left at synagogues, the bombings of Jewish establishments throughout Europe and the Middle East, the rise of neo-Nazis and BDS.  Sixty-some years ago Arab countries expelled a million Jews and much of the Jewish community was silent.  Things are even worse now; even the UN Secretary-General acknowledges the New anti-Semitism. On Sundays, come hear how the organizations devoted to keeping us safe are putting out the fires of the New anti-Semitism on campuses, in cities, and in the nations around the world. new anti semitism flyer 

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, March 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 6:30 when there are no special events.

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 classes are February 14 and 21, and March 14.

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