Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

June 12 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli Folk Dance at the Person Center

June 19 (Wed) 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Social Action at the Redwood Empire Food Bank 

June 20 (Thurs) 7:00 p.m. HaLayla HaGadol Dinner at Dierk’s Parkside

June 23 (Sun) 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Emergency Preparedness Fair for all

June 25 (Tues) 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Mishna class with Rabbi Miller

June 26 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Study of the Book of Samuel with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

June 26 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli Folk Dance at the Person Center

HaLayla HaGadol Dinner at Dierk’s Parkside Cafe

Thursday June 20 at 7:00 p.m. Join renowned Sonoma County chef Mark Dierkhising and his wife Karen for a special gourmet dinner at the Parkside Café in Santa Rosa. Mark and Karen have graciously offered to provide their restaurant – and the food – for our CBA Dinner Fundraiser. Bring your friends and family and let’s come together as a community once again to enjoy each other’s company and to support our congregation. Dierks Parkside 2019.

Emergency Preparedness Fair

June 23, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: FREE for the entire community! Bring your neighbor! A program of the Jewish Community Federation and Sonoma County Jewish organizations at Congregation Beth Ami  4676 Mayette Avenue • Free parking Learn what to do before disaster strikes.
All are welcome. Bring your neighbor! The Jewish community is partnering with local organizations and first responders to help you plan ahead and know what actions to take in the event of a future crisis.

BE INFORMED. KNOW HOW TO RESPOND. Presentations on home safety, medical response, survival strategies and the 911 system from local PD and fire department. Practice skills such as CPR and first aid. Learn important numbers to have on hand.

HAVE A PLAN. GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR Informational materials to develop your personal plan. Get your neighborhood ready. Checklists and ideas for “go” bags and to shelter in place.

BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE Sit with companion canines, crawl in fire engines and patrol cars, visit an animal mobile command center.

Enjoy food trucks, water stations, bounce house, and secure children’s playground. For more information, contact info@sfjcf.org

Social Action

An exciting project: We at Social Action Committee will have a few opportunities for us to make for a better world. Our Kehilla is known for its generosity. Thanks to everyone in advance for doing what you can ,whether it’s bringing food for the JFCS pantry or volunteering at the food bank.

We will be serving dinner at Palms in July. Let us know if you can help.

We have also have planned to volunteer at The Redwood Empire Food Bank 6 times this year. Wednesday, June 19 th from 5:00-7:00, we will meet at the Food Bank and pack boxes of food on an assembly line. As it is now summer vacation, it would be great to have a few teenagers over 13 join us. When we are finished, we will go out for a Mexican meal. To confirm or get more info, please call Lyla Nathan at 526-7438 or Elizabeth Jarlberg at BA office 360-3000.

Every month we will be either serving at the Palms or volunteering at the food bank. Please consider joining us or helping prepare food.

Adult Education

New: Mishna Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller on Tuesday afternoons 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study)
The collection of Oral Torah edited and compiled by Rabbi Judah the Prince in the year 200. We will examine the Hebrew text and the classic commentary of Rabbi Ovadiah of Bertinora. All Hebrew will be translated and explained. We will make reference to the Artscroll Mishna. The tractate we will study is Brachot which deals with the content, nature and structure of the recitation of the Shema, our daily prayers, the Grace after meals and blessings for different occasions.
Please feel free to sign up and catch a sample lesson and join us weekly if you find this speaks to your desire to learn about our traditions. 

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.

Book of Samuel 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 5:00 pm
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_May,_June_2019 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.