Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Sept 27 (Tues) 11 a.m. Parsha of the Week class and discussion

Sept 28 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Study with Rabbi Miller

Sept 29 (Thurs) 7:30 p.m. Doorways to Davening with Rabbi Miller

Oct 2-4 Rosh HaShanah: see full schedule

Oct 3 (Mon) 4:00 p.m. Tashlich and potluck at Howarth Park with Shomrei Torah

Oct. 5 (Wed) 10:00 a.m. to noon Social Action at Redwood Empire Food Bank

Oct. 5 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the social hall

Oct 11-12 Yom Kippur: see full schedule (RSVP for pre- and break- fast dinners)

Oct 15 (Sat) 7:30 p.m. Two Worlds dance duo from Israel



High Holy Day Programs and Services

In a time for opening our hearts, we’re opening our doors as well. We don’t charge for tickets to our High Holiday services: members packets will be mailed soon, otherwise contact the office for yours (donations are, of, course, much appreciated). Services are traditional, relaxed and friendly, and are led by Rabbi Mordecai Miller and Cantor Yael Kreiger, with the help and participation of congregants.. Reservations and payment are necessary for the pre-fast dinner, the break-the-fast, and Pizza in the hut by October 5. Contact the office at (707) 360-3000 or Office@BethAmiSR.org to receive your tickets or make reservations and payments for the meals. Erev Rosh HaShanah is October 2, see the WORSHIP page for schedules, or this pdf high-holiday-packet-2016 contains descriptions of the holidays and our services and programs (especially youth programs) a more detailed schedule, and reservation form for pre- and break- fast dinners, also for ordering challah bags and/or a lulav and etrog

 Gala Art Auction

Saturday, November 12, 2016 Preview 6:30 PM, Auction 7:30 PM Ticket Price $25.00
Friedman Event Center 4676 Mayette Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95405 Wine, Hors d’oeuvres, Desserts & Door Prizes. Something for Everyone! Featuring Oils, Watercolors,Serigraphs, Lithographs,Etchings, Mixed-Media, Prints. All custom framed. Opening bids are 50% to 70% less than gallery prices. Plus sports memorabilia, glass, sculpture & fine jewelry.For Information Call 707-360-3000. SEE FLYER

Social Action for the New Year

As Rosh HaShana approaches our thoughts go to those in need in our community. We are suggesting three ways to do a mitzvah and make for a better the world. (Tikun Olam)
One: Please bring food to the  shul during the high holidays to fill the containers for the JFCS pantry.  They always need boxed milk, peanut butter, sardines, cereal, low sodium and glutton free items and teas and condiments in small sizes.
Two:  We will be distributing bags and purses to those in need of  a little TLC this fall.  There will be baskets in foyer for you to drop off travel sized notions, clean socks for men and women, tooth brushes and tooth paste, hygiene items etc.  So please start collecting and asking friends .  We will distribute bags starting in November.
Three:  We will once again be partnering with Shomrei Torah  in the Winter Clothing Drive. We are doing it earlier this year so that we can get the clothing out before it gets too cold. So start looking for jackets, sweats, sweaters, blankets, scarfs, hats and gloves in good condition.  Large sizes as well as children clothes are needed. There will be containers in the foyer.
As always we will be going to the Redwood Empire Food Bank on the first Wed. of the Month.  Next time  is Oct. 5th  from 10:00-12:00.
Beth Ami is truly a giving Kehilla, and we want to thank everyone in advance for participating in these worthwhile activities.
Shana Tova,  Social Action Committee.

Two Worlds Dance Duo from Israel

In performance at Beth Ami, Saturday October 16 at 7:30 p.m.: a unique blend between the world of a deaf dancer and that of a hearing dancer, with a remarkable talent to communicate with all sorts of audiences and all age groups. The chemistry and charisma created between the two dancers exhilarates the viewers. The performance, which is interactive, is appropriate for all types of audiences. Beyond the artistic experience, the performance conveys a very significant message – that everything is possible. Donations will be welcome. two-worlds-dance-at-beth-ami

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, 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

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.

Doorway to Davening with Rabbi Miller: Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study)
Starts September 8, 15, 22, 29. Part One: Exploring the Machzor (High Holy Day prayer book)

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.

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 October 5 and 19. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out the current newsletter: Shofar newsletter September October 2016 for more events and details about the events listed above. Archived issues of the Shofar are also available online.

Job Opening

We are seeking a Director of youth Education. We are seeking a warm, energetic, innovative Director to join our synagogue leadership with an eye toward continued growth. Our ideal Director will develop and administer inspiring programs that instill a true love of Jewish learning, values, and tradition in the youth of our congregation. We are eager to welcome a Director of Youth Education whom we hope will also be an active member of our Beth Ami community. Compensation is generous. Click for job description: Director Youth Education

Applicants are invited to send a current resume and references by August 12th to Beth Ami’s Executive Director, Leah Frost, at bethamisantarosa@gmail.com. Include a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications.

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.