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Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Oct 24 (Mon) 9:30 a.m. Shemini Atzeret services see full schedule

Oct 24 (Mon) 6:00 p.m. Erev Simchat Torah with music by Klezmer Creek

Oct 25 (Tues) 9:30 a.m. Simchat Torah services see full schedule

Oct. 19 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the social hall

Nov 1 (Tues) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class with Rabbi Miller

Nov 2 (Wed) 10:00 a.m. to noon Social Action at Redwood Empire Food Bank

Nov 2 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Social Hall

Nov 2 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Study with Rabbi Miller resumes

Nov 4 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat dinner

Nov 12 (Sat) 6:30 p.m. Gala Art Auction



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. art-auction-flyer

Simchat Torah with Klezmer CreekBonnie's dancing Torahs web

Monday October 24 is Erev Simchat Torah! Simchat Torah marks the completeion of the annual Torah reading cylcle, and then we begin all over again! October 24, Monday 6:00 p.m. service; followed by dancing with the Torahs. Bring the kids and funny hats, sing and dance to live music by Klezmer Creek and see the Torah rolled out. Refreshments too.
October 25, Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Simchat Torah morning service. Funny hats. Funny singing. Aliyahs for everybody! Everybody is encouraged to bring nibbles and drink to share- l’chayim!

Leadership Award for our Nursery School director

Jenny Levine-Smith has been selected to be honored at the North Bay Business Journal’s 5th Annual Nonprofit Leadership Awards. She will be featured in the BUSINESS JOURNAL‘s Nonprofit Leadership Awards special report, supplementing their October 17 issue. She will be honored along with other recipients at an awards luncheon on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Two years after Jenny became director, BACNS is one of the most well-regarded preschools in Santa Rosa. Jenny has welcomed visitors from the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, Sonoma Country Day School, as well as a variety of preschools who are interested in learning about and from the school. We all know that she has truly caused our school to thrive, and are happy to have the entire North Bay know it as well. Mazeltov, Jenny!

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 will be a speaker, special program, music, or just time to relax and visit. November 4 will feature a presentation by Jerry Newman on “Explaining Judaism to non-Jews” 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.

Social Action for the New Year

As the year 5777 begins 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 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 November 2  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.

Adult Education classes

Sh’mirat Ha-guf: Jewish Pathways to Health, Longevity and Vitality Coming December 5 to january 3. See Flyer

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. Next classes are September 28, then October 26.

Doorway to Davening with Rabbi Miller: Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study)

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 November 2, 16 and 30. 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.

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.