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Events at a glance

May 23 (Tues) 11:00 a.m. Parshat HaShavua class with Rabbi Miller

May 24 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Study with Rabbi Miller

May 25 (Thurs) 7:30 p.m. Doorways to Davening with Rabbi Miller

May 28 (Sun) 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Compassionate Conversations “Transformation”

May 30 (Tues) 8:00-11:30 p.m. Tikkun Leil Shavuot with Shomrei Torah

May 31 and June 1 9:30 a.m. Shavuot services

June 2 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat service followed by Shabbat dinner and speaker Jerome Cobert

June 4 (Sun) 9:30 a.m.March with Beth Ami in the Pride Parade

June 4 (Sun) 2:00 p.m. Film: 50 Children

June 6 (Tues) 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. One Bay, One Book discussions

June 7 (Wed) 10:00 a.m. Social Action at the Redwood Empire Food Bank

June 8 (Thurs) Annual Membership meeting



Shavuot begins at Beth Ami with Ahuva Simon Saar and the Kitchen Committee organizing the making of blintzes. The eating of the blintzes occurs at the Tikkun Leil Shavuot late night study session May 30 at 8 – 11:30 p.m. Shomrei Torah will join us at Beth Ami for a program of study, sweetened with blintzes. Morning services May 31 and June 1. Second day services feature the reading of the Book of Ruth, and Yiskor. See the WORSHIP page for a complete program of Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Read more about the holiday.

Shabbat Dinner & Services

jeromephoto1On 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. The next dinner is June 2, and our speaker will be Jerome Cobert on “Being a Jewish Cop”. Ahuva Simon Sa’ar has kindly volunteered to prepare our Shabbat Dinner so that we can keep the price for adults at $16. Children age 5 and under are free! $16 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. To make sure everyone can enjoy a full dinner, we must have your reservation by noon on the Wednesday before the dinner. If you do not have a reservation we may not be able to serve you: 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

MoonglowOne Bay, One Book Beth Ami will again participate in the One Bay, One Book program that selects a book for Jews in the Bay Area to read and then offers groups for readers to discuss the book. Moonglow, by Oakland author Michael Chabon is the 2017 selection. Moonglow has accumulated numerous commendations including the Wall Street Journal’s “Best Novel of the Year,” a New York Magazine “Best Book of the Year,” and many other awards. The story is a fictionally embellished account of the author’s visit to his terminally ill grandfather who shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before.
The book is available at Copperfields and other book stores as well as on line. Beth Ami will have several copies of the book for loan in early May. The Sonoma County Library also has several copies. Please call the office to reserve a copy on a first call, first borrow basis. It is also available on Kindle and in an audio CD.
Two discussions of the book will be held on June 6 at Beth Ami. Suzanne Batzdorff will lead the 10 a.m. session and Linda Emblen will lead the 7:30 group.
Chabon will participate in a SF forum and discussion about Moonglow. Anyone interested in more details or attending please call Linda Emblen at 707-544-4532

Film: 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus The HBO feature film 50 Children will be shown at Beth Ami Sunday, June 4 at 2 p.m. Steven Pressman, the film’s producer, will be attend and present about the film.
This heart-wrenching film documents the journey of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus as they transported 50 Jewish children from Nazi Germany to the United States. In the spring of 1939, when there was little empathy for the persecution of the Jewish people, Mr. and Mrs. Kraus set sail to Nazi Germany and were able to deliver to safety the largest group of Jewish children who would escape from Germany to the United States during World War II. “In so doing, they transformed themselves from an ordinary couple into extraordinary heroes.”
Esther Pilch was kind enough to acquire the film for presentation at Beth Ami.

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. Bi-weekly schedule: March 29th is the next class; because of Pesach the following class is April 19th and then every two weeks.

Doorway to Davening with Rabbi Miller: Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study). Next Doorways to Davening Class held Thursday April 13th and then every two weeks (April 27th), biweekly schedule to follow.

Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller meeting Tuesday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class will be cancelled on those Tuesdays which are actual Yom Tovim.

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.

Compassionate Conversations

Rabbi Mordecai Miller and the Social Action Committee are organizing a series of conversations in small groups, held in an attitude of openness and humility. Please read Rabbi Miller’s blog post to find out more about this series.

April 23, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.  “Listening”
May 28, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.  “Transformation”
June 11, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. “Hope”

Social Action Keshet Committee at the Pride Parade

Please join the Keshet Committee, a subcommittee of the Social Action Committee, as we join again in the Gay Pride Parade in Guerneville on Sunday, June 4, at 11:00 am. If you wish to march, please arrive at the corner of Church Street and 4th Street between 9:30 am and 10:30 am. The Gay Pride Parade is strictly family oriented, and you will be doing a great service for the LGBTQ community in Sonoma County.

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 6:00 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, approximately two Wednesdays a month at 7:00 pm. May 31 is Shavuot, so the next dates are June 14th and 28th in the social hall. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out the current newsletter: Shofar May-June 2017 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.