Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa
California.

Events at a glance

Jan 16 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Jan 16 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Jan 20 (Sun) 7:00 p.m. Tu B’Shevat with Don Landis, the Olive Guy

Jan 23 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Jan 26 (Sat) 8:00 p.m. Nava Tehila at the Glaser Center

Jan 30 (Wed) Social Action Committee cooks and serves dinner for The Palms

Jan 30 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Jan 30 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Jan 30 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli Dancing at the Person Center

Feb 1 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. servoce followed by Shabbat Dinner with speakers Phyllis Rosenfield and Ellen Blustein

Feb 2, 3 (Sat & Sun) HaLayla HaGadol fundraisers

Feb 5  (Tues) 5:30 p.m. Rosh Chodesh Yoga at Hannah Caratti’s studio for I Adar

Feb 6 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Feb 10 (Sun) 10:00 a.m. to noon Congregational General Meeting and nosh

Feb 13 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Feb 20 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Feb 27 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Tu B’Shevat with Don Landis, “The Olive Guy”

January 20th, 7 pm to 9 pm Don will speak about the history of olives in California and how he came to love de-bittering this ancient fruit. He will answer your questions on how, why, and where you can enjoy this sacred food. Don will bring his lovely olives and homemade tapenade to share, with cheese and crackers. Fruits, nuts and wine will finish the celebration as we acknowledge the traditional foods of Tu B’Shevat. There is no charge for this event. Donations are always appreciated. Please RSVP to the office so we can be sure to have enough food.  Tu b’Shevat 2019

HaLayla HaGadol Big Night Fundraiser

Saturday Night, February 2, and Sunday, February 3, 2019. Talented and generous members of the Beth Ami community open their homes to host a variety of food and cultural experiences. This has always been a wonderful, warm and tasty event. Click to see details. HaLayla HaGadol Feb 2019

Shabbat dinner series programming for 2018-2019

Resilience, Hope & Recovery: Extraordinary Contributions and the People who Create Them. Join us the first Friday of every month, starting in August 2018, for Shabbat service, community dinner (no charge) and program featuring extraordinary contributions to resilience, hope and recovery and the people in our community who make them. Shabbat is a time to be with family and friends, and this year we particularly are mindful of how the presence of a strong community offers survivors of any disasters stepping stones on the path to normalcy. Join us for Services (6:00 pm) and dinner (6:30 pm) with program to follow; invite your family & friends. You must make reservations by Wednesday the week of the dinner. Donations are always appreciated! This program is generously underwritten by a grant from the Jewish Community Federation’s Wildfire Relief Fund. Resilience Hope Recovery flyer  On February 1, find out about the Wildfire History Video Project: A collaboration between JCC, Sonoma County (Ellen Blustein, Director) & Listening for a Change (Phyllis Rosenfield, Director) funded by a grant from the Jewish Community Federation’s Wildfire Relief Fund. Wildfire History resilience

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 on Wednesday, January 30. Let us know if you can help.

We participated with the nursery school, collecting and assembling toiletries for those in need. If you feel comfortable giving these to homeless people you see while out and about, pick up some bags in the lobby and distribute them. For the winter clothing drive we will be collecting items for The Living Room this year. The Living Room is a day shelter for homeless women and their children. They do good work and they always have need for clothes, bedding etc. Please refer to the flyer. Tikkun Olam!

Adult Education

Beth Ami has a drop-in book group that is open and free to all CBA members and friends. We now have SFJCL books available for this year’s One Bay One Book selection, Philip Roth’s THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA. Group discussion will be in late January.

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 Joshua 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
Mornings
–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 7:00 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 January February 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.