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Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

March 26 (Sun) 2 p.m. Stories of Love, Hope and Courage with Frieda Ferrick

March 27 (Mon) 7 p.m. Rosh Chodesh Nissan womens’ group

March 28 (Tues) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class with Rabbi Miller

March 29 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Study with Rabbi Miller

April 4 (Tues) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class with Rabbi Miller

April 5 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli dance in the social hall

April 10 (Mon) Pesach begins in evening 

April 11 (Tues) Beth Ami Community Passover Seder

April 13 (Thurs) 7:30 p.m. Doorways to Davening with Rabbi Miller

April 19 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Study with Rabbi Miller

April 19 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli dance in the social hall





Thanks to everyone for the Viva Las Vegas Purim Spiel

What can we say, other than, “Whew!” Everybody survived, even the audience. Photos and hopefully videos are starting to be posted on facebook. There are so many people to thank: sponsors, spielers, bakers, party-makers… here is a pdf of the program so you can read about all the wonderful people involved. playbill Las Vegas Megillah 2017

And now time for Pesach!

The Beth Ami Community Seder is held on the second night of Pesach, Tuesday April 11 at 6:30 p.m., and welcomes everyone. We keep the cost as low as possible and offer subsidies to enable everyone to attend. More information and a payment form is in this pdf Community Passover Seder. If you wish to sell your Hametz for the duration of Pesach, please click on this pdf Passover Sale_of_Hametz_2017 and respond by April 10, 10:00 a.m. A complete list of April services and Passover activities can be found in Service Schedule- 2017-April.

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. On April 7 we will not have a Shabbat dinner because of the proximity of Pesach. The next dinner is scheduled May 5.

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.

Poetry Reading by Frieda L. Ferrick

March 26, Sunday, at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary, Frieda Ferrick will read from her third book, Stories of Love, Hope and Courage. Frieda writes, “This is my 3rd book of poems and some short stories and I feel that I have come full circle with what I wanted to share about my family, my philosophy of life and my perspective on ongoing event arounds us.”
Frieda’s previous readings at Beth Ami have been enjoyed by many in the congregation. Presented by the Adult Education Committee.
Refreshments will be served. Copies of Stories of Love, Hope and Courage will be available for you to purchase. Frieda Ferrick 2017 flyer

Adult Education classes with Rabbi Miller

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. i.e. April 11th and 18th.

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.

Social Action for the Winter

During the winter, our thoughts go to those in need in our community. We are suggesting 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: As always we will be going to the Redwood Empire Food Bank on the first Wed. of the Month.  Next time  is March 1  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. Please see our blog at left for other Social Action activity.

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, Next dances are March 22, April 5 and 19 in the social hall. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out the current newsletter: Shofar March April 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.