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    Another Year
    Thanks to all who came and all who helped throughout the holiday season.
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    Join the Social Action Committee at the Food Bank
    We volunteer one Wednesday a month, 10 a.m. to noon
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    Israel Fair December 7
    Learn about Israel programs for students and adults, no charge
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    Buying at the Gift Shop supports Beth Ami
    Lots of beautiful new things, located in the office

Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

October 29 (Wed) 6:30-9:15 pm Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

Nov 2 (Sun) 10 am to noon Beth Ami and You Hebrew program

Nov 5 (Wed) 10 am to noon Social Action at the Redwood Food Bank

November 5 (Wednesdays, weekly) 7 – 8:30 p.m. Rabbi’s Midrash class

Nov 6 (Thursdays, weekly) 7:30 -9 pm Introduction to Judaism class

Nov 6 (5 Thursdays through Dec 11) 7:30 -9 pm Early Christianity from a Jewish perspective

Nov 7 (Fri) Catered Family Shabbat Dinner 6 p.m., services 7:30 pm information

Nov 12 (Wed)  Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

Nov 15 (Sat) 6:30 – 9:30 pm Nursery School Concert Fundraiser information

Nov 21 (Friday) Rockin’ Shabbat interfaith Shabbat, interfaith music

Nov 26 (Wed)  Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

Dec 3 (Wed) 10 am to noon Social Action at the Redwood Food Bank

Dec 7 (Sun) 10 am to noon Beth Ami and You Hebrew program

December 7 (Sunday) 11:00 am to 2 pm Israel Fair


Adult Education is back starting November 6

Early Christianity from a Jewish perspective

For five Thursdays in November through December 11 from 7:30 – 9 Beth Ami will sponsor this class in room 12/13 (no class on Thanksgiving) Taught by Beth Ami member and former Resident Head of the Christian Mission in Jerusalem, Ishie Petlock. The course will cover the time-span from the start of Christianity as a Jewish sect to its adoption by the Roman Emperor in the 4th century as the state religion.

There will be no required reading, but most material will be taken from the writings of Professor Amy Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University, especially her edition of: The Jewish Annotated New Testament, Oxford University Press, 2011. (with Marc Brettler) There will be no charge for the course. For any questions e-mail Jeffrey Sheff (jssheff@gmail.com)

Classes with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Midrash Class: Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 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.

Introduction to Judaism: Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study)
an introduction into the various elements of basic Judaism: Shabbat, Festivals, Dietary Laws, the Prayerbook, Israel. In addition we are viewing the series “Civilization: History and the Jews” narrated by Abba Eban to provide the class with a “bird’s-eye” view of Jewish History. At our last class we listened to various types of Jewish Music, cantorial, modern liturgical and yiddish folk.

Important: If you are interested in attending , please be sure to call Rabbi Miller (314) 308-3672 to make sure that the class is being held that evening. There is no charge for these courses.

Beth Ami and You: Hebrew for young children and families

ba and you logo ideasIt’s all in the Hebrew… Come learn everyday words and phrases with us in modern-day Hebrew. Our Sunday BAU learning series is for families with children ages 2 to 6. Sunday November 2nd 10:00 am-12:00 pm – Guf’ing around – Your body and how to keep it in shape.
(Playground Opens at 9:30am) Cost: $8 per child, $6 for Beth Ami Members All families welcomed–affiliated, Jewish or not. Light Snack included. Ask about family discounts. No one turned away for lack of funds or affiliation. Beth Ami& You Hebrew programs

Nursery School Concert Fundraiser

Nursery schoolweb logo kidsNovember 15th, from 6:30-9:30 p.m we will be hosting our BACNS Concert Fundraiser in the Social Hall! The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to wine, food, conversation, and a silent auction, as well as BACNS T-Shirt sales. At 7:30 p.m., singer-songwriters Steve Seskin and Julia Sinclair will be performing in the sanctuary. Proceeds will benefit BACNS and will be fun for all, so invite your friends and neighbors, and make sure you book your babysitter now. Tickets cost $30 and are available in the nursery school office or via paypal. Click on this link to see more information, learn more about the performers, and buy tickets.

The Israel Affairs Committee Presents

Dec. 7 11 am to 2 pm Israel Fair FREE Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 Phone: (707) 360-3000 or at the Friedman Event Center on the same campus Meet with people from a large number of Israel programs to discover opportunities for you to visit, study in, and volunteer for Israel. Activities for kids and adults will be provided, including tasting Israeli style food (for purchase). Special surprises.

This program is supported by a Ma’alot Grant for Israel Education and Advocacy, a partnership of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and Nefesh B’Nefesh and is co-sponsored by the Sonoma County Israel Committee.

Social Action Monthly at the Food Bank

Starting in Sept we will be going to the food bank on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Hopefully you can mark you calendar in advance and get used to committing 2 hours a month to help support the food bank. They need volunteers and it is a wonderful way to get to know people and do a mitzvah at the same time. The new facility is very open and inviting.
The dates are:
Wed. Oct. 1st
Wed. Nov 5th
Wed. Dec. 3th
The time is 10:00-12:00 at the Redwood Empire Food Bank on 3990 Brickway. Please contact Elizabeth at the CBA office at least a week before the date. Hope to see you at the food bank.

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The Third Annual One Bay One Book program will be launched Tues., September 30 at 7 p.m. at San Francisco Jewish Community Center. Buy tickets at SFJCC Box Office.

We are thrilled to announce that the book selected for Jewish LearningWorks’ One Bay One Book program for 2014-2015 is The Betrayers, the new novel by Latvian-born writer and filmmaker David Bezmozgis. Bezmozgis is the author of the award-winning collection Natasha and Other Stories and the novel The Free World. The author will be there.

Shabbat meals

The community gets together at Beth Ami on the first Friday of each month for a delicious Shabbat dinner with catered kosher food and challah baked with love (and cardamon) by Irwin Margolese. Dinner at 6:00pm and Services with Rabbi Miller follow at 7:30 pm. $18 for member adults, $10 for children ages 6-17, and 5 & under are free – with a family maximum of $46. Non-members are $22 per adult, $10 for children ages 6-17, and 5 & under free. Make your reservation by calling the office at 360-3000.

 Ongoing Activities

Come to the “Daily Daven,” and daven Shacharit with Rabbi Miller. Daily Monday to Friday at 7:30 AM in the Sanctuary. Although we are a small group, we make up for it in enthusiasm. If you need a minyan to say Kaddish on one of these days, please let the office know at 707-360-3000 as early as possible, and we will endeavor to get enough people there to do so.

The Morning Minyan meets every Sunday in the Sanctuary at 8:30 AM, followed by a light breakfast on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. 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 6:30 pm, October 29, November 12 and 26

Bingo CardsBingo: (formerly the game at Ursuline High School)
Sunday nights 6:45 pm Benefiting Congregation Beth Ami


Check out the current November December Shofar 2014 for more events and details about the events listed above.

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.

For more information about events and activities at our synagogue, please contact our office at (707) 360-3000.