Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Oct 24 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the Week study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Oct 24 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli Folk Dancing at Person Center

Oct 24 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Oct 27 (Sat) 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Israel Committee presents young Israelis’ stories

Oct 28 (Sun) 8:30 a.m. Raise the Roof with Habitat for Humanity

Oct 31 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the Week study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Nov 2 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Shabbat service and dinner with Vanessa Johns, Redwood Empire Food Bank

Nov 4 (Sun) 12 noon – 5:00 p.m. Annual Fall Festival Arts, Food, Wine, Beer

Nov 7 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the Week study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

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

Nov 14 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the Week study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Nov 14 (Wed) 5 – 7:00 p.m. Redwood Empire Food Bank volunteer with the Social Action Committee

Nov 21 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the Week study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

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

Nov 28 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the Week study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Nov 28 (Wed) Social Action Committee serves dinner at the Palms

Dec 9 (Sun) 4:30 p.m. Chanukah Family Latke dinner

Annual Fall Festival

Sunday, November 4, 2018, Noon to 5:00 p.m. Holiday Artisan Event. Community artists exhibiting and selling their work, Beth Ami Judaica Gift Shop: Get ready for Chanukah, it’s early this year. Menorahs, candles, dreidels, decorations, jewelry and more! Music & Dancing, Food, Raffle, Home brewed beer by Paul Feinstein, Wines by Ron Rubin Winery, Holiday crafts for kids. Fall art festival 2018

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. There is no charge for dinner, but you must make a reservation. This program is generously underwritten by a grant from the Jewish Community Federation’s Wildfire Relief Fund. Resilience Hope Recovery flyer

Friday, November 2, 2018 our Shabbat dinner will feature Vanessa Johns from the Redwood Empire Food Bank. The Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sonoma County’s largest hunger-relief organization, serves 82,000 individuals and families. Learn how the fires have affected REFB and about “Station 3990 emergency food distribution to all of our neighbors directly impacted by the fires” at mobile drive-through distribution sites throughout Sonoma County each week. Distributions are free and open to anyone affected by the Sonoma Complex Fire, including those who lost homes, employment or wages, access to previous food assistance, those who are sheltering others who lost homes, and those who experienced financial hardship following the fires due to loss of power and gas, access to work, or increased expenses as a result of the fires. No proof of income or identification needed. Members of Congregation Beth Ami’s Social Action Committee volunteer regularly at Redwood Empire Food Bank. Jewish values at work in our community. Shabbat dinner with Vanessa Johns
6:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat service
6:30 p.m. Shabbat dinner: no charge, donations made online or sent to the office are gratefully accepted.
7:15 p.m. Redwood Empire Food Bank
Make sure to RSVP by Wednesday October 31. 

Sing in Shabbat

Every third Friday, Sing in Shabbat with musician Lisa Iskin and Rabbi Mordecai Miller, 7:30 p.m. Next Sing-In Shabbat is November 16, 2018. An interactive musical service designed to delight all ages!.. Sing in Shabbat with Lisa

Social Action

RAISE THE ROOF with Habitat for Humanity! It was less than a year ago that unprecedented wildfires ravaged Sonoma and Napa Counties. Our community stepped up with an outpouring of support toward the relief effort, and today we continue to help reconstruct lives by partnering with Habitat for Humanity for three days of service in Santa Rosa.
Register to volunteer to build homes near the decimated Coffey Park neighborhood on one of these three dates :
Sunday September 30, Sunday October 7, Sunday October 28: all at 8:30 a.m. to 3;00 p.m.
A brown bag lunch will be provided to all participants. Please note, that on our September 30th work date, we will be offering kosher lunches, made by Sonoma County Chabad Jewish Center. REGISTER NOW, Space is limited.Sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund.

An exciting project the social action committee is undertaking: The Palms Inn, is a housing program located here in Santa Rosa. This program provides permanent housing with supportive services for chronically homeless individuals. The program was begun in 2016 when the Palms hotel owner converted his hotel into housing for the homeless. Housing 128 residents, the program is administrated by Catholic Charities and funded by HUD, and the Veteran’s Administration. Social Action has committed to providing dinner once a month for the residents. Maria and Bernard Soltes will will head the cooking and serving of our next dinner on November 28th. We hope you will consider being involved in this important effort. We have a list available of additional items needed to support this worthy cause. Pleases consider bringing items to the Beth Ami office or volunteering your time to cook or serve. Tikkun Olam!

On November 14 there will be a volunteer opportunity at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. The time is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Teenagers are welcome.

Adult Education classes

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.

Parsha of the week 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
–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
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 September-October 2018 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.