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    Countywide Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
    Saturday night May 23rd in Petaluma
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    Nursery School Summer and Fall Registration
    Happening now! Applications are in the office or online.
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    HaLayla HaGadol dinner at Vineyards Inn
    Wednesday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m.
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    Annual BBQ and general meeting
    Thursday June 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa
California.

Events at a glance

May 6 (Wed) 10 a.m. Social Action at the Redwood Empire Food Bank

May 6 (Wed) 8 p.m. Lag B’Omer celebration

May 6 (Wednesdays, weekly) 7 – 7:30 p.m. Rabbi’s Midrash class

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

May 7 (Thurs, 4th of 6 weeks) 7 p.m. Contemporary Jewish Writing class with Gabor Por

May 17 (Sun) Last day of Religious School

May 23 (Sat) 7 p.m. community Tikkun Leyl Shavuot at B’nai Israel 740 Western Ave., Petaluma

May 24 (Sun) 9:30 a.m. Shavuot 1st day service followed by dairy potluck with blintzes

May 25 (Mon) 9:30 a.m. Shavuot 2nd day service

May 29 (Fri) Rockin’ Shabbat dinner 6 p.m., musical service 7 p.m. with Rabbi Tsvi Bar-David

June 3 (Wed) 10 a.m. Social Action at the Redwood Empire Food Bank

June 3 (Wed)  6:30 – 9 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center (no dance in May)

June 4 (Thurs) Annual BBQ & Meeting: 6:00pm

June 5: Last Day of BACNS: Picnic — Noon

June 5: Shabbat dinner 6 p.m. followed by services and Oneg.

June 10 (Wed) 6 p.m. fundraising dinner at The Vineyards Inn

June 17 (Wed)  6:30 – 9 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

HaLayla HaGadol fundraising dinner at Vineyards Inn

JUNE 10, 2015 Vineyards Inn, Kenwood- Spanish Bar & Grill Presents a Benefit for Congregation Beth Ami Wednesday, June 10, 6:00pm. Join renowned chefs Steve & Colleen Rose at the Vineyards Inn for a wonderful dinner (and lots of fun, judging by last year’s great evening). Vineyards Inn 2015.

Rabbi Tsvi Bar-DavidIt’s Rockin’ Shabbat

On May 29th at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Ami
Come hear and participate in Chassidic style Sacred Chants and Niggunim with the Sacred Ecstatic Ensemble.  Rabbi Tsvi Bar-David was last at CBA in 2008.  He’s bringing his bandmates Lawrence Polikoff on drums and James Elston on flute for us to experience the spirit of Renewal and Chassidic liturgy for one special evening.
Dinner precedes at 6 p.m. and will feature vegan Northern Italian cuisine. Please call the Beth Ami office at 707-360-3000 for reservations and payments by May 27th, 4 p.m. There are limited same day spots. Call CBA for more information.
Adults are $8, Children 4 to 12 are $4, and children under 4 are free.

Adult Education classes

Contemporary Jewish Writing: Gabor Por’s six-session class will start April 16 and will introduce you to current Jewish literary talents in these areas:
Novels
American Jewish History
(Auto)Biographies
World Jewish History
Shoah
Mysticism
He will also give us tips on using the internet to find reviews of new works. Gabor has a Master’s degree in Information Science, a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and has a blog on the internet on which he lists works of Jewish interest: jewishbookworld.org
Classes will be held at Beth Ami on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 and will start on April 16. NOTE this differs from the original date printed in the Shofar because of the Passover holiday.

Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller: 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 with Rabbi Miller: 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.

Countywide Tikkun Leyl Shavuot

Saturday, May 23, 2015 ~ From 7 PM through the night at B’nai Israel Jewish Center, 740 Western in Petaluma
Learn. Think. Dream. Sing. Eat. Learn more. Teachers include: Rabbi Meredith Cahn, Reb Mia Miriam Cohen, Rabbi Jerry Danzig, Rabbi Ted Feldman, Shoshana Fershtman, PhD, Rabbi Steve Finley, Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, Rabbi George Gittleman, Reb Judith Goleman, Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde, Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde, Rabbi Stephanie Kramer, Reb Irwin Keller, Rabbi Mordecai Miller
Sponsored by: B’nai Israel Jewish Center, Congregation Beth Ami, Congregation Ner Shalom, Congregation Shir Shalom, Congregation Shomrei Torah

Shabbat dinner at Beth Ami on first Fridays

First Friday of each month: Shabbat Dinner & Services with Rabbi Miller. Next dinner is June 5.  Dinner at 6:00pm and Services follow at 7:30pm. We are usually lucky enough to have our talented musician members (and Rabbi) play music for us, and birthdays and anniversaries are enthusiastically celebrated. $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.

Social Action Monthly at the Food Bank

Starting in September we have been 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. On Wednesday May 6th we will be going to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Volunteers need to be 12 or over.  Hope to see you there.  The time is 10:00-12:00 at the Redwood Empire Food Bank on 3990 Brickway. Please contact Elizabeth at the CBA office so we know you’re coming.

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 thru Thursday at 6:30pm
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, NO DANCING IN MAY. Next dancing is June 3 and 17

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

Check out the current newsletter:  Shofar May June 2015 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.

Beth Ami has Two Job Openings:
1. Director, Youth Education (Part-Time)
The Director of Youth Education is responsible for the day-to-day administration of Congregation Beth Ami’s Religious School and Youth Programming for Pre-K through 12th grade. The Director provides vision and leadership regarding curriculum and programming while nurturing positive Jewish identities and values in the youth of our congregation. For a full description, please click on the pdf link.
TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Barbara Tomin, VP Youth and Education cbarsresumes@gmail.com 
CBA Director Youth Education Posting 3.8.15

2. Director of Young Family Programming
Congregation Beth Ami is seeking a part-time (6-8 hours per week) Director of Young Family Programming to provide the vision, leadership and direction for quality programs that create a welcoming transition for pre-school children and their families entering our Religious School. This Director will develop and administer programming to attract and retain families with young children to the Beth Ami community. They will be an expert at
forming connections in the wider region and marketing our synagogue as an ideal environment for families with young children. YoungFamilyProgrammingJob Description

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