Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Sept 2 (Wed) 10- noon Social Action at the Redwood Food Bank

Sept 2 (Wed) 7 – 9:30 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

Sept 2 (Wed)  7 p.m. Midrash Study with Rabbi Miller

Sept 3 (Thurs)  7 p.m. Introduction to Judaism with Rabbi Miller

Sept 4 (Fri) First day of Religious School

Sept 4 (Fri) 6 p.m. Shabbat Dinner followed by services and oneg

Sept. 5 (Sat) 9:30 a.m. Sam Dzik’s Bar Mitzvah celebration

Sept. 5 (Sat) 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Selichot study and service

Sept. 6 (Sun) Rosh Chodesh Group brunch potluck

Sept 9 (Wed) 7 – 9:30 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center

Sept 13 (Sun) 8:00-9:30 pm Rosh Hashanah evening service

Sept 14 (Mon) 8:00 a.m. Rosh Hashanah first day morning service

Sept 15 (Tues) 8:00 a.m. Rosh Hashanah second day morning service

Sept 20 (Sun) 10 a.m. Nursery School PJ Library Pajama Party and Family Breakfast

Sept 30 (Wed) 7 – 9:30 Israeli dance in the Friedman Center


The High Holidays are coming

Once again we are not charging for High Holiday services. (Donations are accepted with extreme gratitude.) Elizabeth, Carolyn and everybody in the office looks forward to hearing from you and sending you your free tickets. There will be a charge for adults of $14 for our pre-Yom Kippur dinner and $18 for our Yom Kippur break-fast dinner, and we’ll need RSVPs for those. More information and a guide to the holidays will be posted soon. In the meantime, a schedule of services and events is posted HERE.

Selichot beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 5

On September 5 we will observe Selichot, the evening of the Saturday before the beginning of the High Holy Days. It is a time for study, special prayers, and introspection. This year Rick Concoff will lead the study session.
The schedule for the evening is as follows:
8:30 – Havdalah and change Torah covers
9:00 – Study session led by Rick Concoff: Walking through the hallway of The Days of Awe into the New Year
10:00 – Light Refreshments
10:30-11:30 – Service
On Selichot the Torahs and tables are adorned with the white covers that are used only for the High Holy Days. Together we will enter the High Holy Days in the spirit of solemn reflection and thought. Let the holiday season begin with study, prayer, and music.
We look forward to seeing you on this special evening.

Adult Education classes

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 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.

Shabbat dinner at Beth Ami on first Fridays

Shabbat dinners are held on the first Friday of each month: next one is September 4 with lower price this month. Dinner at 6:00 pm and Services with Rabbi Miller follow at 7:30 pm. We are usually lucky enough to have our talented musician members (and Rabbi) play music for us, and birthdays and anniversaries are enthusiastically celebrated. Ahuva Simon-Sa’ar has kindly volunteered to prepare our Shabbat Dinner this Month. Therefore, we are lowering the price from $18 for adults to $14 for the August 7 dinner. $8 for children ages 6-17, and 5 & under are free – with a family maximum of $40. Non-members are $18 per adult, $8 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

It is summer and school is out. So it is time to get the young adults (13 and over ) and teachers to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. We will be going on Wed. September 2 from 10:00 -12:00. We would love to have you join us with your parents or as a group. Maybe, we could go out for lunch when we finish. It is a mitzvah to volunteer at the food bank and also a time to get together with friends and get to know people better. Call the office if you are interested.
Thank you to everyone in our community for supporting the JFCS food pantry. There is always need for gluten free products: pasta, cereal, crackers.

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 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, Next dancing is September 2, 9 and 30. NO Israeli dancing during October.

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

Check out the current newsletter: Shofar August September 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.