In a Time for opening our hearts, we’re opening our doors as well.
Congregation Beth Ami warmly welcomes all visitors and non-members. Call for your complimentary tickets to our uplifting High Holiday services, led by Rabbi Mordecai Miller and Cantor Yael Kreiger.
We are rapidly closing in on the end of one Jewish year, 5774, and beginning a bright new one, 5775. The High Holy Days, also known in our tradition as Yamim Noraim — Days of Awe — offer the opportunity for reflection on what Life really means for us, introspection into our relationships, and the possibility of seeking forgiveness from those we may have wronged. They also offer us numerous opportunities for communal celebrations. We hope that your participation at services and activities at Beth Ami during this very special time of year will be rewarding and spiritually fulfilling. We look forward to your joining us as we welcome the New Year at Congregation Beth Ami. If you would like to visit us or if you are a member who would like to invite non-member family and friends, just contact the office for complimentary tickets. Donations are accepted with gratitude.
May you be blessed with a Shanah Tovah u’Metukah — a good and sweet year! We have prepared four pdfs to help you through the holidays: – 1) explanations and dates CBA High Holiday information –2) short timetable CBA High Holiday Schedule –3) for dinners, ordering lulav and etrog CBA Holiday forms and RSVPs --4) Beth Ami & You Holiday programs for young children Beth Ami & You High Holiday flyer
Whether or not you were able to attend last week’s Shofar blowing practice, we invite you to come this Sunday the Beth Ami sanctuary at 12:30 on Sunday, September 21. We will have a brief overview of the meaning of the shofar calls and instruction on how to blow the shofar. If you do not have your own shofar, consider buying one from the gift shop or you can use one of spare ones we will bring. At the conclusion of the Yom Kippur services on October 4 everyone who wants to may join in the blowing of the shofar. Contact Eli Cohen (707 537-2211 or EliCohen@InformingScience.org) if you have any questions.
Join us for Selichot on Saturday, September 20, 8:30-11:30 PM
The evening of September 20 we will observe Selichot, the official beginning of the Season of Self-examination. We gather as a community late at night to look into our hearts: to study, to visit and to pray. Do we have the courage to admit our errors and to seek forgiveness? We will begin the evening by putting the white covers, which are used only for the High Holy Days, on the Torahs and bimah. This will be followed by two parallel study sessions led by Rabbi Mordecai Miller and Rabbi Jerry Danzig, followed by refreshments.
Learn High Holy Day Melodies from Cantor Yael Krieger
Yael Krieger will once again serve as Cantor for our 2014 High Holy Day services. She has kindly agreed to share with us some of the congregational melodies she will use so that we can learn and take part with her. You can download the prayers’ music from http://tinyurl.com/2014-HHD
Beth Ami & High Holidays & You
Young children and their families celebrating the High Holidays with a “Beth Ami & You” twist!
Jewish Experiential Learning for Families with Children 2 – 6 Beth Ami & You High Holiday flyer
Thursday, Sept 25: 10am Rosh Hashanah - Celebrate the beginning of the
year with storytelling, holiday activities and food. Come hear the blowing of the shofar. (free — in the CBA Social Hall)
Saturday, October 4:10 am Yom Kippur – Find meaning by connecting to those around you and the Creator (free — in the CBA Social Hall)
Sunday,October 12: 10am Sukkot - Enjoy the harvest, with a jumpy house
and entertainment for all ages, plus art and food booths. Come play in the Sukkah (Our annual joint fund-raiser with the Nursery School and Religious School.)
Thursday, October 17: 5:30 pm ROCKIN’ Simchat Torah for everybody – Even if you don’t have young children, anyone who feels young (or remembers feeling young) should come to this! We’re going to be Rockin’ with Ayala and her guitar, plus eating a free spaghetti dinner (but please call the office to RSVP by Tuesday so we know how many people to expect). Come make a crazy hat and dance with the Torah. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Program at 6:30 p.m.
All High Holiday events are free unless noted. After the holidays, see our blog for a taste of programs to come!
Shabbat and holiday 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. In October, the first Friday is Erev Yom Kippur. We will have an Erev Yom Kippur dinner in the social hall at 4:30 October 3, and a Break-the-fast meal to conclude Yom Kippur October 4. We need to get reservations for these dinners: please send in the holiday RSVP form or contact the office.
No reservations or money are needed for the post Tashlich potluck picnic, 4:30 pm September 25 at Howarth Park, Lake Ralphine, or for the lunch following second day Rosh HaShanah morning services, or for our weekly potluck lunches following Shabbat morning services.
Sukkot begins and ends with musical evenings
Singing in the Sukkah – Wednesday evening, October 8, 6:00-7:15
Begin Sukkot with a joyful evening of music in the Sukkah. We will welcome the Festival with a brief service in the Sanctuary (6:00-6:25). We will then move to our Beth Ami Sukkah where we will make Kiddush and enjoy some light refreshments. As a special feature, the Redwood Chordsmen will sing for our enjoyment. Please let us know if you plan to join us by calling the Beth Ami office at (707) 360-3000 or sending an email to Office@BethAmiSR.org
Rockin’ Simchat Torah – Thursday, October 16, 5:30-8:00 PM
Begin rocking this year with Rockin’ Simchat Torah, a fun evening with food, music, and dancing with the Torah. Starting at 5:30 we will enjoy a simple spaghetti dinner. There is no cost for this dinner, although we welcome donations to support the cost of the dinner and music. Reservations are necessary (707) 360-3000 or Office@BethAmiSR.org to make sure we have enough food.
At 6:00 Mincha and Maariv services will begin in the sanctuary for those who wish to participate. When it is time for the Torah procession (around 6:30) everyone will join the service for music and dancing with the Torah led by Ayala Almog. After moving here from Israel, Ayala has been the director and lead teacher for the youngest kids at Camp Newman and is now one of the teachers at the Beth Ami Religious School and the Beth Ami Community Nursery School. With guitar and song she will lead us as we dance with the Torah. During the evening we will roll one of the Torahs from beginning to end so you can appreciate its beauty and design. A Beth Ami tradition is to wear crazy hats for Simchat Torah – be creative and make one or bring a funny or unusual one.
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. 5th
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.
- 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, September 3 and 17, October 1 and 29
- Bingo: (formerly the game at Ursuline High School)
Sunday nights 6:45 pm Benefiting Congregation Beth Ami
Check out the current Shofar 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.