Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Dec 13 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Person Senior Center

Dec 15 (Fri) 4:00 p.m. Religious/Nursery Schools Hanukah Celebration

Dec 17 (Sun) 4:00-7:30 p.m. Latkes and Game Night

Dec. 18 (Mon) 7:00 p.m. Rosh Chodesh with Judy Gunnar

Dec 27 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Person Senior Center

Jan 3  (Wed) 10 a.m. Social Action at Rewood Empire Food Bank



Family Chanukah: Latkes and Game Night

Sunday, December 17,4:00-7:30 p.m. in theCBA Social Hall Sixth Candle! bring your Chanukah menorah, candles and dreidels. Bring Cards and Board Games: Ping Pong, Twister, Bean Bag Toss, and Dreidel, of course. Also Sorry, Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Chess, Bananagram, Sequence, Cards, Cribbage, whatever!
Potluck: Letters A-M desserts (parve or dairy); letters N-Z uncooked veggie salad, fruits, or veggie sticks
Potluck kashrut questions? Here’s a link to guidelines.
Latkes and trimmings cooked by the board!!!! Cost: Free for CBA members, Nursery School and Religious School. Please bring 2 non-perishable food or toiletry donations for the Jewish Family Service Food Bank RSVP to Beth Ami Office by Wednesday Dec. 13, or we won’t have enough latkes! 360-3000. FLYER

Social Action

The SAC and the nursery school are going to prepare  toiletry  bags for those in need.  Please check your supplies from your travels.   Especially needed are new socks, tooth paste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, disposable razors, shampoo, bandages etc.
There are baskets in the foyer. Once assembled you will be able to take some and give them out to those in need.
We know this is a small gesture for a very large problem but hopefully every act of kindness can personally touch someone.
We also have a bin for winter jackets, blankets and sleeping bags.  Please bring only slightly used warm winter clothes. Hats and gloves are also appreciated. Thanks to everyone for helping those in need during these long winter nights.

The next dates for Compassionate Conversations are December 17, January 28. All meetings are on Sunday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 in the sanctuary.  Everyone is welcome. If you have any questions please contact Lyla Nathan, Ellen Mundell or Rabbi Miller.

The next volunteering at the Redwood Empire food bank is Wednesday, November 1, from 10:00-12:00.  Please consider doing a mitzvah. So many people in our community are in need of food assistance. Thanks so much.

Shabbat Dinner & Services

On the first Friday of the month evening Shabbat services are from 6:00-6:30 pm followed by dinner at 6:30. After dinner we often have a speaker, special program, music, or sometimes just time to relax and visit. Next Shabbat Dinner is Friday, January 5, 2018. Make your reservation by calling or emailing the office by Wednesday, November 29, 707-360-3000 or office@bethamisr.org. The cost for the dinner: children age 5 and under are free! $16 for member adults, $8 for children ages 6-17 – with a family maximum of $40. Non-members are $18 per adult, $8 for children ages 6-17, and 5 & under free. Birthdays and Anniversaries celebrated! On the second through fifth Fridays of the month Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 7:30 pm.

 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.

Doorway to Davening with Rabbi Miller: Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study). Next Doorways to Davening Class held Thursday January 4.

Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller meeting Tuesday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class will be cancelled on those Tuesdays 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. Rabbi Miller is taking a break from classes in December and resuming in January. 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 (Starting February 14)
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 November December 2017 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.