Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa
California.

Events at a glance

Sep 11 (Wed) 6:45 p.m. Israeli Folk Dance at the Person Center

Sep 14 (Sat) noon lunch for Ahuva Simon Saar’s Birthday

Sep 15 (Sun) 6:00 p.m. Movie Night

Sep 17 (Tues) 2:00 p.m. Mishna Study with Rabbi Miller

Sep 18 (Wed) 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. Social Action at the Palms

Sep 18 (Wed) 6:45 p.m. Israeli Folk Dance at the Person Center

Sep 21 (Sat) noon lunch for Florence Metz’s 104th Birthday

Sep 21 (Sat) 8:30 p.m. Selichot service

Sep 24 (Tues) 2:00 p.m. Mishna Study with Rabbi Miller

Sep 28 (Sat) noon lunch in honor of Alan Shotkin

Sep 29 (Sun) Erev Rosh HaShana, holidays begin, click for full schedule

Sep 30 (Mon) 4:30 p.m. Tashlich and potluck at Howarth Park

Welcome to our High Holidays

At a time for opening our hearts, we’re opening our doors as well.
Congregation Beth Ami warmly welcomes everyone.
There is no charge for tickets to any of our High Holiday services.
Please call the office (707) 360-3000 for complimentary and additional tickets.
Donations are gratefully accepted. This year we are thrilled to welcome Dr. David Ackerman (About Dr. David Ackerman) as our holiday Chazan, leading services with Rabbi Mordecai Miller. A schedule of all the fall holiday events is online:Schedule of Fall Holidays 2019  More Holiday information: HHD Packet 2019. Tashlich information: Tashlich 2019. Order forms for dinners also Lulav/Etrog: HHD Order form 2019.

Shabbat Dinner

Join us every first Friday (except in October) for an early Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6:00 p.m., followed by a community Shabbat dinner at 6:30. Judy, Ahuva, Lee and other fabulously talented volunteers are back in the kitchen cooking wonderful Shabbat dinners. Please join us, but it’s important to RSVP by the previous Wednesday morning. $15 per adult, $8 for children over 5. Younger children are free. A speaker, music or discussion follows the dinner.

Social Action

An exciting project: We at Social Action Committee will have a few opportunities for us to make for a better world. Our Kehilla is known for its generosity. Thanks to everyone in advance for doing what you can ,whether it’s bringing food for the JFCS pantry or volunteering at the food bank.

We will be serving dinner at the Palms September 18. Let us know if you can help.

We will also volunteer at The Redwood Empire Food Bank 6 times this year. On a Wednesday, from 5:00-7:00, we will meet at the Food Bank and pack boxes of food on an assembly line. NEXT DATE: October 16. When we are finished, we will go out for a Mexican meal. To confirm or get more info, please call Lyla Nathan at 526-7438 or Elizabeth Jarlberg at BA office 360-3000.

Every month we will be either serving at the Palms or volunteering at the food bank. Please consider joining us or helping prepare food.

Adult Education

Adult Education-forming new dramatic reading group: We’ll do mainly plays and excerpts from plays by Jewish authors. No group rehearsals, no directing — individuals look over their parts prior to reading. Different members each time. Minimal time commitment. I am a member of our Adult Ed. Committee who feels we learn a lot from the Humanities. I am an enthusiastic listener and willing to handle scheduling, recruiting for each meeting, acting as facilitator. If YOU are interested in picking out reading selections and/or reading for a given time or two, or being an active listener, or have any suggestions, please phone me. Linda Emblen 544-4532. We will start small.

Mishna Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller on Tuesday afternoons 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study)
The collection of Oral Torah edited and compiled by Rabbi Judah the Prince in the year 200. We will examine the Hebrew text and the classic commentary of Rabbi Ovadiah of Bertinora. All Hebrew will be translated and explained. We will make reference to the Artscroll Mishna. The tractate we will study is Brachot which deals with the content, nature and structure of the recitation of the Shema, our daily prayers, the Grace after meals and blessings for different occasions.
Please feel free to sign up and catch a sample lesson and join us weekly if you find this speaks to your desire to learn about our traditions.

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.

Book of Samuel 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.  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. NOTE, RABBI MILLER IS ON VACATION DURING JULY.

Ongoing Activities

Sunday morning Minyan 8:30am in the chapel, a light breakfast follows on 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.

Israeli Folk Dancing has moved to the Person Senior Center at Finley Rec Center. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out our current newsletter for September and October shofar Shofar September October 2019 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.