Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Feb 5 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Dinner followed by services at 7:30 and oneg

Feb 7 (Sun) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Religious School Skill Building Intensive open to community

Feb 9 (Tues) 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Parsha of the Week class with Rabbi Miller

Feb 10 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Midrash study with Rabbi Miller

Feb 11 (Thurs) 7:00 p.m. Introduction to Judaism with Rabbi Miller

Feb 16 (Tues) 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Parsha of the Week class with Rabbi Miller

Feb 17 (Wed) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the social hall with beginners’ workshop 7- 7:30

Feb 17 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Midrash study with Rabbi Miller

Feb 18 (Thurs) 7:00 p.m. Introduction to Judaism with Rabbi Miller

Feb 19 (Fri) 5:30 p.m. Rockin’ Shabbat with Mia Miriam Cohen

Feb 23 (Tues) 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Parsha of the Week class with Rabbi Miller

Feb 24 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Midrash study with Rabbi Miller

Feb 25 (Thurs) 7:00 p.m. Introduction to Judaism with Rabbi Miller

Feb 28 (Sun) 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Day of Jewish Learning by the JCC at Finely Community Center


Rockin’ Shabbat with Mia Miriam Cohen February 19

Rockin Shabbat logoOn February 19th we are hosting the angelic-voiced Mia Miriam Cohen, local musician and Jewish educator. She uses her gorgeous voice, percussion, instrumentation and chanting for an elevated musical davening experience. It will be participatory and fun! Please save the date for our dinner and Rockin’ Shabbat!

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Kids’ Shabbat with Mia
6:00 p.m. Community dinner $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers, $4 for children, 4 & under free. RSVP to Beth Ami’s office by Wednesday Feb. 17
7:00 p.m. Musical Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Mordecai Miller and Mia Miriam Cohen

If I had a Hamantash… The Folk Megillah

The Beth Ami Purimspiel… we’ve pretended to be British, Country, Motown, Jersey/Italian, all kinds of Broadway, and surfers. And now we’re going to pretend that we’re folkies from the Folk Music Revival, centered in the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village, New York. Are some of you thinking, “Pretending? Who’s pretending?” Maybe somebody will do a study on which was more Jewish: Broadway or the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene.

The Spiel opens, and closes, on the weekend of March 19 and 20. It is a wonderful community event at Beth Ami, and yes, you too can contribute to its success. You can invest in sponsoring your favorite character, or one of the beloved songs. You can even step forward as one of the major spiel sponsors. Yes, for you true patrons of business and the arts, there is the exciting opportunity to purchase a singing commercial, which will be performed at all Spiel shows. It will surely increase the success of your business beyond your wildest dreams. All donations go to supporting Congregation Beth Ami, the home of the Spiel. Watch for a mailer with spiel sponsorship information. It will also give you an easy way to fulfil the Purim mitzvah of Shalach-mones, sending gifts to one another.

You can get tickets in advance or at the door:
Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. $30/person for spiel and party. Join us following the performance to party with the spielers; continue the fun with music by the Megillah Band, dancing, wine, refreshments, Beth Ami-made hamentashen, and more.
Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m. $10/Adults, Children 12 & under free. Following the performance you shouldn’t leave hungry: have some Beth Ami-made hamentashen.
If you wish to be part of the spiel sponsorship, contact the CBA office.
Spiel Fever!! Catch it!!

Shabbat Dinner & Services

We have a monthly Shabbat dinner on the first Friday of the month and Ahuva Simon Saar, Nancy Tisman, the Kitchen Committee and friends have kindly volunteered to prepare our Shabbat Dinner this month so that we can lower the price for adults to $14. Plus, our talented musician congregants (and Rabbi) usually provide us with the kind of freilach music that’s perfect for ending a week.
6:00 p.m. Shabbat Dinner
7:30 p.m. Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Mordecai Miller (oneg follows)
Children age 5 and under are free! $14 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. Make your reservation by calling or emailing the office by the Wednesday before at 4:00 p.m.

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.

New: Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller meeting Tuesday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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.

Social Action Monthly at the Food Bank

The Social Action Committee organizes volunteers to help at the the Redwood Empire Food Bank on the first Wednesdays of the month. We will be going on Wed. February 3 from 10:00 -12:00. We would love to have you join us. 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 room 12/13
–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 7:00 pm, Next dancing is February 3 and 17 in the Social Hall. Starting January 6, we will start with a beginners’ session from 7 – 7:30 and mix in beginners’ dances throughout the evening.

Bingo: (formerly the game at Ursuline High School) will be moving to a new home because the Friedman Center is being remodeled.

Check out the current newsletter: Shofar newsletter Feb Mar 2016 for more events and details about the events listed above. Archived issues of the Shofar are also available online.

Job Openings

Inspire! Teach! Get paid! We are seeking a religious school teacher for our small class of 4 and 5 year-olds that meets for two hours on Friday afternoons. Responsibilities include creating and implementing age-appropriate lesson plans to introduce the children to Hebrew, Jewish holidays, ethics and Shabbat. Occasional Sundays and holiday programs are calendared for the year. Qualified teachers will have Jewish knowledge, teaching or camp leadership experience, be energetic, enthusiastic and reliable. Compensation is generous.

Also seeking a part-time program assistant to help with Jewish youth oriented events like Rockin’ Shabbat, Beth Ami and You and Holiday programming. The position entails approximately 3-6 hours per week and responsibilities include online marketing, administrative tasks and event production (shopping, set-up, clean-up and coordinating volunteers). Programs are most frequently scheduled on Friday evenings, Sundays and occasional week day evenings, roughly one to two per month. Qualified candidates are involved in the North Bay Jewish community, are reliable, organized and collaborative, with excellent references. Compensation is competitive.

Applicants are invited to send a current resume and references to the Anya Por, Director of Youth Education at rs@bethamisr.org. Include a cover letter describing interest and qualifications for open position.

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.