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 three pdfs to help you through the holidays: – 1) explanations and schedule CBA High Holiday information –2) short timetable CBA High Holiday Schedule –3) for dinners, ordering lulav and etrog CBA Holiday forms and RSVPs
If you have never blown a shofar or if you want to improve your technique, attend one or both of these lessons in the Beth Ami sanctuary at 12:30 on Sunday, September 14, and Sunday, September 21. 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
Thursday, Sept 25: 10am Rosh Hashanah – Celebrate the beginning of the year through prayer and play.
Saturday, October 4:10 am Yom Kippur – Find meaning by connecting to those around you and the Creator
Sunday,October 12: 10am Sukkot – Enjoy the harvest and play in the Sukkah (This is our annual fund-raiser with the Nursery school and Religious school, so not everything will be free for this event.)
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 eating a free spaghetti dinner. 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 dinners and holiday meals
September 5th, as the first Friday night of the month, will be the date of our next Shabbat dinner. Come and enjoy a delicious kosher meal. As always, the delicious catered dinner will start at 6:00 followed by services at 7:30. And as always, birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated. The cost for the dinner is $18 per adult member and $22 per adult non-member. Youths aged 5-12 are $9. Children under five are free. Please call (707 360-3000) or email office@BethAmiSR.org the synagogue office with your reservations by Wednesday morning, September 3. After our 6 p.m. catered dinner, there will be a special Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Miller. We often have live music as well, with Rabbi Miller sitting in on clarinet!
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.
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. Sept 3rd
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.