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Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Feb 21 (Tues) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class with Rabbi Miller

Feb 22 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli dance in the social hall

Feb 22 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Study with Rabbi Miller

Feb 23 (Thurs) 7:30 p.m. Doorways to Davening class with Rabbi Miller

Feb 28 (Tues) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class with Rabbi Miller

March 1 (Wed) 10 a.m. to noon Social Action at the Redwood Food Bank

March 1 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli dance in the social hall

March 1 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Study with Rabbi Miller

March 3 (Fri) 6 p.m. services then Shabbat dinner with Shawn Lichaa speaking on Karaite Judaism

March 5 (Sun) 7 p.m. Nancy Dotti presenting Chevra Kadisha talk

March 7 (Tues) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class with Rabbi Miller

March 8 (Wed) 6:30 p.m. Fundraising Dinner at Dierk’s Parkside Café




Dierk’s Parkside Café Benefit for Beth Ami

Join renowned Sonoma County chef Mark Dierkhising and his wife Karen for a special gourmet dinner at the Parkside Café, 404 Santa Rosa Avenue, in Santa Rosa. Mark and Karen have graciously offered to provide their restaurant – and the food – for our CBA Dinner Fundraiser. Bring your friends and family and let’s come together as a community once again to enjoy each other’s company and to support our congregation, which is so dear to each of us. Parkside dinner with menu 2017

 Shabbat Dinner & Services

Shawn_LichaaOn the first Friday of the month evening Shabbat services are from 6:00-6:30 pm followed by dinner at 6:30. After dinner will be a speaker, special program, music, or just time to relax and visit. On March 3 Shawn Lichaa is speaking about Karaite Judaism. Karaite Jews derive their laws from the Tanakh, and do not accept post-biblical works, such as the Talmud, as authoritative. Karaite Judaism is the longest-lasting and most successful of the non-Rabbinic Jewish movements. There are an estimated 30,000 – 50,000 Karaite Jews in the world, and the only active Karaite synagogue in North America is in the Bay Area. Shawn Joe Lichaa, co-author of As It Is Written: A Brief Case for Karaism, was raised practicing the traditions of this ancient community and continues to be a devoted member. Karaite Jews were in Egypt for one thousand years before their modern exodus to Israel, the United States, and Europe. Shawn Joe Lichaa is a lawyer based in San Francisco. Founder of A Blue Thread, A Jewish Blog with a Thread of Karaite Throughout, http://abluethread.com/ he has lectured about Karaite Judaism at synagogues, the Library of Congress, and the Association of Jewish Libraries.

Ahuva Simon Sa’ar has kindly volunteered to prepare our Shabbat Dinner so that we can keep the price for adults at $16. 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. To make sure everyone can enjoy a full dinner, we must have your reservation by noon on the Wednesday before the dinner. If you do not have a reservation we may not be able to serve you: 707-360-3000 or office@bethamisr.org On the second through fifth Fridays of the month Kabbalat Services begin at 7:30 pm. Always check the calendar for any last minute changes. For more information see the Worship page.

Learn About the Chevra Kadisha

March 5, Sunday, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary, Nancy Dotti, from the Sonoma County Chevra Kadisha, will speak to us about the role of the Chevra Kadisha in Jewish burial and the activities of our local Chevra group. The local chapter is active in the preparation of the deceased for burial and providing shomrim to stay with the deceased until internment.
Our Jewish tradition calls for the respectful treatment of the deceased and this will be an excellent opportunity to learn about our traditions, including information on making plans for yourself. There is no change and refreshments will be provided.

Viva Las Vegas Purim Spiel March 18 & 19

The Viva Las Vegas Purim Spiel has all the glamour and pizzazz you would expect of a musical extravaganza featuring Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Elvis, dancing showgirls, and a shark. We think it’s safe to say that this year the Spielers will look more ridiculous than ever before. Fortunately some of us sound really good. Some of us. The rest of us will just smile a lot. Saturday, March 18, doors open 7:30pm, and there is a party after the show. Sunday March 19 matinee at 2 p.m. Flyer: Las Vegas purimspiel flyer Here’s all the info you need to sponsor the spiel and to order Shalach Manos gift bags to give to family and friends: Purim Viva Las Vegas sponsorship and Shalach Manos

Adult Education classes

Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller: Wednesday evenings 7:30 – 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. Next classes are September 28, then October 26.

Doorway to Davening with Rabbi Miller: Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study) Resumes November 17.

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.

Notes from Dr. Eric Thompson’s lecture on Elohim are available as a pdf: dr-eric-thompson-elohimlecture-notes

Social Action for the Winter

During the winter, our thoughts go to those in need in our community. We are suggesting ways to do a mitzvah and make for a better the world. (Tikun Olam)
One: Please bring food to the  shul to fill the containers for the JFCS pantry.  They always need boxed milk, peanut butter, sardines, cereal, low sodium and glutton free items and teas and condiments in small sizes.
Two:  We will be distributing bags and purses to those in need of  a little TLC this fall.  There will be baskets in foyer for you to drop off travel sized notions, clean socks for men and women, tooth brushes and tooth paste, hygiene items etc.  So please start collecting and asking friends .  We will distribute bags starting in November.
Three: As always we will be going to the Redwood Empire Food Bank on the first Wed. of the Month.  Next time  is March 1  from 10:00-12:00.
Beth Ami is truly a giving Kehilla, and we want to thank everyone in advance for participating in these worthwhile activities. Please see our blog at left for other Social Action activity.

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 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, approximately two Wednesdays a month at 7:00 pm, Next dances are February 8 in the Friedman Center and February 22 in the social hall. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out the current newsletter: january-february-shofar-newsletter-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.