Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

April 18 (Weds) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

April 22 (Sun) 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Israel Faire for kids

April 22 (Sun) 10:30 a.m. Yom haZikharon followed by Yom Atzmaut musical celebration

April 25 (Weds) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

April 25 (Wed) Social Action makes and serves dinner at The Palms

April 25 (Weds) 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Midrash class with Rabbi Miller

April 28 (Sat) HaLayla HaGadol fundrasing dinners

April 29 (Sun) HaLayla HaGadol fundrasing brunches

May 4 (Fri) 6 p.m. services with Rabbi Judith Goleman, followed by dinner and Transformation by Fire speakers

May 5 (Sat) HaLayla HaGadol fundrasing dinner

Israel independence Day Celebrations

Musical celebration with Israeli musicians Noa Levy and Achi Ben Shalom as they sing us through 70+ years of Israeli music.  Sunday, April 22, 2018. 
10:30 memorial for Israel’s fallen, 11:00 the celebration begins, Israel Faire for children. FREE See 2018 Israel Independence celebration
ISRAEL FAIRE for kids: Grab your Passport! Prepare for adventure! Sunday, April 22, 2018 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Ami Nursery School, Religious School, and Community. Donations greatly appreciated. Israel Faire flyer
Explore Israel: Petting Zoo, visit a Shuk, an Archaeological Dig, Face Painting, Candle making, Salt Painting, Hair Wraps, Israeli snacks and music.

HaLayla HaGadol Fundraiser

Delicious dinners and brunches presented by the amazingly talented members of Beth Ami.  Dinners April 28 and May 5, Brunches April 29. HaLayla HaGadol 2018

The New Anti Semitism

Series of talks by Jewish organizations Responding to the New Anti-Semitism Sundays at 2:00 pm presented by the Israel Affairs committee.  Learn what you can do to help those organizations on the front line, our first responders, putting out the fires of intolerance and hatred. Join Congregation Beth Ami to welcome speakers sharing with us their contributions to fighting the New anti-Semitism. 
March 11: Stand With Us: Supporting the Jewish People Around the World
March 25: JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa seek justice
April 8:  ADL: To stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all
May 13: Amcha Initiative: focusing on faculty boycotters of Israel and campus anti-Semitism
May 27: CAMERA Countering Media Bias, anti-Semitism in textbooks, and campus anti-Semitism
new anti semitism flyer 

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, May 4, 2018. There is no dinner April 6 because of Passover. We are continuing to have free Shabbat dinners until June. Donations are very much appreciated. Make your reservation by calling or emailing the office by Wednesday, May 2, 707-360-3000 or office@bethamisr.org. Birthdays and Anniversaries celebrated! On the second through fifth Fridays of the month Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 6:30 when there are no special events.

Social Action

Please see the Social Action blog for Social Action Goes to the Movies.

The next volunteering at the Redwood Empire food bank is Wednesday, April 4, 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. An exciting new project the social action committee is undertaking: The Palms Inn, is a housing program located here in Santa Rosa. This program provides permanent housing with supportive services for chronically homeless individuals. The program was begun in 2016 when the Palms hotel owner converted his hotel into housing for the homeless. Housing 128 residents, the program is administrated by Catholic Charities and funded by HUD, and the Veteran’s Administration.

On January 5th, CBA hosted a Shabbat Dinner and informative program presented by Akash Kalia, owner of the Palms, and his program manager, Thai Hilton. How is CBA involved? Social Action has committed to providing dinner once a month for the residents. We will cook and serve our next dinner on April 25th. We hope you will consider being involved in this important effort. We have a list available of additional items needed to support this worthy cause. Pleases consider bringing items to the Beth Ami office or volunteering your time to cook or serve. Tikkun Olam!

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. The next classes are February 14 and 21, and March 14.

Parsha of the week 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. 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. 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 7:00 pm (check schedule for passover during the holiday)
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: March-April 2018 Shofar 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.