Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Aug 24 (Thurs) 5:30 p.m. Nursery School Back to School Night

Aug 25 (Fri) Nursery School and Religious School Happy Hour

Aug 27 (Sun) 3:30 p.m. Across the Interfaith table dinner

Aug 30 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli Dancing at the Person Center

Sep 1 (Fri) 600 p.m. Kabalat Shabbat followed by Shabbat Dinner with speakers from the Moslem Community

Sep 8 (Fri) 1:15 – 2;00 p.m. My First Jewish Class preschool begins

Sep 13 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Person Center

Sep 16 (Sat) during and after morning services, Celebration of Florence Metz’s birthday

Sep 16 (Sat) 9:00-12:00 pm– Selichot study program and service

Sep 19 (Tues) noon Nursery School Apples and Honey Social

Sep 20 (Wed) 8:00 p.m. Erev Rosh HaShanah service

Sep 21 (Thurs) 9:00 a.m. Rosh HaShanah service

Sep 21 (Thurs) 10:00 a.m. Children’s Rosh HaShanah service

Sep 21 (Thurs) 4:30 p.m. Tashlich service and picnic

Sep 22 (Fri) 9:00 a.m. Rosh HaShanah second day service

Sep 29 (Fri) 4:30 p.m. Pre-Kol Nidre Dinner

Sep 29 (Fri) 5:45 p.m. Kol Nidre Services

Sep 30 (Sat) 9:30 a.m. Yom Kippur Services, 7:45 p.m. Break Fast Dinner






Family Happy Hour

The Nursery and Religious Schools present Family Happy Hour at Beth Ami to kick off the new school year. Bring your kids and join us for some adult and kid-friendly fun! Friday, August 25th starting at 6 p.m. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation with adults on our patio, while your kids are fed and entertained on the yard. You are also welcome to come at 5:30 for our Kabbalat Shabbat geared towards young children and/or stay past 7:30 for our community-wide Shabbat service. All are warmly welcome! $5.00 for adults Children are free. Please RSVP at 707-360-3000 or office@bethamisr.org so that we know how much childcare to provide.

High Holiday Services and Family Activities

We are looking forward to the coming High Holidays, which begin with Erev Rosh HaShanah (and champagne and honey cake) on September 20. It is our tradition to not charge for tickets to our High Holiday services, which are lead by Rabbi Mordecai Miller and Cantor Yael Krieger. We would, however, appreciate your contacting the office to have complimentary tickets sent to you, or to arrange to pick them up when you come in. We do need to charge and request RSVPs for our pre-Yom Kippur and Break-fast post-Yom Kippur dinners. We keep those prices as low as possible, and have subsidies available if needed. Donations are, of course, enormously appreciated, and help us to keep doing this. Family High Holiday services on the first day of Rosh HaShanah and on Yom Kippur are from 10 a.m. until noon. Click for a Service Schedule- 2017 Sept Oct and holiday events, and please check back for developments and more holiday information.

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 will be a speaker, special program, music, or just time to relax and visit. Friday September 1 dinner will have 2 speakers from the Moslem community. Aisha Morgan (a convert) and Mohammed Jabbari will both be there.

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.

 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. Bi-weekly schedule. Classes will be on hiatus during July and August.

Doorway to Davening with Rabbi Miller: Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study). Next Doorways to Davening Class held Thursday June 29. Classes will be on hiatus during July and August.

Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller meeting Tuesday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class will be cancelled on those Tuesdays which are actual Yom Tovim. Classes will be on hiatus during July and August.

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.

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 dates are June 14th and 28th in the social hall. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out the current newsletter: Shofar July-August 2017 for more events and details about the events listed above. Archived issues of the Shofar are also available online.

 Job Openings

Beth Ami has openings for an USY Assistant (High School Youth group) and an opening for a Hebrew Teacher on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:30 – 6:00 PM. Please see the job descriptions and for more information, Contact Judy Kupfer, Director of Youth Education atCongregation Beth Ami, Santa Rosa rs@bethamisr.org *  707-360-3000  Job Description USY assistant Job Decription Religious School Teacher


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.