Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

June 13 (Weds) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

June 13 (Weds) Social Action cooks and serves dinner at The Palms

June 13 (Weds) 7:00 p.m. Yiscah Smith lecture at Congregation Ner Shalom

June 14 (Thurs) 7:00 p.m. Yiscah Smith lecture at Congregation Beth Ami

June 15 (Fri) 1:30 p.m. Yiscah Smith lecture at Bnei Israel

June 15 (Fri) 6:30 p.m. Sing in Shabbat with Lisa iskin

June 20 (Weds) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

June 20 (Weds) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Person Center

June 20 (Weds) 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Midrash class with Rabbi Miller

June 27 (Weds) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

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

July 20 (Fri) 6:30 p.m. Sing in Shabbat with Lisa iskin

Aug 3 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner





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, August 3, 2018.  Make your reservation by calling or emailing the office by the previous Wednesday 707-360-3000 or office@bethamisr.org. Birthdays and Anniversaries celebrated! On the second through fifth Fridays of the month
Every third Friday, Sing in Shabbat with musician Lisa Iskin and Rabbi Mordecai Miller, 6:30 p.m. To meet the needs of families, the service will be 30 minutes long and there will be an Oneg at 7:00 p.m. Next musical Sing In Shabbat is June 15. Sing in Shabbat with Lisa
Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 6:30 when there are no special events.

Social Action

The next volunteering at the Redwood Empire food bank is Wednesday, June 6, 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.

Social Action has committed to providing dinner once a month for the residents. We will cook and serve our next dinner on June 13th. 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!

Three day residency with author, scholar and activist Yiscah Smith

Three lectures by Yiscah Smith, a Jerusalem-based Jewish educator, spiritual activist and author. As someone who transitioned from a Chabad man to an observant woman, she is in constant dialogue with the question of authentic living and its spiritual dimension. Yiscah teaches at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and at the Conservative Yeshiva, both in Jerusalem. Sponsored by Congregation Ner Shalom, Congregation Beth Ami, and B’nai Israel Jewish Center. Please see Yiscah Smith residency for more information.
June 13, Wed. 7 p.m.— Congregation Ner Shalom
June 14 Thurs. 7 p.m.— Congregation Beth Ami
June 15, Fri. 1:30 p.m.— Bnei Israel Jewish Center

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: Shofar May-June 2018 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.