Passover Scavenger hunt with PJ Library

Passover Scavenger hunt with PJ Library. Sunday, March 25, 2018, 12:45 pm – 3:00 pm, Oliver’s Market , 560 Montecito Blvd, Santa Rosa

Come join us for an afternoon of Pre-Passover family fun as we explore Passover foods and symbols around Oliver’s Market! There will be a PJ Library story, music, snacks, and chance to win our raffle gift basket!

Meet and greet at the tables, outside the market, at 12:45. Storytelling at 1:00 pm. Scavenger hunt through the market at 1:30. Snacks and drawing to follow.

Rosh Chodesh Nisan

Rosh Chodesh Nisan: March 18 Women’s Gathering: All Jewish women are invited to a dairy/pareve potluck brunch on Sunday, March 18 at 11am at Congregation Beth Ami. We’ll learn about the new month on Nisan, talk about the upcoming big holiday of Pesach, share some traditions, and enjoy our ritual songs. Please join us! Questions? Contact Patty Bernstein at

Be Happy, It’s Adar

Our next Rosh Chodesh gathering will be on Friday, February 16 at 6:30pm at Beth Ami when we will participate in the Kabbalat Shabbat service by “usurping” Rabbi’s D’Var Torah. We can recite a poem ( … and have several women read the various stanzas), sing our song (and share song sheets with congregants), and learn about the “Essence of Adar” from the Ritual Well website (link attached:
If you’d like to participate, please let me know and I’ll put your name in the mix.
Save the dates:
Sunday, March 18: Nissan – 11am Dairy Potluck Brunch at Beth Ami (theme: Passover)
Monday, April 16: Iyyar – 7pm Israel theme (Do you have ideas for this? Please let me know.)
B’shalom, PattyB

A Singing Shabbat

Congregation Beth Ami presents a Singing Shabbat with Lisa Iskin Friday February 23rd. Kabbalat Shabbat 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Dinner 6:20 – 7:00 p.m.
Religious School, Nursery School, congregants and the entire community are invited. It’s free, but RSVP! Singing Shabbat Lisa Iskin

Rosh Chodesh Shevat

All Jewish women are invited to welcome the new month of Shevat at Congregation Beth Ami at 7pm on Wednesday, January 17. We’ll begin the evening with snacks and rituals, then move to a very special activity: Guided Imagery through which you can release old vows or beliefs that hold you back.

Michele Baime will lead us in a session she’s titled “Explore a Path to Freedom from Deep Rooted Issues and Allow Yourself to Blossom” to allow you to silently let go of whatever issue you choose to address. When we reach deep into the root of an issue and release the blocks that keep us from moving forward, we can open our hearts and souls, allowing our entire being to blossom.

This is very special and personal work. It is a process that will be done in silence. You will not be asked to share your personal process. There will be time allowed for anyone who has questions or does wish to share their experience.

Michele Baime is a trained Journey Method Practitioner who has been assisting people in their personal healing process for over 16 years. She has been facilitating guided imagery sessions for the past 9 years.

Please bring a dairy or pareve snack or beverage to share … and join us for this special evening.

Is anyone driving from Oakmont? One or more of our group could use a ride. Thanks.

Learn about and help fight the New Anti-Semitism

Help those Jewish 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.  We have already scheduled two organizations to share with us how they are fighting for us.  Save these dates on Sundays at 2:00 pm, March 11 with Stand with Us, March 25 with JIMENA, April 8 with ADL, and May 13 with Amcha Initiative.  We also expect to bring in speakers from CAMERA on May 27.

Social Action Goes to the Movies

The Social Action Committee is a co sponsor of the Social Action film series at Shomrei Torah. This year the theme is Democracy is NOT a Spectator Sport. We encourage everyone to support the series. The films and panel discussions are always pertinent and very informative.

The Bail Trap: American Ransom will screen on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 pm at Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.  There will be a panel discussion following the film, and an opportunity to  learn about relevant pending legislation in CA, SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act.
The program is open to the public and free (donations appreciated). This is the second film in the 2018 Social Action Goes to the Movies series. This year’s theme is Democracy is NOT a Spectator Sport. Public response to the first film program was very enthusiastic and parking is limited, so we encourage carpools.

Please refer to Series 2018 flyer for details. All events will be at 7 pm at Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Free and open to the public.

February 24 “The Bail Trap” The inability to pay bail is one of the main causes of America’s mass incarceration system yet something most Americans know little about. The money bail system is broken: private companies achieve exorbitant profits by exploiting people (primarily of color) in poor communities. Many low-income Americans sit in jails for days, months, and even years, accused, but not convicted of minor misdemeanors, simply because they can’t afford to pay excessively high bail. Find out about the devastation caused by money bail and how we can fix the system.

March 17 “Fix It” This documentary reaches across the political and ideological divide to look at how our dysfunctional health care system damages our economy, suffocates businesses, discourages physicians, and negatively impacts the nation’s health, while remaining unaffordible for a third of our citizens. Learn about the advantages and challenges of a single payer health care system and how California can lead the nation by creating one.

Dates for dancing

Dancers, Here are the dates for Israeli dancing. please notice that they are not regular in terms of every other week, so write it down… These are the dates that appear online for Israeli Folk Dance – 84531

Classes left in this session:

Wednesday 02-07-2018 7:00PM – 9:30PM Rm 5 (Auditorium) – -Finley Person Senior Wing
Wednesday 02-21-2018 7:00PM – 9:30PM Rm 5 (Auditorium) – -Finley Person Senior Wing

Use barcode to register.
Israeli Folk Dance – 86522

Link to this page

Ages: 18 Yrs. and over

Resident $33.00
– nr $43.00

Increase your fitness level, gain confidence and coordination, and expand your social circle with a fun dance class! We offer a variety of dance classes that may include Bollywood, or Flamenco. For Bellydance, see ‘Belly Dance’. For Zumba, see Aerobics/Fitness.

Spots Available: 30

Registration Date:  02-01-2018 12:00AM
please call 707-543-3737 if you can’t register online after Feb. 1
Last Updated:
01-25-2018 1:18PM

Wednesday03-07-20187:00PM – 9:30PMRm 5 (Auditorium) – -Finley Person Senior Wing
Wednesday03-21-20187:00PM – 9:30PMRm 5 (Auditorium) – -Finley Person Senior Wing
Wednesday04-11-20187:00PM – 9:30PMRm 5 (Auditorium) – -Finley Person Senior Wing
Wednesday04-25-20187:00PM – 9:30PMRm 5 (Auditorium) – -Finley Person Senior Wing
Wednesday05-09-20187:00PM – 9:30PMRm 3 (Fitness/Dance) – -Finley Person Senior Wing
Wednesday05-23-20187:00PM – 9:30PMRm 5 (Auditorium) – -Finley Person Senior Wing
Wednesday06-06-20187:00PM – 9:30PMRm 5 (Auditorium) – -Finley Person Senior Wing
Wednesday06-20-20187:00PM – 9:30PMRm 5 (Auditorium) – -Finley Person Senior Wing
Wednesday07-11-20187:00PM – 9:30PMRm 5 (Auditorium) – -Finley Person Senior Wing
Wednesday07-25-20187:00PM – 9:30PMRm 5 (Auditorium) – -Finley Person Senior Wing
Wednesday08-08-20187:00PM – 9:30PMRm 5 (Auditorium) – -Finley Person Senior Wing

Thanks all–

Israeli dance session Dec. 13

It is time to register for a new session, Dec 13 to Feb 21. The cost is $17 for residents, $27 for non-residents. There are six classes. You can come to class and register later, it’s okay. If you need to pay on a drop-in basis you can let me know, there are some ways we can deal with a small amount of that.

Please note that they have moved us to the big auditorium room at the end of the hall because there is another group in room 3.

To register:
The barcode number for the class is 84531 , which is found in the pdf catalog on page 29:
The general web page for activities is and that pagehas a link to the
most important part:
online registration system where you enter the barcode 84531 which takes you to a page with a ADD button that puts the class in your shopping cart.

Let me know if this doesn’t work!
See you December 13, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Also, the second Saturday San Francisco Israeli dance is on December 9. I’ll be sending out a carpooling email. If you are not on the carpooling email list and want to be, please let me know.


Chanukah Sameach

It certainly feels like a lifetime passed since the High Holy Days, and Sukkot (where did Shemini Atzaret and Simchat Torah go?) We all feel like this is a changed and unsettled world since the wildfires started October 8th. All of us were affected, some more then others. What can we do, where can we help? We all want to do something, even those who were affected the most. One thing everyone can do is listen. We all have a story to share, and there are those who need to tell their story. What better time it is to be listening then by sharing meals. And let’s do this with food that brings on the good memories.

So, let’s talk Jewish comfort food. Whatever your idea of comfort food is, now is the time to share. It can be as simple or as complex as you want. Think bagels with lox and cream cheese, or how about mac & cheese, or sweet kugel, or chicken soup with matzah balls. Or how about dishes like eggs with onions & lox, potato knishes, shakshuka, cheese blintzes, matzoh brei, latkes, hamantaschen, rugelach and challah. Don’t worry if the food seems out of season. It’s the comfort of memories associated with this dish that you are making and sharing with others. And if your friends are helping with the making and the eating, what a wonderful time it is to be talking and listening and sharing…enjoy!
Hanukah is coming

Since my creativity button has disappeared for a while, here is a slightly modified article reprinted from the December 2016 Shofar.
Hanukah is coming. The first candle is lit on sundown of December 12th. Truly this minor holiday can be full of fun and comfort. We have eight days to celebrate with lighting menorahs, parties, and special foods.

To help celebrate the miracle of lights we like, no…be honest…we love, to fry foods in oil. Potato latkes abound at our tables along with their cousin latkes—pancakes; parsnip, sweet potato, green (with zucchini), french onion (with caramelized onions), colorful veggies (with carrots, red bell peppers and zucchini), and even coconut. We also have Torzelli (deep fried curly endive), Tostones (fried plantains) and beer battered pumpkin rings. And for desserts we have Sufganiyot (jelly donuts), Bimuelos (honey drizzled fritters) and more.
We also celebrate with food made from cheese and dairy products to remember the apocryphal Book of Judith, the widow who single handedly killed the Assyrian leader, Holofernes, whose army surrounded her village Bethula during the time of the Maccabean revolt. Her tools were cheeses to make him thirsty, wine to make him drunk and a powerful blow using his sword. Think cheese latkes or grilled cheese on latkes and Mozzarella in Carrozza to help celebrate.

All of this information and recipes are available from the Recipes for Hanukkah by MJL Staff ( ).

Mmm…enjoy—Hanukkah Sameach!