We have a new logo for our Religious School! Lev Simcha translates Joyous Heart! Thanks, Leanne.
Please welcome our new usy advisor, Jeremy Lipsin.
This year we also have a new Youth Commissioner—welcome Laura Alexander!
Lev Simcha Religious School will be on Tuesday afternoons from 4–6 p.m. Parents are encouraged to join us the first half hour in the Sanctuary for songs and prayers with Rabbi Miller.
Welcome Back Apple Festival for parents & kids on Tuesday, August 28th from 4–6 p.m.
Join our Family Friendly Shabbat
3rd Friday of each month with Rabbi Miller and Lisa Iskin. Nursery School Families are coming for a (bring your own) picnic dinner on the lawn at 5:30 p.m. The interactive Shabbat begins at 6:30 p.m.
Lots of people are on vacation around July 4th. Instead of the July 11 class, I scheduled a make-up class August 1. That means Israeli dance on July 25, August 1 and August 8. Yep, three weeks in a row! All 7 p.m. to 9:30 in room 3 of the Person Center wing of Finley Rec Center. I will be back for these dates.
After that the new session starts.
While I was in Wisconsin, I went to a folk dance festival with an Israeli dance class. They taught a few new dances and reviewed a couple of old ones… one was the Russian march,
Kulanu B’Mitsad, which I think some remember, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaPSfcR23hk
and a really adorable 1995 dance that I’m going to teach because it’s a sweet song… El Elohay Shamaim. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEEf10XvsiU
The new dances, which I see they do in the east bay, are
Ma Asita B’Chayim https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ffzo9Oz-2Wx41ApoFe08fg8dcMhgjpqJ/view
Linshom Kitzat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8EmM5af5pw&feature=youtu.be
Bevo Yomi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oerNiluW0-w&feature=youtu.be
Have a good summer,
Dear Beth Ami, Outrage competes with disgust as we read about our country’s current policy to forcibly separate children from their families..
I’m forwarding this message from Danny Grossman, CEO of the San Francisco Community Jewish Federation, to keep you appraised of our own Bay Area Community’s organized response. In addition, you may wish to take advantage of Danny’s enumeration of various
ways we can participate personally.
As members of the Jewish Community, we can feel a special measure of horror at a policy and rhetoric that brings back memories of our own tragic experience in Europe of the thirties and forties.
Chazak v’ematz – Be strong and of good courage!
Dear community members,
Like many of you, we at the Federation are deeply concerned about splitting up families as they seek asylum in the United States. This contradicts the Jewish values of respect and fair treatment for all human beings, and is in opposition to the ethos of Torah and Jewish tradition. Therefore, we stand in opposition of separating children from their parents as they search for a safe haven or escape persecution.
On the eve of World Refugee Day, we are reminded that compassion toward others is a highly regarded and practiced trait in our community. As a people committed to tikkun olam (repairing the world) and hachnasat orchim (welcoming the stranger), we are obligated to speak up for those who may be mistreated.
One of our Federation’s priorities is helping the most vulnerable among us. As Jews, we are compelled to do all we can to promote our collective responsibility to condemn this trauma-inducing policy.
To ease the sense of helplessness, we stand in solidarity to effect change. There are many ways you can take action. For example, you can:
Add your voice for immediate action to end this practice by completing the form on the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Action Alert.
Participate in an Interfaith Vigil at Grace Cathedral this Thursday, June 21, at 6:15 pm, co-hosted by the San Francisco Interfaith Council and other faith partners.
Consider making a contribution directly or recommending a grant from your Federation Donor Advised Fund to organizations involved in addressing the issue, such as:
RAICES Family Reunification and Bond Fund, raising funds to pay the full amount of an immigration bond so that parents can be released from custody and reunite with their families.
Anti-Defamation League, striving to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all; they are calling to immediately reverse the policy.
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, working around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities.
American Civil Liberties Union, seeking a nationwide injunction against separating children from families and was working on the issue prior to the latest news.
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Meet Thor Gold of CAMERA
On Sunday, May 27, meet Thor Gold, a Hollywood producer and director who now is a Director with CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, to learn about CAMERA’s work to counter the new anti-Semitism, in media, in schools, and in churches.
USY EVENT Sunday MAY 6th. We had a successful event this past weekend! The Earth/Israel event could not have been so amazing without the USY kids who helped set it up this morning and helped run some of the booths! Here is their draft schedule for May 6th. Please put it on your calendar and support their last activity for this year!!!!
Attached is a picture of the Bedouin Tent that USY kids created together Saturday Night!
10:30: Meet at CBA with breakfast snacks (50 Minute Drive)
(carpool drive are Barb McGee, Laura Alexander, Judy Gunnar)
12:00pm: Arrive at North Salmon Creek
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 1:30: Mini Beach Cleanup
1:30 – 2:30: Amazing Beach Races
2:30 – 3:00: Snack Break
3:00 – 3:15: USY Elections for 2018-2019
3:15 – 3:45: Free time or senior send off
3:45 – 4:00: Pack Up
5:00: Arrive back at CBA
Director of Youth Education at Congregation Beth Ami, Santa Rosa
A Musical Celebration of 70 years of Israel’s Independence. Sunday, April 22.
The concert starts at 11:00 and is preceded at 10:30 with a moving Memorial for Israel’s fallen.
The event, featuring Israeli musicians Noa Levy and Achi Ben Shalom, is free and open to all who love Israel, due to the generosity of the Beth Ami Israel Committee, the Sonoma County Israel Committee and is supported by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Surprise performance by the local Hadassah chapter. Bring the youngsters to attend an “Israel Faire” in the courtyard from 10:30- 12:30 with a petting zoo, face painting, and more, sponsored by the Nursery School.
The Social Action Committee will be hosting a dinner at The Palms , a housing complex for Veterans and Catholic Charities clients on Wednesday, April,25th. The dinner will be served at 4:30. We will be serving chili, salad, bread, desserts. This is our second dinner, the first one was well received. We served around 70 .
If you are interested in doing a mitzvah for the men and women living at The Palms, please contact either Judy Gunnar, administrator at Beth Ami 360-3000 or Lyla Nathan. 526-7438. We would love your help or participation in any way that you can. Thanks so much. SAC.