Posts Categorized: Israel Affairs

“Rockin’ Yom Haatzamut” report

The May 13 “Rockin’ Yom Haatzamut” was a stunning achievement for Congregation Beth Ami with well over 100 congregants and friends gathering to celebrate the anniversary of Israel’s independence.  The celebration was made possible through support from the Jewish Federation, the volunteer efforts of perhaps two dozen congregants, and cooperative planning by the Israel Committee,… Read more »

Join us Friday, May 13th for a Rockin’ Israel Independence Celebration

Rockin’ Yom HaAtzmaut at Beth Ami – Friday, May 13 A Sonoma County-wide event – Everyone welcome Celebrate Israel’s Independence with a joyous musical Shabbat evening at Congregation Beth Ami. The celebration will start at 4:00 and includes special programs for children, an Israeli wine and cheese reception for adults, henna and face painting, dinner… Read more »

Scholars-in-Residence Weekend with StandWithUs huge success

A well attended Scholar-in-Residence weekend started Saturday, January 16. Ms. Johanna Wilder, the Northern California Associate Director of StandWithUs, gave the drash and talk after lunch on the growing anti-Semitic environment on California college campuses and its impact on Jewish students.  The anti-Semitic environment permitted by university administrations is chilling. Following Havdalah that evening, Dr…. Read more »

Scholars in Residence Weekend with 3 Dynamic Speakers from StandWithUs

2016 SCHOLARS-IN-RESIDENCE WEEKEND Three Dynamic Speakers from STANDWITHUS Johanna Wilder • Michael Harris • Max Samarov JANUARY 16 AND 17 • Congregation Beth Ami 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 Mark your calendars so you won’t miss the 2016 Scholars-in-Residence weekend at Beth Ami.  Three dynamic speakers from StandWithUs will keep us informed on… Read more »

Who should define anti-Semitism? by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin

reprinted from http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/who_should_define_anti_semitism “Anyone who does not recognize the Jewish people and the State of Israel — and their right to exist — is guilty of anti-Semitism”  – Pope Francis “I think a good baseline [for when anti-Zionism becomes anti-Semitism] is: Do you think that Israel has a right to exist as a homeland for… Read more »

By Bob Raful….

In mid-June I obtained a copy of a mid-year status report from the Birthright Israel Foundation ( the backstory at the end of this note). I have known about, and been interested in, Taglit-Birthright Israel for many years; and have explained, encouraged, gotten personal feedback from a variety of potential and actual participants. It is… Read more »