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 led 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. Holiday Packets have been mailed to members. That information is also available online:
General High Holiday explanations and information: High Holiday Information Packet 2017
Dates and times of services and family activities: High Holiday Schedule 2017
RSVP and purchase Pre-Fast dinner, Break-the-Fast dinner, Lulav and Etrog: High Holiday Order form 2017
Support our teens, buy challah bags: Challah order form 2017
Alternative readings for High Holy Day services 2017 High Holiday alternative reading
Selichot Program and Service, Saturday evening, September 16th, 2017.
On September 16 we will observe Selichot, the evening of the Saturday before the beginning of the High Holy Days. Rabbi Miller will lead a presentation on Does Judaism believe in Immortality? During the evening we place on the Torahs and bimah the white covers that are used only for the High Holy Days.
9:00 – 10:00 Does Judaism believe in Immortality?
Rabbi Miller will lead a text-based session from the teachings of Moses Maimonides.
10:00 – 10:30 Havdalah, light refreshments, and change Torah Covers
10:30 – 11:00 Selichot Service
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org On the second through fifth Fridays of the month Kabbalat Services begin at 7:30 pm.
Synagogue services have always held a central place in the life of Congregation Beth Ami. This lists our usual service schedule for non-holiday days.
Friday Evening Services
Shabbat Evening Services 7:30 p.m. when there is no special program.
First Friday of each month: Shabbat Dinner & Services with Rabbi Miller: Services from 6:00-6:30 followed by dinner. Speakers, music, or other programs may follow dinner. Children age 5 and under are free! $14 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. Make your reservation by calling 707-360-3000 or emailing the office email@example.com by noon the Wednesday before the dinner.
Rockin’ Shabbat: Several times a year we invite a guest musician or group for a musical evening with young children and their families at 5:30 p.m., followed by an informal and inexpensive vegetarian dinner at 6:15, and a special musical Kabbalat Shabbat for the whole community at 7:00.
Featured periodic speakers
After and during Friday night services
Shabbat Morning Services
Shabbat Morning Services
9:30 a.m. Saturday morning Services, led by the Rabbi, lay leaders and guests.
A dairy potluck lunch follows. Potluck Food Guidelines
Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations
Saturday morning Shabbat Services,
followed by festive lunches hosted by the celebrant’s family.
“Daily Daven” morning and evening with Rabbi Miller in the chapel.
Mornings–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 6:00pm
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. Please read this note from Rabbi Mordecai Miller:
I actually started davening (attending minyan services) regularly at my first pulpit, Temple of Aaron, St. Paul MN, back in the mid seventies. I found that getting together with fellow daveners bracketed my day in a unique way. The ideas expressed through the prayers covered the spectrum of emotions from “thanks” to “hope” to “seeking” Divine help. Ever since that time, I’ve tried to support a daily minyan at every shul I’ve served.
Before I even arrived in Santa Rosa, I had heard from my colleague in St. Louis, Rabbi Mark Fasman, that he had wanted to attend a Conservative minyan in the Bay Area to honor his father who had just passed away. There was simply none to be found. So I made a personal commitment at the time, that if I was fortunate enough to serve a pulpit in this area, I would try to create an opportunity for anyone who wished, to be able to attend a minyan and say Kaddish.
About a year ago, I was able to start a regular morning service, Monday through Friday. I made a personal commitment that were I fortunate enough for my position at Beth Ami to become full-time, I would round out the day with a daily evening service (Sunday through Thursday).
I would love to provide a resource for our community and an opportunity for anyone who wants, to be able to stop by on any given day and spend some time meditating in holy space, (in the presence of a Sefer Torah).
Sunday through Thursday, we start at 6:00 p.m.in the Chapel, and services take about 20 to 30 minutes
Know that you will be most welcome any time you choose to come and join us.
Rabbi Mordecai Miller
If you need to say Kaddish
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.