Services & Dinners

Rockin’ Shabbat with Mia Cohen!

May 19th: Mia Cohen is serving the B’nai Israel Jewish Center as the Rabbinic Associate. Mia has led numerous retreats, kids & family programs, Shabbat & Holiday services, and interfaith events and her beautiful singing makes for a lovely Shabbat experience. 5:30 p.m – Family Kabbalat Shabbat, 6:00 p.m. – Community Dinner, 7:00 p.m. – Rockin Shabbat service. Dinner $8.00 adults, $5.00 youth Religious school and Nursery school families free with RSVP by May 15.

Shavuot

Shavuot begins at Beth Ami with Ahuva Simon Saar and the Kitchen Committee organizing the making of blintzes. The eating of the blintzes occurs at the Tikkun Leil Shavuot late night study session May 30 at 8 p.m., and at morning services May 31 and June 1. Second day services feature the reading of the Book of Ruth, and Yiskor.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Join us for Shavuot services, blintzes, and study to celebrate matan Torah, the giving of the Torah. Oh, and did we mention blintzes? See details below.

May 30 Shavuot program – 7:30 PM – Midnight Celebrate the giving of the Torah at the Tikkun Leil Shavuot Tuesday evening, Congregations Beth Ami and Shomrei Torah will join together at Beth Ami for a program of study, sweetened with blintzes and other dairy delights.
7:30-8:00 Welcome, gather for socializing
8:00-9:00 1st Session: Rabbi George Gittleman “Torah/the Word of God/Pluralism (Can they co-exist?)
9:00-9:10 Socializing, Singing, Snacks
9:15-10:15 2nd Session: Micah Miller (topic not yet determined)
10:15-10:25 2nd Break
10:30-11:30 3rd Session: Rabbi Mordecai Miller “Getting inside the Ten Commandments. (How relevant is Revelation?)
11:30-Midnight “Midnight Feast” of blintzes

Read more about the holiday.

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. The next dinner is June 2, featuring Jerome Cobert speaking on “Being a Jewish Cop.”

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 office@bethamisr.org On the second through fifth Fridays of the month Kabbalat Services begin at 7:30 pm. Always check the calendar for any last minute changes.

Regular Service Schedule (non-holidays)

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 office@bethamisr.org 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.

Weekday Services

“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.

Sincerely,
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.