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 6:30 p.m. starting in February. Until then Friday evening Services are at 7:30 if it is not the first Friday of the month. New Time for Friday evening services starting in February. Friday night services, except for the first Friday of the month, will be from 6:30 to 7:30 beginning on February 9. This will enable congregants to go home from services for a leisurely dinner. We encourage you to invite other members to join you for dinner. On the first Friday and on some other occasions when there is a dinner, there will be a shorter evening service from 6:00 to 6:30.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
“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 5:00 pm. (6 p.m. in December)
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.