Welcome to Congregation Beth Ami of Santa Rosa, California.

Congregation Beth Ami is online at least twice every day for services and classes. See Events at a Glance for the virtual week calendar with zoom information. Check in, say hello.

Events at a Glance

Beth Ami Virtual Week chart with Zoom links Beth Ami Virtual Week

Streaming video on our Facebook page

Wednesdays Nov. 11 and Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. pre-ordered Chanukah items available for pickup.

Thursday December 3, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Evening on Racial and Social Justice with Reverend Lee Turner of Community Baptist Church of Santa Rosa, on Beth Ami’s Zoom.

Sunday December 6 Drop-in Book Group, Blue Mountain by Meir Shalev, Linda Emblen 544-4532 for more information.

Sunday December 13 10:00 a.m. Voices of Israel, Charlotte Korchak, Director, International Student Programs, StandWithUs Israel

Sunday December 13 evening Nursery School Drive-Through Chanukah

Thursday December 17 5:30 p.m. 8th Night National Chanukah Celebration: IllumiNation

Erev Shabbat on Fridays
4:30 p.m. Mincha led by Rabbi Miller, candlelighting 4:45

5:50 p.m. Sing in Shabbat led by Lisa Iskin and Rabbi Miller, concluding with Kiddush

Saturday morning Shabbat services 9:30 a.m. on Zoom; 4:30 Mincha, 5:45 Havdallah

Weekday: 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. mornings and evening prayers will be conducted on Zoom. Beth Ami Virtual Week

Rabbi Miller’s remote classes:

Weekday Mornings 7:30 a.m. Parsha and Rashi study, also streaming and recorded on Facebook

Tuesdays at 2:00 pm Mishnah

Wednesdays at 8:00 pm Midrash

Thursdays at 2:30 Bible (TaNaCH)

An Evening on Racial and Social Justice with Reverend Lee Turner, pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Santa Rosa. Thursday December 3, 7 p.m. on Beth Ami’s Zoom 

Chanukah items sold by pre-order. Click above for price list and call or email us with your order. Available for pick up at Beth Ami on Nov. 11 or Dec. 2

Liska Iskin joins Rabbi Miller to sing in Shabbat 5:50 p.m. Fridays. Bring your children to her musical family services. Hear a story and make Kiddush together.

Voices of Israel speakers Monthly 10 a.m. through May: Sunday, December 13 at 10 am, Stand With Us Israel’s dynamic educator Charlotte Korchak. Sign up for Zoom url.

Beth Ami Community Nursery School is a Reggio-inspired Jewish nursery school, providing all children a joyful, safe, and rich learning environment.

Rabbi Miller online

Beth Ami is bringing services, davening and Torah study into our homes while our building is closed. We are conducting Zoom sessions, plus streaming video on our Facebook page at these times, along with pdfs of prayerbooks for following along:
Friday, Mincha at 4:30 p.m. followed by candlelighting. Sing in Shabbat at 5:50 pm with musical leadership by Lisa Iskin
Saturday, 9:30 am, Siddur Chadash Shabbat Morning
Saturday night Mincha at 4:30 p.m. followed by Maariv, with Havdallah at 5:45 p.m., bring Havdallah candle, spicebox and wine

Weekday: 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Friday mornings will be conducted on Zoom.
Weekday: 5:00 p.m. Evening services often include the musical leadership of Lisa Iskin
weekday Shacharit SIDDUR SIM SHALOM
weekday afternoon SIDDUR SIM SHALOM
weekday maariv SIDDUR SIM SHALOM

A source for Torah and Haftarah is at Bible.ort.org  or here  Another source: http://www.lashon.net/CL/

Beth Ami Virtual Week chart with Zoom links Beth Ami Virtual Week

Social Action and Adult Education: Civil Rights and Social Justice

Save the Date! The Social Action Committee is sponsoring another evening on Racial and Social Justice Are you interested in our community of Sonoma County? Are you wondering what you can do to help improve civil rights? How can you be an ally?Thursday, December 3, 2020 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Beth Ami’s regular Zoom room (see virtual week) Let’s get to know our community better. Join us as we welcome Reverend Lee Turner, pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Santa Rosa. This is an opportunity to listen to his perspective on the black experience of black citizens living in Sonoma County. After Reverend Turner shares his thoughts on the topic, there will be time for questions and discussion. Reverend Turner flyer

In July, the Social Action and Adult Education Committees co-sponsored three evenings of education on Civil Rights and Social Justice. Benjamin Mertz led us as we explored these questions through lecture, discussion and music. Material for study and action available here.

Social Action continues to provide food to The Palms. We came up with an idea to prepare individual portions. Social Action Committee meets periodically to plan the next Palms dinner. To get more info, please call Lyla Nathan at 526-7438 or Elizabeth Jarlsberg at BA office 360-3000.

Adult Education

BLUE MOUNTAIN by multi-award-winning Israeli writer, Meir Shalev, is the current selection for the CBA Adult Education Committee-sponsored book group.  We have a few copies left that are borrowed from the SF Jewish Community Library.  Next meeting is Sunday, December 6.  If inclement weather,  instead of meeting in my backyard, we’ll meet on private Zoom.  We are open to all local members and friends who have read the book and want to  participate.  For details and questions, phone Linda at 544-4532.

Online weekdays: Rashi commentary on the week’s Torah reading, 7:30 a.m. The text is shared on screen, and translation is always provided. This is pitched towards the person who is beginning to look at traditional Jewish learning.

Online: Mishna Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller on Tuesday afternoons 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The collection of Oral Torah edited and compiled by Rabbi Judah the Prince in the year 200. We will examine the Hebrew text and the classic commentary of Rabbi Ovadiah of Bertinora. All Hebrew will be translated and explained. 
Please feel free to catch a lesson and join us weekly if you find this speaks to your desire to learn about our traditions.

Online: TaNaCh Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller: Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. in the Library. A study and discussion based on the Parsha of the week or  Neviim (Prophets.) In English with lively discussion.

Online: Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller: Wednesday evenings 8:00 – 8:45 p.m. We examine the original text of the Midrash Rabba (the Great Midrash) on Genesis as well as an 18th Century commentary called “Eitz Yoseph”. These provide original insights into the Biblical text. Discussion is encouraged.

There is no charge for Rabbi Miller’s classes. A source for Torah and Haftarah is at Bible.ort.org  or here  Another source: http://www.lashon.net/CL/
Beth Ami Virtual Week chart with Zoom links Beth Ami Virtual Week

Ongoing activities

On Zoom: Morning Minyan 8:00am
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.

On Zoom: Evening service 7:00 p.m.

On Zoom: Israeli Folk Dancing See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out our current newsletter: Shofar November December 2020 for essays, news, more events and details about the events listed above. Archived issues of the Shofar are also available online.

Congregation Beth Ami is located in Northern California,in the heart of Wine Country in Sonoma County, about one hour north of San Francisco, and about one hour west of Napa.

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