Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Feb 19 (Wed) 5:00-7:00 p.m. Social Action at the Redwood Empire Food Bank

Feb 19 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Feb 20 (Thurs) 2:30 p.m. TaNaCh class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Feb 25 (Tues) 2:00 p.m. Mishnah class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Feb 27 (Thurs) 2:30 p.m. TaNaCh class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Mar 8 (Sun) 1:30 p.m. Greatest Hits Purimspiel matinee

Mar 8 (Sun) 7:00 p.m. Greatest Hits Purimspiel evening performance and party

Mar 9 (Mon) 7:30 p.m. Megillah reading, costumes, hamentshen

Mar 10 (Tues) 8:00 a.m. morning service with Megillah reading, hamentashen

Mar 21 (Sat) 11:30 a.m. Kool Shul Shabbat for 4-6 year-olds and learners’ service

Mar 22 (Sun) 8:00 p.m. Absolute Music Concert with String Circle Absolute Music Spring 2020

April 9 (Thurs) Community Passover Seder

Shabbat Dinner with Jewish National Fund

Join us every first Friday for an early Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6:00 p.m., followed by a community Shabbat dinner at 6:30. our fabulously talented volunteers are in the kitchen cooking wonderful Shabbat dinners. Please join us, but it’s important to RSVP by the previous Wednesday morning. $15 per adult, $8 for children over 5. Younger children are free. A speaker, music or discussion follows the dinner. The next dinner is March 6th, we will have a speaker from The Jewish National Fund. You can participate by buying a tree in the Beth Ami JNF grove in Israel. Plant a Tree Donation

Purim at Beth Ami: Greatest Hits

This year the Purimspiel will revisit all 15 years of memorable Beth Ami Spiels.
Sunday, March 8, 1:30 p.m. $10/Adults, Children 12 & under free. Following the performance you shouldn’t leave hungry: have some Beth Ami-made hamentashen.
Sunday, March 8, 7:00 p.m. $27/person for spiel and party. Join us following the performance to party with the spielers; continue the fun with music, wine, refreshments, Beth Ami-made hamentashen, and more. Of course we not only have a Purimspiel, we have the real Gantze Megillah reading by Asher Nathan Monday March 9 at 7:30 p.m. and by Ahuva Simon Saar Tuesday morning March 10 at 8:00 a.m. Come in costume, and eat some Beth-Ami-made hamentashen.
Purchase Shalach Manos for your friends and help sponsor the Purimspiel by looking for your sponsorship mailer in the snail mail, or clicking on this flyer for lots of information: Greatest Hits Purimspiel sponsorship A flyer is here: Greatest Hits flyer

Social Action

An exciting project: We at Social Action Committee will have a few opportunities for us to make for a better world. Our Kehilla is known for its generosity. Thanks to everyone in advance for doing what you can ,whether it’s bringing food for the JFCS pantry or volunteering at the food bank. We cook and serve a dinner at The Palms every other month. We also volunteer at The Redwood Empire Food Bank 6 times a year. On a Wednesday, from 5:00-7:00, we will meet at the Food Bank and pack boxes of food on an assembly line. When we are finished, we will go out for a Mexican meal. Next date is February 19. To confirm or get more info, please call Lyla Nathan at 526-7438 or Elizabeth Jarlsberg at BA office 360-3000.

Every month we will be either serving at the Palms or volunteering at the food bank. Please consider joining us or helping prepare food.

Adult Education

Drop-in Book Discussion Group: All members and friends are welcome. Meeting date and more details in to come. Comments? Linda 544-4532.

Adult Education-forming new dramatic reading group: We’ll do mainly plays and excerpts from plays by Jewish authors. No group rehearsals, no directing — individuals look over their parts prior to reading. Different members each time. Minimal time commitment. All CBA members and friends welcome to attend and participate in discussion, including especially those people who may like to present future dramatic readings. . . more details later. — Linda 544-4532

Mishna Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller on Tuesday afternoons 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study)
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. We will make reference to the Artscroll Mishna. The tractate we will study is Brachot which deals with the content, nature and structure of the recitation of the Shema, our daily prayers, the Grace after meals and blessings for different occasions.
Please feel free to sign up and catch a sample lesson and join us weekly if you find this speaks to your desire to learn about our traditions.

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.)

Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller: Wednesday evenings 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Rabbi’s Study) 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. Bi-weekly schedule.

There is no charge for Rabbi Miller’s classes.  If you are interested in attending, check the online calendar, and please be sure to call Rabbi Miller at 707-889-6905 or email rabbi@bethamisr.org to make sure that the class is being held that evening. Classes are not held on Yom Tovim.

Ongoing activities

Sunday morning Minyan 8:30am in the chapel, a light breakfast follows on 1st and 3rd Sundays
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.

Israeli Folk Dancing has moved to the Person Senior Center at Finley Rec Center. See the Israeli Dance blog.

Check out our current newsletter for January and February: Shofar January February 2020 for 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.