Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

July 18 (Weds) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

July 18 (Weds) 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Midrash class with Rabbi Miller

July 20 (Fri) 6:30 p.m. Sing in Shabbat with Lisa Iskin

July 21 (Sat) 8:00 p.m. Tisha B’Av program and services

July 25 (Weds) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

July 25 (Weds) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Person Center

Aug 1 (Weds) 11:00 a.m. Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller

Aug 1 (Weds) 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Midrash class with Rabbi Miller

Aug 1 (Weds) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Person Center

Aug 3 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner with performance by Elliot Fintushel

Aug 8 (Weds) 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Israeli dancing in the Person Center

Aug 15 (Weds) Social Action cooks and serves dinner at The Palms

Aug 17 (Fri) 6:30 p.m. Sing in Shabbat with Lisa Iskin

Aug 28 (Tues) 4:00 p.m. Lev Simcha Religious School Welcome Back Apple Festival

Sep 7 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Shabbat Dinner with speaker Susan Cooper




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 we often have a speaker, special program, music, or sometimes just time to relax and visit. Next Shabbat Dinner is Friday, August 3, 2018.  Make your reservation by calling or emailing the office by the previous Wednesday 707-360-3000 or office@bethamisr.org. Birthdays and Anniversaries celebrated! On the second through fifth Fridays of the month
Every third Friday, Sing in Shabbat with musician Lisa Iskin and Rabbi Mordecai Miller, 6:30 p.m. Next Sing-In Shabbat is Friday July 20, 2018. An interactive musical service designed to delight all ages! To honor Shabbat while meeting the needs of families, you’ll be home early enough for candle lighting and dinner. (The nursery school has a bring-your-own picnic on the lawn at 5:30.) Invite your friends!... Sing in Shabbat with Lisa
Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 6:30 when there are no special events.

Shabbat Dinner with Eliot Fintushel

Friday, August 3, 2018 our Shabbat dinner will feature a performance by Eliot Fintushel.
6:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat service
6:30 p.m. chicken Shabbat dinner by Andrea Nett
7:15 p.m. Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Gimpl the Fool” with Eliot Fintushel.
Make sure to RSVP by Wednesday August 1. Click here for more information Eliot Fintushel Aug 3

Social Action

An exciting new project the social action committee is undertaking: The Palms Inn, is a housing program located here in Santa Rosa. This program provides permanent housing with supportive services for chronically homeless individuals. The program was begun in 2016 when the Palms hotel owner converted his hotel into housing for the homeless. Housing 128 residents, the program is administrated by Catholic Charities and funded by HUD, and the Veteran’s Administration.

Social Action has committed to providing dinner once a month for the residents. We will cook and serve our next dinner on Wednesday, August 15. We hope you will consider being involved in this important effort. We have a list available of additional items needed to support this worthy cause. Pleases consider bringing items to the Beth Ami office or volunteering your time to cook or serve. Tikkun Olam!

Our monthly Wednesday mornings at The Redwood Empire Food Bank haven’t been very successful this year. However, their
needs have increased due to the fires. We are hoping to change the time to afternoons and early evening to increase attendance.
We perhaps could go out for a simple meal afterward. More information to follow.

Tisha B’Av July 21

We remember the destructive power of ‘sinat chinam’ — baseless hatred– on Tisha B’Av. 8 p.m. Minchah; 8:45 Seudah (light snack of boiled eggs and other fare); 9:15 Havdalah (fast begins) followed by Ma’Ariv and reading of Lamentations by candle light.

Adult Education classes

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. The next classes are February 14 and 21, and March 14.

Parsha of the week class and discussion with Rabbi Miller meeting Wednesday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class will be cancelled on those Wednesdays which are actual Yom Tovim.

There is no charge for Rabbi Miller’s classes. Important: If you are interested in attending , 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

“Daily Daven” morning and evening with Rabbi Miller in the chapel
–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 7:00 pm (check schedule for passover during the holiday)
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.

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

Check out the current newsletter: July August 2018 Shofar 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.