Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

April 17 (Wed) 5:00 p.m. Social Action Volunteers at the Redwood Empire Food Bank

April 17 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli Dancing at the Person Center

April 19 (Fri) 6:30 p.m. Pesach begins, community seder

April 26 (Fri) 2:30-3:30 p.m. Gentle Yoga

April 29 (Mon) 1:00-3:00 p.m. Balance Class begins

May 3 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Shabbat service followed by dinner with Sarith Honigstein

May 5 (Sun) 4:00 p.m. Annual Sonoma County Holocaust Commemoration in the Friedman Center: Information Yom HaShoa 2019

May 15 (Wed) Social Action cooks and serves dinner at The Palms

May 17 (Fri) 5:00 p.m. Sing in Shabbat with Lisa and Scott

May 19 (Sun) 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Israel Celebration Israel celebration

Shabbat dinner

Shabbat is a time to be with family and friends. On the first Friday of the month, join us for Services (6:00 pm) and dinner (6:30 pm) with program to follow; invite your family & friends. You must make reservations by Wednesday the week of the dinner. Resilience. hope recovery flyer

May 3: Sarith Honigstein, Senior Director of Operations, IsraAID (US) Global Humanitarian Assistance, Inc. IsraAID is a leading humanitarian non governmental organization, committed to providing life-saving emergency relief and durable solutions for populations affected by natural disasters, epidemics and post-conflict situations. Since its inception in 2001, IsraAID has become synonymous with a rapid response to humanitarian crises. Its medical teams, search & rescue units, trauma experts, community specialists and other professionals have led international responses in natural disasters and civil strife around the world. After the initial emergency period, IsraAID shifts to long-term programs, all to accompany communities and governments as they strive to build a better tomorrow. As of 2017, IsraAID has responded to crises in 42 countries and has on-going programs in 17 countries. IsraAID was here, working in Sonoma County on October 9. Introduction by Bob Raful.

Sing in Shabbat with Lisa and Scott

Friday May 17 at 5:00 p.m.This evening will delight all ages! Dinner is only $5.00. Bring your friends, everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to the office: (707) 360-3000 At 5:15 p.m., Cowboy Scott Gerber and Lisa Iskin will sing with the kids, and Scott will perform some real cowboy rope tricks! Dinner is at 6:00. After dinner Lisa and Scott Sing in Shabbat!

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 will be serving dinner at Palms on Wednesday, March 13th. Let us know if you can help.

We have also have planned to volunteer at The Redwood Empire Food Bank 6 times this year. We will meet at the food bank and pack fruit or veggies from 5:00-7:00 and then go out for a simple meal. The next volunteer evening is Wednesday, February 20. So 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

Beth Ami has a drop-in book group that is open and free to all CBA members and friends. MY RUSSIAN GRANDMOTHER AND HER AMERICAN VACUUM CLEANER by Israeli writer Meir Shalev, is the next selection for the Adult Ed. Committee sponsored book group. It’s light and humorous and takes place in Israel. We will meet for discussion on WED., MAY 15, 7: 30pm in the CBA multi-purpose room. At the same meeting, a few “regulars” will give mini- book reports on other books that they have been reading lately. As always, all CBA members and friends are welcome.
We are and have been participating in the SF Jewish Community Library Book-in-a-Box Club. We have well-over 100 different books to choose to borrow. A few copies of Shalev’s books will be available in our office. Refreshments. Comments to Linda at 544-4532.

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.

Book of Judges 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

Gentle Yoga for Seniors with Alana Joy Eckhart: Sponsored by Friendship Circle & Congregation Beth Ami. 2nd & 4th Friday of each month, 2:30 – 3:30 PM, Sliding Scale Donation $5-$15 per class. Drop-ins and all levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a bottle of water as well as a yoga mat if you have one.

A Matter of Balance..is a course of proven and practical strategies to improve balance and reduce the risk of falls. This fun, free eight-session program is sponsored by County of Sonoma Adult and Aging and will be in the Social Hall Mondays and Wednesday -1-3 pm – April 29th to May 22. Congregation Beth Ami Social Hall Mondays & Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 PM, April 29-May 22 Free and open to all; space is limited. Class requires a committment to attend at least 5 of the 8 sessions and at least one of the first 2. To enroll, call Dana Jacoby at (707) 565-5936

“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 5:00 pm
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: Shofar March April 2019 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.