Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

Dec 12 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Dec 12 (Wed) 5 – 7:00 p.m. Redwood Empire Food Bank volunteer with the Social Action Committee

Dec 12 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. The Slave book discussion with the Adult Education Committee

Dec 19 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Dec 19 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Dec 19 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli Dancing at the Person Center

Jan 2 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Jan 2 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Jan 4 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. Resilience Hope Recovery Shabbat Dinner with Jon Batzdorff

Jan 7 (Mon) 7:00 p.m. women’s group celebrating Rosh Chodesh Shevat

Jan 9 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Jan 9 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. Israeli Dancing at the Person Center

Jan 16 (Wed) 11:00 a.m. Book of Joshua study and discussion with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Jan 16 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Jan 26 (Sat) 8:00 p.m. Nava Tehila at the Glaser Center

Jan 30 (Wed) 7:30 p.m. Midrash Class with Rabbi Mordecai Miller

Feb 2, 3 (Sat & Sun) HaLayla HaGadol fundraisers

Shabbat dinner series programming for 2018-2019

Resilience, Hope & Recovery: Extraordinary Contributions and the People who Create Them. Join us the first Friday of every month, starting in August 2018, for Shabbat service, community dinner (no charge) and program featuring extraordinary contributions to resilience, hope and recovery and the people in our community who make them. Shabbat is a time to be with family and friends, and this year we particularly are mindful of how the presence of a strong community offers survivors of any disasters stepping stones on the path to normalcy. 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. Donations are always appreciated! January 4: Jon Batzdorff, Prosthetist/Orthotist. Jon Batzdorff Shabbat dinner flyer This program is generously underwritten by a grant from the Jewish Community Federation’s Wildfire Relief Fund. Resilience Hope Recovery flyer 

Social Action

An exciting project It is the beginning of the holiday season and for many there is considerable need. 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.

The SAC will be volunteering at the Redwood Empire Food Bank on Wednesday, December 12 from 5:00-7:00. This is a new date, we will not be going in November. Please call the office for more info. Teens 13 or over are encouraged to attend.

We will be serving dinner at Palms on Wednesday, November 28th. The dinner will be catered by Bernard and Maria Soltes with the help of the SAC.

We are going to participate with the nursery school,in collecting and assembling toiletries for those in need. For the winter clothing drive we will be collecting items for The Living Room this year. The Living Room is a day shelter for homeless women and their children. They do good work and they always have need for clothes, bedding etc. Please refer to the flyer. Tikkun Olam!

Adult Education

THE SLAVE is a 17th-century love story by Nobel Prize winner, Isaac Bashevis Singer. Poet and critic, Ted Hughes, described the book as “burningly radiant and intensely beautiful.” The adult education committee sponsored book discussion of it will be Wednesday, December 12, 7:30pm, in room 12-13. A limited # of copies borrowed from the SFJewish Community Library are now in the office to check out. This is a drop-in book group that is open to all CBA members and friends.

In mid-December, we’ll have SFJCL books available for this year’s One Bay One Book selection, Philip Roth’s THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA. Group discussion will be in late January.

Wed., Nov. 14, 7:30pm at CBA we’ll be showing a documentary film, PHILIP ROTH UNMASKED. No prior reading necessary. All welcome.

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 Joshua 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 6:00 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 November December 2018 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.