Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

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

Streaming video on our Facebook page

Wednesday October 21 Social Action Committee makes dinner for The Palms call CBA office to help

November 8-10 Racism and Social Justice Committee plans discussion on USJC Racial Justice conference

Sunday November 8 10:00 a.m. Voices of Israel Mr. “Dry Bones” Yaakov Kirschen
December 13
10:00 a.m. Voices of Israel Charlotte Korchak, Director, International Student Programs, StandWithUs Israel

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

Sing in Shabbat on Fridays
5:30 p.m. Mincha led by Rabbi Miller
5:50 p.m. Kids corner with song and a story, with Rabbi Miller
6:00 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

Weekday: 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 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)



Voices of Israel program monthly on Sundays

Monthly on Sundays at 10 am through May Signup at https://signup.com/go/LFJUpEX   First two speakers:
November 8 Mr. “Dry Bones” Yaakov Kirschen Antisemitism and the Power of Cartoons: 50 Years of Zionist Cartooning: Back in 1970 he was a successful cartoonist in Manhattan who caught the Zionist bug, moved from “the Big Apple” to Jerusalem and morphed into Israel’s famous Dry Bones cartoonist. Now, 50 years later, he returns to share his thoughts on cartoons, life in Israel, American Jewry, the future of Zionism, and the current wave of antisemitism.
December 13 Charlotte Korchak Director, International Student Programs, StandWithUs Israel Concepts and Misconceptions about Israel, Zionism, and Jews: Charlotte educates and trains students from around the world in Israeli history and activism. In her current role as Senior Educator, Charlotte works with over 10,000 students a year from nearly every continent educating them about Israel and training them to be effective activists in their high schools, universities, and communities worldwide. She has quickly become one of the foremost public speakers in her field.

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, Kabbalat Shabbat 5:50 pm with musical leadership by Lisa Iskin
Saturday, 9:30 am, Siddur Chadash Shabbat Morning
Saturday night with Havdallah begins at 6:00 p.m., bring Havdallah candle, spicebox and wine

Weekday: 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Friday mornings will be conducted on Zoom.
Weekday: 6:00 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

Civil Rights and Social Justice Committee

Are you interested in exploring the topic of Judaism and Social Justice from the Black perspective? This three-day virtual conference November 8 – 10 is worthwhile to consider. It is sponsored by the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism. To register click this link.
The CBA Racism and Social Justice Committee will be organizing a discussion group for CBA members after the conference. To sign up for the discussion group, contact Carol Swanson at swangirl@comcast.net.

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. The next Palms dinner will be October 21.

Adult Education

Drop-in Book Discussion Group: Please phone Linda Emblen 544-4532 for details. P.S. Soon we may be breaking up into a live group which I organize and a Zoom group with another leader. We recognize the value of both to different people. .

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 September October 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.