Welcome to
Congregation Beth Ami
of Santa Rosa

Events at a glance

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Streaming video on our Facebook page

Tuesday, June 9, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Social Action Committee meets to plan Palms dinner. For Zoom address see this link.

On Friday evenings,
5:30 p.m. Mincha
6:00 pm Community Candle lighting followed by Kabbalat Shabbat
6:45 pm Community recitation of Kiddush

Saturdays, 9:30 am

Weekday: 8:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. mornings and evening prayers will be conducted on Zoom. Beth Ami Virtual Week

Rabbi Miller’s remote classes:

Tuesdays at 2:00 pm Mishnah

Wednesdays at 7:30 pm MIdrash

Thursdays at 2:30 Bible (TaNaCH)



Measures we are taking against Covid-19

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

This situation is affecting every one of us; we’re learning as we go. What we know today is likely to be different tomorrow. It’s most important to know you are not alone – we are in this together. You can expect to hear from Rabbi and me regularly until we are up and running again sometime in the future.
Here are some highlights about how we are working at Congregation Beth Ami:
The entire CBA campus (including Friedman Center, Nursery School and Synagogue) is closed at least through June 1, perhaps longer. Gates are locked at the driveway entrances on Mayette Avenue; All working staff are working “virtually,” from home.
Rabbi Miller is holding services and minyans “virtually,” meaning via ZOOM. You can access his classes and services here.
We have had to furlough (temporarily lay off) or cut hours for every staff member on the campus – teachers, FC, CBA office. Elizabeth Jarlsberg can be reached at the usual office phone #: 707-360-3000, between the hours of 10:00 & 2:00 daily.
Committees and your Board of Directors meet via ZOOM. I am very proud of the Board and how Directors have stepped up to provide leadership and decision-making skill at this time.
The physical space of Beth Ami Community Nursery School is closed for the remainder of the school year (May 29). Teachers and administrators are staying in touch with their children “virtually,” and all are working from home.
Friedman Center has postponed or cancelled events through June 1, and Andrea is working from home.
At the urging of congregants, we’ve established a “Calling, Caring & Connecting” effort, engaging a group of 25 members who are making calls each week to check-in with every congregant. Stay connected and let your caller know if you need something – from TP to prayerbooks!
At the urging of Nursery School parents and some CBA members, we’re creating a team of volunteers who “can do” for the vulnerable among us: go grocery shopping, for example, or read aloud to someone with poor eyesight. You’ll hear more as this develops.

Stay well friends,
Carolyn Metz, President, mzmetzpresident@gmail.com
and Rabbi Mordecai Miller rabbi@bethamisr.org

Rabbi Miller online during shelter in place directives.

Beth Ami has been working on ways to bring services, davening and Torah study into our homes while our building is closed. We are starting with Zoom sessions, plus streaming video on our Facebook page at these times, along with pdfs of prayerbooks for following along:
Friday, Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00 pm, Siddur Chadash Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, 9:30 am, Siddur Chadash Shabbat Morning

Weekday: 8:30 a.m. Sunday through Friday mornings will be conducted on Zoom. Email Rabbi@BethAmiSR.org if you have questions.
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

Social Action during Social Distancing

We wanted to see if there was any way we could continue to provide food to The Palms. We came up with an idea to prepare individual portions. Tuesday, June 9, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Social Action Committee meets to plan the next Palms dinner. For Zoom address see this link. To get more info, please call Lyla Nathan at 526-7438 or Elizabeth Jarlsberg at BA office 360-3000.

Adult Education

Drop-in Book Discussion Group: All members and friends are welcome. Meeting in the cozy CBA library, on a future date TBD– more time to read. We will discuss Cynthia Ozick’s novel, The Puttermesser Papers (1997). Brilliant Writer, highly imaginative, but includes many realistic details, funny, thought-provoking, winner of numerous literary awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship. Also, our group is 1st in line for a book that takes place in Ireland that several people said they’d like to read next — Ruth Gilligan’s “9 Folds Make A Paper Swan.” Contact Linda for plans during shelter in place directive 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.

Online: 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.

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.)

Online: 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. A source for Torah and Haftarah is at Bible.ort.org  or here  Another source: http://www.lashon.net/CL/
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Ongoing activities

On Zoom: Morning Minyan 8:30am in the chapel
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 8:00 p.m.

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

Check out our current newsletter: Shofar May June 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.