Welcome to Congregation Beth Ami of Santa Rosa, California.
Congregation Beth Ami is online every day for services and classes. All Saturday morning services, some Friday evening services, and some events will be in person in the sanctuary as well as on Zoom. See Events at a Glance for the virtual week calendar with Zoom information.
Events at a Glance and Virtual Week Calendar
to 2:00 pmBeth Ami Virtual Week chart with Zoom links, reopening health and safety procedures, and Closed Captioning/ Live Transcript instructions
BETH AMI VIRTUAL WEEK CALENDAR
Rabbi Miller’s Rashi classes on YouTube
Sunday February 25, Book Group discusses The Third Daughter
Friday March 8 Shabbat Dinner after Kabbalat Shabbat services
Saturday March 23 7:30 pm Purim reading of Megillah and hamentashen oneg
Sunday March 24 1:00 pm Seudat (feast of) Purim with Sephardic and Mizrachi food and melodies
Fridays, 6 pm: First Fridays of the month in person and on Zoom: traditional Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mordecai Miller followed by dinner. Fourth Fridays lay led on Zoom. Other Fridays, Sing in Shabbat, a short, music filled service led by Leah Gerber. Next dinner will be February 2.
Saturday morning Shabbat services 9:30 a.m. in person and on Zoom.
Mincha starts approximately an hour before Havdallah, followed by Maariv and Havdallah
Weekday: 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. morning 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 YouTube
Tuesdays at 2:00 pm Mishnah
Wednesdays at 8:00 pm Midrash
Purim Megillah Saturday March 23, 7:30 pm. Sunday March 24 at 1:00 pm traditional Seudat (feast of) Purim with Sephardic and Mizrachi foods and melodies.
The Men’s Group as well as the Social Action Committee volunteers at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. See the blog section for activities.
A letter from Rabbi Mordecai Miller on the war in Gaza: “Like so many, I’m deeply troubled by the events going on locally and globally…”
SERVICES AND EVENTS ARE A MIX OF IN-PERSON, ZOOM AND HYBRID
We are now conducting in person Shabbat morning services, and some indoor meetings, while most evening services and meetings remain on Zoom. We will also have the sanctuary open on Friday evenings for special speakers and occasions, including Shabbat dinner on the first Friday of the month. Our Shabbat services are a true hybrid with active participants on Zoom. Mask mandates have been lifted for our situation, though people should and do wear them. See Beth Ami Virtual Week for details.
First Friday in person service with Rabbi Mordecai Miller at 6:00 pm followed by Shabbat dinner (RSVP). Other Fridays will be on Zoom: On 2nd and 3rd Fridays Leah Gerber leads a short and very sweet musical Shabbat service at 6:00 pm, concluding with our communal Kiddush at about 6:30 pm. We hope that joining as a community in this way, will lift all of our spirits, with the beauty and holiness of Shabbat. Fourth Fridays will be led by congregants.
Saturday Shabbat morning services in person and on Zoom, 9:30 am, lead by Rabbi Mordecai Miller and congregants. There are hearing assistance devices for in-person attendees and captioning available on Zoom. Lunches after Shabbat morning services are prepared by the Kitchen Committee with potluck donations, see food guidelines and recipes here.
Saturday night Mincha starts about an hour before Havdalah time, followed by study of a prayer, Maariv and Havdalah: bring Havdallah candle, spicebox and wine.
Beth Ami Virtual Week chart with Zoom links Beth Ami Virtual Week
Closed Captioning/ Live Transcript instructions Closed Caption Instructions for Beth Ami
Purim: Megillah Reading March 23, Seudat Purim March 24
This year’s Purim celebrations will be steeped in tradition. On Saturday night March 23 at 7:30 Asher Nathan will chant Megillat Esther to an appreciative and costume-wearing congregation, followed by Beth Ami baked hamentashen for all. Sunday morning services March 24 will feature Ahuva Simon Saar reading the Megillah.
On Sunday afternoon March 24 at 1:00 p.m. we will have a Seudat Purim: a festive Purim meal of traditional Sephardic and Mizrachi dishes, to remember the ancient Jewish communities of the Mideast and North Africa. During the meal we’ll sing the Purim story to Sephardic and Mizrachi melodies. Seudat Purim flyer for information and ways to support this event.
Social Action, Civil Rights and Social Justice
Please join the members of the Beth Ami’s Advocates for Social Justice as we explore together:
• Have time together with your community at CBA to share experiences and perhaps some sensitive discussions.
• Explore racism and white privilege in the world today and how it has directly and indirectly been a part of our lives.
• Increase our understanding and learn how racism has molded our perceptions.
• Discover ways to be antiracist and support people of color.
• Gain tools and resources to initiate and build social justice in our community.
Social Action continues to provide food to The Palms. We are now serving hot food from crockpots in person. Social Action Committee meets periodically to plan the next Palms dinner. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact Lyla.
We have resumed volunteering at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. You need to sign up online. We usually work the 10:00- 1:00 shift and then go out for a simple meal. This is a great activity with your children or grandkids over 13. Or for any friend.
To get more info, please call Lyla Nathan at 526-7438 or Elizabeth Jarlsberg at BA office 360-3000.
Beth Ami Israel Committee
The Israel Affairs Committee collects links and descriptions of national and international webinars and online viewing about Israel and antisemitism.
Online weekdays: Rashi commentary on the week’s Torah reading, 7:30-8:00 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. Videos now posted on YouTube
Online: Mishnah 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. 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
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.
In the Social Hall: Exercise for Older Adults 10 am Wednesdays
Israeli Folk Dancing is on a break: See the Israeli Dance blog.
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.
Some Recent Blogs
We had a Men's Group day February 1, we went to the Redwood Empire food bank and did a 10 to one shift. We had six people, included: Raphael Kauffman, David Sokolsky, Arnie Herskovitz, Melvin Decker, richard kahn, and Jerry Newman. We were quite productive, bagging up...
RSVP for February 2nd Shabbat dinner by Wednesday noon, January 31. OR YOU WILL ANNOY THE DRAGON! When Adar 1 begins, so does the Chinese Year of the Dragon. David Kahn will honor our lunar calendars by preparing a Kosher vegetarian Chinese dinner for February 2nd....
Sunday, February 11, free choice. Each participant does a mini-book report (5-10 min.) on a fiction or non-fiction book of own choosing by a Jewish author or with a Jewish theme. Probably meet at CBA. Come inspire and be inspired! Sunday, February 25, we will discuss...
Our HaLayla HaGadol Big Night Fundraiser is big enough to spill into an added weekend. Our congregants, inspired by the film “The Big Night,” are hosting these tasty get-togethers to celebrate good food, fun and friendship, and to raise money for maintenance of Beth...
Tu means 15th; B’Shevat means of the month of Shevat. This was the date originally designated as the general birthday of all the trees that provided food in Israel no matter when in the year they were actually planted. It should come as no surprise to you that this...
If our TaNaCh (Bible) represents the dawn of the human record, human conflict takes place by the first generation. We read about how Cain’s jealousy leads him to murder his brother Abel. There is little doubt that Cain feels totally justified in this treacherous act....
I want to thank everyone for another successful dinner and clothing and toiletries event at The Palms. The amount of care in making and serving the meal was beautiful to see. Thanks to the servers Andy, NANCY, Mike, Judi, Fredrika. Also a very special thanks to Susan...
Elizabeth Graver’s acclaimed novel Kantika (Henry Holt & Company, 2023) is the One Bay One Book selection for 2023-2024. The Beth Ami Book Group will join with One Bay One Book for our next selection. All CBA members and friends are welcome to participate. For...
Take-Out Latke Fundraiser We will be making and selling the famed Beth Ami latkes as a fundraiser. Richard Kahn has spent decades refining his recipe and technique, and training his crew to produce the finest latkes known to man or woman. They will come 10 to a...
Beth Hamon is a creative force whose songs straddle the fuzzy line between Jewish and secular themes of justice, hope, renewal and love. Based in Portland, Oregon, she tours as an artist- and educator-in-residence and cantorial soloist at synagogues, community centers...