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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

Friday, September 18 5:30 p.m. Rosh haShanah musical gathering for families. Evening Rosh haShana serice at 8:00 p.m. Holiday Schedule  More information

Kabbalat Shabbat Fridays
5:30 p.m. Mincha
5:50 Lisa Iskin sings in Shabbat
6:00 pm Community Candle lighting followed by Kabbalat Shabbat
6:45 pm Community recitation of Kiddush

Saturdays, 9:30 am

Weekday: 8:00 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: (Rabbi Miller will be on vacation June 22 through July 5.)

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)



High holidays and Covid-19

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Beth Ami is on zoom every day; you can drop in to services just to say hi and connect with people. Our High Holiday services have welcomed everyone without charge, even BZE (Before the Zoom Era.) We are continuing to keep our virtual doors open to all. Donations are accepted and very much appreciated, especially this year. We are loaning High Holiday prayerbooks to members and those who make arrangements.

Rabbi Mordecai Miller has written a letter explaining our decision to continue services on Zoom. The letter, detailing measures we are taking, may be found here.
Cantor David Ackerman returns for High Holidays: About Dr. David Ackerman, Chazan.
Information and a schedule of holiday activities is in High Holiday information, the last 2 pages are a schedule chart. The schedule alone: High Holidays schedule 2020. We will do everything we can to enable everyone to get online and attend.

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, Siddur Chadash Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, 9:30 am, Siddur Chadash Shabbat Morning
Saturday night with Havdallah begins at 7:00 p.m., bring Havdallah candle, spicebox and wine

Weekday: 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Friday mornings will be conducted on Zoom.
Weekday: 7:00 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

Social Action and Adult Education: Civil Rights and Social Justice

In July, the Social Action and Adult Education Committees co-sponsored three evenings of education on Civil Rights and Social Justice.
Are you concerned about racism in our country? Are you pondering what you can do to help improve civil rights? How can we help? Benjamin Mertz led us as we explored these questions through lecture, discussion and music. Material for study and action available here.

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 August 26.

Adult Education

Drop-in Book Discussion Group: The current read for the Adult Ed Comm.-sponsored book group is Ruth Gilligan’s 9 FOLDS MAKE A PAPER SWAN. (2016, 336 pgs.) It’s about Lithuanian Jews who settled in Ireland. This group is open to all CBA members and friends. We will be meeting Monday, Aug 24 in the eve. and possibly another day too, so we can definitely have social distancing. RSVP for time and we will probably meet in my backyard or I might get help to set up in the park next to my house. Please phone Linda Emblen 544-4532 for details. P.S. Soon we may be breaking up into this 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.