Dear Congregants and Beth Ami Nursery School Families, below is an announcement about Across the Interfaith Table 2017 that will occur on Sunday, August 27th from 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. This event is a once a year opportunity for individuals from all faiths to learn more about other religions and to build new relationships.
Beth Ami is a co-sponsor and Beth Ami’s involvement expresses the Congregation’s commitment toTikkun Olam, Healing the World. By building bridges with other faiths we strengthen our community and united we make a statement that divisiveness and hatred have no place in this community. We all hope that peace and respect are the hallmarks of the Sonoma County Community. However, in the unlikely event, that any one faith is attacked, all faiths standing together make a strong statement that hatred has no home in Sonoma County.
In the 1960s the African-American Community Baptist Church was torched by racists. Congregation Beth Ami and specifically the late Benny Friedman and Everett Shapiro were present the next day to offer and provide support. Community Baptist Church was able to conduct worship services the following Sunday including a new piano with Beth Ami’s help. The incident was unfortunate but it forged a strong bond between the two communities.
Please join me and Rabbi Miller and in attending this bridge-building event. If you are able to attend or help volunteer at the event, please reach out to me at or with Rabbi Miller at
May our community be blessed with peace.
Henry S. Cohn
Across the Interfaith Table 2017
On Sunday, August 27th, from 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM, the Interfaith Council of Sonoma County (ICSC) will offer the opportunity for all faith communities to participate in Across the Interfaith Table 2017.  The program will take place at:
Center for Spiritual Living
2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa
Food for the Soul and Food for the Body!
Outline of Activities
  • 3:30 – 4:45 we will gather for a brief welcome and introduction.  Participants will be able to learn about and actually experience the worship practices of any one of several religious groups.
  • 5:00 – 6:15 we will gather together for a unique presentation representing most, if not all, the diverse religious groups participating.
  • 6:00 – 7:30 we will be able to enjoy a vegetarian potluck buffet feast, again representing a whole array of cuisines. (After all, “you gotta eat!”)
The Interfaith Council of Sonoma County (ICSC) is a voluntary, individual membership organization uniting people of many faiths – both laity and clergy living or worshiping in Sonoma County, California.  Anyone who supports ICSC’s mission is welcome.
ICSC Mission Statement
Affirming our vision that humanity is of One Soul, we, of many beliefs, join to celebrate our diversity and organize for peace and unity through humanitarian activism.
For more information about Across the Interfaith Table 2017, contact the Event Planning Committee at 707-494-2464 or