Fragile Democracy

To begin, a lot of electrons have already been agitated responding to the general outcry to today’s Supreme Court decision to upend Roe vs. Wade. As the rabbi of Congregation Beth Ami, I go on record in voicing my concern at a decision that, for all practical...

Remembering Arnold Drake, Z”L, on Pride Shabbat

Doctors chats help Santa Rosa rabbi see LGBTQ light:  By Robert Nagler Miller | June 10, 2016, J Jewish News of northern California When Rabbi Mordecai Miller of Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa marched with members of his synagogue at Sonoma County’s Pride Parade...

Pesach Greetings 5782

As we prepare to celebrate our great festival of Pesach, I want to wish you much joy – simcha and blessing – b’racha. The Seder is a wonderful opportunity, not only to gather with family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal, but a chance to explore what...

A Failed Leader: Russia Invades Ukraine

March 6, 2022 Essentially, there are two basic dynamics to the exercise of power, involving a balance of reward and punishment. Knowing how to apply this balance leads to a critical difference in results. You can try to lead primarily by physical force, through fear...

January 15, 2022

Dear Friends, Within the last two weeks we’ve witnessed two acts against the Jewish Community, one in our neighborhood: the malicious destruction of the Holocaust Memorial Fountain, a week ago at the Santa Rosa Memorial Cemetery – for the second time in two...