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
Beth 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
Wednesdays 10:30 am weekly exercise group
Fridays, 6 pm: First Fridays of the month in person and on Zoom: traditional Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mordecai Miller followed by dinner. Other Fridays, Sing in Shabbat, a short, music filled service led by Lisa Iskin, (sometimes we are treated to special guest Leah Gerber) and Rabbi Miller, preceded by a story with Rabbi Miller for the kids (and the kid at heart) at 5:45 pm.
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
Our first Friday Shabbat dinners resumed January 6, with salmon by David Kahn (at right with Mark Dierkhising and Richard Kahn) Next dinner is February 3.
Starting in January, the Nursery School will be offering a new two-year-olds’ program. Please spread the word and give director Caren Drezner a call at 707-360-3030.
Lee Feinstein makes challah for Shabbat lunches in the Beth Ami kitchen. Click to find guidelines, recipes, and lots of ways to participate in our Shabbat meals.
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: We begin at 5:45 p.m. with a song and a story for the kids (and the kid at heart), followed by Lisa Iskin leading 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.
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. We have resumed lunches after Shabbat morning services. They are prepared by the Kitchen Committee, and tables are set up in the breezeway outside.
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.
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
Beth Ami Virtual Week chart with Zoom links Beth Ami Virtual Week
Closed Captioning/ Live Transcript instructions Closed Caption Instructions for Beth Ami
Social Action, Civil Rights and Social Justice
Please join the members of the Beth Ami Committee on Racism and 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.
Crash course on the history of Israel: Register now for the 5-part Zoom course, on 5 Sunday mornings, 10-11:30 AM PST, Jan 8-Feb 12
Co-Sponsored by our Israel Committee Sessions provide the history of Jews and Arabs in the land of Israel and the evolution of the current Israeli/Palestinian conflict Admission for this course is free of charge.Registration is required
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
SCHOLARSTREAM: Beginning in August and spanning all the way up to Shavuot, the Conservative Movement seminaries and institutions are partnering to offer seven series that will bring our community face-to-face with the brightest and most engaging scholars our movement has to offer. Congregation Beth Ami has been given a sponsorship for the whole Series. Contact Lizzie at the Office to get a code to access any one of the lectures that interest you. Please note that the start times vary from month to month so read the schedule carefully and mark your calendars ahead of time. More information and links
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 every other Wednesday evening: 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
Our current read is a memoir by Lev Golinkin, A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka (2014, 303 pgs.) Golinkin was born in Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1980 during the end of the Cold War and the Soviet Union. Critics say the memoir is vivid, darkly comic, gripping....
You don't have to make latkes the same way every time... once you try the recipes in this pdf, you'll wish Chanukah was longer than eight days. Here is some food history for you. When we think of latkes, we are immersed in the romantic tradition of this hot, crispy,...
I will be in Beth Ami's social hall 7-9 pm Wednesday Oct. 26 The gate from the rear parking lot should be propped open. You can also zoom: Leanne Schy is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Leanne's dance reunion Time: Oct 26, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time...
CBA Book Group is now reading THE BETRAYERS by David Bezmozgis (Fiction, 256 pgs., 2015) for discussion Sunday, October 16, in my sukkah. The book spans 1 Jewish day in the life of a powerful Israeli politician, a former Soviet refusenik. The story takes place mostly...
Sunday, October 2 at 2 PM Nature as Torah; Spiritual Structure in Native American Culture Where: Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa The program will also be available on Zoom. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/862157330?pwd=c2V5dEp6YzA4ZERHL2p2REdFU29uQT09 A...
We are reposting this honey cake article from 2020, lest these recipes sink out of sight in the list of blog posts, and our holiday baking suffers. But first, an article on the history of honey cake from Janet Stein-Larson of the kitchen Committee. The Kitchen Corner:...
Join us for a two-part Presentation with discussion to follow Sunday September 18th and Sunday October 2nd at 2:00pm Professor Ben Benson is of mixed heritage, Jewish and American Indian. This has given him unique access to Native cultures in both North and South...
Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure that I announce the Board of Directors have hired Caren Drezner as the new Nursery School director. Caren is a highly professional preschool director relocating from Silicon Valley and has years of experience in JCC management....