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
Wednesday December 6 Evening Gift Shop Hours, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
December 7, 8, and 9 Singer-Songwriter Beth Hamon with musicians’ workshop, Kabbalat Shabbat, and Saturday night Havdallah Cafe Concert.
Sunday December 10 at 4 pm, Chanukah latke dinner. Frozen latkes can be ordered to take home.
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 and Rabbi Miller, preceded by a story with Rabbi Miller for the kids (and the kid at heart) at 5:30 pm. Next dinner will be November 3.
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
A letter from Rabbi Mordecai Miller in response to the tragic news of the massacre of Israelis by Hamas, the terrorist organization controlling Gaza..
Special Chanukah Guest: Beth Hamon December 7, 8, and 9 with a musicians’ song share, Kabbalat Shabbat, and Havdallah Cafe concert 7pm Saturday.
Our Chanukah Latke dinner will be Sunday Dec. 10 at 4 pm. We will also be selling frozen latkes as a fundraiser. Beth Ami latkes are the best.
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 5:30 p.m. with a song and a story for the kids (and the kid at heart), on 2nd and 3rd Fridays followed by Leah Gerber 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. 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. 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.
Beth Ami Virtual Week chart with Zoom links Beth Ami Virtual Week
Closed Captioning/ Live Transcript instructions Closed Caption Instructions for Beth Ami
Singer-Songwriter Beth Hamon December 7, 8, and 9
Beth Hamon is a creative force whose songs straddle the fuzzy line between Jewish and secular themes ofjustice, hope, renewal and love. Based in Portland, Oregon, she tours as an artist- and educator-in-residence and cantorial soloist at synagogues, community centers and coffeehouses across the country.
Musicians’ Song Share: 7:30pm Thursday, December 7 at CBA, for Jewish musicians from throughout Sonoma County. Focused on the power of music to facilitate community and connection. RSVP a must! call Elizabeth: 707-360-3000. Free, donations welcome.
Kabbalat Shabbat Service 6:00pm December 8 in person and Zoom. Beth will lead the service with Rabbi Mordecai Miller
Havdalah Cafe: 7:00pm, December 9 at CBA; Ticket Donation purchased in advance by contacting our office $20, at the door $25.
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
Community Rummage Sale to be held Sunday August 20th from 10 am to 2 pm at Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Avenue, across from Spring Lake Middle School. We are collecting items in very good or excellent condition like.... Household items, kitchen ware Barbecue and cooking...
Friday Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 pm with Rabbi Miller on Zoom, with new story time for grown-ups at 5:30.
I’ve decided to read from the novel “Queen Maker” by India Edghill in the place of the “Children’s Story.” It’s a novel based on the Biblical character of Michal, daughter of Saul. One review of the book reads: “Bold yet precise, this novel weaves new threads of...
July 26 Wednesday Erev Tisha B’Av in person in the sanctuary, as well as on Zoom 8:00 pm. Services begin, 8:27 pm. Fast begins (Chanting the Book of Lamentations) July 27 Thursday 8:00 am Tisha B’Av service on Zoom 9:10 pm Fast ends Tisha B’Av (“the ninth of Av”) is...
Shalom all, Hoping everyone is enjoying summer now that the weather is more summer like. This is a reminder that there is no SAC meeting this month We will meet on Tuesday, Aug 8th 12:30. Location tbd We will be serving at The Palms on Aug. 16 th. If you'd like to...
Thursday, May 25th Come any time between 5 and 10 pm. We will meet at Beth Ami to learn from national presenters, and have dairy refreshments. Join with thousands of Jews for the Conservative/Masorti Movement Tikkun Leil Shavuot Torah from Coast to Coast, sponsored by...
Join Beth Ami at the Sonoma County 2023 Pride Parade Saturday, June 3rd, downtown Santa Rosa. We are all signed up for the Sonoma County 2023 Pride Parade on Saturday, June 3rd, in Santa Rosa. The theme is commUNITY. Come show your pride and love for everyone in the...
We received lots of positive feedback from people who attended the dinner and panel discussion. Thank you to the speakers, Dan Levitis and Leah Halper, and to Ilana Stoelting for moderating. Thank you, Rabbi Miller, for a wonderful service. The food was delicious,...
The Social Action Committee at CBA presents June 2nd First Friday Shabbat Dinner and Presentation: Homelessness and the Caritas Village Project Service 6:00 Dinner 6:45 Presenters 7:30 Today, almost 3,000 people in Sonoma County are experiencing homelessness....
What we have been doing lately: We visited the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center in Santa Rosa and saw some wonderful exhibits of local native America tribes, Pomo, Miwok, and Wappo. What a really fine cultural center. Among their many goals, the center...
Today was really nice at The Palms. The new manager, Amanda and Bill have made some wonderful changes in the facility. It was cleaner and more open. We served in the library which is very comfortable surrounded by books and a great bar that made serving very easy. We...