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
This week’s Cybershul email newsletter
Rabbi Miller’s Rashi classes on YouTube
Thursday June 16 3:45 pm Committee on Racism and Social Justice
Saturday June 25 9:30 am Pride Shabbat
Fridays, 6 pm on Zoom, and also available in the sanctuary when Rabbi Miller is on site: First Fridays of the month traditional Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mordecai Miller. Other Fridays, Sing in Shabbat, a short, music filled service led by Lisa Iskin and Rabbi Miller, preceded by a story with Rabbi Miller for the kids (and the kid at heart) at 5:45 pm.
(4:30 p.m. Mincha led by Rabbi Miller)
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
On Beth Ami’s Pride Shabbat, June 25, we will remember Arnold Drake, Z”L, who was national president of PFLAG and president of Beth Ami.
Study of the week’s Torah reading using Rashi’s commentary. 7:30 am weekdays on zoom or YouTube. Morning Minyan follows at 8 am.
Shabbat lunches have returned! These will not be potlucks, but simple lunches prepared by the Kitchen Committee. Tables are set up in the shady breezeway.
Some services and events returning to in-person as well as Zoom
Sonoma county public health orders are now allowing us to conduct in person Shabbat morning services, and indoor meetings. We will also have the sanctuary open on Friday evenings when Rabbi Miller is on site. Our Shabbat services are a true hybrid with active participants on Zoom. Mask mandates have been lifted for our situation, though people can and do wear them. See Beth Ami Virtual Week for details.
Fridays on Zoom, also the sanctuary will be open when Rabbi Miller is on site: We begin at 5:45 p.m. with a song and a story for the kids (and the kid at heart), followed by Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Miller on first Fridays. On other Fridays, Lisa Iskin leads 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 came up with an idea to prepare individual portions. 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. MORE INFORMATION
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 2:45 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.
On Zoom: 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
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Tuesday, December 14, 7 pm The Racial and Social Justice committee invites the community to hear about the Equal Justice Initiative ,funded by Bryan Stevenson, lawyer and author of Just Mercy. EJI provides legal representation to people who have been illegally...
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Scott and Leah Gerber join us for the 2nd night of Chanukah, Monday the 29th of November at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom, for our Maariv service led by Lisa Iskin. To begin, Leah and Scott will sing "Chanukah Oh Chanukah" in Yiddish and English. We will then light the candles...
Tuesday November 16: members of the Social Action Committee demonstrating that volunteering at the Redwood Empire Food Bank is always good, but if you join with them it's even better, because it's also fun. The Social Action Committee is having a holiday party for the...