Welcome to Congregation Beth Ami of Santa Rosa, California.

Congregation Beth Ami is online at least twice every day for services and classes. See Events at a Glance for the virtual week calendar with zoom information. Check in, say hello.

Events at a Glance and Virtual Week Calendar

aBeth Ami Virtual Week chart with Zoom links BETH AMI VIRTUAL WEEK CALENDAR

Streaming video on our Facebook page

Rabbi Miller’s Rashi classes on YouTube

Friday April 23 5:00-5:40 p.m. Kindershul with Robin Cooper for ages 4-7, 2nd and 4th Fridays Kindershul Flyer

Thursdays April 8, 22, May 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Our Courageous Conversations 

Wednesday April 14, 5:00 p.m. Nationwide Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration Click for Registration and Information

Erev Shabbat on Fridays
4:30 p.m. Mincha led by Rabbi Miller, candlelighting 4:45

5:50 p.m. Sing in Shabbat led by Lisa Iskin and Rabbi Miller, concluding with Kiddush

Saturday morning Shabbat services 9:30 a.m. on Zoom; 4:30 Mincha, 5:45 Havdallah

Weekday: 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. mornings 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

Thursdays at 2:30 Bible (TaNaCH)

Our Courageuos Conversations: Join the Beth Ami Committee on Racism and Social Justice to share, and increase understanding. Starts April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

A National Virtual Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration April 14, 2021, 5:00pm. Featured Guests: Craig Taubman and Dganit Daddo. Songs, dances, stories and more.

A children’s program, for those ages 4 – 7. 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month, 5-5:40 p.m. Music, stories, dance, and more, around Jewish themes and holidays. Flyer

Special Birthday Sing in Shabbat 5:50 Friday 4/16: a story with Rabbi Miller, then Lisa Iskin’s birthday songs for our musical Shabbat service, candle lighting and Kiddush.

The Social Action Committee supplies dinners to The Palms housing, and can always use more cooks to cook in your kitchen. Let the office know if you can help. 

A National Virtual Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

April 14, 2021 (5:00pm PST) Featured Guests: Craig Taubman, Internationally Acclaimed Singer and Songwriter; and Dganit Daddo, Israeli Singer and Performer

Communities from across the country will gather for Israel’s 73rd birthday! Join us for music from Craig Taubman and Dganit Daddo, Israeli dancing, Stories of Israel, and more. Do you have a personal story of resilience or innovation? How about a memory or connection to time spent in Israel? Share your experience with us by using the link on our registration page. Stories can be shared in written or video form, and will be featured on our West*East webpage after the event. To learn more and register, please see Yom Ha’atzmaut Flyer 2021 and visit the registration page.

Kindershul for ages 4 to 7

A new children’s program, for those ages 4 – 7. Led by Robin Cooper, a full-time educator, former Sunday school teacher with music by Lisa Iskin and assisted by Rabbi Miller. FREE TO ALL! Music, stories, dance (and more!) around Jewish themes and holidays. 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month, 5 – 5:40 p.m. in Beth Ami’s Zoom Room. Favorite stuffed animals or dolls are also invited! Kindershul flyer 

Services online

Beth Ami is bringing services, davening and Torah study into our homes while our building is closed. We are conducting Zoom sessions, plus streaming video on our Facebook page at these times, along with pdfs of prayerbooks for following along:
Friday, Mincha at 4:30 p.m. followed by candlelighting. 

Sing in Shabbat is at 5:50 pm led by Lisa Iskin and Rabbi Miller. We begin with a song and a story for the kids (and the kid at heart), followed by an abbreviated musical Shabbat service at 6:00 pm, concluding with our communal Kiddush at about 6:45 pm. We hope that joining as a community in this way, will lift all of our spirits, with the beauty and holiness of Shabbat.

March 19 (Friday)— 6 p.m. Sing in Shabbat with special guest Ellie Flier
An inspiring performer, cantorial soloist, and songleader based in Nashville but with Sonoma County roots, Ellie Flier has found her passion and purpose in writing Jewish music. Listeners can’t help but feel a palpable connection to her songs, whether calling for social justice or rising up in joyous celebration.

, 9:30 am, Siddur Chadash Shabbat Morning
Saturday night Mincha at 4:30 p.m. followed by Maariv, with Havdallah at 5:45 p.m., bring Havdallah candle, spicebox and wine

Weekday: 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Friday mornings will be conducted on Zoom.
Weekday: 5:00 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

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

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.
Thursday, April 8-7:30-8:30 Recognizing Racism
Thursday, April 22-7:30-8:30 Racism and White Privilege
Thursday, May 6-7:30-8:30 Becoming an Ally Flyer

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. To get more info, please call Lyla Nathan at 526-7438 or Elizabeth Jarlsberg at BA office 360-3000.

Adult Education

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: Mishna 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. in the Library. 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

Ongoing activities

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.

Check out our current newsletter: Shofar March and April 2021 for essays, news, more events and details about the events listed above. Archived issues of the Shofar are also available online.

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.

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