Services & Dinners

Open Hearts, Open Doors: High Holidays at Beth Ami

We’re so pleased to welcome you to Beth Ami as we approach the coming Jewish New Year, 5779. We hope you will seize the opportunity take time out: to step back; to reflect on the past year in the unique way we call “T’shuvah”; to combine ancient traditions and modern perspectives; to listen to and join in chanting both new and familiar melodies. Above all, we hope you find the way to “reconnect” with your True Source. Perhaps this is your first time participating; perhaps it’s part of your family’s tradition; perhaps you simply decided to stop back after a hiatus of one or more years. We want you to feel at home!

We believe our Traditions can awaken in each of us the sense that every single moment in life is an opportunity and every day is a precious gift. L’Shanah tovah tikateivu! May you and all those you hold close be written in the Book of Life for a good and sweet year!

Congregation Beth Ami does not charge for High Holiday tickets. Donations are gratefully accepted. Contact us for your free ticket, and join Rabbi Mordecai Miller, Cantor Yael Krieger, our fledgling choir, and our traditional, egalitarian, inclusive community. Please contact us to RSVP and pay for our pre-Yom Kippur dinner, and our Break-the-Fast dinner.
Sept. 1 8:30 p.m. Slichot program and services.
Sept. 9 8:00 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah services, installation of officers and Champagne / Honey Cake oneg
Sept. 10 8:30 a.m. First Day Rosh Hashanah Services in Friedman Center
Sept. 10 10:00 a.m. Children’s Rosh Hashanah Services with Lisa Iskin, in the Sanctuary
Sept. 10 4:30 p.m. Tashlich in Howarth Park -Potluck dinner, Mincha and Ma’ariv follow  Tashlich Flyer 2018
Sept. 11 8:30 a.m. Second Day Rosh Hashanah Services in Sanctuary

Sept. 18 5:00 p.m. Pre-Yom Kippur dinner in the Social Hall
Sept. 18 6:30 p.m. Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre service in the Friedman Center 
Sept. 19 9:30 a.m. Yom Kippur services in the Friedman Center
Sept. 19 10:00 a.m. to noon Children’s Yom Kippur Activities and 11:30 Service with Lisa Iskin, in the Sanctuary
Sept. 19 5:00 p.m. Teen Services with Rick Concoff
Sept. 19 8:00 p.m. Post Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast dinner
Erev Sukkot, Sunday, 9/23/18; 1st Day Sukkot, Monday, 9/24/18; 2nd Day, 9/25/18
All High Holiday services will be held in the Friedman Center

The Pre Kol Nidre Dinner is $16, $8 for children, free for 5 years old and younger. The Break-the-Fast dinner is $18, $8 for children, free for 5 years old and younger. Both will be held in the Beth Ami Social Hall. Tickets for dinners can be purchased in advance by calling the office.

For a complete holiday schedule through Simchat Torah: High Holiday Schedule 2018
A Guide to the meanings and practices of each holiday event: High Holiday guide 2018
Order “Challah Bags” to benefit youth programs Challah order form 2018;
Forms for Yom Kippur pre and post fast dinners and for ordering Lulav and Etrog sets Dinners and Lulav&Etrog orders 2018
2018 Alternative Readings read during the High Holy Day services


Shabbat dinner series programming for 2018-2019

Resilience, Hope & Recovery: Extraordinary Contributions and the People who Create Them. Join us the first Friday of every month, starting in August 2018, for Shabbat service, community dinner (no charge) and program featuring extraordinary contributions to resilience, hope and recovery and the people in our community who make them. Shabbat is a time to be with family and friends, and this year we particularly are mindful of how the presence of a strong community offers survivors of any disasters stepping stones on the path to normalcy. Join us for Services (6:00 pm) and dinner (6:30 pm) with program to follow; invite your family & friends. There is no charge for dinner, but you must make a reservation. This program is generously underwritten by a grant from the Jewish Community Federation’s Wildfire Relief Fund. Resilience Hope Recovery flyer

Friday, September 7, 2018 our Shabbat dinner will feature a presentation by Susan Cooper. Have you ever wondered why people live in poverty? Or how small actions by many people can result in a Big Change? Join Susan Cooper from Community Action Partnership, Sonoma County’s designated anti-poverty agency as she talks about her work to repair the world one day at a time. Susan will discuss the agency’s programs that work to change the cycles of poverty in this community, how the fires effected their programs and clients and how her Jewish values play a part in her work. Susan Cooper flyer

6:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat service
6:30 p.m. Shabbat dinner: no charge, donations made online or sent to the office are gratefully accepted.
7:15 p.m. Susan Cooper speaks on Community Action Partnership
Make sure to RSVP by Wednesday Sept. 5.

Sing in Shabbat

Every third Friday, Sing in Shabbat with musician Lisa Iskin and Rabbi Mordecai Miller, 7:30 p.m. Next Sing-In Shabbat is September 21, 2018. An interactive musical service designed to delight all ages! Stay tuned for special guest Scott Gerber in October!… Sing in Shabbat with Lisa
Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 7:30 starting in September, when there are no Shabbat dinners.

Regular Service Schedule (non-holidays)

Synagogue services have always held a central place in the life of Congregation Beth Ami. This lists our usual service schedule for non-holiday days.

Friday Evening Services

Shabbat Evening Services Friday night services, except for the first Friday of the month, will be at 7:30 beginning in September. This will enable congregants to eat dinner before services and socialize at the oneg afterwards. On the first Friday and on some other occasions when there is a dinner, there will be a shorter evening service from 6:00 to 6:30.

First Friday of each month: Shabbat Dinner & Services with Rabbi Miller: Services from 6:00-6:30 followed by dinner. Speakers, music, or other programs may follow dinner. No charge, but we do need RSVPs. We gratefully accept donations. Make your reservation by calling 707-360-3000 or emailing the office by noon the Wednesday before the dinner.

Every third Friday, Sing in Shabbat with musician Lisa Iskin and Rabbi Mordecai Miller, 7:30 p.m.  Sing in Shabbat with Lisa
Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 6:30 when there are no special events.

Featured periodic speakers
After and during Friday night services

Shabbat Morning Services

Shabbat Morning Services
9:30 a.m. Saturday morning Services, led by the Rabbi, lay leaders and guests.
A dairy potluck lunch follows. Potluck Food Guidelines

Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations
Saturday morning Shabbat Services,
followed by festive lunches hosted by the celebrant’s family.

Weekday Services

“Daily Daven” morning and evening with Rabbi Miller in the chapel.
–Monday thru Friday at 7:00 am
Sundays and national holidays at 8:30am, a light breakfast follows on 1st and 3rd Sundays
Evenings–Sunday through Thursday at 7:00 pm. (check Passover schedule during holiday)
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. The Torah is read Monday and Thursday, if there is a minyan. Please read this note from Rabbi Mordecai Miller:

I actually started davening (attending minyan services) regularly at my first pulpit, Temple of Aaron, St. Paul MN, back in the mid seventies. I found that getting together with fellow daveners bracketed my day in a unique way. The ideas expressed through the prayers covered the spectrum of emotions from “thanks” to “hope” to “seeking” Divine help. Ever since that time, I’ve tried to support a daily minyan at every shul I’ve served.

Before I even arrived in Santa Rosa, I had heard from my colleague in St. Louis, Rabbi Mark Fasman, that he had wanted to attend a Conservative minyan in the Bay Area to honor his father who had just passed away. There was simply none to be found. So I made a personal commitment at the time, that if I was fortunate enough to serve a pulpit in this area, I would try to create an opportunity for anyone who wished, to be able to attend a minyan and say Kaddish.

About a year ago, I was able to start a regular morning service, Monday through Friday. I made a personal commitment that were I fortunate enough for my position at Beth Ami to become full-time, I would round out the day with a daily evening service (Sunday through Thursday).

I would love to provide a resource for our community and an opportunity for anyone who wants, to be able to stop by on any given day and spend some time meditating in holy space, (in the presence of a Sefer Torah).
Sunday through Thursday, we start at 6:00 the Chapel, and services take about 20 to 30 minutes

Know that you will be most welcome any time you choose to come and join us.

Rabbi Mordecai Miller

If you need to say Kaddish
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. The Torah is read Monday and Thursday, if there is a minyan.