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Our Clergy & Staff


Rabbi Ted Feldman has retired from B’nai Israel Jewish Center after serving the community from 2005-2022. He is honored with tributes in the Petaluma Argus-Courier and  The Jewish News of Northern California.

The position is currently open

Gan Israel Preschool Director - Teri Porter

We are pleased to welcome Teri Porter as the director of Gan Israel Preschool. Teri has a wealth of experience in Early Childhood Education and has directed infant, preschool, and after-school care programs in Sonoma and Marin counties. She received a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena. Teri has lived in Petaluma for over 30 years, and has two grown sons, Garrett and Marshall. She enjoys photography, hiking, yoga and traveling.

Teri may be reached at (707) 763-5136. Email her at

Outreach and Programming - Hillary Fox

Hillary Fox is our outreach and programming director. A native of Los Angeles and longtime resident of Marin County, she received her degree from CSU–Long Beach in Theatre Tech and has worked in theatrical production management and has helped to found two schools. A member of Kol Shofar, Hillary lives in San Rafael with her husband, two daughters and their Labradoodle, Brady. Contact her at

Communications Coordinator - Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson has lived in California since 2001, coming from Oneonta, New York. She has worked in marketing for numerous arts organizations in New York and California, and previously was marketing assistant, program annotator and music publicist at Sonoma State University. She plays the French horn and holds degrees from the University of Denver (MA-Music) and Hartwick College (BS-Music Education). Ruth combines her love of music and language by leyning on Shabbat at B’nai Israel. Contact her at

Office Administrator -  Erica Stuart

Erica Stuart is our Office Administrator. Before moving to Petaluma, she spent 20 years in the news industry, including 10 years at 60 Minutes. She also served as Public Information Officer for the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, handling media relations for local and state government agencies. She serves as a board member for BIJC’s Sisterhood and manages the Sisterhood Gift Shop. Erica’s hours are from 9 am – 1 pm, Monday - Friday. She can be reached by phone at 707-762-0340, or via email at Click here to view the Sisterhood Gift Shop catalogue online.

Web Consultant - Lisa Basalto

Lisa Basalto has worked in web, layout and graphic design since 2001. She got her start designing websites as a hobby, and has been the webmaster at BIJC since 2008. In addition to designing websites, she has worked as an afterschool teacher and as a writer. She graduated from Sonoma State University in 2007, and lived throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley of California for most of her life before finally moving to northwest Oregon in 2013. 

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