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Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life

Classes & Workshops

Lecture Series: Israel From Many Perspectives

Alternate Wednesdays Jan 22 thru Mar 18, 7–8:30 pm
Learn about Israel today through the voices of experts across the political spectrum. This five-part, bi-weekly series led by Rabbi Ted Feldman is free and open to BIJC members and guests. 

Register for Israel From Many Perspectives

Jan 22: First class led by Rabbi Ted Feldman, introduction and opening remarks.

Feb 5: Combatants for Peace, founded in 2006, is a non-profit, volunteer organization of ex-combatant Israelis and Palestinians, men and women, who have laid down their weapons and rejected all means of violence. We are working together to end the occupation of Palestine, bring just peace to the land, and demonstrate that Israelis and Palestinians can work and live together.

Feb 19: J Street was created to serve as the political home and voice for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. The views of the majority of American Jews were previously underrepresented and ignored in our politics. We’re changing that, and in the process transforming our national conversation about what it means to be pro-Israel.

Mar 4: Dr. Ziv Rubinovitz is a political scientist with expertise in Israeli foreign policy and U.S.-Israel relations. Rubinovitz earned a Ph.D. from the University of Haifa. He is a Teaching Fellow from the Israel Institute and visiting professor at Sonoma State University.

Mar 18: The mission of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel.

B’nai Israel Jewish Center, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma, CA, is the oldest Jewish community between San Francisco and Portland, OR. Led by Rabbi Ted Feldman, B’nai Israel is an inclusive community for Jewish life, addressing the cultural, religious, spiritual, educational and social needs of all who wish to identify with the Jewish community of Petaluma and the surrounding areas.


Recurring Study Opportunities

Shabbat Lunch 'n' Learn

Twice monthly, 12:30-2 p.m.
Many people find a deep satisfaction and joy in the quest for knowledge and the experience of engaged learning. Shabbat is a rich time to relax, share food, and come together in community to study Jewish wisdom.

Twice a month Rabbi Feldman conducts a learning session after services. Beginning this Shabbat, he will be teaching from sections of a work called Ein Yaakov. This text, a compilation of the spiritual and inspirational teachings from the Talmud, was a the subject of Sunday morning for many Sundays at BIJC. This study opportunity will allow these teachings to enhance our Shabbat experience in our community.

Check our calendar or weekly announcements for upcoming Lunch 'n' Learn sessions.


Individual Study and Direction

Rabbi Feldman is available to set up individual courses of study, including for those interested in exploring basic Judaism.

You may reach Rabbi Feldman at 707-765-2937 or rabbi@bnaiisrael.net

Sun, January 19 2020 22 Tevet 5780