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Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life

Backyard Beautification Project

As many of you are aware, a group of us started dreaming about what a new backyard could do for our community. Through the efforts of several of our members - Sela and Stu Nissenbaum, Carol Newman and Barry Sovel, Dru and Joe West, Gina Wilson-Seppa and Don Seppa, Jay Silverberg, Eileen and Larry Jonas, Anne Gilbert, Carolyn Kaufman, Jim Stern and Ted Feldman - whose vision and generosity planted the seeds, we are almost there!

We hope to complete the fundraising in the next 4-6 weeks so that we can finish the backyard renovation in time to begin an array of spring and summer events, outdoor services, weddings, B'nai Mitzvah receptions and much more.

While tax deductible gifts in any amount are welcome and appreciated, this is also an opportunity to honor or memorialize someone important to you through the following naming rights. A dedication plaque will be permanently placed on the structure of your choice.

  1. New Sukkah/Outdoor Classroom $6,000
  2. Tricycle Track surrounding a new lawn $6,000
  3. Music Pavilion/Wedding Chuppa $7,000
  4. Fire Pit with Bench Seating $5,000
  5. Iron Gated Entry with Tree of Life $6,000
  6. New Barbeque with Table Seating $6,000

GOAL: $65,000

Please join our team and help us bring this project to completion.

Contact Stuart Nissenbaum, BIJC President at (707) 321-8921 or email 



  • Iron entry gate with original “tree of life” design 
  • Shaded seating areas
  • Pavilion
  • Outdoor heating and lights
  • Updated sukkah 
  • Soft fall playground
  • Sandbox with cover 
  • Tricycle track with infield lawn
  • Flower and vegetable garden
  • Sound system
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Fire pit
  • New fencing

Programs & Activities

  • Weddings
  • B’nai Mitzvah celebrations
  • Movies, concerts and events
  • Holiday gatherings and observances 
  • BBQ’s
  • Food and drink pairings
  • Friday night Shabbat happy hour

Thank you to all who came out and made our Fall Gathering a success!


Thu, July 18 2024 12 Tammuz 5784