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Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life


BIJC Sisterhood invites you to join us in
wishing our community

L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu

The High Holidays begin on September 29. Names of those sending greetings will be printed in alphabetical order in the weekly bulletins from September 29–October 9.

Your donation helps Sisterhood raise money for BIJC! Names of those sending a New Year’s Greeting will be printed and displayed in the lobby during the High Holidays.

 Checks must be received by September 16, 2019.


Chai - $18  | Double Chai - $36  | Chai – Five $90

A Double Chai donation will be indicated by one asterisk*
A Chai-Five donation will be indicated by two asterisks** 

Please indicate how you would like your name to be listed. Make your check payable to: BIJC Sisterhood. In the memo section indicate: NY Greeting. Mail or return to: B’nai Israel Jewish Center ATTN Sisterhood, 740 Western Avenue,
Petaluma, CA 94952

SEP 16

Upcoming Sisterhood Events

Sisterhood Membership Drive & Brunch


Sunday, September 22, 11:30 a.m.

Sisterhood welcomes back all returning members and invites new members to the annual Sisterhood Opening Brunch at the home of Linda Baraz. All are welcome. 

Please RSVP by Sep 16 to Ellen Lustbader (707) 559-5090 or Carolyn Kaufman (707) 338-0575. 

Please consider joining or making a contribution to Sisterhood. By doing so, you are helping to support many essential BIJC activities, including the Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast, Hanukkah party, Community Seder, gifts for B'nai Mitzvah celebrants and more. 

The cost of an annual membership is just $36. For more information please contact Ellen Lustbader  (707) 559-5090.

Mission Statement

Our Sisterhood is dedicated to carrying out B'nai Israel Jewish Center's goals of being a welcoming, inclusive center for Jewish life in Petaluma, and addressing and nurturing the cultural, religious, spiritual, educational, and social needs of all those living in the Jewish community. We raise funds to support BIJC through membership dues and activities throughout the year. Sisterhood's goal is to make Judaism meaningful, dynamic and vital for every member of our BIJC family.

Interested in joining? We'd love to meet you.

Contact our Co-Presidents Ellen Lustbader (707-559-5090) or Carolyn Kaufman (707) 338-0575. You do not have to be a BIJC member to be a Sisterhood member. Annual dues are $36.

Sisterhood Sponsors the following:

  • Yom Kippur Break-The-Fast Buffet
  • Hanukkah Crafts Fair, Gift and Bake Sale
  • Community Seder on the second night of Passover 
  • Gift presentation to Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrants
  • Shabbat Gift Bags to Welcome New Members
  • Book Club
  • Mahjong Mondays

Activities Include:

  • Monthly Sisterhood luncheon meetings. (Please check the weekly bulletin for dates, times and details.) Bulletin sign-up 
  • Monthly Book Club. (Please check the bulletin for dates, time and book.)
  • Mahjong Mondays, every week from 12 till 3 p.m.

Sisterhood Gift Shop:

The gift shop, located at B'nai Israel, offers a beautiful selection of gifts. It is open weekdays from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment (call 707-765-1926). We are closed on Shabbat and the High Holidays. Gift certificates are available.

May the door of our Sisterhood be wide enough to receive all who hunger for love, all who are lonely for fellowship.

May it welcome all who have cares to unburden, thanks to express, hopes to nurture.

May the door of this Sisterhood be narrow enough to shut out pettiness and pride, envy and enmity.

May its threshold be no stumbling block to young or straying feet.

May it be too high to admit complacency, selfishness, and harshness.

May our sisterhood be, for all who enter, the doorway to a richer and more meaningful life.

Sat, September 21 2019 21 Elul 5779