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Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life


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. The cost of an annual membership is just $36. For more information please contact our President Ellen Lustbader (707-559-5090). You do not have to be a BIJC member to be a Sisterhood member.

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
  • BIJC Gift Shop

Activities Include:

  • Monthly Sisterhood luncheon meetings. (Currently meeting via Zoom due to Covid-19. Please check the weekly bulletin for dates, times and details.)
  • Monthly Book Club. (Currently meeting via Zoom due to Covid-19. Please check the bulletin for dates, time and book.)
  • Mahjong Mondays, 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting 11/7/2022.

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.

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.

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