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Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life

Social Action Committee

The current BIJC Social Action Committee formed in 2020 as an outgrowth of the adult education class on Social Justice led by Rabbi Ted Feldman. Every month the Social Action Committee will focus on a project in which BIJC members may participate. For information please email

Current Projects


July-August 2021

Mentor Me, a program of Petaluma People Services Center, is collecting school supplies for needy children in the greater Petaluma-Cotati-Rohnert Park area. Please click here for a list of items on request. Items will be collected at BIJC and delivered to Mentor Me in August.

Drop off items at the BIJC Office M-F between 9 a.m.—4 pm.

For assistance, call (707) 762-0340 or email

Past Projects

Abrazos Film Screening & Director Q&A

May 2021 —The Social Action Committee of B’nai Israel Jewish Center in Petaluma, CA hosted an online screening of ABRAZOS (Embraces) May 9-16 followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Luis Argueta on May 16. 

Guest Speaker Terry Winter, November 11, 7 p.m.

Get Out The Vote

For the month of September we are focusing on getting out the VOTE.

Sending postcards is winding down as we do not want to overload the already stressed postal system. Instead we will encourage folks to join a phone bank. Here is one we recommend:

Reclaim Our Vote: This organization contacts disenfranchised voters through out the Southern U.S.  to help them get registered and vote. The phone-bank is organized to call folks who do not have internet or cell phones, mostly rural people of color.

Interfaith Food Pantry Seeks Masks

Thursday, August 27, 4:30 p.m.
For our monthly Elim Church food bank the Social Action committee would like to hand out face masks to participants. Along with a mask, we will include a short note written in Spanish and English that talks about the importance of wearing masks, proper usage of masks and the fines for not wearing them.

Here’s how you can help: 

If you can sew masks or would like to donate purchased ones, please contact Lani at

Backpack project

"Thanks to your generous support, almost $500 was raised by BIJC to donate to Food Empowerment Project's School Supply Drive for the Children of Farm Workers! 

"More than 540 backpacks filled with school supplies were delivered to the children. It is such a joy to see their happy faces filled with excitement.

"While the School Supply Drive is over for this year, Food Empowerment Project would be grateful for your interest and support in other areas of their work. Please go to their website to discover the important difference they make in all aspect of the food chain."

Sun, August 1 2021 23 Av 5781