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27 Kislev, 5782 | December 1, 2021

Weekly Shabbat Information

Friday, December 3
Candle Lighting: 4:32 p.m.
Rosh Chodesh Tevet begins at sundown

Saturday, December 4
Torah Study: 9:15 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service: 10 a.m.
Torah Portion: Parashat Miketz
Hybrid Shabbat services will be offered in-person and online via Zoom. Click here to see our guidelines for attending services in person.

BIJC & Community News

A gentle reminder that masking is in effect at all times in our Center. Please enter the building with your mask on. Thank you!

A Community Gathering:
Survival and Dedication

Sunday, December 5, 3:30 p.m.
Before celebrating the last night of Hanukkah at B'nai Israel Jewish Center, our community will formally accept the arrival of a Czech Holocaust Torah scroll from Temple Beth Emunah of Brockton, MA. Please join us to welcome the Czech Holocaust Torah in our Jewish Center, followed by the lighting of our outdoor Hanukkah Menorah. Registration for in-person attendance is closed. If you signed up and received an email confirmation, no further action is needed. The doors will open at 3 p.m. Please bring proof of vaccination. Click here for information about attending via Zoom.

Rabbi Ethan Franzel and the Beit Ayin Band

Unify the Heart to Walk in Truth: 
An exploration in knowing our Authentic Selves

We have all had experiences where the heart can become divided, within oneself and in the world, causing confusion and uncertainty. These powerful practices and guided experiences will help us unify the divided parts within ourselves such that we can authentically walk in Truth. Join B'nai Israel Jewish Center and Congregation Ner Shalom as we welcome Rabbi Ethan Franzel and the Beit Ayin Band for two days of special events:

Contemplative Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, December 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
B'nai Israel Jewish Center

Join Rabbi Ethan Franzel and the Beit Ayin Band as we Unify the Heart to Walk in Truth: An exploration in knowing our Authentic Selves. There is no charge to attend this Friday evening service. Registration is required. Register early, seating is subject to limitation. Click here for more information & to register in-person. Those attending in-person must bring proof of Covid vaccination or medical exemption. This event will also be available to attend virtually via Zoom. For the Zoom link, please email

Day of Practice
Saturday, December 18, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Congregation Ner Shalom

On this Day of Practice, we will uncover our own individual Truth through Sacred Chant, Chasidic Storytelling, Deep Silence, and active inner listening. Includes catered lunch. Also available to attend via Zoom. (Please note there is an attendance fee for both in-person and virtual attendance.) Those attending in-person must bring proof of Covid vaccination or medical exemption.

  • Click here to register for in-person ($72, includes lunch)
  • Click here to register to attend via Zoom ($54)

Rabbi Ethan Franzel, of Wynnewood, PA, ordained in 2001, is an educator, administrator, and spiritual leader with over 20 years of experience. He has developed numerous meditation retreat programs, combining his talents as a musician, composer, and engaging storyteller. Rabbi Franzel is co-founder of Beit Ayin, a post-denominational center of spiritual practice, influenced by eighteenth and nineteenth century Chasidic mystical worldviews.

9th Annual Winter Warmth Drive

The BIJC is again partnering with Committee on the Shelterless to help our neighbors through a cold and wet winter. This year's drive will again be TOUCHLESS. We have three covid-friendly options for donating:

  1. Order through Amazon: Click here to access the Amazon list for the BIJC Winter Warmth Drive. Then make your purchases. The purchases will be sent to us for delivery.
  2. Gift cards: Visit Target, Safeway, Lucky, or any gas station (in-person or online) to purchase a gift card. Mail the card to BIJC. We will deliver cards and gifts ordered through Amazon to COTS.
  3. Donate online or by check: Click here to donate online. Select the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund and note "Winter Warmth." If you would like to mail a check, make the check out to "Rabbi's Discretionary Fund" and note "Winter Warmth" on the check. Mail it to 740 Western Ave., Petaluma, CA 94952

Please call the office at (707) 762-0340 with any questions. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

We Are Here

If you need help for medical, financial, spiritual or any other reason, or if you know someone who needs help, please contact Rabbi Ted Feldman or Rhonda Goodman of the BIJC Caring Community and we will reach out.

The strength of our community depends on the strength of our relationships with each other and how we care for those in need.

Join us to care for our community by volunteering to help as much or as little as you want by making phone calls, writing notes, running errands, delivering a meal, driving people to appointments or visiting the sick.

Hineni - I am here 

Upcoming BIJC Events

Sunday, January 9, 9 a.m. - Ritual Committee Meeting 
Zoom link to be emailed. Open to all interested persons. For more info and Zoom link, contact

See our full events calendar

Community Events & Information

Join Social Action's Mitzvah Bag Project
Monday, December 13, 5 p.m
MITZVAH BAGS: Dec. 13: 5pm at BIJC. The BIJC Social Action Committee will be assembling bags with small individually wrapped items to handout to homeless folks we come across in our daily activities. 

All are welcome to come and help assemble the bags and take some of the filled small bags home with you to pass out to homeless folks. 

If you are coming, purchase 50 individually wrapped items of your favorite (healthy) snack. Please NO plastic water bottles. Suggestions: protein bars, applesauce, granola bars, nuts, cheese or peanut butter crackers, juice boxes, fruit roll ups etc.  It's ok if we get duplicates, just more to hand out! Remember : Individually wrapped items only. 

We hope you will join us at this event. Please bring proof of vaccination.

For more information email

Interfaith Food Pantry
December 23 & 30

Extra volunteers are needed for the next three food pantry dates due to anticipated high demand. Volunteers should come at 4:15 p.m. Distribution is from 5-5:30 and cleanup is ongoing, ending no later than 6 p.m. If you can help on Dec. 23 or Dec. 30, please contact Lani Slonim at Click here to learn more about Petaluma Food Pantry.

BIJC Clubs & Organization News


Sisterhood Zoom Social
Wednesday, December 8, 12pm
Our guest speaker will be Steven Levenson from The Village Network of Petaluma. Steven will provide detailed specifics on the features and benefits of the organization, including their many activities and volunteer opportunities. You may find this information helpful for yourself, your family, or your neighbors. Please join us and learn about this wonderful Petaluma organization. A Zoom link will be sent to all Sisterhood members on the evening of December 7. If you are not a member of Sisterhood and would like to receive the Zoom link invitation, e-mail Erica at

Sisterhood Book Club
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 28 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. We will be reading The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker. Books are available to borrow if needed; contact Ellen if you want to borrow a copy. A Zoom link will be emailed to all Sisterhood members the night before the meeting. We look forward to the day when we can, again, meet in person.

Jewish Education

Youth Education

Saturday, December 4

  • Shabbat Connect, 10 a.m.
  • Hebrew Language Class, 11 a.m.

Gan Israel Preschool

See's Candy Fundraiser Through December 4
What could be sweeter than knowing your purchase will benefit a preschooler? Please consider ordering online See's Candy to support Gan Israel Preschool. Click here to order.

Adult Education

To participate in any of the following adult education programs via Zoom, please email

Hebrew Reading Group - Mondays at 2 p.m.
Learn how to pronounce the Hebrew letters and vowels, leading to essential Hebrew blessings and prayers used in the home and synagogue. Led by Rabbi Ted Feldman. This free class will meet every Monday at 2 p.m. via Zoom. The link will open at 1:45 p.m. and class begins at 2. For information email

Exploring the Talmud: Fridays at 11:30 a.m.
Rabbi Ted Feldman would like to invite you to join him in direct study of the text of the Talmud. The Judaism that has evolved to our day is rooted in these ancient texts which provide guidance, insight, and understanding of the spiritual and structured world of our people. Every Friday, join a foray into the section of the Talmud dealing with Berachot, blessings. This class is free and open to all interested members of the community. Send us an email at to join the Zoom session. If you are interested but not sure what to expect, please email ahead of time. The Rabbi will orient you to the context of the next class.

BIJC Fundraising

Your Donations Make a Difference!

If you'd like to donate or volunteer to support BIJC, you can learn about our various opportunities here. Special thanks to our donors this week:


Joe Luiz – Continued Support for Backyard Beautification
Nancy and Leo Tealdi – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham's son, Patrick Donovan
Dru West – – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham's son, Patrick Donovan
Shelley Barlas Nagel – In Loving Memory of her father, Leon Barlas
Shelley Barlas Nagel – In Loving Memory of her grandmother, Ester Barlas
Shelley Barlas Nagel – In Honor of Sid and Gerry Lipton
Shelley Barlas Nagel – Get Well wishes to Sue Brody
Susan Levin – In Memory of her grandmother, Yetta Bach
Rhonda Goodman and Martin Hymowitz – In Revered and Loving Memory of Rhonda's father, Morris Goodman
Robin Rose – In Memory of her beloved grandmother, Zena Levinson
Marlene Slutsky – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham's son, Patrick Donovan
Marlene Slutsky – In Memory of Cici Piotrkowski's mother, Joyce Barbara Cohen
Jill and Lyle Chinkin – Winter Warmth Drive
Helaine and Steve Dorenfeld – Winter Warmth Drive
Anthony Leuin and Jean Bertrand – Winter Warmth Drive
Carolyn Kaufman – Winter Warmth Drive
Lou and Jill Zweier – Winter Warmth Drive
Carolyn Kaufman – In Memory of Cici Piotrkowski's mother, Joyce Barbara Cohen
Carolyn Kaufman – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham's son, Patrick Donovan
Donna Newman-Fields – In Memory of her father, Samuel Chuck Newman
Judy Miller – In Loving Memory of her father, Hyman Friedman
Judy Miller – In Loving Memory of her father-in-law, Eugene M. Miller
Judy Miller – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham's son, Patrick Donovan
Cynthia Luce – In Memory of Zelda Gorsky
Fira and Vladimir Leibovich – In Memory of Vladimir's father, Emanuel Leibovich
Anne Gilbert – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham's son, Patrick Donovan
Helaine and Steve Dorenfeld – In Memory of Helaine's mother, Ruth Backer
Joan and Ken Roman – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham's son, Patrick Donovan
Fran and Joe Piotrkowski – In Memory of Fran's father, Leo Chabel
Linda and Aaron Newman – In Memory of Linda's mother, Mayva Roskam
Linda and Aaron Newman – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham's son, Patrick Donovan
Sid and Gerry Lipton - In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham's son, Patrick Donovan
Linda and Aaron Newman – Winter Warmth Drive
Regina Wilson-Seppa – Winter Warmth Drive
Rhonda Goodman and Martin Hymowitz – Winter Warmth Drive
Ellen and David Lustbader – Winter Warmth Drive
Dru West – Winter Warmth Drive
Susan Miller – Winter Warmth Drive
George Flynn – Winter Warmth Drive
Vera Selig – Winter Warmth Drive
Robin Rose – In Memory of her beloved father, Benjamin Friedman
Robin Rose - In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham's son, Patrick Donovan


Thank you to the businesses who support our 13th annual Golf Fundraiser! Please look here first for your goods and service needs. 

Cassabon Fung, LLP – McDevitt Construction – Hunt & Behrens, Inc. – Quality Flooring Center – GC Micro – Kendra Cochran State Farm Agency – Marin Sonoma Impact Ventures – Out West Garage – Legacy Golf Course Architecture – Fishman Supply – Exchange Bank – Parent-Sorensen Mortuary – Century 21 Bundesen – Petaluma Market – Straus Dairy – Santa Rosa Junior College – Chocolate Horse Farm – O'Brien Painting – Lace House Linen – Top Speed Data – Inform Fitness – Fit N Furry Pet Resort – Joseph T. Callinan Construction – Spurgeon Painting – Police Officers Association of Petaluma – Petaluma Market – TOY B VILLE – Nelson – North Bay Eye Associates – New York Life Insurance – Leo and Nancy Tealdi – Acme Burger – Teresa Barrett – Summit State Bank – Jim and Wendy Stern – Friedman’s Home Improvement – Park Avenue Turf – Petaluma Eye Care Optimetric Associates – Law Offices of Bridget Mackay, APC

BIJC General Information

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Phone: (707) 762-0430
Rabbi Ted Feldman
Stuart Nissenbaum, President

Lost and Found

There is a LOST and FOUND box in the office. Please note: Items will be donated after a period of one month. If you have lost something or have found an item please contact the office at 707-762-0340.

Newsletter Contributions

Share Your News With the Community!

Do you have news to share (a birth, graduation, award, etc.)? Please e-mail Ruth by noon the Friday before delivery:

We want to hear about what you are doing!

If you would like your event to show up in the newsletter, the deadline for the weekly Wednesday E-News Announcements is the preceding Monday at noon. Please e-mail any additions or corrections to the Ruth at AND COPY Rabbi Feldman at

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For further information about any of the above items, please call the Center office at (707) 762-0340. Rabbi Ted Feldman may be reached at (707) 765-2937.

Thu, December 9 2021 5 Tevet 5782