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16 Sivan, 5779 | June 19, 2019

Weekly Shabbat Information

Friday, June 21
Candle Lighting: 8:19 p.m.

Saturday, June 22
9:45 a.m. Shabbat Service 
10:30 a.m. Torah Service
12:00 p.m. Kiddush Lunch
This week's Torah portion is Parashat Beha'alotcha
This week's Kiddush is a potluck. Shabbat participants are invited to bring bagel spreads, a salad or dessert to the potluck kiddush. Please consider sponsoring a kiddush

BIJC & Community News

Backyard Beautification Project Work Day

Sunday, June 30, 9:00 a.m. 

As announced at the annual meeting, we will be giving the backyard a complete makeover to create a functional and inviting space that serves the preschool, the congregation and the community. 

Enhancements include grading, new playground areas, garden, sukkah, outdoor kitchen and more. The majority of the funding is in place, and we will appeal to the community for the balance in the weeks to come. 

Help us get the project rolling on Sunday, June 30!

We'll clear the yard of its current contents, leaving a clean slate for the renovators. It's not glam (as most mitzvot aren't) but somebody's gotta do it! Stay for as long as you can, we'll work til the job's done. Coffee and bagels provided.


Many hands make light work!

Cookbook Sale Price Extended  

The BIJC Cookbook makes a thoughtful gift for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or any occasion. It contains 200+ recipes and is available at the BIJC office for $19.95, tax included, weekday mornings from 7:30-11:15 a.m. 

A mitzvah opportunity to support BIJC Sisterhood and Gan Israel Preschool

Order some copies as a gift! Just include an additional $5.50 for postage and handling along with the address. Sisterhood will gift wrap it for you and include a gift card.

Info: Sisterhood Co-President Ellen Lustbader (email) (707 559-5090) 

Upcoming BIJC Events

Thurs. June 20  @ 10am - Rabbi Ted's Radio Show
Guests will be Peggy Sebera, artist, life coach, activist and a member  of the Petaluma Community Relations Council Coordinating Committee, and Dan Ostermann, PhD, newly appointed principal of Casa Grande High School.  Listen at 103.3 FM or stream it live here.

Sun. June 23 @ 7 p.m. - Tahara Training Session
Learn the Jewish burial rituals. All are welcome. Info (707) 765-9844. Learn more here.

Sat. July 20 @ 4 p.m. - Family Movie Night
The film will be The Prince of Egypt. Learn more here.

Thurs. July 25 @ 1 p.m. - Sisterhood Book Group
Discussing Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens at Gerry Lipton's home. Contact Nancy Tealdi for details. 

See our full events calendar

Upcoming Community Events

  • Sunday, June 23, 1 p.m. - BIJC co-sponsored event: Public Emergency Preparedness Fair, Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa. 
  • Saturday, June 29, 3:40 p.m. - Bay Area Limmud.  B'nai Israel member Brian Wilson talk about Jewish composers in classical music on Saturday, June 29, at 3:40 p.m. in Darwin Hall at Sonoma State UniversityCurrently in its third year at SSU, Bay Area Limmud is a two-day, 90-class retreat of Jewish learning. Registration closes on June 20.

Ongoing BIJC and Community Events

  • Registrations are still being accepted for the second and final session of Camp Chai Summer Day Camp: June 17-21 & June 24-28. Camp Chai is a program of the Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County with support from the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. 
  • Chevra Kadisha of Sonoma County: Are you interested in learning how to participate in Jewish Burial Rituals? We are holding training sessions. Click here for more information.
  • In response to the North Bay fires, the Jewish Community Free Clinic is accepting appointments for a new mental health program called Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Call 707 585-7780 or visit JCFC Services for information.
  • Sisterhood Mahjong - Mondays at Noon. New members welcome! Contact Ellen at for more information.
  • Sisterhood Book Group - Click here for May-September Schedule

Jewish Education

Gan Israel Preschool
The Summer and Fall programs are full. To add your name to the waitlist or for information, contact Program Director Leslee Lauritzen.
Learn more

J School
Registration is open for the Fall session.
Learn more

Adult Education
Watch this space for information about upcoming adult learning opportunities.
Learn more.

BIJC Fundraising

Donation Do's and Dues

Are you over age 70 1/2? Did you know that you can make charitable contributions from your IRA? This includes your membership dues or any donation you want to make to B'nai Israel Jewish Center (Tax ID# 94-6096583).

A donation from your IRA is called a Qualifying Charitable Distribution (QCD) which allows you to donate up to $100,000 per year directly to a qualified charity from your IRA and exclude it from income.

  • QCDs can enable you to give to charity and shield some or all of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from taxes.
  • QCDs require your contribution to go directly from your IRA to your chosen charitable organization.

Please consult your tax advisor to learn more. Go here to learn about ways to donate to BIJC. 

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 and Rita Kagan - In Memory of George Auerbach
Vladimir and Fira Leibovich - In Memory of Ida Leibovich
Aaron and Linda Newman - In Memory of Larry Harris
Aaron and Linda Newman - In Memory of Edna Newman
Irwin and Judy Miller - In Memory of Sylvia Friedman
William and Kim Cordell - In Memory of Sidney M. Baba
William and Kim Cordell - In Memory of Thomas E. Cordell
Jerome and Dorothy Porter - In Honor of their 61st wedding anniversary
Ted and Carol Levenson - In Memory of Jack Levenson
Jules and Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of Rose Kaplan
Jules and Marjorie Cohen  - In Memory of Meyer Zittin
Leo and Nancy Tealdi - In Memory of Hyman Kaplan
Nancy Tealdi - In Appreciation of Dru West's dedication and hard work in the transition to our new office software
Karen Chambliss Abraham - In Support of the backyard renovation


Be sure to patronize the following businesses in appreciation of their support!

Top Speed Data Communications - Century 21 Bundesen - Parent Sorensen Funeral Chapel - Spurgeon Painting - Teresa Barrett - Quality Flooring Center - Petaluma Market - Straus Family Creamery - Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area  Cassabon & Fung - Turf Star - Friedman's - Out West Garage - Industrial Carting  Global Materials - Recovery - Summit State Bank - Doug Sanders Painting -  Heffernan Insurance Brokers - Leading Edge Properties - Life Style Pilates - Sleep City Mattress Center - Everest Indian Restaurant - O'Brien Painting - McDevitt Construction Partners, Inc. - Jerry & Don's Yager Pump & Well - Stewart Marine & RV Consignment Sales - Hunt & Behrens, Inc. - Learning Rx Petaluma - Pisenti & Brinker - Jim Stern - Santa Rosa Tile - Lace House Linen - Barry Sovel & Carol Newman - Della Fattoria Cafe and Bakery

BIJC General Information

BIJC office hours: Tue-Fri 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Shabbat and Yahrzeit/Yizkor candles are available for purchase in the office. Yahrzeit/Yizkor candles are $2.17 each (with tax). Boxes of 72 Shabbat Candles are $7.58 each (with tax).

BIJC Commemorative Shopping Bags are available for $3 (including tax) in the office. Please stop by during office hours and get your bag!

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

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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.

Mon, June 24 2019 21 Sivan 5779