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Weekly Announcements


Newsletter Contributions – Do you have news to share... a birth, graduation, achievement or award? Please e-mail your announcement to by noon on Friday for inclusion in Wednesday's e-newsletter.

To reach us for urgent matters, call (707) 919-5787. For regular business, call the office between 9–1 Monday through Friday at (707) 762-0340.

Effective 10/6/2022, masks are now optional at the Center. Click here to review the updated Covid-19 policy.

News and Events

Community Tribute Wall
Join us in creating a lasting tribute to the community. Details here.

Weekly Shabbat Information

Weekly Shabbat Services take place at our Center in person and via Zoom. Email to request the Zoom link. Would you like to sponsor a Shabbat Kiddush? Contact Erica weekdays at or at 707-762-0340 Click here to download our complete Kiddush Guide. 

Saturday Shabbat Service adn Kiddush Lunch
9:00 a.m. Torah Study
 9:45 a.m. Shabbat Service begins 
10:35 a.m. Torah Service. Torah reading: Parashat Vayigash
12:00 p.m. Kiddush lunch


Shalom Chaverim School

For grades PreK-6. Meets Sunday mornings. Click here for details and class schedule. 

Hebrew Language Program

Meets Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoon. Sessions offered for grades 3-4 and grades 5-8. Click here for details and class schedule. 

Gan Israel Preschool

Gan Israel Receives Grant for Sensory Tools
Thank you to Jewish LearningWorks for providing us with new tools to help support our preschool children. We purchased sensory items to help the children with their social and emotional development. This grant for Sensory Tools from Jewish LearningWorks is generously funded by the Donor Advised Funds of the Jewish Community Federation.

PRESCHOOL HOURS are daily 9 AM-1 PM. Aftercare is available to 4 PM. 
Enrollment is ongoing. Tours daily M-F at 3 p.m. Call 707-763-5136 or visit our webpage and Follow us on Facebook.

Gan Israel can offer partial- and full-tuition scholarships for children from Jewish families through the Jewish Community Federation. Click here to download the application.

For help applying for a tuition voucher from 4Cs of Sonoma County, visit https://www.sonoma4cs.or

BIJC Clubs & Organization News

Westside Interfaith Food Pantry
BIJC participates on the fourth Thursday of each month. We gather at 4:30 p.m. at Elim Lutheran Church, located at 504 Baker St., to set food items on the tables. Distribution takes place from 5:00-5:30.  We no longer pre-bag, people simply pick up items they need. Volunteers are requested to stay until 6 p.m. We need grocery bags! For more information visit our page or email volunteer coordinator Lani Slonim at

Tikkun Olam Team
The Tikkun Olam Team (formerly Caring Committee) has no regular meetings, no paperwork to fill out, and you can participate a lot or a little. Team members will simply be asked from time to time to help members of the community who are faced with difficulties. Read more in this introductory announcement by Chaplain Adam Kinsey. For information, email

Ritual Committee
Is your Hebrew-reading a bit rusty? Would you like a refresher on how to chant the blessings for an aliyah? We would like to help you! Please contact Alisa at to express your interest. 


BIJC General Information

Office and Gift Shop Hours:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  &  Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Erica Stuart, Office Administrator, Communications Director, and Gift Shop Manager
Phone: (707) 762-0340
Jamie Bloom, President

Lost and Found

If you have lost something or have found an item please contact the office at 707-762-0340.

Fri, July 19 2024 13 Tammuz 5784