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18 Elul, 5779 | September 18, 2019

Weekly Shabbat Information

Friday, September 20
Candle Lighting: 6:51 p.m.

Saturday, September 21
9:15 a.m. Torah Study
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 Ki Tavo
The Shabbat Kiddush will be sponsored by Naomi Richman in memory of her mother, Ruth Richman.
Please consider sponsoring a kiddush to commemorate a birthday, simcha or yahrzeit.

7:00 p.m. Selichot Reflections and Study. Not sure if this is your cup of tea? Some selected readings: 13 Attributes of Mercy; Excuses for not making it to Selichot on time.

BIJC & Community News

Thank You! Shana Tova!

Thank you to all who attended our Fall Gathering. 

If the strength of the wind was any indication, then community spirit⁠—ruach⁠—was in the air! 

Kudos to the programming committee led by Shelley Bauer and Cici Piotrkowski, organization by Hillary Fox, Rabbi Ted's spiritual leadership, the support of the board, and BIJC President Stu Nissenbaum for his vision and leadership.

Security Upgrades to BIJC

A message from Board President Stu Nissenbaum

The staff and volunteer leadership of B'nai Israel Jewish Center are acutely aware of the institutional needs for a secure environment. 

Please know that we have recently completed upgrades to our security system with assistance from a grant by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco and with funds from B'nai Israel Men's Club. In addition, all staff members have received training in handling emergency situations. 

The doors are locked at all times and entrances are monitored. Please ring the doorbell to gain entry. 

Preparing for the High Holidays

The month of Elul is upon us. An utterance attributed to Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague (1525-1609) says, "All the month of Elul, before eating and sleeping, a person should look into his soul and search his deeds, that he may make confession." Let us help you with that. 

Join Rabbi Ted Feldman for High Holiday Prep Classes on Wednesday Sep 18 and 25 at 7 p.m.

We will observe Selichot through reflections and study on Saturday Sep 21 at 7 p.m. Selichot prayers (from selicha, meaning forgiveness) are said to help us focus on teshuvah, or turning away from our misdeeds and toward God.

And finally, on Sep 28 BIJC will join the global phenomenon known as Character Day. Last year more than 4 million people across the US and 125 countries participated. This year, Character Day focuses on the relationship between character and technology: how does technology enhance our character development? how does turning off screens enhance our character?

We will incorporate Character Day in our morning Shabbat services beginning at 9:45 a.m. and continue the discussion after the Kiddush Lunch.

All sessions are free of charge. We request that you RSVP (via the links above) to help us plan refreshments but walk-ups are always welcome.

Click here for the BIJC High Holiday Schedule

Announcing Shabbat Connect!

Shabbat Connect is a new, high-energy children's program that uses stories, games and activities to educate and connect your child with their Jewish community. Learn more here!

Meets two Saturdays per month. Click here to view calendar. Free to all BIJC members and prospective members. Enroll now!

Need more info? Contact Hillary Fox, Outreach and Programming Director, at

11th Annual Golf Tournament

Sunday, Oct 13, 11:30 a.m.
Registrations now open

The eleventh annual Golf Tournament and Dinner will be on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Foxtail Golf Club, 100 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park. 

This is our major fundraising event for the year and all contributions will go directly to BIJC. A Silent Auction will take place with the Dinner.  

$135 per person - $500 for a foursome - $30 for just the dinner

Reservations preferred by Oct. 1, but walkups welcome too!


  • 11:30 am Registration
  • 12:30 pm Shotgun Start
  • 5:30 pm (or so) Gathering, beverages and dinner. Music by The Seawolf Quartet.

For more information contact Cathy Simondi (707) 981-4994; Irv Piotrkowski (707) 778-1551 or Jeff Kraus (707) 326-3070.

Upcoming BIJC Events

Weds. September 18 & 25 @ 7 p.m. - High Holiday Prep Class
Led by Rabbi Ted. More information here.

Sun. September 22 @ 11:30 a.m. - Sisterhood Opening Brunch
At the home of Linda Baraz. All are welcome. Please RSVP by Sep 16 to Ellen Lustbader (707) 559-5090 or Carolyn Kaufman (707) 338-0575. More info here.

Thurs. September 26  @ 10am - Rabbi Ted's Radio Show
Guests will be Rabbi Mordecai Miller of Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa, and Carol Appel, Jewish Concierge of Sonoma County/Jewish Community Federation. Listen at 103.3 FM or stream it live here.

Sat. September 28 @ 12:30 p.m. - Character Day Lunch 'n' Learn
More information here.

Thurs. October 12 @ 1 p.m. - Sisterhood Book Club
To be held at the home of Ellen Lustbader. We will discuss Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. Contact Ellen for more info or directions.

Wednesdays, Oct 23-Dec 4 @ 7-8:30 p.m. - Adult Ed Class
"How To Move Jewishly Through The World In An Existential Climate." Taught by Rabbi Ted Feldman. No cost. Register here.

Sat. November 2 @ 6 p.m. - Gan Israel Preschool Spaghetti Feed
Early-bird rate before Oct. 31: $10 each or $36 for 4; Rate after Oct. 31: $15 each or $40 for 4. Get your tickets here!

See our full events calendar

Ongoing BIJC and Community Events

  • Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity: Interfaith Food Pantry. Join our volunteers from BIJC every fourth Thursday to set up and distribute free groceries from Redwood Food Bank to persons in need. Approximately one hour of your time helps so many. Meet at 4:45 p.m. at Elim Lutheran, just one block east of BIJC at 504 Baker Street. 
  • The Jewish Community Free Clinic, located at 50 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, provides a wide range of free medical services to persons who are uninsured. Info: (707) 585-7780.

BIJC Clubs & Organization News


  • It is the time of year when BIJC Sisterhood members must renew their membership for the 2019-20 season (Sept-June). The BIJC Sisterhood also invites and encourages everyone who is not currently a member to join, and/or to support the Sisterhood with an annual membership of $36. The small price of Sisterhood membership helps us keep our programs running throughout the year. For more information please contact Ellen Lustbader  (707) 559-5090.
  • BIJC Community Cookbook on sale for $19.95 until all copies are gone. Info: /707 559-5090.
  • Sisterhood Mahjong - Mondays at Noon. New members welcome! Contact Ellen at for more information.
  • Sisterhood Book Group - Meets bimonthly, open to all BIJC members and guests. Info: /707 559-5090. 

Jewish Education

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

Shabbat Connect
Shabbat Connect meets two Saturdays per month. Free to all members and prospective members. For more information, contact Hillary Fox, Outreach and Programming Director.
Learn more.

Adult Education

Preparing for the High Holidays
  • Saturday, September 21, 7-9 p.m. - Selichot: Reflections and Study.
  • Wednesdays, September 18 & 25, 7 p.m. - High Holiday Prep Class with Rabbi Ted.
  • Saturday, September 28, 12:30 p.m. - Character Day Lunch 'n' Learn

Learn more.

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:


Anne Gilbert - In Honor of Max Barlas' baby naming
Anne Gilbert - In Honor of Ellen Lustbader's birthday
Fran & Joe Piotrkowsky - In Memory of Esther Chabel
Marshall Newman & Janet Endelman - In Memory of Irving Newman
Nancy & Leo Tealdi - In Memory of Ruth Richman
Marty Hymowitz & Rhonda Goodman - In Honor of Marcus Webster, "newest member of the tribe"
Marty Hymowitz & Rhonda Goodman - In Memory of Ruth Richman
Sylvia Schwartz - In Memory of Allan J. Brody
Ellen Lustbader - Wishing a speedy recovery to Marty Hymowitz 
Carol & Bob Tessler - In Honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Sadie Greenberg
Ellen Blustein - In Honor of the birth of her grandson, Akiva Max Beauhaire
Rhonda Goodman - Wishing a speedy recovery to Marty Hymowitz
Sid & Gerry Lipton - In Memory of Ruth Richman
Sela & Stu Nissenbaum - In Memory of Max Nissenbaum
Lance & Judith Barlas - In Honor of Max Barlas' baby naming
Sid & Gerry Lipton - Wishing a speedy recovery to Marty Hymowitz
Helaine & Steve Dorenfeld - In Memory of Steve's father, Ben Dorenfeld
Shelley Bauer - In Memory of Ruth Richman
Shelley Bauer - In Memory of Ann Weinstock
Rhonda Goodman and Martin Hymowitz - In Appreciation of Stu Nissenbaum's vision for the backyard and commitment to BIJC
Naomi Richman - In Memory of her mother, Ruth Richman
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of Ruth Richman
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of Sidney Kaplan
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - In Honor of new member Marcus Webster, Mazel Tov
Carol Newman & Barry Sovel - In Memory of Ruth Richman
Carol Newman & Barry Sovel - In Memory of Benjamin Sovel
Aaron and Linda Newman - In Memory of Irving Newman
Anna & Steve Heffron - In Memory of Sally Wechsler
Anna & Steve Heffron - In Memory of Henry Heffron
Joe & Rita Kagan - In Memory of Hilda Brickenthal 


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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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.

Sat, September 21 2019 21 Elul 5779