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2 Iyyar, 5781 | April 14, 2021

Weekly Shabbat Information

Wednesday, April 14
Yom HaZikaron - Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut (Israeli Independence Day) begins at sundown

Friday, April 16
Candle Lighting: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 17
Torah Study via Zoom: 9:15 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service via Zoom: 10 a.m.
Torah Portion: Parashat Tazria-Metzora

BIJC & Community News

A car key and remote were found on the BIJC lawn last week. Call the office at 707-762-0340 to claim it.

BIJC Annual Meeting

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, May 23, 7 PM via Zoom
More information coming soon.

ABRAZOS Online Screening & Director Q&A

Online Screening, May 9-16
The BIJC Social Action Committee will present an online screening of the acclaimed documentary film ABRAZOS (Embraces) which follows a journey from Minnesota to Guatemala to unite American-born children with the grandparents and family members they have never met. The film may be viewed online at no charge from May 9-16. To view the film, email Click here for more details.

ABRAZOS Director Q&A, Sunday, May 16, 1 p.m.
Rabbi Ted Feldman will moderate a panel discussion with guests that include filmmaker Luis Argueta; immigration activist and Petaluma City Councilmember Dennis Pocekay; the organizers of the children’s trip and some of the children featured in the film ABRAZOS. To join the discussion, email Hosted by the Social Action Committee. 

About the Filmmaker
Luis Argueta is a Guatemalan-American director and producer, who has been telling transnational immigrant stories since 1977. In August of 2015, Argueta was awarded the Order of Quetzal in the degree of Grand Officer, the highest honor given by Guatemala. He is the recipient of the 2019 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award from the National Peace Corps Association.

Props to the BIJC Gift Shop

Since the BIJC Gift Shop catalog went online last August, our Center quickly became the go-to place for everything Jewish from mezuzahs and exquisite jewelry to children’s toys and kiddush cups – in addition to kippot, tallitot and seasonal items. The catalog is beautifully curated with fine merchandise, thanks to the discerning eye of our office administrator, Erica, aided by Carol – her photographer. It’s a labor of love that goes far beyond her job description. Proceeds benefit BIJC and everyone wins! Or as Erica says, "There is no 'I' in TEAM."

High Holiday Prayer Books

We are still missing 17 High Holiday prayer books on loan from last year's High Holiday Zoom services. Please, please check your coffee tables, bookcases, kitchen files, nooks and crannies, cars, or anywhere else they may have been left. There is no fine or penalty, we just need them back for services this year. Please call the office (707) 762-0340 or email and we will help you return them. Thank you.

Public Service Announcement

For comprehensive, up-to-date Covid-19 information, visit the Sonoma County Coronavirus Response page here.

Zoom Help is Here

If you are having any problems using Zoom, please send us an email at and we will be happy to assist you.

We are here to help

If you are in need of help, or if you know someone who is in need of help—whether for medical, financial, spiritual or any other reason—please contact Rabbi Ted Feldman or Rhonda Goodman so that we can 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. We are looking for help with phone calls, writing notes, doing errands, cooking or delivering a meal, driving people to appointments, or visiting the sick. Please contact Rhonda Goodman if you would like to be an angel for our BIJC community.

Hineni - I am here 

Upcoming BIJC Events

Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m. - Ritual Committee Meeting
To be held via Zoom. Send us an email at if you are interested in participating.

Friday, April 23, 6 p.m. - Friday Evening Shabbat
Please join us and welcome the Shabbat with blessings by Rabbi Ted Feldman. Music by Miriam Dvorin Spross. The Zoom link will open at 5:45, service begins at 6. Send us an email at to join the Zoom session.

See our full events calendar

Upcoming Community Events

Earth Day Forum - Climate Crisis: What You Can Do Now!
Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m.

Zoom into this dynamic event with brief presentations, Q&A and optional break-out rooms with the panelists. Learn steps we can take toward climate crisis solutions. Click here for details and registration. Presented by the Social Action Committee of Congregation Shomrei Torah of Santa Rosa.

Mayim Bialik: An Open Conversation
Thursday, April 15, 4-5:15 p.m.

Jewish Family and Children's Services presents Letting the Light In: An Open Conversation About Identity, Celebrity and Mental Health, featuring award-winning actress (Blossom, The Big Bang Theory) and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik in conversation with JFCS Executive Director Anita Friedman. Bialik uses her celebrity platform and her Jewish values to get funny, honest and real about the things that matter most. Registration is free. Donations support vital mental health services for children, families and seniors in need. Learn more and register here.

BIJC Clubs & Organization News


Zoom Bingo - Tuesday, April 27, 1 p.m.
During the week of April 12, Sisterhood will be delivering two new Bingo cards to those interested in playing. Use the cards for this game or save them for future games. The Zoom link will be sent to Sisterhood members on April 26. If you are not a Sisterhood member and you would like to join us, please call Erica in the BIJC office at (707) 762-0340.

Book Club - Tuesday, April 20, 1 p.m.
We will be discussing The Book of V by Anna Solomon. The Zoom link will be sent to all Sisterhood members on Monday, April 19. If you are not a Sisterhood member and would like to join the discussion, please send an email to

Jewish Education

Gan Israel Preschool

Gan Israel is Hiring
Gan Israel Preschool is looking for a preschool teacher for ages 3-5 and a 2’s teacher. Click here to see job description or email Gan Israel Director Teri Porter for information.

Shabbat Connect

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 24 at 11 a.m. Learn more about the program here.

Moving Traditions

Last 2020-2021 Session May 8, 5 p.m.
Do you know any pre-teens/younger teens interested in the deeper meaning of becoming a B'nai Mitzvah? If so, it's not too late for them to join our monthly Sonoma regional offering of Moving Traditions, a nationally recognized coming-of-age program that will take place on seven days throughout the school year. Moving Traditions emboldens teens by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning. This class is for teens/pre-teens only! Learn more here.

Youth Hebrew Language Class

This program is open to 5th-6th graders, though we have some flexibility to include a slightly wider age range. Classes meet via Zoom at the following times:

  • Saturdays from 12:45-1:45 p.m.
  • Tuesdays from 5:30- 6:15 p.m.

Learn more about our Hebrew Language Class here.

Adult Education

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

New Adult Ed Class: Hebrew Reading Group
Monday, April 26, 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

Adult Ed Interview Series: Who ARE Those People on My Screen?
Due to popular demand, our Zoom interview series has been renewed for a second season!!! Join us every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. as Rabbi Ted Feldman conducts entertaining and thought-provoking interviews with members of the BIJC community. Send us an email at to join the Zoom session.

Exploring the Talmud: Fridays at 11:30 a.m. (new time!)
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:


Joseph Luiz – Continued Support for Backyard Beautification
Abbey Levine – Continued Support for BIJC
Susan Miller – In Memory of her mother, Esther Smith Miller
Martin and Ilana Slonim – In Memory of Ilana's father, Gerhard Landshut
Jessica Schein – Chag Sameach
Rita and Joe Kagan – In Memory of Rita's father, George Auerbach
Gayle Alvarez – Many Thanks fo BIJC's volunteers for the Purim and Passover gifts
Joan and Ken Roman – Food Pantry Support
Greta Viguie – In Honor of Rabbi Feldman and the B'nai Israel community, Chag Pesach Sameach
Greta Viguie – In Honor of the B'nai Israel Sisterhood. Thank you for all you do for B'nai Israel and the greater Petaluma community
Karen Chambliss-Abraham – Thank you Rabbi Feldman, President and Board of Directors and BIJC staff for keeping our congregation whole this past year. The lovely Purim and Passover gifts brought so much joy to my heart and mind.
Fran and Joe Piotrkowski – In Memory of Joe's mother, Rachel Piotrkowski
Laurice and Matthew Levine – Chag Pesach Sameach
Shelley Barlas Nagel – In Memory of Seymour Brody and Alene Mendelssohn
George Nowell – In Memory of his brother, Howard Lowell
George Nowell – In Memory of his father, Henry Lowell
George Nowell – In Memory of his mother, Mary Lowell
George Nowell – In Memory of his wife, Marcia Lowell
Joan and Ken Roman – In Memory of Ken's mother, Eleanor Roman
Helaine and Steve Dorenfeld – Kiddush
Helaine and Steve Dorenfeld – In Memory of Steve's mother, Hannah Dorenfeld
Helaine and Steve Dorenfeld – In Memory of Helaine's father, Harry Backer
Helaine and Steve Dorenfeld – We are so grateful for what we have. We are contributing to the Food Pantry so others will not go hungry.
Doris Mendell – In Honor of Kate Popky, recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Community Service
Marshall Newman and Janet Endelman – In Memory of Marshall's mother, Edna Newman
Marshall Newman and Janet Endelman – In Memory of Janet's mother, Judith Endelman
Tim and Judy Dolowitz Wiggins – In Memory of Marvin and Shirley Dolowitz. Thank you for all the help and comfort you've given to our family. Marv and Shirley really appreciated you. So do my sisters and I.
Shelley Bauer – In Memory of her father, Walter Weinstock
Esther Nichol – In Memory of her mother, Beatrice Goldstein
Vera Selig – In Honor of the Food Pantry and BIJC


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

Ace Promotional Specialties - Advanced Security Systems - Century 21 Bundesen - Eckhoff and Company CPAs and Advisors - Fishman Supply - Friedman's Home Improvement - O'Brien Professional Painting - Oil Stop - Out West Garage - Parent Sorensen Mortuary - Petaluma Eye Care - Petaluma Market - Quality Flooring Center - Naomi Richman, MFT - Spurgeon Painting - San Francisco Public Golf Alliance - Santa Rosa Tile Supply - Top Speed Data Communications

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

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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.

Sun, April 18 2021 6 Iyyar 5781