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9 Tishrei, 5782 | September 15, 2021

Weekly Shabbat Information

Wednesday, September 15 - KOL NIDRE
6:45-8:00 p.m.
Candle lighting at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 16 - YOM KIPPUR
Morning Service, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Sermon, Appeal and Yizkor, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Family Service (Backyard and Online) 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Yom Kippur Study and Reflection w/ Morty Wiggins
(Backyard and Online) 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Book of Jonah, 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Mincha and Neilah, 6:15-7:45 p.m.

Services will be held via Zoom.

Friday, September 17
Candle Lighting: 6:57 p.m.

Saturday, September 18
Torah Study: 9:15 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service: 10 a.m.
Torah Portion: Parashat Ha'Azinu
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

The office and Gan Israel will be closed September 16 for Yom Kippur
The office will be closed for vacation September 17-24


Thanks to Stu, Barry, Morty, Marcus and Jim, our Backyard Sukkah is up! The Gan children did the hard work of decorating so please stop by and enjoy it!

Sukkot Morning Service
Tuesday, September 21, 9:30 a.m.

Help us gather a minyan to celebrate the joyous festival of Sukkot. It will be led by Rabbi Feldman, taking place in-person and via Zoom. The service will include Hallel, psalms of praise, and Hoshanot, pleas for salvation. The Zoom link will open at 9:15 a.m. Email us at to join.
Sukkot in the Backyard
Sunday, September 26

Families w/small children, 3-4 p.m.
Others, 4:15 p.m.
Celebrate lulav, etrog and berachot with Rabbi Feldman in our Backyard Sukkah. In order to include all members of our community, families with children who may not be vaccinated are invited to come between 3 and 4 p.m. Others who are vaccinated are invited to come at 4:15 p.m. Masks required at all times.

Simchat Torah

Shemini Atzeret/Simhat Torah Evening Service via Zoom
Monday, Sep 27, 7:00 p.m.

Join our Zoom community in celebration of Simchat Torah, the rejoicing of the Torah, with music, on-screen dancing, and celebrating the ending of the annual cycle of reading the Torah. The Zoom link will open at 6:45 p.m. Email us at to join.

Morning Service In-Person and via Zoom
Tuesday, Sep 28, 9:30 a.m.

The morning service will take place in-person and via Zoom and include Yizkor service. The Zoom link will open at 9:15 a.m. Email us at to join.

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

Kabbalat Shabbat resumes in October on the 1st and 3rd Fridays.

Sunday, October 10 -  13th Annual Golf Tournament
The Golf Tournament is B'nai Israel's largest fundraising event of the year. Through the incredible generosity of Foxtail Golf Club, 100% of fees, donations and sponsorships go directly to BIJC. Please consider supporting in any way. Thank you. More info and registration here.

See our full events calendar

Community Events & Information

Let’s Face It: An Art Exhibit by BIJC Member Rhonda Goodman
A message from Rhonda: With great excitement and gratitude, I will be having my first art show, running Sep 15 - Nov 14 at Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy. Cotati, CA. 

Hours are 8:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Because of Covid there will not be an open reception. I would be happy to give a private tour of my faces. Please email me to arrange a time to go to the Redwood Cafe to meet my characters. FaceTime and Zoom can also be arranged.

All proceeds of sales will be donated to these charities:

B'nai Israel Jewish Center
Congregation Ner Shalom

Workshop: Depolarizing Within
Sunday, October 3, 1-4 p.m. in the BIJC Backyard

The Sonoma County Alliance of Braver Angels and BIJC Social Action Committee will present Depolarizing Within, a free workshop for persons interested in examining their own inner polarization and learning strategies to disagree without condemning or ridiculing others. Participants must show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours prior to entry. For more information contact Lani Slonim at Click here to register online.

Morning Minyan at Beth Ami
Rabbi Mordecai Miller of Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa invites those who wish to attend Morning Minyan services to join him via Zoom each morning, Sunday through Friday, at 8:00 a.m. Those wishing to recite Kaddish may do so. If you are interested in participating, e-mail Rabbi Miller for the Zoom link.

BIJC Clubs & Organization News


L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu 5782 to our BIJC Community from:
Helene Barlas**
BIJC Board of Directors
BIJC Sisterhood
Ellen Blustein**
Karen Miriam Chambliss-Abraham***
Jules and Marjorie Cohen*
Jan and Jack Everidge**
Rabbi Ted and Liora**
Anne Gilbert and Family***
Stan and Hedda Gold***
Harold Goldberg and Alisa Israel Goldberg***
Bob and Marge Goodman***
Rhonda and Martin*
Dr. Ron and Marsha Harris and Family***
Tom Isaak***
Larry and Eileen Jonas**
Carolyn Kaufman***
Susan Levin**
Abbey Levine**
Sid and Gerry Lipton***
David and Ellen Lustbader**
Judy Miller and Family***
Drs. Michael and Shelley Barlas Nagel ***
Aaron and Linda Newman**
Carol Newman and Barry Sovel***
Sela Nissenbaum**
Joe and Fran Piotrkowski**
Ilene and Mark Mattison-Shupnick*
Vreni Schnirman*
Vera Selig**
Marlene Slutsky**
Jim and Wendy Stern***
Leo and Nancy Tealdi***
Morty and Debbie Wiggins**
Regina Wilson-Seppa**      


Please consider making a contribution to Sisterhood's New Year Greeting. See below for info.

New Year Greetings 5782
The BIJC sisterhood invites you to join us in wishing our community a L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu 5782.

Rosh Hashanah begins Monday evening, September 6.

1. Choose a donation level for your greeting:

  • Chai - $18
  • Double-Chai - $36
  • Chai-Five - $90

2. Make your check payable to BIJC Sisterhood, noting "NY's greeting" on the memo portion of your check.
3. Please mail your check to: BIJC Sisterhood, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma, CA 94952–2546

The names of greeting sponsors will continually be listed and added in alphabetical order in the weekly BIJC eBulletin beginning August 25, and ending September 29 (Simchat Torah).

Chai donations will be denoted with one asterisk *
Double-Chai donations will be denoted with two asterisks **
Chai-Five donations will be denoted with three asterisks ***

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our center and greater community. Chag Sameach!

Linda Loveland Reid on Judy Chicago
Wednesday, October 13, 12:00 p.m.

Sisterhood welcomes all members and guests to a Zoom lecture about modern artist Judy Chicago by SSU/OLLI art lecturer Linda Loveland Reid. Chicago gained fame for her Dinner Party, a 40-foot ceramic installation representing hundreds of female artists. Click here to learn more.

The Zoom link will be emailed to Sisterhood members the day prior. Non-members may call the office (707) 762-0340 to receive a link invitation.

Sisterhood Drop-In Gathering
Sisterhood's Weekly Drop-in Gatherings will resume after the High Holidays.

Sisterhood Book Club - Tuesday, September 21, 1 p.m.
We will be reading The Color of Water by James McBride. Zoom links will be sent to members the Monday before. If you would like to join the discussion, please email

Jewish Education

Sign Up Now For Fall Classes

Youth Education Programs

  • Gan Israel Preschool: ages 2–5
  • Shabbat Connect Religious School: for toddlers – grade 7
  • Hebrew Language Program: for youth age 10 and up
  • Coming of Age Program: for tweens and younger teens
  • B’nai Mitzvah: typically on or around the 13th birthday
  • Teens: grades 8-12

Hebrew Language Class

Saturday, September 18, 11 a.m.
Hebrew Language class led by Judith Helman will meet Saturday in the Backyard and via Zoom. Please email for the Zoom link.

Gan Israel Preschool

Fall classes have begun! Contact Director Teri Porter with any questions at or call (707) 763-5136. For program details and rates, click here. Register here.

Preschool Tuition Grants Available
Gan Israel has received several grants from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund to be used for preschool scholarships. New and current families are eligible to apply. Please contact Gan Israel Director Teri Porter for information.

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
Brian and Ruth Wilson – Backyard Beautification in Memory of Brian's father, Gerald M. Wilson
Abbey Levine – In Memory of Hillary Fox's father, Dr. Mel Fox
Marshall Newman and Janet Endelman – In Memory of Marshall's father, Irving Newman
Judy Miller – Wishing Shelley Bauer a speedy recovery
Barbara Garfien and Robert Berner – In Memory of Barbara's mother, Reva Garfien
Barbara Garfien – In Memory of Barbara's sister, Sharlene Garfield
Sid and Gerry Lipton – Wishing Shelley Bauer a speedy recovery
Sid and Gerry Lipton – Mazel Tov to Jim and Wendy!
Shelley Bauer – In Honor of the marriage of Jim and Wendy Stern – Mazel Tov!
Shelley Bauer – In Memory of her mother, Ann Weinstock
Anne Gilbert – Wishing Shelley Bauer a speedy recovery!
Anne Gilbert – Mazel Tov to Jim and Wendy!
Helaine and Steve Dorenfeld – Backyard Beautification
Helaine and Steve Dorenfeld – In Memory of Steve's father, Ben Dorenfeld
Helaine and Steve Dorenfeld – Food Pantry
Ron and Marsha Harris – In Memory of Hillary Fox's father, Dr. Mel Fox
Ron and Marsha Harris & Family – In Memory of Ron's mother, Edith Siegel
Robert Tenenbaum – In Memory of his mother, Ida Tenenbaum
Carolyn Kaufman – Get Well wishes for Shelley Bauer
Carolyn Kaufman – Get Well wishes for Gayle Alvarez
Anne Gilbert – In Memory of Hillary Fox's father, Dr. Mel Fox
Linda and Aaron Newman – In Memory of Hillary Fox's father, Dr. Mel Fox
Linda and Aaron Newman – Mazel Tov to Jim and Wendy
Linda and Aaron Newman – Get Well wishes to Shelley Bauer
Linda and Aaron Newman – In Memory of Aaron's father, Irving Newman
Stan and Hedda Gold – For a Better Tomorrow
Ellen Lustbader – Thank you Rabbi for the Aliyah
Shelley Bauer – Yom Kippur Appeal and for the Honor of an Aliyah
Alan Weintraub – In Honor of Rabbi Ted and Fredi's hard work
Joe and Fran Piotrkowski – In Memory of Hillary Fox's father, Dr. Mel Fox
Judy Miller – In Memory of her mother-in-law, Susan L. Miller
Sid and Gerry Lipton – In Memory of Hillary Fox's father, Dr. Mel Fox
Joe and Rita Kagan – In Memory of Joe's mother, Hilda Bruckenthal
Laurice and Matthew Levine – In Memory of Hillary Fox's father, Dr. Mel Fox
Laurice Levine – Thank you Rabbi Ted, for leading my journey to Judaism and the honor of my Mikvah


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

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

To subscribe to the mailing list and receive these announcements in your e-mail every Wednesday, click here.

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, September 19 2021 13 Tishrei 5782