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3 Iyyar 5782 | May 4, 2022


Dear Reader, We don't want to lose you. 
Sometimes when you, our readers, receive extra emails from us, you decide to unsubscribe because it's too much stuff in your inbox. Honestly, who hasn't done that? 
So here is a heads up. There will be some extra emails in the next week or so because there is so much going on around here that we want to share with you. (Rabbi Ted's retirement gala, the Annual Meeting, Shabbat Connect's Year-End Celebration with internationally renowned storyteller Joel ben Izzy, the author of our prayer books, Dr. Joseph Rosenstein, and the Congregational Survey: Skills, Role and Qualities of the New Rabbi.) We have one small request. If something does not interest you, please skip over it and wait for something that does. If you unsubscribe from one type of email from us, you unsubscribe from everything and we don't want to lose you.

Thank you,
Ruth Wilson,

BIJC Communications Coordinator

Beginning this Saturday, May 7, Shabbat Service will return to its previous (pre-Covid) starting time of 9:45 a.m. in the BIJC sanctuary. Torah study will begin at 9 a.m. The Ritual Committee has decided to reinstate the Amidah and portions of the Torah and Haftarah service that were removed in 2020 for the Zoom service experience. Please join us as we return to the Shabbat liturgy to joyfully engage in that which helps us find spiritual renewal and shalom. All in-person activities will continue to offer a Zoom link for persons wishing to join remotely.

In-Person Shabbat Services: Saturday Morning Shabbat Service is now being held in-person in the sanctuary of our Jewish Center. Those attending must be vaccinated and boosted, or bring a negative Covid-19 test from within 48 hours prior. Masking is still required. Please join us as we transition toward more opportunities to observe our Jewish faith in community. Service will continue to be available via Zoom. Current Covid-19 protocols.

Weekly Shabbat Information

Friday, May 6
Candle Lighting: 7:49 p.m.

Saturday, May 7
Torah Study: 9:00-9:30
Parashat Kedoshim, concerning ways to bring holiness to one's existence. The Zoom link will open at 8:45 a.m.
To receive the Zoom link, Email or sign up for the BIJC Newsletter.

Shabbat Service: 9:45-11:45 a.m.
Rabbi Feldman will lead the service from the sanctuary of B'nai Israel Jewish Center and via Zoom.
Havdalah: 8:52 p.m.

Yahrzeits for May 7-13, 2022

George Auerbach
Peter Bayerthal
Robert Dvorin
Jane Ellen Fried
Dennis Gallagher
Mark Garfien
Elisheva Leisonfeld
Robert Robertson
Morris Rosenbaum
Ruth Ruda
Julius Schoolnik

News and Events

Rabbi Ted's Retirement Party!
Sunday, June 5, 5:30 p.m. Foxtail Golf Course, Rohnert Park
Mark your calendar for this milestone event in the life of our shul. DETAILS AND RSVP/REGISTRATION HERE. Members of the community are invited to share thoughts and anecdotes about Rabbi Ted as part of a planned Memory Book. Send them to:


It's Teacher Appreciation Week
To the teachers at Gan Israel Preschool, on behalf of the BIJC community, Thank You for all that you do to help the children learn and grow, and feel safe and loved. Thank you, Miss Sharen, Miss Molly, Miss Elissa, Miss Jenny, Miss MaiBritt, Miss Krista and Miss Lori!
— Rabbi Ted, President Stuart Nissenbaum & BIJC Board of Directors

End of Year Celebration with storyteller Joel ben Izzy
Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.-Noon
For nearly forty years, Joel ben Izzy has traveled the globe gathering and telling tales, everywhere from from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, Madrid to Managua, Rome to Rwanda, and now, from Paris to.... Petaluma! He'll be sharing some of his favorite Jewish tales with us, great for the whole family, filled with wisdom and laughter. All children, parents and grandparents are invited to join us in the backyard!

No charge, but registration is required for planning purposes. For more information please email

Community Tribute Wall
Stay tuned for a special invitation to purchase and design a personalized tile for the newly constructed tribute wall in our backyard.

Annual Membership Meeting

The Annual Meeting takes place at 7 p.m. sharp in the Community Room. A Zoom link will be available for those wishing to attend remotely.

Please help our webmaster
Our webmaster for the past 14 years, Lisa Basalto, has had to step down due to a series of complicated medical issues that began in 2014. Rabbi Feldman created a Gofundme campaign to help Lisa with her medical insurance and bills. Please help if you can by donating to Lisa's Gofundme campaign. Donations are also accepted by mail or on our website. Write "Rabbi's Discretionary Fund" in the payment note. Thank you.

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 


  • See our full events calendar
  • Interfaith Food Pantry, Thursday, May 26. Interested in volunteering? Email:
  • Exploring the Talmud with Rabbi Feldman is on break & will resume on Friday, April 29.
  • Ritual Committee meeting Sunday, May 15 at 9 a.m. via Zoom. Info:
  • SAVE THE DATE: Annual BIJC Membership Meeting, Sunday, May 22, 7 p.m.


BIJC Clubs & Organization News

Sisterhood Book Club
Tuesday, May 24, 1 p.m. Book: Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer. Details.

Sisterhood Social in Wickersham Park
Wednesday, May 11, Noon 
We will meet at the corner of 5th and H Streets.

The Zoom link for all events will be emailed to Sisterhood members on day prior to the event. If you would like to request any link invitation, email

Gan Israel Preschool

Ongoing Enrollment: We are currently enrolling! If you are interested in a tour or being on the wait list, please click the Brightwheel link and share your contact information. This is the easiest and quickest way to assure a spot. For more information, email Director Teri Porter at or visit Gan Israel's webpage or Facebook page.

Summer Camp 2022: We're filling up fast!  Details and Summer Camp application is on the Gan Israel page.

Youth Education Programs

Shabbat Connect
Shabbat Connect next meeting May 7, 10-11 a.m.For information or the Zoom link, please email

Hebrew Language Class
Hebrew Language classes led by Judith Helman. Class for grades 3-4 meets Tuesdays via Zoom from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Class for grades 5-6 meets Saturdays from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. For information or the Zoom link, please email

Moving Traditions, our teen coming-of-age group final meeting of the year Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 5 p.m. For information or the Zoom link, please email

Adult Education

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

Adult Ed Lectures Wednesdays at 7 p.m. via Zoom
Sessions are open to all, free of charge and via Zoom. Email for the link invitation. The Zoom link will open at 6:45 p.m. and the talk will begin at 7 p.m.

  • Dr. Joseph Rosenstein and his book about Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), Wednesday, May 18. Info

    Please note, Dr. Rosenstein will be Zooming with us from his home in New Jersey. The time has been moved to 6:30 in consideration of the 3-hour time difference.


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 recent donors:

Jacqueline Kiu – "Grateful"
Cynthia B. Luce – In Memory of Alene Mendelssohn
Cynthia B. Luce – In Memory of Nathan Ruttenberg
Jim and Wendy Stern – In Honor of Naomi Richman
Jim and Wendy Stern – In Memory of Jim's aunt, Rose Langsam
Susan Miller – In Memory of her mother, Esther Smith Miller
Abbey Levine – In Memory of Laurice Levine's father, Anthony Compagno
Marshall Newman and Janet Endelman – In Memory of Marshall's mother, Edna Newman
George Lowell – In Memory of his wife, Marcia Lowell
George Lowell – In Memory of his mother, Mary Lowell
George Lowell – In Memory of his brother, Howard Lowell
George Lowell – In Memory of his father, Henry Lowell
Miriam and Rex Spross – In Memory of Miriam's uncle, Robert Dvorin
Sylvia Schwartz – In Memory of her son, Jerry Schwartz
Karen Chambliss-Abraham – In Memory of her mother, Julia Chambliss
Karen Chambliss-Abraham – In Memory of my former Board colleague Ken Roman, who was always working for the advancement of B'nai Israel Jewish Center, and who will be missed by all.
Karen Chambliss-Abraham – In Memory of Laurice Levine's father, Anthony Compagno
Karen Chambliss-Abraham – In Memory of Dru West's brother, David Ferber
Karen Chambliss-Abraham – Happy Birthday, Nancy Kaplan Tealdi!
Joe and Rita Kagan – In Memory of Rita's father, George Auerbach
Irv and Cici Piotrkowski – In Memory of Irv's father, Joe Piotrkowski

Kendra Cochran State Farm Agency

State Farm has been delivering insurance for 100 years. If you are buying auto, home, property, business, life, health or pet insurance, feel free to call Agent Kendra Cochran at (707) 283-0190. Her office is located at 90 Sycamore Lane, Suite A in Petaluma. Thank you, Kendra, for supporting the BIJC golf tournament!


Thank you to ALL OF the businesses who supported our 13th annual Golf Fundraiser! Please look here first for your goods and service needs, and tell them you heard about them from BIJC. Click here to connect to their websites.

BIJC General Information

Office and Gift Shop Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Erica Stuart, Administrative Assistant and Gift Shop Manager
Phone: (707) 762-0340
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 Monday:

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.

Tue, May 17 2022 16 Iyyar 5782