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14 Tamuz, 5779 | July 17, 2019

Weekly Shabbat Information

Friday, July 19
Candle Lighting: 8:12 p.m.

Saturday, July 20
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 Balak
This week's Shabbat Kiddush will be sponsored by Carol Kaufman in memory of her mother, Patricia Kaufman.

Please consider sponsoring a kiddush to commemorate a birthday, simcha or yahrzeit.

BIJC & Community News

Rabbi Feldman will be on vacation from June 26-July 28. In case of emergency, please call (707) 790-3751.

Youth Education Planning

Discussions are ongoing as parents, alumni, teachers, staff and BIJC board come together to build new youth education and family programs at B'nai Israel Jewish Center. If you would like to join the planning process, please contact Hillary Fox, outreach coordinator, or Jamie Bloom, executive vice president.

Rummage Sale

Sunday, August 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Your Sisterhood is still accepting donations up until the morning of our Rummage Sale on Aug. 18. We will begin staging items at 8:30 a.m. and would appreciate assistance with that. If you have any questions or if you would like to help, contact Linda Baraz at (707) 765-1926. Hope to see you all there!

Backyard Work Day a Big Success

The backyard renovation is underway. Stay tuned for updates! Thank you to everyone who came out to help on June 30. If you'd like to make a donation to the project please contact Stu Nissenbaum at

Upcoming BIJC Events

Thurs. July 18  @ 10am - Rabbi Ted's Radio Show
Guest host Jim Stern, longtime recording engineer and BIJC member, will interview Jim Aigus and Tom Gaffey from the Phoenix Theatre, and John Crowley, director of Aqus Community Foundation. Listen at 103.3 FM or stream it live here.

Sat. July 20 @ 4 p.m. - Family Movie Night
Kids will have a chance to run around and then settle down for a showing of the DreamWorks feature film The Prince of Egypt. Popcorn, pizza, snacks and allergy-friendly alternatives provided. A $10 per family donation at the door is suggested. Learn more here.

Thurs. July 25 @ 1 p.m. - Sisterhood Book Group
Discussing Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens at Gerry Lipton's home. Contact Nancy Tealdi for details. 

Fri. August 9 @ 7 p.m. - Friday Night Shabbat Service
All are invited to this special Friday service to welcome the Shabbat and introduce Shabbat blessings into your life. Rabbi Ted Feldman will lead. Childcare available.

See our full events calendar

Ongoing BIJC and Community Events

  • 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 - Click here for May-September Schedule
  • 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.

Jewish Education

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

Adult Education
Watch this space for information about upcoming adult learning opportunities.
Learn more.

BIJC Fundraising

Donation Do's and Dues

Are you over age 70 1/2? Did you know that you can make charitable contributions from your IRA? This includes your membership dues or any donation you want to make to B'nai Israel Jewish Center (Tax ID# 94-6096583).

A donation from your IRA is called a Qualifying Charitable Distribution (QCD) which allows you to donate up to $100,000 per year directly to a qualified charity from your IRA and exclude it from income.

  • QCDs can enable you to give to charity and shield some or all of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from taxes.
  • QCDs require your contribution to go directly from your IRA to your chosen charitable organization.

Please consult your tax advisor to learn more. Go here to learn about ways to donate to BIJC. 

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 Memory of Fran Barrish
Cynthia Luce - In Support of religious education, on behalf of her mother, Diane Dorfman
Marlene Slutsky - In Memory of Fran Barrish
Carolyn Kaufman - In Honor of Irwin and Judy Miller's 60th anniversary
Ellen Lustbader - In Honor of Irwin and Judy Miller's 60th anniversary
Karen Chambliss-Abraham - In Honor of Irwin and Judy Miller's 60th anniversary
Aaron and Linda Newman - In Memory of Fran Barrish
Irwin and Judy Miller - In Memory of their son, David Howard Miller
Leo and Nancy Tealdi - In Honor of Irwin and Judy Miller's 60th anniversary
Leo and Nancy Tealdi - Wishing a speedy recovery to Marty Hymowitz
David and Ellen Lustbader - Wishing a speedy recovery to Marty Hymowitz
Mark and Ilene Mattison-Shupnick - Wishing a speedy recovery to Marty Hymowitz
Steve and Anna Heffron - In Memory of Rose Heffron
Jules and Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of Aaron Estrin
Shelley and Michael Barlas Nagel - In Memory of Ann Barlas
Jim Stern - In Memory of Manuel Stern


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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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!

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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.

Tue, July 23 2019 20 Tammuz 5779