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3 Cheshvan, 5781 | October 21, 2020

Weekly Shabbat Information

Friday, October 23
Candle Lighting: 6:03 p.m.
Friday Evening Shabbat Service via Zoom: 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 24
Torah Study via Zoom 9:15 a.m.
Shabbat Service via Zoom 10 a.m.
Hebrew Language Class via Zoom 12:45 a.m.
Torah Portion: Parashat Noach

Thoughts on This Week's Readings

Parashat Noach: Genesis 6:9-11:32
Parashat Noach completes the story of pre-Hebraic humankind that began with Parashat Bereshit. Central to Noach/Noah is the story of the Flood. God tells Noah that he must build an ark for the coming catastrophe so that Noah’s family, and thus humanity, may survive. After the waters recede, Noah builds an altar to God. Pleased with the “sweet savor” of the sacrifice, God promises to never again destroy God’s creations. Echoing the blessing that Adam and Eve received, Noah and his family are told to go forth and multiply. Unlike in Parashat Bereshit, God now allows the eating of animals, so long as the blood (life-force) has been drained, showing respect for life. Coupled with this passage is the cursing of Noah’s son Canaan for showing disrespect to his father. Following Noah’s death at age 950, a lengthy narrative accords the birth of all nations to Noah’s progeny—a remarkable claim supported by some archeological findings. Next comes the Tower of Babel: the confounding of languages and scattering of people. Parashat Noach concludes with the geneology from Noah via his son Shem down to Abram/Abraham. 

BIJC & Community News

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.

Socially Distanced Annual Golf Fundraiser

Registration Open Now!

B’nai Israel's annual fundraiser at Foxtail Golf Course is taking a new shape for 2020! Play in person - socially distanced - then submit your scores online. All funds raised will be donated to B’nai Israel. Learn more and register here.

BIJC Sisterhood Gift Shop

Our Special Hanukkah Catalogue is Now Live!

  • With every purchase you get wooden dreidels and a bag or two of Hanukkah Gelt.
  • With every purchase of gift wrap, you get a set of free gift tags. 
  • With every Hanukkah Menorah you get a free box of candles.

There are a number of unique and quality gifts this year—including wooden Challah cutting boards that come with a Hebrew inscribed knife. I’ve already sold one! 

If anything tickles your fancy, give Erica a call (707) 762-0340. Why shop anywhere else?

Gift Shop hours Monday – Friday, 9am — 1 pm

Find Yourself With Us

Many of you heard at Yom Kippur services about the dedicated BIJC volunteers and all of the work they do. Our sense of community is born of more than 155 years as a vibrant, multifaceted Jewish presence in Petaluma and its surrounding towns.

Would you like to deepen your ties to this community? We have a full range of active groups where your thoughts, ideas and participation are welcome and wanted.

To learn more, please contact BIJC President Stuart Nissenbaum or Rabbi Ted Feldman, or call the office (707) 762-0340 any weekday between 9:30-12:30.


If you borrowed a High Holiday prayer book (machzor), just a reminder that it is time to return it. Please bring it to the BIJC office any weekday between 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. If you need a volunteer to come pick it up, please email Thank you!

Yom Kippur Appeal - Thank You!

Thank You to all who made a High Holiday Contribution and/or responded to the Yom Kippur Appeal:

  • Shelley Bauer
  • Fredi Bloom
  • Marc and Anna Coopersmith
  • Helaine and Steve Dorenfeld
  • Eugene and Jeannette Feldman
  • Theodore and Ben Feldman
  • Paula Fenster
  • Dani Fisher
  • George Flynn
  • Barbara Garfien
  • Anne Gilbert 
  • Betsy Glincher
  • Stan and Hedda Gold
  • Alisa and Harold Goldberg
  • Judith Helman
  • Robert Intner
  • Tom Isaak
  • David and Susan Isler
  • Carolyn Kaufman
  • Jeff Kraus 
  • Vladimir & Fira Leibovich
  • Anthony Leuin and Jean Bertrand
  • Susan Levin 
  • Sid and Gerry Lipton
  • Laurice Levine   
  • Stuart Nissenbaum
  • Cynthia Weissbein Macken
  • Mark and Ilene Mattison-Shupnick 
  • Judith Miller
  • Susan Miller
  • Herb and Sandy Newberger
  • Donna Newman-Fields           
  • Ellen Roggemann
  • Baily Peters           
  • Joe and Fran Piotrkowski
  • Naomi Richman 
  • Ken and Joan Roman
  • Tanya and Richard Sacks
  • Marlene Slutsky
  • Barry Sovel and Carol Newman
  • Rex and Miriam Dvorin Spross
  • Julia and Lou Steinberg
  • Jim Stern
  • Debbie Weiss       
  • Dru West
  • Brian and Ruth Wilson
  • Mickey Zeldes

There is still time to respond to the Yom Kippur Appeal. Click here to make a donation to B'nai Israel. Choose "Yom Kippur Appeal" for payment type.

We are here to help

A Message from Rabbi Ted Feldman and BIJC President Stu Nissenbaum
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 (707-765-2937) or BIJC President Stu Nissenbaum (, 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.

Hineni - I am here 

Upcoming BIJC Events

Culinary Arts Class on Zoom - Schedule Change
Our Culinary Arts class will now be held twice a month on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Stay tuned for the next guest chef!

Saturday, October 17, 9:15 a.m. - Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Morning Torah Study returns! Please join Rabbi Ted for the mitzvah of learning from our sacred texts. The Zoom link will be the same as for Morning Shabbat service. The Zoom link will open at 9 a.m. Send us an email at to join the Zoom session.

See our full events calendar

Upcoming Community Events

Israel Lecture Series at Sonoma State
Wednesday, October 21, 12-1 p.m.

The public is invited to a free Zoom lecture by Dr. Shany Mor of the Israel Democracy Institute, University of Haifa, on the Four Overlapping Consensuses of Israeli Democracy. Learn more and get the Zoom info here.

Thursdays, October 22 and 29, 4 p.m. - Interfaith Food Pantry
Just a reminder that the Food Pantry will meet twice this month, on the 22nd and 29th. Volunteers are needed. Please contact Lani at if interested.

Thursday, November 24 - Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner
The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place "virtually" on Tuesday, November 24. Details to come.

Community Opportunities

  • Sonoma Regional Jewish Teen Initiative: Formed this year to further opportunities for Jewish teens throughout Sonoma and Napa counties to connect to each other and Judaism. We meet monthly to eat, talk and celebrate holidays in unique ways.
  • 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


Our Heritage and Our Health:
Facts About Genetic Conditions Among the Ashkenazim
Wednesday, October 28, 4-5:30 p.m.

In the Ashkenazi Jewish population several inherited diseases are known. Guest speaker Gary S. Frohlich will discuss why Ashkenazi Jews have an increased risk of these diseases, what the prevalent diseases are, and how to potentially identify one little known disease. Frohlich is principal patient education liaison at Sanofi Genzyme, a biotech company in Cambridge, MA.
All are invited to this free lecture via Zoom co-sponsored by Hadassah Central Pacific Coast, North Bay Chapter and Sanofi Genzyme.

To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP by Tuesday, October 27 to


Gift Shop
Our gift shop is once again open for business! Now you can browse the BIJC Sisterhood Gift Shop from the comfort of your own home. View our online catalogue here, then call Erica in the office to place your order or schedule an appointment to browse in person. Learn more here.

Sisterhood Book Group
Our next Book Group meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, November 3 at 1 p.m. We will be reading The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman. All who are interested in joining any of these sessions are welcome. To receive an invitation to join the Zoom link, please email before 5 p.m. the day before the discussion. 

Jewish Education

Gan Israel Preschool

The Board of Directors of B'nai Israel Jewish Center has made the difficult decision to not open the Gan Israel Pre-School for the 2020 Summer session. We have been closely following the advice of our state and county public health authorities and the time has come to take this step. We look forward to reopening for the Fall session.

For information about Gan Israel Preschool, contact Program Director  Leslee Lauritzen

Shabbat Connect

The fall semester had begun! Join us Saturdays on Zoom. Our next meeting is on Saturday, October 31 at 11 a.m. Click here for our fall calendar. Learn more about the program 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

The next Adult Ed class via Zoom will begin on Wednesday, November 4, at 7 p.m. through December 9. Details to come. Mussar class has been postponed.

Guest Speaker Series: Nathan Katz
Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Nathan Katz, founding editor of the Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies, has been deeply engaged in Jewish–Hindu/ Buddhist/ Jain inter-religious dialogues. He will join us on November 18 via Zoom from his home in Florida to talk about the Indian Jewish community. His talk is presented as part of the Adult Ed fall Guest Speaker series.

Exploring the Talmud: Fridays at 11:00 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. Beginning on Friday, October 2 at 11:00 a.m. join a foray into the section of the Talmud dealing with Berachot, blessings. Send us an email at to join the Zoom session.

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:


Mark and Ilene Mattison-Shupnick – In Memory of Ilene's mother, Rose Mattison
Jules and Marjorie Cohen – In Memory of Marjorie's mother, Sarah Estrin, and Jules' brother-in-law, Sidney Kaplan
Paula Fenster – In Memory of her mother, Irene Turk Fenster
Judith Miller – In Memory of Carolyn Kaufman's brother-in-law
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Intner – Buy a Brick
Susan Levin – Backyard Beautification, "In Honor of Abbey Levine, with love and gratitude"
Joseph Luiz – Backyard Beautification
Carolyn Kaufman – In Loving Memory of her brother, John C. Kaufman
Helaine Dorenfeld – In Memory of her mother, Ruth Backer
Marshall Newman and Janet Endelman – In Memory of Marshall's niece, Rina Borodkin
Robert Tenenbaum – In Memory of Robert's mother, Ida Tenenbaum
Marvin and Shirley Dolowitz – In Memory of Marvin's mother, Rachel Dolowitz
Martin and Ilana Slonim – In Memory of Martin's father, Norman Slonim
Carol Newman – In Memory of her parents, Edna and Irv Newman, In Honor of their anniversary


Be sure to patronize the following businesses in appreciation of their support!

Ace Promotional Specialties, Inc. - Advanced Security Systems - Century 21 Bundesen - Coast Guard and Forest Service - Brian and Marion - EAC-CPA's and Advisors - Bill and Maggie Fishman - Friedman's Home Improvements - Hermann Sons Lodge, Petaluma - Lace House Linens - Love and Golf - O'Brien Painting - Oil Stop - Out West Garage - Parent-Sorensen Mortuary - Petaluma Eye Care - Petaluma Market - Quality Flooring Center, Petaluma - Naomi Richman - San Francisco Public Golf Alliance - Santa Rosa Tile Supply - Spurgeon Painting -  SRJC Supports B'nai Israel - Jim Stern - 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

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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, October 27 2020 9 Cheshvan 5781