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Weekly Announcements

Our weekly bulletin is issued every Wednesday and is typically uploaded to our website by end-of-day Thursday. Want to have it sent straight to your inbox? Sign up here! To receive a Zoom link for any event, email

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 | 28 Tamuz 5782


Rosh Hashanah is just over eight weeks away. The Memorial Book of Remembrance that is read during Yizkor Service is being assembled for printing. If you still need to add names of loved ones to the book, please contact Erica in the BIJC Office by Friday, August 19. Call (707) 762-0340 between 9–1 or email

Jewish Resource Guide is now available. The 2022-2023 Resource Guide to Jewish Life in the Bay Area, published by The Jewish News of Northern California is now available. We have free copies in the office, first-come first-served. Give Erica a call and have her hold one for you at (707) 762-0340.

To reach us for urgent matters, call (707) 919-5787. For regular business, call the office between 9–1 Monday through Friday at (707) 762-0340.

Weekly Shabbat Information

Weekly Shabbat Services take place at our Center in person and via Zoom. Email to request the Zoom link. Masking is required at all times in the Center. Current Covid-19 Protocols.

Friday, July 29
Candle Lighting: 8:05 p.m.

Saturday, July 30
Shabbat Service in the Sanctuary and via Zoom
 9:45 a.m. Shabbat Service
10:00 a.m. Torah Service. Torah reading: Parashat Matot–Masei. Approaching the conclusion of the Book of Numbers.
12:00 p.m. Kiddush in the Backyard

Do you attend Shabbat via Zoom? If so, please read on!
Congregants who attend Shabbat via Zoom are encouraged to get their own copy of the prayerbook, Siddur Eit Ratzon. You may purchase it from the author or borrow a copy from the office. The Shabbat prayers and blessings will continue to be linked in the Zoom chat or downloaded from the Friday Shabbat email.

Havdalah: 9:07 p.m.

Yahrzeits for July 30–August 5, 2022

Anna Berman
Steve Dorfman
Edwin Dudley
Marion Dudley
Louis Estrin
Nathan Katz
Anna Lustbader
Jeanette Ominsky
Toby Perel
Ida Piotrkowski
Morris Popky
Jerry Popky
Marlene Primack
Irving Schnirman
Herb Sovel
James Tobin

News and Events


Welcome to our Center's new Board President, Jamie Bloom (email: Jamie has served on the board for several years as Finance Vice President and he will replace outgoing President Stuart Nissenbaum. If you see Stu, give him a big Thank You for his leadership through the pandemic, his vision and fundraising for Backyard Beautification, his support for the Golf Tournament, and his constant willingness to help in times of need. To reach Stu, please email to request his contact information.

Board member Abbey Levine has been named Executive Vice President. Congratulations, Abbey!

Let's thank outgoing Board members for their years of dedication and service to the community: Robert Goodman, Ilene Mattison-Shupnick, Jim Stern and Cynthia Weissbein Macken.

BIJC Board of Directors

14th Annual BIJC Golf Tournament

Foxtail Golf Club, 100 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park, CA

The annual Golf Tournament at Foxtail Golf Club is B'nai Israel's largest fundraising event of the year. The Tournament is open to men and women of all ages and skill levels! We welcome your participation as:

Golfers – Individual or Foursome ($135 single; $500 foursome)
Business Sponsors ($100)
Sponsor a Player or Foursome
Skip the game, join us for dinner & silent auction! ($30)
Donate any amount to BIJC

Click here to register, to become a Business sponsor, to sign up for the dinner, or to make a donation to BIJC.

Thank you for your support. Let's make this year's tournament the best ever!

Community Tribute Wall
Join us in creating a lasting tribute to the community. Details here.

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. Please contact the office for assistance. Thank you.


  • Interfaith Food Pantry, Thursday, July 28. Paper bags are needed. If you have any extras, please drop them off anytime at Elim Church, on the porch of the church office building. Elim is located at 504 Baker St., just down the street from BIJC. If you would like bags to be picked up at your house, or if you are interested in learning more about this great volunteer opportunity, email volunteer coordinator Lani Slonim at

Gan Israel Preschool

Summer Camp is in session through August 19
Next week's theme is Wild Animal Safari!

Now Enrolling For Fall
Tours daily M-F at 3 p.m. Call 707-763-5136 or visit our webpage.

Mark your calendars:
Gan Israel Closed August 20–31
Parent Orientation Day: Thursday, September 1 at 10 a.m.
Teacher Prep Day: Friday, September 2 from 9–1.
First Day of School: Tuesday, September 6 at 9 a.m.


BIJC Clubs & Organization News

Ritual Committee
Is your Hebrew-reading a bit rusty? Would you like a refresher on how to chant the blessings for an aliyah? We would like to help you! Please contact Alisa at to express your interest.

Would you like to sponsor a Shabbat Kiddush? Contact Erica weekdays between 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Social Action Committee: Comfort Kits Project
The Social Action Committee is still collecting items for comfort kits to be sent to Petaluma People Services Center. Items needed: earplugs and hotel size toiletries. Donations may be dropped off at BIJC in the Sovel Room weekdays between 9 and 1.

Social Action Committee: Mentor Me
Mentor Me, a program of Petaluma People Services Center, will donate school supplies to students in Petaluma, Cotati and Rohnert Park schools. Click to see School Supply Wish List.
•    You may drop off purchased items at BIJC  Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
•    You may visit Mentor Me to make an online donation.
•    You may mail a check to BIJC and we will purchase items for you. Mail to 740 Western Ave., Petaluma, CA 94952 ATTN: SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE. 
    •    You may  make an online Donation to B’nai Israel, including the name of the recipient organization in the Payment Note. For more information please email Your donations and direct contributions are greatly appreciated!

Sisterhood Book Club: Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Tuesday, August 23, 11 a.m. via Zoom

Read all about it here!

BIJC Fundraising

Your Donations Do 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:

Sid and Gerry Lipton – Golf sponsor
Rae Molinsky – In Memory of her grandmother, Tova Fishman
Vladimir and Fira Leibovich – In Memory of Joe Kagan
Liza Ravitz – In Memory of her father, Norman Ravitz
Joe and Dru West – In Memory of Eileen Rose Klafter
Cary Klafter and Kathy Babich – In Loving Memory of Cary's daughter, Eileen Rose Klafter
Nathan and Terry Piotrkowski – In Memory of Bill and Rae Sovel
Nathan and Irv Piotrkowski Families – In Memory of Joe and Ida Piotrkowski
Jim and Wendy Stern – In Memory of Jim's father, Manuel Stern
David and Ellen Lustbader – In Memory of Ellen's father, James Tobin
David and Ellen Lustbader – In Memory of David's mother, Anna Lustbader
Shelley Barlas Nagel – In Memory of her mother, Ann Barlas
Steve and Anna Heffron – In Honor of Rabbi Ted's many years of service
Steve and Anna Heffron – In Memory of Steve's mother, Rose Heffron
Steve and Anna Heffron – In Memory of Joe Kagan
Matthew and Vanessa Stroud – In Memory of Vanessa's great aunt, Faye Bussell
Geoff and Deborah Perel – In Memory of Geoff's mother, Toby Perel
Leo and Nancy Tealdi – In Memory of Eileen Rose Klafter
Vreni Schnirman – In Loving Memory of her husband, Irving Schnirman
Gayle Alvarez – In Honor of Evelyn Gurevitch's 100th Birthday. Mazel Tov!
Fran and Joe Piotrkowski – In Memory of Fran's mother, Esther Chabel
Jerry Berkowitz – In Memory of his sister, Marilyn Berkowitz
Donna Newman–Fields – In Memory of her mother, Edith Newman
Cynthia B. Luce – In Memory of her mother, Diane Dorfman
Cynthia B. Luce – In Loving Memory of her brother, Steve Dorfman
Barry Sovel and Carol Newman – In Memory of Carol's father, Herb Newman
Barry Sovel and Carol Newman – In Memory of Barry's father, Bill Sovel


CourseCo has become the largest golf management company in its region by viewing corporate growth as a by-product of service, not as a primary objective. CourseCo is a multi-award-winning company that manages properties in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Montana and Texas. Our sincere thanks to CourseCo Founder and Chairman Tom Isaak and his Petaluma office for making possible 14 years of BIJC Golf Tournaments!


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
Jamie Bloom, President
The Rabbi's position is currently open. Position description.
Please send all inquires to Search Committee Chair Brian Wilson at

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. 

Wed, August 10 2022 13 Av 5782