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18 Tevet, 5780 | January 15, 2020

Weekly Shabbat Information

Friday, January 17
Candle lighting 4:58 p.m.

Saturday, January 18
Torah reading:  Parashat Shermot
9:15 a.m. Torah Study
9:45 a.m. Shabbat Service
10:30 a.m. Torah Service
12:00 p.m. Kiddush Lunch
The Shabbat Kiddush will be a potluck. Desserts, salads, fruit and bagel spreads are welcome! We provide bagels, challah, lox and cream cheese.

Sponsoring a Kiddush is a lovely way to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, family simcha or the yahrzeit of a loved one. If you would like to sponsor a Friday evening or Shabbat morning Kiddush, contact Charlene in the office at (707) 762-0340.

BIJC & Community News

Upcoming Closures

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 20. The BIJC Office and Gan Israel Preschool will be closed.

Save the Date! Persian Purim Party

Sunday, March 8, Noon-3 p.m.
All are invited to our Persian Purim Party, a joint effort of Gan Israel Preschool and B'nai Israel Jewish Center. The party includes a Mediterranean lunch with dolmas, hummus, pita and Israeli salads, a Teen hamantaschen bake-in-advance, Kids' activities like Purim basket making (mishloach manot) and face painting, booths, a costume parade and belly dancing. 

Early bird price thru March 5: $36 Family / $10 Individual. Regular price: $45 Family / $15 Individual. For more info, contact or

Buy tickets now!

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 (707-321-8921), 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

Thursday, Jan 16, 10 a.m. - Rabbi Ted's Radio Show
Guests include Joe Cochrane, manager of the Petaluma Regional Library, and Eric Van der Meer, co-owner of Redwood Gymnastics. Listen at 103.3 FM or stream it live here.

Saturday, Jan 25, 9:45 a.m. - Shabbat Connect
Jewish education program for Pre-K thru Sixth Grade. Meets at the same time as Shabbat services. All children are welcome. More info below.

Thursday, Jan 30, 10 a.m. - Rabbi Ted's Radio Show
Rabbi Ted Feldman's guests will include Dr. Frank Chong, the President and Superintendent of Santa Rosa Junior College. Prior to joining SRJC, Dr. Chong was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the US Department of Education during the Obama administration. Ted's second guest will be Jenny Belway, the new Executive Director of Petaluma Community Access.Listen at 103.3 FM or stream it live here.

See our full events calendar

Community Opportunities and Events

  • 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


Gift Shop Hours 
Our regular hours are M-F from 9:30am-1:30 pm. See Leslee Lauritzen or give Linda Baraz a call at 765-1926 and she will meet you there!

Ongoing Sisterhood 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 - Meets bimonthly, open to all BIJC members and guests. Info: / 707-559-5090. Next meeting: Thursday, Jan 9, 1 p.m. at the home of Dorothy Porter, reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Jewish Education

Gan Israel Preschool

Summer Program
June 16-August 20
Learn more and download our application here.

Shabbat Connect

Shabbat Connect meets two Saturdays per month. Our next meeting is Saturday, January 25 at 9:45 a.m. Free to all members and prospective members. For more information, contact Hillary Fox, Outreach and Programming Director.
Learn more.

Adult Education

Israel From Many Perspectives: Adult Ed Lecture Series
Join us for a five-part bi-weekly lecture series about Israel today as told through the voices of experts across the political spectrum. Led by Rabbi Ted Feldman, it will run on alternate Wednesdays from January 22 through March 18. Details to come.
Learn more.

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:


Cynthia Weissbein - In Memory of Sarah Leslie Weissbein
Jules and Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of Harry Sherman
Dr. Shelley Barlas Nagel - In Honor of Rabbi Ted Feldman
David Lustbader - In Memory of Morris Lustbader
Beverly and Nancy Brotman - In Memory of Cary Brotman
Marshall Newman and Janet Endelman - Birthday wishes for Aaron and Linda Newman
Sid and Gerry Lipton - Get Well wishes for Marvin Dolowitz
Jim Stern - In Memory of Geraldine Stern
Jim Stern - In Memory of Jacob Weisler
Fira and Vladimir Leibovich - In Memory of Fira's parents, Genya and David Dizik
Fira and Vladimir Leibovich - In Memory of Fira's brother, Alexander Dizik


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

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.

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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.

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