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7 Shevat, 5781 | January 20, 2021

Weekly Shabbat Information

Friday, January 22
Candle Lighting: 5:02 p.m.
Friday Evening Shabbat Service via Zoom 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 23
Torah Study via Zoom 9:15 a.m.
Shabbat Service via Zoom 10 a.m.
Torah Portion: Parashat Bo

The minor holiday of Tu BiShvat, the "New Year for Trees" begins at sundown on Wednesday, January 27. Read about TuBiShvat.

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.

We are here to help

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 or Rhonda Goodman 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.

Join us to care for our community by volunteering to help as much or as little as you want. We are looking for help with phone calls, writing notes, doing errands, cooking or delivering a meal, driving people to appointments, or visiting the sick. Please contact Rhonda Goodman if you would like to be an angel for our BIJC community.

Hineni - I am here 

Upcoming BIJC Events

Friday, January 22, 6 p.m. - Friday Evening Shabbat
Please join us and welcome the Shabbat with blessings by Rabbi Ted Feldman. Music by Miriam Dvorin Spross. The Zoom link will open at 5:45, service begins at 6. Send us an email at to join the Zoom session.

Tuesday, February 2, 7 p.m. -  Ritual Committee Meeting
To be held via Zoom.

Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m. - Erev Purim Service
Details to come.

See our full events calendar

Upcoming Community Events

Thursday, January 28, 3:30 p.m. - Interfaith Food Pantry
We are fast approaching our January 28 pantry day. As the numbers have decreased significantly from our December record of almost 100 to about the expected 40, we will plan to have about 80 bags of food ready. 

We will begin bagging at 3:30 and will be distributing from 5 to 6. If you can come for an hour to help bag, it would be much appreciated. Sue Oaks will be in charge of the distribution. 

At this time we have more than enough bags so I ask you not to bring any more of them to the synagogue until February. Thank you for your participation! 

We'll see you at Elim Church (540 Baker St) any time after 3:30. Of course, it is now more imperative than ever that we be masked and socially distanced. We will have gloves and hand sanitizer ready to use as well as extra masks.

If you can't make it, you can always help by making donations to the pantry fund at BIJC! Click here to donate, and be sure to write "Pantry Fund" in the payment note section.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact Lani at

BIJC Clubs & Organization News


Book Club - Tuesday, January 26, 1 p.m.
We will be discussing The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. The Zoom link will be sent to all Sisterhood members on Monday, January 25. If you are not a Sisterhood member and would like to join the discussion, please send an email to For the following meeting, Tuesday, March 9, 1 p.m., we will be reading A Promised Land by Barack Obama.

Jewish Education

Gan Israel Preschool

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

Shabbat Connect

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, January 30 at 11 a.m. Learn more about the program here.

Moving Traditions

Next Session February 6, 5 p.m.
Do you know any pre-teens/younger teens interested in the deeper meaning of becoming a B'nai Mitzvah? If so, it's not too late for them to join our monthly Sonoma regional offering of Moving Traditions, a nationally recognized coming-of-age program that will take place on seven days throughout the school year. Moving Traditions emboldens teens by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning. This class is for teens/ pre-teens only! Learn more 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

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

Adult Ed Interview Series: Who ARE Those People on My Screen?
Tune in to Rabbi Ted's next Adult Ed class to find out more about our BIJC community. The first session will be held on Wednesday, January 13 at 7 p.m. Sessions continue on alternate Wednesdays through March 10. The Zoom link will open at 6:45 p.m. Send us an email at to join the Zoom session.

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. 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.

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:


William and Kim Cordell – In Memory of Kim's mother, Olive Cordill
William and Kim Cordell – In Memory of William's mother, Gladys Baba
Cynthia Luce – In Memory of her father, Joe Dorfman
David and Ellen Lustbader – In Memory of David's father, Morris Lustbader
Linda Baraz – In Memory of her father, Charles Levitch
Cynthia Weissbein – In Memory of her sister, Sarah Weissbein
Fran and Joe Piotrkowski – In Loving Memory of Joe's father, Gabriel Piotrkowski
Fran and Joe Piotrkowski – In Honor of Anne Gilbert, "for her grace and generosity"
Fran and Joe Piotrkowski – In Honor of Hillary Fox "for always going over and above"
Geoff and Deborah Perel – Donation to BIJC
Edward and Esther Winston – In Memory of Judith and Gerald Winston, "Thank you for being a part of the Jewish community"
Abbey Levine – Donation to BIJC
Joan Roman – In Memory of her mother, Helen Rosenberg
Joan Roman – In Memory of her uncle, Herman Gould
Joan Roman – In Memory of her uncle, James Gould
Sherry Drake – In Memory of her father, David Jacknowitz
Susan Brook – "Thank you for your presence in Petaluma!"
Joseph Luiz – Backyard Beautification
Helaine Dorenfeld – Yom Kippur Appeal
Sela and Stuart Nissenbaum – Yom Kippur Appeal
Jamie Bloom – Yom Kippur Appeal
Fran and Joe Piotrkowski – Food Program
Brent Babow and Kristin Prentice – Food Program
Jamie Bloom – Food Program, In Memory of Bill and Rae Sovel
Phyllis Udany – Food Program, In Memory of Our Beloved Harvey
Helaine Dorenfeld – Interfaith Food Pantry
Greta Viguie – Donation to BIJC
Esther Nichol – In Memory of her father, Bernard Goldstein
Naomi Richman – In Memory of Marvin Dolowitz
Fira and Vladimir Leibovich – In Revered and Loving Memory of Fira's father, David Dizik
Fira and Vladimir Leibovich – In Revered and Loving Memory of Fira's brother, Alexander Dizik
Liza Ravitz – In Memory of her mother, Bette Ravitz
Shelley Bauer – In Memory of Marv Dolowitz
Shelley Bauer – In Memory of Michael Wyman
Shelley Bauer – Birthday Wishes to Rhonda Goodman
Nancy and Leo Tealdi – In Memory of Marv Dolowitz
Anne Gilbert – In Memory of Marv Dolowitz
Marshall Newman and Janet Endelman – In Memory of Marv Dolowitz
Sylvia Schwartz – In Memory of her longtime friend, Marv Dolowitz
Linda and Aaron Newman – In Memory of Marv Dolowitz
Linda Baraz – In Memory of Marv Dolowitz


Thank you to the businesses who support our annual Golf Fundraiser! Please look here first for your goods and service needs.

Ace Promotional Specialties - Advanced Security Systems - Century 21 Bundesen - Eckhoff and Company CPAs and Advisors - Fishman Supply - Friedman's Home Improvement - O'Brien Professional Painting - Oil Stop - Out West Garage - Parent Sorensen Mortuary - Petaluma Eye Care - Petaluma Market - Quality Flooring Center - Naomi Richman, MFT - Spurgeon Painting - San Francisco Public Golf Alliance - Santa Rosa Tile Supply - 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

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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.

Thu, January 28 2021 15 Shevat 5781