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Wednesday, September 7, 2022 | 11 Elul 5782


High Holidays at BIJC

High Holiday Childcare is Available
We are providing free Childcare (up to age 6) for all families on Rosh Hashanah (Day One – 9/26) and Yom Kippur (10/5). RSVP is required. Please click here to RSVP.

YOUTH EDUCATION: Introducing Shalom Chaverim
Classes begin Sunday, September 18, at 9:30 a.m.

Shabbat Connect is moving to Sundays and becoming Shalom Chaverim! This new program for students in grades PreK-6 is designed to instill a knowledge of Torah, Hebrew prayers, and Jewish virtues. Shalom Chaverim will be taught by Fanny Stein and Judith Helman. Hebrew Language classes are expanding to include grades 3-4 and grades 5-8 and will be taught by Judith Helman. Please visit our website and help spread the word to families with school-age children. For more information email

An Announcement From B'nai Israel Cemetery
Barry Sovel, our liaison to the B'nai Israel Cemetery, would like to inform the community that the price of plots at the cemetery will be increasing from $3,500 to $4,000. The change is effective Thursday, September 1, 2022. If you'd like to purchase a plot, please call the office (707) 762-0340 or email

Calendars for the Jewish New Year 5783 are in and may be picked up at no charge during office hours.

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, September 9
Candle Lighting: 7:10 p.m.

Saturday, September 10
Torah Study in the Sanctuary and via Zoom

9:00-9:30 a.m. Join guest rabbi Rebecca Joseph to study Parashat Ki Tetse. 

Shabbat Service in the Sanctuary and via Zoom
 9:45 a.m. Shabbat Service begins
10:00 a.m. Torah Service. Torah reading: Parashat Ki Tetse. Rebecca Joseph will give a D'var Torah.
12:00 p.m. Kiddush lunch in the Backyard hosted by Harold and Alisa Goldberg.  

Havdalah: 8:06 p.m.

Yahrzeits for September 10-16, 2022

Anne Baum
Rose Felsher
Hannah Gardner
Henry Heffron
Elmer Krulevitch
Ilyse Kusnetz
Rose Lipschultz
Jack Segerman
Terry Smith
Raymond Walters
Eli Yashar
Vicki Zafrir

News and Events

Adult Ed Zoom Class: What Are We Asking For?
Wednesday, September 14, 7 p.m.

Please join us for the virtual class entitled What Are We Asking For? led by our High Holiday guest rabbi, Rebecca Joseph. Our learning together will be followed by an open Q&A, with an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the High Holidays. Click here for more information.

High Holidays
High Holiday services have been scheduled for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Days 1 & 2, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. Service details will be mailed to BIJC members and our community mailing list in early September. Please call the office (707) 762-0340 if you'd like to receive the High Holiday postcard and join our community (non-member) snail-mail list. 

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!

PS: Golfers! The Gift Shop is selling a 1-of-a-kind BIJC Golf Vest for $60. Browse the online catalog, then call the office to place your order (707) 762-0340. Gift Shop catalog

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.


For persons wishing to buy lulav and etrog for Sukkot, here are some vendor choices. BIJC provides them as a courtesy and does not endorse any one seller.

Gan Israel Preschool

Gan Israel can offer partial- and full-tuition scholarships for children from Jewish families through the Jewish Community Federation. Click here to download the application.

Need help downloading? What is your web browser?
If it's Chrome, hover over the bottom of the page, click on the Down arrow.
If it's Safari, go to the File menu, click Export as PDF.

For help applying for a tuition voucher from 4Cs of Sonoma County, visit

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

BIJC Clubs & Organization News

NEW: Tikkun Olam Team
The Tikkun Olam Team (formerly Caring Committee) has no regular meetings, no paperwork to fill out, and you can participate a lot or a little. Team members will simply be asked from time to time to help members of the community who are faced with difficulties. Read more in this introductory announcement by Chaplain Adam Kinsey. For information, email

Social Action Committee
Our very active Social Action Committee was among the synagogues recently featured in The J, appearing in both online and print editions. You can read the story here.

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. Click here to download our complete Kiddush Guide. 

Sisterhood Book Club
The Last Thing He Told Me by Owen Michaels
Tuesday, October 4, 11 a.m. via Zoom


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:

Barry Sovel and Carol Newman – In Memory of Barry's grandfather, Benjamin Sovel
Helaine and Steven Dorenfeld – In Memory of Steven's father, Ben Dorenfeld
Helaine and Steven Dorenfeld – Kiddush Offering
Jules and Marjorie Cohen – In Memory of Jules' brother-in-law, Sidney Kaplan
Jules and Marjorie Cohen – In Memory of Marjorie's mother, Sara Leah Estrin
Linda and Aaron Newman – Happy Birthday to Marsha Harris!
Fran and Joe Piotrkowski – Wishing Shelley Bauer a speedy recovery!
Brian and Ruth Wilson – In Memory of Brian's father, Gerald M. Wilson
Marshall Newman and Janet Endelman – In Memory of Marshall's father, Irving Newman
Sid and Gerry Lipton – In Memory of Sid's mother, Rose Lipschultz
Alan Weintraub – In Honor of Rabbi Ted
Miriam and Rex Spross – In Memory of Miriam's mother, Harriette Gandel Dvorin
Fredi Bloom – In Memory of her father, Lou Bloom
Anne Gilbert – Wishing Shelley Bauer a speedy recovery
Fran and Joe Piotrkowski – Happy Birthday to Carolyn Kaufman!
Carol Newman and Barry Sovel – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham
Dru and Joe West – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham
Linda and Aaron Newman – Wishing Shelley Bauer a speedy recovery
Linda and Aaron Newman – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham
Anne Gilbert – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham
Sid and Gerry Lipton – Wishing Shelley Bauer a speedy recovery
Marlene Slutsky – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham
Barbara Garfien and Robert Berner – In Memory of Barbara's mother, Reva Garfien
Barbara Garfien and Robert Berner – In Memory of Barbara's sister, Sharlene Garfield
Robin Rose – In Memory of Karen Chambliss-Abraham
Robin Rose – In Memory of her mother, Florence Friedman

North Bay Eye Associates

At North Bay Eye Associates, our entire team is committed to providing advanced vision care in a professional and comfortable environment. Our team of professionals provides testing for glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. We also offer pre and post-operative care, glasses, and contact lenses. Visit our Petaluma office at 104 Lynch Creek Way, Suite 15 or call (707) 762-3573. BIJC Thanks North Bay Eye Associates for its support!



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. 

Sun, September 25 2022 29 Elul 5782