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8 Cheshvan, 5780 | November 6, 2019

Weekly Shabbat Information

Friday, November 8
Candle Lighting: 4:45 p.m.
Second Friday Shabbat Service 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 2
Torah reading: Parashat Lech-Lecha
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. 
The Potluck Kiddush is typically a dairy meal. We provide bagels, challah, lox and cream cheese. We welcome desserts, salads and additional bagel spreads from Shabbat participants. Please consider sponsoring a kiddush to commemorate a birthday, simcha or yahrzeit. 

BIJC & Community News

The BIJC Office and Gan Israel Preschool will be closed Monday, November 11, for Veteran's Day.

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


Second Friday Shabbat Service

Friday, November 8, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Join your Jewish community to welcome the Shabbat and introduce Shabbat blessings into your life. Rabbi Ted Feldman will lead. Childcare available. 

Upcoming Meetings at BIJC 

11/7 @ 1 pm Sisterhood Board Meeting
11/8 @ 10 am Staff Meeting
11/14 @ 6 pm Executive Committee Meeting
11/14 @ 7 pm BIJC Board Meeting 

Got a Minute?

Minutes to the BIJC Board meetings are available to members upon request. Contact

Winter Warmth Drive


Upcoming BIJC Events

Thurs. November 7, 10am - Rabbi Ted's Radio Show
Ted's guests will be Michael Shapiro in a return visit, discussing the creative spirit and his upcoming book, The Creative Spark; and Vasanti Jayaswal, a member of our local Indian community, author and spiritual teacher. Listen at 103.3 FM or stream it live here.

Thurs. November 7, 6:30 p.m. - Jewish Music Series at SSU
An Evening of Modern Jewish Art Song. Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center. Free admission, $5 parking fee. Info: (707) 664-2324

Sun. November 10, 5 p.m. - Interfaith Evensong
ewish and Christian chant and poetry in remembrance of Kristallnacht and the Tree of Life shooting at St. John's Episcopal Church, 40 Fifth St., Petaluma. Prayers for peace co-led by Father Daniel and Rabbi Ted Feldman. Donations accepted.

Tues. Nov 12, 6:30-8 p.m. - UC Berkeley Visiting Professor
Dr. Roy Peled: Can It Be Both Jewish and Democratic? Israel's Dual-Purpose Vision and Minority Rights. Sonoma State's Israel Studies Free Lecture Series, Green Music Center, Classroom 1057. $5 parking charge. Info (707) 664-2324. 

Weds. Nov 20, 12 p.m.  - Hadassah Luncheon
Email your RSVP or call Rita at (707) 792-4494.

Tues. November 26, 7 p.m. - Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
At United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Drive, Petaluma

See our full events calendar

Ongoing BIJC and Community Events

  • Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity: 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


  • 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


Hadassah Luncheon
Wednesday, November 20, 12 p.m. 

The Hadassah gathering scheduled for October 30 has been rescheduled due to the fire. Our hostesses, Marsha Harris and Reva Novey, have graciously agreed to serve you a delicious homemade lunch at the next scheduled gathering at BIJC on November 20. Hopefully we will be able to reschedule our "Jewish storyteller" Nina Gorbach. Take care, be safe, and we look forward to everyone being back in their homes soon.

Email your RSVP or call Rita at (707) 792-4494.

Jewish Education

Gan Israel Preschool

The Fall program is full. To add your name to the waitlist or for information, contact Program Director Leslee Lauritzen.
Learn more.

Shabbat Connect

November 9 and 16 at 9:45 a.m.
We'll sing songs, join in for a bit of the Shabbat Service, have snacks, learning and social time ending with the community Kiddush at noon. Family and friends are welcome!

Shabbat Connect meets two Saturdays per month. Free to all members and prospective members. For more information, contact Hillary Fox, Outreach and Programming Director.
Learn more.

Adult Education

"How To Move Jewishly Through The World In An Existential Climate"
Wednesdays, Oct 23-Dec 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Taught by Rabbi Ted Feldman. No cost. Register here.
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:


Carol Newman - In Memory of Edna and Irving Newman
Ron Harris - In Memory of Edith Siegel
Ron & Marsha Harris - In Memory of Lt. Col. Israel David Siegel
Carolyn Kaufman - In Memory of John C. Kaufman
Helaine & Steven Dorenfeld - In Memory of Ruth Backer
Marshall Newman & Janet Endelman - In Memory of Rina Borodkin
Ted Levenson - In Memory of Dena Levenson


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.

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.

Mon, November 11 2019 13 Cheshvan 5780