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The mission of B’nai Israel Jewish Center is to provide an inclusive center for Jewish life that addresses the cultural, religious, spiritual, educational, and social needs of those who wish to identify with the Jewish community in Petaluma and surrounding areas.

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Adult Education This May

at B'nai Israel Jewish Center

With Rabbi Ted Feldman & Mia Cohen
Wednesday Evenings ~ May 6, 13, & 20 at 7:00pm

A Fire in the Forest: The Life and Legacy of the Ba'al Shem Tov

The first session of the series will include a special showing of the documentary film A Fire in the Forest, followed by discussion and refreshments in celebration of the Jewish Holiday Lag B'Omer!

About the Film: Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (1698-1760), known as the Ba'al Shem Tov, is one of the most beloved and celebrated figures in Jewish history, but also one of the most elusive. Today, Jews all over the world and even many non-Jews, revere him as the founder of the Hasidic movement, and as a model of piety and mystical spirituality. Through stories and historical information, interviews with some of today's most important teachers and on location footage, A Fire in the Forest shows us how the legacy of the Ba'al Shem Tov is still very much alive in our day and relevant to our daily lives.

A Fire in the Heart & A Fire in the Mind

Continuing the series will be A Fire in the Heart: An Evening of Hasidic Stories & Poetry on May 13th at 7:00 PM, and A Fire in the Mind: Teachings on the Revelation at Sinai and the Festival of Shavuot on May 20th at 7:00 PM. No registration is required for any of these sessions, and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Harvest for the Hungry Hearted

Saturday, May 23 ~ 7PM - 2AM
held this year at B'nai Israel Jewish Center

Shavuot is our night of Revelation - when we stood at the Mountain and received Torah for the first time. And we're receiving it still. Join rabbis and teachers from around Sonoma County to explore our ongoing hunger for Torah, and the harvest of wisdom that our tradition offers.

This is a free event and open to all; Childcare will be provided until 10 PM. Delicious dairy treats catered by La Bodega Kitchen, and festive music, too. A great, great night for you and your friends. Find out more about teachers, topics and times by going to shalomevents.org.

A Letter From Rabbi Meredith Cahn

Dear B'nai Israel Members,

As you know, B'nai Israel Jewish Center and Congregation Ner Shalom have collaborated for three years now on J School, our Community School for Jewish Learning, the Jazzy Way to Do Jewish (our brand new tag line). We operate on a shoestring, with tuitions from parents, a small scholarship fund from the Federation, a contribution from BIJC and in-kind support from CNS. We are going to be short in our budget this year. So we ask that if you are in a position to contribute to J School, we'd be very grateful. Any funds are welcome and a worthy place to give tzedakah. Please know that your contribution is tax-deductible.

With all of your support, the J School can continue to be a reality for our families.

Rabbi Meredith Cahn

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