Mission Statement

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.

Welcome to B’nai Israel Jewish Center!

Musical Shabbat

Saturday, August 8th, 2015 With Mia Miriam Cohen, Rabbi Ted, and musical guest Lorenzo Valensi

  • 9:45 am - 10:30 am Shacharit with instruments
  • 10:30 - 11:45 am Torah Service and Drasha
  • 11:45 am Potluck Kiddush Lunch

Join us for a musical Shabbat service that brings together contemporary and traditional Judaism in a moving, up lifting, and inspiring way.

A Spoonful of Honey

Rosh Hashanah Gourmet Honey Tasting

Wednesday, August 19th from 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Have you ever dipped apples into honey before? You're invited to taste a variety of delicious honey at Whole Foods Market in Petaluma. Find your favorite honey, pick up some scrumptious honey-featured recipes, and learn more about the other symbols and rituals for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Enter the FREE raffle for a chance to win fun prizes! This program is FREE and open to all.

Come meet Carol Appel, Big Tent Judaism's Concierge in Sonoma County, your guide to the Jewish community. For more information, please contact Carol Appel at 707-684-6692 or carol@bigtentjudaism.org

7th Annual Golf Tournament

August 30 at Foxtail Golf Course, Rohnert Park

It's almost here! Our 7th Annual Golf Tournament is just around the corner. This is our biggest fundraiser, and 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit BIJC and support the important programs, classes and events that the center holds every year. Please spread the word to all your family and friends, and help BIJC continue to be a positive presence in the community for years to come!

Time: 11:30 AM
Shotgun Start: 12:30 PM
$125 gets you:
18 Holes of Golf ~ Cart ~ Range Time ~ Gift Bag ~ Dinner
Non-golfers can also join us for dinner only! Dinner-only price: $30
All funds benefit BIJC
100% tax deductible!

Scholarships are available for young golfers! These scholarships will pay up to half of the entry fee!

Download a copy of our registration packet here. Registration is open through August 25, and walk-up entries are always welcome. Questions? Contact Jeff Kraus at (707) 326-3070 or Irv Piotrkowski at (707) 778-1551. See you on the course!


Family Fun With Octopretzel

September 27, 2015 at BIJC
$15 per family

  • 3:30-4:00 - Arts & crafts projects and games
    4:00-5:30 - Musical performance with Octopretzel
    5:30 - Pizza party

Octopretzel's show is as exuberant as their whimsical name. The band creates engaging music, inspiring curiosity, wonder and appreciation for the world we live in. Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a danceable, singable and super-fun experience for the whole family. You can learn more about Octopretzel at their website. Questions? Contact Mia Miriam Cohen at mia@bnaiisrael.net.

Co-sponsored by Gan Israel Preschool, J School and PJ Library.


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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