Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life

Adult Learning Opportunities

B'nai Israel offers a wide range of learning opportunites through organized classes, special events, residencies, workshops and more. 

Upcoming Education Special Events

Food for the Soul
Sept 6 - Oct 11
with Yiscah Smith live from Jerusalem via Skype

As with the human being, the Torah text has both a body and soul. Rashi's commentary helps us understand the "body" and Chassidut helps us explore the "soul" --- the deeper spiritual meanings. This 6-week series will focus on a selected text in each week's Parshat HaShavua - the Torah portion of the week. We shall learn and discuss Rashi's commentary and then explore the inner soul dimension. The class will be taught by Yiscah Smith, who was recently in Sonoma as part of a 3-day residency. Some of you may have attended one of her teachings. She will be teaching live from Jerusalem via skype. Please refer to for further information about her. 

The class will begin on THU, 06 SEP, promptly at 8:15 - 9:30am and conclude on THR, 11 OCT. 

Tuition is $180 per person for the 6-class series. Checks can be made payable to Yiscah Smith and given to Helaine Sheias at the first class. 

The class will be held at the home of Rhonda Goodman 64 Oakwood Dr. Petaluma, CA 201-679-3986 

Due to space limitations, the class enrollment is limited so please call or email Rhonda at your earliest convenience to confirm your place. Thank you

Recurring Study Opportunities

Shabbat Lunch & Learn

Twice monthly, 12:30-2 p.m.
Many people find a deep satisfaction and joy in the quest for knowledge and the experience of engaged learning. Shabbat is a rich time to relax, share food, and come together in community to study Jewish wisdom.

Twice a month following Shabbat services, we take time to study Jewish attitudes about our bodies and ourselves using a book entitled, "Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices." You are invited to participate as a part of your course to celebrate an adult B'nai Mitzvah, or purely for the joy of learning. Either way, you are welcome in this class.

The book is available for $16, and can be purchased at the BIJC office or on the first day. Check the Calendar for the next Lunch & Learn.

Individual Study and Direction

Rabbi Feldman is available to set up individual courses of study, including for those interested in exploring basic Judaism.

You may reach Rabbi Feldman at 707-765-2937 or