Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life


Welcome to our blog. From news about the website and BIJC itself, to musings about events in the Jewish community in Sonoma County and beyond, we hope that you will find our blog to be useful and informative!


Of Buses and Caves

Jul 11, 2018

My first trip to Israel was in the summer of 1970, three years after the Six Day War. I was a staff person on United Synagogue Youth Israel Pilgrimage and was honored to be able to go there at that stage of my life. In those days, the regular buses of Egged were used for tours, at least the one I was on. Among the first things I learned about riding on these buses was that at the top of the hour, when the radio on the bus beeped, everyone was to be silent so we could hear the news.


Last chance to bid!

Jun 03, 2018

Auction Closes Today!

At 9:00 PM PDT TODAY, the auction closes!

Place Your Bids Now!

Bid like there's no tomorrow - because there isn't. This is it! Our fundraising goal is in sight. You can help us get there. 

Get People Involved

Refer your Friends! Make sure they receive this message while there's enough time to get in on the Bidding and Support a Great Cause.


The BIJC 2018 Auction is Coming Soon!

May 15, 2018

Our online auction date is fast approaching!

The BIJC 2018 Auction opens for bidding on May 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM PDT.

 This is an exciting and fun way to support the B'nai Israel Jewish Center, and at the same time have a chance to win some great items, sometimes at bargain prices. We have outstanding art;  self-care items such as yoga, massage, bodywork and acupuncture; restaurants and wine; golf; lots of fun items as well practical items such as business copiers (and even gravesites!).

The auction will be open to preview in one week.


It is more than OK to celebrate Israel

Apr 18, 2018

Israel's 70th Birthday

It is Yom Haatzmaut - the 70th birthday of the modern State of Israel. Israel;s population stands at 8.842 million people and its Jewish community makes up 43% of world Jewry. Since it is ten hours later there, I missed the evening celebrations in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. These celebrations come after a week of memory. Last Thursday was Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and today, our Tuesday night and Wednesday comprises the day of memorial for the fallen soldiers of Israel (23,646) and for terror victims (3,134).


This, That, and This+

Mar 21, 2018


This "this" is a serious one and I need to call it to your attention. A lesson taught to new parents came to the forefront last week in Gan Israel Preschool. The general lesson is to keep medicines out of the reach of children. Some homes hide medicines, put them way up high, or put child-proof openers on doors and drawers. Another lesson is to not keep medicines in candy containers. It is confusing enough that vitamins and such looks like candy. Add to that the mask of medicine in a candy container and problems are awaiting.


Welcome to Our New Website!

Mar 21, 2018

We're so excited to announce that our new website is finally live! We've been working for the last few months on the new design, and we're hopeful that you will find the new layout much cleaner, more modern, and easier to navigate. And we hope that you'll enjoy the new content we've added as well! Let us know what you think about the new look in the comments.