Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life
This past year, we BIJC has made many strides forward. As we anticipate our tomorrows, we are filled with purpose. We wish you a year filled with meaning, learning, and growth beginning with our High Holiday services.
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.
Auction Closes Today!
At 9:00 PM PDT TODAY, the auction closes!
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.
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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.
All members are invited to our annual meeting on Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:30pm.
Celebrate the diversity of Petaluma Jews and enjoy desserts from across the globe as we discuss the following:
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 "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.
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.