Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life

Caring Community

When we think of "Jewish values" what comes to mind? Welcoming guests, comforting mourners, visiting the sick, feeding those in need, and more. Being part of B'nai Israel Jewish Center provides each of us with the opportunity to act on these values.

Are there ways you can help out in your community, such as providing meals, giving rides, or visiting the elderly or bereaved? Consider how you might strengthen your personal commitment to include these Jewish values in your life.

For more information about our Caring Community, or if you know someone who may benefit from the help of our Caring Community, please contact Rabbi Ted Feldman at (707) 765-2937 or, or the BIJC Office at (707) 762-0340.

Confidentiality is assured.

HINENI - I am here, I care, I will act

Chevra Kadisha of Sonoma County

A message from Ritual Committee Chair Naomi Richman

Are you interested in learning how to participate in Jewish Burial Rituals?

The Chevra Kadisha of Sonoma County has been helping prepare bodies for the journey to their final destination for many years. In the Jewish tradition, bodies are honored for housing our souls by washing them ritually and watching over them until they are buried (or in some less traditional cases, cremated). This is a deep spiritual experience for those who take part. It helps us, as we help the souls of others separate from their bodies.

We want to hold a training for both the watchers (shomrim) and those interested in participating in the tahara, the ritual washing. We're looking at setting a date during Summer 2019. If you are interested in either of these trainings, please contact Naomi Richman at 707-765-9844.