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8 Cheshvan, 5779 | October 17, 2018

Weekly Shabbat Information

Friday, October 19
Candle Lighting: 6:08 p.m.
Dinner with Dorothy Richman at 6:00

Saturday, October 20
Shabbat Service with Dorothy Richman: 9:45 a.m.
Torah Service: 10:30 a.m.
Kiddush Lunch (potluck): 12:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: 12:30 p.m.
This week's Torah portion is Parashat Lech-Lecha

Shabbaton Havdalah at Naomi Richman's House 7:30 p.m.

BIJC & Community News

NEW Yoga for the Nefesh (Soul)

with Helaine Sheias
Fridays: Nov 2, Dec 7 @ 3:30pm
Free - Open to All
Donations gratefully accepted

Food for the Soul

New Session Beginning October 18!
with Yiscah Smith live from Jerusalem via ZOOM

The class is being taught by Yiscah Smith, who will be teaching live from Jerusalem via Skype. Please refer to for further information about her. 

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

Note: You are welcome to access the class from home via ZOOM. 

Upcoming Events

Fri. Oct 19 & Sat. Oct 20 - Renowned Berkeley Rabbi and Feminist Dorothy Richman will be @ BIJC!
Join us for an enlightening Shabbat dinner Friday evening (Oct 19 @ 6:00 p.m.) For dinner tickets and more information please click here.
Shabbat services with Rabbi Richman will be held at the normal time on Saturday morning.

Sat. Oct 20 - Hadassah meeting at Congregation Beth Ami
Please RSVP or call 707-360-3000.

Thurs. Oct 11, 10am - Rabbi Ted's Radio Show
This week's guest is Faith Ross, founding member of Petaluma Blacks for Community Development and member of the Petaluma Community Relations Council Coordinating Committee. During the second segment, Rabbi Ted will interview Rev. Eric Dale, pastor of the Petaluma United Methodist Church. Stream it live at

Thurs. Nov 8 @ 1pm - Sisterhood Book Club
We will meet at Gerry Lipton's home. We will discuss A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

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See our full events calendar

Jewish Education

Gan Israel Preschool
Spaces still available for the 2018-2019 school year.
Learn more

J School
Currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 Session. 
Learn more

BIJC Fundraising

Your Donations Make a Difference!

If you'd like to donate or volunteer to support BIJC, you can learn about our various opportunities here. Special thanks to our donors this week:


Special thanks to Karen Chambliss-Abraham for your continual donation to to the Building (Lobby) Remodel Fund
Carolyn Kaufman - In Memory of Elliott Levitch
Barry Sovel & Carol Newman - In Memory of Elliot Levitch
Barry Sovel & Carol Newman - In Memory of Diane Dorfman
Sela & Stuart Nissenbaum - In Memory of Max Nissenbaum
Sid & Gerry Lipton - In Honor of Joe Piotrkowski's 70th Birthday
Sela & Stuart Nissenbaum - In Memory of Sol Rosenzweig
Sela & Stuart Nissenbaum, Cici & Irv Piotrkowski, Carol & Barry Sovel, Ilene & Mark Shupnick
 - In Honor of Joe Piotrkowski's 70th Birthday
Karen Chambliss Abraham - In Memory of Bernie Barrish
Karen Chambliss Abraham - In Memory of Diane Dorfman
Karen Chambliss Abraham - In Memory of Elliott Levitch
Karen Chambliss Abraham - In Memory of Chaija Bahr
Karen Chambliss Abraham - In Memory of Robert C Chambliss
Karen Chambliss Abraham - In Memory of Henderson & Julia Chambliss
Karen Chambliss Abraham - In Memory of James Devine P. I., Aunt Rita Willamor, Doba Behr, Mehr Behr, Rita Labovitch, William G. Donovan
Karen Chambliss Abraham - In Honor of Max Bloom & Ezra Lemesh Bar Mitzvah Mazel Tov
Karen Chambliss Abraham - Mazel Tov to Mike & Mateo Donovan Aparicio on the completion of their hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Karen Chambliss Abraham - In Honor of Pat Donovan
Ken & Joan Roman - In Memory of Diane Dorfman
Ken & Joan Roman - In Honor of Max Bloom's Bar Mitzvah
Carol Newman & Barry Sovel - Speedy Recovery Dave Lustbader
Carol Newman & Barry Sovel - Speedy Recovery Nancy Tealdi
Rodney & Linda Baraz - Speedy Recovery Nancy Tealdi
Linda & Aaron Newman - In Honor of Joe Piotrkowski's 70th Birthday
Marvin & Shirley Dolowitz - In Memory of Rachel Dolowitz
Richard & Susan Idell - In Honor of Morty Wiggins


Be sure to patronize the following businesses in appreciation of their support!

Top Speed Data Communications - Century 21 Bundesen - Parent Sorensen Funeral Chapel - Spurgeon Painting - Teresa Barrett - Quality Flooring Center - Petaluma Market - Straus Family Creamery - Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area  Cassabon & Fung - Turf Star - Friedman's - Out West Garage - Industrial Carting  Global Materials - Recovery - Summit State Bank - Doug Sanders Painting 
 Heffernan Insurance Brokers - Leading Edge Properties - Life Style Pilates
Sleep city Mattress Center - Everest Indian Restaurant - O'Brien Painting
McDevitt Construction Partners, Inc. - Jerry & Don's Yager Pump & Well
Stewart Marine & RV Consignment Sales - Hunt & Behrens, Inc.
Learning Rx Petaluma - Pisenti & Brinker - Jim Stern - Santa Rosa Tile
Lace House Linen - Barry Sovel & Carol Newman
Della Fattoria Cafe and Bakery

BIJC General Information

BIJC office hours: Mon, Wed & Fri - 11:00am-3:00pm; Tues & Thurs - 9:00am-2:00pm

Shabbat and Yahrzeit/Yizkor candles are available for purchase in the office. Yahrzeit/Yizkor candles are $2.17 each (with tax). Boxes of 72 Shabbat Candles are $7.58 each (with tax).

BIJC Commemorative Shopping Bags are available for $3 (including tax) in the office. Please stop by during office hours and get your bag!

Lost and Found

There is a LOST and FOUND box in the office. Please note: Items will be donated after a period of one month. If you have lost something or have found an item please contact the office at 707-762-0340.

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For further information about any of the above items, please call the Center office at (707) 762-0340.
Rabbi Ted Feldman may be reached at (707) 765-2937.