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27 Kislev, 5779 | December 5, 2018

Weekly Shabbat Information

Friday, December 7
Candle Lighting: 4:32 p.m.

Saturday, December 8
9:15 a.m. Torah Study
9:45 a.m. Shabbat Service 
10:30 a.m. Torah Service
12:00 p.m. Kiddush Lunch
This week's kiddush is a potluck.
This week's Torah portion is Parashat Miketz.

BIJC & Community News


The parade will depart this Friday, December 7 at 5:30 pm from 2 Benjamin Lane and march three blocks to B'nai Israel Jewish Center, where we will light the Outdoor Menorah with Rabbi Ted. Dress warmly and bring an umbrella if needed.  Feel free to bring candles and a menorah to light at the synagogue. Please bring a dairy dish to share. 

RSVP Reut with how many children you are bringing. Torches will be provided (non-flame). You must RSVP to receive a torch!

RSVP: (415) 481-7638 or 

All are welcome! Join us for this Israeli tradition right here in Petaluma!

We Want YOUR Recipes!  

for the BIJC Cookbook
BIJC Sisterhood is collecting recipes for a community cookbook! Proceeds from the sale of this cookbook will benefit both the Sisterhood and Gan Israel Preschool. 

You can submit your recipe online! Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

Wed. Dec 5 @ 12pm - Gan Israel Hanukkah Luncheon
All Welcome!

Wed. Dec 5 @ 6:30pm - Adult Education with Rabbi Ted
Learn more here.

Thurs. Dec 6 @ 10am - Rabbi Ted's Radio Show
Guests will be Rabbi Stephanie Kramer of Shomrei Torah and Farhad Mansourian, General Manager of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Agency.  Stream it live at

Thurs. Dec 7 @ 5:30pm - Hanukkah Torch Parade
Departing from 2 Benjamin Lane, marching to BIJC to light the outdoor Menorah.

Wed. Dec 12 @ 12pm - Sisterhood Hanukkah Luncheon & Gift Exchange
Hostesses will be Dru West, Cici Piotrkowski and Ilene Mattison-Shupnick. Members, $10  with RSVP;  Non-members and guests, $15; First time attendees, no charge. If you would like to participate in the optional gift exchange, please bring a new gift, minimum value $20. Please RSVP by December 9th to  or Ellen at 707-559-5090

Wed. Dec 19 - Hadassah Luncheon 
Details to come.

Wed. Jan 9 - Sisterhood Book Club
At the home of Judy Miller, discussing A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. 

Wed. Jan 15 - Paint Nite
A fundraiser for Gan Israel Preschool. Learn more here.

Send upcoming events to Jennifer:

See our full events calendar

Jewish Education

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

Gan Parent Luncheon Dec 5 @ noon

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

Adult Education
Rabbi Feldman will be teaching a five-session class on a classic work of Abraham Joshua Heschel entitled Heavenly Torah: As Refracted Through the Generations. Dr. Heschel explores the world of the Rabbis and, in his own poetic and insightful fashion, brings to life their disagreements and resolutions. Clearly, this large volume will not be covered during this class. Materials will be provided to the participants. Five of the 41 chapters in the book will be discussed. 

Materials are available in the office or from Rabbi Feldman.

Dates: November 7, 14, 28; December 5 and 12.

Start Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m.

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:


Karen Chambliss Abraham - In Memory of Chaija Behr
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
The Jacknowitz Sisters: Sherry, Leenie, Robin, Joanne - In Memory of Toby Jacknowitz
Steve & Helaine Dorenfeld - In Memory of Ruth Backer
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of Lou Reif, Rose Cohen & Esther Zittin
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of those killed in Pittsburg
Rodney & Linda Baraz - In Memory of Frieda Baraz, Marie Houlla & Diane Dorfman
Dr. Ron & Marsh Harris - In Memory of Israel David Seigel
Ted & Carol Levenson - In Memory of Dena Levenson
Marvin & Shirley Dolowitz - In Memory of Steven Dolowitz
Fira & Vladimir Leibovich - In Memory of Emanuel Leibovich
Ron & Marsha Harris - In Honor of Marcel Feibusch's 80th Birthday


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.