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13 Adar II, 5779 | March 20, 2019

Weekly Shabbat Information

Wednesday, March 20
Purim begins at sunset

Friday, March 22
Candle Lighting: 6:52 p.m.

Saturday, March 23
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. Not sure what to bring? Learn more here.
This week's Torah portion is Parashat Tzav

BIJC & Community News

Save The Date: Scholar in Residence

Rav Yosef Garcia
March 28-30

We are thrilled to welcome Rav Yosef Garcia of Mesa, AZ, as Scholar-in-Residence at B'nai Israel from March 28-30. 

Rav Garcia is known throughout the Southwest and Latin America for his educational work as co-founder of The Association of Crypto-Jews of The Americas. Rav Garcia's residency will include a guest spot on Rabbi Ted's radio show as well as lectures to the congregation and community about his journey to the rabbinate. 

Details forthcoming - stay tuned!

Coming this Spring: The BIJC Cookbook

New Category Added: Breakfast and Brunch

The deadline for recipe submissions has been extended to March 31.

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! Feel free to submit as many recipes as you'd like. Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

Thurs. March 28 @ 10am - Rabbi Ted's Radio Show
Guests will include Rav Yosef Garcia and Henry Kaku, a spokesman for the Japanese-American community. Listen at 103.3 FM or stream it live here.

Fri. April 5 @ 7pm - Friday Shabbat Service 
Led by Rabbi Ted. Join your Jewish community to welcome the Shabbat and introduce Shabbat blessings into your life. 

Wed. April 10 @ 12pm - Sisterhood Luncheon
Guest speaker Jerrod Sielberg, Senior Driving Ombudsman, Northern California DMV. RSVP by April 7 to Learn more.

Sat. April 13 @ 8:30am - Shabbat Morning
with Julie Emden, a practitioner of Embodied Jewish Learning. 

Send upcoming events to Ruth by noon the Friday before delivery:

See our full events calendar

Ongoing BIJC and Community Events

  • Sisterhood Mahjong - Mondays at Noon. New members welcome! Contact Ellen at for more information.
  • Tuesdays through March - Israeli Film Festival of JCCSC showings at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol. 
  • In response to the North Bay fires, the Jewish Community Free Clinic is accepting appointments for a new mental health program called Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Call 707 585-7780 or visit JCFC Services for information.
  • Sisterhood Book Group - Click here for May-September Schedule

Purim Celebrations at B'nai Israel

Fri March 15 @11am
Gan Israel Preschool Purim Party

Costumes welcome. Meshlach menot baskets, fresh hamentashen, face-painting, jumpy house and games for preschoolers and families. Bring a vegetarian, kid-friendly dish to share.

Wed March 20 @6:30pm
Community Celebration

Join us as we raise our graggers and read from the Megillat Esther to celebrate the deliverance of the Jewish people from the evil Persian ruler, Haman.

Sun March 24 @10am
J School Purim Carnival

Free and open to all regardless of religious affiliation. K-7th grade, younger siblings welcome. Games, music, snacks, costume parade & more.

Passover at B'nai Israel

Community Passover Seder  

Saturday, April 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Journey to Freedom
The annual Community Seder at B'nai Israel Jewish Center will be led by Rabbi Ted Feldman with music by Fredi Bloom, cantor; Jef Labes, keyboards; and Jim Stern, percussion. Hosted by BIJC Sisterhood and kosher-catered by Park Avenue Catering.

Pre-registration for BIJC and Sisterhood Members is from March 1-15. Open registration begins on March 16. Payment is due April 6. Register here.

Adults 18+ $36
Children 4-17 $18
Kids 3 and under Free  

This event usually fills up before the deadline. No refunds after April 6. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Contact the office before April 1 if funding assistance is requested. For information call 707-762-0340 or email the office at

Jewish Education

Gan Israel Preschool
Spaces available.
Learn more

J School
Currently accepting applications. 
Learn more

Adult Education
There are two adult education programs ongoing this spring: An Introduction to Judaism and Can We Talk?
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:


Jerry Berkowitz - In Memory of Ben Berkowitz
Ken & Joan Roman - In Memory of Martin Roman
Edward & Rae Molinsky - In Memory of Kily Krulevitch
Edward & Rae Molinsky - In Memory of Edward Molinsky
Ellen & David Lustbader - Wishing a speedy recovery to Carolyn Kaufman
Robin Rose - In Memory of William Friedman
Sid & Gerry Lipton - Wishing a speedy recovery to Carolyn Kaufman
Shelley Bauer - In Memory of Mike Bauer
Shelley Bauer - In Memory of Capt. Robert K. Kaufman
Shelley Bauer - In Memory of Edward Molinsky
Shelley Bauer - Wishing a speedy recovery to Carolyn Kaufman
Marshall Newman & Janet Endelman - In Memory of Bernard Endelman
Sid & Gerry Lipton - Wishing a speedy recovery to Hedda Gold
Leo & Nancy Tealdi - Wishing a speedy recovery to Carolyn Kaufman
Leo & Nancy Tealdi - Wishing a speedy recovery to Jeanne Strauss
David & Ellen Lustbader - In Memory of Shirley Tobin
Sid & Gerry Lipton - In Memory of Elias Bornstein
Brian, Ruth & Jerry Wilson - In Memory of Irene Wilson
Robert Tenenbaum - In Memory of Abe Tenenbaum
Ken & Joan Roman - In Memory of Elaine Lewis
Ken & Joan Roman - Wishing a speedy recovery to Hedda Gold
Rhonda Goodman & Martin Hymowitz - In Memory of Nettie Goodman
Jim Stern - In Memory of Rose Langsam
Joseph & Rita Kagan - In Memory of Florence Kagan
Jamie Bloom - To J School
Regina Wiilson-Seppa & Don Seppa - To J School
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of Eva Cohen
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of Morris Estrin
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of Idelle Rae Cohen
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of Capt. Robert Kaufman
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of Marty Dvorin
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - Wishing a speedy recovery to Carolyn Kaufman


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.