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4 Elul, 5778 | August 15, 2018

Weekly Shabbat Information

Friday, August 17
Candle Lighting: 7:41 p.m.

Saturday, August 18
Torah Study: 9:15 a.m.
Shabbat Service: 9:45 a.m.
Torah Service: 10:30 a.m.
Kiddush Lunch: 12:00 p.m.
This week's kiddush is sponsored by Jamie and Heather Bloom in honor of their son, Max's, Bar Mitzvah
This week's Torah portion is Parashat Shoftim

BIJC & Community News

This Shabbat morning, August 18, 2018, Max Bloom, son of Jamie Bloom and Heather Muir, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah. 
Our community joins in celebrating this happy occasion in Max's life. The Kiddish following services will be sponsored by the Blooms in honor of this joyous occasion.


Add your name to our annual New Year's Greeting that appears weekly in the BIJC Bulletin. You do not need to be a Sisterhood Member to send the New Year's Greeting. Please note, this is not for the names in the Memorial Book.

This year, you can choose a donation level.
Chai - $18
Double Chai - $36
Chai-Five - $90

A Double Chai donation will be indicated by one asterisk *
A Chai-Five donation will be indicated by two asterisks **

Names of those sending a New Year's Greetings whose checks are received by September 1 will be printed and displayed in the Lobby during the Holidays.

Please return the lower portion of this form and make checks payable to: 
740 Western Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952

Join the Sisterhood!

It is the time of year when current Sisterhood Members must renew their membership for the 2018-2019 season (Sept -June). The Sisterhood also invites and encourages everyone who is not currently a member to join, and/or to support the Sisterhood with an annual membership of $36.  The small price of Sisterhood membership helps us keep our programs running throughout the year.
Click here for the registration form.

Food for the Soul

Sept 6 - Oct 11
with Yiscah Smith live from Jerusalem via Skype

As with the human being, the Torah text has both a body and soul. Rashi's commentary helps us understand the "body" and Chassidut helps us explore the "soul" --- the deeper spiritual meanings. This 6-week series will focus on a selected text in each week's Parshat HaShavua - the Torah portion of the week. We shall learn and discuss Rashi's commentary and then explore the inner soul dimension. The class will be taught by Yiscah Smith, who was recently in Sonoma as part of a 3-day residency. Some of you may have attended one of her teachings. She will be teaching live from Jerusalem via skype. Please refer to for further information about her. 

The class will begin on THU, 06 SEP, promptly at 8:15 - 9:30am and conclude on THR, 11 OCT. 

Tuition is $180 per person for the 6-class series. Checks can be made payable to Yiscah Smith and given to Helaine Sheias at the first class. 

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

Due to space limitations, the class enrollment is limited so please call or email Rhonda at your earliest convenience to confirm your place. Thank you

Upcoming Events

Thurs. August 16 @ 10am - Rabbi Ted's Radio Show
This week's guests for the first segment will be John Bertucci, Executive Director of PCA and Cindy Thomas, Chair of the Board of PCA. The guest for the second segment will be Rabbi Steve Finley of Congregation Shir Shalom of Sonoma.  Tune in at 103.3 FM or stream it live here

Thurs. August 23, 4:45pm - Interfaith Food Pantry
At Elim Lutheran Church. Learn more.

Thurs. Sept 27 @ 1pm  - Sisterhood Book Club 
Discussing Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Learn more.

Send upcoming events to Jennifer:

See our full events calendar

Jewish Education

Gan Israel Preschool
Registration is open for Fall 2018 Session.
Learn more

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

BIJC Fundraising

The 10th Annual Golf Tournament!

August 26, 2018
11:30am - Registration
12:30pm - Shotgun Start

$135 per person or $500 for a foursome: Includes golf with cart, driving range coupon, gift bag and dinner.

Gathering, beverages and dinner follow the golf tournament at approximately 5:30pm.

Your entire contribution goes to the B'nai Israel Jewish Center

Reservations preferred by August 20, 2018 - WALK-UPS WELCOME!

For more information call Cathy Simondi at 707-981-4994, Irv Piotrkowski at 707-778-1551, or Jeff Kraus at 707-326-3070

Get ready for our 10th year of fun—and fundraising! Register here.


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

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
Gail Levy - In Honor of the Wedding of Diana Hylander and Neal Cronin
Marta E. Biton - In Honor of the Wedding of Diana Hylander and Neal Cronin
Andrew Slotnick - In Honor of the Wedding of Diana Hylander and Neal Cronin
Kathy & Lester Berman - In Honor of the Wedding of Diana Hylander and Neal Cronin
Carolyn Kaufman - In Memory of Diane Dorfman
Jerry Berkowitz - In Memory of Marilyn Berkowitz
Shelley Bauer - In Memory of Diane Dorfman
Shelley Bauer - In Memory of Ann Weinstock
Shelley Bauer - In Honor of Joe Piotrkowski's 70th Birthday and Fran Piotrokowski's Too
Shelley Bauer - In Honor of Linda Baraz's 70th Birthday
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - In Memory of Sarah Estrin
Jules & Marjorie Cohen - In Honor of the Wedding of Diana Hylander & Neal Cronin
Leo & Nancy Tealdi - In Memory of Diane Dorfman
Leo & Nancy Tealdi - In Honor of the Marriage of Linda and Michael Lustbader
Leo & Nancy Tealdi - In Honor of the Marriage of Diane Hylander and Neal Cronin
The Mendelssohn Family - In Memory of Diane Dorfman
Carol Newman & Barry Sovel - In Honor of Diana Hylander and Neal Cronin
Carol Newman & Barry Sovel - In Memory of Bill Sovel and Herbert Newman
Anne Gilbert - In Memory of Diane Dorfman
Fran & Joey Piotrkowski - In Memory of Esther Chabel
Gayle Alvarez - In Memory of Diane Dorfman
Sylvia Schwartz - In Memory of Diane Dorfman
Judith Miller - In Memory of her Aunt Miriam Reiss
Terry & Nathan Piotrkowski - In Memory of Joe and Ida Piotrkowski
Terry & Nathan Piotrkowski - In Memory of William and Rae Sovel
Shelley Bauer - In Honor of Jan Everidge's Birthday
Sid & Gerry Lipton - In Memory of Elliot Levitch

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.