Welcome + Instructions for Posting

Welcome to PetalumaJews.org, a blog for the B’nai Israel Jewish Center community during the COVID-19 crisis. While we weather this pandemic through sheltering-in-place and social distancing, we want to give BIJC members, Gan Israel Preschool families and the Petaluma-area Jewish community a place to share their experiences as well as their prayers, songs, poetry and more.* In this community space…

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Finding Direction By Looking Back

During these unsettling times, I find comfort in looking back and learning how people coped with and often rose above challenges in their lives. As a relative newcomer to the B’nai Israel community I have always wanted to know more about its storied history that began in the 1860s. Many of us own or have heard about Comrades and Chicken…

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Our Evolving World

Our staff, Hillary Fox(program and outreach director), Ruth  Wilson (communications coordinator), and Lisa Basalto(webmaster) have worked so hard to get this site ready for us to use as a forum for thoughts, feelings, ideas, and whatnot during these challenging times. All I know is that my email boxes are filled with words from organizations, businesses, political leaders, and such trying…

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News from Outreach & Programming

Welcome to our community blog!  Hope we can all stay in touch here & keep updated w/ our virtual events! Speaking of: Shabbat Connect, our religious school programming is back this Saturday, March 28th from 10am-10:40am.  This is a family program for preschool-7th. If you haven’t participated before but would like to pls email me: hillary@bnaiisrael.net.  You can also see…

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