Support Ukraine Benefit Concert

Dear Friends,

At this crucial, heart-rending hour, I have decided to put on a benefit concert to help our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. I am calling it Support Ukraine Benefit Concert.
I hope that you will join me in sending support and financial aid to Ukraine by attending what I’m sure will be an amazing concert.
If you visit   you can find all about it, and donate to get tickets while they last. Seating will be limited to the first 100 applicants to allow for the opportunity to socially distance. Vaccinations and masks are required.
We will be presenting a Ukrainian choir, a Polish Dance Ensemble, and two top-notch klezmer bands (modesty isn’t my strong point).
For details and to apply for tix, please visit the website.
In peace and solidarity, with compassion and care we can strive together for a better world. Let’s do it!

KPCA Radio: Talking with Rabbi Ted

Listen live every Thursday 10am:


Rabbi Ted Feldman’s hour-long talk show focuses on cultural issues, historical, and current events. His guests include some of the most fascinating people in our community. Rabbi Feldman joined B’nai Israel Jewish Center of Petaluma on August 1, 2005. Before coming to Petaluma, he served ten years as executive director of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay. Prior to that, he was the executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region. Before coming to California in 1992, he was the campaign director of the South Palm Beach County Jewish Federation in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition to his work in fundraising, Ted was also director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, director of planning, and responsible for the federation’s Jewish education efforts in South Palm Beach County. Rabbi Feldman served two other synagogues during his extensive career in Columbus, GA (8 years) and Boca Raton, FL (6 years). With a lifelong commitment to the Jewish and general community, he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a Master of Arts and Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

SCP Community Advisory Committee

Sonoma Clean Power is recruiting volunteers for openings on its Community Advisory Committee. This is a meaningful opportunity to provide input toward Sonoma Clean Power’s innovative customer benefits, renewable energy projects, and assist with shaping clean energy goals for our community.

About the Community Advisory Committee:

The Community Advisory Committee comprises volunteers who typically meet once per month to make recommendations and provide input to our Board of Directors on topics such as: customer benefits; the review of budgets & rates; and the general operations of the agency. Members serve four-year terms following appointment by our Board of Directors.

We are seeking engaged, committed, and awesome individuals who want to help our equally awesome staff and Board combat the climate crisis. This is a unique opportunity for committed individuals to directly support the Agency’s work. We welcome all applicants, and would especially encourage individuals that represent impacted, historically under-resourced communities, people of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQI+ to apply.

Currently, there is one (1) immediate opening on the Committee which we are seeking to fill. Please see below for the application and thank you for your interest in this important position. If you have questions, please email Sonoma Clean Power’s Clerk of the Board at

Recruitment Timeline
March 10, 2022: Recruitment opens.

June 1, 2022: Recruitment closes and the ad hoc will
review applications and interview applicants.

July 7, 2022: Board ad hoc makes recommendation to
full Board of Directors and an appointment is made
from the pool of applicants.

Listening Bench

Attention Seniors: After so much isolation due to the pandemic, we’d like to welcome you to the Listening Bench.


What and Where: The Petaluma Senior Advisory Committee, has launched a new project called The Listening Bench, which will take place at the Petaluma Senior Center, beginning in January of 2022. If you have something on your mind whether it’s a story to share, or need to be heard without judgement or advice, someone on the Listening Bench will be here for you.


Who’s invited to talk? Anyone 55 and older.


Who’s listening? Volunteer seniors who have been trained in the art of active listening, will be offering their peer support and compassionate skill set to any individual on the Listening Bench.


Purpose: The Listening Bench can provide a safe, confidential structure for seniors to talk to someone about their life, a situation, challenges, and hopes. It’s an opportunity to share what’s on your mind and build more connections in your community.


Any questions? Please contact:


The Petaluma Senior Center: (707) 778-4399


Petaluma Petanque Petition

Hello all. If you’re getting this email then you are via one way or another in my database/contacts, and are just the foks I want to get this message to.
Some may know my husband Jerry, he has created a petition to encourage the City of Petaluma to create multiple Pétanque terrains in our central community park. There is plenty of room for it and it involves removing some grass and putting down gravel and dirt basically. In any case it isn’t a huge job or expense and would benefit the entire community.
Pétanque is a game similar to bocce or lawn bowling, it is not difficult to play and can be very social as well. The North Bay Area has the highest concentration of Pétanque clubs in the country, creating these terrains would provide space for tournaments which can be local or inter-club, or regional and even international.
Clearly this is a benefit to not just those who play the game but to the larger community and to the local businesses as well particularly hospitality and restaurants.
So if you agree please sign the petition, your name is not revealed to anyone and of course the more signatures we can amass the stronger our voice with the city becomes. Please feel free to pass this on to your family/friends as well.
Jerry Wilkinson

Helping Ukraine

Climate column: Becoming resilient in Petaluma

Argus Courier Original

When approaching a mammoth-sized challenge, where should we start? How can we identify which lever to pull when there are so many to choose from? It’s easy to be paralyzed into inaction when the issue is as fraught with complexity and controversy as climate change.

One solution is to begin where we are.

It might appear that it is near impossible to obtain agreement on any issue right now, but I’m pretty certain most can agree on these two things: Uniting neighbors is good and being prepared for emergencies is good.

And that is where we find ourselves at this moment in history. Ready for a reawakening of our community spirit and in need of more disaster resilience.

For those participating in Cool Petaluma’s Cool Block program, the first steps are to build a cohesive neighborhood team with a share vision and then jump into disaster preparedness. Not the typical opening subject matter for climate action, but it makes perfect sense.

Topic 1 is “Energy Resilient Home: Preparing your household for energy blackouts.” This includes action items like assembling food and water supplies, finding alternative ways to cook and communicate and flush toilets – all things we take for granted when city services are running smoothly, but of critical importance when they’re severely interrupted.

Topic 2 is “Disaster-Resilient Household: Become more resilient as a household in case of natural disaster.” After the nightmare scenes at Coffey Park in Santa Rosa during the 2017 Tubbs fire, we all saw the importance of an evacuation plan and a “go bag.” And after the early days of the pandemic in 2020, we learned firsthand the value of being prepared to shelter at home. We could have used this section a few years ago!

For Block Leader Lisamarie Eldredge, the first two topics were a “brilliant way to start.” She was quick to point out how nonthreatening and approachable this was for her neighbors, especially because much of it focused on being comfortable in your own home. She noted that it was a “breezy undertaking for some members of the team.” A core group of enthusiastic survivalists was revealed and will become a recognized resource for the whole block, even those not participating in the Cool Block program.

Megan Donner, another Block Leader, loves how this work builds community and said, “Going door-to-door was so fun!” She noticed how “asking neighbors to share their knowledge is a good way to invite people into the group.” One quick tip from her team member was to keep a large empty tub with a list of everything you want to take in an evacuation – and where to find it in your home. So smart!

In climate change conversations, you will often hear people talk about “mitigation” and “adaptation.” Mitigation is all about reducing and reversing our impact on the planet so that we can turn the ship and move back toward a more stable environment, or at the very least, prevent it from heading toward the worst-case scenarios. Adaptation focuses on what we can do to reduce the damage and discomfort of the changes already occurring and prepare for those to come, like extended heat waves and sea level rise. These first two Cool Block topics are easy entries into the adaptation arena.

Block Leader Derek Douglas-Hecker calls these first steps “building people’s resilience from the ground up,” and pointed out how this had already started naturally after the first fires. Douglas-Hecker also discovered he had experts on the block who were “keen to share what they’ve already done.” They set up a show-and-tell tour of one neighbor’s “disaster garage” which is packed full of supplies, and made note of the various backyard tanks and pools for large-scale emergency water needs.

Before starting his Cool Block, Douglas-Hecker saw “lots of frozen energy and despair in people feeling disempowered by the system.” But already, he is seeing people “empowered and spurred to action,” including one neighbor who decided to move to solar energy, feeling motivated by the program.

It’s common to wonder how one person can possibly make a difference. And it is true that individual actions taken alone, privately can’t create the momentum we need. But, individual actions taken together, publicly can lead to great progress. Sharing ideas and resources and inspiration is key to the future success of our society and our planet.

And starting where we are – at home on our blocks, in cooperation with our neighbors, in an effort to become more resilient in the face of adversity – is proving to be a win-win for Petalumans.

Natasha Juliana is the Campaign Director for Cool Petaluma. She can be reached at For information on how to get involved, visit


The Listening Bench here in Petaluma