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March 17, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, March 18

8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat, led by Student Cantor Shayndel Adler-Eldridge
Oneg hosted by Sally Besser and Rosanne Mandel
Hosts are needed for upcoming onegs!  Click
here for more information.

Saturday, March 19

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service led by Student Rabbi David Aladjem 


Special note re:  Shabbat morning, Saturday, April 2

All partners are invited to join in celebrating the aufruf ("calling up" of the wedding couple) of Tamar Boussina and Jacob Marder on this day prior to their wedding!  Their parents also will host a kiddish luncheon from Chickpeas after the service for everyone in attendance.  Mazel tov to all! 
THIS WEDNESDAY, March 23, Erev Purim
"Shake Your Hamantaschen!" Purim Celebration Extravaganza...and Then Some
5:30 - 8:30 p.m., CBH Social Hall and Sanctuary

For All Ages!  Grown ups…kids…machers…shleps...shlemiels…yes, YOU!

Led by Rabbi Seth Castleman, the highlights of this festive evening include (see detailed schedule by clicking here):

  • Dinner – potluck and $5 Chickpeas falafel sandwiches (soda and other beverages provided.)
  • Costumes – prizes awarded for kids and adults
  • Klezmer music
  • Purim shpiel
  • Kids’ activities – juggling, storytelling and more
  • Fresh Hamantaschen and other snacks
  • Megillah reading
  • Wine bar!

To view the event flyer, please click here.

Questions? Can you volunteer to assist with planning, set-up or clean-up?  Please contact Rabbi Seth by clicking 
here, or call the CBH office at 530-758-0842.

Announcing the CBH Online Purim Costume Fashion Show!

Visit the CBH Facebook page to view some vintage photos to get the ball rolling. Adults, especially, but kids, as well, are invited to participate. Show us your zany, cute, flashy, crazy side. Post photos to the CBH page and comment on your favorites!  The photos with    the most engagement will be featured in the March 31 edition of the e-tone

Chag Sameach Purim!
Young Families' and Religious School News
A Peek Back at the Purim Carnival 
Enjoy a glimpse of last Sunday's festivities! 

It was a wet and wild day, but so much fun!  Rain did not dampen the spirits of our CBH Purim revelers as they paraded in costume, noshed on hamantaschen and enjoyed games, prizes and a magic show. 

To view event photos, please click
here.  Ready to continue your Purim party spirit?  Make plans to be a part of the "Shake Your Hamantaschen!" Purim Celebration THIS WEDNESDAY. Storytelling, juggling and other children's activities will be offered.  See this link for more details.
PLEASE NOTE:  Religious School, Keshet and Hebrew School will NOT MEET THIS SUNDAY, March 20 - Wednesday, March 30 

 This closure is due to Spring Break in the Davis schools, as well as at UC Davis.  Please contact Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth, with any questions at or 530-758-0842

Sunday, April 3 
 Religious School Open House
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Calling all families interested in enrolling children in Religious School for the 2016-2017 school year!  The open house is an opportunity for the whole community, whether or not a family currently are CBH partners.  For full information, please click here.  To RSVP, contact Laurie Stillman at
Notes From the March Board Meeting

The Board extended a heartfelt thank you to Rochelle Frank and Michael Bobell who have made Mishloach Manot such a wonderful program every year.  Thanks, also, to the volunteers who helped bake hamantaschen and assemble and deliver the boxes. More than 106 families participated, and more than $7,500 was raised.

The Education and Youth Committee (EYC) is exploring ways to improve teen engagement, and are looking for ways to support hiring a Teen Engagement Coordinator. Recently, a survey was sent to learn whether families would be willing to pay increased Religious School fees to help support the position.  The Board also recently submitted a Letter of Intent to a grant funding source to support the position on behalf of the school and the EYC. 

Members of the Building and Grounds Committee presented information about two potential projects:  
  1. Improving outdoor lighting around the campus
  2. Remodeling the Social Hall bathrooms 
The Board will be considering the availability of funds to pay for these projects when developing a budget for fiscal year 2016-17.

A donation of $100 was approved to the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network, a non-profit volunteer organization that works with various agencies throughout the County to assist those whose lives have been altered due to immigration.

The budget for fiscal year 2016-17 will be reviewed and approved by the Board during the April and May meetings.  

Submitted by Jackie Hausman, Board Secretary

To learn more about the function and compostion of the Bet Haverim Board of Directors, or to contact individual Board members, please click
Come Enjoy the Annual Gan Haverim Purim Parade!
Thursday, March 24, 9:30 a.m.

Wearing colorful costumes, the children will march through the CBH campus, and end with a celebration of song and treats.  What better way to get into the festive spirit of the holiday!  No RSVP necessary.  Please contact Rhoda Rohnstock, Gan Haverim Director, for more information by clicking her name, or by phoning 530-758-0842..

Donate Your Blank Paper to the Gan Haverim Children!
The Gan Haverim children are looking for clean, blank paper to capture their creativity!  If you or your business have paper that is blank on one side, such as outdated letterhead, it can meet with a great re-use as drawing paper for our pre-school.  If you would prefer that logos or other business contact information be cut away before being re-used, Gan Haverim staff are happy to accommodate.  Paper of any size or type are most welcome.  Please, however, do not donate paper that includes any sensitive, personal information.

Donations can be delivered to the CBH office during regular business hours.  If you have questions, please contact Rhoda Rohnstock, Gan Haverim Director, by clicking 
here, or by phoning 530-758-0842.  Todah Rabah!
7th Grade Sunday School Tzedakah Project:  A Message From the Class

 We as 7th graders of the CBH Sunday School are trying something new this year.  For our B'nai Mitzvot, instead of giving gifts to each other, we are redirecting our money to the 7th Grade Tzedakah Project.  The project is to donate to organizations that we have chosen to address the problem of hunger.  We are seeking donations for our project to help us learn about tikkun olam, and how to give in the Jewish tradition.  We are not just learning about philanthropy, we are learning about the importance of how to give.  

So far, we have raised $4,500 to give to the organizations we will choose for our project.  If you would like to donate to our project, you can give your tax deductible donations to the CBH office.  Please make checks to CBH, and include 7th grade Tzedakah Project in the memo line.

Thank you for your support,
The 7th Grade Class

Marley Adler, Emily Batuman, Aidan Cohan, Olivia Cooper, Aaron Eckey, Enid Frank, Lily Frohlich, Eliana Moore, Talia Ordonez, Arianna Rosenberg, Ethan Schroeder, Avital Schwarz, Brianna Singer and Ravid Tal 
"Maimonides:  Greatest Jewish Rabbi, Codifier, Renowned Philosopher" with guest speaker Nitzhia Shaked
1:00 - 2:30 p.m., CBH Social Hall
This presentation will bring to life the story of one of the most influential figures in rabbinic Jewish tradition.  Maimonides' monumental contributions to law and philosophy will be discussed, along with fascinating turning points in his life.  

Nitzhia Shaked received her Juris Doctor degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and received a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School.  She has been a member of both the Israel and California Bar Associations.  In addition, she has held teaching positions in the Jewish Studies departments of San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University and Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she has focused upon Rambam topics.  

For more information, contact Adult Education Committee Chair Marcia Rosenstein at
Monday, March 28
Heart and Spirit Chant Circle
   7:00 - 8:45 p.m., Sanctuary

CBH partners Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard will be sharing chants written by Rabbi Shefa Gold.  These chants offer a unique way to access our spiritual selves through short texts from the Tanach, paired with powerful melodies.  Participants do not need a musical background, just an openness to experience the power of chant.  

The Heart and Spirit Chant Circle meets on the 4th Monday of each month.  For more information, contact 
Carrie or Hallie by clicking their names.  

Also, please mark your calendar for the Shabbaton Weekend with Rabbi Shefa Gold, scheduled for Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25.  Click
here for more information.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Israel Matters Committee News

Saturday, April 16
Join Israel Matters in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Israel Matters and friends once again will take part in this hometown tradition.  There will be opportunities to either walk or ride on a horse-drawn hay wagon along the two-mile parade route, waving Israeli flags along the way.  For meeting instructions and more details, please contact George Rooks, Israel Matters chair, by clicking his name.  

250 Pounds of Groceries Needed to Meet Food Drive Goal by Passover!  

The annual Israel Matters Chanukah to Passover Food Drive to benefit the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) to
date has collected 450 pounds of food toward the 700 pound goal. You can help to fill the gap!  Please consider donating canned or boxed food.  Collection bins are located in the CBH office and in the sanctuary, or contact to arrange for a donation pick up.
Are You Ready For Passover?  
Sunday, April 24
Community Passover Seder
Doors open 5:30 p.m., Seder begins 6:00 p.m., 
CBH Social Hall
Join with your CBH community as Rabbi Seth Castleman leads us on our journey from slavery to freedom, accompanied by a potluck meal, beautiful flowers and inspiring music.  

For more details and a reservation form, please click
here.  Reservation deadline is Friday, April 15.  Questions?  Please contact Sandy Jones by clicking her name, or call the CBH office at 530-758-0842. 

Make Nugget Your Source for Pesach Provisions  
As many CBH partners know, finding kosher for Passover foods, other than matzo, can be difficult in Yolo County.  However, with your CBH leadership on the case, solutions are on the horizon!  

An ad hoc committee has formed to work with local grocery stores to improve the selection available to the Jews of our community.  In addition to receiving a nice list of items stocked by Whole Foods, a recent meeting with Nugget management resulted in an increased commitment to stocking a range of suitable goods, and more flexibility to make purchases of matzo, in particular, in smaller quantities.  Nugget staff intends to have their Passover items in stock by Sunday, April 10.  Please prioritize shopping for pesach at Nugget, in order to ensure their continued interest in serving our community for years to come.  

Questions?  Need more information?  Please contact
Ann Teal, Carole Plack, Janet Meizel, Pat Philipps or Nancy Loeb Williams by clicking their names.

Order Your Judaica and Supplies Now Via CBH's Online Gift Shop

Did you know that the CBH Gift Shop continues online, and is powered by World of Judaica?  

When you order your Passover items, or make purchases for any holiday or simcha, CBH earns 11% or more of your total when you shop World of 
Judaica using this dedicated link.  Israeli products, jewelry, foods and more are just a click away, and will be conveniently delivered to your home.

Questions?  Contact the CBH office at, or 530-758-0842.
Keeping Shabbat:  March/April Hosts Needed for Friday Night Onegs
Available dates are:
Friday, March 25, 8:00 p.m. services
Friday, April 1, 6:00 p.m. services
Friday, April 8, 6:00 p.m. services
Friday, April 15, 8:00 p.m. services
Friday, April 22 - NO SERVICES, 1st Seder
Friday, April 29 - 8:00 p.m. services

(all food must be kosher for Passover on this date...think chocolate-dipped matzo and fruit!)
Please contact Merry Draffan at to sign up for these or any available 2016 dates.  Oneg hosting can be a fun way to mark a special simcha or anniversary.  Team with a friend to make it easy to say "yes" to this mitzvah.  Groups and havurot also are encouraged to participate!  The oneg program is especially important during Rabbi Greg's sabbatical.  

Hosting an oneg often requires little more than a plate of cookies and a platter of fruit, yet you'll feel great knowing that you're providing an opportunity for connection and relaxation between our partners.  

Do you have ideas for innovative oneg themes or Friday night guest speakers?  If so, please contact Merry about this, as well, by clicking
March and April Torah Chanters Needed

Make 2016 the year that you share, recapture or learn Torah reading or chanting skills with our 50th Anniversary Torah at a Shabbat morning service.  Not only will you feel personally fulfilled, but you will be performing a wonderful mitzvah for your CBH community!  This is especially true while Rabbi Greg is on sabbatical through late July.  Click here to see the available portions.  

Interested to look ahead to a special date to commemorate a simcha or anniversary?  Need assistance preparing to read or chant?  Virginia Lantry has guidance to offer at or 530-220-4444.   
"Where the Rebbe Meets the Road" - Notes From Rabbi Greg in Israel!  

Follow the periodic updates from Rabbi Greg,
as he spends five weeks of his sabbatical in Israel

Earlier this week, Rabbi Greg made
a visit to The Yitzhak Rabin Center, 
near Tel Aviv Univ

  Rabbi Greg shares:  "It was    a moving and in-depth portrait of a man who dedicated so many years to war, and then became a warrior for peace and was murdered for what he believed in so deeply. And now, 20 years later, his dream seems ever more unattainable. Yet, each of us bears some responsibility to help complete the vision and dream he had for Israel to live in peace with her neighbors.  Perhaps, only in this way, can we best honor his memory."  

More updates will be posted as they are available.  To see updates more quickly, "like" CBH on Facebook at
Used Technology Drive Continues at CBH!
Aidan Cohan's Mitzvah Project Still Accepting Donations

Has your Spring cleaning turned up some old devices around your home or office that you need to discard?  Working or not, please donate these items to Aidan’s collection box in the CBH office, and give your devices a new life in the hands of a disadvantaged person who otherwise would not have access to the digital world that we take for granted.  Many thanks to all who have already contributed smartphones, laptops, CPUs, keyboards, cash donations and so much more!  

For more details, and access to a list of all accepted technology,
please click
here.  Additional questions, or arrangements for a donation pick-up may be made by contacting Aidan at 530-400-4123 or
Join the Success of the Life and Legacy Campaign! 
Plan Now to Leave a Legacy for CBH's Future

We are elated and proud to announce that CBH has achieved the program goal of 36 Letter of Intent Commitments to qualify for an unrestricted $7,500 incentive grant!  Todah Rabah to the dedicated partners who helped CBH to achieve the "double chai" program goal.  To see the names, click here

However, it is not too late to join the success of the Life and Legacy Program with an intended gift of any size.  To download a letter of intent, click
here.  For more information, or to return a Letter of Intent form, please contact Michael Bobell, Life and Legacy Chair, at or 530-400-7031.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
"Reclaim the Records:  Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogy"

Sunday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. 

Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento

Brooke Schreier Ganz will talk about the organization she founded, "Reclaim the Records."  The organization uses state Freedom of Information laws to get "off-limits" genealogy records released back to the public and posted online for free.  
The group successfully challenged the New York City Municipal Archives in court, and acquired the first-ever 20th Century genealogy indices from New Jersey.

In addition to founding Reclaim the Records (, Ganz is a computer programmer whose open-source genealogy software, LeafSeek, has enabled more than a million archival records to be available for free online. She is also a director of the nonprofit genealogy organization Gesher Galicia.  

here for more information about this presentation, or the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento.
Sacramento Jewish Federation - MARCHing Forward 

In a effort to serve and connect the more than 25,000 Jews of the eight-county Sacramento region, the Federation offers CBH partners an array of monthly programs for young families, senior citizens and the disabled, in particular.  To view a full schedule of activities, please click here

The following Davis-based program may be of particular interest:

Caregivers' Support Group at CBH:  spouses, family members and friends who are acting as caregivers for a loved one are invited to participate.  The group provides a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.  Facilitated by CBH Partner Jane Zeiger, LCSW.  A new morning session has begun and meets twice a month through early May, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  A 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. evening session also is in progress; drop-ins are welcome both morning and evening at $10 per session with advance notice.  For more information, or to RSVP, contact Jewish Family Service Community Social Worker Alicia Mittleman at 916-205-0688.  
Birthdays - March 18 - 24    
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim!
Friday, March 18
Jessica Friedman
Tom Pattison
Jane Zeiger

Saturday, March 19
Merry Draffan
Emily Eckey
Eric Hassid
Edith Vermeij

Sunday, March 20
Danya Axelrad-Hausman
Emily Ginsburg
Monday, March 21
Melanie Greenfield

Tuesday, March 22
Shayna Amster
Betty Fass
Susan Goldstein
Paul Gussman

Wednesday, March 23
Jake Rabin

Thursday, March 24
Talya Kalman
Yahrzeits - March 18 - 24
Saturday, March 19
Nellie Weiss, mother of Sheila Beyer

Tuesday, March 22
Solomon Halpern, father of Roni White

Wednesday, March 23
Gertrude Auerbach, mother of Audrey Green

Thursday, March 24
Bryan Lauck, stepbrother of Virginia Lantry
Harry Lieberman, father of Barbara Sherwood
Items for the Weekly e-tone must be submitted by the Monday prior to publication to:

The e-tone usually is published on Thursdays. Submissions meeting the following criteria will be considered for publication:
  • Reminders about approved CBH programs and events 
  • Meeting notices for CBH groups and committees
  • Religious school and/or CBH youth groups notices 
  • Ritual information (i.e. holiday and Shabbat schedules and details),
  • Updates from CBH clergy
  • News about partners' lifecycle events (b’nai mitzvahs, births, marriages, deaths) 
  • Items from Hillel, the Sacramento Jewish Federation and the URJ may also be included.  
All submissions must include contact information, and may be edited for length, clarity, readability and compliance with CBH editorial style.  The placement and frequency of submissions within the e-tone will be at the discretion of the Communications Specialist and/or the Executive Director.  No item will be included more than four weeks prior to an event/meeting date, although exceptions may be made for CBH fundraisers.
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