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March 9, 2017

  • Purim celebrations and activities for all ages THIS WEEKEND!
  • Remember!  Daylight Savings Time Begins THIS SUNDAY Morning.  Set Your Clock One-Hour Ahead Saturday Night, So You Don't Miss the Sunday Morning Fun!
  • Join with our interfaith community in "Celebration of Abraham" Shabbat TOMORROW night 
  • Sanctuary movement meeting THIS WEDNESDAY

Shabbat This Week

Friday, March 10

Celebration of Abraham Shabbat
5:30 p.m., Pre-Shabbat Gathering, Social Hall
6:00 p.m., Song Leaders' Shabbat Service


Oneg hosted by Beth and Alan Brownstein, Merry and Alex Draffan, Rochelle Frank and Michael Bobell, Linda and Michael Hirsch, Robin Neuman, Angela Wapner and Roni and Stephen White

Welcome Shabbat with our neighbors, whether Christian, Muslim, of other faiths or no faith!  A special gathering, festive oneg, activities including a game of "Spiritual Pursuits,"  and an uplifting service theme of "Building Bridges of Peace and Understanding" will be complemented by the music of the Shabbat Song Leaders.  With Purim just a day away, the timing will be right to come together and celebrate sharing a united, inclusive world view.

Invite your friends!  For more details, contact
Rabbi Greg by clicking his name, or phoning 530-758-0842.

Saturday, March 11
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service

Torah readers are needed for THIS SATURDAY!  Opportunities also available for NEXT SATURDAY, March 18.  Sign-up now at this link.  If you have questions, or need assistance with preparation, contact Virginia Lantry by clicking her name.

Torah Notes

Exodus, Parashat T'tzaveh, 
  27:20 - 28:30 
  • The children of Israel are commanded to bring pure olive oil for the ner tamid "a constantly burning light," above the sanctuary
  • Aaron and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, are chosen to serve as priests
  • God instructs Moses to make special clothes for the priests
To learn more about this week's Torah portion, or to read supplementary commentary, please visit, or attend CBH Torah Study on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Library.
Yahrzeits - March 10 - 16, 2017
Please note:  if your loved one's yahrzeit date is either not listed according to your observance preference
(Hebrew or Gregorian date), or appears to be missing, please accept our apologies and
contact the CBH office at or 530-758-0842 to provide corrections.  Thank you.  
Friday, March 10
Solomon Halpern, father of Roni White

Saturday, March 11
Marcia Adler, mother of Mitchel Adler
James Konner Schottland, father of Amy Abramson

Sunday, March 12
Alfred Klein, father of Barry Klein
Harry Lieberman, father of Barbara Sherwood

Monday, March 13
Ben Feldman, stepfather of Janet Saunders

Tuesday, March 14
Evon Gottlieb, mother of Heidi Smith

Wednesday, March 15
Alice Suran, sister of Jerry Suran

Thursday, March 16
Malca Haberman, mother of Dan Haberman
Ina May Moss, mother of Stephanie Moss
Hon. Jack Stein, uncle of Jennifer Creinin
 Purim Is Not Always a Laughing Matter
Have you ever wondered why we dress up in costumes and wear masks on the holiday of Purim?  After all, masquerading is not really part of this story of Persian palace intrigue.  Yet, the Purim story is a stark reminder that things are not always as they might seem; that what we see on the surface may, in fact, be concealing something very troubling.  Behind the joyous and smiling masks of the holiday of Purim, lurk dark and very serious issues that are not always recognized, nor brought to light.  

Of course, we rejoice in the fact that our people were saved from the clutches of the evil Haman by brave Queen Esther and her cousin, Mordecai, but just under the surface of the frothy Purim story is a tale of persecution and the power of evil to corrupt, intimidate and murder.  Even those in power can become unwitting accomplices to evil when it is masked, just as Ahashuerus becomes ensnared in Haman’s devious plan that could have killed his beloved queen, Esther.  Even today, hidden in plain sight, terrible persecution is taking place under our very noses. The serious side of Purim is no laughing matter, and the persecution and degradation of human beings, no matter who and no matter where, is no joke.

Who would think, in this day and age, that so many across America would be facing countless threats and attacks?  Not only are immigrant families being targeted, mosques being vandalized and burned, but hundreds of our own Jewish institutions--our JCC’s, our Jewish day schools and even our sacred cemeteries--are being besieged by threats. These cowardly attacks meant to instill fear and create panic in our communities have only managed to strengthen our pride in what being an American means.  What makes America great is not walls, it is bridges!  It is not about bans, it is being a beacon of  
hope and promise!  It is not about fear of differences, it is about our freedoms to be our unique selves!  We are all strengthened in America when we welcome those who are seeking a better future, when we look beyond superficial differences to see the amazing gifts that each person has to offer, when we celebrate our persistence and passion to fight for our values of justice and fairness for everyone (even those whose ways are different from our own)!  It is the indomitable spirit of the American people to continue to strive--often against all odds--to move our country forward so that it can be a shining example of light and freedom for all the world that will always make us great.   

“Purim reminds us that vigilance against external threats in general has a religious dimension,” writes Rabbi David Wolpe (Hadassah Magazine, Feb/March 2012, p. 18). “To be a Jew is not only to be concerned about Jews, but about the world…. Why did Mordecai warn the king of a plot against him?  Because Mordecai knew that he had a responsibility as a citizen and a human being--not solely as a Jew--to tend to the health of his city.”

We are the heirs of Mordecai and Esther who could not remain silent in the face of evil.  We are bearers of that same responsibility for the health and well-being of our world. There are still evil plots to be foiled and wicked plans to be annulled. Together, let us peel away the masks so that all will know the truth and work for the human dignity and precious freedoms that we have long treasured.  Together, we can, like Mordecai and Esther, step up, speak out and make a difference. 
Rabbi Greg Recommends...
Two Ways to Support STEAC  
Neighborhood and Israel Matters Food Drives

The Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) looks forward to engaging CBH partners in two important efforts to stock their pantry over the next several months to benefit the food insecure of our community:
  1. STEAC Food Project:  upon a sign-up, a Neighborhood Coordinator contacts a participant to provide a reusable grocery bag to be filled with non-perishable food and left out for pick up from the front porch every other month.  Click here to register now!  Please contact CBH Partner Linda Bresnick with any questions by clicking her name.  
  2. Israel Matters' 4th Annual Chanukah to Passover Food Drive for STEAC:  prefer to make a one-time food drop-off?  Want to provide a bag of non-perishable groceries each of the months that the Food Project doesn't pick-up?  Bring your donations to the CBH office.  More than 230 pounds already have been collected toward Israel Matters' goal of 700!  For more details, or to contact Israel Matters' Chair George Rooks, please click here.
Select one mitzvah or both...either way, your generosity is in the bag!
EVERY SUNDAY, through April 9, 2017

Salsa Dance Classes to Benefit Social Justice
3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Davis United Methodist Church Social Hall, 1620 Anderson Road, Davis
Brandon Austin, a 15-year salsero (male salsa dancer) and pastor of Davis United Methodist Church, is providing a progressive series of salsa dance classes he calls “Club Ready Salsa.”  Learn the fundamentals of salsa over the seven class series for just $5 per lesson, which will be donated to your choice of the American Civil Liberties Union or the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Bring your friends to this inclusive and affirming community of dance, or come and make new friends!  No partner necessary.  
For additional information, please see
Benefit CBH by Shopping "Amazon Smile" and World of Judaica
It's Time to Shop for Purim and Passover!
Thanks to a partnership with's "Amazon Smile" program, CBH is guaranteed a 0.5% return on all eligible purchases you make using this link. Just make purchases as you normally would from Amazon, as often as you wish.  Use of the link ensures that CBH will receive the rebate.
In addition, all Judaica and holiday items that you buy from the CBH Online Gift Shop, powered by World of Judaica, earn CBH an impressive 11% or more every time you shop.  Remember to use 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.
Thanks to YOU, CBH Earned a $2,500 Grant for 2017!
More Haverim Commitments Are Needed to Repeat Our Success in 2018 

Now there are more than 60 CBH Legacy Donors; you can view their names by clicking here.  They have committed to maintaining and growing our vibrant Jewish community here in Yolo County l'dor v'dor...for generations to come.

To create your Jewish legacy, and help Bet Haverim to qualify for the next unrestricted grant incentive opportunity, contact
Michael Bobell, CBH Life and Legacy Coordinator, by clicking his name, or by phoning 530-400-
Camperships - It's Time to Apply or to Donate to Ensure a Jewish Camp Experience This Summer for All CBH Kids
Applications Due By Friday, April 28, 2017

Jewish camps create a positive sense of identity and wonderful memories that last a life time.  Camp Newman has been a favorite of Bet Haverim children and teens for decades, and is operated by the Union for Reform Judaism in the Santa Rosa area.  Learn more about the camp, its programs, its history and its approach to engaging Jewish youth at this link.

You can help to ensure a Jewish camp experience for every Bet Haverim child who wants to attend by supporting the CBH Campership Fund.  This investment in the Jewish future is a particularly meaningful way to celebrate a simcha, honor a loved one, or simply to offer tzedakah to our community.  To donate now, please click here and be sure to specify that your donation be directed to the Campership Fund.

here to apply for a Campership for your child(ren). All applications will be handled in confidence.  2017 applications must be submitted by Friday, April 28 2017

THIS SATURDAY, March 11, 2017

Erev Purim Family Celebration
and Megillah Reading 

5:00 - 8:30 p.m., Social Hall
Rabbi Greg and his puppet players return for an evening of merriment for all ages!
Highlights will include:
  • Dinner – bring a veggie potluck item, or enjoy Chickpeas falafel sandwiches ($5 donation)
  • Costumes – children and adults, dress as your favorite Purim character, or other hero or villan
  • Family Purim Service
  • Puppet Show
  • Music
  • Kids’ activities – juggling and face painting!
  • Hamantaschen
  • Megillah reading
  • Wine bar
Click here for more details, or here to view the event flyer.
Other questions?  Please contact the CBH office at, or 530-758-0842.
THIS SUNDAY, March 12, 2017 

The Purim Shpiel Returns to CBH - Welcoming the Wonderful "Wizard of PersOZ"
9:30 - 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Remember Daylight Savings Time - One Hour Ahead This Sunday Morning

Grab your groggers and come see the show!  Dorthesther is following the road to the east to find her way to King Ahashverosh of PersOZ. 
She gets help from Glashti, the Pershkins, Scarecrow, Tin Man and
Judean Lions, but everyone is having
trouble with Haman the Wicked Witch.

This musical adventure features the Kindergarten -  5th grade Religious School classes, as well as members of the CBH community.  Mark your calendar to join the fun!

Stay after the shpiel to enjoy the annual CBH Purim Carnival; click here for more info.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (second night of Passover)

Registration Now Open for the Annual CBH Passover Seder
Doors Open at 5:30 p.m., Seder Begins at 6:00 p.m.,
Social Hall
Sandy Jones will return, lending her expert organizational skills to this traditional community celebration!  A festive Seder led by Rabbi Greg will be the highlight, supported by a Kosher-for-Passover veggie meal and the music of the Shabbat Song Leaders. 

To view additional details and register online, please click
here.  Deadline is Friday, March 31, OR when maximum of 115 reservations have been received - whichever comes first.  Questions?  Please contact the CBH office at, or 530-758-0842.
Sponsorships Available for
"The Bat Mitzvah of 1715 Anderson Road"

Underwrite and Ensure the Celebration
Will Be Open to All

A dozen CBH partners already have committed to $250 each to support the plans underway to honor 13 years of Jewish living and learning in our synagogue home on Sunday, May 21, 2017.


May we count on you to join them in investing in our Jewish community?

Additional Community Sponsorship Benefits Include:

  • Reserved dinner seating for two
  • Drawing ticket (grand prize = $1,000 cash!)
  • Recognition on event signage

To join your haverim as a "Bat Mitzvah of 1715 Anderson Road" Community Sponsor, please complete the form and submit payment at this link.  Event invitations and further details about additional activities during the celebration weekend to come in the next month.  Questions?  Please contact CBH partner Joy Cohan by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814.

Shabbat Safari, a Haverim K'tanim event
THIS SATURDAY, March 11, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,
North Classroom

Purim begins at sundown!  In addition to our Shabbat celebration and visit to see the Torah, we will make masks and crowns and sing and move through the story of brave Queen Esther, Mordechai, King Ahashverosh and the wicked Haman in the ancient land of Persia.  Join us for this sweet, super-friendly, musical and lively gathering, with a hamantaschen nosh at the end.

Haverim K'tanim ("Little Friends") events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members.  To RSVP (by Thursday, March 9), or for more information, please contact
Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or the CBH office at 530-758-0842.  To view a complete schedule of all Haverim K'tanim events for 2016-2017, click here.

Religious and Hebrew School News
The Purim Carnival is HERE!
THIS SUNDAY, March 12,
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Remember Daylight Savings Time -
One Hour Ahead This Sunday Morning

Rain or shine...
  • The games!
  • The hamantaschen!
  • The costumes!
Also, don't miss special guest, "The Science Wizard," and his Super Cool Chemistry Show!

To view an event flyer, please click

Parent and teen volunteers are needed to make the day a success.  Please contact Religious School parent Steve Fineberg for more information and to sign-up by clicking his name.

Peek In At Last Friday's 5th Grade Shabbat! 
The Students Shared Songs, Prayers and a Skit With the Congregation


To contact Malka Sansani, Education and Youth Director, for more details about Religious and Hebrew School activities, send a message to, or call 530-758-0842.

Keshet and Confirmation Teen Programs
Class meets THIS SUNDAY, March 12
, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., North and South Classrooms

Last Sunday evening, the teens learned about the recent anti-Semitic acts across the U.S.  They watched news clips about bomb threats made to Jewish facilities and discussed what might be prompting these incidents.  Many of the teens were shocked by this activity.  Conversation encouraged the teens to stay strong and support others in the Jewish community facing these threats.  Coming to Keshet and being a part of DRTY were discussed as being among the ways the teens can show their Jewish pride.

If your teen is not yet registered, please see more information and a registration form at this link, or contact Sarah Turtletaub, Teen Engagement Coordinator, at



Registration Now Open for These Spring Events at Camp Newman
for Grades 2 - 5 and 6 - 8

Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19, 2017 

Click on each ad to obtain more information and to sign-up!

THIS TUESDAY, March 14, 2017
A Taste of Yiddish Study Group
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Library

Do you have childhood memories of hearing Yiddish?  Are you curious about Yiddish in Jewish culture?  This group of approximately 10 welcomes new members, and functions in a "book group" format, sharing copies of stories, songs and jokes in Yiddish, that are then translated and discussed in English.

It is ideal for participants to know the Hebrew alefbet before attending, however, help is available for those needing assistance.  This is NOT a drop-in group; regular attendance on the second and fourth weeks of the month is necessary in order to build skills from one meeting to the next.  Please contact Zipi Mor at or 530-792-8917 if you plan to join the group, or if you need additional details.
THIS WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017
Israeli Folk Dancing Group
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall

Love to dance?  Know nothing about Israeli dancing?  Or, are you a pro?  Want to just listen and watch?

All are welcome to join CBH partners and others in the community for a monthly evening of lively Israeli folk dancing on this and every third Wednesday of the month.  The gatherings feature a mixture of easy and more advanced dances.  Some basic instruction will be offered during the first half hour, but mostly participants are invited to join in and follow along.  The dances are fun and lyrical, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a zing in your heart!  

Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.  Friends and family are welcome, and it's o.k. to drop in later if you can't make it by 7:00 p.m.  Questions?  Contact CBH partner
Mark Haffer by clicking his name.
THIS WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017

Interfaith Gathering on the Sanctuary Movement
7:00 - 9:30 p.m., North Classroom
Sponsored by the CBH Social Action Committee, this meeting is for individuals and congregations in our community who are interested to learn about and potentially work toward creating sanctuary in our area.  The sanctuary movement seeks to address the needs of undocumented persons and provide resources for their safely in a climate of fear, violence, detainment and deportation.  CBH is one of several local congregations exploring this issue, and this meeting allows them to come together.  All are welcome, even if this is a new issue for you.  The meeting will focus on faith community collaboration and questions.

The agenda will include:
  • Basic definitions of sanctuary
  • Presentation from Alan Steinberg of Congregation B'nai Israel (CBI), Sacramento.  CBI has declared itself a sanctuary congregation
  • Legal counsel from a local attorney regarding questions related to sanctuary
  • Discussion of resources needed for sanctuary

Please help share the word about this meeting with anyone, or any faith group, who might be interested.  For more information, contact Rabbi Greg by clicking his name, or by phoning 530-758-0842.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Israel Matters "Issues in Israel" series: 
The Kotel (Western Wall)
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall
Israel Matters Committee chair George Rooks will lead a discussion about the wall, its amazing history and the current religious unrest at the site between Orthodox and non-orthodox Jewish groups.

The presentation is free
and open to the public.  For more information, contact George Rooks by clicking his name.
Sunday, March 25, 2017

"Time Capsule in a Milk Can," Holocaust-Themed Production

8:00 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, 
Originally commissioned by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for its 10th anniversary in 2003, Bet Haverim has joined other regional Jewish organizations in locally organizing this one-man dramatization of the operation known as "Oneg Shabbat," a secret society undertaken by historian Emanuel Ringelblum to preserve Jewish prayers, testimonies, poems and drawings from Warsaw Ghetto residents.  Ultimately, the archives were placed into three milk cans and other metal boxes and buried until after the war. 

Tickets are available at
this link; tickets ($25/adults, $10/students).  Questions?  Please contact Nancy Lazarus, the CBH representative to the production steering committee, by clicking her name.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Israel Peace Alternatives Presents:  
"Defending Our Values, Fighting For Our Future,"
A Review of J Street's 2017 National Conference
7:00  - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
CBH partner and Israel Peace Alternatives leader Sarah Pattison will discuss her February trip to the J Street National Conference in Washington, D.C. in a moderated presentation.  Via photos and video clips, she will provide an overview of conference activity, including topics such as:  the Iran Deal, Israeli security, the Palestinian economy, what the Trump era means for Israel and the United States, the negotiators’ perspective on setting the table for a two-state solution, Gaza, building progressive movements in polarized societies and a review of meetings with Congressman and Senators

All are welcome to attend this free event.  For more details, contact
Sarah Pattison by clicking her name, or phone 530-220-5042.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Jewish Federation of the Sacamento Region Presents:
Jewish Family Service Caregivers' Support Groups at CBH
10:00 - 11:30 a.m., 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Room locations available upon registration
Spouses, adult children, family members and friends who are acting as caregivers for a loved one are invited to participate.  Facilitated by CBH Partner Jane Zeiger, LCSW, the groups provide a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.  

The morning session next meets on Wednesday, April 5, as well as Wednesdays April 19, May 3 and May 17.  

A new evening session begins on Wednesday, April 5, and will continue on Wednesdays April 19, May 3, May 17, June 7 and June 21.  The evening group has a special emphasis on adult children caring for aging parents

The Federation charges a $60 fee for either series; drop-ins are welcome at $10 per session with advance notice.  For more information, or to RSVP, contact Jewish Family Service Community Social Worker Rebecca Ray at 916-205-0688.
Connect With More Sacramento-Area Programs -
Sign-Up For the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Weekly eVoice Publication 

Stay abreast of Jewish programming throughout the Sacramento area by receiving the Jewish Federation's weekly electronic newsletter.  Learn about programs at regional synagogues and organized by the Federation and other organizations in partnership with them.  Register at   The form is on the right side of the page.  

To view the current month's Federation programming at any time, please visit
this link on the CBH website.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Davis Community Meals Needs YOU!
Bet Haverim Sets-Up and Serves Every Third Tuesday
4:30 - 7:30 p.m., St. Martin's Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis
Bet Haverim has an opportunity every month to make a difference in the lives of the hungry in our community, by making a warm meal in a sheltered setting possible.  Volunteers of all ages are welcomed and encouraged.  Can you help on March 21, or another upcoming third Tuesday of the month?

Thanks to the sign-up link, you can indicate your availability for this month or future dates in advance.  If you are able to come for only a portion of the three hour period, your help still is valued; please indicate your exact availability when you sign-up.  

Additional questions?  Please contact CBH Partner Shoshana Zatz at
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  • 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.  
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