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October 13, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, October 14
6:00 p.m. Songleaders' Shabbat  
Oneg hosted by CBH

Oneg hosting opportunities now are available through the end of 2016. Use this link to select a date to celebrate a simcha, remember a loved one or just to bring friends together in community.  Questions?  Contact Merry Draffan by clicking her name.

Saturday, October 8
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service


TORAH READERS ARE NEEDED THIS SHABBAT!  Begin your High Holy Days spiritual journey by sharing your voice with your community.  Opportunities available throughout October and into November, as well.  Please sign-up now at this link.

Torah Notes
Deuteronomy, Parashat Ha'Azinu
  32:1 - 52 
  • Moses sings his last song, a love poem to God and a chastisement of the people, who are not worthy of Adonai. 
  • The poem recounts the blessings that God has bestowed on the Israelites, the wicked deeds they have committed and the punishments that God then inflicted upon them. 
  • God tells Moses to begin his ascent of Mount Nebo, from where he will see the Land of Israel from a distance, but will not be allowed to enter it.
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.

Special note - Yizkor Service at Shabbat Morning Services, October 22, 10:00 a.m.: four times a year, our tradition calls us to gather to remember loved ones who are no longer living.  Please join your community at this moving service to pay tribute to those who have left a lasting mark on our lives.  Your participation helps to ensure that we will have a minyan to say Kaddish.  Stay after services for a light nosh in the sukkah.
THIS SUNDAY, October 16, 2016

Help to Build
the CBH Sukkah
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Redwood Grove
We're going outside to build a sukkah, and there's a role for everyone!  Grab your tool box and join the work party, rain or shine.  The build takes place during Religious School; parents, especially, are invited to stay on site and take part in this mitzvah while their children are studying.  For more information, contact CBH Partner Steve Fineberg by clicking his name.

Also, sukkah decorations are welcome, and the booth should be ready for ornamentation around noontime.  Please note that the safety and return of decorations cannot be guaranteed, so please do not hang decorations that are sentimental or irreplaceable.

To reserve the sukkah for your committee meeting, group, havurah or family Sukkot activity during the week of October 17 through October 24, please contact Joy Cohan at, or call 530-383-1814.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Young Families' "Hang Up and Hang Out" in the Sukkah
4:45 - 5:15 p.m., in the Sukkah

Share Sukkot together by singing, making and hanging decorations in the CBH sukkah and listening to a story with Rabbi Greg.  This gathering is especially tailored to families with children under age six.  The activity is free of charge and open to all.

Afterwards, bring a main dish or salad to share at the congregation-wide veggie potluck in the sukkah; click here for more details.  Family Sukkot Shabbat Services follow at 6:00 p.m., featuring the 4th grade Religious School class.

For more information, please contact Kristi Link-Crosier by clicking her name, or contact the CBH office at or 530-758-0842.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Annual Potluck in the Sukkah and Sukkot Services 
Potluck at 5:15 p.m.,
Services at 6:00 p.m.,
Sukkah and Sanctuary

Join haverim old and new for a Fall festival of Thanksgiving in the beautiful CBH sukkah!  Bring a veggie main dish or salad to share al fresco in the sukkah.  Sukkot/Shabbat services will follow in the sanctuary, with special participation by the 4th grade Religious School class.

Questions?  Please contact the CBH Office by clicking
here, or calling 530-758-0842.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Simchat Torah/Consecration Celebration 5777 
5:30 p.m.,

Welcome the new Religious School students with a celebration of the life-long process of learning Torah.  Children new to the CBH school entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade will receive their own Torah scrolls and certificates to mark the occasion.  Then, all haverim will join in completing the concluding sections of the Torah and beginning anew with Genesis.  

Next, the chance to dance will be enhanced by the merry freilach music of the Davis Klezmer Band.  An oneg sponsored by the Religious School will follow for all.  Adults and older children are invited to stay following the treats for the "Simchat Torah Limerick-athon" at 7:30 p.m. in the Social Hall; see details and a sign-up link by clicking

For more information, contact Education and Youth Director 
Malka Sansani or Rabbi Greg Wolfe by clicking their names, or phone 530-758-0842.

Yahrzeits - October 14 - 20
Saturday, October 15
Eugene Foxman, father of Sarah Pattison

Sunday, October 16
Daniel Broida, uncle of Joan Sublett
Gregg Martell, uncle of Roberta Kuhlman

Monday, October 17
Anne Crane, grandmother of Eric Crane
Melvin Parnes, father of Elise Parnes
Tuesday, October 18
Libby Kasimow, sister of Larry Rappaport

Wednesday, October 19
Yat Chan, mother of Gilbert Mohtes-Chan
Linda Kaiser, sister of Annette Montgomery
Carmela Landes, sister of Elliot Landes

Thursday, October 20
Harold Berliner, father of Paul Berliner
News From Rabbi Greg 
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Rabbi Greg Suggests, "Jewish Scriptures Before the Bible"
with UC Davis Professor of Religious Studies Eva Mroczek

4:30 - 6:30 p.m., UC Davis Andrews Conference Room,
2203 Social Sciences and Humanities Building

Presented by the UC Davis Jewish Studies Program, this talk will introduce the work of Professor Mroczek, who is new to the program.  She specializes in the literary cultures of early Judaism, particularly in the Hellenistic and early Roman periods. This includes the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the writings categorized as "Apocrypha" and "Pseudepigrapha"-- texts highly regarded in ancient religious communities, but excluded from the canonical Bibles of later Jews and Christians. Her book, "The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity," analyzes how early Jewish writers imagined their own sacred writing before the Bible existed as a concept. 

Other work by Professor Mroczek considers the history of scriptural interpretation, concepts of authorship and the relationship between biblical and non-biblical texts. A new project, "The Secret Lives of Texts," discusses premodern and modern narratives about the discovery of ancient manuscripts, and investigates what such discovery stories reveal about how people encounter the written past.  

For more information about Profefssor Mroczek's upcoming presentation, please contact, or visit
Lend Five Lines, Make Some Rhyme...the Simchat Torah Limerick-athon is Sure to be Sublime!
Sunday, October 23, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Social Hall
Simchat Torah is time for review
     All the ways the Torah's touched you!
So come for a good time
filled with meter and rhyme
Plenty of learning, some schnapps and laughs, too.

Rabbi Greg invites you to once again join in the "Simchat Torah Limerick-athon!"  Simply click here to choose one or more of your favorite Torah portions (you have 47 to choose from!) and capture the essence of your portion in a humorous and witty way through an original Torah Limerick.  Then, share your limerick and hear what your haverim have written, too, on Erev Simchat Torah!  

Be sure to join the fun earlier in the evening, too, at the Simchat Torah/Consecration Celebration and oneg; see details

Questions?  Please contact Rabbi Greg at
Continue Your Jewish Learning in 5777!
We are a community that celebrates Jewish learning.  Please join us for a year of study and exploration as we discover the richness of our Jewish tradition, culture and teachings together.  It is our sincere desire to offer the kinds of programming that will stimulate and challenge you.  If you don’t see what your are interested in please let me know.  Or if you have a particular Jewish interest that you can teach you should also let me know.

We want to encourage each of you in our Bet Haverim community to take at least one class this year to advance your Jewish knowledge.  So join us in this challenge and learn something new about your Jewish heritage.  Watch for more details on upcoming classes and other educational opportunities at the High Holy Days and beyond.  If you would like to join us in fostering life long learning in our congregation please let me know.  Together we will strengthen our community, Judaism and the Jewish people through our continued learning.  I can be reached at, or at 530-758-0842.

I look forward to a year of learning and growth together,

CBH Office Now Closed on Mondays, Open Late on Tuesdays
Goal to Offer Overall Better Service to Partners and Visitors
Following two upcoming Monday holiday closures (October 17 and October 24, for the first and last days of Sukkot, respectively), the CBH Office will begin a pilot program of Monday closures on October 31, coupled with extended hours on Tuesday evenings.  In addition, office staff are available by appointment on any evening, Monday through Thursday.  

Although the office will not be open to the public on Mondays, staff still will be hard at work!  The purpose of this initiative is to allow staff more time for focused work on time-demanding projects, so that they can be more available to partners and visitors on the other four days of the work week.  Please note that phone calls and emails to the Office Coordinator, Executive Director and Rabbi may not be answered on Mondays, as well.  The Communications Specialist will remain available, and the weekly Monday evening e-tone submission deadline is unaffected by this pilot program.  

Beginning Tuesday, November 8, the office will remain open until 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday, for your convenience.  The CBH staff looks forward to better serving the community as a result of these new office hours.  Please contact Executive Director MK Menard with your feedback at     
You Can Help CBH Earn a $2,500 Grant 
Make a Legacy Commitment by February 28, 2017
More than 50 CBH partners already have committed to the future of Jewish life in Yolo County, by promising to leave a legacy gift - of any size - to Bet Haverim.  To see a list of your haverim who are participating, please click here.  

Join your friends who have left a legacy, and make a difference by helping CBH to qualify for an unrestricted $2,500 incentive grant!  To complete this mitzvah, five legacy commitments to CBH must be received by February 28, 2017.  
Download a letter of intent now!  

Questions?  Check out the
Life and Legacy page on the CBH website, or contact CBH Life and Legacy Chair Michael Bobell by clicking his name, or by phoning 530-400-7031.
Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Guests, or Looking Ahead to Hanukkah?  
Benefit CBH by Shopping "Amazon Smile" and World of Judaica
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 Worl
d 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.
Donations - September 2016
Biberstein Social Action Fund
Eve and Pat Bukowski, with thanks to Joy Cohan for her assistance with Ari and Ellie's B'not Mitzvah booklet
Ellen J. Lange
Hannah and Sherman Stein
, in honor of Rabbi Greg
Norm Zack, in memory of Nathan Zack

Campership Fund
Eve and Pat Bukowski, with thanks to Bob Smith for sharing his musical talents at Ari and Ellie's B'not Mitzvah 

General Fund
Eve Bernstein and Alex Gersznowicz, in honor of Barry Klein
General Fund, continued
Hinda Chandler, in memory of Samuel Beser
Stephanie and Jon DeVaan, memory of Guille Libresco 

Israel Matters Fund
Amina Harris

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Eve and Pat Bukowski, with thanks to Rabbi Greg for Ari and Ellie's B'not Mitzvah
Joy and Steve Cohan, in honor of Sally Besser's Bat Mitzvah
Mila and Val Tarasenko
8th Graders Packed 3,000 Meals for the Hungry Last Sunday
Activity Was a Follow-Up to the 7th Grade Tzedakah Project

Eleven CBH 8th grade students spent the Sunday afternoon between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur engaged in the holy work of providing food for those without enough to eat.

Organized by parent Gretchen Schroeder, the teens worked with Stop Hunger Now to prepare meals earmarked for the needy in Southeast Asia.  Stop Hunger Now was one of four recipients of the $5,000 in grants the students made with funds collected as part of their initiative last year to redirect the B'nei Mitzvah gifts that they would have other given to one another to these worthwhile projects, instead.  Bake sales and individual donations also added to grand total collected by the then 7th graders.  

Yasher Koach, 8th graders!
Kids, Teens and Families News
Shabbat Safari Sukkot Celebration 
Saturday, October 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., CBH Sukkah

Join your friends on an outdoor Shabbat Safari to the congregational sukkah!  Music, singing, art and storytelling will highlight the holiday fun.  The journey also will include a visit to the Sanctuary to see the Torah during Shabbat Morning Services.

Also, please click
here to see information about the "Hang Up and Hang Out" in the Sukkah gathering the evening prior, Friday, October 21, followed by a veggie potluck meal and Family Sukkot Shabbat Services.

Young Families Events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members.  For more information, contact
Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or calling 530-758-0842.  To view a schedule of all Young Families Events for 2016-2017, click here
Hebrew School Returns THIS WEDNESDAY; 
Religious School Sukkot Celebrations Begin 

Please add these upcoming dates to your calendar:
  • Sunday, October 16 -  B'nai Mitzvah prep gathering; contact for start time and location.
  • Sunday, October 16 -  Kindergarten - 3rd grade class lunch - watch the CBH Sukkah build; play and hang decorations when it's done!  Contact parent Suzanne Nitzkin for more information by clicking her name.
  • Friday, October 21, 5:15 p.m. - 4th grade Family Sukkot Shabbat Service and potluck 
  • Sunday, October 23, 9:30 a.m. - Back to School Orientation, 5:30 p.m. - Family Simchat Torah/Consecration of New Students (click here for details)
  • Sunday, October 30 - No school - teacher training
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 Begin THIS SUNDAY, October 16,
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

A home for 8th - 12th graders at Bet Haverim

Make plans to be a part of the kick-off in the CBH sukkah on Erev Sukkot!  Friendship, fun and engaging activities await.  The program goal is to create a strong community of youth at Bet Haverim, and new Teen Engagement Coordinator Sarah Turtletaub is setting the course for the year.

For more details about the program, including fee and registration information and a calendar, please click here.  Questions?  Please contact Sarah at, or by phoning 530-758-0842.

Annual DRTY 8th grade Kidnap!
An early start to Teen Engagement last Sunday morning

 It was a 6:30 a.m. wake up call for many CBH 8th graders, as the Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) board welcomed them to the "teen scene at Bet Haverim" with games at Central Park, followed by breakfast at Black Bear Diner. 5777 looks to be a year of fun and Jewish friendships for our CBH teens!
THIS SUNDAY, October 16, 2016
Rosh Chodesh Group Annual Open Meeting 
7:00 p.m., RSVP for location information

Your once-a-year opportunity to sample the Rosh Chodesh experience awaits!  This Bet Haverim group meets monthly, as an opportunity for women to come together around Jewish topics, issues, concerns and ideas.  Hosted and led by a rotating pair of group members, the Sunday evening meetings take place close to new moon of each month.  Diverse topics and activities have included Purim mask making, discussions of motherhood and introspection about racism within Judaism.  The content is not limited to spiritual subjects, and Torah study is not a focus of the group.

However, meetings are not "drop-in" format, and membership closes after the annual Sukkot-season Open Meeting.  So, don't miss this invitation to meet this group of interesting, open warm women with a shared interest in all things Jewish!  

For more information, or to RSVP and receive site directions for the Open Meeting, please contact Danielle Newberry at
THIS MONDAY, October 17, 2016

Heart and Spirit Chant Circle
7:00 - 8:45 p.m., CBH Sukkah
Did you feel the transforming power of chanting with Rabbi Shefa Gold during the recent Shabbaton weekend?  Did you miss that experience and want to try chanting?  Or, have you long felt that chant helps you to deepen your spiritual experience?

If you answered yes above, please join CBH Partners Carrie Shepard and Hallie Morrow for a special meeting of the monthly Heart and Chant Circle in the CBH sukkah
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 fourth Monday of each month.  For more information, contact
Carrie or Hallie by clicking their names.  Also, to learn more about ongoing Heart and Spirit Chant Circle programs at CBH, including the monthly Contemplative Shabbat Service, please see this flyer.  
THIS TUESDAY, October 18, 2016
ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice 
Vegetarian Potluck and Meditation in the CBH Sukkah
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

CBH Partner and Group Leader Michael Amster will lead meditation, preceded by a group potluck in the Sukkah.  Please note the special 6:00 p.m. start time so that participants can share a meal together!  Bring a vegetarian main dish, salad, side dish or dessert to share.  

ChaverSangha is a meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation.  The usual meeting schedule is every other Tuesday evening.  All group activities are free and open to the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation or experience with meditation.  First-timers definitely are welcome!  
For more information about the group or the next event, contact Michael at, or 530-219-6947.
THIS WEDNESDAY, October 19, 2016

Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Presents:  
Jewish Family Service Caregivers' Support Group at CBH 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Library; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., South Classroom

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 group provides a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.
A new morning session began last month and continues October 19 and November 2A new evening session also has started, and will continue on the above dates, as well as on November 16 and December 7.  The evening group has a special emphasis on adult children caring for aging parents

The Federation charges a $60 fee for the 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. 

In a effort to serve and connect the more than 25,000 Jews of the eight-county Sacramento region, the Federation offers CBH partners this and an array of monthly programs for young families, senior citizens and the disabled, in particular.  To view a full schedule of activities for October, please click here. 
THIS WEDNESDAY, October 19, 2016
Israel Peace Alternatives Annual Membership/Planning Meeting
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., North Classroom

All CBH members interested in supporting the mission of IPA are invited to the annual meeting.  IPA is dedicated to the preservation and strengthening of a democratic Jewish Israel through the achievement of a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and adherence to the principles of freedom, justice and equality for all Israeli citizens, as articulated in the declaration of independence of the State of Israel.

IPA states:  "We are impelled by the obligation to pursue justice and peace, placed upon us by our sacred writings, as well as the best Jewish secular traditions of the past three centuries.  Our programs, which are open to all congregational members and the public, are designed to advance these objectives through information, education, discussion and advocacy."

For more information about the meeting, contact Sarah Pattison by clicking her name.

ALL MONTH, October 2016
Donate to the Empower Yolo Diapers and Wipes Drive at Bet Haverim
In Support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The CBH Social Action Committee invites CBH partners to bring unopened packages of baby diapers and wipes to fill the collection bin in the CBH office.  It's an easy mitzvah to begin your new year, and will mean so much to parents and children in need in our community.  Any questions should be directed to CBH Partner Susan Gefter at
THIS SATURDAY, October 15, 2016
The CBH Social Action Committee Sponsors the 2nd Annual TESE Foundation,
"Hats Off to Diversity High Tea,"
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Davis Community Church, 412 C Street, Davis

This event will raise funds to enable children in Zimbabwe to attend school.  Specifically, financial support is needed for tuition, exam fees, uniforms, books and personal hygiene packs.  Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased at this link; sponsorships also are available.  Questions about the event should be sent to this address.

Meaning "together" in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, Tese is a local organization founded by Davisite Nathalie Minya.  A native of Zimbabwe, Minya knows first hand about the struggles of girls, in particular, to attend school in her homeland.  To learn more about the Tese Foundation, please click
THIS TUESDAY, October 18, 2016

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 THIS TUESDAY, October 18, or another upcoming third Tuesday of the month?

Thanks to a new sign-up link, you can now 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
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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