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April 21, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, April 22

NO SERVICES this Friday.  It is the first Passover Seder.
Chag Sameach Pesach!  
חג שמח פסח
Hosts are needed for Spring onegs!  Available dates include:
Friday, May 27 - 8:00 p.m. services

Please contact Merry Draffan at to sign up for this 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.

Saturday, April 23

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service led by CBH Partner Hallie Morrow 


SPECIAL NOTE:  The Yizkor service for Passover will be held Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m., during Shabbat morning services.  

Four times a year, our tradition calls us to gather at this special service 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
Torah Chanters Needed THIS SATURDAY, April 23

Have you read or chanted from our 50th Anniversary Torah at a Shabbat morning service?  Not only will you feel personally fulfilled by doing so, 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.   
Passover Begins THIS FRIDAY!  Are You Ready?  
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 has been extended through TOMORROW, FRIDAY, April 22 at noon, or when all seats are filled.  Volunteers for set-up and clean-up also are appreciated. 

Questions?  Please contact
Sandy Jones by clicking her name, or call the CBH office at 530-758-0842. 

Matzo, Macaroons and More Available at Local Grocery Stores  
This Friday is the first seder, but your CBH leadership has been at work for months to ensure that Passover provisions are available for partners to purchase at their favorite Yolo County supermarkets!  

An ad hoc committee formed and, in addition to Nugget and Whole Foods, the group received commitments from Save Mart, Safeway and the Davis Food Co-Op that shelves would be stocked with kosher for Passover items.  Please support these local stores, so that they will continue to support our holiday needs!  

If you still find that you are having difficulty locating what you need at these stores, please let
Ann Teal, Carole Plack, Janet Meizel, or Pat Philipps know by clicking their names, so that these items can be added to the "wish list" to be shared with the stores in the future.  

Need guidance or ideas for your Passover celebrations this year?  Click
here to check out the Union for Reform Judaism's collection of recipes, checklists, activities and instructive videos.
Clarification regarding rice and beans at CBH for Passover,
from David Aladjem, Chair, CBH Ritual Committee

Friends:  there has been some confusion since my message earlier this week about whether or not there will a change in CBH policy about serving kitniyot (rice and beans) during Passover.  To read the message from Tuesday, April 19, please click here.

CBH's longstanding policy has been to follow the Ashkenazic practice, and not serve kitniyot during Passover.  That policy has not and is not being changed for Passover 2016.  The Ritual Committee will consider whether or not to modify the policy at some point during the coming year, once Rabbi Greg returns and the committee can consult with him.

Happy Passover to everyone!  May everyone find liberation from our individual and collective Egypts in this season of moving towards Revelation.
CBH Passover Closures
In observance of Passover, the Bet Haverim office will be closed as follows:
  • TOMORROW, Friday, April 22 at noon
  • Friday, April 29 - all day
In addition, Gan Haverim Preschool will close TOMORROW, Friday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m. 

Please direct any questions to the office at, or 530-758-0842.
Sunday, June 5 

All Partners Invited to CBH's "Sweet Summer of '16" Garden Party
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., CBH Redwood Grove 
Mark the date on your calendar now, and look for your invitation to arrive in the mail soon.  Or, click now for a downloadable sneak peek at the invitation and RSVP card!

event will immediately follow the congregation's Annual Meeting, taking place earlier the same afternoon.  It's a sunny future ahead at Bet Haverim, so plan to join your community for:

- Elegant
hors d'oeuvres, wine and other Summer refreshments

- Musical
entertainment and socializing 
- Recognition of incoming and outgoing board members

- Introduction of new board president and other officers

- Celebration of the 2016 CBH Leadership Class graduates

- Raising spirits and funds to keep our synagogue strong!

$32 per person (Sweet 16 x 2!); sponsorships and group package pricing also are available.  Reservation deadline is Friday, May 27.
Can't wait for more details?  Want to be a part of the planning team?  Contact Joy Cohan
by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814. 
Religious School and Young Families' News

The Week Ahead...

NO Religious School or Keshet THIS SUNDAY, in observance of the second day of Passover.  Hebrew School classes will be held as usual during the week.
 Also, a reminder that the Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes are asking for support for their mitzvah projects to aid animals
  • Donations for pets collection box available in the CBH office.  The wish list includes leashes, collars, litter boxes and scoopers, crates, dog and cat beds, cat trees, dog/cat and puppy/kitten food (Nutro or Iam's), as well as gift cards for Petco and Davis Ace.
  • Dog treats will be baked and sold by the classes at the "May Day for Mutts," festival, hosted by the Yolo County SPCA on Sunday, May 1.  See flyer for more details.
The Week Gone By...

In addition to celebrating Passover school-wide in the morning, Keshet held a special evening for CBH teens last Sunday.  Because the 7th grade class also took part, it was one of the most well-attended Keshet sessions of the year so far!  

The fun began with a scavenger hunt and charoset-making and tasting.  Later, the teens took part in a "silent discussion" about what plagues the modern world.  This was accomplished by each teen writing their plague on a piece of paper, and then passing the papers around for others to add their own written comments or questions.  The result was an engaging debate via pens and paper!  The group reconvened afterwards, and developed a list of the ten most pertinent modern day plagues.  Additionally, the answers gave way to a spirited game of "Passover Family Feud."

It was a fun, tasty and meaningful Keshet experience last Sunday!  Leaders Noah Bennett and Jack Foley hope to see the teens return with the same enthusiasm very soon!

2016 Summer Camperships
Deadline to Apply NEXT THURSDAY, April 28

One of the most powerful Jewish experiences a young person can have is to spend part of a summer at a Jewish camp.  Jewish camp creates a positive sense of identity and wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.  Here at CBH, we are proud that our Campership Fund has helped so many of our youth attend URJ Camp Newman, our regional reform Jewish camp, over the years.  

Planning to send your child to URJ Camp Newman this Summer?  Fee assistance may be available!  To apply for a campership, please
click here to access the form.  Applications must be received in the CBH office by NEXT THURSDAY, or they may be emailed to  All applications will be handled in confidence.  

To learn more about
Camp Newman, or to make a donation to the CBH Campership Fund, please click the links.

Shabbat Safari May Program Now Saturday, May 21, 2016 
Previously scheduled for Saturday, May 14

Mark your calendar so that you and your children age six and under don't miss the May "Celebrate Israel" theme.  More details to come in the e-tone in early May. 
April Board Meeting Notes

The Board of Directors met on Tuesday, April 12 and reviewed the congregational budget for the year 2016-2017.  The proposed budget will be presented to the congregation at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 5 for final approval.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the Education and Youth Committee's request for a half-time Teen Engagement Coordinator.  The position is funded for an initial three-year term, at the end of which the effectiveness of the program will be evaluated and future funding determined.

A plan submitted by the Building and Grounds Committee to upgrade the exterior lighting around the campus also was approved.  This will provide improved safety and security. 

Nominees for next year's board have been invited to the May board meeting, to begin the transition for the new year.
Monday, April 25, 2016
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.  This month, the emphasis will be on finding our way to freedom through the powerful media of chant and meditation.  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, 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.
A Taste of Yiddish Study Group
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., CBH 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 530-792-8917 if you plan to join the group, or if you need additional details.
Israel Matters Committee News
Food Drive Ends Next Week!  
The annual Israel Matters Chanukah to Passover Food Drive to benefit the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC), as of March 31, 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.
Sunday, May 1
"Accomplices:  Churchill, Roosevelt and the Holocaust" with Dr. Alex Groth
3:00 p.m., Social Hall
A CBH partner, Dr. Groth is the author of the identically-titled book, and he will expand upon its themes in this presentation.  Dr. Groth's engagements at Bet Haverim always are greatly anticipated; his experiences as a renowned scholar, author and Warsaw Ghetto survivor provide compelling perspectives on a plethora of related subjects.  No RSVP required.  Contact George Rooks for additional information by clicking here.
Sunday, May 15
Israel Independence Day Annual Celebration
12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Redwood Grove 

Don't miss this event, now a CBH tradition, raising awareness of our connection to the culture and people of Israel.  Enjoy amazing homemade falafels and Israeli salads, delicious hot dogs, cotton candy and popcorn.  Children and parents can stay after Sunday School, and look forward to face painting, bounce houses and much more.  All food and activities are free!  Sponsored by the Israel Matters Committee. Click on
George Rooksname to learn more.  

After the celebration, be sure to visit CBH's "Israeli Baseball Trivia" booth in progress at the Jewish Heritage Festival in West Sacramento.  Visit
this link for details. 
Saturday, May 14
"Hunger at Home" A Mini-Documentary on ChiIdhood Hunger in Davis, CA -
Marley Kubby Adler's Mitzvah Project
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Varsity Theatre, 616 2nd Street, Davis
Recent Bat Mitzvah and 7th grade Religious School class member Marley Kubby Adler is raising funds for Yolo County nonprofits addressing childhood hunger, with a screening of her own 20 minute film, "Hunger at Home."
Tickets are just $10 each, and are available here; no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay.  Donations also are welcomed from those unable to attend.  All proceeds will benefit organizations featured in the film, including Yolo Food Bank, Davis Community Meals, Yolo Crisis Nursery and the Davis Joint Unified School District's Nutrition Program.  Representatives of these organizations also will be on hand for questions and discussion following the film.  Opening remarks will be made by Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, and Marley will provide an introduction to the film. 

For additional information, contact
Raychel Kubby Adler, Marley's mom.
Sunday, May 15
Have a Ball at CBH's Jewish Heritage Festival Booth!  
Volunteers Are Needed for Two-Hour Shifts, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento
"Israeli Baseball Trivia" will be the theme of the Bet Haverim booth at this annual festival, organized by the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region.  The event includes activities hosted by other area synagogues and Jewish organizations, all with an emphasis on Israeli culture or history.  Vendors, food and entertainment also will be featured.  To learn more about the festival, click here.

In addition,
CBH's own Israel Independence Day celebration, hosted by the Israel Matters Committee, will be held at Bet Haverim on the same day, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.  It's an entire day to kvell about Israel, as CBH partners are encouraged to move between both events!  Click here to view more details about the Israel Matters event.

Help is needed at the Raley Field festival with CBH booth set-up and break-down, as well as to assist children and others to play the Israeli Baseball Trivia game and award small prizes.  Shifts are as follows:
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
To volunteer, or to ask questions, please contact Joy Cohan, Communications Specialist, by clicking her name, or by phoning 530-383-1814.
Thursday, May 19
Israel Peace Alternatives Presents a Book Discussion:  "Power, Faith and Fantasy:  America in the Middle East, 1776 to Present," by Michael B. Oren
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
CBH partners Linda and Michael Hirsch will lead the conversation.  Oren is an American-born Israeli historian, author, politician and former Israeli ambassador to the United States.  This event is free an open to the public.  No RSVP is required.  For more information, please contact Sarah Pattison by clicking her name, or view the flyer.
Help CBH Earn a $2,500 Grant By Joining the Success of the Life and Legacy Campaign NOW! 
Leave a Legacy for CBH's Future

 Todah Rabah to our dedicated partners who helped CBH to achieve the "double chai" program goal and receive an unrestricted $7,500 incentive grant!  To view the names click here.

You're invited now to join these partners; the first five legacy commitments during the coming year will earn CBH an unrestricted $2,500 incentive grant!  The intended gift can be of any size. To download a letter of intent, click
hereFor more information, or to return your signed form, please contact Michael Bobell, Life and Legacy Chair, at or 530-400-7031.
Also, if you have updated your estate plans to include CBH, please complete and sign the
Legacy Gift Confirmation form and return it to the CBH office, or to Michael Bobell.
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 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.
Sacramento Jewish Federation - Springing Ahead in April 

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.  The current morning session meets twice a month through early May, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  An evening session may begin again this Fall.  Drop-ins are welcome 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.  
Sunday, May 1
"The Holocaust:  Coming of Age"  
Communitywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration
6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Mosaic Law Congregation,
2300 Sierra Boulevard, Sacramento

Two women will share the powerful stories of their own mothers' Holocaust experiences aboard the Kindertransport, and survival of the Krakow Ghetto and several camps.  The participants are:
  •  Michele Gold, author of Memories That Won't Go Away: A Tribute to the Children of the Kindertransport, and educator at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust 
  • Tamara Theodore, a Sacramento resident.
The commemoration begins with a candlelight procession. Survivors, refugees and descendants will gather at 6:15 p.m. in the Mosaic Law Social Hall, just beyond the foyer.  For more information, contact Jessica Braverman Birch of the Jewish Community Relations Council at 916-486-0906 ext. 308, or
Birthdays - April 22 - 28
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim!
Friday, April 22
Joe Green
Annette Montgomery

Saturday, April 23
Jeri Hollander
Stewart Teal
Sunday, April 24
Sheri Belafsky
Jonathan Diamant

Tom Jones
Eliana Kaimowitz
Monday, April 25
Eliana Ellenberger
Tuesday, April 26
Vivienne Roseby

Wednesday, April 27
Susan Woolf

Thursday, April 28
Abby Laurie
Jordana Scher
Yahrzeits - April 22- 28
Friday, April 22
Shirley Levine, mother of Neal Levine
Beverly Teal, mother of Stewart Teal 

Saturday, April 23
Barbara Frankel, wife of Tom Frankel

Sunday, April 24
Syril Carlson, mother of Richard Zeiger
Monday, April 25
Betty Eichler-Blum, mother of Ann Teal

Tuesday, April 26
Joseph Katz, friend of Virginia Lantry

Thursday, April 28
Rick Hascal, cousin of Sandi Kniep
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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