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September 8, 2016

  • Registration deadline THIS WEDNESDAY for Rabbi Shefa Gold Shabbaton weekend
  • High Holy Days tickets arriving in your mailbox soon  
  • Rabbi Greg's monthly message - preparing spiritually for the New Year
Shabbat This Week
Friday, September 9
Oneg hosted by Tamee and Tony Cooper, in honor of Lennon Weintraub's Bar Mitzvah - thank you!

Oneg hosting opportunities for the High Holy Days season now are available. Visit this link to sign up for a Friday night, September 30 - October 28.  Start the New Year by bringing friends together, perhaps to celebrate a simcha, or to remember a loved one.

Saturday, September 10
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Bar Mitzvah of Lennon Weintraub


Torah Notes
Deuteronomy, Parashat Shoftim
  19:14 - 21:9 (Triennial Year 3)
  • Laws to be followed during times of peace and times of war are set forth 
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.
Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2016

"Spiritual Readiness for the High Holy Days Through the Power of Chant" 
Selichot Shabbaton Weekend with
Rabbi Shefa Gold, 
Register by THIS WEDNESDAY, September 14 

Named one of the Most Inspiring Rabbis in America last year by, Rabbi Shefa will join us at CBH for the Selichot weekend, Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25.  Her accessible, transformative approach will open your heart to her melodies, serving as your bridge to the beauty of the Days of Awe.

In contemplating her visit to CBH, Rabbi Shefa shares:  “Elul is a time of heightened awareness.  It opens the pathways to repentance, return and realignment, as well as renewed gratefulness for both our blessings and challenges.  I am honored to be able to share this sacred time of Elul with all of you in Davis.”

Now is the time to reserve your weekend of worship, study and chant with Rabbi Shefa. Please use this form to register, or to become a sponsor.  The registration deadline is less than two weeks away!  For additional information, please click here, or contact the organizers, CBH Partners Carrie Shepard or Hallie Morrow, by clicking their names.

Special note regarding Shabbaton babysitting:  organizers are working to determine the community's interest in babysitting for the Sacred Chant Shabbat morning service and the "Lunch and Learn" with Rabbi Shefa which follows. Parents, your feedback is needed in order to assess if babysitting plans should move forward.  
Please take this short survey so that your needs can best be served - thank you!

October Torah Reading Opportunities Now Available 

As the High Holy Days season approaches, consider the unique experience of reading or chanting Torah at the CBH bima.  It's a personally meaningful and fulfilling way to perform a mitzvah for your community.  And, if you need assistance preparing, help is only a click away; contact Virginia Lantry of the Ritual Committee by clicking her name, or phoning 530-220-4444.  She also can help you to find the right time to read or chant in honor of a meaningful occasion in your life

To view all of the available readings and sign-up, please click 
Yahrzeits - September 9 - 15
Friday, September 9
Joseph Horwitz, father of Norma Rappaport

Sunday, September 11
Leonard Borack, brother of Gene Borack
Sol Haberman, father of Dan Haberman
David Steven Kniep, brother of John Kniep
Leslie Owings, aunt of Virginia Lantry
Monday, September 12
Sam Basen, father of Hinda Chandler
Rahea Hirst, grandmother of Andrea Weiss

Tuesday, September 13
Anita Leila Rutheiser, mother of Mark Rutheiser

Thursday, September 15
Nathan Hoffman, friend of Carole Plack
"Thinking About What's in the Box"

Fall is the time for new beginnings; starting the school year again, sending kids off to college for the first time (having them come back home again), or perhaps relocating to a new residence. Whether you are packing lunches, packing suitcases or packing up moving boxes, these autumnal rituals are a time for pause and some reflection about what has been and what will be. The kids, and grandkids, are growing and changing, and we are, too. What have been the highlights of the last year, the challenges? What have we learned? Where would we like to be next year when the boxes reappear? 

I have been spending a lot of time recently with boxes, packing tape and wrapping paper, as someone near and dear to me has just moved. It occurred to me that all this packing that often happens this time of year is an apt metaphor for our preparations for the Jewish New Year. The new month of Elul, the last of the Jewish year, has just begun (note the delicate sliver of new moon dangling so beautifully in the sky these nights) and we are invited to begin the spiritual packing and unpacking that is a major part of making the journey into the year to come.  

During this month of preparation leading up to Rosh Hashanah, we have an opportunity to do a spiritual inventory, a cheshbon ha’nefesh, a look into our souls, to see which of our qualities, habits, and ways of thinking are really working in our best interests. What do we really want to take with us into this new year? What has served us well and helped us become the people we so desire to become? What are we prepared to let go of, to release, because it does not serve some higher purpose. 

Like making decisions about what physical possessions we should load up into our boxes, it is not always so easy to let go of old ways and create new patterns for ourselves. So we trek from year to year with plenty of excess baggage. Clearly, some things are hard to part with because they have been with us for so long and we have dutifully shlepped them along without much thought. Other “things” might carry emotional attachments, connecting us to important people or events—we (my father, family, sister) always did it that way, for example. Some of the “things” that we are carrying are also reminders of unfinished business— relationships broken or strained, feelings hurt, mistakes not yet righted. Each of these items in our boxes are invitations to do the sorting necessary to clear out the “junk,” recycle what can be returned to the Universe, repair what needs to be fixed, and carefully wrap up the treasures that are worth carrying into the future.

May each of us find the holy time to engage in this deep practice of spiritual preparation for the New Year. May we discover with ease what we are ready to release. May we be given the compassion to tend to the places that need healing. May we uncover much to be celebrated and the clarity to know what is worth saving and what can be safely left behind. May all your boxes come to feel light and precious and contain everything you will need for a year of wonder, growth and renewal.

Sweet Blessings,
Rabbi Greg Also Shares...
Calling all B'nai Mitzvah students and young adults!  Author Jennifer Griffin, an ALEPH, Alliance for Jewish Renewal member in Berkeley, is seeking d'var Torah drashes to be considered for publication in her new book, "Voices of the Young:  B'Nei Mitzvah Drashes To Inspire You."  She is also looking for young designers to submit artwork and cover design ideas.  To make submissions, or to ask questions, contact
Join Rabbi Greg at "Zionism 3.0:  In Search of the Shared Dream," Sunday, September 18, 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.  A wide-ranging, thought-provoking conference dedicated to open discourse about current events and the relationship between the world's two great centers of Jewish life.  Acclaimed speakers, breakout sessions and opportunities to share ideas and ask questions.  For registration and more information, click here.
The Shofar Is Ready to Sound!  Your Tickets to High Holy Days
at Bet Haverim Mail Next Week   

Preliminary Schedule Available Online

The Days of Awe are little more than three weeks away, and the CBH office is abuzz with preparations.  A High Holy Days information packet, including tickets for the adult members of your household, should arrive via U.S. Mail by late next week.  If you are a current CBH partner and have returned your 2016-2017 Partnership Pledge Form, and you do not receive this packet with tickets by Tuesday, September 20, please contact the office via email or at 530-758-0842.  

Meanwhile, you can access a complete CBH High Holy Days schedule and information about tickets for non-partners, students, senior citizens, active military and more on the CBH website by clicking

L'Shana Tovah!
You Can Help CBH Earn a $2,500 Grant 
Make a Legacy Commitment by February 28, 2917
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 to 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.
Donations - August 2016
Biberstein Social Action Fund
Ernie Biberstein, in memory of Aenne Hahn
Biberstein Living Trust, in honor of Sherman Stein's 90th Birthday
Linda and Stu Bresnick, in memory of Guille Libresco
Joy and Steve Cohan, in memory of Linda Sternberg's mother, Dora Kohn Garber
Leanne Friedmann
Sandy Jones, in appreciation of Ernie Biberstein's efforts to improve the quality of life for everyone in Davis
Elise Parnes, in memory of her daughter, Rachel Erin Levitt
B'nai Mitzvah Fund
Lora and Jeff Barrett, in honor of Ellie and Ariel Bukowski's B'not Mitzvah

General Fund
Jeri Hollander, in memory of Linda Sternberg's mother, Dora Kohn Garber
Patricia and Jerry Kaminker, in memory of Linda Sternberg's mother, Dora Kohn Garber

Kol HaNefesh Fund
Joy and Steve Cohan, in memory of Mark Simon's father, Barry Simon

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Audrey and Joe Green, in honor of Rachelle Leonard's new home
It's Back-to-School and High Holy Days Season...Benefit CBH by Shopping 
"Amazon Smile" and World of Judaica for All of Your Needs
Thanks to a partnership with's "Amazon Smile" program, CBH is guaranteed a 0.5% return on all eligible purchases you make for back-to-school, or any other purpose, 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 High Holy Days purchases, or other judaica, that you buy from the CBH Online Gift Shop, powered by Worl
d of Judaica, earns 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.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Annual Progressive Dinner
5:30 - 9:45 p.m., private homes,
dessert in the CBH Social Hall

A decades-long CBH tradition, this event connects friends old and new, first in the intimacy of partners' homes, and later brings everyone together for a celebratory gathering.

For just $20 per person, each guest begins their journey at a pre-assigned appetizer home, moves on to a catered dinner and wine hosted in another home and completes their experience by joining with all other guests for dessert and havdalah in the CBH Social Hall.  After registering, each guest is sent a "path" to follow for the evening, and asked to contribute either an appetizer, salad and bread or a dessert.

Many CBH partners look forward to this unique opportunity to socialize and meet newcomers to our community.  The registration deadline is Friday, September 16...don't miss the fun!  Invitations were mailed in late August to all current CBH partners.  If you did not receive an invitation, or you are new to CBH, please click here to download an invitation with RSVP form.

Questions?  Please contact event organizers Rob and Dotti Egel at rdegel@sbcglobal.netor 530-758-0908.

Kids, Teens and Families News
It's Time for Another Shabbat Safari! 
New Year Potluck Picnic, Saturday, September 17

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,
Pioneer Park, 5035 Swingle Drive, Davis

Start the Jewish New Year with other young families at a veggie potluck picnic!  Make plans for this wonderful new beginning of CBH Young Families Events, by joining friends old and new.  Come with ideas to share for a year of adventure.

Shabbat Safari and 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.

Religious School Opening Day and Bagel Breakfast, Sunday, September 18, 2016 
Bagels 9:00 - 9:25 a.m., School-Wide Service and Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Begin your year of learning and discovery by meeting friends and making friends over bagels, juice and coffee!  Then join your school community for an uplifting service with songs and stories before meeting new teachers and classmates.  

Questions? Haven't completed your Religious School registration yet?  Contact Malka Sansani, director of education and youth, at, or 530-758-0842.
Welcome Sarah Turtletaub,
CBH Teen Engagement Coordinator!

Began Work Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Education and Youth Committee is pleased to announce that Sarah Turtletaub has joined CBH in the newly-created position of Teen Engagement Coordinator.  She brings both experience and a commitment to youth programs, and the committee is looking forward to the spirit and dedication they believe that she will bring to the CBH teen community.

Sarah’s primary responsibilities are to lead the Keshet teen program, serve as the Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) advisor, oversee Shabbatons for 3rd-6th graders and provide leadership training for madrichim classroom assistants. The goal is to strengthen and grow teen participation in all CBH programming, and collaborate with other local synagogues and organizations to develop and nourish a robust and engaging community for our teens.

Previously, Sarah served as an Israel Teaching Fellow for a year, where she learned Hebrew and taught English to children.  She has led two Birthright trips to Israel and has written a curriculum specifically targeting B’nai Mitzvah teens. She is a Sacramento native, and a credentialed teacher with more than six years of experience, including work at Mosaic Law Congregation.  Currently, she operates Kids Unplugged, a kids' fitness and health business.  We celebrate Sarah’s arrival!
THIS TUESDAY, September 13, 2016
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 goup 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.
Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Bet Haverim Health and Wellness Event:  
"Life in Asymmetry" Book Reading and Signing, with Author and CBH Partner Raychel Kubby Adler
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall

Rabbi Greg Wolfe hosts CBH Board Member Raychel Kubby Adler, as she brings a genetic issue especially important to Ashkenazi Jewish women forward through her recently-published memoir of life as a "previvor" of genetic breast cancer.

By sharing her girlhood dreams of having "boobies" and how her perceptions of her breasts changed as she learned of and came to terms with her genetic status, Raychel illuminates and examines the interplay of genetics, personal choice and chance that shapes each of our lives. Furthermore, her work prompts an exploration of the course of actions we might take when offered a unique glimpse into the potential health risks that lie ahead. 

The book launch is free and open to the public; no RSVP required.  For more information, contact
Raychel by clicking her name, or see her website.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
West Bank Settlements:  A Dialogue With Mike Harris of StandWithUs and
Stan Wulf of J Street, sponsored by TICVA - The Israel Civil Voice Alliance, 
with CBH Israel Peace Alternatives

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento

The Sacramento area Jewish community is invited to learn about issues related to West Bank settlements through civil discourse and discussion.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers, as well as to have small group discussion. The goal is to talk about controversial issues, understand what others think and express your own opinion in a safe environment.  This is not a debate, but rather a forum to listen to different views and engage in respectful dialogue.

Mike Harris is one of the founders of San Francisco Voice for Israel, which is now the Bay Area chapter of StandWithUs, and he is the author of "Winning a Debate With An Israel-Hater: How to Effectively Challenge Anti-Israel Extremists in Your Neighborhood."

Stan Wulf serves on the J Street National Advisory Council and is on the board of 
Molad, the Center for Renewal of Israeli Democracy, headquartered in Jerusalem.  He presents workshops on "Managing Conflict When Talking About Israel," and also offers a website,

Please RSVP by clicking here.  A donation of $5 or more to TICVA at the door will be greatly appreciated.  For more information, please contact CBH Partner Sarah Pattison by clicking her name.
Wednesday, October 5, 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 5, October 19 and November 2A new evening session has just started, and also 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 September, please click here. 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Davis Community Meals Needs YOU! 
Bet Haverim Sets-Up and Serves Dinner 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 Tuesday, September 20, 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
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