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January 12, 2017

Shabbat This Week

Please note:  Rabbi Greg is on sabbatical through January 31
Friday, January 13

6:00 p.m. 
Song Leaders' Shabbat, led by
CBH Partner Sarah Pattison
Special focus on blessing of the children 
Folk dance music will be performed


Oneg hosted by the Shabbat Song Leaders,
celebrating Bet Haverim - thank you!

Oneg hosts are needed for two upcoming Friday nights:  January 20 and February 24. Please sign-up at this link.  Consider making the date special by gathering friends for Shabbat, hosting in honor or in memory of a loved one, or to mark an important anniversary or lifecycle event.  Additional questions?  Contact Merry Draffan by clicking her name.

Saturday, January 14
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service, led by CBH Partner Virginia Lantry
Torah readers are needed throughout January and February.  Please sign-up now at this link.  If you have questions, or need assistance with preparation, contact Virginia Lantry by clicking her name.

Torah Notes

Genesis, Parashat Vaychi, 
  47:28 - 48:22 
  • Jacob lived in the land of Egypt for 17 years; Jacob's days --the years of his life-- were 147
  • Jacob blesses his grandchildren Ephraim and Manasseh
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 - January 13 -19, 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, January 13
Nathan Clairfield, father-in-law of Jerry Adler
Dr. Joseph Robert Gusfield, father of Dan Gusfield
Seymour Levy, father of Chaviva Hollman
Daniel Jay Rabin, son of Jane and Ed Rabin

Saturday, January 14
Frances Franck, stepmother of Marion Franck
J. Leonard Konigsberg, father of Gail Klein
Jacob Siegel, father of Annette Montgomery

Sunday, January 15
Lillian Berman, mother of Mark Berman
Adolf Neuwald, father of Karen Neuwald
Monday, January 16
Martin Fass, father of Stephen M. Fass

Tuesday, January 17
Vera Chesnutt, mother of Claudia Leavitt
Ellen Kagan, mother of Linda Ziskind
Sylvia Ruskin, grandmother of Jonathan Diamant
Marcus Young, father of Stan Young

Wednesday, January 18
Michael Feldman, nephew of Gail Klein
Nettie Renkin, stepmother of Gene Renkin
Irwin Wapner, father of Angela Wapner
Rabbi Greg On Sabbatical During January 2017

Everyone needs time to reJEWvenate, and Rabbis are no exception!  We wish Rabbi Greg well during his annual month away from Bet Haverim.  He will be attending a rabbinical conference, nourishing mind and body and preparing to lead our congregation into the new secular year ahead.  He will be back at work Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  Should you need rabbinical assistance in the interim, please contact the CBH office at or 530-758-0842. 
Rabbi Greg Recommends...
Two Ways to Support STEAC in the New Year
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!  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!
Board of Directors' Notes
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Meeting    

  Board members participated in a web conference with Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) representatives about "The Tent," an online resource that URJ provides for congregations, as well as the use of Yammer to improve Board and synagogue communications.

Facility issues were discussed, including roofing and gutter repairs for the Education Building, and new bids received for the solar project.

The lack of a minyan at the Saturday, January 7 Shabbat Morning Service was addressed.  The Ritual Committee will be consulted to collaborate regarding potential strategies to avoid this in the future.

Proposals to provide for spirituality, educational and children's programming were reviewed.  Additional study of needs in these categories was determined to be necessary.   

The Board took action to initiate the process for the Program Review Committee to become fully populated, and for the scope of the committee to be re-visited once additional committee members are in place.

Teen Engagement Coordinator Sarah Turtletaub reported that 33 teens currently are involved with Keshet or the Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) program.  In preparation for next year, a survey will go out soon to gather feedback about the program.

Approved consent agenda items included a request for the Ritual and Education and Youth Committees to review and recommend updates to the relevant sections of the Policies and Procedures document, and for the congregation to contribute $250 to match Rabbi Greg's $250 toward the production of "Time Capsule in a Milk Can" (see more information

It was announced that Sandy Jones will not be organizing the CBH Passover Seder this year.  A new volunteer or team is needed to plan the event; contact Board Co-President
Steve Cohan to become involved.

Respectfully submitted by Bonnie Berman, Secretary
Deadline Extended to Wednesday, February 1:  
Sponsorships Needed for "Time Capsule in a Milk Can"

Holocaust-Themed Production
Coming to Sacramento Area in March
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. 

Financial support is being sought to benefit the Central Valley Holocaust Educator's Network (CVHEN), which has made the production possible.  The CBH Board of Directors and Rabbi Greg have teamed to provide a $500 contribution from our congregation; will you join them?  The performance will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Congregation B'nai Israel, with a follow-up presentation the following day for Religious School students throughout the region.  Sponsorships are available from $50 - $1,000 at
this link; tickets and program ads also may be purchased at the site.  Questions about sponsorships or tickets?  Please contact Nancy Lazarus, the CBH representative to the steering committee, by clicking her name.
Gan Haverim Preschool Teacher Recruitment  
Full and Part-Time Positions Available
Resumes currently are being accepted for energetic additions to our preschool staff.  Applicants must have the required 12 Early Childhood Education (ECE) units completed or in progress.  Please see further requirements and details, as well as application instructions at this link.  

Questions?  Please contact
Rhoda Rohnstock, Gan Haverim Director, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
The Future of the Bet Haverim Community Is In Your Hands...Join Your Haverim Who Are Already
Assuring Jewish Tomorrows
Make a Legacy Commitment This Fall or Winter and help CBH to Earn a $2,500 Grant
See a full list of the more than 50 CBH Legacy Donors by clicking here.  To create your Jewish legacy, contact Michael Bobell, CBH Life and Legacy Coordinator, by clicking his name, or by phoning 530-400-7031.  The commitment deadline to assist with CBH's incentive grant eligibility is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
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 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.
More Events Coming Soon!

Shabbat Safari, a Haverim K'tanim event
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., North Classroom

Celebrate the joy of Shabbat with a Shabbat-themed art project, then sing and dance in a lively Shabbat prayer circle.  We will also visit the Sanctuary to see the Torah, and follow with kiddush with challah and grape juice.

Haverim K'tanim ("Little Friends") events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members.  To RSVP (by Thursday, January 19), or for more information, please contact
Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or call 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
NO Religious School THIS SUNDAY.  Hebrew School will meet as scheduled

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

Keshet and Confirmation Teen Programs

Last Sunday, Keshet students shared current events about Israel followed by an open discussion of opinions, thoughts and questions.  Also, CBH's generosity in hosting homeless people in the Social Hall this week was acknowledged with a lesson about Judaism's view of homelessness, and how it is tightly connected to Jewish history.

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

Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) "Fitness Made Fun"
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Get Fit Davis Sport, 1809 Picasso Avenue, Davis

Are you a fitness enthusiast?  Or, not into fitness at all?  Either way, this free event is for EVERYONE!  Come learn, grow and challenge yourself physically and mentally.  The event will feature fitness and team building-based obstacle courses and more.  Please RSVP by Sunday, January 22 to Sarah Turtletaub, Teen Engagement Coordinator, by clicking her name. 

Any questions about DRTY may be directed to Teen Engagement Coordinator Sarah Turtletaub at or 916-943-8055.


Graduating high school seniors who have lived in Yolo, Sacramento, Placer or El Dorado Counties for at least two years may be eligible to apply for a Schwab-Rosenhouse Memorial Scholarship, if they plan to attend a college within 100 miles of Sacramento.  For more details, see this link.
THIS SUNDAY, January 15, 2017
Israel Matters Presents:  "On the Ground in Israel," with George Rooks
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall

Israel Matters Committee chair George Rooks, a former UC Davis faculty member, will share insights from his recent visit to Ashdod, Israel, where he lives for six months each year.  The event is free and open to the public.

The talk will be a chronological exploration of events in Israel between June and December of this past year.  Elements of everyday life, such as wine festivals and basketball games, details of travel from the northern borders to Eilat, and references to the terror that Israelis face on a daily basis all will be featured.

For emphasis, George will show photos and videos from his personal collection, including the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem and Israeli checkpoints. Additionally, he will discuss his multiple trips into the heart of Judea and Samaria to Hebron, Shechem, and Qalqilya, as well as his hikes on the Israel Trail.

George is the author of the blog,, which is read in more than 100 countries around the world each week.  The blog currently is nominated for a Hasby Award as “Best Pro-Israel Blog.”

For more information about this presentation or the Israel Matters Committee, please contact George Rooks by clicking his name.
THIS TUESDAY, January 17, 2017
ChaverSangha Meditation Group 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sanctuary

CBH Partner Michael Amster will lead the group in meditation.

ChaverSangha is a meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation.  The usual meeting schedule is the first and third Tuesday evening of each month.  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, please contact Rabbi Seth at or 617-935-9697.

NEW!  Mark your calendar for "Beginning the Rest...of Shabbat" pre-Shabbat meditation, Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:15 - 7:45 p.m., Sanctuary, prior to services.  More information at
this link.
THIS WEDNESDAY, January 18, 2017

Jewish Federation of the Sacramento 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 provides a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.  

The morning session continues on Wednesdays, January 18 and February 1.  
A new evening session has begun and meets on Wednesdays, January 18, February 1, February 15 and March 1.  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. 
THIS WEDNESDAY, January 18, 2017
Israeli Folk Dancing Group
7:00 - 8:30 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 is provided, 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.

The Israeli Folk Dancing Group also recommends:  "Israeli Dance Day" at Congregation B'nai Israel Social Hall, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, Sunday, February 5, 2017, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Beginners instruction during the first hour.  $5 donation.  For more information, contact Jeanette at 916-799-7213.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Israel Peace Alternatives Presents:  "Granddaughter of the Dream, A Second-Generation Kibbutznik Shares Her Story, presented by Kinneret Vinitzky 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Social Hall

Kinneret Vinitzky's grandparents were the founders of two kibbutzim. Kinneret grew up in the communal Children's House of the thriving kibbutz Eim Hamifratz in northern Israel, two kilometers outside of the ancient city of Acre. The old city of Acre is exclusively inhabited by Israeli Arabs.

The idealistic communal kibbutz has been slowly disappearing in modern-day Israel.  Kinneret will share her life experiences in this very unique culture.  Kinneret's kibbutz had good relationships with the surrounding Arab towns and villages, and from this experience she feels there is a working model illustrating the necessity for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  Today, she is the director of the Hebrew program at Congregation B'nai Harim in Nevada City. Discussion and questions will follow the presentation.

For more information, please contact Sarah Pattison of Israel Peace Alternatives, by clicking on her name.  See the flyer here.

Monday, January 23, 2017
Heart and Spirit Chant Circle 
7:00 - 8:45 p.m., Sanctuary

 Are you curious 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 Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard as they share 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 fourth Monday of each month.  No pre-registration required.  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.  For more information about Rabbi Shefa Gold, please click here.

Sunday, January 29, 2017
Israel Matters Presents:  "Beneath the Helmet:  From High School to the Home Front" film screening 
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall

A coming-of-age story, this film follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country.  Just 18-years-old, away from their homes, families and friends, these young individuals undergo a demanding, inspiring journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be.

From the creators of the PBS-featured documentary film, "Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference," "Beneath the Helmet" illustrates how these young men and women are defending not only their homes, but also the values of peace, equality, opportunity, democracy, religious tolerance and women’s rights.

More details available by contacting Israel Matters Chairperson George Rooks at

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.
CBH Host Week
To Shelter the Homeless
Laundry and Morning Support Volunteers Still Needed

Many thanks to all CBH partners who already have stepped up in myriad ways to make the mitzvah of CBH's Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter (IRWS) host week possible.  The wet and windy weather has made this week a particularly important one to provide shelter to the homeless in Davis.  If you've been waiting to find the time or the right task to add your light to this important community commitment, please consider these two urgent needs that remain unmet beginning TONIGHT:

  • Do the laundry - one volunteer needed each evening, tonight through Sunday night, to pick-up sleeping bags in the Social Hall before 8:00 p.m., wash at home or laundromat and return to the Social Hall within 24 hours.  Laundry Lounge in the Save Mart shopping center will move the bags to the dryer, so that volunteers need not stay on site for the entire wash cycle
  • Provide morning shelter support - one volunteer needed each of the next three mornings to arrive at the Social Hall by 5:30 a.m. to confirm that guests have completed chores and that cleaning is adequate, especially in the kitchen.

To commit to a task, or for more information, please contact Sharon Richman, CBH's IRWS coordinator, by clicking her name or phoning 949-413-8590

For information about the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter of Davis, please see

THIS TUESDAY, January 17, 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 THIS TUESDAY, 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
Biberstein Social Action Fund
2016 Grant Awards Announced;
Presentation To Come in January
Thirteen Yolo County nonprofit organizations have received more than $12,000 in 2016 grant funding from the Biberstein Social Action Fund.  To see details about the selected organizations and the projects made possible by the grants, please click here.  Information about the fund, its history and the award application process also can be found on this web page.

An awards presentation date in January will be announced soon.  The presentation typically takes place during a Relgious School Sunday morning service, providing the students with the opportunity to witness the connection between tzedakah and meaningful work in the community.  The CBH partners currently serving on the Biberstein Social Action Fund selection committee are Ernie Biberstein, 
 Anne Gieseke, Amy Abramson, Sandy Jones, Joan Sublett, Shoshana Zatz, and Rabbi Greg Wolfe.  

Contributions to the fund to support next year's grants are encouraged at any time.  Checks should be made to CBH with "Biberstein Social Action Fund" in the memo, or, you may donate online at
this link and enter the purpose of your gift in the notes section.
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  • Items from Hillel, the Sacramento Jewish Federation and the URJ may also be included.  
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