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June 30, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, July 1
6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat, led by CBH Partner Dan Tennenbaum
This oneg needs a host!  Please contact Merry Draffan to sign up for this or any available 2016 date.  Oneg hosting can be a fun way to mark a special simcha or anniversary, or to honor a friend or loved one.  Consider finding a friend, group or organize your havurah to make hosting easier!

Saturday, July 2
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service, led by Student Rabbi David Aladjem and CBH Partner Hallie Morrow

Your 2015-2016 CBH Annual Report Awaits Your Review
Committee and Group Reports, Special Events and Activities...and All of the Volunteers Who Made It Possible
Did you miss the Annual Meeting earlier this month?  Did you attend, but forget to bring home a copy of the Annual Report?  No worries!  You can view and download a copy of the report by clicking this link.  

While they may appear very black and white, the words of this document weave together to illustrate the beautiful tapestry of the people, ideas and passion that make Bet Haverim a special community.  Please take a few minutes to appreciate the year gone by...and the potential for YOUR involvement in the year ahead!  

Questions about the Annual Report?  Please contact Executive Director
MK Menard by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
Thank You For Responding to the CBH Communications Survey
70 Partners Weighed In With Feedback About the e-tone, Website and Social Media
The results are in!  The CBH board and staff members appreciate partners' interest in our CBH media, and are working to analyze the responses and develop action items and other refinements and enhancements based upon them.  Please look for further announcements about the integration of survey results into our communications efforts later this Summer.  

If you have further questions about the survey, or about CBH communications in general, please contact
Joy Cohan, Communications Specialist, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814.
CBH History Fact of the Month
The Story of Mitzvah Meals:  How One Mitzvah Has Nourished CBH for 18 Years

The idea to provide a nourishing meal to those experiencing illness, loss or even the simcha of a new baby was not invented at Bet Haverim.  Nor can the Jewish people lay claim to the concept as their exclusive domain.  However, what is a fact is that the effort to develop and implement an organized, managed CBH Mitzvah Meals program was born in 1998 in response to the special bond shared by two CBH partners.  

In 1992, former CBH Board President Esther Novak had lived in Davis and been a partner at the synagogue only a few years when she became acquainted with Suzette Wright, who was at that time a CBH board member.  Both Esther and Suzette had daughters involved in the CBH Youth Group when Suzette was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Initially, Suzette's cancer went into remission.  However, in 1998, with her daughter now away at graduate school, Suzette suffered a recurrence of her disease.  To ease her friend's burdens, Esther not only made a meal herself, but got on the phone and lined up a succession of meals from others in the congregation, to last throughout Suzette's time of greatest need.  

Sadly, Suzette succumbed to cancer during Passover in 1999.  However, Esther felt that a continued Mitzvah Meals program could deliver to others in need the same sense of comfort that Suzette was able to experience in her final months.  For two years, Esther, employed full-time as a MD, took calls from and about those who could benefit from a week or two of Mitzvah Meals, and in turn made many phone calls to reach out to cooks and form schedules.  When Esther was elected to the CBH board in 2001, she proposed the official adoption of the Mitzvah Meals program by the congregation, which the board approved.  

Around this time, Esther was ready to step away from the Mitzvah Meals logistics, and handed the reins to her fellow board member, Joan Sublett.  After 15 years of organizing countless meals delivered to many dozens of congregants via "reply to all" emails, Joan earlier this year moved the program to Sign-Up Genius.  This has raised the profile of the Mitzvah Meals program with a new generation of CBH partners!  If you are not already on the Mitzvah Meals notification list, and would like to receive a message when meal sign-ups are needed for a CBH partner in need, please click
here.  Joy Cohan is temporarily managing the list and the notifications while Joan is on Summer vacation.  Similarly, if you, a family member or a CBH friend is in need of meals due to a short or long-term crisis, please be in touch.  

Do you have comments or questions about this month's history fact?  Do you want to suggest a history fact, of any vintage, to be shared in a future edition?  Please send a message to  Thanks for participating!
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
"Bliss Hippy" Musical Dharma Concert, Presented By ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
“Bliss Hippy,” among the winners of the 2013 Great American Song Contest, will perform a blend of folk and Americana music they call “psychedelic folk.”  The performance also will feature a musical Dharma talk.

As part of the multi-stop “California Bliss Tour,” husband and wife team Richard and Maureen Hall will travel from their home in the Missouri Ozarks, where they have been writing, performing and recording music for more than 25 years.  An ordained lay Buddhist minister and a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA , Maureen has taught and practiced mindfulness-based Buddhist meditation for more than a decade.  This led the couple to integrate talks focused on the Four Bramaviharas, Mindfulness and Non-Dualism into their repertoire, and also to serve as “Dharma troubadours,” adding a musical compliment to the Dharma talks of other teachers.

In addition to having practiced Buddhist meditation for many years, Richard also is certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and holds a PhD in psychology serving as a Professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology.  The Halls have endeavored to build a catalog of Dharma tunes and dukka-oriented songs to supplement inspirational, folk, pop, blues and irreverent pieces which they perform at a wide variety of venues.  The humorous, “God’s For Everybody” is one of the duo’s winning entries in the Great American Song Contest two years ago.

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 at Bet Haverim.  All group activities are free and open to the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation or experience with meditation.  First-time participants are welcome.

No RSVP is required to attend the concert; the performance is free, however, donations will be gladly accepted at the door.  To learn more about “Bliss Hippy,” visit  For more information about this event, or the ChaverSangha group, please contact Michael Amster at or 530-219-6947.

Friday, July 15, 2016
CBH Shabbat and Dinner at Camp Newman
4:00 - 9:30 p.m., URJ Camp Newman, 4088 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa
Join Rabbi Greg for Shabbat at URJ Camp Newman!  Festivities include a reception with Camp Directors, Shabbat dinner, singing and dancing.  Please click here to register for your visit, and visit this page for more information.  You may also contact the CBH office to learn more, at 530-758-0842 or
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Memorial Gathering for Guille Libresco, CBH Founding Partner
10:00 a.m., Sanctuary.  Brunch to follow in Social Hall
 A Message from Stephanie DeVaan and Caroline Libresco, Guille's daughters:  as many of you know, our beloved and brilliant mother died on March 26, 2016.  We invite you to join us to celebrate her life, and also hope that you'll feel free to share this invitation liberally.  We understand if you can't make it, but please send us your remembrances of Guille, and we'll publish them to share on July 24.  

RSVPs are not required, however, should you have questions, please contact
Caroline Libresco by clicking her name.
Summer at the Bima...Read or Chant, It's Your 
Let your voice be heard!  Review the opportunities to read or chant from our 50th Anniversary Torah at a Summer Shabbat morning service.  Take advantage of the more relaxed Summer months to revisit or learn new skills.  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. Readers are needed most Saturdays through July 23; click here to view the 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.
By Popular Demand, a Second "Team  CBH" Has Been Added!  Space Available for NINE More Players
CBH already has taken the tournament lead by being the fully-formed first team for the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Community Kickball Tournament.  In fact, last week's waiting list now has sprung a second team, which means up to nine more players may join the fun.  The tournament will be held on Sunday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Sacramento's William Land Park.  "Team CBH" currently is planning at least one non-mandatory practice and picnic, about 7-10 days ahead of the competition.

All of the Sacramento-area synagogues, Shalom School and Hillel at Davis and Sacramento will be competing for what organizers hope will become an annual trophy and bragging rights.  Let's set the standard and bring the first championship home to Davis!

To join the team, click
here.  If all spots are filled, it may be possible to add a few more players.  Please contact Joy Cohan by clicking her name, or by phoning 530-383-1814, to inquire.
                                  Members of "Team CBH" thus far are:
Marley Kubby Adler
Mitchel Adler
Raychel Kubby Adler
Rabbi Seth Castleman
Joy Cohan
Steve Cohan
Harriet Gadisman 
Julie Hochman
Don Kalman
Elan Kalman
Virginia Lantry
Doug Malinoff
Liz Malinoff
Marsha Mohtes-Chan
Andrew Newman 
Lori Raineri
Ariel Schwarz
Bimla Schwarz
Harel Schwarz 
Rabbi Greg Wolfe
Kerry Wright
Sponsor An Amazing High Holy Days Opportunity For Our Congregation
Shabbaton Weekend With Rabbi Shefa Gold -
"Spiritual Readiness for the High Holy Days Through the Power of Chant"

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.  But, your advance support is key to ensuring a successful weekend that can be available to all CBH partners, regardless of their ability to pay.  

Starting at just $180, your sponsorship will reserve your weekend of worship, study and chant, the opportunity to share a meal with Rabbi Shefa and the knowledge that you helped to provide this experience for all who wish to participate.  To review sponsorship and registration opportunities please see
this form; for additional information, please click here, or contact the organizers, CBH Partners Carrie Shepard or Hallie Morrow, by clicking their names. 
Order Your Judaica and Supplies
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.
July is JEW-ly in the Sacramento Region!  
Celebrate Summer With Jewish Federation Programs 

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 August, 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.  
Thursday, July 14 and Saturday, July 16, 2016
Rabbi Greg Recommends:  "A Taste of Hope:  A Play in Three Courses"
8:00 p.m., Warehouse Artist Lofts Courtyard, 1108 R Street, Sacramento
A multi-sensory story of seven women from three generations sharing family recipes while imprisoned in a concentration camp, this play weaves food traditions and fears of war into a simple story of love.  Audience members actually enjoy samples of the recipes, as well as the performance! 

This production came to CBH in early 2015, and Rabbi Greg shared the following reflections:  "As
 we followed the experiences of a group of women through the cycle of the holidays, everyone in the audience was touched by the tenacity, faith and hope that emboldened these prisoners who had so little, but shared so much with one another.  We loved to taste and partake of the foods created throughout the play, which deepened our personal connection with the story and the characters."

The upcoming dates are a fundraiser for O Allos Anthropos, an organization feeding Syrian refugees in Greece.  For ticket and contact information, please click here to view the flyer.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Bet Haverim Invited to B'nai Israel Brotherhood Night at the River Cats Game - Tickets Available Now  
Early Entry at 5:00 p.m., BBQ at 6:05 p.m., Game at 7:05 p.m., Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento
Last Summer, several CBH partners enjoyed a night out at Raley Field with the B'nai Israel Brotherhood.  It's time to hit a home run again and spend another fun nine innings with our haverim from across the causeway!  One of the covered Blue Moon Party Decks is reserved for the group's use; a $55 ticket includes stadium admission and an all-you-can-eat BBQ dinner.

Reservations are now being accepted.  See the
flyer for more details and purchasing instructions.
Birthdays - July 1 - 7
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim
Saturday, July 2
Ben Zeiger
Sunday, July 3
Marcia Gollober 
Mayah Moore

Monday, July 4
Steve Cohen
Craig Kubey
Tuesday, July 5
Sadie Goldman

Wednesday, July 6 
Stephen Jacobs 
Marilyn Krausse

Thursday, July 7
Benji Egel
Andrew Richman
Yahrzeits - July 1 - 7
Saturday, July 2
Don Malinoff, father of Doug Malinoff

Wednesday, July 6
Bess Bergman, grandmother of Hilary Brodie
Thursday, July 7
Jack Gollob, uncle of Steve Cohan
Ludwig Kraus, grandfather of Karen Neuwald

Berdie Mikalson, mother of Ron Mikalson
Judy White, mother of Stephen White
Items for the Weekly e-tone must be submitted by the Monday prior to publication to:

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