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December 29, 2016

SPECIAL MESSAGE: the internal links to categories and other content in this newsletter may not be functioning as intended.  This is due to a software provider issue beyond CBH's control. As 2017 begins, CBH staff will endeavor to resolve these issues.  This does not affect links to content on the CBH website or other external web sources.  If you are having difficulty with a link, please scroll down until you locate the information you wish to read.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.  

Shabbat This Week
Friday, December 30

6:00 p.m. (please note earlier start time) 
Kabbalat "Shabbanukkah" service 

See additional details below about this service, preceding activities and the "Pot-Latke" oneg!

Oneg hosts are needed for three Friday nights next month:  January 13, 20 and 27. 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, December 31
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service
Torah readers are needed for this Shabbat, as well as throughout January.  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 Mikeitz, 
  41:1 - 52 
  • Joseph interprets Pharaoh's two dreams and predicts seven years of prosperity followed by seven years of famine. 
  • Pharaoh places Joseph in charge of food collection and distribution. 
  • Joseph marries Asenath and they have two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
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.

Celebrate "Chanukkah at Chome"!
Stories, Blessings, Songs and Recipes Available to Enhance
Your Nightly Family Celebrations, through this Saturday, December 31


As a resource for CBH partners, the Bet Haverim website features an entire page of Hanukkah information to add light to your holiday!  Click here to access a deeper appreciation of Hanukkah's meaning and the many options for fun and memorable celebrations for all age groups.


But Make Time to Celebrate "Chanukkah With Your Chaverim," Too
Community Hanukkiah Lightings Continue Tonight, Tomorrow and Saturday   

Each night at 6:00 p.m. during Hanukkah, CBH committees, groups, havurot and families have been joining to each take a turn ensuring that our large-scale, handcrafted, forged metal hanukkiah is illuminated in the Social Hall.   These photos show CBH partners and friends enjoying this special time together.  The commitment is 30 minutes or less, and you're encouraged to invite as many friends and family members as you wish to take part.  Large diameter candles and a copy of the blessings are provided.  Opportunities still may be available to host...sign-up now!  All CBH partners are invited to take part in the candle lighting each night at 6:00 p.m., regardless of whether or not they are part of the group that is responsible for the hanukkiah that evening.

Presented to CBH last December by our friends at Adat Or Israel, a community of Spanish-speaking & bilingual Jews in Santa Maria, CA, this unique hanukkiah was made by a congregant's father in Mexico, in appreciation of our gift of a Torah to Adat Or Yisrael when we finished scribing a new Torah to mark our 50th anniversary in Decemeber 2012.  Learn more about CBH's special relationship with Adat Or Israel

TOMORROW, Friday, December 30, 2016

You're Invited to the Annual CBH "Shabbanukkah" Celebration!

  • Do you have children under age 6?  If so, begin your evening with Haverim K'tanim Stories and Songs for young families at 5:15 p.m. in the Social Hall.
  • Share the light of the seventh night with your friends!  Bring your hanukkiah at 5:45 p.m. to the Social Hall and illuminate it along side your community.
  • We'll light together our large-scale, handcrafted, forged metal hanukkiah (see more information here).
  • Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, followed by the "Pot-Latke" oneg!  Bring a plate of latkes to share; CBH will provide the sour cream and applesauce.  

For more details about this Hanukkah celebration, please check in with the CBH office at or 530-758-0842.
Yahrzeits - December 30, 2016 - January 5, 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, December 30
Loren Frankel, son of Tom Frankel
Leo Neuman, father of Robin Neuman
Norma Novak, mother of Esther Novak

Saturday, December 31
Victor Mohtes, father of Marsha Mohtes-Chan

Sunday, January 1
Jesse Dunitz, father of Hannah Stein
Monday, January 2
Mary Goldman, mother of Marvin Goldman
Solly Neuwald, grandfather of Karen Neuwald

Tuesday, January 3
Eva Pinsker, mother of Helen Suran

Thursday, January 5
Helen Sherwood, mother of Walt Sherwood
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.

Should you need to connect with Rabbi Greg ahead of his time away, please send him a message at, or call the office at 530-758-0842.  He will be back at work Wednesday, February 1, 2017. 
Rabbi Greg Recommends...


CBH Financial News

Deadline TOMORROW, FRIDAY, December 30, 11:00 a.m.
For 2016 Tax Deductible Payments and Donations to CBH

Whether you wish to pay against your pledge balance or make a year-end gift to your Bet Haverim community, please be aware that TOMORROW by 11:00 a.m. is the last opportunity to do so during tax year 2016.  Please contribute online and include a note specifying how the payment or donation should be applied, call the office at 530-758-0842 to make a credit card payment, or stop by before 11:00 a.m. to pay by check or credit card.  Questions?  Please contact Executive Director MK Menard by clicking her name, or calling her at the office.

Thanks to YOU, Giving Tuesday Raised $3,154 To Benefit Bet Haverim Programs and Activities!
22 Donors Participated

Our community should take pride in the results of our first-ever Giving Tuesday Campaign.  While we fell $2,200 short of our communal goal, it was a solid introduction to online giving for our community that added light to our financial capacity during the final weeks of the secular year.  Mazel tov to all!

   Are you considering tax deductible year-end giving and wish to help CBH continue to chip away at the gap between what's been achieved and the $5,400 goal to benefit synagogue operations?  Giving Tuesday donations still will be accepted through TOMORROW, Friday, December 30, 11:00 a.m.  Click
here to donate via PayPal, Visa or MasterCard.  Each gift option represents an offset of operational expenses at CBH during 2016-2017:
  • $36 buys supplies for a Haverim K'tanim/Young Families activity
  • $72 buys challah for Shabbat and Sunday School for two weeks
  • $108 keeps the lights on in the Social Hall for a month
  • $360 sends a child to Religious School or Hebrew School who otherwise cannot afford to enroll
  • $540 brings a special speaker or musician for an evening or weekend
  • $720 provides security personnel for the High Holy Days
  • A gift to your community of any amount!

Make your gift extra meaningful by contributing in honor or in memory of a loved one.

Should you prefer to donate via check, please deliver your donation to the CBH office by TOMORROW at 11:00 a.m., and include "Giving Tuesday" in the memo.

Questions about the campaign?  Please contact
Joy Cohan, Communications Specialist, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814.

CBH Office News  
Holiday Office Closure
Please note that Bet Haverim staff will not be working THIS MONDAY, January 2, as it is a legal holiday.
Gan Haverim Preschool also will be closed THIS MONDAY.

Please contact Executive Director MK Menard with any questions, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
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
CBH legacy donor profiles will return next week.  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.
After-Hanukkah Shopping?  Need to Start 2017 With Something New?  
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 News Coming Soon
Religious and Hebrew School News
Winter Break Schedule
  • THIS SUNDAY, January 1, 2017:  NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL due to Winter Break.
  • THIS WEDNESDAY, January 4, 2017:  NO HEBREW SCHOOL due to Winter Break.
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
NO class will be held Sunday, January 1, 2017 
due to Winter Break.

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)'s Board Report - December 2016
By Sophia Nachmanoff, Religious and Cultural Organizer

"We had such a great time this month!  On Sunday night, December 11, we had a Hanukkah party with an emphasis on Tikkun Olam.  We made cookies inspired by three different Jewish communities, and later sold them in the CBH office to raise money for Heifer International, a global non-profit organization that provides families in need with livestock that can produce food, clothing and a livelihood.  We also made bracelets and cards to donate to children in the hospital. Finally, we all got some great gifts in our 'Hanukkah Harry' exchange (like a White Elephant).  Thanks to all who came, and we hope to see everyone again the next time!" 

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

Friday, January 13 - Monday, January 16, 2017, URJ Camp Newman
Calling all Middle Schoolers to West Coast Party, Jr.
An exclusive weekend for 6th - 8th graders from across the Western U.S.!  It's the best Jewish party in the West, held over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend at URJ Camp Newman.  Kids can reunite with and meet new friends, dream about how to make our world a better place, play sports, create art, enjoy a magical camp Shabbat, discover the fun of Jewish camping and NFTY678 teen-powered regional youth groups.

Registration is open.  Fees are $350 and the deadline is Friday, January 6, 2017.  To enroll, or for more information, please see
this link.

To learn more about all of the CBH programs for teens, including fee and registration information and a calendar, please click here.  Questions?  Please contact Sarah at, or by phoning 530-758-0842.

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 TUESDAY, January 3, 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.
Wednesday, January 4, 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 4, January 18 and February 1.  
A new evening session has begun and meets on Wednesdays, January 4, 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. 
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Calling All Actors, Singers and Dancers to the Purim Shpiel Organizing Meeting
12:30 - 2:00 p.m., North Classroom
CBH will have a Purim Shpiel this Spring, and participants are needed!  If you're interested, please come to this initial gathering to learn more about the production and the schedule for rehearsals and performances.  No performance experience required, just enthusiasm!

Questions?  Please contact CBH Partner
Karen Block by clicking her name.
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.
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 on Tuesday, December 20, 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
Week of Sunday, January 8 - Saturday, January 14, 2017
CBH Host Week
To Shelter the Homeless
All Week, Social Hall
Would you like to make a tangible difference in the lives of the homeless population in our town?  Would you like to teach your children about tikkun olam and tzedakah in a very real and enjoyable way?
You can help by driving, cooking and/or serving food for the guests of the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter (IRWS) at CBH.  This mitzvah opportunity is appropriate for children 9 years or older with adult supervision.  This is a great group or family activity.  It's easy to sign up, just click on
this link.

NEW MITZVAH OPPORTUNITY:  assistance is needed to unload and arrange shelter supplies from the IRWS truck on Sunday, January 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Please stay as long as you are able if the full two hours aren't possible for you.  Religious School parents and CBH teens especially are encouraged to volunteer.  A minimum of 12 people are needed.  No sign-up required, just show up outside the Social Hall.  
Thank you for your support!  If you have questions or need help coordinating a group, please email CBH Partner
Sharon Richman by clicking her name.
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.
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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