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February 16, 2017

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Shabbat This Week

Friday, February 17

8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat

Oneg hosted by the Folb family, in honor of Alexa Folb's Bat Mitzvah
 - thank you!


Saturday, February 18
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Bat Mitzvah of Alexa Folb
"March" into Torah reading next month!  Sign-up now at this link.  If you have questions, or need assistance with preparation, contact Virginia Lantry by clicking her name.

Torah Notes

Exodus, Parashat Yitro, 
  18:1 - 20:23 
  • Yitro brings his daughter Zipporah and her two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, to his son-in-law Moses. 
  • Moses follows Yitro's advice and appoints judges to help him lead the people. 
  • The Children of Israel camp in front of Mount Sinai.  Upon hearing the covenant, the Israelites respond, "All that God has spoken we will do." 
  • After three days of preparation, the Israelites encounter God at Mount Sinai. 
  • God gives the Ten Commandments aloud directly to the people. 
  • Frightened, the Children of Israel ask Moses to serve as an intermediary between God and them.  Moses tells the people not to be afraid.
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, March 3, 2017

Hillel Comes to Shabbat at CBH!
6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Family Shabbat Service at CBH
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Home-Hosted Shabbat Dinners
Be a part of this special opportunity to extend our unique Bet Haverim hospitality to local Hillel students!  CBH partners are invited to join in Family Shabbat Services, and then welcome a student or two as guests for a delicious Shabbat dinner in your home.  

It's a wonderful way to get to know our local Jewish students and to build bridges between our two communities over a Shabbat meal. To participate in this mitzvah, please sign-up at
this link and indicate how many students your table can accommodate.  Please note that meals must be kosher "style," no pork products or mixing of dairy and meat.

If you have questions about the evening, or need additional guidance regarding meal planning, please contact
Rabbi Greg by clicking his name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
Yahrzeits - February 17 - February 23, 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, February 17
Jacob William Julian, father of Bil Julian

Saturday, February 18
Robert Anderson, father of Barbara Anderson

Monday, February 20
Joan Cohan, mother of Steve Cohan
Monday, February 20, continued
Ida Dolgonos, mother of Sandy Sokolow
Mary Alice Jolkovsky, mother of David Jolkovsky
Dosella Schenker, mother of Marc Schenker

Thursday, February 23
Faiga Hascal, grandmother of Sandi Kniep
Rabbi Greg Recommends...

Two Ways to Support STEAC  
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.  More than 230 pounds already have been collected toward Israel Matters' goal of 700!  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, February 14, 2017 Meeting

 Board member and Building and Grounds Committee Chair Elisabeth Dubin presented a thorough overview of the original CBH campus master plan.  It was noted that this plan was created more than 13 years ago, before the congregation settled into the building and had a sense of how spaces actually would be used.  Using this plan as a guide, Elisabeth identified specific potential projects for future enhancements, and encouraged the Board to consider how well current spaces are serving the community's needs.  From this, the goal should be to create a coherent, holistic strategic plan, incorporating focus group input, that can help to prioritize projects and serve as the inspiration for funding initiatives to support the projects

A work group is forming to start the initial discussion about recruitment for the Director of Education and Youth void next year, created by Malka Sansani's retirement announcement.  The Personnel Committee will research and make recommendations about a compensation package for the position, as well as work with others to plan a Spring event recognizing Malka's 20 years of service.
Other items were approved/agreed as follows:  
  • Participation in the HIAS Welcome Campaign Congregations initiative, welcoming refugees to the U.S. 
  • Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice membership extended
  • Support for the Contra Dance fundraiser at Davis Community Church on March 4, benefitting Sacramento area refugees
  • Recruitment of two individuals to be added to the Board Nominating Committee
  • Steve Cohen to serve as Board liaison to the Adult Education Committee

Respectfully submitted by Bonnie Berman, Secretary 
Mishloach Manot - Deadline EXTENDED to THIS TUESDAY, February 21!
New Online Ordering Makes It Easier Than Ever
to Remember Your CBH Friends and Staff With Purim Baskets

Adar is almost here, and so are sweet deliveries of hamantaschen and good cheer amongst our CBH community!  Be sure your name is included with these Purim Basket gifts by placing your Mishloach Manot order NOW at this link.  All major credit/debit cards are accepted and will be processed via PayPal.

Orders are due in just five days; deliveries begin Sunday, February 26.

Prefer to order using a check or cash?  Access the form using the link above, print from your screen and deliver the completed form with payment to the CBH office by the order deadline.


Questions about Mishloach Manot baskets?  Please contact Rochelle Frank or Michael Bobell at or 530-750-3747.

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

ALSO, Volunteers Needed for Mishloach Manot Basket Assembly and Delivery, Sunday, February 26
Assembly will take place at CBH, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Baskets will be ready to be picked up for delivery 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (or arrange a time that works for you).  Sign-up here!  Questions?  Send a message to this address.


Add Your Loved One's Name to the
Or Hazikaron Yizkor Wall
In Time for Passover
Reservation Deadline is
Friday, February 24, 2017
One of two annual opportunities to honor the memories of family members and others on the sanctuary Yizkor Wall has arrived.  Or Hazikaron means "Light of Remembrance," and the stunning design offers a meaningful space for names to be perpetually illuminated.  Yahrzeits are marked with a tzitzit, and a small vessel for personal blessings or prayers.

All spaces reserved by the closing date will be displayed on the wall by Passover. Click to access the order form, or read additional details online. Questions? Contact the CBH Office at 530-758-0842 or
Commit By Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to Assist with CBH's Incentive Grant Eligibility
The Future of the Bet Haverim Community Is In Your Hands...
Join Your Haverim Who Are Already
Assuring Jewish Tomorrows
Make a Legacy Commitment NOW 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.
Annual CBH Passover Seder Needs a New Leader!
Will You Ensure the Mitzvah of a Second Night Celebration for Our Community?
After many years of dedication to this event, Sandy Jones must step away from organizing this popular CBH holiday gathering.  However, she's looking forward to helping a new leader or team to make the transition easy and seamless!  

Interested to learn more?  Ready to volunteer?  
Please contact
Rabbi Greg to become involved by clicking his name.
Tickets Now On Sale For "Time Capsule in a Milk Can";
Sponsorships Remain Available Through Wednesday, March 1 

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 ($25/adults, $10/students) 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.
Include Your Loved Ones in "The Book of Remembrance,"
an Annual Publication of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region
To Be Distributed at the Communitywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration,
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Congregation B'nai Israel in Sacramento
Access a name collection form by clicking here.  Deadline is Monday, March 6, 2017.  Instructions for return are provided on the form.  Please contact Elissa Einhorn at the Federation with any questions by clicking her name. 
Camperships - It's Time to Apply or to Donate to Ensure a Jewish Camp Experience This Summer for All CBH Kids
Applications Due By Friday, April 28, 2017

Jewish camps create a positive sense of identity and wonderful memories that last a life time.  Camp Newman has been a favorite of Bet Haverim children and teens for decades, and is operated by the Union for Reform Judaism in the Santa Rosa area.  Learn more about the camp, its programs, its history and its approach to engaging Jewish youth at this link.

You can help to ensure a Jewish camp experience for every Bet Haverim child who wants to attend by supporting the CBH Campership Fund.  This investment in the Jewish future is a particularly meaningful way to celebrate a simcha, honor a loved one, or simply to offer tzedakah to our community.  To donate now, please click here and be sure to specify that your donation be directed to the Campership Fund.

here to apply for a Campership for your child(ren). All applications will be handled in confidence.  2017 applications must be submitted by Friday, April 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.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Erev Purim Family Celebration
and Megillah Reading 

5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Social Hall
Rabbi Greg and his puppet players return for an evening of merriment for all ages!

Highlights will include:
  • Dinner – bring a veggie potluck item, or enjoy $5 Chickpeas falafel sandwiches
  • Costumes – children and adults, dress as your favorite Purim character, or other hero or villan
  • Family Purim Service
  • Puppet Show
  • Music
  • Kids’ activities 
  • Hamantaschen
  • Megillah reading
  • Wine bar

More details coming soon!
To learn more in the interim, contact the CBH office at, or 530-758-0842.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 

The Purim Shpiel Returns to CBH - Welcoming the Wonderful "Wizard of PersOZ"
9:30 - 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Grab your groggers and come see the show!  Dorthesther is following the road to the east to find her way to King Ahashverosh of PersOZ. 
She gets help from Glashti, the Pershkins, Scarecrow, Tin Man and
Judean Lions, but everyone is having trouble with Haman the Wicked Witch.  This musical adventure features the Kindergarten -  5th grade Religious School classes, as well as members of the CBH community.  Mark your calendar to join the fun!

Stay after the shpiel to enjoy the annual CBH Purim Carnival; click here for more info.

Shabbat Safari, a Haverim K'tanim event
Here's What Blossomed at Last Saturday's Tu B'Shevat Gathering!

The next Haverim K'tanim ("Little Friends") event will celebrate Purim on Saturday, March 11, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; more information available soon, or contact Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or 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, due to the Presidents' Day holiday.  When school resumes on Sunday, February 26, look forward to:
  • Battle of the Books
  • Purim Carnival ticket and hamantaschen pre-sales - save $$$ by purchasing in advance!  Bring cash or your checkbook, a sales table will be set up in the Redwood Grove both before and after school.  Order form will be available by February 23 for CBH partners wishing to reserve cookies via the CBH office.

The Purim Carnival is Coming!  
Sunday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Rain or shine...
  • The games!
  • The hamantaschen!
  • The magic!
  • The costumes!
Parent and teen volunteers are needed to make the day a success.  Please contact Religious School parent Steve Fineberg for more information and to sign-up by clicking his name.

To contact Malka Sansani, Education and Youth Director, for more details about Religious and Hebrew School activities, send a message to, or call 530-758-0842.

Keshet and Confirmation Teen Programs
Classes will NOT meet this Sunday
, due to the Presidents' Day holiday weekend.

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 - Sacramento Jewish Teen Event
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 6:45 - 9:00 p.m., Capitol Bowl, 900 W. Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

CBH teens are inviting the youth of Beth Shalom, B'nai Israel, Or Rishon and Mosaic Law to join them for a night of fun at the lanes!  Roll a strike by RSVP-ing to ASAP.  $25 per teen includes bowling and dinner.  Additional details to follow after RSVPs are received.


Registration Now Open for These Spring Events at Camp Newman
for Grades 2 - 5 and 6 - 8

Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19, 2017 

Click on each ad to obtain more information and to sign-up!

A Message From Malka Sansani, CBH Director of Education and Youth

Dear CBH Community Members,

I am writing to share that I have decided to retire at the end of this school year.  I have been grappling with this idea for a while; my mind telling me that it is time to open new doors – while also listening to my heart, feeling satisfied, fulfilled and still in love with my work here.

However, my heart is also telling me that I want to spend more time with my husband, be a greater part of my grandchildren’s lives and give myself time to discover new joys.  I will retire because I promised myself that I would leave my work before I get tired of it, and because I know that tomorrow is not to be taken for granted.

I am happy that the end of our journey is still a few months away, and that we have time to live Judaism and laugh, learn and enjoy together.

As the school year comes to a close this Spring, I look forward to finding the right opportunity to express fully my deep gratitude for our CBH community and our 20 years together.  However, for now, I thank you very much, and hope to see you soon.

THIS TUESDAY, February 21, 2017
ChaverSangha Meditation Group
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sanctuary

ChaverSangha is a meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation.  Rabbi Seth Castleman leads the group.  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, on the 4th Friday of each month, 7:15 - 7:45 p.m., Sanctuary, prior to services.  The next gathering will be Friday, February, 24, 2017.  More information at
this link.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Israel Matters Presents Tammi Rossman-Benjamin on 
"BDS and Campus Antisemitism:  The Bad News and the Good News"
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin will make her third appearance at Bet Haverim, sharing both her concerns and a hopeful message regarding strategic solutions being developed to address BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) and related antisemitism on college campuses, including UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

Much of Rossman-Benjamin's work in this area is done on behalf of The AMCHA Initiative, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to investigating, documenting, educating about and combating antisemitism at American college and universities.  She is expected to provide an update on AMCHA's mission, as well.

For more information about this presentation, contact
Israel Matters Chair George Rooks by clicking his name.
Wednesday, March 1, 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 next meets on Wednesday, April 5, as well as Wednesdays April 19, May 3 and May 17.  

The evening session meets again on Wednesday, 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. 
What's Your Vision for
Adult Education at Bet Haverim?
Join the Committee
That Makes the Programs Happen!


Is lifelong Jewish learning important to you?  Do you have inspiring or even fun ideas that you would like to see organized and presented for our partners?  Consider joining the Adult Education Committee!  Energetic partners representing every stage of the life cycle, ages 20s, 30s, 40s...through 100+, are needed to help ensure a balance of programming and opportunities for engagement that meet the varying needs and interests of adults in our community.  Ready to join, learn more or find out about plans already in the works?  Please contact Committee member Nancy Lazarus by clicking her name, or phoning 530-902-0868.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
"Contra For a Cause" Dance to Benefit Sacramento-Area Refugees
7:00 - 10:00 p.m., Davis Community Church
Fellowship Hall, 412 C Street, Davis

The CBH Social Action Committee and the Board of Directors invite CBH partners to support this event and prize drawing raising funds for Opening Doors, an organization providing housing and other needs for area refugees.

An easy-to-learn American folk dance, Contra requires no experience and the repetitive steps will be taught and led by a professional caller accompanied by "Paddy on the Binge," a live band sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op. Advance tickets are $15 per person ($10 for students) and can be purchased at
this link, or at Avid Reader Active in Downtown Davis.

For more information, contact Davis Community Church at or 530-753-2894.

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.
THIS TUESDAY, February 21, 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 February 21, 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
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The e-tone usually is published on Thursdays. Submissions meeting the following criteria will be considered for publication:
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  • Religious school and/or CBH youth groups notices 
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  • Items from Hillel, the Sacramento Jewish Federation and the URJ may also be included.  
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