January 21, 2016 eNEWS
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eNEWS - January 21, 2016

  • RSVP by THIS MONDAY for Neighborhood Shabbat Dinners
  • New Office Coordinator begins TODAY
  • Young Families' "Shabbat Safari" THIS SATURDAY 
  • "Are Sodas Really So Bad?" panel discussion NEXT THURSDAY, January 28

  • Adult Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat
  • Chant, meditation and Israel-themed programs this week  
  • Life & Legacy - help CBH earn a $7,500 grant 
Shabbat This Week
Friday, January 22

8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Oneg hosted by Rosh Chodesh to honor the Adult Bat Mitzvah class

Saturday, January 23

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Service and Adult Bat Mitzvah

This Shabbat, we will celebrate three wonderful women becoming Bat Mitzvah—Merry Draffan, Meredith Brownstein, and Sharon McCorkell—who have dedicated 18 months to learning more about Jewish prayers and prayer life, deepening their connection to the spiritual practices of our people, and undertaking their own personal Jewish journeys. All CBH partners are invited to share in this special Shabbat celebration!  A kiddush lunch will follow.     - Rabbi Greg
Join us for a special Kabbalat Shabbat on January 29
Services will start at 7:30 p.m. with our special  
musical guest Michelle Citrin.  Stay after services for an oneg sing-a-long!    
A very talented Jewish musician, Michelle is known for (click titles to view on You Tube): 
For more about Michelle Citrin see  To view the flyer, click here.
Explore a Chanting/Contemplative Shabbat Morning experience on
February 6

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary, this is a monthly opportunity to experience a more personal relationship with the Divine as you celebrate and observe Shabbat.  
Make plans to take part on the first Shabbat morning of each month.  For more information, contact Carrie Shepard at or Hallie Morrow at
Friday, February 5 - RSVP by THIS MONDAY, January 25

Neighborhood Shabbat Dinners, 6:00 p.m.
Invitations are in the mail, welcoming you to join your neighbors for a meal and the cozy connection of celebrating Shabbat together!  Kosher-style potluck Shabbat dinners will be hosted in Davis and Woodland neighborhoods.  All ages are welcome to attend — singles, couples and families with young children — and participation is FREE.  The dinners will replace Shabbat services at CBH for the evening. 

To attend, RSVP by THIS MONDAY to or 530-758-0842.  Please indicate how many people will attend.

To host, please contact Michael Bobell (m
or Carla Levin ( ASAP!
Approximately 10 hosts are needed; they will receive assistance with organizing their potlucks, as well as challah, candles, juice and a CBH facilitator to complete the experience. 

here to view the invitation.
Young Families and Religious School This Week

Saturday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.         
Shabbat Safari:  Tu B'Shevat     
North Classroom

A Shabbat celebration for the young and young at heart, Shabbat Safari is designed for children under age six and their parents.  This month, the children will focus upon Tu B’Shevat, gaining appreciation for trees and nature with songs,
gardening and a special craft.  Families are invited to bring their favorite fruit to make a "friendship" fruit salad as a special Tu B'Shevat snack.

Children must be accompanied by an adult; older siblings, grandparents and other family members always are welcome to attend and join in the fun!  For more information, click here to contact Shayndel Adler-Eldridge, or call 530-758-0842. 


Sunday, January 24, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tu B'Shevat Family Program:  1st and 2nd Grade Religious School students and parents
Social Hall
Remember to join in this special morning of Jewish learning together with your 1st and 2nd grade children!  For more information, contact Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth, at, or 530-758-0842.

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Club 56:  a social gathering for 5th and 6th graders
North Classroom

To learn more about this NEW program, contact 
Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth, at, or 530-758-0842. 
News from the CBH Office

New Office Coordinator Beginning Work TODAY, Thursday, January 21!
Say shalom to Nancy Stephenson, who stepped behind the front desk just this  morning!  Nancy is an administrative professional with more than 20 years  of experience.
 Nancy has lived in Davis for most of the past three decades; recently she  returned to town after living and working in Vancouver, BC and Prescott Valley, AZ for the last several years.  Previously, Nancy worked for the City of Davis Community Development and Sustainability Department, the Davis branch of the Yolo County Public Library and the Prescott Valley Public Library.   

Stop by the office to welcome Nancy soon!
CBH Newsletters:  New Frequency and Branding Coming in February

Beginning Monday, February 1, we will be temporarily altering the frequency of our electronic newsletters.  We will no longer publish a MONTHLY e-tone; instead, we will send one weekly publication that looks like the current e-News, however, we will re-title it as the Weekly e-tone.

Given this change, there is no need for you to meet a 15th of the month deadline for the monthly e-tone.  Please send submissions for the weekly edition by end of day each Monday to  Please discontinue sending content to any other email addresses.

  This move hopefully will streamline the flow of information to CBH partners, and allow additional staff time for enhancements to the CBH website and social media.  Following the solicitation of partners' feedback about communications at CBH, we will re-assess this temporary change in frequency this Summer.

Questions?  Please contact MK Menard, executive director, at, or Joy Cohan, communications specialist, at
THIS MONDAY, January 25
Heart and Spirit Chant Circle
7:00-8:45 p.m, Sanctuary

CBH partners Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard will be sharing 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 4th Monday of each month.  For more information, contact Carrie at or Hallie at
THIS TUESDAY, January 26
ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall

Group organizer and CBH Partner Michael Amster will be leading meditation and teaching about the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and how it relates to living our lives in a more peaceful and harmonious way.

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.  All group activities are free and open to the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation or experience with meditation.  For more information about the group or this week's event, contact Michael at, or 530-219-6947.
THIS WEDNESDAY, January 27  
"J Street:  Looking Back at 2015 and Forward to 2016”
7:00-9:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall
Kyle Fradkin, J Street Northwest Regional Political and Community Associate, will speak about J Street’s work to secure approval of the Iran nuclear deal, as well as the situation on the ground with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and recent violence.  e will look ahead to the upcoming U.S. presidential election, including Jewish voting patterns, and possibilities for the next administration.
This program is sponsored by Israel Peace Alternatives, and is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit
"Are Sodas Really So Bad?" Panel Discussion
The Health Impacts of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

7:30 - 8:45 p.m., CBH Social Hall
A lot of people know that sugary beverages aren’t very healthy, but are they actually harmful?  Are they so damaging that they should be taxed? 

Rabbi Greg invites you to come to this fascinating and enlightening discussion to hear the remarkable new research about sugar-sweetened beverages and how they lead directly to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease.  Learn about the health and economic impacts of these products, and the latest efforts to reduce their consumption.  You may never see a bottle of Coke the same way again!  

The panel features a UC Davis nutritional biologist, the director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and City of Davis Mayor Pro-Tempore Robb Davis, Ph.D.  For more information, click here to contact Rabbi Greg, or call the CBH office at 530-758-0842.  To see the flyer, click here.
SUNDAY, January 31

"Faith Not Fear"
The 13th Annual "Celebration of Abraham

3:00 - 5:00 p.m., St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B Street, Davis

 Our Rabbi Greg Wolfe again will be among the featured speakers  for this annual Yolo County interfaith event.  Attendance is free,  and no pre-registration is required. 

 This year, some U.S. politicians  have used fear of refugees and  religious minorities for political advantage.  "Faith Not Fear"  intends to inspire our community to demonstrate that our faith traditions do not condone fear of those in need of our compassion.

In addition to Rabbi Greg, speakers will include Dr. Chris Neufeld-Erdman of Davis Community Church and Dr. Metwalli Amer of the SALAM Center in Sacramento.  An opportunity to contribute to a "Free Will Offering" to assist refugees via the International Rescue Committee in Sacramento will be available (checks should be made to IRC).

Early arrivals, beginning at 2:30 p.m. will have access to representatives from the International Rescue Committee, the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network and the Davis Phoenix Coalition, who will be answering questions about their organizations and their work.

To learn more, click here to view the flyer.
It's a Double Mitzvah!
Leave a Legacy for CBH's Future, and Help CBH Gain Grant Funds NOW
Just a few more Life and Legacy Program commitments to CBH are needed to qualify our community for a $7,500 incentive grant for immediate, unrestricted use by the congregation.  
The deadline is Friday, February 26.  Your intent to leave a gift to CBH, of any size, will help us reach our goal.  

For more information, or to request or return a Letter of Intent form, please contact Michael Bobell, Life and Legacy Chair, at or 530-400-7031.
Friday Night Onegs

Do you have ideas for innovative Oneg Shabbats or Friday night guest speakers?  If so, please email Merry Draffan at Hosts are needed for February and March; also contact Merry to sign up for these or any 2016 dates.
Israel Matters Committee News

The 3rd Annual Israel Matters "Chanukah to Passover Food Drive" for STEAC
The Israel Matters "Chanukah to Passover Annual Food Drive" for STEAC (Short Term Emergency Aid Committee) is off to a great start.  We have already collected more than 100 pounds of food toward our goal of 700 pounds for the needy families of Yolo County.  
Please consider donating canned or boxed food.  Food b
ins are located in the CBH office and in the sanctuary, or contact or any Israel Matters member for a donation pick up. 
Rick Recht in Concert at Congregation B'nai Israel
7:00 p.m., 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento

Widely regarded as a pioneer of Jewish rock, Rick Recht is well-known for his lively family, teen and camp concerts.  Make plans to be a part of this rare local engagement!

Advance tickets are $36/adults and $18/children; prices increase at the door.  To order tickets, and for more information, visit the B'nai Israel website at, or call 916-446-4861.
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