January 14, 2016 eNEWS
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eNEWS - January 14, 2016

  • New staff contact for eNews and e-tone
  • RSVP to host or attend Neighborhood Shabbat Dinners
  • No Religious School this Sunday

  • Shabbat schedule this weekend
  • Life & Legacy - help CBH earn a $7,500 grant 
Shabbat This Week

Friday, January 15

8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Oneg hosted by the Singer Family to honor Brianna’s Bat Mitzvah

Saturday, January 16

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Service and Bat Mitzvah of Brianna Singer


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

A very talented Jewish musician, Michelle will also be leading services on Saturday, Jan. 30 with Rabbi Greg.  For more about Michelle Citrin see

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

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 Monday, January 25 to or 530-758-0842.  Please indicate how many people will attend.

To host, please contact Michael Bobell (
or Carla Levin (
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. 

Click here to view the invitation.
CBH Staff Updates:  
Rabbi's Sabbatical, New e-tone/eNews Contact, Office Coordinator's Last Day

Rabbi's Sabbatical Begins Monday, February 1
In recognition of Rabbi Greg's more than 20 years of service to the partners of Bet Haverim, he will soon embark upon a six month sabbatical.  He is looking forward to embracing this as a time to reJEWvenate personally and professionally; his plans include travel to Israel, educational opportunities and extended time with his family.  Our community will be so fortunate to benefit from the experiences and fresh ideas that Rabbi Greg will have to share with us when he returns to CBH at the end of July!

While the rabbi is away, we encourage all of our partners to make an extra effort to come to services, programs and events.  This will be an exciting time to take on leadership and renew your engagement in the life of our congregation. 

During Rabbi Greg's absence Shabbat, holidays and lifecycle events will be covered by lay leaders, our very own Student Rabbi David Aladjem, Rabbi Seth Castleman, Student Rabbi Stacy Petersohn and Student Cantor Shayndel Adler-Eldridge.  Local area rabbis also will be available when necessary.  For weekly updates, check the eNews, or contact the CBH office at 530-758-0842.  


Communication Specialist Now Contact for eNews, e-tone and More

In an effort to better serve our partners, CBH has engaged a temporary part-time employee over the past year as a Communication Specialist.  This job includes the production of electronic newsletters (e-tone/eNews), maintenance of our website and expansion of our social media presence.
The position now will be filled on a permanent basis by Joy Cohan, effective immediately.  She will work approximately 10 hours per week.  Joy is an experienced non-profit professional with expertise in public relations, development, marketing and promotions.  Additionally, she holds a BA in Journalism with a minor in Marketing from CSU Long Beach.  She has been a CBH partner for nearly 20 years. 
We hope that you will join us in our excitement as Joy begins to improve and expand our ability to better connect you with your Jewish community at Bet Haverim.
To contact Joy, or to submit news or photos to be considered for publication in CBH media, please send email to  Please discontinue sending such items to other CBH email addresses.
Questions or comments? Contact MK Menard, executive director, at or 530-758-0842.


Office Coordinator's Last Day is TOMORROW, Friday, January 15

Leah Frost has accepted the position of Executive Director of Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa. We will miss Leah's smiling face and can-do attitude, and wish her well in her new endeavor.  
We hope to have a new face at the front desk before the end of January. 
THIS SUNDAY, January 17

Memorial Gathtering for Kurt R. Myers, Ph.D.
Son of Former CBH Partner Carol Bruch

1:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall
We regret to inform you that Kurt R. Myers, Ph.D., son of our long-time former partner, Professor Carol S. Bruch, and brother of Margarete Myers Feinstein, Ph.D. (Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein), died unexpectedly and instantaneously at his Chicago home on December 8, 2015 of a ruptured rear wall in his left ventricle. He had seemed in excellent health. His funeral took place in Chicago on December 14, 2015, with his brother-in-law officiating. 
Friends are invited to gather with Carol and Margarete to share memories of Kurt.  A reception will follow. Kurt’s obituary is posted at
For more information, contact Carol at

Tuesday, January 19
CBH Sets-Up and Serves at Davis Community Meals
4:45 - 6:15 p.m., St. Martin's Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis

It's CBH partners' monthly opportunity to volunteer, enabling the hungry in our community to enjoy a warm meal under a dry roof for an evening.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome and encouraged.  Make volunteering for DCM your New Year's resolution!

For more information, contact CBH Partner Shoshana Zatz at
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 C
hant Circle meets on the 4th Monday of each month.  For more information, contact Carrie at or Hallie at
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
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 bins are located in the CBH office and in the sanctuary, or contact or any Israel Matters member for a donation pick up.  


Jungle Gym Donation to Gan Haverim Preschool 

The Israel Matters Committee applauds the wonderful work that Gan Haverim Director Rhoda Rohnstock and her staff do for the children, and hopes that the play equipment will add hours of fun out on the playground.
THIS TUESDAY, January 19

National Council of Jewish Women and KOH Library present:
Author Linda Frank, speaking about her new Lily Kovner mystery

7:00 p.m., KOH Library and Cultural Center, 2300 Sierra Boulevard, Sacramento
Linda Frank, author of "The Lost Torah of Shanghai," will speak about her second Lily Kovner mystery at an event co-sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, Sacramento Section, and KOH Library and Cultural Center Book Club. 
The book follows the "Jewish Miss Marple" on a dangerous quest through political intrigue in China's pre-Communist era. It intimately reveals a unique and little-known aspect of vibrant Jewish communal life that survived and thrived throughout a multi-century diaspora that stretched from Iraq to India to China.

For more information, contact Jolie Baron at 916-718-4429, or  To RSVP, contact
Beginning THIS WEDNESDAY, January 20

Jewish Family Service Caregivers Support Group Continues at CBH

Morning Group:  Wednesdays January 20 and February 3, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., CBH Library
Evening Group:  Wednesdays January 20, February 3, February 17, March 2 and March 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m., CBH South Classroom

Open to spouses, family members, and friends who are acting as caregivers for a loved one. The group has an emphasis on those providing care to their aging parents, and provides a warm environment in which participants receive support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.

Facilitated by Jane Zeiger, LCSW.  Space is limited.  $60 for six sessions. For more information, or to RSVP, contact JFS Community Social Worker Alicia Mittleman at 916-205-0688.
Thursday, January 21

UC Davis Music Department Presents
"Between Textuality and Orality in Marathi Jewish Women's Song"
4:00 p.m., UC Davis Everson Hall, Room 266

Rabbi Greg has received information that Anna Schultz, an assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Stanford University, will offer a lecture exploring the intersections of gender, language, textuality and orality in Marathi Jewish songs of the Bene Israel people of Bombay.  

For more information about the presentation, please click here, or call 530-752-5537
Saturday, January 23
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.
March 6-16

ARZAWorld Trip to Israel for “Active Seniors”

 A trip to Israel especially for “active seniors” is planned by ARZAWorld travel agency and Rabbi Margie Meyer.  ARZAWorld works closely with the Reform movement in both the U.S. and Israel, and Rabbi Meyer has worked with many small congregations throughout her rabbinate, in addition to living and working in Israel.  
Trip cost is $2,525 (land only), and includes all hotels, breakfasts, several dinners, all touring and transfers and more.  ARZAWorld can arrange airfare purchases, if desired.  
For further details, click here, or contact Rabbi Meyer at


Items for the eNews must be submitted by the Monday prior to publication to:

The e-News 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 eNews 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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