May 19, 2016 e-tone
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May 19, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, May 20

8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat led by CBH Partner Hallie Morrow. 
Oneg hosted by Sally Besser, in honor of Hallie Morrow - thank you!  

Hosts are needed for upcoming onegs  
Available dates include:  
  • NEXT FRIDAY, May 27 - 8:00 p.m. service
  • All June Fridays.  See calendar for dates and times  
Please contact Merry Draffan to sign up for these or any available 2016 dates.  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, May 21
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

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

Wednesday, June 1 and Sunday, June 5, 2016
CBH Annual Meeting and Budget Review Opportunity
Make plans to be a part of CBH's leadership and fiscal future by attending and participating in the Annual Meeting, Sunday, June 5, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Board members will be elected by the community, and the budget for the 2016-2017 year (beginning July 1) will be approved.  This also is a key time for you to meet and connect with the synagogue leadership and ask questions.  Proxy ballots and a proposed slate of new board members now are available; if you did not receive yours via U.S. Mail, please click the links to download.  

If you are interested in a more in-depth understanding of the budget prior to approval, Treasurer Andrew Newman will host an informational meeting open to ALL CBH partners, four days ahead of the Annual Meeting on
Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 p.m., in the South Classroom.  This is your opportunity to ask financial questions without the time constraints of the Annual Meeting.  

To learn more in the interim, contact Board President
Nancy Loeb Williams by clicking her name, or calling the CBH office at 530-758-0842.  
Sunday, June 5, 2016 

EIGHT DAYS Remain to RSVP for CBH's "Sweet Summer of '16" Garden Party
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., CBH Redwood Grove 
The Friday, May 27 response deadline is approaching quickly!  Will you be joining your CBH friends to celebrate leadership and herald a new year of Jewish life for our community?

 If you did not a receive an invitation, or need another copy, please download by clicking invitation or RSVP card.  The celebration is just $32 per person (Sweet 16 x 2!); sponsorships and group package pricing also are available.

This event will immediately follow the congregation's Annual Meeting, taking place earlier the same afternoon.  It's a sunny future ahead at Bet Haverim, so plan to join your community for:

- A
casual, "cocktail party-style" vibe in the Redwood Grove

Hors d'oeuvres, wine and other Summer refreshments

Socializing and musical entertainment by "The Chang Sibling Trio" 
- Recognition of incoming and outgoing board members

- Introduction of new board president and other officers

- Celebration of the 2016 CBH Leadership Class graduates

- Appearances by Davis City Council member Lucas Frerichs and Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor

- Raising spirits and funds to keep our synagogue strong!

Need more details?  Want to be a part of the planning team?  Contact Joy Cohan
by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814. 
CBH Communications Survey Now Open for Feedback
 Share With Us You Opinions About the e-tone, the CBH Website and CBH Social Media
An invitation to respond to the survey recently was sent via email to all CBH partners.  To respond electronically, please click the link emailed to you, or visit  

If you require a hard copy of the survey, please contact, or 530-758-0842.  A copy will be emailed to you, or reserved for you to pick-up in the office.

Looking forward to receiving your feedback.  
The response deadline is Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
Todah Rabah to the Community Passover Seder Volunteers
On Sunday, April 24, 95 people from CBH and throughout the Yolo County Jewish community took the annual journey from slavery to freedom, in a lively Seder led by Rabbi Seth Castleman.  Good food, beautiful flowers and lovely music made the event special.
The success of the Seder was due to our many volunteers.  Thank you to Rosanne Mandel and her assistant, Robin Neuman for the flower arrangements; Linda Hirsch for shopping; Michael Bobell for making the charosis; Diann Kramer for making the Passover salad dressing; the set-up and clean -up team of Connie Caldwell, Linda Hirsch, Marilyn Krausse, Allan Hollander, Pam and Marleny Driggers, Sally Eckert, Alan Brownstein and Gail Gutierrez; Sarah Pattison who led our talented singers Sharon McCorkell, Meredith Brownstein,  Meryl Rappaport, Diann Kramer, Meredith Brownstein, Linda Sternberg and Rosanne Mandel.  Also, thank you to the Jew Crew who helped the event to run efficiently.
Hope to see all of you again next Davis!
Sandy Jones, Community Seder Coordinator 
Religious School, Young Families' and Youth News

Religious School THIS SUNDAY...

This Sunday will be the LAST DAY of Religious School and Keshet for the 2015-2016 year.  Please join our morning service at 9:30 a.m. to say good bye and express appreciation to our teachers, madrichim, song leaders and volunteers.  

In addition, lost and found items accumulated throughout the school year will be on display in front of the office on Sunday.  Please take a peek!  Unclaimed items will be donated to charity on Friday, June 3.

Religious School Last Sunday...

Israel commemorations and celebrations were the theme of the day. Some students took part in a program honoring fallen Israeli soldiers. Others learned Israeli folk dances from CBH Partner Bimla Schwarz. Everyone enjoyed some 68th birthday cake, marking Israeli's independence!  The cake was presented by Director of Education and Youth Malka Sansani and Student Rabbi Stacy Petersohn, who also ended her time at CBH last Sunday.  

Also, after lots of discussion and advocacy, the 7th grade class made final selections from amongst the non-profits vying for $5,000 in grant money from the B'nei Mitzvah gifts tzedakah fund to address hunger issues.  The recipients are:
  • Stop Hunger Now - $2,000
  • Foodbank Farmers - $1,000
  • Pets of the Homeless - $1,000
  • Yolo County Children's Alliance - $1,000
The curriculum is being reviewed and enhanced, in hopes that the program will continue with subsequent 7th grade classes at CBH.  Thanks to all who supported the class' efforts this year!

Shabbat Safari "Songs of Israel for Young Families"  
THIS SATURDAY, May 21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
North Classroom

A Shabbat celebration for the young and young at
heart, Shabbat Safari is designed for children under age six and their parents.

In honor of Israel Independence Day, this month we will sing and dance to the songs of Israel, and create Israel-themed artwork as part of our Shabbat observance.  

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.    

Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) News
Year-End BBQ Pool Party, THIS SUNDAY, May 22, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate friendship, Summer and the year ahead at President Ethan Liederman's home!  In addition to swimming and noshing, elections will be held for the 2016-2017 DRTY Board.  Previous DRTY involvement is not a requirement to run for a positon.  

For more details about this event, to RSVP, get directions, or to find out more about board positions, contact
Ethan Liederman or DRTY advisor Ruthie Schnitt by clicking their names.
May Board Meeting Notes
At the Tuesday, May 10 meeting, the current board welcomed as visitors to the meeting the following 2016-2017 board nominees:  Bonnie Berman, Steve Cohan, Steve Cohen, Jodi Liederman and Sharon Richman.  To see a full list of the eight nominees on the slate, please click here.

The board took the following actions during the meeting:
  • Approved a request that CBH Partner David Aladjem serve as the student rabbi for High Holy Days services this Fall. David has completed approximately 2/3 of a remote-learning rabbinic program through Aleph, a Jewish Renewal program.  
  • Agreed to sponsor a Shabbaton with Rabbi Shefa Gold at CBH, Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25.  Congregations throughout the region also will be invited to sponsor the weekend of events, which will be open to all.  
  • Approved a resolution adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) that condemns the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign against Israel.  Click here to read the resolution.
  • Approved a proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-2017, that will be presented to the membership for approval at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 5, 2:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary.  The board also is looking forward to seeing all CBH partners at the "Sweet Summer of ‘16" party on the same day, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Additionally, a committee will be formed to work with Shalom Bayit, an organization, "fostering the social change and community response necessary to eradicate domestic violence in the Jewish community.”  The committee will develop policies and protocols regarding domestic violence in our community.

Respectfully submitted,
Jackie Hausman, Secretary
A Look Back at Last Sunday's Israel Celebrations

Falafels, face paint, friends and fun at CBH's Israel Independence Annual Celebration, all thanks to the Israel Matters Committee.

    "Israeli Baseball Trivia" was the theme of the CBH booth at the Jewish Heritage Festival, a Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region event, held at Raley Field in West Sacramento.
Israel Peace Alternatives Presents a Book Discussion:  "Power, Faith and Fantasy:  America in the Middle East, 1776 to Present," by Michael B. Oren
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
CBH partners Linda and Michael Hirsch will lead the conversation. Oren is an American-born Israeli historian, author, politician and former Israeli ambassador to the United States.  This event is free an open to the public.  No RSVP is required.  For more information, please contact Sarah Pattison by clicking her name, or view the flyer.
THIS SUNDAY, May 22, 2016
"Birth of a Nation" film screening with commentary by UC Davis Professor Emeritus Clarence E. Walker 
2:30 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall
In a timely presentation via film and discussion, parallels will be observed and explored between the themes of post-Civil War reconstruction after the emancipation, with the building of a free, self-governing society after the liberation of the Hebrew slaves in ancient Egypt.
The second-half of the 1915 silent film epic "Birth of a Nation" will be shown, which revisits the reconstruction story. Immediately following, Professor Walker, a reconstructionist expert familiar with Jewish values, will guide attendees to compare and contrast the experiences depicted in the film with those detailed in the book of Leviticus.
"Birth of a Nation" was directed by D.W. Griffith and stars Lillian Gish.  Professor Walker was named the 2014 UC Davis Teacher of the Year, and studied for his Ph.D. in History under the mentorship of UC Berkeley Professor Leon Litwack, a noted expert on American race and anti-Semitism.
No RSVP is required to attend.  For more information, contact Adult Education Committee member
John Chendo by clicking his name, or by phoning 530-758-3331.
THIS MONDAY, May 23, 2016
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.  This month, the group will take a journey to revelation through the powerful media of chant and meditation.  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 fourth Monday of each month.  For more information, contact
Carrie or Hallie by clicking their names.  

Also, please mark your calendar for the Shabbaton Weekend with Rabbi Shefa Gold, scheduled for Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25.  Click
here for more information. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
THIS TUESDAY, May 24, 2016
A Taste of Yiddish Study Group 
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., CBH Library
Do you have childhood memories of hearing Yiddish?  Are you curious about Yiddish in Jewish culture?  This group of approximately 10 welcomes new members, and functions in a "book group" format, sharing copies of stories, songs and jokes in Yiddish, that are then translated and discussed in English.  

It is ideal for participants to know the Hebrew alefbet before attending, however, help is available for those needing assistance.  This is NOT a drop-in group; regular attendance on the second and fourth weeks of the month is necessary in order to build skills from one meeting to the next.  Please contact Zipi Mor at 530-792-8917 if you plan to join the group, or if you need additional details.
Mitzvah Alert!  Summer Saturdays Are Hot in the Kitchen With Davis Community Meals
Saturday, June 11 - Saturday, August 27, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

St. Martin's Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis

Provide cooking and serving assistance, dining room set-up and clean-up for this weekly meal to feed the homeless and others who are needy in our community.  Eight - 10 volunteers are needed each Saturday.  

Sign-up for one or multiple days, using
this link.  Questions?  Contact Harmony Scopazzi, Davis Community Meals Volunteer Coordinator, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-220-4089.
MAY We Count Upon You to Chant Torah?

MAYbe it's time this month for you to read or chant from our 50th Anniversary Torah at a Shabbat morning service?  Or, perhaps you've done so, but it's been awhile since you've visited the bimah?  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 for NEXT SATURDAY, May 28 through Saturday, July 2; 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.   
Watch Marley Kubby Adler's Mini-Documentary on ChiIdhood Hunger in Davis
CBH 7th Grader's Mitzvah Project Now Available on the Small Screen
Did you miss the "Hunger at Home" screening last Saturday morning at the Varsity Theater?  This film is intended to aid Marley in raising funds for Yolo County nonprofits addressing childhood hunger.  She is now half-way to her goal to collect $4,000.
To view the film, click here.  The organizations featured in the film, Yolo Food Bank, Davis Community Meals, Yolo Crisis Nursery and the Davis Joint Unified School District's Nutrition Program are the beneficiaries of Marley's efforts.  To make a donation, follow this link, or contact Raychel Kubby Adler, Marley's mom, for more information.
Art Instruction for Continuation High School Students - Sally Besser's Bat Mitzvah Project

When Sally Besser becomes an adult Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, September 3, 2016, she will also begin a watercolor art and color theory volunteer teaching experience at Cache Creek High School in Yolo.  An educational option for Woodland Joint Unified School District students who may have been in the criminal justice system, parenting or pregnant, working long hours or facing other hardships, Sally's goal is to provide the Cache Creek population with the joy of a semester of art class.  Furthermore, through art, Sally's intent is to encourage the students to build self-esteem, provide a safe outlet for feelings, offer a sense of control and create a pathway to self-understanding.  

Your support can provide Sally's 50 students with quality art supplies to turn these goals into reality.  The estimated total amount required is $133 per student, or nearly $7,000 total, when combined with needed shared-use classroom items.  

To view additional details about Sally's mitzvah project and her "Go Fund Me" effort, please click
here.  To contact Sally directly, please click her name, or call 530-400-3778.
Join "Team CBH" and Plan to Kick Back on Sunday, August 7!
Were you an elementary school kickball king?  Have you been waiting for the right opportunity to get back on base?  It's time to step up to the plate and be a part of "Team CBH" for the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Community Kickball Tournament.

The commitment is a fun and simple one:  you must be an adult or youth aged 13+, and you must be available to show up for the tournament at Sacramento's William Land Park on Sunday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Depending upon team members' availability and interest, there may be a practice/social gathering or two ahead of the tournament, but these would not be mandatory.

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 or learn more about "Team CBH," contact
Joy Cohan by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814.  She will forward registration information to you.
Help CBH Earn a $2,500 Grant By Joining the Success of the Life and Legacy Campaign NOW! 
Leave a Legacy for CBH's Future

Todah Rabah to our dedicated partners who helped CBH to achieve the "double chai" program goal and receive an unrestricted $7,500 incentive grant!  To view the names click here.

You're invited now to join these partners; the first five legacy commitments during the coming year will earn CBH an unrestricted $2,500 incentive grant!  The intended gift can be of any size. To download a letter of intent, click
hereFor more information, or to return your signed form, please contact Michael Bobell, Life and Legacy Chair, at or 530-400-7031.
Also, if you have updated your estate plans to include CBH, please complete and sign the
Legacy Gift Confirmation form and return it to the CBH office, or to Michael Bobell.
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.
Sacramento Jewish Federation -
MAY You Find Programs and Events in the Month Ahead! 

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.  
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento Presents:  
"Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine"

10:00 a.m., Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento
Take a trip back in time, and take peek into the amazing life of the late "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico."

 San Francisco tour guide, writer and historian Joseph Amster will appear in character and costume as "Emperor Norton," born Joshua Abraham Norton, a Jewish man who came to San Francisco in 1849.  After initial success as an investor, Norton went bankrupt, and reinvented himself in 1859 as "Emperor Norton."  As the Emperor, he ate complimentary restaurant meals, enjoyed gratis theater seats, rode public transit for free and even issued his own "Imperial Treasury Bonds" as legal tender.  

All are welcome to attend and enjoy the presentation.  For more information about the event, or about the genealogical society, please contact
Mort Rumberg by clicking his name.
Birthdays - May 20 - 26
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim
Saturday, May 21
Akiva Axelrad
Alan Hirsch
Virginia Lantry
Kerry Wright

Sunday, May 22
Claire Goldstein
Barry Munowitch
Jon Weintraub
Stephen White
Monday,  May 23
Gilbert Mohtes-Chan
Dana Paskowitz

Wednesday, May 25
Matthew Fruzza
Shoshanna Gershenzon
Elizabeth Kubey

Thursday, May 26
Holly Bishop-Green
Yahrzeits - May 20 - 26
Saturday, May 21
Ann Adler, mother of Jerry Adler

Sunday, May 22
Milton Auerbach, father of Audrey Green
Wednesday, May 25
Janice Binger, mother of Sharon Munowitch

Thursday, May 26
David Darwish, father of Carol Darwish
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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