January 7, 2016 eNEWS
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 eNEWS - January 7, 2016

  • CBH staff changes
  • Goal achieved!  Refrigerated Food Truck Campaign
  • Memorial gathering for Kurt Myers, Ph.D. 

  • Shabbat schedule this weekend
  • Art and history programs this Sunday
  • Neighborhood Shabbat dinners - Friday, February 5
  • Life & Legacy - help CBH earn a $7,500 grant 
Shabbat This Week

Friday, January 8

6:00 p.m. Song Leaders Shabbat Service

Saturday, January 9

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Service, Bat Mitzvah of Lily Frolich

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
THIS SUNDAY, January 10

The Art of Zentangle
12:30 PM, CBH Social Hall


The Art of Zentangle ® is an easy to learn and relaxing method of artistic meditation, creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns.  

This workshop instructs you on the basic process of the Zentangle Method. Lee Miller will be your instructor. She is a Certified Zentangle Teacher, and she will teach you step-by-step how to draw tangles (the structured patterns of Zentangle). Each student will complete two tiles. The class includes everything needed for this two-hour session.
Pre-registration by this Friday, January 8 is required; sign up with Leah in the CBH office at
here to view the flyer.
THIS SUNDAY, January 10

Israel Matters presents:
“3300+ Years of
Jewish History in Israel”

3:00-5:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall
Join Israel Matters Chair George Rooks as he traces the continuous presence of Jews in Israel from the time of Abraham’s arrival in Canaan.  Focusing on archaeological evidence from primarily non-Jewish sources, he will lead a journey through the hundreds of years of Jewish kingdoms, the assaults of Egyptians, Moabites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans and others.  

Additionally, George will note subsequent declines and rises in the Jewish population of the land (including a majority in Jerusalem in the 1800's), and the exciting developments of the 20th century. This talk is a reprise of George’s exciting talk five years ago — updated with the newest discoveries!
Contact for more details or questions.
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

Wednesday, January 27 - please note date correction! 

"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.  He 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
CBH Staff Changes

Our office coordinator, Leah Frost, will be leaving CBH on January 15.  We have been blessed with Leah's smiling face and can-do attitude for the last three years.  Leah has accepted the position of Executive Director of Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa. We wish Leah well in her new endeavor.  

We hope to have a new face at the front desk before the end of January.  If you know anyone who might enjoy working at CBH, please share this job announcement:  Office Coordinator (Davis)
Yolo Food Bank Refrigerated Truck Campaign an Overwhelming Success!
A message from Renee Dryfoos-Guss and Heidi Smith, campaign co-chairs

We are delighted to announce that the countywide campaign to purchase a refrigerated truck for the Yolo Food Bank was successful thanks to the participation of over 250 donors, and the generous contributions and support we received from a number of businesses, faith communities, and organizations.  In three short months, we raised over $100,000, well above our goal of $90,000.

All money donated beyond the purchase price of the truck will go toward its and maintenance and other associated costs.  We are deeply grateful to all who are making it possible for the Food Bank to bring fresh, nutritious food to the 44,000 people in our county who go hungry. 

We encourage everyone to come to the celebration of this accomplishment in uniting to fight hunger, when the truck is received and dedicated by the Food Bank (date to be announced)!
Friday, February 5

Neighborhood Shabbat Dinners, 6:00 p.m.
Please join us as we celebrate Shabbat with our neighbors. Potluck Shabbat dinners will be hosted in Davis and Woodland neighborhoods.  All ages are welcome to attend — singles, couples and families with young children. 

Please let us know if you want to host by sending an e-mail to: Michael Bobell (
or Carla Levin (
Challah, candles, and juice will be provided, and a CBH facilitator will be at each dinner to help.
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

Thanks to Mark Joske, Angela Wapner and the Draffans for a lovely Shabbat celebration of Long Marriages and Partnerships on Friday, December 18.  Family and friends also recently enjoyed sharing a Shabbat Chinese Dinner after services on Friday, December 25.
If you have ideas for innovative Oneg Shabbats or Friday night guest speakers, please email Merry Draffan at Hosts are needed for February and March; also contact Merry to 
sign up for these or any 2016 dates.
Most importantly, plan to join your Jewish friends at an Oneg Shabbat this month, celebrating January's joyous simchas: 
  • January 8, 6:00 p.m., hosted by the Payne-Frolich Family to honor Lily’s Bat Mitzvah
  • January 15, 8:00 p.m., hosted by the Singer Family to honor Brianna’s Bat Mitzvah
  • January 22, 8:00 p.m., hosted by Rosh Chodesh to honor the Adult Bat Mitzvah of Meredith Brownstein, Merry Draffan and Sharon McCorkell
  • January 29, 7:30 p.m., hosted by the Kubby-Adler Family to honor Marley’s Bat Mitzvah
Camp Kesem Tzedakah Update
Rabbi Greg reports that $2,712 has been raised via Bet Haverim Religious School's efforts this Hanukkah to support Camp Kesem
.  The funds will help to provide a free magical week of summer camp for children who have a parent dealing with cancer. 

It's not too late to join in the success; click here to donate!
The 3rd Annual Israel Matters "Chanukah to Passover Food Drive" for STEAC
The Israel Matters "Chanukah to Passover Annual Food Drive" for STEAC 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. 
Davis Community Meals in DESPERATE Need
Microwavable food donations are needed urgently by the shelter.
Please drop off items, such as lasagna, taquitos, burritos, Cup-o-Noodles and other microwavable personal meals at 1111 H Street, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (excluding Holidays). 
For more information about donating or volunteering, please call 530-220-4089, email v, or visit
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 Blvd. 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
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.
Introduction to Judaism Class at Jewish Federation
Begins this Sunday, January 10, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.!  "Introduction to Judaism" is an 18-week class facilitated by Leslie Kuperstein.  
The group will meet at the Federation, 2130 21st St., Sacramento.  Additional class dates are January 17 and 24; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17; May 8, 22, 29; and June 5.

The class fee is $180; o
nline registration is available at
The class will proceed only if there are enough participants!
Bereavement Support Group at Jewish Federation
As part of Jewish Family Service, a six-week Bereavement Support Group will begin on Thursday, January 14, facilitated by Rabbi Susan Conforti.
  Additional meeting dates are January 21 and 28, and February 4, 11, and 18.  The group will meet 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. at the Federation, 2130 21st St., Sacramento.  Participants will enter through the downstairs entry to ensure confidentiality.  
Cost for the series is $60, which must be paid in full at the first session.  A minimum of six participants are needed to run the group. 
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
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