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February 4, 2016

Shabbat This Week

Neighborhood Shabbat Dinners will be occurring instead throughout Davis and Woodland.

Saturday, February 6

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m.
Chanting/Contemplative Shabbat Morning Service
Theme:  Creating a More Just and Peaceful Society
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
2016 Mishloach Manot Orders Now Accepted!

Deadline to order:  Friday, February 26

For $18 your name will be included on the Mishloach Manot (Purim Basket) greetings sent to five CBH families of your choice.  Add as many additional CBH families as you wish for only $2 each.  Or, your name will be included on baskets for all CBH families and staff for only $100.  Every basket will contain four homemade Hamantaschen and other tasty treats.  Deliveries will be made March 6-11 in Davis, Dixon and Woodland.

Sending Mishloach Manot is one of the tastiest mitzvahs you can perform.  As described in the Book of Esther, sharing gifts of food with your family and friends celebrates our joy at being part of the Jewish community.

To download an order form, learn more about special orders, or to view FAQs click here.  To volunteer to bake or deliver Mishloach Manot, contact Rochelle Frank or Michael Bobell at or 530-750-3747.

Religious School This Week

THIS SUNDAY, February 7, 9:30 a.m. 
7th grade class to work in Grace Garden
Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road, Davis
All 7th grade grade students should go directly to Grace Garden at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday, instead of attending the Religious School morning service.  Students should be picked up as normal at CBH at 12:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth, at, or 530-758-0842.

NEXT SUNDAY, February 14 
NO Religious School classes will be held

Enjoy the three-day Presidents' Day weekend with you families!
Gan Haverim Preschool News
by Rhoda Rohnstock, Director
During the month of January, the children learned about Tu B’Shevat. In addition to tree-themed science and art activities, the children celebrated with a tasting party of tree fruits and nuts. The children then graphed which foods were their favorite and least favorite.  

In classroom #2, the older children had a birthday party for the trees, and watered redwoods in the CBH Grove. In classroom #1, the younger children sang "Happy Birthday" to the trees, and also listened to stories about them. 

New plants and ladybugs recently added in the gan (Hebrew for garden) hold promise for new research among our future entomologists, gardeners and horticulturists!

This month, the children are looking forward to using our new “stage” that covers the mud pit area of the playground. There have been discussions about how a stage is used, and the children are considering putting on a show, singing and dancing.  One child has pointed out, however, that the stage will need "big curtains" before there can be a show!  Some children feel the stage should be used as a bike parking area.  Soon we’ll see how the children choose to utilize the area.

Have you considered Gan Haverim Preschool for your child or grandchild, or perhaps recommending our preschool to friends or neighbors?  Please contact me here, or at 758-0842, to discuss enrollment options.  Or, stop in and visit us anytime!
Sunday, February 21 (part one)
Sunday, February 28 (part two)
"Band of Angels" Film Screening, Commentary and Discussion
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., CBH Social Hall

Set in the antebellum South, this 1957 film tells the story
of a privileged young woman who discovers she is of mixed race, and how this information impacts her human rights and social class distinction.  Among the movie's stars is Clark Gable, in a role that deeply contrasts his portrayal of Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind" nearly 20 years earlier, as well as Sidney Poitier, who later was the first African-American man to win the Oscar for Best Actor.  The film will be shown in two parts on consecutive Sunday afternoons.
Discussion will focus upon genealogy and Torah-related themes, with additional commentary on racial perceptions provided by film buff Clarence E. Walker, Ph.D., a Davis resident who is an Emeritus Professor American History at UC Berkeley.

This event is FREE and is organized by the CBH Adult Education Committee.  For more information, click here to contact committee member John Chendo, or phone him at 530-758-3331.
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.  
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.
February and March Hosts Needed For
Friday Night Onegs

Please contact Merry Draffan at to sign up for these or any 2016 dates.  Groups and havurot also are encouraged to participate!

Hosting an oneg often requires little more than a plate of cookies and a platter of fruit, yet you'll feel great knowing that this mitzvah is providing an opportunity for connection and relaxation between our partners.

Do you have ideas for innovative Oneg Shabbats or Friday night guest speakers?  If so, please contact Merry about this, as well, by clicking here.
Have You Read or Chanted From Our 50th Anniversary Torah?

Make 2016 the year that you share, recapture or learn Torah reading or chanting skills at a Shabbat morning service.  Not only will you feel personally fulfilled, 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.  Click here to see the portions available for February and March.  

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.   
Like to Cook?  Join the CBH Mitzvah Meals Makers!

The Mitzvah Meals team of volunteers provides comfort from the kitchen for Bet Haverim partners experiencing illness, the loss of a loved one, or who have recently welcomed a new baby.

Generally, meals are provided on an as needed basis for periods of up to two weeks; the exact frequency, size and menu for the meals varies by the needs and preferences of the receiving partners.  Typically, meals are prepared to last two days, and include a main dish, salad, bread and dessert, as well as any extras team members wish to provide. 

Led by CBH partner Joan Sublett, this team will now be using Sign-Up Genius to better organize and schedule dates for the cooks on the team!  If you're not already a part of this program at the heart of our community, contact Joan here to be added to the notification list next time a partner is in need.
Are You Ready For Passover?  

Order Your Judaica and Supplies Now 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 order your Passover items, or 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.
Israel Matters Committee News

Remember the Chanukah to Passover Food Drive
When You Grocery Shop This Week
Click here to learn more!  Donation bins are available in both the CBH office and in the sanctuary through Passover.
THIS MONDAY, February 8
"The Goal is Not to Cheer You Up:  Empathetic Care in Israeli Life Coaching"
1:00 - 1:30 p.m., UC Davis, Andrews Conference Room (SSH 2203)
The UC Davis Jewish Studies Department has informed Rabbi Greg of this talk by Tamar Kaneh-Shalit, Ph.D.  It is part of a larger conference on "Culture and the Self in Global Therapeutic Encounters," and introduces an afternoon session focused on "Self Care in Crisis under Neoliberalism."  Attendees are invited to stay for the entire session, should they wish.  

Dr. Kanesh-Shalit is a post-doctoral fellow in Israel Studies in both the Jewish Studies and Anthropology Departments.  For more information,
contact Chelsi Florence, program coordinator, at
Sacramento Jewish Federation - February in Focus 

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 programs may be of particular interest:

Tuesday, February 16 - Leisure League at CBH, "When We Only Have Love," a tribute to Belgium composer Jacques Brel:  presented by the Stagebridge Theatre Company for seniors.  $5 fee includes lunch and entertainment.  RSVP to, or 916-486-0906, ext. 310.  For more details, click here.

Caregivers' Support Group at CBH:  spouses, family members and friends who are acting as caregivers for a loved one are welcome to join the morning and evening sessions currently in progress. The group provides a warm environment in which participants receive support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.  Facilitated by CBH Partner Jane Zeiger, LCSW.  For more information, or to RSVP, contact Jewish Family Service Community Social Worker Alicia Mittleman at 916-205-0688.  

In addition, February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month.  To participate in a Federation survey of families and individuals impacted by disability, please click here.  For more information about Federation programs for disabled Jews in our region, please visit this link.
Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) News

Egalitarian Prayer Space at the Western Wall 
Approved This Week by the Israeli Government
To read more about this historic action on the URJ website, please click here.
Donations - January 2016
Biberstein Social Action Fund
Amy Abramson
Natalya and Matthew Eagan-Rosenberg, with thanks for tutoring Arianna 

Israel Matters Program Fund
Richard Halen, in honor of Jerry Suran's birthday
Jane and Ed Rabin

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Joy and Steve Cohan, mazel tov to Meredith Brownstein, Merry Draffan and Sharon McCorkell on their Adult Bat Mitzvah journey
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, continued
Merry Draffan
Eileen, Sarah and Ethan Jaffe, in honor of Meredith Brownstein’s Bat Mitzvah 
Claire and Phil Kass, in honor of Rabbi Greg for officiating at their daughter Lauren's wedding
Sharon McCorkell
Elizabeth and Eugene Renkin, in loving memory of Libby's father, Harry Russell 

Linda Ziskind, in loving memory of her mother, Ellen Kagan
Birthdays - February 5 - 11    
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim!
Friday, February 5
Pat Philipps
Brennan Raven

Saturday, February 6
Gabriel Dinnell
Natalya Rosenberg
Sunday, February 7
Jessica Block
Shani Simon

Monday, February 8
Jackie Rutheiser
Tuesday, February 9
Joy Cohan
Ariella Wolfe

Wednesday, February 10
Matthew Chavez
Laura Curtis
Rochelle Frank
Rachel Goldberg-Lapointe
Matt Link-Crosier
Jordan Shickman

Thursday, February 11
Laura Burns
Max Muller
Yahrezeits - February 5 - 11
Friday, February 5
Ray Young, mother of Stanley Young

Saturday, February 6
Faiga Hascal, grandmother of Sandra Kniep
Thursday, February 11
Martin Brownstein, father of Alan Brownstein
Ann Cohan, grandmother of Steve Cohan
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