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October 6, 2016

  • Kol Nidre THIS TUESDAY evening, Yom Kippur THIS WEDNESDAY
  • CBH Office and Hebrew School closed THIS WEDNESDAY in observance of Yom Kippur
  • Sukkot and Simchat Torah celebrations at CBH announced

Shabbat This Week
Friday, October 7
6:00 p.m. Family Kabbalat Shabbat  
Oneg hosted by CBH

Oneg hosting opportunities now are available through the end of 2016. Use this link to select a date to celebrate a simcha, remember a loved one or just to bring friends together in community.  Questions?  Contact Merry Draffan by clicking her name.

Saturday, October 8
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service


TORAH READERS ARE NEEDED THIS SHABBAT!  Begin your High Holy Days spiritual journey by sharing your voice with your community.  Opportunities available throughout October, as well.  Please sign-up now at this link.

Torah Notes
Deuteronomy, Parashat Vayeilech
  31:1 - 30 
  • Moses prepares the people for his death and announces that Joshua will succeed him. 
  • Moses instructs the priests and the elders regarding the importance of reading the Torah.
  • God informs Moses that upon his death, the people will commit idolatry and "many evils and troubles shall befall them." God tells Moses to teach the people a poem that will "be My witness." 
To learn more about this week's Torah portion, or to read supplementary commentary, please visit, or attend CBH Torah Study on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Library.

Special note - Yizkor Service at Shabbat Morning Services, October 22, 10:00 a.m.: four times a year, our tradition calls us to gather to remember loved ones who are no longer living.  Please join your community at this moving service to pay tribute to those who have left a lasting mark on our lives.  Your participation helps to ensure that we will have a minyan to say Kaddish.  Stay after services for a light nosh in the sukkah.
THIS TUESDAY, October 11 - WEDNESDAY, October 12, 2016

Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur Observances at Bet Haverim
Multiple Services Mark
"Day of Atonement"

Over a more than 24 hour period, Bet Haverim partners and guests will have access to approximately a dozen services and gatherings highlighting the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.  With traditional, Reform and contemplative options for adults and children, all are encouraged to join in finding the path to spiritual awakening that best meets their needs.

access a complete CBH High Holy Days schedule and information about children's programming, tickets for non-partners, students, senior citizens, active military, visiting Israelis and more, see the CBH website by clicking here.

A High Holy Days information packet, including tickets for the adult members of your household, should have arrived via U.S. Mail in September.  If you are a current CBH partner, have returned your 2016-2017 Partnership Pledge Form, and you have not received this packet, please
contact the office via email, or at 530-758-0842.
Yom Kippur Ushers Needed!
A BIG Mitzvah That Takes Little More Than An Hour of Your Time
A few opportunities remain to help greet and seat other CBH partners and the many visitors CBH will welcome through our doors this Tuesday and Wednesday.  Click here to see the available times and to sign-up.  

Sally Besser, High Holy Days Chair, can answer any questions or provide more information. Please click her name to contact her.
THIS WEDNESDAY, October 12, 2016
Children's Worship Services For Families Offered on Yom Kippur
Tuesday Night and Wednesday Programming Also Available for Children Ages 3-10 While Parents Attend Services 
Two services will offer song and prayer in an age-appropriate setting; parents and other family members are welcome to take part alongside the young daveners:
  • A Young Children's Service for ages 3-5 will take place 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the Gan Haverim classroom
  • An Elementary Kids' Service for ages 6-10 is scheduled 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. in the North Classroom
In addition, spaces still may be available for the children's programs, which run concurrently with adult worship services on Yom Kippur.  Activities include High Holy Days' themed crafts, games and stories.  

To learn more about children's programming and services, please contact Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Annual Potluck in the Sukkah and Sukkot Services 
Potluck at 5:15 p.m.,
Services at 6:00 p.m.,
Sukkah and Sanctuary

Join haverim old and new for a Fall festival of Thanksgiving in the beautiful CBH sukkah!  Bring a veggie main dish or salad to share al fresco in the sukkah.  Sukkot/Shabbat services will follow in the sanctuary, with special participation by the 4th grade Religious School class.  

Questions?  Please contact the CBH Office by clicking
here, or calling 530-758-0842.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Simchat Torah/Consecration Celebration 5777 
5:30 p.m.,

Welcome the new Religious School students with a celebration of the life-long process of learning Torah.  Children new to the CBH school entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade will receive their own Torah scrolls and certificates to mark the occasion.  Then, all haverim will join in completing the concluding sections of the Torah and beginning anew with Genesis.  

Next, the chance to dance will be enhanced by the merry freilach music of the Davis Klezmer Band.  An oneg sponsored by the Religious School will follow for all.  Adults and older children are invited to stay following the treats for the "Simchat Torah Limerick-athon" at 7:30 p.m. in the Social Hall; see details and a sign-up link by clicking

For more information, contact Education and Youth Director 
Malka Sansani or Rabbi Greg Wolfe by clicking their names, or phone 530-758-0842.

Yahrzeits - October 7 - 13
Friday, October 7
Marjorie Beyer, mother of Robert Beyer

Saturday, October 8
Aaron Katzman, brother of Harriet Gadisman

Sunday, October 9
Rosina Nan Frank, mother of Marion Franck

Monday, October 10
Reine Hassid, mother of Eric Hassid
Donavin Henshaw, father of Betty Fass
Monday, October 10, continued
Jack Nitzkin, father of Aaron Nitzkin
Joni Stopper, sister of Amina Harris

Leonard Weissman, father of Pat Philipps

Wednesday, October 12
Padma Aladjem, mother of David Aladjem
John Folsom, son of Barbara Anderson
Helen Hascal Lewis, mother of Sandi Kniep

Thursday, October 13
Bernard Zeldner, father-in-law of Amina Harris
News From Rabbi Greg
Lend Five Lines, Make Some Rhyme...the Simchat Torah Limerick-athon is Sure to be Sublime!
Sunday, October 23, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Social Hall
Simchat Torah is time for review
     All the ways the Torah's touched you!
So come for a good time
filled with meter and rhyme
Plenty of learning, some schnapps and laughs, too.

Rabbi Greg invites you to once again join in the "Simchat Torah Limerick-athon!"  Simply click here to choose one or more of your favorite Torah portions (you have 47 to choose from!) and capture the essence of your portion in a humorous and witty way through an original Torah Limerick.  Then, share your limerick and hear what your haverim have written, too, on Erev Simchat Torah!  

Be sure to join the fun earlier in the evening, too, at the Simchat Torah/Consecration Celebration and oneg; see details

Questions?  Please contact Rabbi Greg at
Continue Your Jewish Learning in 5777!
We are a community that celebrates Jewish learning.  Please join us for a year of study and exploration as we discover the richness of our Jewish tradition, culture and teachings together.  It is our sincere desire to offer the kinds of programming that will stimulate and challenge you.  If you don’t see what your are interested in please let us know.  Or if you have a particular Jewish interest that you can teach you should also let us know.

We want to encourage each of you in our Bet Haverim community to take at least one class this year to advance your Jewish knowledge.  So join us in this challenge and learn something new about your Jewish heritage.  Watch for more details on upcoming classes and other educational opportunities at the High Holy Days and beyond.  If you would like to join us in fostering life long learning in our congregation please let me know.  Together we will strengthen our community, Judaism and the Jewish people through our continued learning.

I look forward to a year of learning and growth together,

You Can Help CBH Earn a $2,500 Grant 
Make a Legacy Commitment by February 28, 2017
More than 50 CBH partners already have committed to the future of Jewish life in Yolo County, by promising to leave a legacy gift - of any size - to Bet Haverim.  To see a list of your haverim who are participating, please click here.  

Join your friends who have left a legacy, and make a difference by helping CBH to qualify for an unrestricted $2,500 incentive grant!  To complete this mitzvah, five legacy commitments to CBH must be received by February 28, 2017.  
Download a letter of intent now!  

Questions?  Check out the
Life and Legacy page on the CBH website, or contact CBH Life and Legacy Chair Michael Bobell by clicking his name, or by phoning 530-400-7031.
What Do You Need for the High Holy Days?  
Benefit CBH by Shopping "Amazon Smile" and World of Judaica
Thanks to a partnership with's "Amazon Smile" program, CBH is guaranteed a 0.5% return on all eligible purchases you make using this link.  Just make purchases as you normally would from Amazon, as often as you wish.  Use of the link ensures that CBH will receive the rebate.

 In addition, all High Holy Days purchases, or other judaica, that you buy from the CBH Online Gift Shop, powered by Worl
d of Judaica, earns CBH an impressive 11% or more every time you shop.  Remember to use 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.
Rosh Hashanah Tashlich Service
A Cool Day for a Family Favorite
Last Monday Afternoon

Many dozens of CBH partners of all ages - and several dogs, too - joined in the annual casting away of sins at Northstar Pond in North Davis.  A short service, songs and a blast of the shofar preceded the walk to the water's edge. Cloudy skies kept temperatures comfortable as friends and families enjoyed the park and casually re-connected afterwards.
Kids, Teens and Families News
Shabbat Safari Sukkot Celebration 
Saturday, October 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., CBH Sukkah

Join your friends on an outdoor Shabbat Safari to the congregational sukkah!  Music, singing, art and storytelling will highlight the holiday fun.  The journey also will include a visit to the Sanctuary to see the Torah during Shabbat Morning Services.

Young Families Events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members.  For more information, contact
Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or calling 530-758-0842.  To view a schedule of all Young Families Events for 2016-2017, click here
Religious School Returns THIS SUNDAY;
Hebrew School CLOSED this Wednesday for Yom Kippur 

Other upcoming dates of note:
  • Sunday, October 16 -  B'nai Mitzvah prep gathering; contact for start time and location.
  • Friday, October 21, 5:15 p.m. - 4th grade Family Sukkot Shabbat Service and potluck 
  • Sunday, October 23, 9:30 a.m. - Back to School Orientation, 5:30 p.m. - Family Simchat Torah/Consecration of New Students (click here for details)
  • Sunday, October 30 - No school - teacher training
To contact Malka for more details about Religious and Hebrew School activities, send a message to, or call 530-758-0842.

Keshet and Confirmation Teen Programs Begin Sunday, October 16,
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

A home for 8th - 10th graders at Bet Haverim

Make plans to be a part of the kick-off in the CBH sukkah on Erev Sukkot!  Friendship, fun and engaging activities await.  The program goal is to create a strong community of youth at Bet Haverim, and new Teen Coordinator Sarah Turtletaub is setting the course for the year.

For more details about the program, as well as fee and registration information, please click here.  A 2016-2017 calendar for Keshet and Confirmation will be available next week.  Questions in the interim?  Please contact Sarah at, or by phoning 530-758-0842.
Gan Haverim Preschool News 
by Rhoda Rohnstock, Director 

Last month, the children had to say goodbye to one of our classroom pets, Flake, the guinea pig.  Rabbi Greg was available to explain to the children that Flake had died and his body no longer worked.  We had a wonderful Shabbat circle where we shared stories about Flake and sent him off with happy memories and some lovely drawings and paintings from the children. Death is always a difficult subject, and especially hard for a child to understand, so we appreciated Rabbi Greg’s simple explanation for the children.

Also in September, we learned about Rosh Hashanah.  We counting and sorting apples, and sampled and learned the names of different varieties. The children baked round challot for the new year, and Rabbi Greg brought his shofar to Shabbat circle to show the children how to blow it.

Soon, we will be enjoying snacks outside in the sukkah. Each year, the children look forward to decorating both the CBH sukkah, as well as our sukkah in the Gan Haverim play yard, with paper chains, decorated fruit and drawings.  We also spend time writing stories together about our sukkah, and who we would like to invite inside for a visit.

October is Fire Prevention Month, and we are looking forward to a visit from our local fire fighters. The children will learn from the fire fighters how to be safe, what a firefighter wears and why, and get an opportunity to check out a fire engine.

Gan Haverim still has openings for the current school year.  If you or anyone you know is interested in a play-based curriculum with a warm, nurturing environment, please have them stop by to visit us, or contact us to learn more enrollment options.  I can be reached at, or 530-758.0842 ext. 105.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Rosh Chodesh Group Annual Open Meeting 
7:00 p.m., RSVP for location information

Your once-a-year opportunity to sample the Rosh Chodesh experience awaits!  This Bet Haverim group meets monthly, as an opportunity for women to come together around Jewish topics, issues, concerns and ideas.  Hosted and led by a rotating pair of group members, the Sunday evening meetings take place close to new moon of each month.  Diverse topics and activities have included Purim mask making, discussions of motherhood and introspection about racism within Judaism.  The content is not limited to spiritual subjects, and Torah study is not a focus of the group.

However, meetings are not "drop-in" format, and membership closes after the annual Sukkot-season Open Meeting.  So, don't miss this invitation to meet this group of interesting, open warm women with a shared interest in all things Jewish!  

For more information, or to RSVP and receive site directions for the Open Meeting, please contact Danielle Newberry at
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Presents:  
Jewish Family Service Caregivers' Support Group at CBH 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Library; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., South Classroom

Spouses, adult children, family members and friends who are acting as caregivers for a loved one are invited to participate.  Facilitated by CBH Partner Jane Zeiger, LCSW, the group provides a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.
A new morning session began last month and continues October 19 and November 2A new evening session also has started, and will continue on the above dates, as well as on November 16 and December 7.  The evening group has a special emphasis on adult children caring for aging parents

The Federation charges a $60 fee for the series; drop-ins are welcome at $10 per session with advance notice.  For more information, or to RSVP, contact Jewish Family Service Community Social Worker Rebecca Ray at 916-205-0688. 

In a effort to serve and connect the more than 25,000 Jews of the eight-county Sacramento region, the Federation offers CBH partners this and an array of monthly programs for young families, senior citizens and the disabled, in particular.  To view a full schedule of activities for October, please click here. 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Israel Peace Alternatives Annual Membership/Planning Meeting
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., North Classroom

All CBH members interested in supporting the mission of IPA are invited to the annual meeting.  IPA is dedicated to the preservation and strengthening of a democratic Jewish Israel through the achievement of a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and adherence to the principles of freedom, justice and equality for all Israeli citizens, as articulated in the declaration of independence of the State of Israel.

IPA states:  "We are impelled by the obligation to pursue justice and peace, placed upon us by our sacred writings, as well as the best Jewish secular traditions of the past three centuries.  Our programs, which are open to all congregational members and the public, are designed to advance these objectives through information, education, discussion and advocacy."

For more information about the meeting, contact Sarah Pattison by clicking her name.

Annual Yom Kippur Food Drive Efforts
Food for STEAC and Funds for Mazon

From the corners of our grocery carts, we all can make a difference by donating the food or the dollars we would have spent to feed ourselves and our families during our Yom Kippur fast.  For details about the non-perishable donations most needed, or directions for sending cash donations, please click here.

Additional questions?  Please contact CBH Co-President Mark Joske by clicking his name, or by calling 530-759-7825.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
The CBH Social Action Committee Sponsors the 2nd Annual TESE Foundation,
"Hats Off to Diversity High Tea,"
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Davis Community Church, 412 C Street, Davis

This event will raise funds to enable children in Zimbabwe to attend school.  Specifically, financial support is needed for tuition, exam fees, uniforms, books and personal hygiene packs.  Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased at this link; sponsorships also are available.  Questions about the event should be sent to this address.

Meaning "together" in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, Tese is a local organization founded by Davisite Nathalie Minya.  A native of Zimbabwe, Minya knows first hand about the struggles of girls, in particular, to attend school in her homeland.  To learn more about the Tese Foundation, please click
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