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October 27, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, October 28
8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat 
Oneg hosted by Sharon Richman and family - thank you!

Oneg hosting opportunities are available through the end of 2016. Please use this link to sign up.  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 29
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service 


November Torah reading opportunities are available!  Please sign-up now at this link.  If you have questions, or need assistance with preparation, contact Virginia Lantry by clicking her name.

Torah Notes
Genesis, Parashat B'reishit, 
  1:1 - 2:3 
  • God creates the world and everything in it in six days and rests on the seventh.
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.

Fridays, November 4, 11 and 18, 2016

Be Thankful for Special Shabbat Programs on November Fridays 
See Descriptions and Schedules Below


Friday, November 4 
"Shabbat Through the Arts," 6:00 p.m.

While especially suited for Kindergarten through 3rd grade families, ALL CBH partners are invited and guaranteed a good time!  The program includes a short service, crafts, storytelling and dancing.  Pizza dinner and ice cream social oneg provided; bring veggie potluck salads and sides.  Come together to make Shabbat special!  

Kindergarten through 3rd grade families are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, November 2 to  For more information, view the flyer.

Friday, November 11 
Songleaders/Life and Legacy Shabbat, 6:00 p.m.
Veggie Potluck, 7:00 p.m.
and Kristalnacht Commemorative Program, 7:45 p.m.

Pastor Dan Smith of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation of Davis will share a special presentation on the German Lutheran resistance to the Nazis during WWII.  He will focus primarily on the efforts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor and theologian hanged by the Nazis for treason, who insisted that the church must stand by the Jews in the midst of the Holocaust.  He remains an inspiration to people of all faiths.  To read more about the history and observance of Kristalnacht and Pastor Dan's presentation, please click

Earlier in the evening, the CBH Songleaders will welcome Shabbat, and the service will honor the more than 50 individual CBH partners who have made commitments to the CBH Life and Legacy program.  To learn more about your haverim who've left a legacy to CBH, please click
here.  A veggie potluck will follow.

Friday, November 18
A Shabbat of Stories, with special guest Sam Tick-Raker, 8:00 p.m.

What's your story?  Sam Tick-Raker is a UC Davis sophomore working on a project to interview local senior citizens and record their stories for a radio or podcast program.  By hearing and preserving their personal history with the synagogue, powerful experiences, pieces of advice and other interesting facets of their lives, Sam's aim is to ensure that our community members' legacies are carried forward through the power of their voices.  Come to services and share in Sam's stories passed down from his own grandparents in San Francisco, and learn more about his project and how to get involved.

For questions about any of the November Shabbat programs, please contact
Rabbi Greg by clicking his name, or by calling 530-758-0842.

2016/5777 High Holy Days Sermons Now Available Online
Words from the Bima on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Did you feel inspired by the sermons delivered by Rabbi Greg Wolfe and Student Rabbi David Aladjem at High Holy Days services and want to spend more time with their writings?  Or, did you miss a service and want to catch up with a sermon?  

Either way, the messages that our clergy gifted to our congregation over the past two weeks now can be accessed on the CBH website.  Please click on the title below that interests you:
Yahrzeits - October 28 - November 3
Monday, October 31
David Michael Lewis, brother of Sandi Kniep
Ida Neuman, mother of Robin Neuman
Henry Zeffren, father of Joan Sublett
News From Rabbi Greg 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Afternoon of Learning,
San Francisco Bay and Central Valley Communities

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Peninsula Temple Sholom,
1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame
Senior leadership from the URJ is offering a free Afternoon of Learning specifically for lay and staff leadership in Northern California. Following a keynote by URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, participants will have the opportunity to attend two of six learning sessions such as, "Congregational Engagement Through the Lens of Audacious Hospitality," "How to Use the Media to Extend Your Impact" and "New Models of Youth and Teen Engagement."  

For additional information and registration information, please use
this link, or contact Alexandra Gilbert, URJ Staff Partner, by clicking her name, or phoning 212-650-4110.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Rabbi Greg Suggests, "Blind in Palestine:  An Ocular History Between Jews and Arabs (1918 - 1948)," with Anat Mooreville, 2016-2017 Israel Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow 
12:00 - 1:30 p.m., UC Davis, 1246 Social Sciences and Humanities Building

The UC Davis Jewish Studies Program will introduce Anat Mooreville to the campus and community with this opportunity to hear more about her work and research focused upon Israeli history, Jewish history in the Middle East and North Africa and the history of medicine and science.

She is currently working on a monograph about the relationship between Jews, colonial medicine and postwar global health in the twentieth century that centers on the eye disease trachoma.  She was previously the Hazel D. Cole Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her recent article, “Eyeing Africa: The Politics of Israeli Ocular Expertise and International Aid, 1959-1973,” has appeared in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Social Studies. 

For more information about this upcoming presentation, please contact, or visit
Beginning Sunday, November 13, 2016, four sessions

Recommended by Rabbi Greg...
Discussion Group for Interfaith Couples,
with Rabbi Seth Castleman and Rev. Elizabeth Griswold

4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Location in Davis - to be announced
Individuals and couples of all faiths, as well as of no faith tradition, are welcome to join in sharing experiences with others, and cultivating acceptance and deepening appreciation for their relationships and families.  Spouses or partners of different religions or cultures, those who have converted to another religion, parents raising children in a tradition different from the one in which they were brought up, grandparents of grandchildren being raised in another faith...this discussion group is for you!  

Rabbi Seth and Rev. Elizabeth believe that they may be the only married Rabbi/Christian minister couple in the world.  The Davis couple spends their time in congregational and spiritual leadership, social justice work and family life with their daughter, Lilah.  

Held on four Sunday afternoons and concluding in mid-December, the opportunity for practical holiday season guidance also will be available.  The fee is $180 per couple; sliding scale available.  For more information and registration, see
this flyer, or contact Rabbi Seth by clicking his name or phoning 617-935-9697. 
CBH Office Now Closed on Mondays, Open Late on Tuesdays
Goal to Offer Overall Better Service to Partners and Visitors
Beginning this Monday, October 31, the CBH Office will begin a pilot program of Monday closures, coupled with extended hours on Tuesday evenings.  In addition, office staff are available by appointment on any evening, Monday through Thursday.  

Although the office will not be open to the public on Mondays, staff still will be hard at work!  The purpose of this initiative is to allow staff more time for focused work on time-demanding projects, so that they can be more available to partners and visitors on the other four days of the work week.  Please note that phone calls and emails to the Office Coordinator, Executive Director and Rabbi may not be answered on Mondays, as well.  The Communications Specialist will remain available, and the weekly Monday evening e-tone submission deadline is unaffected by this pilot program.  

Beginning Tuesday, November 15, the office will remain open until 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday, for your convenience.  The CBH staff looks forward to better serving the community as a result of these new office hours.  Please contact Executive Director MK Menard with your feedback at     
CBH History Fact of the Month
Happy 55th Birthday,
Congregation Bet Haverim!
Just before Thanksgiving in November 1961, the Jewish Fellowship of Davis (now known as Congregation Bet Haverim) filed Articles of Incorporation with the State of California, and a new faith community was born in Yolo County.

Seventeen families strong (including Larry and Norma Rappaport and Oscar Blumenthal z”l
, pictured above), the new congregation furthered its commitment to raise funds for a permanent home.  Soon they purchased property on Russell Boulevard in what was then a rural part of town.  Of course, this turned out to be just an investment, as the land was sold later in the decade in favor of purchasing the lot at the corner of Oak Avenue and Covell Boulevard, which was considered to be more centrally-located.

But, on that Fall day 55 years ago, there was no building, no rabbi and no staff.  What did exist, however, was a commitment to Shabbat in private homes or at the Girl Scout Cabin on A Street, and a dedication to coming together socially and marking Jewish holidays as a group.  There had even been a first Bar Mitzvah...and the foresight to know that there would be many more to come.

Among those seventeen original families, five still are active partners in our congregation.  Be sure to say "Todah Rabah," or thank you next time you see them!
  • Ernie Biberstein
  • Peggy and Emanuel Epstein
  • Joyce and Marvin Goldman
  • Norma and Larry Rappaport
  • Hannah and Sherman Stein

Do you have comments or questions about this month's history fact?  Do you want to suggest a history fact, of any vintage, to be shared in a future edition?  Please send a message to  Thanks for participating! 
The Future of the Bet Haverim Community Is In Your Hands...Join Your Haverim Who Are Already Assuring Jewish Tomorrows
Make a Legacy Commitment This Fall or Winter and help CBH to Earn a $2,500 Grant

This Fall, one CBH legacy donor, or pair of donors, will be profiled each week.  This week, please enjoy the words of Libby and Gene Renkin, who have been active partners in the CBH community for more than 35 years.

Our legacy comes from our hearts, full of gratitude for the care and wisdom and courage of our family.  This is a Loving Legacy.  From the bima, we see the beautiful, soft light shining through the names of our family and our friends.  Those who come after us will understand.  From the early years, the Jewish Fellowship of Davis...our Congregation Bet Haverim... has been our very real, very personal home.”


See a full list of the more than 50 CBH Legacy Donors by clicking here.  To create your Jewish legacy, contact Michael Bobell, CBH Life and Legacy Coordinator, by clicking his name, or by phoning 530-400-7031.  The commitment deadline to assist with CBH's incentive grant eligibility is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Guests, or Looking Ahead to Hanukkah?  
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 judaica and holiday items that you buy from the CBH Online Gift Shop, powered by Worl
d of Judaica, earn 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.
Still Kvelling Over Sukkot and Simchat Torah!
Dwelling and Dancing to Celebrate Our Season of Joy
Last weekend, Bet Haverim families enjoyed two holidays together.  On Friday night, they gathered to shake the lulav, create sukkah decorations and share a meal together before enjoying a lively service featuring the 4th grade Religious School class. New Religious School students were consecrated as part of Sunday's Simchat Torah service, followed by the traditional unrolling of the Torah, dancing and a sweet ending.  Click here to read more about this event.  Later, Torah limericks were shared with Rabbi Greg by several clever partners.  The High Holy Days have come to an end, but the spirit hopefully will guide our community throughout 5777! 
Kids, Teens and Families News
Shabbat Safari Sukkot Celebration 
Saturday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., North Classroom

Let's celebrate the joy of Shabbat!  We will begin with a Shabbat-themed art project, and then sing and dance a lively Shabbat prayer circle.  We will also visit the Sanctuary to see the Torah during Shabbat Morning Services, followed by kiddush with challah and grape juice.

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.
REMINDER:  NO Religious School THIS SUNDAY, October 30 - Teacher Training
Please add this and other upcoming dates to your calendar:
  • Friday, November 4, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Celebrate "Shabbat Through the Arts"! Especially suited for Kindergarten through 3rd grade families.  Click here for more information, or view the flyer.
  • Sunday, November 6, 9:00 a.m. - noon - 7th grade Family Program
  • Sunday, November 13, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 5th grade Bar/Bat Mitzvah Kallah
To contact Malka Sansani, Education and Youth Director, for more details about Religious and Hebrew School activities, send a message to, or call 530-758-0842.

Education and Youth Director Update
News from Malka Sansani:

If you didn't attend Sukkot service, you missed some good laughs!  Our 4th graders participated in the service, and, with their teachers Leah Julian and Molly Crane, they performed a skit about Ushpizin (guests who come to the Sukkah).  All the guests were welcomed, but there was a little chaos in the Sukkah when the four species arrived and started to argue about which one is better than the other.  They calmed down when the hosts (teachers) explained how each one of them is equally important and they all need each other.  Thanks to the 4th graders and to the 4th grade families who provided a lovely oneg afterwards.
Thanks to the many parents who filled the Social Hall last Sunday to participate in our annual Back to School Gathering. We launched a new format this year; after a short introduction and delightful nosh, parents gathered by their children's class level(s) to discuss how to build strong communities of parents and children within each class.  We believe that the more our children are connected with each other and the better friends they become, attendance in our school programs will go up and more of them will want to continue Jewish education and Jewish time together after Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  Each group of parents came up with a wide range of ideas, and all will move us forward toward stronger communities of friends.
In addition to having the opportunity to share amazing ideas and volunteer to take them on, this format allowed us to warmly welcome new families who joined our school, and spend close, personal time with  parents from each class.
Congratulations to 12 new children who have joined grades Kindergarten - 3rd grade this year, and participated in our Consecration ceremony at Simchat Torah.  They sang and performed the beloved "To Be a Torah" song, and received a mini Torah and a certificate of Consecration.  We opened the Torah scroll, found the places in the Torah where our favorite stories are scribed, and danced with the Torah to the music of the Davis Klezmer Band. Thank you to the Kindergarten - 1st grade families for providing a delicious oneg.  To see photos from this event, please click


Keshet and Confirmation Teen Programs Scheduled THIS SUNDAY, October 30,
6:30 - 8:00 p.m., North Classroom

Keshet and Confirmation Will Meet Together This Week

 If your teen is not yet registered, please see more information and a registration form at this link, or contact Sarah Turtletaub, Teen Engagement Coordinator, at

DRTY Travels to Shabbat at Hillel at Davis and Sacramento 

Friday, N
ovember 4, 5:40 p.m., Meet at Hillel, 328 A Street, Davis (note time and location change)

Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) invites teens to meet at Hillel to experience Shabbat together with local Jewish collegians.  Daven, dine and socialize with UC Davis and Sacramento State students and learn more about Jewish college life.  For more details, see the flyer, or contact Teen Engagement Coordinator Sarah Turtletaub at, or 530-758-0842.

To learn more about all of the CBH programs for teens, including fee and registration information and a calendar, please click here.  Questions?  Please contact Sarah at, or by phoning 530-758-0842.
THIS WEDNESDAY, November 2, 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 morning session began in September and meets one more time, on November 2An evening session also has started, and will continue on November 2, 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. 
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Chasing Portraits:  Lost Art of the Polish Inter-War Period 
A Great-Granddaughter's Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy, Author Discussion and Book Signing
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall

The CBH Adult Education Committee presents an afternoon with Elizabeth Rynecki, an Oakland-based author, who will share her memoir of her emotional journey to find the art of her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather, Moshe Rynecki, which was lost during World War II.

Before his tragic death during the war, Moshe Rynecki was an artist, whose body of work reached close to eight hundred paintings and sculptures.  Elizabeth Rynecki received her Master's Degree in Rhetoric and Speech Communication from UC Davis, and she currently is in post-production editing of her documentary, "Chasing Portraits," which is based upon her book. 

Books will be available for purchase at the event, or can be obtained in advance at The Avid Reader Bookstore in Downtown Davis.  To read more about the book, see  For more information about the presentation, please contact CBH Partner Nancy Lazarus by clicking her name.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
 Israel On the World Stage, presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Temple Or Rishon, 7755 Hazel Avenue, Orangevale
Question about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel?  Want to learn ways our community can work together to support Israel?  Join the Jewish community in welcoming experts on BDS and Israel:
  • Ravit Baer, Deputy Consul General of Israel
  • Karen Stiller, Middle East Project Director, San Francisco Community Relations Council
To RSVP, contact the Federation at or 916-486-0906.

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 November, please click here.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Reflections on an Inside Tour of the West Bank, with Rabbi Greg Wolfe
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
Israel Peace Alternatives invites you to spend an evening with Rabbi Greg as he shares insights from his tour of Hebron and other West Bank sites, on which he journeyed during his sabbatical earlier this year.  

Sponsored by Extend Tours, his West Bank experience also included six other rabbis. Extend Tours offers trips in the West Bank that provide educational programming and interactive exposure to multiple narratives of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict.

This event is free of charge and no RSVP is required.  For more information, please contact CBH Partner
Sarah Pattison by clicking her name, or phoning 530-220-5042.
TOMORROW, October 28 2016 is the FINAL DAY
Donate to the Empower Yolo Diapers and Wipes Drive at Bet Haverim
In Support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The CBH Social Action Committee invites CBH partners to bring unopened packages of baby diapers and wipes to fill the collection bin in the CBH office.  It's an easy mitzvah to begin your new year, and will mean so much to parents and children in need in our community.  Any questions should be directed to CBH Partner Susan Gefter at
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Davis Community Meals Needs YOU!
Bet Haverim Sets-Up and Serves Every Third Tuesday
4:30 - 7:30 p.m., St. Martin's Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis
Bet Haverim has an opportunity every month to make a difference in the lives of the hungry in our community, by making a warm meal in a sheltered setting possible.  Volunteers of all ages are welcomed and encouraged.  Can you help on Tuesday, November 15, or another upcoming third Tuesday of the month?

Thanks to the sign-up link, you can indicate your availability for this month or future dates in advance.  If you are able to come for only a portion of the three hour period, your help still is valued; please indicate your exact availability when you sign-up.  

Additional questions?  Please contact CBH Partner Shoshana Zatz at
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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