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March 31, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, April 1

6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat, led by CBH Partner Dan Tennenbaum
Hosts are needed for THIS and other upcoming onegs!  Available dates are:
Friday, April 8, 6:00 p.m. services
Friday, April 15, 8:00 p.m. services
Friday, April 22 - NO SERVICES, 1st Seder
Friday, April 29 - 8:00 p.m. services

(all food must be kosher for Passover on this date...think chocolate-dipped matzo and fruit!)
Please contact Merry Draffan at to sign up for these or any available 2016 dates.  Oneg hosting can be a fun way to mark a special simcha or anniversary.  Team with a friend to make it easy to say "yes" to this mitzvah.  Groups and havurot also are encouraged to participate!  The oneg program is especially important during Rabbi Greg's sabbatical.  
Hosting an oneg often requires little more than a plate of cookies and a platter of fruit, yet you'll feel great knowing that you're providing an opportunity for connection and relaxation between our partners.  

Saturday, April 2

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service led by Student Rabbi David Aladjem 

Special note re:  Shabbat morning THIS SATURDAY

All partners are invited to join in celebrating the aufruf ("calling up" of the wedding couple) of Tamar Boussina and Jacob Marder on this day prior to their wedding!  Their parents also will host a kiddish luncheon from Chickpeas after the service for everyone in attendance.  Mazel tov to all! 
Torah Chanters Needed on April 9, 16 and 23

Have you read or chanted from our 50th Anniversary Torah at a Shabbat morning service?  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.  Click here to see the available 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.   
Introducing CBH Monthly History Facts!
Beginning this week, the Weekly e-tone will feature a fun fact once a month from Bet Haverim's nearly 55 years of history of serving the Jewish community of Yolo County.  Hopefully, this will help all partners to feel more connected to and excited about the past, present and future of our synagogue!  

This month's fact:  Fifty years ago, in 1966, the land was acquired by the congregation to build the Jewish Fellowship of Davis' first building.  That structure still stands at 1821 Oak Avenue (at the intersection with Covell Boulevard), where the congregation, by then known as Bet Haverim, remained until 2004.

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 your communication to  Thanks for participating!

"Shake Your Hamantaschen!"  A Look Back at Erev Purim

Approximately 100 people enjoyed several festive activities to merrily mark Purim 5776 at Bet Haverim on Wednesday, March 23, led by Rabbi Seth Castleman.  After a very popular falafel dinner by Chickpeas, a magician, a juggler and a face painter kept kids of all ages entertained.  Joyful dancing followed, thanks to the Davis Klezmer Band, and the traditional megillah reading brought the celebration to a close.  Thanks to all who attended and helped to make the evening run smoothly! 
Young Families' and Religious School News
Todah Rabah to the Purim Carnival Volunteers 
A message from Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth 

 A big todah rabah you to the helpers listed below for making our 2016 Purim Carnival a great success!  Despite the pouring rain, wind and cold, these community members created a fun-filled experience for our children and community.

The Purim Carnival includes many details and is a huge production.  Working together with a positive attitude, the volunteers brought the various pieces together, resulting in a variety of activities and booths to keep our children entertained and joyful. This event would not be possible without these individuals!  

Event chair:  Steve Fineberg; Games:  Bonnie Berman (chair); Maya and Sara Alexander; Melissa Barnett; Toby Douglas; Christina, Michaela and Angelina Ellis; Enav Farhi; Jonah Frohlich; Rhoda, Greg and Ajhanaie Rohnstock; Balloon animals:  Natalya and Matthew Rosenberg; Cake walk:  Sabrina Batuman; Jennifer Nachmanoff;  Prizes:  Raychel Adler; Elizabeth Payne; Food:  Elan and Orit Kalman; Dana and Mike Paskowitz; Megan Wilson; Zohar Tal;  Tickets:  Barbara Fineberg; Amanda Guyer; Brigette and Andrew Hunley; Megan and Greg Rabin; Set-Up:  Michael Bobell; Bob Smith; Max Williams; Signs:  Lucille Fineberg; Publicity:  Joy Cohan

THIS WEEKEND!  Friday, April 1 - Saturday, April 2
Overnight Shabbaton for 3rd and 4th Grade Religious School students 

 For more information, please contact Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth, at or 530-758-0842

 Religious School Open House
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Calling all families interested in enrolling children in Religious School for the 2016-2017 school year!  The open house is an opportunity for the whole community, whether or not a family currently are CBH partners.  For full information, please click here.  To RSVP, contact Laurie Stillman at
Saturday, April 9, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Shabbat Safari Children's Passover Seder 
North Classroom

 Join with other young families as we celebrate our holiday of freedom with storytelling, singing and movement!  Please RSVP to Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking here, and indicate if you are able to bring any of the following seder items:
- Radishes
- Charoset
- Parsley
- Shank bone
- Matzah
- Hard boiled eggs
- Horseradish  

For more information, contact Shayndel at, or phone 530-758-0842.


Announcing "PJ Our Way"
Jewish books for children ages 9-11 years

 This program extends the "PJ Library" concept to older children, giving these young readers more autonomy to choose the books that they want to receive and even to post their own book reviews!  The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region is one of 24 communities selected for a national pilot program this year.  To learn more and sign-up, please click this link.
ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall
Group organizer and CBH Partner Michael Amster will be leading meditation and teaching about the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and how it relates to living our lives in a more peaceful and harmonious way.  

ChaverSangha is a meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation.  The usual meeting schedule is every other Tuesday evening.  All group activities are free and open to the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation or experience with meditation.  First-timers definitely are welcome!  For more information about he group or this week's event, contact Michael at, or 530-219-6947.
Saturday, April 9
"April Shower" Gathering Necessities for Families Seeking Safety
1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Corner of 5th and B Streets, Davis
The CBH Social Action Committee, along with partners Linda Bresnick, Nancy Lazarus and Susan Gefter, invite you to donate household necessities while enjoying light refreshments and learning about the important services this combined new agency provides to the community.  

The donation wish list includes items such as personal care supplies, diapers, wipes, matching bath towel sets, twin sheet sets, bags of ground coffee and more.  To view the full, detailed donation wish list, please click

If you are unable to attend, your donations may be delivered to a drop box now available in the CBH office, or sent to Empower Yolo at 175 Walnut Street, Woodland, CA 95695.  Cash donations for the shelter also are appreciated at this link.  For more information, or a tax-deductible receipt, please contact Susan Gefter at 530-758-2367 or Linda Bresnick at 530-756-0420.
Israel Matters Committee News

Saturday, April 16
Join Israel Matters in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Israel Matters and friends once again will take part in this hometown tradition.  There will be opportunities to either walk or ride on a horse-drawn hay wagon along the two-mile parade route, waving Israeli flags along the way.  For meeting instructions and more details, please contact George Rooks, Israel Matters chair, by clicking his name.  

250 Pounds of Groceries Needed to Meet Food Drive Goal by Passover!  

The annual Israel Matters Chanukah to Passover Food Drive to benefit the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) to
date has collected 450 pounds of food toward the 700 pound goal. You can help to fill the gap!  Please consider donating canned or boxed food.  Collection bins are located in the CBH office and in the sanctuary, or contact to arrange for a donation pick up.
Are You Ready For Passover?  
Sunday, April 24
Community Passover Seder
Doors open 5:30 p.m., Seder begins 6:00 p.m., 
CBH Social Hall
Join with your CBH community as Rabbi Seth Castleman leads us on our journey from slavery to freedom, accompanied by a potluck meal, beautiful flowers and inspiring music.  

For more details and a reservation form, please click
here.  Reservation deadline is Friday, April 15.  Questions?  Please contact Sandy Jones by clicking her name, or call the CBH office at 530-758-0842. 

Matzo, Macaroons and More Available at Local Grocery Stores  
Friday, April 22 is the first seder, but your CBH leadership has been at work for months to ensure that Passover provisions are available for partners to purchase at their favorite Yolo County supermarkets!  

An ad hoc committee formed and, in addition to Nugget and Whole Foods, the group received commitments from Save Mart, Safeway and the Davis Food Co-Op that shelves will be stocked with kosher for Passover items by Sunday, April 10.  Please support these local stores, so that they will continue to support our holiday needs!  

If you still find that you are having difficulty locating what you need at these stores, please let
Ann Teal, Carole Plack, Janet Meizel, or Pat Philipps know by clicking their names, so that these items can be added to the "wish list" to be shared with the stores in the future.

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.
"Where the Rebbe Meets the Road" - Notes From Rabbi Greg in Israel!  

Rabbi Greg's time in Israel is coming to a close...share in this final look at the five weeks of his sabbatical that he spent renewing his connection to Israel

Rabbi Greg made
a journey to the Western Wall 
in Jerusal

He ended his trip this week in Tel Aviv; lunch with a friend at the eponymous Cafe Greg, and a memorable sunset.
Join the Success of the Life and Legacy Campaign! 
Plan Now to Leave a Legacy for CBH's Future

We are elated and proud to announce that CBH has achieved the program goal of 36 Letter of Intent Commitments to qualify for an unrestricted $7,500 incentive grant!  Todah Rabah to the dedicated partners who helped CBH to achieve the "double chai" program goal.  To see the names, click here

However, it is not too late to join the success of the Life and Legacy Program with an intended gift of any size.  To download a letter of intent, click
here.  For more information, or to return a Letter of Intent form, please contact Michael Bobell, Life and Legacy Chair, at or 530-400-7031.
Sacramento Jewish Federation - Springing Ahead in April 

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.  A new morning session has begun and meets twice a month through early May, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  A 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. evening session also is in progress; drop-ins are welcome both morning and evening 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.  
Monday, April 11
Israel and Diaspora - Moving in Two Different Directions
6:30 p.m., Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos

ARZA, and co-sponsors the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, present dinner and discussion with Rabbi Leon A. Morris.  Rabbi Morris is the Vice President for Programs in Israel for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.  

To reserve a kosher dinner for $10, or to read a full biography of Rabbi Morris, please visit  Questions?  Contact Rabbi Melanie Aron of Shir Hadash by clicking her name.  
Birthdays - April 1 - 7
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim!
Saturday, April 2
Nancy LeRoy

Sunday, April 3
Marcia Rosenstein
Barbara Sherwood
Mark Simon
Monday, April 4
Leslie Brumer
Netania Moore
Zoe Raven
Tuesday, April 5
Dean Newberry

Wednesday, April 6
Ella Haberman
Aaron Styne
Thursday, April 7
Don Kalman
Sunny Kneip
Yahrzeits - April 1 - 7
Sunday, April 3
Blanch Brownstein, mother of Alan Brownstein
Sam Gordon, father of Carla Levin

Tuesday, April 5
Ellen Angres Loeb, mother of Nancy Loeb Williams
Wednesday, April 6
Francis Langer, grandmother of Ken Firestein

Thursday, April 7
Harry Renkin, father of Gene Renkin
Suzette Wright, sister of Kerry Wright
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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