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April 6, 2017

  • Religious School Open House THIS SUNDAY
  • Explore "The Bible's Buried Secrets," film and discussion THIS SUNDAY
  • Happy Passover!  Three Seder host families needed for Hillel students THIS MONDAY night
  • Office CLOSED THIS TUESDAY and NO Hebrew School THIS WEDNESDAY, due to Passover 

Shabbat This Week
Friday, April 7
5:30 p.m., "Shabbat Through the Arts"
Brief service + yoga, art and music
See detailed information and schedule
Sanctuary and Social Hall

Ice Cream Social oneg hosted by Congregation Bet Haverim

Sign-up NOW to host a Spring oneg at
this link!  For more details, contact coordinator Merry Draffan by clicking her name.

Saturday, April 8

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service

Torah readers are needed THIS SHABBAT.  Sign-up now at this link.  If you have questions, or need assistance with preparation, contact Virginia Lantry by clicking her name.

Torah Notes

Leviticus, Parashat Tzav 
 6:1 - 7:10 
  • Some of the five sacrifices that the priests are to perform are described
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.
Yahrzeits - April 7 - April 13, 2017
Please note:  if your loved one's yahrzeit date is either not listed according to your observance preference
(Hebrew or Gregorian date), or appears to be missing, please accept our apologies and
contact the CBH office at or 530-758-0842 to provide corrections.  Thank you.  
Friday, April 7
Ephriam Landes, father of Elliot Landes
Suzette Wright, sister of Kerry Wright

Saturday, April 8
Robert Dexter Carpenter, son of Raymond Carpenter
Paul Levin, father of Amy Levin
Monday, April 10
Murray Friedman, father of Marc Friedman
Shirley Levine, mother of Neal Levine 

Tuesday, April 11
Norman Balter, uncle of Carole Plack

Wednesday, April 12
Syril Carlson, mother of Richard Zeiger
Host a Student At Your First Night Seder
THIS MONDAY evening, April 10

The Haggadah says: "Let all who are hungry, let them come and eat!"  Three CBH hosts are needed to build warm and supportive relationships with our local Hillel students this Passover.

In collaboration with Ben Zeiger, Hillel at Davis and Sacramento's Program Director, CBH has been invited to provide opportunities for students looking to join in a first night Seder (Hillel will host a Seder later in the week).  Are you able to help?  If you (or someone you know) has an extra seat or two or more to share this Monday, April 10, please contact
Rabbi Greg Wolfe by clicking his name, or phone him at 530-758-0842, to answer the following questions:

  • How many guests can you accommodate?
  • Can you accommodate any of these dietary needs:  vegan, vegetarian or non-dairy?
  • ​What time will your seder begin?
  • Can you help provide transportation for students?

Please also contact Rabbi Greg with any questions.  Thanks for sharing in this mitzvah!

Rabbi Greg Recommends...
Two Ways to Support STEAC  
Neighborhood and Israel Matters Food Drives

The Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) looks forward to engaging CBH partners in two important efforts to stock their pantry over the next several months to benefit the food insecure of our community:
  1. STEAC Food Project:  upon a sign-up, a Neighborhood Coordinator contacts a participant to provide a reusable grocery bag to be filled with non-perishable food and left out for pick up from the front porch every other month.  Click here to register now!  Please contact CBH Partner Linda Bresnick with any questions by clicking her name.  
  2. Israel Matters' 4th Annual Chanukah to Passover Food Drive for STEAC:  prefer to make a one-time food drop-off?  Want to provide a bag of non-perishable groceries each of the months that the Food Project doesn't pick-up?  Bring your donations to the CBH office.  More than 230 pounds already have been collected toward Israel Matters' goal of 700!  For more details, or to contact Israel Matters' Chair George Rooks, please click here.
Select one mitzvah or both...either way, your generosity is in the bag!

Salsa Dance Classes to Benefit Social Justice
3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Davis United Methodist Church Social Hall, 1620 Anderson Road, Davis
Brandon Austin, a 15-year salsero (male salsa dancer) and pastor of Davis United Methodist Church, is providing a progressive series of salsa dance classes he calls “Club Ready Salsa.”  Learn the fundamentals of salsa over the seven class series for just $5 per lesson, which will be donated to your choice of the American Civil Liberties Union or the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Bring your friends to this inclusive and affirming community of dance, or come and make new friends!  No partner necessary.  
For additional information, please see
Donations - March 2017
Biberstein Social Action Fund
Amy and Dan Abramson, in memory of James Schottland, Amy's father
Megan and Greg Rabin, in honor of Sam Sands Eagle Scout achievement

Campership Fund
Nancy Lazarus, in memory of Linda Feldman, Janet Saunders' mother

Israel Matters Program Fund
Julie and Paul Gussman, in memory of William Thompson, Julie's father
Helen and Jerry Suran, in memory of Julia Suran, Jerry's mother; Alice Suran, Jerry's sister; Mitchell
Singer, Helen's husband and Linda Feldman, Janet Saunders' mother

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Audrey and Joe Green, in memory of Gertrude Auerbach, Audrey's mother
Libby and Gene Renkin, in memory of Harry Renkin, Gene's father and Mary Margaret Russell, Libby's mother
Barbara and Walt Sherwood, in memory of Harry Lieberman, Barbara's father
Heidi and Bob Smith, in honor of Rebecca Bobell's marriage, Rochelle Frank and Michael Bobell's Mishloach Manot leadership and Sam Sands Eagle Scout achievement
CBH Recruiting NOW For Education Director, To Begin July 1, 2017
A detailed job description and application instructions can be found at this link.  Please share this information with any colleagues, friends or family who might be qualified for and interested in this position!
Benefit CBH by Shopping with World of Judaica
It's Time to Shop for Passover!
All Judaica and holiday items that you buy from the CBH Online Gift Shop, powered by World 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.
Camperships - It's Time to Apply or to Donate to Ensure a Jewish Camp Experience This Summer for All CBH Kids
Applications Due By Friday, April 28, 2017

Jewish camps create a positive sense of identity and wonderful memories that last a life time.  Camp Newman has been a favorite of Bet Haverim children and teens for decades, and is operated by the Union for Reform Judaism in the Santa Rosa area.  Learn more about the camp, its programs, its history and its approach to engaging Jewish youth at this link.

You can help to ensure a Jewish camp experience for every Bet Haverim child who wants to attend by supporting the CBH Campership Fund.  This investment in the Jewish future is a particularly meaningful way to celebrate a simcha, honor a loved one, or simply to offer tzedakah to our community.  To donate now, please click here and be sure to specify that your donation be directed to the Campership Fund.

here to apply for a Campership for your child(ren). All applications will be handled in confidence.  2017 applications must be submitted by Friday, April 28 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (second night of Passover)
Registration Is CLOSED for the Annual CBH Passover Seder
Doors Open at 5:30 p.m., Seder Begins at 6:00 p.m.,
Social Hall
All 105 seats have been filled!  In the unlikely event that additional space does become available, a wait list is being maintained.  To add your name to this list, please contact the CBH office at, or 530-758-0842.
Farewell to Malka - An Event in Honor of
Malka Sansani's Retirement
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 4:00 p.m., Social Hall and Sanctuary

Come celebrate Malka's 20 years of dedication to our Religious School at this free event for the whole family.  This is during the "Bat Mitzvah" weekend for our campus; among Malka's many accomplishments was to lead the huge undertaking to establish our Religious School in its first permanent home upon our move to Anderson Road 13 years ago!  

The celebration will include the creation of a memory book for Malka.  Favorite memories and photos of Malka from the past two decades are being collected for this keepsake.  To be included, please send your submissions by Friday, May 5 to Event Co-Organizer
Betsy Elzufon by clicking her name.  Questions about the event or the book may be sent either to Betsy, or to Co-Organizer Nancy Loeb Williams at

More event details coming soon!
Sponsorships Available for
"The Bat Mitzvah of 1715 Anderson Road"

Underwrite and Ensure the Celebration
Will Be Open to All

More than two dozen CBH partners already have committed to $250 each to support the plans underway to honor 13 years of Jewish living and learning in our synagogue home on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

May we count on you to join them in investing in our Jewish community?

Additional Community Sponsorship Benefits Include:

  • Reserved dinner seating for two
  • Drawing ticket (grand prize = $1,000 cash!)
  • Recognition on event signage


To join your haverim as a "Bat Mitzvah of 1715 Anderson Road" Community Sponsor, please complete the form and submit payment at this link.  Event invitations and further details about additional activities during the celebration weekend will be mailed next week!  Questions?  Please contact CBH partner Joy Cohan by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814.

Shabbat Safari, a Haverim K'tanim event
THIS SATURDAY, April 8, 2017, 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., North Classroom

Passover brings together family and friends for a ritual meal and a celebration of freedom.  Join us for a children's Seder, as we tell the story of Pesach with song and food!

Haverim K'tanim events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members. To RSVP (by TODAY, Thursday, April 6), or for more information, please contact
Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or the CBH office at 530-758-0842.  To view a schedule of all Haverim K'tanim events for 2016-2017, click here.



Religious and Hebrew School News
  • 3rd and 4th grade Shabbaton begins THIS FRIDAY at 5:30 p.m. through Saturday at 5:30 p.m.  Contact Malka Sansani by clicking her name for more details.
  • Religious School meets THIS SUNDAY, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and includes a Passover program
  • Religious School Open House THIS SUNDAY; see details below.
  • NO Hebrew School THIS WEDNESDAY, April 12, due to the holiday

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.

Keshet and Confirmation Teen Programs

Keshet and Confirmation will resume THIS Sunday, April 9

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



Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) events

Matza Pizza - Movie Night, Saturday, April 15, 2017 
6:30 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall 

Wear your PJ's and bring your blankets and pillows!  Teens are invited to join in making and eating "Passover pizza," as well as to share a movie together.  Other snacks also welcome, so long and they are Kosher for Passover.  RSVP by Monday, April 10 to

DRTY Goes to the River Cats Game,
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Baseball, snacks, games, music, hanging out and FIREWORKS await the CBH teens!  RSVP first, then bring a towel or blanket for grass seating, and meet in front of the Main Entrance to the stadium.  Early bird price is $10/ticket by Friday, April 14, or $20 after that date.  Make payment in the CBH office or via phone at 530-758-0842.  Questions?  Contact Teen Engagement Coordinator Sarah Turtletaub by clicking her name.
Gan Haverim Preschool News
by Rhoda Rohnstock, Director
The children of Gan Haverim really enjoyed celebrating Purim.  Teacher Emily June Wong led us in Music Together, we had a costume parade around the campus, made lots of noise to scare off Haman and enjoyed hamantashen that the children made themselves.

Now the children are getting ready for Passover with a lot of cleaning, sweeping and scrubbing.  It’s amazing how much the children want to help to do all the work to make our classroom sparkly clean.  The children will learn about Baby Moses, make a River Nile in our sandbox and take turns putting “Moses” into the river.  Rabbi Greg will join the children on Friday, April 14 for a special Passover Shabbat event.  There will be traditional Seder foods for the children and their families to sample.

We’ve been exploring different bugs in the classrooms. The Sunshine Room is watching caterpillars grow and get ready to become butterflies, while the Redwood Room is growing ladybugs from larvae.  Soon, both classrooms will have a lot of silkworms to take care of as our silkworm eggs hatch.

If you would like to learn more about Gan Haverim and the enrollment options offered, please contact me at, or 530-758-0842, x105.

Also, applications now are being accepted for our NEW STEM-inspired Summer Camp for ages 4 - 6.  See details below, or click
here to learn more. 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Mindfulness Meditation (ChaverSangha) Group
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Experience this meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation.  Rabbi Seth Castleman leads the group.  The usual meeting schedule is the first and third Tuesday evening of each month.  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, please contact Rabbi Seth at or 617-935-9697.

NEW!  Mark your calendar for "Beginning the Rest...of Shabbat" pre-Shabbat meditation, on the 4th Friday of each month, 7:15 - 7:45 p.m., Sanctuary, prior to services.  The next gathering will be Friday, April 28, 2017.  More information at
this link.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Presents:
Jewish Family Service Caregivers' Support Groups at CBH
10:00 - 11:30 a.m., 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Room locations available upon registration
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 groups provide a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.  

The morning session next meets on Wednesday, April 19, as well as Wednesdays May 3 and May 17.  

The evening session continues on Wednesdays April 19, May 3, May 17, June 7 and June 21.  The evening group has a special emphasis on adult children caring for aging parents

The Federation charges a $60 fee for either 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.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Israel Matters in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade
8:00 - 11:00 a.m., Downtown Davis, Meeting Location to be Announced

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 Israel Matters Chair
George Rooks by clicking his name.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Communitywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration
6:30 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel,
3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento
Featured speaker Fred Rosenbaum is an award-winning author, historian, and adult educator who specializes in the history of the Bay Area Jewish community.  Rosenbaum grew up in Queens, New York, in a family that was marked by the Holocaust. His mother fled Poland and escaped to the United States. His father had earlier emigrated from Poland and became a sergeant in the United States Army, and fought in Europe during World War II.

Rosenbaum is the Founding Director of Lehrhaus Judaica, the largest school for adult Jewish education in the American West.  He is also an adjunct Faculty Member of San Francisco State University, University of San Francisco, College of Alameda and the Graduate Theological Union.  He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad.

This program is sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, with the support of the Sacramento Board of Rabbis and CVHEN.  Refreshments will be provide.  For more information, contact Elissa Einhorn of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region at
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Rabbi Greg hosts:  "Soils:  The Forgotten Gift Under Foot,"
part of the Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice
Climate and Sustainability Speaker Forum
3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Social Hall
Soil is a living system, and healthy soil is full of life.  Tony Rolfes, a career state soil scientist with the USDA, currently is working in Davis to build healthy soil to prevent dust bowl conditions.  His presentation will focus on the concept of solving the troubling issues of our times - hunger, clean water, global warming, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, economic stability and maybe even world peace - by considering the power of the soil beneath our feet and importance of managing it in a sustainable way.

The Climate and Sustainability Speaker Forum aims to provide information on timely matters regarding climate change and how to live in healthy, sustainable ways both for us and for the earth.  Participants will explore what is possible for our own community and beyond.  The presentation is free, and no RSVP is required.  

For more information about the presentation or the series, contact
Lynne Nittler of the Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice by clicking her name, or go to the Cool Davis website.  To view details of the science and the resources behind Tony Rolfes' talk at Bet Haverim, see this link

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Israel Peace Alternatives presents:  "Partner With The Enemy," a film and discussion led by Rabbi Greg Wolfe
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
Rabbi Greg was inspired by this film during his sabbatical in Israel last year, and shares his insights during this program.  The movie shares the story of two women - one Israeli and one Palestinian - who fight societal and family pressures in a male-dominated industry to help Palestinian businessmen navigate Israeli control of the West Bank through the creation of a logistics company.  But, while they help their clients to overcome the obstacles of Israeli occupation, the divisions between the women threaten to tear their partnership apart

Screened at film festivals in Haifa, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and New Zealand, a preview of the production is available at this link.

For more information, contact Sarah Pattison at  This event is free and open to the public.
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Stay abreast of Jewish programming throughout the Sacramento area by receiving the Jewish Federation's weekly electronic newsletter.  Learn about programs at regional synagogues and organized by the Federation and other organizations in partnership with them.  Register at   The form is on the right side of the page.  

To view the current month's Federation programming at any time, please visit
this link on the CBH website.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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 March 21, 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
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