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April 13, 2017

  • THIS SHABBAT:  Song Leaders on Friday, Chant/Contemplative Service on Saturday
  • PJ Library at CBH:  Passover "Yoga for Families" with children ages 3-8+ THIS SATURDAY 
  • CBH Bat Mitzvah Celebration Weekend invitations have mailed - has yours arrived?
  • Office CLOSED THIS MONDAY for last day of Passover 

Shabbat This Week
Friday, April 14
6:00 p.m., Song Leaders Shabbat
Click the link above to learn more

THIS ONEG NEEDS A HOST!  Snacks and goodies must be Kosher for Passover.  Oneg will be held in the North Classroom this week.

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

Saturday, April 15

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Chant/Contemplative Shabbat Morning Service and Yizkor Service

Chant/Contemplative Service special note:  the intention of this service is to offer a more personal relationship with the Divine as you celebrate and observe Shabbat via chanting, meditative and contemplative exercises.  While Torah is read, it is done so Renew
al-style; there are only three aliyot, each accompanied by a special kavannah. Shabbat Chol HaMo'ed will be observed this week, and the intent of the aliyot will be to express an intimacy and partnership between God and the people.  Any davener who feels called by a kavannah may come up for one or more aliyot.  A haftarah reading is NOT included, and the entire service typically concludes by 12:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Carrie Shepard or Hallie Morrow by clicking their names.

Yizkor Service special note:  four times a year, our tradition calls us to gather at this special service 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.

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

Torah Notes

Chol HaMo'ed Pesach חול המועד 
 Exodus 33:12-14, 33:18-23, 34:5-7 
  • Moses said to the Eternal, "See, You say to me, 'Lead this people forward,' but You have not made known to me whom You will send with me. Further, You have said, 'I have singled you out by name, and you have, indeed, gained My favor.'" - Exodus 33:12
  • Summary:  on the Shabbat during Passover, we are reminded of the age-old desire to know God. Moses implores God to let him see God. While God will not allow Moses to see God’s face, God tells Moses, “I will make My goodness pass before you…" Perhaps we experience the divine presence through the goodness we create in the world. The Torah then sets forth the thirteen attributes of God, among them that God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. By emulating these very attributes, we create the goodness which allows us to know God.
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 14 - 20, 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.  
Saturday, April 15
John Lantry, grandfather of Virginia Lantry
Charlotte Levine, mother of David Kalb
Elie Tennenbaum, father of Dan Tennenbaum

Sunday, April 16
Rick Hascal, cousin of Sandi Kneip

Monday, April 17
Martin Shickman, father of David Shickman
Tuesday, April 18
Hannah Biberstein, wife of Ernie Biberstein
Mollie Ginsberg, mother of Karen Berliner
Mary Renkin, mother of Gene Renkin 

Thursday, April 20
Evelyn Siegel, mother of Annette Montgomery
Mystical Meditations on the Meaning of Maror and More

It’s that time of year, Pesach time, when we start hunting frantically for where we stashed the haggadahs from last year’s seder and all of the various ritual items that will be needed to create the annual retelling of “our exodus from Egypt” with our friends and family gathered round the table.  Shank bone? Check. (We keep ours in the freezer from year to year). Cup of Elijah and Miriam? Check. Seder plate? Check. As we assemble all of the items, we often find that we retrieve more than the physical objects themselves; gathering, in addition, a host of memories, stories and family traditions that cling like thick Sephardic charoset to fresh matzah.  Sometimes, however, the items are so familiar, the stories so well-known, that we don’t even give them a second thought and on to the table they go without a question.  This is particularly true of the symbolic foods that we place every year on the seder plate.  Sometimes an egg is simply an egg.  But, as is generally the case in our Jewish rituals, if you poke a bit at that radish or peel back the shell on that roasted egg, you will discover that our tradition reveals a whole host of deeper meanings that help connect the essential teachings of the seder to our lives today.

I recently learned--from the teachings of Reb Zalman, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh and Rabbi Reuben Modek--that each of the symbols on the seder plate, according to our mystical tradition, represents one of God’s divine qualities, emanating through the kabbalistic spheres, that can shine through us into our own lives, as well. These divine qualities may also just be the very building blocks we can use for strengthening and deepening our relationships to one another in our Bet Haverim community. May we grow together from strength to strength.

The Zero’ah, or shank bone of a lamb, traditionally recalls the Passover sacrifice brought by our ancestors and is a reminder of the lamb’s blood placed on the doorposts of the Israelite homes so that the Angel of Death would “pass over,” thus sparing the lives of those inside.  For the Kabbalists, the Zero’ah, symbolizing the outstretched arm of the Holy One, corresponds to the divine quality of chesed (loving-kindness).  As we reflect on the deeper meaning of the Zero’ah for us this year, we might ask ourselves where we are stretching ourselves to help others and our community? How might we build bridges and extend ourselves even a bit further to be that loving and supportive presence in another’s life? How have others reached out to us and how have these acts of chesed impacted us? Passover is a time to step up and make a difference in someone’s life.

The Beitzah, or roasted egg, represents the festival offering and is linked by the Kabbalists to the divine quality of gevurah (strength and structure). The egg has a hard shell on the outside to provide the necessary container for new life to emerge.  The egg calls us to reflect on tough decisions we have made so that we can protect what is important to us. We might ask ourselves how setting limits have actually nurtured us and where we could use even more support in our lives. What is nascent and emerging in us at this time that needs a stronger sense of gevurah, guarding and special nurturing? Passover is a time to take a stand for what is important to us.

The Maror, or bitter herbs, are well known to evoke the bitterness of slavery and oppression. So it might seem strange that the Kabbalists associated Maror with the divine quality of Tiferet (harmony and balance). Tiferet stands at the intersection of gevurah and chesed, strength and kindness, and must find a way to balance and harmonize these opposing forces.   The Maror of Passover challenges us to consider how to incorporate

and make peace with the difficult, bitter experiences in our life. We might ask ourselves how we want to choose to respond to the bitterness in life? Can we find a way to respond, and not simply react, so that we can be with what is and learn even from life’s challenges?  The sting of the Maror calls us to pay attention to the suffering of others, as well, so we can be with them. Passover is a time to bring opposites together.

The Charoset (a mixture of apples, nuts and wine or dried fruit and honey) represents the mortar, the symbol of our servitude and hard labor, that the Israelites used to build the pyramids for Pharaoh.  The mystics saw Charoset as the divine quality of Netzach (endurance, that which lasts and sticks).  The Charoset might stimulate in us questions about what is lasting in the things that we are doing with our life.  What would we like to endure from our lives into the future? What do we hope our legacy will be? How will we build something of lasting value with the days that we have?  Passover is a time to devote ourselves to something that will stick around.

The Karpas (the green parsley) represents the new growth of spring and the hope that emerges from desolation of winter.  The Kabbalists imagined Karpas as connected to Hod (beauty and splendor).  Hod is also related to the word Hodaya, a sense of thanksgiving.  Is not our gratitude rooted in a sense of awe at the beauty of the world?  The Karpas might evoke in us questions about where our gratitude is rooted. What experiences cause us to feel appreciation? What are we thankful for at this season? How do we show our gratitude to those whom we treasure? Passover is a time to appreciate what we have and say “Dayenu!”

Chazeret (more bitter herbs, often a romaine lettuce leaf) is one of the great mysteries of the seder plate; its place on the Passover table is often left empty.  Yet the Kabbalists linked the Chazeret with the divine quality of Yesod (foundation, rootedness), which can also be connected to the Hebrew word chazarah or return. Yesod is the steady and stable platform upon which our vision for ourselves and the world is grounded.  The Chazeret might invite us to ask ourselves about our core passions and values upon which our life is founded.  Have we been living in alignment with these beliefs?  How can we better support our spiritual foundation and our ability to be advocates for the community and world of our dreams? Where are there opportunities in our life to return to what is most important to us? Passover is a time to live into what is most important to us.

And, finally, even the seder plate itself, the Ke’arah, is considered to reflect a particular divine quality, that of Malchut (manifestation). The Zohar refers to Malchut as the “mouth of God… a sacred container that holds all that has been received.” (from Counting the Omer by Min Kantrowitz, p. 205)  The seder plate invites us to imagine together, as a community of precious souls, how we can move in our lives from the narrow places that trap us into the wide open spaces of possibility where we can manifest all of these divine qualities of loving-kindness, strength, harmony, endurance, thankfulness and groundedness.  For when we live with a deeper awareness of these divine attributes within us, God’s radiant light comes shining through each one of us to brighten the world. 

With Blessings for a liberating Pesach,

Rabbi Greg shares that Bet Haverim was featured in last week's
URJ Religious Action Center "Reform California Update"!
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Congregants in a sanctuary

Congregational Spotlight: Davis

Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis hosted an interfaith community gathering to explore creating an interfaith sanctuary for their community. Working with Rev. Beth Banks from the Unitarian Church and Rev.  Kristin Stoneking, the Executive Director of the Fellowship for Reconciliation, Rabbi Greg Wolfe welcomed over 100 individuals representing dozens of community groups into the synagogue sanctuary to learn and begin a community assessment. Alan Steinberg, the president of Congregation B'nai Israel in Sacramento, was their featured keynote speaker sharing the lessons his congregation learned while becoming a sanctuary. The community is convening a smaller working group to help move the process along.
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!
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!
Israel Matters Announces
Israeli Innovations 
Essay and Art Contest 

Teenage junior high, high school or home schooled students are invited to  creatively highlight Israeli innovations, and complete for one of three cash prizes.

Short essays (300 words maximum), original art or original media (such as a short video) will be accepted.  Suggested inspiration can be found at the
No Camels or the Israel 21c websites, or from any of the
 15 Israeli startups at the recent Las Vegas technological pavilion.  Material taken from other sources must be properly cited.

The deadline to submit entries is Thursday, June 1.  All entries should be submitted to George Rooks, Israel Matters Committee chair, at  Winners will be announced by Monday, June 12. First prize is $200, second prize is $100 and third prize is $50.

Questions also should be addressed to
George Rooks.
The URJ "Measuring Success" Survey Is Coming...All CBH Partners' Count!
 In order to gain your perspectives about improving and strengthening your CBH experience, your Board of Directors has decided to join with 50 other Reform congregations in a "benchmarking" project this Spring, facilitated by "Measuring Success." Your thoughts and opinions are an essential part of this effort, which will help Bet Haverim to:
  • Understand the priorities and needs of our community
  • Create local/national benchmarks against which to measure our synagogue
  • Receive your input into the process of continuous synagogue improvement and planning
Look for an email within the coming month inviting you to take this survey.  All data collection, analysis and reporting will be handled confidentially by "Measuring Success," an independent third party.  CBH will receive an aggregate report only, and will not have access to individual survey responses, unless you choose to self-identify. 

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important project!  If you have questions, please contact Board Benchmarking Project representative
Bimla Schwarz by clicking her name. 
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

Benefit CBH by Shopping with World of Judaica
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.
Food, Friends and Fun at Tuesday Night's Community Passover Seder
Thanks to Those Who Made it Possible!
Nearly 110 community members came together in a beautifully decorated Social Hall to celebrate a festive Seder - - sharing in a potluck feast, the musical inspiration of the Song Leaders and the highly anticipated hunt for the afikomen.  Rabbi Greg amazed the children of all ages with magical plagues and eggs, but no tricks could surpass the organized dedication of organizer Sandy Jones, without whom the journey might not have been possible!

Sandy was supported by an amazing team, to whom she sends deep appreciation:
  • Rabbi Greg for leading the Seder
  • Sarah Pattison and her Song Leaders:  Meryl Rappaport, Diann Kramer, Roy Kaplan, Linda Sternberg, Sharon McCorkell, Judy Leatherman, Hallie Morrow, Meredith Brownstein and Sylvia Richman
  • Sally Besser for the floral arrangements
  • Michael Bobell for the charoset
  • Set-up crew:  Beth, Jo-el and Zoe DuBois, Sally Eckert, Diann Kramer, Sally Besser and the Jew Crew 
  • Clean-up crew:  Joy and Steve Cohan, Alan Brownstein and the Jew Crew
  • CBH administrative support:  Joy Cohan and Doug Walter
Next year in Jerusalem...or closer to home in the CBH Social Hall!
The CBH "Bat Mitzvah" Weekend Is Here, Celebrating 13 Years of Jewish Living and Learning in Our Synagogue Home
Events Honoring
Malka Sansani's Retirement and our
Beautiful CBH Campus!
Friday, May 19, Saturday, May 20
and Sunday, May 21, 2017

Your invitation has arrived for the Bat Mitzvah of our journey to this amazing campus...a dream come true, that enabled our synagogue to grow to embrace all of you who make Bet Haverim such a special community.  Let's celebrate together!  See the events below, and remember to RSVP by Friday, May 5 at

  • Friday, May 19, 8:00 p.m., Sanctuary:  "Music and Memories" Kabbalat Shabbat   
  • Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary:  Shabbat aliyot honoring the "CBH Movers"  
  • Saturday, May 20, 4:00 p.m., Social Hall:  "Farewell to Malka," free, family-friendly celebration of Malka's 20 years as Education Directoramong 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!  Questions?  Click to connect with Co-Organizers Betsy Elzufon or Nancy Loeb Williams.  Also, 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 Betsy Elzufon by clicking her name.  
  • Sunday, May 21, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Redwood Grove:  "Gala Bat Mitzvah Party," featuring dinner by Bobby Coyote, music, Israeli dancing, wines, drawing for $1,000 cash prize or $300 in Davis restaurant gift cards, select silent auction with trips to Costa Rica and Maui, and the Initiative for Building Maintenance and Enhancement.  $54 per person, drawing tickets $50, sponsorships $250 includes two guests and a drawing ticket.  Event chair Jodi Liederman welcomes questions; click her name to connect.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Israel Independence Day Celebration, presented by Israel Matters
12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Redwood Grove
A Bet Haverim tradition, this year's event will focus on the 69th anniversary of modern Israel, with:
  • Food - Israeli and American salads, falafels, BBQ hot dogs
  • Music and dancing - Klezmer tunes!
  • Kids' activities - bounce houses and face painting
This is a FREE event, open to the entire community!  Invite your friends and neighbors to join in the fun and learn more about Israel past and present.

For more information, contact Israel Matters' chair
George Rooks by clicking his name.

ALSO, the Annual Jewish Heritage Festival,
presented by the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region

1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Scottish Rite Masonic Center,
6151 H Street, Sacramento

Sample the best of Jewish life in our region, by visiting congregation and organization booths featuring Israeli culture, as well as Judaica and other vendors. Bet Haverim's booth will highlight Israeli innovation, as well as
Israel Matters' related essay/art contest.  This is a free admission event; food will be available for purchase.

Questions?  Can you assist with set-up or staffing of the Bet Haverim booth for an hour or two?  Please contact Communications Specialist Joy Cohan at, or 530-383-1814.
RSVPs Accepted Through TOMORROW, Friday, April 14!


Religious and Hebrew School News
  • Religious School meets THIS SUNDAY, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and includes the 2nd/3rd grade Family Program

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 meets THIS SUNDAY, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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, THIS 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 ASAP 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 TOMORROW, 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.
THIS MONDAY, April 17, 2017
Heart and Spirit Chant Circle
7:30 - 8:45 p.m., Sanctuary
Are you curious to try chanting?  Or have you long felt that chant helps you to deepen your spiritual experience? 

If you answered yes above, please join CBH partners Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard as they share chants written by Rabbi Shefa Gold.  These chants offer a unique way to access our spiritual selves through short texts from the Tanach paired with powerful melodies.  Participants do not need a musical background, just an openness to experience the power of chant. 

The Heart and Spirit Chant Circle meets on the fourth Monday of each month.  No pre-registration required.  For more information, contact
Carrie or Hallie by clicking their names. Also, to learn more about ongoing Heart and Spirit Chant Circle programs at CBH, including the monthly Contemplative Shabbat Service, please see this flyer.  For more information about Rabbi Shefa Gold, please click here.
THIS 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.
THIS 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.
THIS WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017
Israeli Folk Dancing Group
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
Love to dance?  Know nothing about Israeli dancing?  Or, are you a pro?  Want to just listen and watch?

All are welcome to join CBH partners and others in the community for a monthly evening of lively Israeli folk dancing on this and every third Wednesday of the month.  The gatherings feature a mixture of easy and more advanced dances.  Some basic instruction will be offered during the first half hour, but mostly participants are invited to join in and follow along.  The dances are fun and lyrical, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a zing in your heart!  

Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.  Friends and family are welcome, and it's o.k. to drop in later if you can't make it by 7:00 p.m.  Questions?  Contact CBH partner
Mark Haffer by clicking his name.
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 TOMORROW, Friday, April 14, by clicking his name.
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Israel Matters and the Lutheran Church
of the Incarnation host:  "What the Allied Powers in the Second World War Might Have Done to Save More Jews:  Some What Ifs of Holocaust History"
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Lutheran Church of the lncarnation, Fellowship Hall,
1701 Russell Boulevard, Davis
Although the Allied Powers (including the U.S., Great Britain and the Soviet Union) were well aware of the Holocaust as it unfolded as early as 1942, the opportunities to stop it sooner weren't necessarily acted upon as soon as they could have been.

This presentation by Alex Groth, a member of the Bet Haverim community, a Holocaust survivor, UC Davis Political Science Professor Emeritus and author of three books, and Davis attorney Tony Tanke, co-author (with CBH's Ed Rabin) of a chapter addressing Jewish immigration to Palestine during and after World War II in a forthcoming book, will examine the "roads not taken" by the Allied Powers. This event will represent a re-teaming of Groth and Tanke, who co-led a related academic conference in Jerusalem in March 2015. 

The presentation is free, and no RSVP is required.  All are invited.  A reception with refreshments will follow the presentation.  At the conclusion of the event, the Israel Matters Committee will join the presenters for a special surprise announcement!

For more information, 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
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Sponsored by the CBH Board of Directors
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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THIS 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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