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March 2, 2017

  • Host a Hillel student for Shabbat dinner TOMORROW night; Celebration of Abraham Shabbat NEXT FRIDAY
  • Community Passover Seder reservations now being accepted for Tuesday, April 11 
  • Your opportunity to sponsor and celebrate "The Bat Mitzvah of 1715 Anderson Road" is here!

Shabbat This Week

Friday, March 3

6:00 p.m. Family Kabbalat Shabbat
Featuring the 5th grade Religious School Class,
and welcoming students from
Hillel at Davis and Sacramento


Oneg hosted the 5th grade Religious School Families

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
Home-Hosted Shabbat Dinners
with Hillel Students
Welcome a student or two as guests for a delicious Shabbat dinner in your home!  Hosts still are needed; please sign up at this link and indicate how many students your table can accommodate.  Plese note that meals must be kosher "style," no pork products or mixing of dairy and meat.

If you have questions about the evening, or need additional guidance regarding meal planning, please contact
Rabbi Greg by clicking his name, or phoning 530-758-0842.

Saturday, March 4
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service

"March" into Torah reading!  Opportunities available NEXT SATURDAY, March 11 and March 18.  Sign-up now at this link.  If you have questions, or need assistance with preparation, contact Virginia Lantry by clicking her name.

Torah Notes

Exodus, Parashat T'rumah, 
  25:1 - 40 
  • God asks the Children of Israel to donate gifts (t'rumah) for the building of the Tabernacle so that God may "dwell among them" 
  • Instructions for the construction of the Ark, table, and menorah are provided.
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.
NEXT FRIDAY, March 10, 2017
Celebration of Abraham Shabbat
5:30 p.m., Pre-Shabbat Gathering, Social Hall
6:00 p.m., Song Leaders' Shabbat Service, Sanctuary
Welcome Shabbat with our neighbors, whether Christian, Muslim, of other faiths or no faith!  A special gathering, festive oneg, activities including a game of "Spiritual Pursuits,"  and an uplifting service theme of "Building Bridges of Peace and Understanding" will be complemented by the music of the Shabbat Song Leaders.  With Purim just a day away, the timing will be right to come together and celebrate sharing a united, inclusive world view.

Invite your friends!  For more details, contact
Rabbi Greg by clicking his name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
Yahrzeits - March 3 - 9, 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, March 3
Doris Gordon, mother of Carla Levin
Henry Kasimow, brother-in-law of Larry Rappaport
Doris Jean Weiss, mother of Steven Weiss

Saturday, March 4
Harry Firestein, grandfather of Ken Firestein

Sunday, March 5
Rebecca Munoz Gutierrez, mother of Gail Gutierrez
Barbara Kilcup, mother of Karen Block
Sunday, March 5, continued
Frank Slonka, uncle of Janet Saunders
Benno Willdorff, father of Inge Brenner

Monday, March 6
Lydia Cohn Ross, sister of Ron Cohn
Mildred Wise, friend of Rabbi Greg Wolfe

Thursday, March 9
Ethel Himmelstein, mother of Rosanne Mandel
Lawrence Warren Weiss, father of Steven Weiss
 Jewish, Muslim Communities United In Call for End to Violence, Threats
A Letter From Our Local Jewish and Muslim Leaders on Sacramento Bee Online
Rabbi Greg is among the 17 signatories of an important message drafted by Rabbi Seth Castleman and Basim Elkarra, the director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Sacramento Chapter.  The message can be viewed on the Sacramento Bee's website at this link, will be published in print in the Sunday edition and also is expected to appear in this Friday's Davis Enterprise.
May the day come soon when there are no more acts and threats of hate and violence, and we join together not in protest but in study, prayer, and celebration.
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!
EVERY SUNDAY, through April 9, 2017

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 - February 2017
Biberstein Social Action Fund
Linda Bresnick, in memory of Linda Feldman, Janet Saunders' mother
Diane Moore, in memory of Tevis Jacobs and George Moore
Linda Sikes, in memory of Eva Peters Hunting

General Fund
Carol and Abbott Wolfe, in honor of Alexa Folb's Bat Mitzvah

Israel Matters Fund
Nancy Lazarus and David Siegel
Viviane and David McKee
Sandy Weiss
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Karen and Paul Berliner
Ron Cohn and Debbie Jones, in memory of Lydia Cohn Ross

Tamee and Tony Cooper, in honor of Hanukkah
Deborah and Steven Folb, in honor of Alexa Folb's Bat Mitzvah

Robin Kulakow and Bill Julian, in memory of David Culp
Susanne Powell and Lawrence Paikoff, in memory of Joan Paikoff
Linda and Lou Ziskind, in honor of Larry Frank's birthday
Mishloach Manot - Follow Up and Thank You!

All CBH partners should have received a Purim Basket within the last few days.  If you did not receive a box, please be in touch with project organizers Rochelle Frank or Michael Bobell at this email address or at 530-750-3747. Please remember that your own name will not appear on the list of haverim who provided your basket to you!  Each list is customized for each recipient household.  

More than 100 CBH partners purchased 300+ baskets this year, raising spirits, as well as more than $7,000 net toward synagogue operations!  As always, numerous supporters, volunteers and CBH staff members made this project possible.  Thanks go to:
  • Project Chairs Rochelle Frank and Michael Bobell
  • Z Specialty Foods (Amina Harris and Ishai and Josh Zeldner) for donating honey sticks
  • Orit Kalman for making gluten-free hamantaschen
  • CBH Staff Members Joy Cohan for establishing the online ordering process and publicity, MK Menard and Doug Walter
  • Volunteer assemblers and couriers Michael and Shayna Amster; Linda and Stu Bresnick; Joy Cohan; Steve Cohen; Karen, Eric and Molly Crane; Dotti and Rob Egel; Steve and Dennis Fineberg; Dalia and Larry Frank; Laurel Hassid; Don and Talya Kalman; Pat Kaminker; Rachelle Leonard; Neal Levine; Kristi Link-Crosier; Hannah and Aria Mertens; Danielle Newberry; Robin Neuman; Heidi, Bob and Moriah Smith; Hannah Stein; Ann Teal; Jon Weintraub; Nancy Loeb and Bill Williams; Rabbi Greg Wolfe and Hadassah Zatz 
Thanks to YOU, CBH Earned a $2,500 Grant for 2017!
More Haverim Commitments Are Needed to Repeat Our Success in 2018 

Now there are more than 60 CBH Legacy Donors; you can view their names by clicking here.  They have committed to maintaining and growing our vibrant Jewish community here in Yolo County l'dor v'dor...for generations to come.

To create your Jewish legacy, and help Bet Haverim to qualify for the next unrestricted grant incentive opportunity, contact
Michael Bobell, CBH Life and Legacy Coordinator, by clicking his name, or by phoning 530-400-
Include Your Loved Ones in "The Book of Remembrance,"
an Annual Publication of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region
To Be Distributed at the Communitywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration,
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Congregation B'nai Israel in Sacramento
Access a name collection form by clicking here.  Deadline is THIS MONDAY, March 6, 2017.  Instructions for return are provided on the form.  Please contact Elissa Einhorn at the Federation with any questions 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 "Amazon Smile" and World of Judaica
It's Time to Shop for Purim and Passover!
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 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.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Erev Purim Family Celebration
and Megillah Reading 

5:00 - 8:30 p.m., Social Hall
Rabbi Greg and his puppet players return for an evening of merriment for all ages!
Highlights will include:
  • Dinner – bring a veggie potluck item, or enjoy Chickpeas falafel sandwiches ($5 donation)
  • Costumes – children and adults, dress as your favorite Purim character, or other hero or villan
  • Family Purim Service
  • Puppet Show
  • Music
  • Kids’ activities – juggling and face painting!
  • Hamantaschen
  • Megillah reading
  • Wine bar
Click here for more details, or here to view the event flyer.
Other questions?  Please contact the CBH office at, or 530-758-0842.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 

The Purim Shpiel Returns to CBH - Welcoming the Wonderful "Wizard of PersOZ"
9:30 - 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary

Grab your groggers and come see the show!  Dorthesther is following the road to the east to find her way to King Ahashverosh of PersOZ. 
She gets help from Glashti, the Pershkins, Scarecrow, Tin Man and
Judean Lions, but everyone is having
trouble with Haman the Wicked Witch.

This musical adventure features the Kindergarten -  5th grade Religious School classes, as well as members of the CBH community.  Mark your calendar to join the fun!

Stay after the shpiel to enjoy the annual CBH Purim Carnival; click here for more info.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (second night of Passover)

Registration Now Open for the Annual CBH Passover Seder
Doors Open at 5:30 p.m., Seder Begins at 6:00 p.m.,
Social Hall
Sandy Jones will return, lending her expert organizational skills to this traditional community celebration!  A festive Seder led by Rabbi Greg will be the highlight, supported by a Kosher-for-Passover veggie meal and the music of the Shabbat Song Leaders. 

To view additional details and register online, please click
here.  Deadline is Friday, March 31, OR when maximum of 115 reservations have been received - whichever comes first.  Questions?  Please contact the CBH office at, or 530-758-0842.
Sponsorships Available for
"The Bat Mitzvah of 1715 Anderson Road"

Underwrite and Ensure the Celebration
Will Be Open to All

A 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 to come in the next month.  Questions?  Please contact CBH partner Joy Cohan by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814.

Shabbat Safari, a Haverim K'tanim event
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,
North Classroom

Purim begins at sundown!  In addition to our Shabbat celebration and visit to see the Torah, we will make masks and crowns and sing and move through the story of brave Queen Esther, Mordechai, King Ahashverosh and the wicked Haman in the ancient land of Persia.  Join us for this sweet, super-friendly, musical and lively gathering, with a hamantaschen nosh at the end.

Haverim K'tanim ("Little Friends") events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members.  To RSVP (by Thursday, March 9), or for more information, please contact
Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or the CBH office at 530-758-0842.  To view a complete schedule of all Haverim K'tanim events for 2016-2017, click here.

Religious and Hebrew School News
Here's what you can look forward to THIS SUNDAY, March 5:
  • Purim Carnival ticket and hamantaschen pre-sales - save $$$ by purchasing in advance!  Bring cash or your checkbook; a sales table will be set up in the Redwood Grove both before and after school.  Click here to access a hamantaschen order form in advance, or to complete and deliver to the CBH office by THIS TUESDAY, March 7.
The Purim Carnival is Coming!
Sunday, March 12,
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Rain or shine...
  • The games!
  • The hamantaschen!
  • The costumes!
Also, don't miss special guest, "The Science Wizard," and his Super Cool Chemistry Show!

To view an event flyer, please click

Parent and teen volunteers are needed to make the day a success.  Please contact Religious School parent Steve Fineberg for more information and to sign-up by clicking his name.

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
Class meets THIS SUNDAY, March 5
, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., North and South Classrooms
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) Goes to Scandia Golf and Games
THIS SUNDAY, March 5, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., 4300 Central Place, Fairfield

Join your DRTY friends for golf, games and good times!  RSVP to by THIS SATURDAY, March 4.  Bring $20 per teen for an unlimited activities wristband.  Carpools will be organized.  Please contact Sarah Turtletaub, Teen Engagement Coordinator, at the email address above for more details.


DRTY "Rolling AFTER Shabbas" Last Saturday Night!
CBH teens formed a group of 30 from throughout the Sacramento area who came together to meet one another, bowl, eat pizza and hangout at the Capitol Bowl in West Sacrmento.


Registration Now Open for These Spring Events at Camp Newman
for Grades 2 - 5 and 6 - 8

Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19, 2017 

Click on each ad to obtain more information and to sign-up!

 Recruitment Update:  Director of Education and Youth
Two Community Input Meetings Helping to Shape Job Description, Announcement
On each of the past two nights, approximately two dozen CBH partners with current or past connections to the Religious School met to collect strategic input regarding the CBH education program, which supported a subsequent discussion of skills, responsibilities and applicant qualities to be incorporated into the job description.  

As a result, a fleshed out recruitment announcement, including candidate expectations and requirements, is expected to be finalized within the next week and posted to all relevant job sites for Jewish educators.  The announcement also will be posted to the CBH website; currently a very preliminary message about the coming job posting is available at
this link.  Please share this message with anyone whom you believe may be qualified and have interest in this position.  
 Gan Haverim Preschool News
by Rhoda Rohnstock, Director
Three new families will be joining the Gan Haverim community within the next week.  As we’ve learned from the past, it will be amazing to watch the children greet these new friends, support them and teach them about our school.  The Gan Haverim children can be so compassionate to someone who is feeling sad in a new place.  It shows that our children are well cared for and trust our teaching staff.

This month we will be celebrating Purim!  The children will discuss ways that they are brave, just like brave Queen Esther.  They also will bake hamantaschen, make crowns and noisemakers and make and fill Mishloach Manot baskets for their families.  The annual Purim Parade around the CBH campus will take place on Monday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m.  The children will wear costumes, and the celebration will finish with singing and party food.  All are invited to watch the merriment!

If you’ve thought about joining our Gan Haverim community, please contact me at or 530-758-0842 to find out about enrollment options.  Visitors also are welcome any time!
What's Your Vision for
Adult Education at Bet Haverim?
Join the Committee
That Makes the Programs Happen!


Is lifelong Jewish learning important to you?  Do you have inspiring or even fun ideas that you would like to see organized and presented for our partners?  Consider joining the Adult Education Committee!  Energetic partners representing every stage of the life cycle, ages 20s, 30s, 40s...through 100+, are needed to help ensure a balance of programming and opportunities for engagement that meet the varying needs and interests of adults in our community.  Ready to join, learn more or find out about plans already in the works?  Please contact Committee member Nancy Lazarus by clicking her name, or phoning 530-902-0868.

THIS SATURDAY, March 4, 2017
"Contra For a Cause" Dance to Benefit Sacramento-Area Refugees
7:00 - 10:00 p.m., Davis Community Church
Fellowship Hall, 412 C Street, Davis

The CBH Social Action Committee and the Board of Directors invite CBH partners to support this event and prize drawing raising funds for Opening Doors, an organization providing housing and other needs for area refugees.

An easy-to-learn American folk dance, Contra requires no experience and the repetitive steps will be taught and led by a professional caller accompanied by "Paddy on the Binge," a live band sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op. Advance tickets are $15 per person ($10 for students) and can be purchased at
this link, or at Avid Reader Active in Downtown Davis.

For more information, contact Davis Community Church at or 530-753-2894.
THIS TUESDAY, March 7, 2017
ChaverSangha Meditation Group
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sanctuary

ChaverSangha is a 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, March, 24, 2017.  More information at
this link.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Israel Matters "Issues in Israel" series: 
The Kotel (Western Wall)
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall
Israel Matters Committee chair George Rooks will lead a discussion about the wall, its amazing history and the current religious unrest at the site between Orthodox and non-orthodox Jewish groups.

The presentation is free
and open to the public.  For more information, contact George Rooks by clicking his name.
Sunday, March 25, 2017

"Time Capsule in a Milk Can," Holocaust-Themed Production

8:00 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, 
Originally commissioned by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for its 10th anniversary in 2003, Bet Haverim has joined other regional Jewish organizations in locally organizing this one-man dramatization of the operation known as "Oneg Shabbat," a secret society undertaken by historian Emanuel Ringelblum to preserve Jewish prayers, testimonies, poems and drawings from Warsaw Ghetto residents.  Ultimately, the archives were placed into three milk cans and other metal boxes and buried until after the war. 

Tickets are available at
this link; tickets ($25/adults, $10/students).  Questions?  Please contact Nancy Lazarus, the CBH representative to the production steering committee, by clicking her name.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Israel Peace Alternatives Presents:  
"Defending Our Values, Fighting For Our Future,"
A Review of J Street's 2017 National Conference
7:00  - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
CBH partner and Israel Peace Alternatives leader Sarah Pattison will discuss her February trip to the J Street National Conference in Washington, D.C. in a moderated presentation.  Via photos and video clips, she will provide an overview of conference activity, including topics such as:  the Iran Deal, Israeli security, the Palestinian economy, what the Trump era means for Israel and the United States, the negotiators’ perspective on setting the table for a two-state solution, Gaza, building progressive movements in polarized societies and a review of meetings with Congressman and Senators

All are welcome to attend this free event.  For more details, contact
Sarah Pattison by clicking her name, or phone 530-220-5042.
Connect With More Sacramento-Area Programs -
Sign-Up For the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Weekly eVoice Publication 

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, March 21, 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
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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