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September 15, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, September 16
8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat, with musical guest CBH Partner Dave Nachmanoff. Learn more about singer/songwriter Dave at
Oneg hosted by Cohan Family Friends, in honor of Aidan Cohan's Bar Mitzvah - thank you!

Oneg hosting opportunities for the High Holy Days season now are available. Visit this link to sign up for a Friday night, September 30 - October 28.  Start the New Year by bringing friends together, perhaps to celebrate a simcha, or to remember a loved one.

Saturday, September 17
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and
Bar Mitzvah of Aidan Cohan


Torah Notes
Deuteronomy, Parashat Ki Teitzei
  24:14 - 25:19 (Triennial Year 3)
  • Laws of commerce pertaining to loans, fair wages and proper weights and measures are given.
  • A commandment is given to remember for all time the most heinous act committed against the Israelites—Amalek’s killing of the old, weak, and infirm after the Israelites left Egypt.
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.
Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2016

Registration Extended Through
THIS TUESDAY, September 20!

"Spiritual Readiness for the High Holy Days Through the Power of Chant" 
Selichot Shabbaton Weekend with
Rabbi Shefa Gold

Named one of the Most Inspiring Rabbis in America last year by, Rabbi Shefa will join us at CBH for the Selichot weekend, Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25.  Her accessible, transformative approach will open your heart to her melodies, serving as your bridge to the beauty of the Days of Awe.

In contemplating her visit to CBH, Rabbi Shefa shares:  “Elul is a time of heightened awareness.  It opens the pathways to repentance, return and realignment, as well as renewed gratefulness for both our blessings and challenges.  I am honored to be able to share this sacred time of Elul with all of you in Davis.”

Now is the time to reserve your weekend of worship, study and chant with Rabbi Shefa. Please use this form to register, or to become a sponsor.  The registration deadline is just days away!  For additional information, please click here, or contact the organizers, CBH Partners Carrie Shepard or Hallie Morrow, by clicking their names.

Special note regarding Shabbaton babysitting:  organizers are working to determine the community's interest in babysitting for the Sacred Chant Shabbat morning service and the "Lunch and Learn" with Rabbi Shefa which follows. Parents, your feedback is needed in order to assess if babysitting plans should move forward.  
Please take this short survey so that your needs can best be served - thank you!

October Torah Reading Opportunities Now Available 

As the High Holy Days season approaches, consider the unique experience of reading or chanting Torah at the CBH bima.  It's a personally meaningful and fulfilling way to perform a mitzvah for your community.  And, if you need assistance preparing, help is only a click away; contact Virginia Lantry of the Ritual Committee by clicking her name, or phoning 530-220-4444.  She also can help you to find the right time to read or chant in honor of a meaningful occasion in your life

To view all of the available readings and sign-up, please click 
Yahrzeits - September 16 - 22
Friday, September 16
Carmen Drabkin, mother of Mark Drabkin

Saturday, September 17
Reba Becker, aunt of Barbara Anderson
Lee J. Kubby, father of Raychel Kubby Adler
Morris Pinsker Parker, brother of Helen Suran
Tuesday, September 20
Jacob Hascal, grandfather of Sandy Kniep

Wednesday, September 21
Harry Dolgonos, father of Sandy Sokolow

Thursday, September 22
Joseph Hurwitz, father of Jane Rabin
News From Rabbi Greg
Calling all B'nai Mitzvah students and young adults!  Author Jennifer Griffin, an ALEPH, Alliance for Jewish Renewal member in Berkeley, is seeking d'var Torah drashes to be considered for publication in her new book, "Voices of the Young:  B'Nei Mitzvah Drashes To Inspire You."  She is also looking for young designers to submit artwork and cover design ideas.  To make submissions, or to ask questions, contact
Join Rabbi Greg at "Zionism 3.0:  In Search of the Shared Dream," Sunday, September 18, 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.  A wide-ranging, thought-provoking conference dedicated to open discourse about current events and the relationship between the world's two great centers of Jewish life.  Acclaimed speakers, breakout sessions and opportunities to share ideas and ask questions.  For registration and more information, click here.
The Sounds of the Shofar Aren't Far Off!
Your Tickets to High Holy Days at Bet Haverim Have Mailed
Full Schedule and Information About Additional Tickets Also Online

The Days of Awe are little more than two weeks away, and CBH is abuzz with preparations.  A High Holy Days information packet, including tickets for the adult members of your household, should have arrived via U.S. Mail earlier this week.  If you are a current CBH partner and have returned your 2016-2017 Partnership Pledge Form, and you do not receive this packet with tickets by THIS TUESDAY, September 20, please contact the office via email or at 530-758-0842.

Meanwhile, you can access a complete CBH High Holy Days schedule and information about tickets for non-partners, students, senior citizens, active military, visiting Israelis and more on the CBH website by clicking

L'Shana Tovah!
You Can Help to Usher In the New Year - Literally!
A BIG Mitzvah That Takes Little More Than An Hour of Your Time
Please review the available opportunities to help greet and seat other CBH partners and the many visitors CBH will welcome through our doors during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Click here to see the available days and times and to sign-up.  

Sally Besser, High Holy Days Chair, can answer any questions or provide more information. Please click her name to contact her.
Board of Directors Notes
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Meeting  
Earlier this week, the CBH Board of Directors met and continued to explore strategies for:
  • A review of the CBH Mission and Values Statements
  • Committee organization
  • Communications structure
MK Menard's Executive Director's report focused upon High Holy Days security.  

Rabbi Greg informed the Board that a new, informal interfaith collaboration is coming together in Davis.  In addition, he is working with Student Rabbi David Aladjem, as well as volunteers, to finalize plans for High Holy Days services.  

The Board received visitors from the Jewish Community Foundation of the West (JCFW), Executive Director Pam Herman and JCFW Board Member Mike Singer.  They spoke about the Life and Legacy Program and its importance to CBH as a long-term revenue stream.  JCFW is available to assist CBH in reaching Life and Legacy program goals.  

A schedule is being developed for Board members to serve as High Holy Days greeters for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The next regular Board of Directors' meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m., at CBH.  For more information at any time about the CBH Board of Directors, or to contact individual Board officers or members, please see  

Respectfully submitted,
Bonnie Berman, Secretary
You Can Help CBH Earn a $2,500 Grant 
Make a Legacy Commitment by February 28, 2017
More than 50 CBH partners already have committed to the future of Jewish life in Yolo County, by promising to leave a legacy gift - of any size - to Bet Haverim.  To see a list of your haverim who are participating, please click here.  

Join your friends who have left a legacy, and make a difference by helping CBH to qualify to an unrestricted $2,500 incentive grant!  To complete this mitzvah, five legacy commitments to CBH must be received by February 28, 2017.  
Download a letter of intent now!  

Questions?  Check out the
Life and Legacy page on the CBH website, or contact CBH Life and Legacy Chair Michael Bobell by clicking his name, or by phoning 530-400-7031.
What Do You Need for the High Holy Days?  
Benefit CBH by Shopping "Amazon Smile" and World of Judaica
Thanks to a partnership with's "Amazon Smile" program, CBH is guaranteed a 0.5% return on all eligible purchases you make using this link.  Just make purchases as you normally would from Amazon, as often as you wish.  Use of the link ensures that CBH will receive the rebate.

 In addition, all High Holy Days purchases, or other judaica, that you buy from the CBH Online Gift Shop, powered by Worl
d of Judaica, earns 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, October 22, 2016
RSVP Deadline is TOMORROW, Friday, September 16!
Annual Progressive Dinner
5:30 - 9:45 p.m., private homes,
dessert in the CBH Social Hall

A decades-long CBH tradition, this event connects friends old and new, first in the intimacy of partners' homes, and later brings everyone together for a celebratory gathering.

For just $20 per person, each guest begins their journey at a pre-assigned appetizer home, moves on to a catered dinner and wine hosted in another home and completes their experience by joining with all other guests for dessert and havdalah in the CBH Social Hall.  After registering, each guest is sent a "path" to follow for the evening, and asked to contribute either an appetizer, salad and bread or a dessert.

Many CBH partners look forward to this unique opportunity to socialize and meet newcomers to our community.  The registration deadline is TOMORROW, Friday, September 16...don't miss the fun!  Invitations were mailed in late August to all current CBH partners.  If you did not receive an invitation, or you are new to CBH, please click here to download an invitation with RSVP form.

Questions?  Please contact event organizers Rob and Dotti Egel at rdegel@sbcglobal.netor 530-758-0908.

Kids, Teens and Families News
It's Time for Another Shabbat Safari! 
New Year Potluck Picnic, THIS SATURDAY, September 17
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,
Pioneer Park, 5035 Swingle Drive, Davis

Start the Jewish New Year with other young families at a veggie potluck picnic!  Make plans for this wonderful new beginning of CBH Young Families Events, by joining friends old and new.  Come with ideas to share for a year of adventure.

Shabbat Safari and Young Families Events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members.  For more information, contact
Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or calling 530-758-0842.  To view a schedule of all Young Families Events for 2016-2017, click here.
Religious School Opening Day and Bagel Breakfast, THIS SUNDAY, September 18, 2016 
Bagels 9:00 - 9:25 a.m., School-Wide Service and Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Begin your year of learning and discovery by meeting friends and making friends over bagels, juice and coffee!  Then join your school community for an uplifting service with songs and stories before meeting new teachers and classmates.  

Questions? Haven't completed your Religious School registration yet?  Contact Malka Sansani, director of education and youth, at, or 530-758-0842.
"Alef" You Coming to Hebrew School THIS WEDNESDAY?
"Bet" You Can't Wait to Get Started Again!
Third through sixth graders are welcomed back to Alef, Bet, Gimel and Dalet level studies this Wednesday, September 21 at CBH.  The schedule is as follows:
  • Alef - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Bet - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Gimel - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m
  • Dalet - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
 If your child is not yet registered for Hebrew School, or you have questions about the program, please contact Malka Sansani, director of education and youth, by clicking her name, or by phoning 530-758-0842.
THIS SUNDAY, September 18, 2016

A Bet Haverim Health and Wellness Event:  
"Life in Asymmetry" Book Reading and Signing, with Author and CBH Partner Raychel Kubby Adler
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall

Rabbi Greg Wolfe hosts CBH Board Member Raychel Kubby Adler, as she brings a genetic issue especially important to Ashkenazi Jewish women forward through her recently-published memoir of life as a "previvor" of genetic breast cancer.

By sharing her girlhood dreams of having "boobies" and how her perceptions of her breasts changed as she learned of and came to terms with her genetic status, Raychel illuminates and examines the interplay of genetics, personal choice and chance that shapes each of our lives. Furthermore, her work prompts an exploration of the course of actions we might take when offered a unique glimpse into the potential health risks that lie ahead. 

The book launch is free and open to the public; no RSVP required.  For more information, contact
Raychel by clicking her name, or see her website.
THIS TUESDAY, September 20, 2016
ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice 
High Holy Day Reading and Discussion Continued
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall 

CBH Partner and Group Leader Michael Amster again will lead meditation and offer teachings related to the High Holy Days.  The group will continue reading and discussion of, "This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared:  The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation," by Rabbi Alan Lew.  To order a copy, please click
here (for information about how this purchase can benefit CBH via the AmazonSmile program, please read this first).  Even if you are not reading the book, the group activities will be structured to be applicable to all.  

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 the group or the next event, contact Michael at, or 530-219-6947.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
West Bank Settlements:  A Dialogue With Mike Harris of StandWithUs and
Stan Wulf of J Street, sponsored by TICVA - The Israel Civil Voice Alliance, 
with CBH Israel Peace Alternatives

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento

The Sacramento area Jewish community is invited to learn about issues related to West Bank settlements through civil discourse and discussion.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers, as well as to have small group discussion. The goal is to talk about controversial issues, understand what others think and express your own opinion in a safe environment.  This is not a debate, but rather a forum to listen to different views and engage in respectful dialogue.

Mike Harris is one of the founders of San Francisco Voice for Israel, which is now the Bay Area chapter of StandWithUs, and he is the author of "Winning a Debate With An Israel-Hater: How to Effectively Challenge Anti-Israel Extremists in Your Neighborhood."

Stan Wulf serves on the J Street National Advisory Council and is on the board of 
Molad, the Center for Renewal of Israeli Democracy, headquartered in Jerusalem.  He presents workshops on "Managing Conflict When Talking About Israel," and also offers a website,

Please RSVP by clicking here.  A donation of $5 or more to TICVA at the door will be greatly appreciated.  For more information, please contact CBH Partner Sarah Pattison by clicking her name.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Presents:  
Jewish Family Service Caregivers' Support Group at CBH 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Library; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., South Classroom

Spouses, adult children, family members and friends who are acting as caregivers for a loved one are invited to participate.  Facilitated by CBH Partner Jane Zeiger, LCSW, the group provides a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.
A new morning session began last month and continues October 5, October 19 and November 2A new evening session has just started, and also will continue on the above dates, as well as on November 16 and December 7.  The evening group has a special emphasis on adult children caring for aging parents

The Federation charges a $60 fee for the series; drop-ins are welcome at $10 per session with advance notice.  For more information, or to RSVP, contact Jewish Family Service Community Social Worker Rebecca Ray at 916-205-0688. 

In a effort to serve and connect the more than 25,000 Jews of the eight-county Sacramento region, the Federation offers CBH partners this and an array of monthly programs for young families, senior citizens and the disabled, in particular.  To view a full schedule of activities for September, please click here. 
THIS TUESDAY, September 20, 2016
Davis Community Meals Needs YOU! 
Bet Haverim Sets-Up and Serves Dinner 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 THIS TUESDAY, September 20, or another upcoming third Tuesday of the month?  

Thanks to a new
sign-up link, you can now 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
Sunday, October 2, 2016
The CBH Social Action Committee Sponsors, "Seven:  The Play," Returning to the
Winters Theatre Company, in Recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Avenue, Winters

First sponsored by the CBH Social Action Committee last year in Davis, this return engagement of "Seven:  The Play" once again will benefit Empower Yolo's programs for women and families.  Empower Yolo is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the intervention, prevention and elimination of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and child abuse.  More information about Empower Yolo can be found here.

The script for "Seven:  the Play" was written eight years ago by seven award-winning playwrights.  Highlighting the achievements of seven remarkable women from around the world, the play provides an opportunity to use these compelling stores to create support for women and children in crisis much closer to home.

Tickets are $15 each and available at  Advance purchase is recommended; limited tickets will be available at the door.  

For more information about CBH's involvement with Empower Yolo, please contact CBH Partner
Susan Gefter by clicking her name.  The committee also reminds partners that Family Shalom, a program of the National Council for Jewish Women, is available to assist abused women and families in the local Jewish community.  The Family Shalom Crisis Line is 916-204-8777, and general information can be found at this link.  
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