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April 7, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, April 8

6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat, led by CBH Partner Dan Tennenbaum
Oneg hosted by Dan Tennenbaum

Hosts are needed for May onegs!  Available dates are:

Friday, May 20 - 8:00 p.m. services

Friday, May 27 - 8:00 p.m. services

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

Saturday, April 9

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

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

Torah Chanters Needed THIS SATURDAY, April 9, 16 and 23

Have you read or chanted from our 50th Anniversary Torah at a Shabbat morning service?  Not only will you feel personally fulfilled by doing so, but you will be performing a wonderful mitzvah for your CBH community!  This is especially true while Rabbi Greg is on sabbatical through late July.  Click here to see the available portions.  

Interested to look ahead to a special date to commemorate a simcha or anniversary?  Need assistance preparing to read or chant?  Virginia Lantry has guidance to offer at or 530-220-4444.   
CBH Office Closures for Passover
In observance of Passover, the Bet Haverim office will be closed as follows:
  • Friday, April 22 at noon
  • Friday, April 29 - all day
Please direct any questions to the office at, or 530-758-0842.
Young Families' and Religious School News

THIS SATURDAY, April 9, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Shabbat Safari Children's Passover Seder 
North Classroom

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

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


April Opens With Successful Religious School Activities! 
A message from Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth 

 CBH's first-ever Religious School Open House took place last Sunday, resulting in nine families interested to enroll their children this Fall.  Many thanks to Laurie Stillman for her assistance with creating a productive event. 

The 3rd and 4th grade Shabbaton last weekend was well-attended.  The students are happy to have more of these events to look forward to as they continue their Jewish education at CBH!  

As part of a pilot program, our 7th graders and their families have put the money that they would have spent on B'nei Mitzvah gifts to one another into a tzedakah fund.  They have made a group decision to review proposals from non-profits aimed at addressing hunger, and then award their tzedakah fund to the organizations that they feel are most deserving.  In order to increase the impact of their efforts, the students held bake sales last weekend, both at CBH and elsewhere in Davis, to raise additional funds.  Hungry to help?  You can sweeten their mitzvah by supporting their bake sales this weekend.  One is planned at Nugget Fields THIS SATURDAY, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (weather permitting), and the location for THIS SUNDAY will be announced at Sunday School services.

THIS SUNDAY, April 10, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Club 56:  A Social Gathering for 5th and 6th Graders
North Classroom/Redwood Grove 

 Meet other "tween" friends for games and an opportunity just to hang out.  This activity is dependent upon sufficient attendance!  Please RSVP ASAP, if you have not already done so, to Anna Kurzrock, by clicking her name.  Need more information?  Please contact Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth, at or 530-758-0842

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

 This program extends the "PJ Library" concept to older children, giving these young readers more autonomy to choose the books that they want to receive and even to post their own book reviews!  The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region is one of 24 communities selected for a national pilot program this year.  To learn more and sign-up, please click this link.
Gan Haverim Preschool News
by Rhoda Rohnstock, Director
The Gan Haverim children enjoyed celebrating Purim last month.  Following a Music Together lesson, the children had a costume parade around the CBH campus.  After making LOTS of noise to scare off Haman, the children noshed on hamantaschen that they had made themselves.

Now we are getting ready for Passover with a lot of cleaning, sweeping and scrubbing. It’s amazing how much the children want to help with the work necessary to make our classroom sparkly clean.  As the month progresses, the children will learn about Baby Moses, and will take turns putting Moses into the "River Nile," which will be made in our sandbox. The older children also will make Elijah cups, and will create Matzah houses for snack one day. Children of all ages will make their own seder plates to take home and share with their families.  The Passover studies will culminate in a model Seder in each classroom on Wednesday, April 27.

To learn more about Gan Haverim and enrollment options, please contact, or 530-758-0842, ext. 105.
"April Shower" Gathering Necessities for Families Seeking Safety
1:00 - 4:00 p.m., 441 D Street, Davis
(please note address correction!)
The CBH Social Action Committee, along with partners Linda Bresnick, Nancy Lazarus and Susan Gefter, invite you to donate household necessities while enjoying light refreshments and learning about the important services this combined new agency provides to the community.  

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

If you are unable to attend, your donations may be delivered to a drop box now available in the CBH office, or sent to Empower Yolo at 175 Walnut Street, Woodland, CA 95695.  Cash donations for the shelter also are appreciated at this link.  For more information, or a tax-deductible receipt, please contact Susan Gefter at 530-758-2367 or Linda Bresnick at 530-756-0420.
A Taste of Yiddish Study Group
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., CBH Library
Do you have childhood memories of hearing Yiddish?  Are you curious about Yiddish in Jewish culture?  This group of approximately 10 welcomes new members, and functions in a "book group" format, sharing copies of stories, songs and jokes in Yiddish, that are then translated and discussed in English.  

It is ideal for participants to know the Hebrew alefbet before attending, however help is available for those needing assistance.  This is NOT a drop-in group; regular attendance on the second and fourth weeks of the month is necessary in order to build skills from one meeting to the next.  Please contact Zipi Mor at 530-792-8917 if you plan to join the group, or if you need additional details.
Israel Matters Committee News

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

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

The annual Israel Matters Chanukah to Passover Food Drive to benefit the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC), as of March 31, has collected 450 pounds of food toward the 700 pound goal. You can help to fill the gap!  Please consider donating canned or boxed food.  Collection bins are located in the CBH office and in the sanctuary, or contact to arrange for a donation pick up.
Sunday, May 1
"Accomplices:  Churchill, Roosevelt and the Holocaust" with Dr. Alex Groth
3:00 p.m., Social Hall

A CBH partner, Dr. Groth is the author of the identically-titled book, and he will expand upon its themes in this presentation.  Dr. Groth's engagements at Bet Haverim always are greatly anticipated; his experiences as a renowned scholar, author and Warsaw Ghetto survivor provide compelling perspectives on a plethora of related subjects.  No RSVP required.  Contact George Rooks for additional information by clicking
Are You Ready For Passover?  
Sunday, April 24
Community Passover Seder
Doors open 5:30 p.m., Seder begins 6:00 p.m., 
CBH Social Hall
Join with your CBH community as Rabbi Seth Castleman leads us on our journey from slavery to freedom, accompanied by a potluck meal, beautiful flowers and inspiring music.  

For more details and a reservation form, please click
here.  Reservation deadline is Friday, April 15; don't wait!  This event often sells out.  Volunteers for set-up and clean-up also are appreciated. 

Questions?  Please contact
Sandy Jones by clicking her name, or call the CBH office at 530-758-0842. 

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

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

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

Order Your Judaica and Supplies Now Via CBH's Online Gift Shop

Did you know that the CBH Gift Shop continues online, and is powered by World of Judaica?  

When you order your Passover items, or make purchases for any holiday or simcha, CBH earns 11% or more of your total when you shop World of 
Judaica using this dedicated link.  Israeli products, jewelry, foods and more are just a click away, and will be conveniently delivered to your home.

Questions?  Contact the CBH office at, or 530-758-0842.
Join the Success of the Life and Legacy Campaign! 
Plan Now to Leave a Legacy for CBH's Future

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

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

In a effort to serve and connect the more than 25,000 Jews of the eight-county Sacramento region, the Federation offers CBH partners an array of monthly programs for young families, senior citizens and the disabled, in particular.  To view a full schedule of activities, please click here

The following Davis-based program may be of particular interest:

Caregivers' Support Group at CBH:  spouses, family members and friends who are acting as caregivers for a loved one are invited to participate.  The group provides a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.  Facilitated by CBH Partner Jane Zeiger, LCSW.  The current morning session meets twice a month through early May, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  An evening session may begin again this Fall.  Drop-ins are welcome at $10 per session with advance notice.  For more information, or to RSVP, contact Jewish Family Service Community Social Worker Alicia Mittleman at 916-205-0688.  
"The Plant-Based Journey" Transitioning to a Healthy and Earth-Friendly LIfestyle
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Davis Community Church, Fellowship Hall, 412 C Street, Davis

The Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice/Interfaith Meatless Monday, with whom the CBH Social Action Committee is aligned, is co-sponsoring this workshop led by Lani Muelrath, the author of the book, The Plant-Based Journey.  Participants will be guided in the basic steps of transitioning to a diet of vegetables, fruits, seeds and grains, and offered supportive advice.  For more information, or to register for the presentation, please visit this link, or see the flyer.  Suggested donation is $5 - $10. 

Also, visit the Interfaith Meatless Monday display in the CBH office regularly during business hours for more information about reducing the meat in your meals.  Information in the display in updated each month.
Sunday, May 1
"The Holocaust:  Coming of Age"  
Communitywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration
6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Mosaic Law Congregation,
2300 Sierra Boulevard, Sacramento

Two women will share the powerful stories of their own mothers' Holocaust experiences aboard the Kindertansport, and survival of the Krakow Ghetto and several camps.  The participants are:
  •  Michele Gold, author of Memories That Won't Go Away: A Tribute to the Children of the Kindertransport, and educator at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust 
  • Tamara Theodore, a Sacramento resident.
The commemoration begins with a candlelight procession. Survivors, refugees and descendants will gather at 6:15 p.m. in the Mosaic Law Social Hall, just beyond the foyer.  For more information, contact Jessica Braverman Birch of the Jewish Community Relations Council at 916-486-0906 ext. 308, or
Donations - March 2016
Israel Matters Fund
Sheila and Bob Beyer, in memory of Barry Klein's sister, Elinor
Nancy Lazarus and David Siegel, in memory of Steve Cohan's mother, Joan Cohan

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Joy and Steve Cohan, in memory of Joy's mother, Elizabeth Herndon

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, continued
Nancy Lazarus and David Siegel, in memory of Joy Cohan's mother, Elizabeth Herndon
Norma and Larry Rappaport, in memory of Steve Cohan's mother, Joan Cohan
Libby and Gene Renkin, in memory of Mary and Harry Renkin, Gene's parents
Nancy Loeb Williams, in memory of Nancy's mother, Ellen Angres Loeb
Birthdays - April 8 - 14
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim!
Friday, April 8
Scott Goldman
Suzanne Nitzkin
Ben Tennenbaum

Saturday, April 9
Ruby Kubby Adler
Eric Crane
Eliiot Landes
Brenna Perlman

Sunday, April 10
Jackie Hausman
Houston McCray
Lawrence Paikoff
Monday, April 11
Beatrice Durand
Anna Eckert-Kramer
Marsha Mohtes-Chan
Rachel Trauner

Tuesday, April 12
Ted Lascher
Avi Steele
Joan Sublett
Varda Topkis

Thursday, April 14
Leny Heymann
Yahrzeits - April 8- 14
Friday, April 8
Robert Dexter Carpenter, son of Raymond Carpenter

Saturday, April 9
Elliott Goldstein, husband of Susan Goldstein
Hazel Moore, mother-in-law of Diane Moore
Madolyn Smith, grandmother of Bob Smith

Sunday, April 10
Murray Friedman, father of Marc Freidman
Monday, April 11
Tova Goldkorn, mother of Dan Goldkorn

Tuesday, April 12
Dylan Peters, grandson of Pearl Carpenter and nephew of Steve Greenfield

Wednesday, April 13
Betty Jo Kniep, mother of John Kniep
Rhoda Shickman, mother of David Shickman
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