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July 28, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, July 29
6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat
Oneg hosted by the B'nai Mitzvah Families in honor of Eliana Moore's Bat Mitzvah - thank you!

Oneg hosting opportunities now may be accessed on Sign-Up Genius at this link.  See which of your CBH friends already are participating, and select an upcoming date to celebrate a simcha or remember a loved one.  Consider collaborating with others to add to the fun and lighten the load!  There are several Friday nights available in the early Fall.

Saturday, July 30
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Service and Bat Mitzvah of Eliana Moore


Special note re:  Kabbalat Shabbat,
Friday, August 12,
6:00 p.m.

Carla and Roy Levin invite all CBH partners to share in their joy as they celebrate the aufruf ("calling up" of the wedding couple) of their daughter, Alison, and Lionel Sebbag.  The wedding will take place in Israel on August 23.  An oneg will follow the aufruf.  Mazel tov to all!
2016-2017 Partnership Pledge and Religious School Registration Forms Now Due
July 1 Was Deadline For Partnership Pledges;
Religious School Enrollment DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, July 29
Partnership Pledge forms were mailed last month to all current CBH partners and were due on July 1.  To keep your relationship with CBH active and to ensure timely arrival of High Holy Days tickets, please return your completed form as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.  If you need new pledge or credit card authorization forms, please click here.  Other questions should be directed to MK Menard, executive director, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.  

In addition, Religious School registration materials were emailed several weeks ago to the families of all continuing students.  These forms are due TOMORROW, FRIDAY, July 29; after that date, a $25 per child late fee will apply.  If you did not receive enrollment information, please click
here to download documents from the CBH website.  Questions?  Please contact Malka Sansani, director of education and youth, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
CBH History Fact of the Month
Rabbi Greg Wolfe, Bet Haverim's Longest-Serving Clergy
By the time of Rabbi Greg Wolfe's installation at Congregation Bet Haverim in 1995, the community had employed a full-time rabbi - several of them - for approximately a dozen years. However, none had stayed in Davis more than a few years.  Thirty-four years after its founding, the congregation had the stability of owning its own building (CBH's first permanent home at 1821 Oak Avenue) and an affiliation with the Union for Reform Judaism (then known as the Union of American Hebrew Congregations), but lacked the inspiration and vision of a spiritual leader who could or would help the partnership to realize its full potential.  

But, CBH's future took a dramatic turn when the dynamic, young Rabbi Greg came to town with his wife, cellist Julie Hochman, and their two small children, 2-1/2 year-old Ariella and newborn Noah.  Within a few short years, the membership was burgeoning, and the programming was bursting almost literally out the doors of the one-room synagogue.  At the end of Rabbi Greg's seventh year at CBH, he stepped into a pivotal role, alongside lay leadership, in engaging the congregation to dream of a future in a site big enough to hold all their aspirations for Jewish life in Yolo County.  As a result, in 2004, he became the first and only rabbi thus far permanently to lead Bet Haverim at 1715 Anderson Road, our current home, six-times the size of the previous location. Yet again, 12 years later, CBH many times has more ideas for programs than there is capacity to organize them, because Rabbi Greg never stops daring our partners to dream and do what is important to them in exploring and leading Jewish lives.

Twenty-one years after Rabbi Greg's arrival at CBH, we welcome him enthusiastically again this weekend, reJEWvenated after a six-month sabbatical!  How will he inspire and challenge us yet again in the months and years to come?     

Do you have comments or questions about this month's history fact?  Do you want to suggest a history fact, of any vintage, to be shared in a future edition?  Please send a message to  Thanks for participating!
THIS TUESDAY, August 2, 2016
Toe Tapping With John Doolittle and Friends:  
A Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region "Leisure League" Presentation
12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Sanctuary (concert) and Social Hall (luncheon)
Leisure League comes to Bet Haverim THIS TUESDAY, bringing along professional musicians John Doolittle on piano and saxophone, John Spivak ( on guitar and seasoned vocalist Gene Ford to get your toes tapping to a variety of upbeat genres.  Lunch also included, for just $5 per person. 

Among John Doolittle’s many credits are playing for celebrity notables Natalie Cole and Bob Hope.  So, treat yourself like a star and plan to lunch with Leisure League!   RSVP to, or 916-486-0906, x310. 

Leisure League is funded by The Trust Fund for the Jewish Elderly and The Jewish Federation.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Root for the Home Team!  
Come Cheer On "Team CBH" at the Community Kickball Tournament

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., William Land Park/Doc Oliver Baseball Field,
1500 11th Avenue, Sacramento
CBH already has taken the lead by having the first fully-formed teams for the inaugural Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Community Kickball your 24 team representatives to keep their advantage by offering your moral support from the sidelines! 

Consider making the short drive (or carpooling) to watch CBH take on other Sacramento-area synagogues, Shalom School and Hillel at Davis and Sacramento.  Let's set the standard and bring the first championship home to Davis!

If you prefer, there still is time to join as a player, as well, by clicking 
here, or contact Joy Cohan for details by clicking her name, or by phoning 530-383-1814
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Israel Peace Alternatives, TICVA and the Israel Committee of Congregation B'nai Israrel present:  "Asylum Seekers, Migration and Social Action in Israel,"
Featuring UC Davis Alumna Maayan Ravid 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel Chapel, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento 

Maayan Ravid is an Israeli-American who has spent the last decade working on social justice issues in Israel, particularly focused on migration and minority rights. She will discuss issues surrounding African asylum seekers in Israel, including their legal status, rights in the state and social action.

Maayan has presented her work at the University of Oxford, at conferences at Columbia University and the Rochester Institute of Technology and in many community gatherings in Israel and abroad.  She recently completed a Master's degree, which examined conceptions of African asylum seekers in Israel.  Maayan has also been involved with grassroots organizing in Israel of migrant communities from Ethiopia, Sudan and Eritrea.

During the 2004-2005 academic year, Maayan attended UC Davis and worked at Hillel at Davis and Sacramento with then-director Rabbi Mona Alfi.  During this time, Maayan helped to organize a fundraising concert for Darfur relief efforts.

For more information about this free presentation, please contact
Sarah Pattison of Israel Peace Alternatives by clicking her name.
Teen Engagement Coordinator Wanted
Part-Time Position Created To Build and Enhance Youth Program,
Including Keshet, Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) and More
Do you know a creative, energetic leader age 21+ who would embrace the challenge to grow the youth program for our CBH teens?  The Education and Youth Committee has begun the search for candidates with the talent to inspire our youth to explore and embrace the full potential of their Jewish journeys, beginning this September.  

here to view details, salary and a full job description.  Please share with those you feel are qualified.  Questions?  Please contact Malka Sansani, director of education and youth, at or 530-758-0842.
Sponsor An Amazing High Holy Days Opportunity For Our Congregation
Shabbaton Weekend With Rabbi Shefa Gold - 
"Spiritual Readiness for the High Holy Days Through the Power of Chant"

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.  But, your advance support is key to ensuring a successful weekend that can be available to all CBH partners, regardless of their ability to pay.  

Starting at just $180, your sponsorship will reserve your weekend of worship, study and chant, the opportunity to share a meal with Rabbi Shefa and the knowledge that you helped to provide this experience for all who wish to participate.  To review sponsorship and registration opportunities please see
this form; for additional information, please click here, or contact the organizers, CBH Partners Carrie Shepard or Hallie Morrow, by clicking their names.

"Amazon Smile" Joins World of Judaica
as Online Fundraise-While-You-
Shop Option for Bet Haverim
Your ability to raise funds for Bet Haverim while you shop no longer is limited to just judaica!  CBH now has partnered with's "Amazon Smile" program, guaranteeing our synagogue a 0.5% return on all eligible purchases.  Using this link, make purchases as you normally would from Amazon, as often as you wish.  Use of the link ensures that CBH will receive the rebate.

 However, support of the CBH Online Gift Shop, powered by World of Judaica, earns CBH an impressive 11% or more each time you make holiday or simcha purchases 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.
Augment August With Sacramento Jewish Federation Programming

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.  A new morning session begins Wednesday, August 17, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., and continues August 31, September 7, October 5, October 19 and November 2.  An evening session may begin again this Fall.  $60 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. 
Birthdays - July 29 - August 4
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim
Friday, July 29
Colin Cohan
Danielle Newman
Robert Pochapin
Sarah Rabin
Arnie Wolf

Saturday, July 30
Rev. Elizabeth Griswold
Machiko Murdock

Sunday, July 31
Marc Crepeau 
Dan Gusfield
Dennis Styne
Monday, August 1 
Shannah Whithaus 

Tuesday, August 2
Mitchel Adler
Ken Firestein

Wednesday, August 3
Silke Pion

Thursday, August 4
Sufen Chiu
Yahrzeits - July 29 - August 4
Sunday, July 31
Fay Cradin Bresnick, mother of Stu Bresnick
Victor Hassid, father of Eric Hassid

Tuesday, August 2
Mel Malinoff, grandfather of Doug Malinoff
Wednesday, August 3
Jeanette Friedman, mother of Marc Friedman

Thursday, August 4
Ellis Titche, father of Alan Titche
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