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May 26, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, May 27

8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat led by CBH Partner Dan Tennenbaum 
It's not too late to host this week's oneg!  Please contact
Merry Draffan to volunteer.

Hosts are needed for Summer onegs, as well. 
Available dates include:  
  • Friday, June 24 - 8:00 p.m. service
  • All July Fridays.  See calendar for dates and times  
Please contact Merry Draffan to sign up for these or any available 2016 dates.  Oneg hosting can be a fun way to mark
a special simcha or anniversary, or
to honor a friend or
loved one
.  Consider finding a friend, group or organize your havurah to make hosting easier!

Saturday, May 28
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service led by CBH Partner Virginia Lantry 

THIS WEDNESDAY, June 1 and Sunday, June 5, 2016
CBH Annual Meeting and Budget Review Opportunity
Make plans to be a part of CBH's leadership and fiscal future by attending and participating in the Annual Meeting, Sunday, June 5, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Board members will be elected by the community, and the budget for the 2016-2017 year (beginning July 1) will be approved.  This also is a key time for you to meet and connect with the synagogue leadership and ask questions.  Proxy ballots and a proposed slate of new board members now are available; if you did not receive yours via U.S. Mail, please click the links to download.  

If you are interested in a more in-depth understanding of the budget prior to approval, Treasurer Andrew Newman will host an informational meeting open to ALL CBH partners, four days ahead of the Annual Meeting
 THIS WEDNESDAY, June 1, 6:30 p.m., in the South Classroom.  This is your opportunity to ask financial questions without the time constraints of the Annual Meeting.  

To learn more in the interim, contact Board President
Nancy Loeb Williams by clicking her name, or calling the CBH office at 530-758-0842.  
Sunday, June 5, 2016 

RSVP BY TOMORROW for CBH's "Sweet Summer of '16" Garden Party
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., CBH Redwood Grove 
TOMORROW, Friday, May 27  is the response!  Will you be joining your CBH friends to celebrate leadership and herald a new year of Jewish life for our community?  The party includes:

- A casual, "cocktail party-style" vibe with hors d'oeuvres and wine in the Redwood Grove, immediate following the Annual Meeting

- NEW!  
Initiative to support the new Teen Coordinator position, helping to ensure the Jewish future

- NEW! 
Drawing for valuable prizes, such as Nugget, Burgers and Brew, theatre tickets, salon/spa treatments, photography and more!

- Recognition of incoming and outgoing board members

- Celebration of the 2016 CBH Leadership Class graduates

- Musical entertainment by "The Chang Sibling Trio"

- Raising spirits and funds to keep our synagogue strong!

 If you did not a receive an invitation, or need another copy, please download by clicking invitation or RSVP card.  The celebration is just $32 per person (Sweet 16 x 2!); sponsorships and group package pricing also are available.  Call the CBH office at 530-758-0842 to charge by phone, or pay online via PayPal.

Need more details?  Want to be a part of the event team?  Contact Joy Cohan
by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814. 
CBH Communications Survey Now Open for Feedback
 Share With Us You Opinions About the e-tone, the CBH Website and CBH Social Media
An invitation to respond to the survey recently was sent via email to all CBH partners.  To respond electronically, please click the link emailed to you, or visit  

If you require a hard copy of the survey, please contact, or 530-758-0842.  A copy will be emailed to you, or reserved for you to pick-up in the office.

Looking forward to receiving your feedback.  
The response deadline is Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
CBH History Fact of the Month
In a new tradition started earlier this Spring, the Weekly e-tone now features a fun fact once a month from Bet Haverim's nearly 55 years of history.  The goal is to help all partners to feel more connected to and excited about the past, present and future of our synagogue.

This month's fact is inspired by the upcoming Shavuot holiday, which signifies the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people.  In 1960, just ahead of the official founding of the Jewish Fellowship of Davis (then the name of Congregation Bet Haverim), the first Torah came to the congregation, thanks to Samuel Weiss (z"l), father of CBH Founding (and current) Partner Joyce Goldman (pictured at left with husband, Marvin, circa 1960).  Mr. Weiss lived in New Jersey at that time, and had heard that a disbanded congregation in the Philadelphia area had a Torah in need of a new home.  

"After making the necessary arrangements, my father bought a passenger seat on the airliner, so that the Torah could sit beside him during the flight to Sacramento," Joyce recalled.  The original cover that arrived with the Torah eventually was donated by Joyce to The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art in Berkeley, and remains a part of their inventory as an excellent example of Torah covers from its era.  

In 2012, this Torah was retired and refurbished by CBH upon the completion of the 50th Anniversary Torah, which many CBH partners helped to write.  At the dedication of the new Torah that December, Joyce and Marvin (at right) took part in a moving ceremony during which the first Torah was gifted to Congregation Adat Or Yisrael of Santa Maria, CA, to serve as that community's very first Torah.

  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 you communication to  Thanks for participating!
Religious School and Youth News

Religious School Concludes for 2015-2016

Last Sunday was the final day of instruction for the school year.  The occasion was marked in the morning service with a demonstration of "Hebrew Through Movement" by students, and with appreciation and
acknowledgement of teachers and ma


If you are missing items that may have been left behind at Sunday School, Hebrew School or Keshet this year, lost and found items remain available in the office for your review.  Please take a peek!  Unclaimed items will be donated to charity on Friday, June 3.

Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) News
Nine New Board Members Elected at Year-End Gathering

Sixteen CBH teens came together last Sunday at current President Ethan Liederman's house to celebrate the year gone by, and to look ahead to the future.  In addition to swimming and socializing, the teens held 2016-2017 board elections.  The incoming leaders are
  • Co-Presidents:  Brandon Folb and Eliot Liederman
  • Vice President, Membership:  Marley Kubby Adler
  • Vice President, Programming:  Hannah Hunley
  • Vice President, Communications:  Emi Eckey
  • Co-Vice Presidents, Religious and Cultural:  Sophia Nachmanoff and Hannah Whithaus
  • Vice President, Social Action:  Julie Paskowitz
  • Treasurer:  Elan Kalman
For more details about DRTY, contact Malka Sansani, director of Education and Youth, at, or 530-758-0842.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
Shavuot will be the theme, as CBH Partner and group organizer Michael Amster leads meditation and provides insights into the holiday.  

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 entrie 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.
Mitzvah Alert!  Summer Saturdays Are Hot in the Kitchen With Davis Community Meals
Saturday, June 11 - Saturday, August 27, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

St. Martin's Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis

Provide cooking and serving assistance, dining room set-up and clean-up for this weekly meal to feed the homeless and others who are needy in our community.  Eight - 10 volunteers are needed each Saturday.  

Sign-up for one or multiple days, using
this link.  Questions?  Contact Harmony Scopazzi, Davis Community Meals Volunteer Coordinator, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-220-4089.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
"From Israel-Palestine to Marriage:  What Judaism, Psychology and Contemplative Insight Teach About Understanding and Healing Relationships," led by Rabbi Seth Castleman
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
Presented by Israel Peace Alternatives, Rabbi Seth will speak about his experiences living, studying and working for two years in Israel during the Second Intifada.  A long time student and teacher of meditation, Rabbi Seth taught meditation classes and retreats to Jewish and Arab Israelis. 

Rabbi Seth has been providing support at CBH during Rabbi Greg's sabbatical, and also is the spiritual leader of Congregation B'nai Harim in Nevada City.  He lives in Davis with his wife, Elizabeth Griswold, a UCC minister, and their daughter, Lilah.

No RSVP is required.  The program is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact
Sarah Pattison by clicking her name, or view the flyer.
Summer at the Bima...Read or Chant, It's Your 

Let your voice be heard!  Review the opportunities to read or chant from our 50th Anniversary Torah at a Summer Shabbat morning service.  Take advantage of the more relaxed Summer months to revisit or learn new skills.  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. Readers are needed THIS SATURDAY, May 28 through Saturday, July 2; click here to view the 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.   
Art Instruction for Continuation High School Students - 
Sally Besser's Bat Mitzvah Project

When Sally Besser becomes an adult Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, September 3, 2016, she will also begin a watercolor art and color theory volunteer teaching experience at Cache Creek High School in Yolo.  An educational option for Woodland Joint Unified School District students who may have been in the criminal justice system, parenting or pregnant, working long hours or facing other hardships, Sally's goal is to provide the Cache Creek population with the joy of a semester of art class.  Furthermore, through art, Sally's intent is to encourage the students to build self-esteem, provide a safe outlet for feelings, offer a sense of control and create a pathway to self-understanding.  

Your support can provide Sally's 50 students with quality art supplies to turn these goals into reality.  The estimated total amount required is $133 per student, or nearly $7,000 total, when combined with needed shared-use classroom items.  

To view additional details about Sally's mitzvah project and her "Go Fund Me" effort, please click
here.  To contact Sally directly, please click her name, or call 530-400-3778.
Join "Team CBH" and Plan to Kick Back on Sunday, August 7!
Were you an elementary school kickball king?  Have you been waiting for the right opportunity to get back on base?  It's time to step up to the plate and be a part of "Team CBH" for the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Community Kickball Tournament.

The commitment is a fun and simple one:  you must be an adult or youth aged 13+, and you must be available to show up for the tournament at Sacramento's William Land Park on Sunday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Depending upon team members' availability and interest, there may be a practice/social gathering or two ahead of the tournament, but these would not be mandatory.

All of the Sacramento-area synagogues, Shalom School and Hillel at Davis and Sacramento will be competing for what organizers hope will become an annual trophy and bragging rights. Let's set the standard and bring the first championship home to Davis!

To join or learn more about "Team CBH," contact
Joy Cohan by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814.  She will forward registration information to you.
Help CBH Earn a $2,500 Grant By Joining the Success of the Life and Legacy Campaign NOW! 
Leave a Legacy for CBH's Future

Todah Rabah to our dedicated partners who helped CBH to achieve the "double chai" program goal and receive an unrestricted $7,500 incentive grant!  To view the names click here.

You're invited now to join these partners; the first five legacy commitments during the coming year will earn CBH an unrestricted $2,500 incentive grant!  The intended gift can be of any size. To download a letter of intent, click
hereFor more information, or to return your signed form, please contact Michael Bobell, Life and Legacy Chair, at or 530-400-7031.
Also, if you have updated your estate plans to include CBH, please complete and sign the
Legacy Gift Confirmation form and return it to the CBH office, or to Michael Bobell.
Order Your Judaica and Supplies
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 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.
Sacramento Jewish Federation -
MAY You Find Programs and Events in the Month Ahead! 

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 August, 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.  
Sunday, June 5
Marysville Pioneer Hebrew Cemetery Commemoration
10:30 a.m., located within the Marysville City Cemetery, State Highway 70, click link for map
The public is invited to join members and friends of the Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks of the West in commemorating the early Jewish community of Marysville.  

As the custodian of seven pioneer Jewish cemeteries in the California Gold County, the commission's mission is to preserve and maintain these cemeteries, and to create programs that educate the wider community about their existence and history.  For more information about this event, and the work of the commission in general, please visit, or contact Victoria Fisch by clicking her name, or phoning 916-365-6106.
Birthdays - May 27 - June 2
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim
Friday, May 27
Elaine Fingerett
Saturday, May 28
Larry Rappaport
Sunday, May 29
Dea Diamant
Al Sokolow 
Tuesday, May 31
A.J. Whithaus

Wednesday,  June 1
Gabriel Tames
Thursday, June 2
Roy Batuman
Jim Curtis
Steve Greenfield
Carrie Shepard
Yahrzeits - May 27 - June 2
Friday, May 27
Daniel Browne, brother of Jennifer Goldman
Bette Weissman, mother of Pat Philipps

Saturday, May 28
Arthur Suran, father of Jerry Suran

Tuesday, May 31
Marjorie Moncreiff Hubel, mother of Susan Finkleman
Wednesday, June 1
Julie Gusfield, sister of Dan Gusfield
Jim Wright, father of Kerry Wright

Thursday, June 2
Phyllis Wahl, mother of Hallie Morrow
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.  
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