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February 9, 2017

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Shabbat This Week

Friday, February 10 

6:00 p.m. Songleaders Shabbat
Click the link above to learn more

Oneg hosted by friends of the Frank/Crepeau family,
in honor of Enid Frank's Bat Mitzvah
 - thank you!
Social Hall 


Saturday, February 11
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Bat Mitzvah of Enid Frank

Support Enid's Mitzvah Project with Tree Davis, by joining her for one or both of the two dates she'll be volunteering:
  • Saturday, February 18 - Putah Creek Parkway Project
  • Saturday, February 25 - Mace Ranch Tree Care and Planting
Learn more and sign-up at this link.

Torah readers are needed later this month and throughout March.  Please 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 B'shalach, 
  13:17 - 15:26 
  • The Children of Israel escape across the Sea of Reeds from Pharaoh and his army, who drown when God drives back the sea
  • Moses and the Israelites sing a song praising Adonai
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.
Yahrzeits - February 10 - February 16, 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, February 10
David Gollober, son of Marcia Gollober
Elizabeth Herndon, mother of Joy Cohan
George Moore, husband of Diane Moore

Saturday, February 11
Martin Brownstein, father of Alan Brownstein
Sunday, February 12
Mitchell Singer, husband of Helen Suran

Wednesday, February 15
Jennifer Switzer, sister of Bob Smith

Thursday, February 16
Bertha Mandel, mother-in-law of Rosanne Mandel
Stella Tennenbaum, mother of Dan Tennenbaum

Planning For the Future Means Planting For the Future

As we approach the Jewish holiday of Tu B’shevat celebrating the birthday of the trees, which falls this year on Saturday, February 11, I am always reminded of this short yet powerful tale from the Talmud:

One day a righteous man named Choni Ha’ma’agal was walking down the road when he came upon an old man planting a carob tree.  Choni asked the man how long will it take for that tree to bear fruit. The old man replied, “seventy years.” Choni further inquired, “Do you think that you will live another seventy years, long enough to enjoy the fruits of this tree?” The old man answered him, “When I came into this world it was filled with carob trees as my ancestors had planted them for me.  So, too, do I now plant this tree for my children and grandchildren.” Choni continued down the road and then rested under a tree to have a meal.  After eating, he lay down for a nap.  While sleeping, a rocky formation covered him up and hid him from view, where he slept for seventy years.  Upon waking, Choni headed back home. Along the way he came upon an old man picking carob fruit from the tree he had seen previously.  He asked the old man, “Are you the one who planted this tree?”  The old man smiled, “Oh, no!  This tree was planted by my grandfather seventy years ago.  I am his grandson and I am blessed to enjoy this fruit today.”

For me, this story instills in us a deep appreciation for the many blessings we enjoy today only because of what those who came before us have planted and created.  A world of beauty, creativity and plenty is ours, because our ancestors knew the importance of nurturing the seeds that would eventually bear fruit for us in future generations.  So, too, do we have the sacred responsibility to plant and nurture new seeds for those who will come after us. 

One of the greatest treasures we have in

our community is our wonderful synagogue!  Many of us are so blessed by the labors of those who came before us, creating and sustaining our congregation, so that we can enjoy its fruits today. And enjoy the many offerings of our community we do, be they educational, spiritual, communal and emotional.  But now it is also our turn to plant for those who will come after us. Many of you have heard of our exciting Life and Legacy program, which is our opportunity to do what we can, now, to ensure the future vibrancy of Jewish life in Davis. 

Planning for the future means planting for the future.  It is up to us.  Each one of us makes an enormous difference by participating.  Life and Legacy is a gift we give our Jewish community and the Jewish people.  Everyone in the congregation can take part in investing in our future.  Every bequest will help to grow and strengthen our future.  The amount you choose to invest in our future through a bequest from your estate is not important.  That you choose to invest is of the utmost importance.  Every gift goes to ensuring that our Jewish community of Bet Haverim will be here for the next generation, and the next. 

I know that our congregation, our community, has touched your life in so many ways.  I invite you to make this Tu B’Shevat even more meaningful by joining me in planting new seeds for our Jewish future, so that the next generations of Jews in our area will taste these sweet blessings for themselves.  To find out more about how you can participate in our Life and Legacy program, please feel free to contact me, or Michael Bobell, our Life and Legacy coordinator.

THIS SUNDAY, February 12, 2017

Rabbi Greg Presents:  "Three Stories Under the Surface of Israeli Life,"
with Rabbi Bill Berk 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Social Hall

The best stories are often those you don't read about in the newspapers or on-line.  The most important stories are those that reveal the life that is lived, the dreams that inspire and haunt, and the obstacles that are faced in pursuit of a better life.  

In this teaching session, Rabbi Bill Berk, a Jerusalem-based friend and colleague of Rabbi Greg, will guide attendees in a session looking at the power story, the happiness story and the covenantal renewal story - - all stories that examine what's under the radar of Israeli life, glimpsing what tourists rarely see.

All CBH partners and community members are invited; Religious School parents especially are encouraged to attend while their children are attending classes.

A Southern California native and graduate of UC Berkeley and Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Berk made aliyah in 2006 following 23 years as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Chai in Phoenix, AZ.  Since arriving in Israel, Rabbi Berk has served as the Director of the Center for Rabbinic Enrichment and the Co-Director of the Christian Leadership Initiative at the Shalom Hartman Institute.  Currently, he is the Senior Educational Associate with Makor Educational Journeys.

Contact the CBH office for more information at, or 530-758-0842.
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!
Final Week to Order Mishloach Manot - Deadline is Friday, February 17!
New Online Ordering Makes It Easier Than Ever
to Remember Your CBH Friends and Staff With Purim Baskets

Adar is just a month away, and so are sweet deliveries of hamantaschen and good cheer amongst our CBH community!  Be sure your name is included with these Purim Basket gifts by placing your Mishloach Manot order NOW at this link.  All major credit/debit cards are accepted and will be processed via PayPal.

Orders are due in just eight days; deliveries begin Sunday, February 26.

Prefer to order using a check or cash?  Access the form using the link above, print from your screen and deliver the completed form with payment to the CBH office by the order deadline.


Questions about Mishloach Manot baskets?  Please contact Rochelle Frank or Michael Bobell at or 530-750-3747.

Questions about the online ordering process?  Please contact 
Joy Cohan, Communications Specialist, by clicking her name, or by phoning 530-383-1814.

ALSO, Volunteers Needed for Mishloach Manot Basket Assembly and Delivery, Sunday, February 26
Assembly will take place at CBH, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Baskets will be ready to be picked up for delivery 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (or arrange a time that works for you).  Sign-up here!  Questions?  Send a message to this address.


Add Your Loved One's Name to the
Or Hazikaron Yizkor Wall
In Time for Passover
Reservation Deadline is
Friday, February 24, 2017
One of two annual opportunities to honor the memories of family members and others on the sanctuary Yizkor Wall has arrived.  Or Hazikaron means "Light of Remembrance," and the stunning design offers a meaningful space for names to be perpetually illuminated.  Yahrzeits are marked with a tzitzit, and a small vessel for personal blessings or prayers.

All spaces reserved by the closing date will be displayed on the wall by Passover. Click to access the order form, or read additional details online. Questions? Contact the CBH Office at 530-758-0842 or
Commit By Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to Assist with CBH's Incentive Grant Eligibility

The Future of the Bet Haverim Community Is In Your Hands...
Join Your Haverim Who Are Already
Assuring Jewish Tomorrows
Make a Legacy Commitment NOW and help CBH to Earn a $2,500 Grant
See a full list of the more than 50 CBH Legacy Donors by clicking here.  To create your Jewish legacy, contact Michael Bobell, CBH Life and Legacy Coordinator, by clicking his name, or by phoning 530-400-7031.
Annual CBH Passover Seder Needs a New Leader!
Will You Ensure the Mitzvah of a Second Night Celebration for Our Community?
After many years of dedication to this event, Sandy Jones must step away from organizing this popular CBH holiday gathering.  However, she's looking forward to helping a new leader or team to make the transition easy and seamless!  

Interested to learn more?  Ready to volunteer?  
Please contact
Rabbi Greg to become involved by clicking his name.
Tickets Now On Sale For "Time Capsule in a Milk Can";
Sponsorships Remain Available Through Wednesday, March 1 

Holocaust-Themed Production
Coming to Sacramento Area in March
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. 

Financial support is being sought to benefit the Central Valley Holocaust Educator's Network (CVHEN), which has made the production possible.  The CBH Board of Directors and Rabbi Greg have teamed to provide a $500 contribution from our congregation; will you join them?  The performance will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Congregation B'nai Israel, with a follow-up presentation the following day for Religious School students throughout the region.  Sponsorships are available from $50 - $1,000 at
this link; tickets ($25/adults, $10/students) and program ads also may be purchased at the site.  Questions about sponsorships or tickets?  Please contact Nancy Lazarus, the CBH representative to the steering committee, 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
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.
Donations - January 2017
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Laura and Samuel Applebaum
Joy and Steve Cohan, in memory of Elizabeth Herndon, Joan Cohan and Ann Cohan
Robin Kulakow and Bil Julian
Netania and Raphael Moore
Sandy and Al Sokolow
, in memory of Ida Dolgonos

Biberstein Social Action Fund
Ernie Biberstein, in memory of Erna Biberstein
Israel Matters Program Fund
Betty and Mark Belasfsky
Tammy Fisher
Harriet Gadisman
Joyce and Marvin Goldman
Daniel Khazzoom
Nancy Tesler and Jerry Adler
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, and plan to enjoy yet more Purim celebrations to be announced soon for Saturday evening, March 11.  Watch upcoming issues of the e-tone for details about all of the activities.

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

Show your appreciation for trees and nature with songs, gardening and a special craft.  Families are invited to bring a favorite fruit to make a "friendship" fruit salad as a special Tu B'Shevat snack.

Haverim K'tanim ("Little Friends") events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members.  To RSVP (ASAP, please!), or for more information, please contact
Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or call 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
Religious School and Hebrew School will meet this Sunday and Wednesday as regularly scheduled.  Special activities this month include:
  • Tu B'Shevat celebration, THIS SUNDAY
  • NO Religious School, NEXT Sunday, February 19, due to the Presidents' Day holiday weekend
  • Battle of the Books, Sunday, February 26
  • Purim Carnival, Sunday, March 12, 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

Keshet and Confirmation Teen Programs
Classes will meet THIS SUNDAY, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., North Classroom and North Portable
This week, a current event will be discussed, as well as words from and information about interesting people affected by disabilities, in recognition of Jewish Disability Inclusion and Awareness Month.

Next week, classes will NOT meet, due to the Presidents' Day holiday weekend.

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) Night At CBH Israeli Folk Dancing
THIS WEDNESDAY, February 15, 2017, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (dance instruction available beginning at 7:00 p.m.), Social Hall

Teens will join CBH partners of all ages in the fun and tradition of Israeli folk dancing!  This group meets on the third Wednesday night of each month (see more details here), and the teens are welcome any time, however DRTY plans on some special ruach for this first visit as a group.  To RSVP, and for more information, contact Sarah Turtletaub, Teen Engagement Coordinator, at


Davis - Sacramento Jewish Teen Event
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 6:45 - 9:00 p.m., Capitol Bowl, 900 W. Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

CBH teens are inviting the youth of Beth Shalom, B'nai Israel, Or Rishon and Mosaic Law to join them for a night of fun at the lanes!  Roll a strike by RSVP-ing to by THIS WEDNESDAY, February 15.  $25 per teen includes bowling and dinner.  Additional details to follow after RSVPs are received. 


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!

THIS TUESDAY, February 14, 2017
A Taste of Yiddish Study Group
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 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 or 530-792-8917 if you plan to join the group, or if you need additional details.
THIS WEDNESDAY, February 15, 2017

Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Presents:  
Jewish Family Service Caregivers' Support Groups at CBH 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m., 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Room locations available upon registration

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 groups provides a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.  

A new morning session begins on Wednesday, February 15, and also meets on April 5, April 19, May 3 and May 17.  

The evening session meets on Wednesdays February 15 and March 1.  The evening group has a special emphasis on adult children caring for aging parents

The Federation charges a $60 fee for either 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. 
THIS WEDNESDAY, February 15, 2017
Israeli Folk Dancing Group
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall

Love to dance?  Know nothing about Israeli dancing?  Or, are you a pro?  Want to just listen and watch?

All are welcome to join CBH partners and others in the community for a monthly evening of lively Israeli folk dancing on this and every third Wednesday of the month.  The gatherings feature a mixture of easy and more advanced dances.  Some basic instruction will be offered during the first half hour, but mostly participants are invited to join in and follow along.  The dances are fun and lyrical, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a zing in your heart!  

Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.  Friends and family are welcome, and it's o.k. to drop in later if you can't make it by 7:00 p.m.  Questions?  Contact CBH partner
Mark Haffer by clicking his name.

The Israeli Folk Dancing Group also recommends:  "Israeli Dance Day" at Congregation B'nai Israel Social Hall, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, NEW DATE, Sunday, February 26, 2017, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Beginners instruction during the first hour.  $5 donation.  For more information, contact Jeanette at 916-799-7213.
Tuesday, February 21, 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, February, 24, 2017.  More information at
this link.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Israel Matters Presents Tammi Rossman Benjamin on 
"BDS and Campus Antisemitism:  The Bad News and the Good News"
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
Tammi Rossman Benjamin will make her third appearance at Bet Haverim, sharing both her concerns and a hopeful message regarding strategic solutions being developed to address BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) and related antisemitism on college campuses, including UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

Much of Benjamin's work in this area is done on behalf of The AMCHA Initiative, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to investigating, documenting, educating about and combating antisemitism at American college and universities.  She is expected to provide an update on AMCHA's mission, as well.

For more information about this presentation, contact
Israel Matters Chair George Rooks by clicking his name.
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.

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, February 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 February 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.  
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