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June 2, 2016

  • Proxy ballots DUE TOMORROW for Annual Meeting
  • "Sweet Summer of '16" celebration THIS SUNDAY, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.; limited space still available to join the fun!
  • Shavuot celebrations scheduled for Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12
Shabbat This Week
Friday, June 3

6:00 p.m. Family Shabbat led by CBH Partner Dan Tennenbaum 
Oneg host
ed by Gretchen Schroeder's Rosh Chodesh Group, in honor of Ethan Schroeder's Bar Mitzvah - thank you!

Hosts are needed for Summer onegs, as well. 
Available dates include:  
  • Friday, June 24 - 8:00 p.m. service
  • Most 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, June 4
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Ethan Schroeder, led by Rabbi Steve Chester 

THIS SUNDAY, June 5, 2016
CBH Annual Meeting
2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Make plans to be a part of CBH's leadership and fiscal future by attending and participating in the Annual Meeting.  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 are available; if you did not receive yours via U.S. Mail, please click the links to download.  If you are not attending the meeting, please be sure to return your proxy ballot to the CBH office by 4:00 p.m. TOMORROW, Friday, June 3

To learn more about the Annual Meeting, contact Board President Nancy Loeb Williams by clicking her name, or calling the CBH office at 530-758-0842.  Questions about proxy ballots should be addressed to Executive Director MK Menard at, or call 530-758-0842.
THIS SUNDAY, June 5, 2016 

Limited Space Still Available for CBH's "Sweet Summer of '16" Garden Party
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., CBH Redwood Grove 
To date, 115 of your haverim are planning to gather in the Redwood Grove this Sunday to celebrate leadership and herald a new year of Jewish life for our community.  You can still join them if you act quickly!  As a reminder, 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 Family Ensemble"

- Raising spirits and funds to keep our synagogue strong!

 The celebration is just $32 per person (Sweet 16 x 2!); if you did not a receive an invitation, or need another copy, please download by clicking invitation or RSVP card.  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 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.
THIS 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.
Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016
Shavuot Evening and Sunrise Activities

Celebrating the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people, the Shavuot holiday will be observed at CBH with both erev and sunrise gatherings to study, pray, sing and meditate, as well as nosh on traditional dairy desserts.  All are welcome, and advance arrangements are not required.

The 2-1/2 hour Saturday evening program will begin in the Social Hall at 7:30 p.m., and will include several 45-minute workshops.  “Biblical and Rabbinic Attitudes Towards Poverty,” and “Jewish Jokes You Shouldn’t Tell Your Kids,” will be led by Rabbi Seth Castleman, and "Seeing Each Other in the Light of Torah," inspired by mystical Judaism, will be led by Student Rabbi David Aladjem.  Singing, guided meditation and yoga also will be offered, with breaks to enjoy homemade blintzes and cheesecake and socializing.  

The Sunday sunrise Shacharit (morning) service and meditation will begin at 5:30 a.m. at the west levee of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, which is approximately three miles east of Davis.  The site is accessible from East Chiles Road, one-quarter mile beyond the Yolo Fruit Stand.  Student Rabbi David will lead the group in a short, outdoor service before watching the sunrise.  Time for personal meditation and reflection will follow.  The sunrise observance honors the belief that God revealed the Torah to Moses and the Jewish people at first morning light.

For more information, contact the CBH office at 530-758-0842, or

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 most Saturdays through 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.   
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.
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.
ReJEWvenate in June with Sacramento Jewish Federation Programs 

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.  
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.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Bet Haverim Invited to B'nai Israel Brotherhood Night at the River Cats Game - Tickets Available Now  
Early Entry at 5:00 p.m., BBQ at 6:05 p.m., Game at 7:05 p.m., Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento
Last Summer, several CBH partners enjoyed a night out at Raley Field with the B'nai Israel Brotherhood.  It's time to hit a home run again and spend another fun nine innings with our haverim from across the causeway!  One of the covered Blue Moon Party Decks is reserved for the group's use; a $55 ticket includes stadium admission and an all-you-can-eat BBQ dinner.

Reservations are now being accepted.  See the
flyer for more details and purchasing instructions.
Donations - May 2016
General Fund
Betty and Stephen Fass, in memory of Betty's mother, Lucy Henshaw
Marsha and Gilbert Mohtes-Chan,
Traian V. Nan
Karen Neuwald

Building Fund
Julie and Paul Gussman

Israel Matters
Zipi and Steve Weinbaum, in honor Yom Ha'atzmaut
Padma Aladjem Torah Repair Fund
Tamar and Jacob Marder, with gratitude to David Aladjem for his role in their aufruf

Piano Fund
Amy Levin, in honor of her mother Sema Levin's yahrzeit

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Sandy and Al Sokolow, in memory of Al's mother, Sylvia Sokolow

Sacred Book Fund
Hallie Morrow, in memory of her mother, Phyllis Wahl
Birthdays - June 3 - 9
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim
Friday, June 3
Alan Brownstein
Lyra Halprin
Ethan Liederman
Diane Moore

Saturday, June 4
Samuel Weiss
Sunday, June 5
Quentin McCray
Jeremy Murdock 
Monday, June 6
Harriet Gadisman

Tuesday,  June 7
T.J. Green

Thursday, June 9
Emily Glass
Samuel Green
Leila Ordonez
Megan Rabin
Yahrzeits - June 3 - 9
Friday, June 3
Bertha (Beth) Hascal, aunt of Sandi Kniep
Beatrice Hoffner, mother of Denise Hoffner
Ralph Munowitch, father of Barry Munowitch

Saturday, June 4
Anita Victoria Hofert, friend of Norma and Larry Rappaport
Gretl Neuwald, mother of Karen Neuwald
Lillian Weiss, mother of Joyce Goldman

Monday, June 6
Alice Matsumura, mother of Liz Malinoff
Tuesday, June 7
John Browne, brother of Jennifer Goldman
Sylvia Sokolow, mother of Al Sokolow
Russell Tausczik, father of Beth Tausczik

Wednesday, June 8
Olive Young, grandmother of Joy Cohan

Thursday, June 9
Ann Gollob, grandmother of Steve Cohan
Unju Han, mother of Ann Jolkovsky
Lina Kraus, grandmother of Karen Neuwald
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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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