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April 14, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, April 15

8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat led by Student Rabbi Stacy Petersohn
Oneg hosted by Robin Neuman - thank you!

Hosts are needed for Spring onegs!  Available dates are:
Friday, May 27 - 8:00 p.m. services

Please contact Merry Draffan at to sign up for this 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.

Saturday, April 16

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service led by Student Rabbi Stacy Petersohn 


SPECIAL NOTE:  NO Shabbat services will be held at CBH NEXT FRIDAY, April 22.  It is the first Passover Seder.  Chag Sameach Pesach!  חג שמח פסח
Torah Chanters Needed THIS SATURDAY, April 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.   
Sunday, June 5 

All Partners Invited to CBH's "Sweet Summer of '16" Garden Party
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., CBH Redwood Grove 

Mark the date on your calendar now, and look for your invitation to arrive in the mail soon!  This event will immediately follow the congregation's Annual Meeting, taking place earlier the same afternoon.  It's a sunny future ahead at Bet Haverim, so plan to join your community for:

- Elegant
hors d'oeuvres, wine and other Summer refreshments

- Musical
entertainment and socializing 
- Recognition of incoming and outgoing board members

- Introduction of new board president and other officers

- Celebration of the 2016 CBH Leadership Class graduates

- Raising spirits and funds to keep our synagogue strong!

$32 per person (Sweet 16 x 2!); sponsorships and group package pricing also will be available.  Reservation deadline is Friday, May 27.

Can't wait for
more details?  Want to be a part of the planning team?  Contact Joy Cohan by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814. 
CBH Office  - April Closures
In order to focus on special projects, as well as in observance of Passover, the Bet Haverim office will be closed as follows:
  • THIS MONDAY, April 18 - all day
  • Friday, April 22 at noon
  • Friday, April 29 - all day
Please direct any questions to the office at, or 530-758-0842.
Sunday, May 15
Have a Ball at CBH's Jewish Heritage Festival Booth!  
Volunteers Are Needed for Two-Hour Shifts, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento
"Israeli Baseball Trivia" will be the theme of the Bet Haverim booth at this annual festival, organized by the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region.  The event includes activities hosted by other area synagogues and Jewish organizations, all with an emphasis on Israeli culture or history.  Vendors, food and entertainment also will be featured.  To learn more about the festival, click here.

In addition,
CBH's own Israel Independence Day celebration, hosted by the Israel Matters Committee, will be held at Bet Haverim on the same day, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.  It's an entire day to kvell about Israel, as CBH partners are encouraged to move between both events!  More details about the Israel Matters events will be included in the next e-tone.

Help is needed at the Raley Field festival with booth set-up and break-down, as well as to assist children and others to play the Israeli Baseball Trivia game and award small prizes.  Shifts are as follows:
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
To volunteer, or to ask questions, please contact Joy Cohan, Communications Specialist, by clicking her name, or by phoning 530-383-1814.
Religious School and Young Families' News

The Week Ahead...

 The 6th grade class will welcome Shabbat this Friday evening with an informal potluck gathering in the Social Hall.

This Sunday, Passover will be celebrated in all Religious School classrooms.

Keshet will include the 7th grade class in the program this Sunday evening, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

The Week Gone By...

With thanks to mentor Zohar Tal, the seven Religious School teaching assistants celebrated both Shabbat and their friendship last Friday night, by making dinner and brownies together, singing, laughing, socializing and watching a movie in the Social Hall. 


Singing, storytelling and celebrating with friends were the  highlights of the well-attended Children's Passover
for young families last Saturday morning. Look for information to be published soon about more programs, such as this, for children under six. 



Last Sunday, the Kindergarten - 2nd grade classes were visited by two "foster dogs," and heard a presentation about the mission and needs of the Yolo County SPCA.  The classes previously decided that their tzedakah money for the year will be contributed to causes which assist animals.  As a result of the presentation, the classes will take action in two ways
  • Donations for pets collection box available in the CBH office.  The wish list includes leashes, collars, litter boxes and scoopers, crates, dog and cat beds, cat trees, dog/cat and puppy/kitten food (Nutro or Iam's), as well as gift cards for Petco and Davis Ace.  
  • Bake and sell dog treats at the "May Day for Mutts," festival, hosted by the Yolo County SPCA on Sunday, May 1.  See flyer for more details. 

The 7th grade class continued their review of presentations
and proposals
last Sunday from organizations vying to receive $5,000 in grants from the class' B'nei Mitzvah gifts tzedakah fund.  All funds will be awarded in an effort to address hunger issues.  

At right, students participated in an activity set up by Stop Hunger Now, demonstrating how rice can be fortified with vitamins.


CBH "tweens" enjoyed a field day - - literally - - during the Club 56 gathering last Sunday at Redwood Park.  The activity is organized as a periodic social gathering for 5th and 6th graders.  Watch for announcements of future Club 56 activities!
Israel Matters Committee News

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
Social Action Committee News
"April Shower" a success for Empower Yolo 

Kudos to the CBH Social Action Committee, along with CBH partners Susan Gefter, Nancy Lazarus and Linda Bresnick (pictured, left to right) who proudly represented CBH last Saturday at the event.  Guests braved the literal showers to donate household necessities and personal care supplies to aid families seeking safety.  If you still wish to participate, please contact Susan at 530-758-2367 or Linda at 530-756-0420 for details.

Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter Volunteer and Guest BBQ

1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Davis Community Church, West Patio, 412 C Street, Davis 

Did you help to make guests in need feel welcome during CBH's host week for the shelter this past Winter?  Whether you cooked a meal, assisted with unloading and set-up or just stopped by for games and conversation, IRWS wants to honor you this Sunday!  Meet others in the larger Davis community who share your passion for for mitzvot  No RSVP required.  For more information, contact Eric Elton of the IRWS Board of Directors. 



CBH Cleans-Up at Davis Community Meals

6:15 - 7:00 p.m., St. Martin's Church, 640 Hawthorn, Davis

It's CBH partners' monthly opportunity to volunteer, enabling the hungry in our community to enjoy a warm meal in a sheltered setting.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome and encouraged.  

For more information, contact CBH Partner Shoshana Zatz at 
ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall
Group organizer and CBH Partner Michael Amster will be leading meditation and teaching about the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and how it relates to living our lives in a more peaceful and harmonious way.  

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 entire community, regardless of religious affiliation or experience with meditation.  First-timers definitely are welcome!  For more information about the group or this week's event, contact Michael at, or 530-219-6947.
Passover Begins Next Week!  Are You Ready?  
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 TOMORROW, 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 would be stocked with kosher for Passover items by last weekend.  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.  

Need guidance or ideas for your Passover celebrations this year?  Click
here to check out the Union for Reform Judaism's collection of recipes, checklists, activities and instructive videos.

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.
Saturday, May 14
"Hunger at Home" A Mini-Documentary on ChiIdhood Hunger in Davis, CA -
Marley Kubby Adler's Mitzvah Project
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Varsity Theatre, 616 2nd Street, Davis

Recent Bat Mitzvah and 7th grade Religious School class member Marley Kubby Adler is raising funds for Yolo County nonprofits addressing childhood hunger, with a screening of her own 20 minute film, "Hunger at Home."  

Tickets are just $10 each, and are available
here; no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay.  Donations also are welcomed from those unable to attend.  All proceeds will benefit organizations featured in the film, including Yolo Food Bank, Davis Community Meals, Yolo Crisis Nursery and the Davis Joint Unified School District's Nutrition Program.  Representatives of these organizations also will be on hand for questions and discussion following the film.  Opening remarks will be made by Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, and Marley will provide an introduction to the film. 

For additional information, contact
Raychel Kubby Adler, Marley's mom.
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.
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.  
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 Kindertransport, 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 - Omissions, January 2016
Due to an administrative error, the following donations inadvertently were omitted from the list for January 2016, published on February 4, 2016.  Please accept our apologies.
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, in honor of the Adult Bat Mitzvah of Sharon McCorkell, Merry Draffan and Meredith Brownstein

Linda Sternberg
Joan Sublett
Birthdays - April 15 - 21
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim!
Friday, April 15
Jessica Tucker-Mohl
Saturday, April 16
Jodi Liederman
Moriah Smith
Sunday, April 17
Nancy Lazarus

Monday, April 18
Noam Rose
Nancy Tesler
Tuesday, April 19
Barbara Fineberg
Angela Wapner
Susan Wolbarst

Wednesday, April 20
Naomi Feldman
Thursday, April 21
Liba Cohn
Donna Petre
Sam Sands
Jennie Singer
Yahrzeits - April 15- 21
Friday, April 15
John Lantry, grandfather of Virginia Lantry
Elie Tennenbaum, father of Dan Tennenbaum 

Sunday, April 17
Steven Shickman, brother of David Shickman
Monday, April 18
Mollie Ginsberg, mother of Karen Berliner
Ruth Hurwitz, mother of Jane Rabin
Frances Julian, mother of Bill Julian 

Tuesday, April 19
Ephriam Landes, father of Elliot Landes
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.  
All submissions must include contact information, and may be edited for length, clarity, readability and compliance with CBH editorial style.  The placement and frequency of submissions within the e-tone will be at the discretion of the Communications Specialist and/or the Executive Director.  No item will be included more than four weeks prior to an event/meeting date, although exceptions may be made for CBH fundraisers.
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