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February 18, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, February 19

8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat with Student Rabbi Stacy Petersohn
Oneg hosted by Linda Sternberg and Mark Joske

Saturday, February 20

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

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

It's Time for Mishloach Manot Orders and Volunteers!
Deadline to order:  Friday, February 26

It's a mitzvah to send Mishloach Manot (Purim Basket) greetings to your friends at CBH.  For more details and an order form, please click here.

Are you able to help to bake for the Mishloach Manot?  Choose a Hamantaschen baking shift of any length that works with your schedule on the following dates, and click here, or call 530-750-3747 to let Rochelle Frank know when she will see you in the CBH Social Hall!  

  • Sunday, February 28, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 29, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Assembly and delivery helpers are needed on Sunday, March 6 in the CBH Social Hall for the following tasks; please let Rochelle know about your availability by clicking here, or phoning 530-750-3747:

  • Assembly, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Delivery (pick-up), 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., or make a special arrangement for anytime Sunday, March 6 - Tuesday, March 8.
Young Families and Religious School News
THIS FRIDAY, February 19 - SATURDAY, February 20 
Overnight Shabbaton for 5th and 6th Grade Religious School students

For more information, please contact Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth, at, or 530-758-0842.
                THIS SATURDAY, February 20, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
   Shabbat Safari with "Mimi and Friends" puppets and music 
North Classroom
 A Shabbat celebration for the young and young at heart, Shabbat Safari is designed for children under age six and their parents.  

This month we welcome Mimi Greisman and her puppets for an interactive music and movement sing-along Shabbat program!  Mimi comes to us from San Francisco, and is well-known for her Jewish early childhood and family education programs.  

Children must be accompanied by an adult; older siblings, grandparents and other family members always are welcome to attend and join in the fun!  For more information, click 
here to contact Shayndel Adler-Eldridge, or call 530-758-0842. 
THIS SUNDAY, February 21 

Biberstein Social Action Awards Presentation
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary

Twelve non-profits addressing poverty, discrimination, abuse and neglect in Yolo County will be awarded grants totaling $13,200 during Religious School services this week.  All CBH partners are welcome to attend!  

As a special presentation, grant recipient the UC Davis Mercer Clinic for Pets of the
Homeless will show a portion of a film about a day at one of their clinics, and will talk with congregants about their program.  Other 2015 awardees include:  Citizens Who Care, Community Harvest of Davis, Elderly Nutrition Program, Farm Davis, Fourth and Hope, Grace Garden, Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter, Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School Library, Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC), Yolo Community Care Continuum (YCCC) and the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance.  

The Biberstein Social Action Fund was established in 2002 by the CBH Board of Directors to honor Hannah and Ernie Biberstein (pictured) who are among the founders of the Jewish Fellowship of Davis (now CBH), and who have devoted their lives to community service and social justice causes.  Hannah Biberstein passed away in April 2011; Ernie Biberstein remains a vibrant member of our congregation, serving as a B'nai Mitzvah tutor for generations of CBH youth, and as an essential part of our High Holy Days davening team.  For more details, please click
here.  Donations to the fund are welcome, and should be made via the CBH office.

Battle of the Books
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Social Hall
Watch teams of 5th - 7th grade students compete to display their knowledge of this year's assigned titles.  All books are Jewish-themed.  Winners earn bragging rights...and gift certificates for books and other treats from local businesses.  For more information, click here to contact Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth.
Sunday, March 13 
Purim Carnival
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., all site event, rain or shine

The games! The hamantaschen! The magic! The costumes!  All this and more awaits children of all ages.  Game tickets will be available “at the door”, or enjoy a more than 25% discount by purchasing your tickets at Sunday School or in the CBH office during the two weeks prior to the Carnival.

Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, ticket sales and games.  This is a fun way to get in the Purim spirit, whether or not you have a student enrolled in our Sunday School!  Coordinate your availability with either Malka Sansani at, or Steve Fineberg at
THIS SUNDAY, February 21
Also, Sunday, February 28 (IF NEEDED, part two, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.)
"Band of Angels" Film Screening, Commentary and Discussion
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall
Set in the antebellum South, this 1957 film tells the story
of a privileged young woman who discovers she is of mixed race, and how this information impacts her human rights and social class distinction.  Among the movie's stars is Clark Gable, in a role that deeply contrasts his portrayal of Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind" nearly 20 years earlier, as well as Sidney Poitier, who later was the first African-American man to win the Oscar for Best Actor.  
Discussion will focus upon genealogy and Torah-related themes, with additional commentary on racial perceptions provided by film buff Clarence E. Walker, Ph.D., a Davis resident who is an Emeritus Professor American History at UC Berkeley.

This event is FREE and is organized by the CBH Adult Education Committee.  For more information, click
here to contact committee member John Chendo, or phone him at 530-758-3331.
Monday, February 29
Heart and Spirit Chant Circle
7:00-8:45 p.m, Sanctuary
CBH partners Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard will be sharing chants written by Rabbi Shefa Gold.  These chants offer a unique way to access our spiritual selves through short texts from the Tanach paired with powerful melodies. Participants do not need a musical background, just an openness to experience the power of chant.

While normally the Heart and Spirit Chant Circle meets on the 4th Monday of each month, this month's gathering is delayed to the 5th Monday.  For more information, contact Carrie at or Hallie at
Sunday, March 6 
An Evening with Anat Hoffman, founding member of "Women of the Wall"
7:30 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento

Israel's good health is threatened not only by the Israeli-Arab conflict, but also by struggles that rock Israeli society from within.  In a presentation titled, "When Chicken Soup Won't Do the Trick," Israeli justice advocate Hoffman will offer insights about issues such as women's rights, religious pluralism, racism and freedom of conscience, and what we can do to help meet these challenges.  

In addition to her work with Women of the Wall, Hoffman is the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and a former member of the Jerusalem City Council, who is a tireless advocate for issues of pluralism and equality. 

This FREE event is co-sponsored by CBH and nine other Jewish organizations in the Sacramento Valley.  However, further donations in support of the event are welcomed, with all proceeds benefiting the Israel Religious Action Center.  Click
here to donate; checks made and mailed or delivered to Congregation B'nai Israel (CBI) also will be accepted.  For more information, contact CBI at 916-446-4861 or visit  

To read recent news about Anat Hoffman and 
the burning of a Women of the Wall Rosh Chodesh siddur at the Kotel, click here. 
Sunday, March 13
Alon Pinkas, Former Israeli Consul General to New York, speaking engagement 
4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento

Israel Peace Alternatives and J  Street Davis are co-sponsors of this
FREE opportunity to spend an afternoon with Pinkas, Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon's Consul General to New York from 2000-2004, as well as
a policy adviser to Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak. He has written about foreign affairs for the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and other publications,
and has appeared frequently on CNN and Fox News.  He will speak on Israel's relations with the Palestinians and related topics.  The entire Sacramento-Davis area community is invited to attend.  For more information, contact
You Can Help to Build Upon Our Success!
Plan Now to Leave a Legacy for CBH's Future

We are elated and proud to announce that CBH has achieved the program goal of 36 Letter of Intent Commitments to qualify for an unrestricted $7,500 incentive grant!  However, it is not too late to join the  success of the Life and Legacy Program, and help to create a stronger future for our congregation.  Your intent to leave a gift to CBH, of any size, will be a mitzvah for the generations of Jews to come in Yolo County.
For more information, or to request or return a Letter of Intent form, please contact Michael Bobell, Life and Legacy Chair, at or 530-400-7031.
Todah Rabah to the following dedicated partners for their role in achieving the "double chai" program goal: 
Amy and Dan Abramson
Barbara Anderson
Sally Besser
Michael Bobell
Linda and Stu Bresnick
Beth and Alan Brownstein
Larry Brownston
Joy and Steve Cohan
Merry and Alex Draffan
Betsy Elzufon
Joyce Goldman
Marvin Goldman
Jennifer Goldman
Laurel Hassid
Denise Hoffner
Mark Joske
Andrew Newman
Larry Rappaport
Norma Rappaport
Libby and Gene Renkin
Sandy and Al Sokolow
Hannah and Sherman Stein
Ann and Stewart Teal
Nancy and Bill Williams
Julie Hochman and Rabbi Greg Wolfe
Eleven anonymous families
Keeping Shabbat:  March Hosts Needed For Friday Night Onegs

Available dates are:
Friday, March 11, 6:00 p.m. services
Friday, March 18, 8:00 p.m. services
Friday, March 25, 8:00 p.m. services

Please contact Merry Draffan at to sign up for these or any 2016 dates.  Groups and havurot also are encouraged to participate!  Team with a friend to make it easy to say "yes" to this mitzvah.  The oneg program is especially important during Rabbi Greg's sabbatical.

Hosting an oneg often requires little more than a plate of cookies and a platter of fruit, yet you'll feel great knowing that you're providing an opportunity for connection and relaxation between our partners.

Do you have ideas for innovative Oneg Shabbats or Friday night guest speakers?  If so, please contact Merry about this, as well, by clicking here.
Have You Read or Chanted From Our 50th Anniversary Torah?

Make 2016 the year that you share, recapture or learn Torah reading or chanting skills at a Shabbat morning service.  Not only will you feel personally fulfilled, 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 portions available for February and March.  

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.   
Like to Cook?  Join the CBH Mitzvah Meals Makers!
The Mitzvah Meals team of volunteers provides comfort from the kitchen for Bet Haverim partners experiencing illness, the loss of a loved one, or who have recently welcomed a new baby.

Generally, meals are provided on an as needed basis for periods of up to two weeks; the exact frequency, size and menu for the meals varies by the needs and preferences of the receiving partners.  Typically, meals are prepared to last two days, and include a main dish, salad, bread and dessert, as well as any extras team members wish to provide. 

Led by CBH partner Joan Sublett, this team will now be using Sign-Up Genius to better organize and schedule dates for the cooks on the team!  If you're not already a part of this program at the heart of our community, contact Joan
here to be added to the notification list next time a partner is in need.
Are You Ready For Passover?  

Make Nugget Your Source for Pesach Provisions  
As many CBH partners know, finding kosher for Passover foods, other than matzo, can be difficult in Yolo County.  However, with your CBH leadership on the case, solutions are on the horizon!  

An ad hoc committee has formed to work with local grocery stores to improve the selection available to the Jews of our community.  In addition to receiving a nice list of items stocked by Whole Foods, a recent meeting with Nugget management resulted in an increased commitment to stocking a range of suitable goods, and more flexibility to make purchases of matzo, in particular, in smaller quantities.  Nugget staff intends to have their Passover items in stock by Wednesday, March 9.  Please prioritize shopping for pesach at Nugget, in order to ensure their continued interest in serving our community for years to come.  

Questions?  Need more information?  Please contact
Ann Teal, Carole Plack, Janet Meizel, Pat Philipps or Nancy Loeb Williams by clicking their names.

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.
Israel Matters Committee News

Remember the Chanukah to Passover Food Drive
When You Grocery Shop This Week
Click here to learn more!  Donation bins are available in both the CBH office and in the sanctuary through Passover.
Sacramento Jewish Federation - February in Focus 

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 programs may be of particular interest:

Schwab-Rosenhouse Memorial Scholarship Fund - Application Deadline EXTENDED Through Thursday, February 25:  for graduating high school seniors.  To view award levels and eligibility criteria, click here.   

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 began yesterday, Wednesday, February 17 and meets twice a month through early May, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Fee is $60 for all six sessions.  A 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. evening session also is in progress, and 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.  

In addition, February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month.  To participate in a Federation survey of families and individuals impacted by disability, please click
here.  For more information about Federation programs for disabled Jews in our region, please visit this link.
Overnight Volunteers Needed for Davis Community Meals Transitional Housing

Davis Community Meals is seeking volunteers to complete intakes on new clients, perform drug and alcohol testing, assign bed spaces, note activities and behaviors in the log, monitor chores and socialize with clients.  Shifts are once a week, Sunday through Saturday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.  Minimum commitment is three months.  Both classroom as well as on-the-job training are provided.  Contact Harmony Scopazzi for more information by clicking here, or by calling 530-220-4089.
Sacramento Section of National Council for Jewish Women to Receive Social Change Award for Human Trafficking Prevention Efforts 

CBH says "mazal tov" to the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Sacramento Section, as the organization prepares to be honored with the national organization’s prestigious "Champion for Social Change Award" for efforts to prevent human trafficking.  Along with sections elsewhere in California, NCJW Sacramento will be recognized for assisting to implement a new state law requiring certain businesses to post information about how to report suspected human trafficking, and how victims and survivors can seek help through hotlines.  The award will be presented at NCJW Washington Institute 2016, the organization’s premier public policy event, to be held in Washington, DC, March 13-15.  To learn more about NCJW Sacramento, please click here.
Birthdays - February 19 - 25    
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim!
Friday, February 19
Wendy McCray
Saturday, February 20
Timothy Brown
Nicole Glaser
Avital Schwarz
Steve Weinbaum
Noah Wolfe
Sunday, February 21
Heidi Trauner
Monday, February 22
Barbara Anderson
Asher Rose
Mark Rutheiser

Wednesday, February 24
Kira Furie
Yahrzeits - February 19 - 25
Friday, February 19
Jacob William Julian, father of Bill Julian

Saturday, February 20
Ethel Himmelstein, mother of Rosanne Mandel
Dosella Schenker, mother of Marc Schenker
Larry Weiss, father of Steven Weiss

Sunday, February 21
Doris Jean Weiss, mother of Steven Weiss

Monday, February 22
Marcia Adler, mother of Mitchel Adler
Tuesday, February 23
Alfred Klein, father of Barry Klein

Wednesday, February 24
Ben Feldman, stepfather of Janet Saunders
Dottie Goldberg, mother of Cynthia Goldberg
Donald Ira Hausman, father of Jackie Hausman

Thursday, February 25
Evon Gottlieb, mother of Heidi Smith
Julia Suran, mother of Jerry Suran
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