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September 1, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, September 2
6:00 p.m. Family Kabbalat Shabbat
hosted by Friends of Sally Besser, in honor of her Bat Mitzvah - thank you!

Saturday, September 3
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Bat Mitzvah of Sally Besser

Sally invites all CBH partners to join in the simcha of her Adult Bat Mitzvah.  No RSVP required, simply come and celebrate with your community!

Torah Notes
Deuteronomy, Parashat R'eih
  15:1 - 16:17 (Triennial Year 3)
  • Moses' third discourse includes laws about debt remission, the release and treatment of Hebrew slaves and firstlings.
  • Moses reviews the correct sacrifices to be offered during the Pilgrim Festivals: Pesach, Sukkot and Shavuot. 
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.
Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2016

"Spiritual Readiness for the High Holy Days Through the Power of Chant" 
Selichot Shabbaton Weekend with
Rabbi Shefa Gold, 
Register by Wednesday, September 14 

Named one of the Most Inspiring Rabbis in America last year by, Rabbi Shefa will join us at CBH for the Selichot weekend, Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25.  Her accessible, transformative approach will open your heart to her melodies, serving as your bridge to the beauty of the Days of Awe.

Now is the time to reserve your weekend of worship, study and chant with Rabbi Shefa. Please use
this form to register, or to become a sponsor.  The registration deadline is less than two weeks away!  For additional information, please click here, or contact the organizers, CBH Partners Carrie Shepard or Hallie Morrow, by clicking their names.

Special note regarding Shabbaton childcare:  organizers are working to determine the community's interest in childcare for the Sacred Chant Shabbat morning service and the "Lunch and Learn" with Rabbi Shefa which follows. Parents, your feedback is needed in order to assess if there is sufficient interest.  Please send information ASAP to
Carrie Shepard by clicking her name.

October Torah Reading Opportunities Now Available 

As the High Holy Days season approaches, consider the unique experience of reading or chanting Torah at the CBH bima.  It's a personally meaningful and fulfilling way to perform a mitzvah for your community.  And, if you need assistance preparing, help is only a click away; contact Virginia Lantry of the Ritual Committee by clicking her name, or phoning 530-220-4444.  She also can help you to find the right time to read or chant in honor of a meaningful occasion in your life

To view all of the available readings and sign-up, please click 
Yahrzeits - September 2 - 8
Saturday, September 3
Melvin Novikoff, uncle of Stephan Cohen

Sunday, September 4
Rose Gordon Dunitz, mother of Hannah Stein
Bertha Weiss, stepmother of Joyce Goldman

Monday, September 5
Henry Lantry, father of Virginia Lantry
Wednesday, September 7
Fanny Neuwald, grandmother of Karen Neuwald
Myron Paikoff, husband of Joan Paikoff and father of Larry Paikoff

Thursday, September 8
Julius Radding, brother of Pearl Carpenter
It's Back-to-School and High Holy Days Season...Benefit CBH by Shopping 
"Amazon Smile" and World of Judaica for All of Your Needs
Thanks to a partnership with's "Amazon Smile" program, CBH is guaranteed a 0.5% return on all eligible purchases you make for back-to-school, or any other purpose, 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 High Holy Days purchases, or other judaica, that you buy from the CBH Online Gift Shop, powered by Worl
d of Judaica, earns 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.
Reflecting on "Shabbat Sha-Putah-Lom,"
Last Friday Night's Nature Walk
Shabbat Experience

140 Haverim of All Ages Participated

Spiritual, social and serene, "Shabbat Sha-Putah-Lom" introduced literally minyans of CBH partners and others in the larger Yolo County Jewish community to the beauty of an outdoor Shabbat.  

With the UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve as inspiration, the one-hour journey provided inter-generational opportunities for prayer, song, meditation and appreciation of both the environment and the people with whom the experience was shared.  Most participants gathered back at the CBH Social Hall after the walk, and feasted on ChickPeas fare and a delicious oneg provided by the Drabkin, Nitzkin, Olagundoye, Richman and Sher families.

A big thank you to all who attended; Rabbi Greg looks forward to working with haverim who can make future Shabbat outings such as this even more special!  There is room to expand upon what was positive, as well as improve and fine tune the overall experience.  Please contact Rabbi Greg to become involved in a possible Spring reprise, at, or 530-758-0842.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Annual Progressive Dinner
5:30 - 9:45 p.m., private homes,
dessert in the CBH Social Hall

A decades-long CBH tradition, this event connects friends old and new, first in the intimacy of partners' homes, and later brings everyone together for a celebratory gathering.

For just $20 per person, each guest begins their journey at a pre-assigned appetizer home, moves on to a catered dinner and wine hosted in another home and completes their experience by joining with all other guests for dessert and havdalah in the CBH Social Hall.  After registering, each guest is sent a "path" to follow for the evening, and asked to contribute either an appetizer, salad and bread or a dessert.

Many CBH partners look forward to this unique opportunity to socialize and meet newcomers to our community.  The registration deadline is Friday, September 16...don't miss the fun!  Invitations were mailed in late August to all current CBH partners.  If you did not receive an invitation, or you are new to CBH, please click here to download an invitation with RSVP form.

Questions?  Please contact event organizers Rob and Dotti Egel at rdegel@sbcglobal.netor 530-758-0908.

Kids, Teens and Families News

Welcome Sarah Turtletaub,
CBH Teen Engagement Coordinator!

Begins Work Today, Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Education and Youth Committee is pleased to announce that Sarah Turtletaub has joined CBH in the newly-created position of Teen Engagement Coordinator.  She brings both experience and a commitment to youth programs, and the committee is looking forward to the spirit and dedication they believe that she will bring to the CBH teen community.

Sarah’s primary responsibilities are to lead the Keshet teen program, serve as the Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) advisor, oversee Shabbatons for 3rd-6th graders and provide leadership training for madrichim classroom assistants. The goal is to strengthen and grow teen participation in all CBH programming, and collaborate with other local synagogues and organizations to develop and nourish a robust and engaging community for our teens.

Previously, Sarah served as an Israel Teaching Fellow for a year, where she learned Hebrew and taught English to children.  She has led two Birthright trips to Israel and has written a curriculum specifically targeting B’nai Mitzvah teens. She is a Sacramento native, and a credentialed teacher with more than six years of experience, including work at Mosaic Law Congregation.  Currently, she operates Kids Unplugged, a kids' fitness and health business.  We celebrate Sarah’s arrival!


It's Time for Another Shabbat Safari! 
New Year Potluck Picnic, Saturday, September 17

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,
Pioneer Park, 5035 Swingle Drive, Davis

Start the Jewish New Year with other young families at a veggie potluck picnic!  Make plans for this wonderful new beginning of CBH Young Families Events, by joining friends old and new.  Come with ideas to share for a year of adventure.

Shabbat Safari and Young Families Events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members.  For more information, contact
Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or calling 530-758-0842.  To view a schedule of all Young Families Events for 2016-2017, click here.

Religious School Opening Day and Bagel Breakfast, Sunday, September 18, 2016 
Bagels 9:00 - 9:25 a.m., School-Wide Service and Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Begin your year of learning and discovery by meeting friends and making friends over bagels, juice and coffee!  Then join your school community for an uplifting service with songs and stories before meeting new teachers and classmates.  Questions? Haven't completed your Religious School registration yet?  Contact Malka Sansani, director of education and youth, at, or 530-758-0842.
Gan Haverim Preschool News
by Rhoda Rohnstock, Director
A new school year is about to begin following a week-long Summer closure, during which the teaching staff worked hard to make some wonderful improvements to the classroom and play yard.  A few openings remain for the 2016-2017 school year, so please be in touch if your child is ready to join the school, or if you know of a family who might be interested.

In the original Gan Haverim space (adjacent to the playground), which is now known as the Sunshine Room, children mostly are 2 to 3-years-old.  The newer classroom (commonly known on-site as the North Classroom) is called the Redwood Room by Gan Haverim staff and children, who are mostly 3 to 5 years of age.  Flexibility exists between the two rooms based on individual children’s needs.

Enrollment options include a choice of two, three, four or five days a week programs (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.), or full-day with child care (7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.).  New this year is a Friday-only option for both preschool or full-day enrollment. Children must be at least 3-1/2 years-old to participate in this program.

Many veterans and a few newcomers will bring both insight and energy to the teaching staff this year:
  • Nina Favorite, at Gan Haverim since October 2007 
  • Kaitlin Fuller, joined the staff in March 2012 
  • Tabitha Lichtenhan, part of the team since May  2014 
  • Enav Farhi, has worked onsite since September 2014 
  • Blanca Villegas, an addition in January 2015 
  • Jagdish Majju, started in February 
  • Tina Minges began work in May
  • Three new teachers:  Kaari Hellendoorn, Alyssa Balisacan and Stacy Laird
The Music Together program, with CBH Partner Karen Crane and Emily June Wong, will remain part of our weekly routine; more information is available here about the program.  It offers fun, interactive music experiences for our children and families.

To become a part of this established, dynamic preschool program, or to inquire further, please contact me at, or 530-758-0842, ext. 105.
THIS TUESDAY, September 6, 2016
ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice 
More Teachings For the Days of Awe
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall 

CBH Partner and Group Leader Michael Amster again will lead meditation and offer teachings related to the High Holy Days.  The group will continue reading and discussion of, "This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared:  The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation," by Rabbi Alan Lew.  To order a copy, please click
here (for information about how this purchase can benefit CBH via the AmazonSmile program, please read this first).  Even if you are not reading the book, the group activities will be structured to be applicable to all.

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 the next event, contact Michael at, or 530-219-6947.
THIS WEDNESDAY, September 7, 2016

Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Presents:  
Jewish Family Service Caregivers' Support Group at CBH 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Library

Spouses, 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 group provides a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.
A new session began last month and continues September 7, October 5, October 19 and November 2.  An evening session may begin again this Fall.  The Federation charges a $60 fee for the 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. 

In a effort to serve and connect the more than 25,000 Jews of the eight-county Sacramento region, the Federation offers CBH partners this and an array of monthly programs for young families, senior citizens and the disabled, in particular.  To view a full schedule of activities for September, please click here. 
Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Bet Haverim Health and Wellness Event:  
"Life in Asymmetry" Book Reading and Signing, with Author and CBH Partner Raychel Kubby Adler
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall

Rabbi Greg Wolfe hosts CBH Board Member Raychel Kubby Adler, as she brings a genetic issue especially important to Ashkenazi Jewish women forward through her recently-published memoir of life as a "previvor" of genetic breast cancer.

By sharing her girlhood dreams of having "boobies" and how her perceptions of her breasts changed as she learned of and came to terms with her genetic status, Raychel illuminates and examines the interplay of genetics, personal choice and chance that shapes each of our lives. Furthermore, her work prompts an exploration of the course of actions we might take when offered a unique glimpse into the potential health risks that lie ahead. 

The book launch is free and open to the public; no RSVP required.  For more information, contact
Raychel by clicking her name, or see her website.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
West Bank Settlements:  A Dialogue With Mike Harris of StandWithUs and
Stan Wulf of J Street, sponsored by TICVA - The Israel Civil Voice Alliance, 
with CBH Israel Peace Alternatives

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento

The Sacramento area Jewish community is invited to learn about issues related to West Bank settlements through civil discourse and discussion.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers, as well as to have small group discussion. The goal is to talk about controversial issues, understand what others think and express your own opinion in a safe environment.  This is not a debate, but rather a forum to listen to different views and engage in respectful dialogue.

Mike Harris is one of the founders of San Francisco Voice for Israel, which is now the Bay Area chapter of StandWithUs, and he is the author of "Winning a Debate With An Israel-Hater: How to Effectively Challenge Anti-Israel Extremists in Your Neighborhood."

Stan Wulf serves on the J Street National Advisory Council and is on the board of 
Molad, the Center for Renewal of Israeli Democracy, headquartered in Jerusalem.  He presents workshops on "Managing Conflict When Talking About Israel," and also offers a website,

Please RSVP by clicking here.  A donation of $5 or more to TICVA at the door will be greatly appreciated.  For more information, please contact CBH Partner Sarah Pattison by clicking her name.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Davis Community Meals Needs YOU! 
Bet Haverim Sets-Up and Serves Dinner 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 Tuesday, September 20, or another upcoming third Tuesday of the month?  

Thanks to a new
sign-up link, you can now 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
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