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August 11, 2016

Shabbat This Week

Friday, August 12
6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat
Oneg hosted by Feldman/Ordonez Family Friends in honor of Talia Ordonez's Bat Mitzvah, and Carla and Roy Levin in honor of their daughter Alison's upcoming wedding - thank you!

Carla and Roy Levin invite all CBH partners this Friday night to share in their joy as they celebrate the aufruf ("calling up" of the wedding couple) of their daughter, Alison, and Lionel Sebbag.  The wedding will take place in Israel on August 23.  Mazel tov!

Saturday, August 13
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Service and Bat Mitzvah of Talia Ordonez


Torah Notes
Deuteronomy, Parashat Devarim
 2:31 - 3:22 (Triennial Year 3)
  • Moses recounts that all of the Israelite warriors who left Egypt died, as God had intended, and the people continued their wanderings and defeated their enemies. 
  • Moses reiterates that the Land of Israel was allocated to the Israelite tribes.  
  • This year's reading of this parashat occurs on Erev Tisha B'Av.  Click to read more about Tisha B'Av.
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, August 26, 2016

Save the Date for "Shabbat Sha-Putah-Lom,"
Nature Walk Shabbat Experience near Davis
6:00 p.m., Putah Creek Riparian Reserve,
Pedrick Road/Road 98 at Levee Road

Bring Shabbat alive in new ways, with music, prayers and meditations for the entire family in a beautiful, serene setting that is a hidden jewel of Davis!  Join Rabbi Greg, Dan Tennenbaum and all of your CBH friends on a journey for body and soul.  The evening will begin with an easy nature walk along Putah Creek, and culminate in an inspiring prayer service to welcome Shabbat.  Bring your neighbors, your friends (you can even bring your dogs!) to join in this joyous celebration of Shabbat.  Following the service, we will gather at Bet Haverim for a Shabbat meal.

Look for additional details, site information and directions in next week's e-tone.  Carpooling may be an option.  If you can assist with Shabbat meal planning, please contact
Rabbi Greg by clicking his name.

Please note:  this will the ONLY CBH Shabbat service held on this date, so please make plans to join the fun!

Torah Readers/Chanters Needed for Saturday, August 27  

Parashat Eikev, Famous for "Man Does Not Live By Bread Alone..."

Sandwiched amidst the simchot of many B'nai Mitzvah celebrations between now and the High Holy Days, this one Shabbat remains in need of partners to give voice to the words of Torah! To lend your talents at the CBH bima on the morning of Saturday, August 27, please click here to view the available readings and sign up.

Interested to look ahead to a special date to commemorate a meaningful occasion?  Need assistance preparing to read or chant?  Please contact
Virginia Lantry of the CBH Ritual Committee by clicking her name, or phoning 530-220-4444.
Yahrzeits - August 12 - 18
Friday, August 12
Aenne Hahn, mother-in-law of Ernie Biberstein

Sunday, August 14
Hedda Kornfeld, grandmother of Dana Paskowitz
Lucille Wald, mother-in-law of Tom Frankel
Monday, August 15
Bunny Frankel, mother of Tom Frankel

Tuesday, August 16
Stanley Jolkovsky, father of David Jolkovsky
Rae Levine Yablon, mother of Linda Bresnick

Thursday, August 18
Sherry Folb, mother of Steven Folb
Have You Renewed Your CBH Committments?  
2016-2017 Partnership Pledge and
Religious School Registration Forms Were Due Last Month

Partnership Pledge forms were mailed in June to all current CBH partners and were due on July 1.  To keep your relationship with CBH active and to ensure timely arrival of High Holy Days tickets, please return your completed form as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.  If you need new pledge or credit card authorization forms, please click here.  Other questions should be directed to MK Menard, executive director, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.  

In addition, Religious School registration materials were emailed in June to the families of all continuing students.  These forms were due at the end of last month.  If you did not receive enrollment information, please click
here to download documents from the CBH website.  Questions?  Please contact Malka Sansani, director of education and youth, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
Add Your Loved One's Name to the Or Hazikaron Yizkor Wall 
In Time for Y
om Kippur 
Reservation Deadline is Wednesday, August 31, 2016

One of two annual opportunities to honor the memories of family members and others on the sanctuary Yizkor Wall will continue through Wednesday, August 31.  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 Kol Nidre. Click to access the
order form, or read additional details online. Questions? Contact the CBH Office at 530-758-0842 or
Teen Engagement Coordinator Wanted
Part-Time Position Created To Build and Enhance Youth Program,
Including Keshet, Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) and More
Do you know a creative, energetic leader age 21+ who would embrace the challenge to grow the youth program for our CBH teens?  The Education and Youth Committee has begun the search for candidates with the talent to inspire our youth to explore and embrace the full potential of their Jewish journeys, beginning this September.  

here to view details, salary and a full job description.  Please share with those you feel are qualified.  Questions?  Please contact Malka Sansani, director of education and youth, at or 530-758-0842.
Back-to-School and High Holy Days Are Coming...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.
Implementing the CBH Communications Survey Results
You Responded, We Listened!

Todah Rabah again to those of you who participated in the CBH Communications Survey this Spring.  Receiving your responses has provided us with very useful information upon which to evaluate the current status of our communications with you, as well as to consider modifications and enhancements. 

Staff members have analyzed the feedback that you offered, and wish to share with you the information and results available at
this link.  

Questions or comments?  Please connect with
Joy Cohan, Communications Specialist, or MK Menard, Executive Director, by clicking their names.  We look forward to receiving your further feedback as these enhancements take effect.
Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2016

Register NOW For An Amazing High Holy Days Opportunity
Shabbaton Weekend With Rabbi Shefa Gold - 
"Spiritual Readiness for the High Holy Days Through the Power of Chant"

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 Wednesday, September 14.  For additional information, please click here, or contact the organizers, CBH Partners Carrie Shepard or Hallie Morrow, by clicking their names.
Such a Kick!  Team CBH at Last Sunday's 
Jewish Federation Community Kickball Tournament

Everyone Won An Opportunity to Have Fun With Their Haverim, Old and New! 

Ruach ran high for Bet Haverim's two dozen kickball players, when they traveled to Sacramento's Land Park on Sunday, August 7 to participate in this new regional event.  CBH Team #1 faced a tough match with Mosaic Law, but Team #2 performed brilliantly vs. Congregation B'nai Israel.  Both teams celebrated by picnicking and getting to know one another better.  

These CBH partners had such a great time, that they are set to do it all again, suggesting that CBH develop a casual "intramural" league, or participate in an on-going league that may form with other Sacramento-area synagogues.  Do you want to be kept apprised of future opportunities to "kick it" with your haverim?  If so, please contact Joy Cohan to be added to a notification list, by clicking her name, or calling 530-383-1814.
THIS WEDNESDAY, August 17, 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 begins this Wednesday and continues August 31, 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 August, please click here. 
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Israel Peace Alternatives, TICVA and the Israel Committee of Congregation B'nai Israel present:  "Asylum Seekers, Migration and Social Action in Israel,"
Featuring UC Davis Alumna Maayan Ravid 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel Chapel, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento 

Maayan Ravid is an Israeli-American who has spent the last decade working on social justice issues in Israel, particularly focused on migration and minority rights. She will discuss issues surrounding African asylum seekers in Israel, including their legal status, rights in the state and social action.

Maayan has presented her work at the University of Oxford, at conferences at Columbia University and the Rochester Institute of Technology and in many community gatherings in Israel and abroad.  She recently completed a Master's degree, which examined conceptions of African asylum seekers in Israel.  Maayan has also been involved with grassroots organizing in Israel of migrant communities from Ethiopia, Sudan and Eritrea.

During the 2004-2005 academic year, Maayan attended UC Davis and worked at Hillel at Davis and Sacramento with then-director Rabbi Mona Alfi.  During this time, Maayan helped to organize a fundraising concert for Darfur relief efforts.

For more information about this free presentation, please contact
Sarah Pattison of Israel Peace Alternatives by clicking her name.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Heart and Spirit Chant Circle 
"Ecstatic Chant for the High Holy Days"
7:00 - 8:45 p.m., Sanctuary
CBH Partners Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard will have just returned from an alumni retreat in New Mexico with Rabbi Shefa Gold, and will be ready to share their chant experiences with others seeking to prepare for the Days of Awe.  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.

The Heart and Spirit Chant Circle meets on the fourth Monday of each month.  For more information, contact
Carrie or Hallie by clicking their names.

Our next opportunity to chant together will be Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, during the Selichot Shabbaton featuring Rabbi Shefa.   Begin preparing with us on August 22, and remember to register for the
here for a form!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice 
Teachings For the Days of Awe
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall 

CBH Partner and Group Leader Michael Amster will lead meditation and offer teachings related to the High Holy Days.  The group will begin reading, "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).

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 TUESDAY, August 16, 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, THIS TUESDAY, 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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