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February 23, 2017

  • Yizkor Wall reservations needed by TOMORROW, Friday, February 24, for placement by Passover
  • Pre-Shabbat Meditation TOMORROW night and Chant/Contemplative Shabbat morning THIS SATURDAY 
  • Earn a $2,500 grant for CBH with your Life & Legacy commitment by THIS TUESDAY, February 28

Shabbat This Week

Friday, February 24

7:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. ChaverSangha Pre-Shabbat Meditation
Led by Rabbi Seth Castleman

"Beginning the Rest...of Shabbat," is a silent sit prelude to Shabbat.  All are welcome, and no meditation experience is required.  Contemplative music will follow prior to Kabbalat Shabbat services.  Meditation participants are welcome to stay for services, although this is not expected, nor required.  Contact
Rabbi Seth for more info by clicking his name.

8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat

Oneg hosted Congregation Bet Haverim


Saturday, February 25
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Chant/Contemplative Shabbat Morning Service

Special note:  the intention of this service is to offer a more personal relationship with the Divine as you celebrate and observe Shabbat via chanting, meditative and contemplative exercises.  While Torah is read, it is done so Renewal-style; there are only three aliyot, each accompanied by a special kavannah (Justice, Compassion and Inclusion is this month's theme). Any davener who feels called by a kavannah may come up for one or more aliyot.  A haftarah reading is NOT included, and the entire service typically concludes by 12:00 p.m.  For more information, contact
Carrie Shepard or Hallie Morrow by clicking their names.

"March" into Torah reading next month!  Sign-up now at this link.  If you have questions, or need assistance with preparation, contact Virginia Lantry by clicking her name.

Torah Notes

Exodus, Parashat Mishpatim, 
  23:1 - 12 
  • Interpersonal laws ranging from the carrying of false rumors to the exhibition of kindness to strangers are listed. 
  • Cultic laws follow, including the commandment to observe the Sabbatical Year and a repetition of the Sabbath injunction.
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, March 3, 2017

Hillel Comes to Shabbat at CBH!
6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Family Shabbat Service at CBH
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Home-Hosted Shabbat Dinners
Be a part of this special opportunity to extend our unique Bet Haverim hospitality to local Hillel students!  CBH partners are invited to join in Family Shabbat Services, and then welcome a student or two as guests for a delicious Shabbat dinner in your home.  

It's a wonderful way to get to know our local Jewish students and to build bridges between our two communities over a Shabbat meal. To participate in this mitzvah, please sign-up at
this link and indicate how many students your table can accommodate.  Please note that meals must be kosher "style," no pork products or mixing of dairy and meat.

If you have questions about the evening, or need additional guidance regarding meal planning, please contact
Rabbi Greg by clicking his name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Celebration of Abraham Shabbat
5:30 p.m., Pre-Shabbat Gathering, Social Hall
6:00 p.m., Song Leaders' Shabbat Service, Sanctuary
Welcome Shabbat with our Christian and Muslim neighbors!  A special gathering, festive oneg, activities and an uplifting service theme of "Building Bridges of Peace and Understanding" will be complemented by the music of the Shabbat Song Leaders.

Look for more details in next week's e-tone, or contact
Rabbi Greg by clicking his name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
Yahrzeits - February 24 - March 2, 2017
Please note:  if your loved one's yahrzeit date is either not listed according to your observance preference
(Hebrew or Gregorian date), or appears to be missing, please accept our apologies and
contact the CBH office at or 530-758-0842 to provide corrections.  Thank you.  
Friday, February 24
Dottie Goldberg, mother of Cynthia Goldberg

Saturday, February 25
Julia Suran, mother of Jerry Suran

Sunday, February 26
Steven Lapointe, husband of Cynthia Goldberg

Tuesday, February 28
Ann Cohan, grandmother of Steve Cohan
George Rooks II, father of George Rooks III
Wednesday, March 1
Celia Basen, mother of Hinda Chandler
Sheryl Weiner, sister-in-law of Scott Goldman
Nannette Weintraub, mother of Laurel Hassid and Jon Weintraub

Thursday, March 2
Manuel Bresnick, father of Stu Bresnick
Max Davidson, father of Bobby Coyote Davidson
Tevis Jacobs, father of Diane Moore
A Message of Support in the Face of Anti-Semitism  
Received from Dr. Metwalli Amer, Executive Director and Founder,
the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims (SALAM)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Dear Friends and Leaders of the Jewish Community in our Sacramento Valley
On behalf of SALAM Board of Trustees, its congregation and community, we Muslims stand beside you in support, brotherhood, sisterhood in face of recent anti-Semitic incidents.  In our Sacramento region, Muslims and Jews have been a role model in cooperation, support and working with each other to make our diverse community an example to emulate in sharing and caring for each other as the children of Abraham. Please rest assured that your Muslim brothers and sisters are always here in support of our Jewish brothers and sisters.
Please share this message with your congregations and friends.
With God’s peace and blessings,
Metwalli Amer
Executive Director and Founder of SALAM
Rabbi Greg Recommends...
Two Ways to Support STEAC  
Neighborhood and Israel Matters Food Drives

The Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) looks forward to engaging CBH partners in two important efforts to stock their pantry over the next several months to benefit the food insecure of our community:
  1. STEAC Food Project:  upon a sign-up, a Neighborhood Coordinator contacts a participant to provide a reusable grocery bag to be filled with non-perishable food and left out for pick up from the front porch every other month.  Click here to register now!  Please contact CBH Partner Linda Bresnick with any questions by clicking her name.  
  2. Israel Matters' 4th Annual Chanukah to Passover Food Drive for STEAC:  prefer to make a one-time food drop-off?  Want to provide a bag of non-perishable groceries each of the months that the Food Project doesn't pick-up?  Bring your donations to the CBH office.  More than 230 pounds already have been collected toward Israel Matters' goal of 700!  For more details, or to contact Israel Matters' Chair George Rooks, please click here.
Select one mitzvah or both...either way, your generosity is in the bag!
THIS SUNDAY, February 26 - Sunday, April 9, 2017

Salsa Dance Classes to Benefit Social Justice
3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Davis United Methodist Church Social Hall, 1620 Anderson Road, Davis
Brandon Austin, a 15-year salsero (male salsa dancer) and pastor of Davis United Methodist Church, will provide a progressive series of salsa dance classes he calls “Club Ready Salsa.”  Learn the fundamentals of salsa over the seven class series for just $5 per lesson, which will be donated to your choice of the American Civil Liberties Union or the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Bring your friends to this inclusive and affirming community of dance, or come and make new friends!  No partner necessary.  
For additional information, please see
Add Your Loved One's Name to the
Or Hazikaron Yizkor Wall
In Time for Passover
Reservation Deadline is
TOMORROW, Friday, February 24, 2017
One of two annual opportunities to honor the memories of family members and others on the sanctuary Yizkor Wall has arrived.  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 TOMORROW will be displayed on the wall by Passover. Click to access the order form, or read additional details online. Questions? Contact the CBH Office at 530-758-0842 or
Mishloach Manot - Look for Your Basket Delivery Beginning THIS SUNDAY, February 26!
Will You Be Home?

Ideally, the volunteer delivery team looks forward to personally handing your Purim Basket to you this Sunday, or soon thereafter.  If you are not home, please be advised that your basket will be left at your front doorstep.  If an alternate plan for delivery of your basket is needed, please contact Rochelle Frank and Michael Bobell ASAP at this email address.

Commit By THIS TUESDAY, February 28, 2017 to Assist with CBH's Incentive Grant Eligibility
The Future of the Bet Haverim Community Is In Your Hands...
Join Your Haverim Who Are Already
Assuring Jewish Tomorrows
Make a Legacy Commitment NOW and help CBH to Earn a $2,500 Grant
See a full list of the more than 50 CBH Legacy Donors by clicking here.  To create your Jewish legacy, contact Michael Bobell, CBH Life and Legacy Coordinator, by clicking his name, or by phoning 530-400-7031
Tickets Now On Sale For "Time Capsule in a Milk Can";
Sponsorships Remain Available Through THIS WEDNESDAY, March 1 

Holocaust-Themed Production Coming to Sacramento Area in March
Originally commissioned by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for its 10th anniversary in 2003, Bet Haverim has joined other regional Jewish organizations in locally organizing this one-man dramatization of the operation known as "Oneg Shabbat," a secret society undertaken by historian Emanuel Ringelblum to preserve Jewish prayers, testimonies, poems and drawings from Warsaw Ghetto residents.  Ultimately, the archives were placed into three milk cans and other metal boxes and buried until after the war. 

Financial support is being sought to benefit the Central Valley Holocaust Educator's Network (CVHEN), which has made the production possible.  The CBH Board of Directors and Rabbi Greg have teamed to provide a $500 contribution from our congregation; will you join them?  The performance will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Congregation B'nai Israel, with a follow-up presentation the following day for Religious School students throughout the region.  Sponsorships are available from $50 - $1,000 at
this link; tickets ($25/adults, $10/students) and program ads also may be purchased at the site.  Questions about sponsorships or tickets?  Please contact Nancy Lazarus, the CBH representative to the steering committee, by clicking her name.
Include Your Loved Ones in "The Book of Remembrance,"
an Annual Publication of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region
To Be Distributed at the Communitywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration,
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Congregation B'nai Israel in Sacramento
Access a name collection form by clicking here.  Deadline is Monday, March 6, 2017.  Instructions for return are provided on the form.  Please contact Elissa Einhorn at the Federation with any questions by clicking her name. 
Camperships - It's Time to Apply or to Donate to Ensure a Jewish Camp Experience This Summer for All CBH Kids
Applications Due By Friday, April 28, 2017

Jewish camps create a positive sense of identity and wonderful memories that last a life time.  Camp Newman has been a favorite of Bet Haverim children and teens for decades, and is operated by the Union for Reform Judaism in the Santa Rosa area.  Learn more about the camp, its programs, its history and its approach to engaging Jewish youth at this link.

You can help to ensure a Jewish camp experience for every Bet Haverim child who wants to attend by supporting the CBH Campership Fund.  This investment in the Jewish future is a particularly meaningful way to celebrate a simcha, honor a loved one, or simply to offer tzedakah to our community.  To donate now, please click here and be sure to specify that your donation be directed to the Campership Fund.

here to apply for a Campership for your child(ren). All applications will be handled in confidence.  2017 applications must be submitted by Friday, April 28 2017

Benefit CBH by Shopping "Amazon Smile" and World of Judaica
It's Time to Shop for Purim and Passover!
Thanks to a partnership with's "Amazon Smile" program, CBH is guaranteed a 0.5% return on all eligible purchases you make 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 Judaica and holiday items that you buy from the CBH Online Gift Shop, powered by World of Judaica, earn 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.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Erev Purim Family Celebration
and Megillah Reading 

NEW START TIME 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.,
Social Hall
Rabbi Greg and his puppet players return for an evening of merriment for all ages!
Highlights will include:
  • Dinner – bring a veggie potluck item, or enjoy $5 Chickpeas falafel sandwiches
  • Costumes – children and adults, dress as your favorite Purim character, or other hero or villan
  • Family Purim Service
  • Puppet Show
  • Music
  • Kids’ activities 
  • Hamantaschen
  • Megillah reading
  • Wine bar
Click here for more details, or here to view the event flyer.
Other questions?  Please contact the CBH office at, or 530-758-0842.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 

The Purim Shpiel Returns to CBH - Welcoming the Wonderful "Wizard of PersOZ"
9:30 - 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary

Grab your groggers and come see the show!  Dorthesther is following the road to the east to find her way to King Ahashverosh of PersOZ. 
She gets help from Glashti, the Pershkins, Scarecrow, Tin Man and
Judean Lions, but everyone is having
trouble with Haman the Wicked Witch.

This musical adventure features the Kindergarten -  5th grade Religious School classes, as well as members of the CBH community.  Mark your calendar to join the fun!

Stay after the shpiel to enjoy the annual CBH Purim Carnival; click here for more info.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (second night of Passover)

Save-the-Date for the Annual CBH Passover Seder
Doors Open at 5:30 p.m., Seder Begins at 6:00 p.m., Social Hall
Sandy Jones will return, lending her expert organizational skills to this traditional community celebration!  A festive Seder led by Rabbi Greg will be the highlight, supported by a Kosher-for-Passover veggie meal and the music of the Shabbat Song Leaders. 

More details coming and online registration opening soon; watch for announcements.  Questions in the interim?  If you need advance assistance, please be in touch with the CBH office at, or 530-758-0842.
Scenes from Last Night's "BDS and Campus Antisemitism:  
The Bad News and the Good News" with Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
Israel Matters Presentation Drew Large Crowd of All Age Groups
Israel Matters chair George Rooks reported: 
"As director of the AMCHA Initiative, Tammi delivered a critically important message about the surge in anti-Semitism at American colleges and

universities during the last few years, and how it is connected to the BDS movement.  She outlined a successful strategy for dealing with this surge, and issued an impassioned call for all of us to become more involved."

Shabbat Safari, a Haverim K'tanim event
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., North Classroom

Purim begins at sundown!  In addition to our Shabbat celebration and visit to see the Torah, we will make masks and crowns and sing and move through the story of brave Queen Esther, Mordechai, King Ahashverosh and the wicked Haman in the ancient land of Persia.  Join us for this sweet, super-friendly, musical and lively gathering, with a hamantaschen nosh at the end.

Haverim K'tanim ("Little Friends") events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members.  To RSVP (by Thursday, March 9), or for more information, please contact
Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or the CBH office at 530-758-0842.  To view a complete schedule of all Haverim K'tanim events for 2016-2017, click here.


Religious and Hebrew School News
Here's what you can look forward to THIS SUNDAY, February 26:
  • Battle of the Books
  • Purim Carnival ticket and hamantaschen pre-sales - save $$$ by purchasing in advance!  Bring cash or your checkbook; a sales table will be set up in the Redwood Grove both before and after school.  Click here to access a hamantaschen order form in advance, or to complete and deliver to the CBH office by Tuesday, March 7.

The Purim Carnival is Coming!  
Sunday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Rain or shine...
  • The games!
  • The hamantaschen!
  • The costumes!
Also, don't miss special guest, "The Science Wizard," and his Super Cool Chemistry Show!

To view an event flyer, please click

Parent and teen volunteers are needed to make the day a success.  Please contact Religious School parent Steve Fineberg for more information and to sign-up by clicking his name.

To contact Malka Sansani, Education and Youth Director, for more details about Religious and Hebrew School activities, send a message to, or call 530-758-0842.

Keshet and Confirmation Teen Programs
Class meets THIS SUNDAY, February 26
, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., North and South Classrooms
  • Pizza and "chill" session
  • Discussion of current news events
  • Continued focus on disability awareness
  • Team building
  • NEW!  "Coffee Talk" topical conversations - come to class this Sunday and learn more about this!

If your teen is not yet registered, please see more information and a registration form at this link, or contact Sarah Turtletaub, Teen Engagement Coordinator, at



Davis - Sacramento Jewish Teen Event
THIS SATURDAY, February 25, 2017, 6:45 - 9:00 p.m., Capitol Bowl,
900 W. Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

CBH teens are inviting the youth of Beth Shalom, B'nai Israel, Or Rishon and Mosaic Law to join them for a night of fun at the lanes!  Roll a strike by RSVP-ing to ASAP.  $25 per teen includes bowling and dinner.  Additional details to follow after RSVPs are received.


Registration Now Open for These Spring Events at Camp Newman
for Grades 2 - 5 and 6 - 8

Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19, 2017 

Click on each ad to obtain more information and to sign-up!

A Message From Malka Sansani, CBH Director of Education and Youth

Dear CBH Community Members,

I am writing to share that I have decided to retire at the end of this school year.  I have been grappling with this idea for a while; my mind telling me that it is time to open new doors – while also listening to my heart, feeling satisfied, fulfilled and still in love with my work here.

However, my heart is also telling me that I want to spend more time with my husband, be a greater part of my grandchildren’s lives and give myself time to discover new joys.  I will retire because I promised myself that I would leave my work before I get tired of it, and because I know that tomorrow is not to be taken for granted.

I am happy that the end of our journey is still a few months away, and that we have time to live Judaism and laugh, learn and enjoy together.

As the school year comes to a close this Spring, I look forward to finding the right opportunity to express fully my deep gratitude for our CBH community and our 20 years together.  However, for now, I thank you very much, and hope to see you soon.

THIS MONDAY, February 27, 2017
Heart and Chant Circle
7:00 - 8:45 p.m., Sanctuary

Are you curious to try chanting?  Or have you long felt that chant helps you to deepen your spiritual experience?  

If you answered yes above, please join CBH partners Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard as they share 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.  

At this month's gathering the group will focus upon the positive qualities we strive for, and the help needed to meet our challenges

The Heart and Spirit Chant Circle meets on the fourth Monday of each month.  No pre-registration required.  For more information, contact
Carrie or Hallie by clicking their names. Also, to learn more about ongoing Heart and Spirit Chant Circle programs at CBH, including the monthly Contemplative Shabbat Service, please see this flyer.  For more information about Rabbi Shefa Gold, please click here.
THIS TUESDAY, February 28, 2017
A Taste of Yiddish Study Group
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Library
Do you have childhood memories of hearing Yiddish?  Are you curious about Yiddish in Jewish culture?  This group of approximately 10 welcomes new members, and functions in a "book group" format, sharing copies of stories, songs and jokes in Yiddish, that are then translated and discussed in English.

It is ideal for participants to know the Hebrew alefbet before attending, however, help is available for those needing assistance.  This is NOT a drop-in group; regular attendance on the second and fourth weeks of the month is necessary in order to build skills from one meeting to the next.
 Please contact Zipi Mor at or 530-792-8917 if you plan to join the group, or if you need additional details.
THIS WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017

Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Presents:  
Jewish Family Service Caregivers' Support Groups at CBH 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m., 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Room locations available upon registration

Spouses, adult children, 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 groups provides a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.  

The morning session next meets on Wednesday, April 5, as well as Wednesdays April 19, May 3 and May 17.  

The evening session meets again on Wednesday, March 1.  The evening group has a special emphasis on adult children caring for aging parents

The Federation charges a $60 fee for either 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. 
What's Your Vision for
Adult Education at Bet Haverim?
Join the Committee
That Makes the Programs Happen!


Is lifelong Jewish learning important to you?  Do you have inspiring or even fun ideas that you would like to see organized and presented for our partners?  Consider joining the Adult Education Committee!  Energetic partners representing every stage of the life cycle, ages 20s, 30s, 40s...through 100+, are needed to help ensure a balance of programming and opportunities for engagement that meet the varying needs and interests of adults in our community.  Ready to join, learn more or find out about plans already in the works?  Please contact Committee member Nancy Lazarus by clicking her name, or phoning 530-902-0868.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
"Contra For a Cause" Dance to Benefit Sacramento-Area Refugees
7:00 - 10:00 p.m., Davis Community Church
Fellowship Hall, 412 C Street, Davis

The CBH Social Action Committee and the Board of Directors invite CBH partners to support this event and prize drawing raising funds for Opening Doors, an organization providing housing and other needs for area refugees.

An easy-to-learn American folk dance, Contra requires no experience and the repetitive steps will be taught and led by a professional caller accompanied by "Paddy on the Binge," a live band sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op. Advance tickets are $15 per person ($10 for students) and can be purchased at
this link, or at Avid Reader Active in Downtown Davis.

For more information, contact Davis Community Church at or 530-753-2894.
Connect With More Sacramento-Area Programs -
Sign-Up For the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Weekly eVoice Publication 

Stay abreast of Jewish programming throughout the Sacramento area by receiving the Jewish Federation's weekly electronic newsletter.  Learn about programs at regional synagogues and organized by the Federation and other organizations in partnership with them.  Register at   The form is on the right side of the page.  

To view the current month's Federation programming at any time, please visit
this link on the CBH website.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Davis Community Meals Needs YOU!
Bet Haverim Sets-Up and Serves 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 March 21, or another upcoming third Tuesday of the month?

Thanks to the sign-up link, you can 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
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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