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November 3, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, November 4
6:00 p.m. "Shabbat Though the Arts"  
Service and program in the Social Hall. Click here for more details.  
Ice Cream Social oneg provided by
CBH Religious School


Saturday, November 5
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service 


Torah readers are needed for this Shabbat!  Other opportunities are available throughout November and December.  Please sign-up now at this link.  If you have questions, or need assistance with preparation, contact Virginia Lantry by clicking her name.

Torah Notes
Genesis, Parashat Noach, 
  6:9 - 8:14 
  • God decides to create a flood that will destroy the world, sparing only Noah's family and the animals that Noah gathers together on the ark.
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.

THIS FRIDAY, November 4, and November 11 and 18, 2016

Be Thankful for Special Shabbat Programs on November Fridays 
See Descriptions and Schedules Below


"Shabbat Through the Arts," 6:00 p.m.

While especially suited for Kindergarten through 3rd grade families, ALL CBH partners are invited and guaranteed a good time!  The program includes a short service, crafts, storytelling and dancing.  Pizza dinner and ice cream social oneg provided; bring veggie potluck salads and sides.  Come together to make Shabbat special!

Both the service and the program will take place in the Social Hall.  This will be the only service this Friday night. 

Kindergarten through 3rd grade families are asked to RSVP by noon THIS FRIDAY to  For more information, view the flyer.

Friday, November 11 
Songleaders/Life and Legacy Shabbat, 6:00 p.m.
Veggie Potluck, 7:00 p.m.
and Kristalnacht Commemorative Program, 7:45 p.m.

Pastor Dan Smith of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation of Davis will share a special presentation on the German Lutheran resistance to the Nazis during WWII.  He will focus primarily on the efforts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor and theologian hanged by the Nazis for treason, who insisted that the church must stand by the Jews in the midst of the Holocaust.  He remains an inspiration to people of all faiths.  To read more about the history and observance of Kristalnacht and Pastor Dan's presentation, please click

Earlier in the evening, the CBH Songleaders will welcome Shabbat, and the service will honor the more than 50 individual CBH partners who have made commitments to the CBH Life and Legacy program.  To learn more about your haverim who've left a legacy to CBH, please click
here.  A veggie potluck will follow.

Friday, November 18
A Shabbat of Stories, with special guest Sam Tick-Raker,
8:00 p.m.

What's your story?  Sam Tick-Raker is a UC Davis sophomore working on a project to interview local senior citizens and record their stories for a radio or podcast program.  By hearing and preserving their personal history with the synagogue, powerful experiences, pieces of advice and other interesting facets of their lives, Sam's aim is to ensure that our community members' legacies are carried forward through the power of their voices.  Come to services and share in Sam's stories passed down from his own grandparents in San Francisco, and learn more about his project and how to get involved.

For questions about any of the November Shabbat programs, please contact
Rabbi Greg by clicking his name, or by calling 530-758-0842.

2016/5777 High Holy Days Sermons Now Available Online
Words from the Bima on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Did you feel inspired by the sermons delivered by Rabbi Greg Wolfe and Student Rabbi David Aladjem at High Holy Days services and want to spend more time with their writings?  Or, did you miss a service and want to catch up with a sermon?  

Either way, the messages that our clergy gifted to our congregation over the past two weeks now can be accessed on the CBH website.  Please click on the title below that interests you:
Yahrzeits - November 4 - 10
Friday, November 4
George Brownstein, uncle of Alan Brownstein

Saturday, November 5
Hugo Hahn, father-in-law of Ernie Biberstein
Aron Kuppermann, father of Nathan Kuppermann

Sunday, November 6
May Titche, mother of Alan Titche
Tuesday, November 8
Pauline Egel, mother of Rob Egel

Wednesday, November 9
Candace Foxman, mother of Sarah Pattison
Marvin Hascal, uncle of Sandi Kniep

Thursday, November 10
Jean Jacobs, mother of Diane Moore
Pauline Solovitch, mother of Syma Solovitch
News From Rabbi Greg 

THIS SUNDAY, November 6, 2016

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Afternoon of Learning,
San Francisco Bay and Central Valley Communities

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Peninsula Temple Sholom,
1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame
Senior leadership from the URJ is offering a free Afternoon of Learning specifically for lay and staff leadership in Northern California. Following a keynote by URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, participants will have the opportunity to attend two of six learning sessions such as, "Congregational Engagement Through the Lens of Audacious Hospitality," "How to Use the Media to Extend Your Impact" and "New Models of Youth and Teen Engagement."  

For additional information and registration information, please use
this link, or contact Alexandra Gilbert, URJ Staff Partner, by clicking her name, or phoning 212-650-4110.
NEXT THURSDAY, November 10, 2016
Rabbi Greg Suggests, "Blind in Palestine:  An Ocular History Between Jews and Arabs (1918 - 1948)," with Anat Mooreville, 2016-2017 Israel Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow 
12:00 - 1:30 p.m., UC Davis,
1246 Social Sciences and Humanities Building

The UC Davis Jewish Studies Program will introduce Anat Mooreville to the campus and community with this opportunity to hear more about her work and research focused upon Israeli history, Jewish history in the Middle East and North Africa and the history of medicine and science.

She is currently working on a monograph about the relationship between Jews, colonial medicine and postwar global health in the twentieth century that centers on the eye disease trachoma.  She was previously the Hazel D. Cole Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her recent article, “Eyeing Africa: The Politics of Israeli Ocular Expertise and International Aid, 1959-1973,” has appeared in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Social Studies. 

For more information about this upcoming presentation, please view the flyer, visit or contact
Beginning Sunday, November 13, 2016, four sessions

Recommended by Rabbi Greg...
Discussion Group for Interfaith Couples,
with Rabbi Seth Castleman and Rev. Elizabeth Griswold

4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Location in Davis - to be announced
Individuals and couples of all faiths, as well as of no faith tradition, are welcome to join in sharing experiences with others, and cultivating acceptance and deepening appreciation for their relationships and families.  Spouses or partners of different religions or cultures, those who have converted to another religion, parents raising children in a tradition different from the one in which they were brought up, grandparents of grandchildren being raised in another faith...this discussion group is for you!  

Rabbi Seth and Rev. Elizabeth believe that they may be the only married Rabbi/Christian minister couple in the world.  The Davis couple spends their time in congregational and spiritual leadership, social justice work and family life with their daughter, Lilah.  

Held on four Sunday afternoons and concluding in mid-December, the opportunity for practical holiday season guidance also will be available.  The fee is $180 per couple; sliding scale available.  For more information and registration, see
this flyer, or contact Rabbi Seth by clicking his name or phoning 617-935-9697. 
CBH Office Now Closed on Mondays, Open Late on Tuesdays
Goal to Offer Overall Better Service to Partners and Visitors
The CBH Office has begun a pilot program of Monday closures, coupled with extended hours on Tuesday evenings.  In addition, office staff are available by appointment on any evening, Monday through Thursday.  

Although the office will not be open to the public on Mondays, staff still will be hard at work!  The purpose of this initiative is to allow staff more time for focused work on time-demanding projects, so that they can be more available to partners and visitors on the other four days of the work week.  Please note that phone calls and emails to the Office Coordinator, Executive Director and Rabbi may not be answered on Mondays, as well.  The Communications Specialist will remain available, and the weekly Monday evening e-tone submission deadline is unaffected by this pilot program.  

Beginning Tuesday, November 15, the office will remain open until 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday, for your convenience.  The CBH staff looks forward to better serving the community as a result of these new office hours.  Please contact Executive Director MK Menard with your feedback at     
The Future of the Bet Haverim Community Is In Your Hands...Join Your Haverim Who Are Already Assuring Jewish Tomorrows
Make a Legacy Commitment This Fall or Winter and help CBH to Earn a $2,500 Grant

This Fall, one CBH legacy donor, or pair of donors, will be profiled each week.  This week's focus is on Laurel and Eric Hassid.  CBH partners since 2000, Laurel is a current CBH board member, Eric has served previously and the couple's three children all became b'nai mitzvah at CBH and were active in youth programming, as well.
We chose to participate in the Life and Legacy program at Bet Haverim, because we have a lot of history with the synagogue, and we would like to see future generations enjoy the same connections we have been able to establish.  We have made a lot of wonderful lifelong friendships here, and it is a place where we feel at home.”
  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.  The commitment deadline to assist with CBH's incentive grant eligibility is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Guests, or Looking Ahead to Hanukkah?  
Benefit CBH by Shopping "Amazon Smile" and World of Judaica
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.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Yolo Food Bank Refrigerated Truck To Debut On Thanksgiving Day in Woodland
7:00 - 10:00 a.m., Heritage Plaza, Main and Second Streets, Downtown Woodland

Last Winter, CBH Partners Heidi Smith and Renee Dryfoos led an effort that ultimately raised more than $115,000 to purchase for the Yolo Food Bank a refrigerated food truck, pallet jack and three years of maintenance and operations for the vehicle. 

We can all be thankful that the truck that so many in our community came together to purchase at last is on the road picking up perishable goods several times each month from 19 sites in Yolo County, and delivering them to facilities that can distribute to food insecure individuals and families throughout the area.   Its official debut will unveil the decorating of the truck to reflect its "Community Sponsored" theme, with the names of every donor who participated listed on the truck.  

The Heritage Plaza display of the truck will coincide with the Food Bank's annual Running of the Turkeys 5k Run/Walk event.  To learn more about taking part in this event, please click
here. The plaza is adjacent to the Woodland Opera House.  At a later date, the truck is expected to be on display in Davis, as well.

Questions about the truck, or the "Farm to Every Fork" campaign that made the purchase possible, may be directed to
Linda Zablotny-Hurst, Yolo Food Bank Director of Development, by clicking her name, or by calling 530-668-0690.
Haverim K'tanim "Little Friends":  New Name For Growing CBH Young Families Program!
Shabbat Safari, Holiday Celebrations and More
All Under One "Tent"
Just as children grow and mature, so must our CBH programs for the very youngest partners in our community.  To reflect that commitment, our more formalized young families' events series now is titled Haverim K'tanim, Hebrew for "little friends."  The focus is on families with children under age six.  

Haverim K'tanim is envisioned as a tent, within which activities such as Shabbat Safari and holiday gatherings are sheltered and nurtured. In addition, Haverim K'tanim is intended to provide a circle from which families and children may begin to connect for more informal play dates and social opportunities of their own, building long-term relationships to shape their Jewish futures together.

To start or continue your children's Haverim K'tanim adventures, please see
this schedule of events for 2016-2017.  Watch the e-tone, website and the Haverim K'tanim Facebook Group for additional announcements.  Haverim K'tanim organizer Shayndel Adler-Eldridge and CBH Partner Kristi Link-Crosier also can be contacted by clicking their names, or call 530-758-0842.
Kids, Teens and Families News
Shabbat Safari, a Haverim K'tanim event 
Saturday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., North Classroom

Let's celebrate the joy of Shabbat!  We will begin with a Shabbat-themed art project, and then sing and dance a lively Shabbat prayer circle.  We will also visit the Sanctuary to see the Torah during Shabbat Morning Services, followed by kiddush with challah and grape juice.

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 Haverim K'tanim events for 2016-2017, click here.
Religious School Resumes THIS SUNDAY - 7th grade Family Program Scheduled, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Please add this and other upcoming dates to your calendar:
  • THIS FRIDAY, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Celebrate "Shabbat Through the Arts"!  Especially suited for Kindergarten through 3rd grade families.  Click here for more information, or view the flyer.  Please RSVP by noon on Friday to
  • Sunday, November 13, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 5th grade Bar/Bat Mitzvah Kallah
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 Scheduled THIS SUNDAY
6:30 - 8:00 p.m., North and South Classrooms

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

DRTY Travels to Shabbat
at Hillel at Davis and Sacramento 

5:40 p.m., Meet at Hillel, 328
A Street, Davis 
Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) invites teens to meet at Hillel to experience Shabbat together with local Jewish collegians. Daven, dine and socialize with UC Davis and Sacramento State students and learn more about Jewish college life.  $10 fee for dinner.  For more details, see the flyer, or contact Teen Engagement Coordinator Sarah Turtletaub at, or 530-758-0842.

To learn more about all of the CBH programs for teens, including fee and registration information and a calendar, please click here.  Questions?  Please contact Sarah at, or by phoning 530-758-0842.
Gan Haverim Preschool News
by Rhoda Rohnstock, Director
During the High Holy Days last month, the Gan Haverim children deepened their knowledge and experiences.  When we researched how honey is made in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, many of the children were surprised to learn that bees have long tongues.  They also loved visiting the CBH sukkah with Rabbi Greg, smelling the etrog and shaking the lulav.

While the children await a date for our local fire department to visit with their big red engine, they are fully enjoying the weekly visits of the recycling truck to our parking lot.  Garvin, the truck driver, makes a point to pull the truck parallel to our play yard, so that the children can watch the recycling cans get picked up and dumped into the truck.  It is so exciting for the children when he enters the parking lot, honking his horn. You can hear the children yell, “Garbage truck!,” and most of the children run over and line up along the fence to watch.

A few openings remain at Gan Haverim for the school year.  If you, or anyone you know, is interested in a play-based curriculum with a warm, nurturing environment, please stop in and visit us!  To learn more about the school and the enrollment options, please contact me at 530.758.0842, ext. 105, or at
THIS TUESDAY, November 8, 2016
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 530-792-8917 if you plan to join the group, or if you need additional details.
THIS WEDNESDAY, November 9, 2016

Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Presents:  
Jewish Family Service Caregivers' Support Group at CBH 
6:30 - 8:00 p.m., South Classroom

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 group provides a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.
An evening session is underway, and will continue THIS WEDNESDAY night, as well as on November 16 and December 7.  The evening group has a special emphasis on adult children caring for aging parents

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. 
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Chasing Portraits:  Lost Art of the Polish Inter-War Period 
A Great-Granddaughter's Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy, Author Discussion and Book Signing
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall

The CBH Adult Education Committee presents an afternoon with Elizabeth Rynecki, an Oakland-based author, who will share her memoir of her emotional journey to find the art of her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather, Moshe Rynecki, which was lost during World War II.

Before his tragic death during the war, Moshe Rynecki was an artist, whose body of work reached close to eight hundred paintings and sculptures.  Elizabeth Rynecki received her Master's Degree in Rhetoric and Speech Communication from UC Davis, and she currently is in post-production editing of her documentary, "Chasing Portraits," which is based upon her book.
 To read more about Elizabeth, her story and the presentation, please read the recent Davis Enterprise article here.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, or can be obtained in advance at The Avid Reader Bookstore in Downtown Davis.  To read more about the book, see  For more information about the presentation, please contact CBH Partner Nancy Lazarus by clicking her name.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Israel On the World Stage, presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Temple Or Rishon, 7755 Hazel Avenue, Orangevale
Questions about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel?  Want to learn ways our community can work together to support Israel?  Join the Jewish community in welcoming experts on BDS and Israel:
  • Ravit Baer, Deputy Consul General of Israel
  • Karen Stiller, Middle East Project Director, San Francisco Community Relations Council
To RSVP, contact the Federation at or 916-486-0906.

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 November, please click here.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Reflections on an Inside Tour of the West Bank,
with Rabbi Greg Wolfe
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
Israel Peace Alternatives invites you to spend an evening with Rabbi Greg as he shares insights from his tour of Hebron and other West Bank sites, on which he journeyed during his sabbatical earlier this year.

Sponsored by Extend Tours, his West Bank experience also included six other rabbis. Extend Tours offers trips in the West Bank that provide educational programming and interactive exposure to multiple narratives of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict.

This event is free of charge and no RSVP is required.  For more information, please contact CBH Partner
Sarah Pattison by clicking her name, or phoning 530-220-5042.
Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, 2016
"Ani Lo Eshkakh - I Will Not Forget," a One-Woman Dramatic Anthology of the Holocaust
8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 19
2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20, including a post-show discussion, 
The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred, 2300 Sierra Boulevard, Sacramento


The KOH Library and Cultural Center, and the Central Valley Holocaust Educators Network (CVHEN), present Sacramento area resident Sheri Zeff in her one-woman dramatic anthology of the Holocaust.  In this multi-media production, excerpts from books, plays, diaries, memos, poems and songs are set by Zeff in chronological order from 1933, when Hitler came to power, to the end of World War II in 1945.  Zeff portrays 12 different characters, ranging in age from 11 to 50.

The Sunday matinee performance will be followed by a short discussion, moderated by Holocaust survivor and CVHEN President Liz Igra.  General admission is $18, or $10 for seniors age 65+ and students with I.D.  To purchase tickets online for either date, please visit .  To reserve tickets by phone, or for more information, call Dawn Maurer at 818-653-6519, or Taliah Berger at KOH at 916-541-3720.   Cash or check only will be accepted at the door.  An event flyer is available at this link.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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 Tuesday, November 15, 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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