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May 5, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, May 6

6:00 p.m. Family Shabbat and 7th Grade Graduation led by CBH Partner Dan Tennenbaum
Potluck and oneg hosted by the 7th grade families - thank you!  

Hosts are needed for upcoming onegs!  
Available dates include:  
  • Friday, May 27 - 8:00 p.m. service
  • All June Fridays!  See calendar for dates and times  
Please contact Merry Draffan to sign up for these or any available 2016 dates.  Oneg hosting can be a fun way to mark
a special simcha or anniversary, or
to honor a friend or
loved one
.  Consider finding a friend, group or organize your havurah to make hosting easier!

Saturday, May 7
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Chanting/Contemplative Shabbat Morning Service by Student Rabbi David Aladjem and CBH Partners Carrie Shepard and Hallie Morrow 


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. 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.
MAY We Count Upon You to Chant Torah?

MAYbe it's time this month for you to read or chant from our 50th Anniversary Torah at a Shabbat morning service?  Or, perhaps you've done so, but it's been awhile since you've visited the bimah?  Not only will you feel personally fulfilled by doing so, 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 available portions beginning Saturday, May 14.  

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.   
Mazel Tov to the 2015-2016 "Leading With a Jewish Heart" Leadership Class!
Sixteen "Graduates" to Receive Certificates at Sunday, June 5 Event 

 Last Sunday, an extraordinary group of current and future CBH leaders completed their eighth and final course session of a program that is now a CBH institution.  With CBH partner Joan Sublett at the helm, supported by a stellar committee, this group represents the fourth leadership graduating class since 2008!  Several graduates of the program already have served as congregation presidents and in other roles key to our community's well-being, and more have been nominated to board positions for the coming year.  At left, is a look at some of the course modules and those who led them and participated in them.

Make plans to celebrate the group's accomplishment at the aptly-named
"Sweet Summer of '16" celebration, following the CBH Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 5.  Click the event titles for more information.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Don't Forget to Attend the CBH Annual Meeting
2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Make plans to be a part of CBH's leadership and fiscal future by attending and participating.  Board members will be elected by the community, and the budget for the 2016-2017 year (beginning July 1) will be approved.  This also is a key time for you to meet and connect with the synagogue leadership and ask questions.  

More information, including a proposed slate of board members, will be mailed soon to all CBH partners.  To learn more in the interim, contact Board President
Nancy Loeb Williams by clicking her name, or phoning 530-756-8935.
Sunday, June 5, 2016 

Musical Entertainment and a Special Guest Announced
CBH's "Sweet Summer of '16" Garden Party
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., CBH Redwood Grove 
"The Chang Sibling Trio," a remarkable strings ensemble featuring 5th, 9th and 11th graders Rebecca, Albert and Alexander Chang, are set to showcase their sibling harmony during the "Sweet Summer of '16" at CBH.  In addition, Davis City Council member Lucas Frerichs has announced plans to celebrate leadership in our community with us on Sunday, June 5!
Invitations have mailed; please remember that the
RSVP deadline is Friday, May 27.  If you did not a receive an invitation, or need another copy, please download by clicking invitation or RSVP card.

This event will immediately follow the congregation's Annual Meeting, taking place earlier the same afternoon.  It's a sunny future ahead at Bet Haverim, so plan to join your community for:

- Elegant
hors d'oeuvres, wine and other Summer refreshments

- Musical
entertainment and socializing 
- Recognition of incoming and outgoing board members

- Introduction of new board president and other officers

- Celebration of the 2016 CBH Leadership Class graduates

- Raising spirits and funds to keep our synagogue strong!

$32 per person (Sweet 16 x 2!); sponsorships and group package pricing also are available.  
Need more details?  Want to be a part of the planning team?  Contact Joy Cohan
by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814. 
Religious School, Youth and Young Families' News
NO Religious School or Keshet THIS SUNDAY
It's Mother's Day...celebrate your Ima אִמָא!
Religious School LAST SUNDAY...

6th and 7th graders took part in a Yom Hashoah commemoration, which included a mix of intense Holocaust themes with modern topics.
 6th grade parents learned more about the B'nei Mitzvah Gifts Tzedakah Project, a new program that this year's 7th grade class piloted at CBH.  The project will return this Fall; currently, the 7th graders are making final selections from amongst many worthy proposals vying for $5,000 in grant money that the class will award to address hunger.  

An orientation to the CBH Hebrew School program was offered to 2nd grade and other parents who will be new to the program, and the Alef class specifically, in the Fall.

Dozens of homemade dog treats were baked by the Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes, then donated to the Yolo County SPCA for sale later in the day at the "May Day for Mutts" event in Central Park.

Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) News

Nearly a dozen 8th - 12th graders spent last Sunday evening together enjoying the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve on the UC Davis campus.  Pizza, a   campfire, roasted marshmallows and lots of memories were made!

Year-End BBQ Pool Party, Sunday, May 22, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate friendship, Summer and the year ahead at President Ethan Liederman's home!  In addition to swimming and noshing, elections will be held for the 2016-2017 DRTY Board.  Previous DRTY involvement is not a requirement to run for a positon.  

For more details about either event, to RSVP, get directions, or to find out more about board positions, contact
Ethan Liederman or DRTY advisor Ruthie Schnitt by clicking their names.

Shabbat Safari May Program Now Saturday, May 21

Previously scheduled for Saturday, May 14

Mark your calendar so that you and your children age six and under don't miss the May "Celebrate Israel" theme.  More details to come in the e-tone soon.
Gan Haverim Preschool News
by Rhoda Rohnstock, Director
Spurred by last month's Pesach conversations, the children continue to be enthusiastic Spring cleaners!  Many of our friends continue to wipe down tables, dust shelves and chairs and sweep up messes with our dust pans and brooms.  Others like taking the scrub brushes and cleaning supplies out to our play yard.

Science discoveries also are occurring regularly lately, as bugs are found in the garden and we discuss how living creatures should be treated.  The abundance of Crane flies both inside and outside has been very exciting to the children.  One of our four-years-olds taught us that they do not eat mosquitoes as many of us thought that they did.

Additional experimentation is taking place as the children have fun breaking down sidewalk chalk.  It may look messy, but the children are enjoying wearing the chalk against the cement, or crushing it with hammers and shovels and then collecting the dust and debris to add to water available in the sandbox.  As the end of each school day draws near, many children are covered in a rainbow of chalk colors!

Have you heard?  Currently, we are taking names for the 2016/2017 school year.  If you would like to learn more about Gan Haverim and the enrollment options offered, please contact me, Director Rhoda Rohnstock, at, or 530-758-0842, ext. 105.
THIS TUESDAY, May 10, 2016
A Taste of Yiddish Study Group
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., CBH 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.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
"Hunger at Home" A Mini-Documentary on ChiIdhood Hunger in Davis, CA -
Marley Kubby Adler's Mitzvah Project
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Varsity Theatre, 616 2nd Street, Davis
Recent Bat Mitzvah and 7th grade Religious School class member Marley Kubby Adler is raising funds for Yolo County nonprofits addressing childhood hunger, with a screening of her own 20 minute film, "Hunger at Home."
Tickets are just $10 each, and are available here; no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay.  Donations also are welcomed from those unable to attend.  All proceeds will benefit organizations featured in the film, including Yolo Food Bank, Davis Community Meals, Yolo Crisis Nursery and the Davis Joint Unified School District's Nutrition Program.  Representatives of these organizations also will be on hand for questions and discussion following the film.  Opening remarks will be made by Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, and Marley will provide an introduction to the film. 

For additional information, contact
Raychel Kubby Adler, Marley's mom.
Israel Matters Committee News
Successful End to STEAC Food Drive
The 3rd annual Israel Matters Chanukah to Passover Food Drive to benefit the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) has reached the goal of providing 700 pounds of food for the needy of Yolo County. A big thank you to everyone who donated!

Please be aware that STEAC is open year-round, and that the need is great, with an ever-increasing number of hungry families in the area.  STEAC also serves many children, who now constitute the largest proportion of homeless people in the county.  To continue to assist, please take your donations to the STEAC office at 1900 E. 8th Street, Davis.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
 Israel Independence Day Annual Celebration
12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Redwood Grove
Don't miss this celebration of modern Israel's 68th Independence Day.  This CBH tradition features Israel Matters' "food fest" of hot dogs, falafels and Israeli salads.  Cotton candy and sno-cones also will be available for the young at heart!  Children and parents can stay after Sunday School, and look forward to face painting, bounce houses, slides, a special "honey stand" and much more.  Attendees of all ages will be entertained with klezmer music, Israeli dancing, Israeli movies and decals and flags as party favors. 

All food, activities and materials are free!
 Sponsored by the Israel Matters Committee. Click on
George Rooksname to learn more.  

After the celebration, be sure to visit CBH's "Israeli Baseball Trivia" booth in progress at the Jewish Heritage Festival in West Sacramento.  Visit
this link for details. 
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Have a Ball at CBH's Jewish Heritage Festival Booth!  
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.,
Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento
"Israeli Baseball Trivia" will be the theme of the Bet Haverim booth at this annual festival, organized by the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region.  The event includes activities hosted by other area synagogues and Jewish organizations, all with an emphasis on Israeli culture or history.  Vendors, food and entertainment also will be featured.  To learn more about the festival, click here.

In addition,
CBH's own Israel Independence Day celebration, hosted by the Israel Matters Committee, will be held at Bet Haverim on the same day, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.  It's an entire day to kvell about Israel, as CBH partners are encouraged to move between both events!  Click here to view more details about the Israel Matters event.
Questions?  Want to assist with the CBH booth?  Please contact Joy Cohan, Communications Specialist, by clicking her name, or by phoning 530-383-1814.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall

The Buddhist connection to the counting of the Omer will be explored, and mediation will be led by CBH partner and group organizer Michael Amster.

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 this week's event, contact Michael at, or 530-219-6947.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Israel Peace Alternatives Presents a Book Discussion:  "Power, Faith and Fantasy:  America in the Middle East, 1776 to Present," by Michael B. Oren
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
CBH partners Linda and Michael Hirsch will lead the conversation. Oren is an American-born Israeli historian, author, politician and former Israeli ambassador to the United States.  This event is free an open to the public.  No RSVP is required.  For more information, please contact Sarah Pattison by clicking her name, or view the flyer.
Sunday, May 22, 2016

"Birth of a Nation" film screening with commentary by UC Davis Professor Emeritus Clarence E. Walker 
2:30 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall
In a timely presentation via film and discussion, parallels will be observed and explored between the themes of post-Civil War reconstruction after the emancipation, with the building of a free, self-governing society after the liberation of the Hebrew slaves in ancient Egypt.
The second-half of the 1915 silent film epic "Birth of a Nation" will be shown, which revisits the reconstruction story. Immediately following, Professor Walker, a reconstructionist expert familiar with Jewish values, will guide attendees to compare and contrast the experiences depicted in the film with those detailed in the book of Leviticus.
"Birth of a Nation" was directed by D.W. Griffith and stars Lillian Gish.  Professor Walker was named the 2014 UC Davis Teacher of the Year, and studied for his Ph.D. in History under the mentorship of UC Berkeley Professor Leon Litwack, a noted expert on American race and anti-Semitism.
No RSVP is required to attend.  For more information, contact Adult Education Committee member
John Chendo by clicking his name, or by phoning 530-758-3331.
Help CBH Earn a $2,500 Grant By Joining the Success of the Life and Legacy Campaign NOW! 
Leave a Legacy for CBH's Future

 Todah Rabah to our dedicated partners who helped CBH to achieve the "double chai" program goal and receive an unrestricted $7,500 incentive grant!  To view the names click here.

You're invited now to join these partners; the first five legacy commitments during the coming year will earn CBH an unrestricted $2,500 incentive grant!  The intended gift can be of any size. To download a letter of intent, click
hereFor more information, or to return your signed form, please contact Michael Bobell, Life and Legacy Chair, at or 530-400-7031.
Also, if you have updated your estate plans to include CBH, please complete and sign the
Legacy Gift Confirmation form and return it to the CBH office, or to Michael Bobell.
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 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.
Sacramento Jewish Federation -
MAY You Find Programs and Events in the Month Ahead! 

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

Please note:  the Leisure League trip to San Francisco
 scheduled for this Tuesday has been cancelled.  

In addition to the
CBH Booth at the Jewish Heritage Festival on Sunday, May 15, the following Davis-based program may be of particular interest:
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.  The current morning session meets twice a month through early August, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  An evening session may begin again this Fall.  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.  
Sunday, May 22
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento Presents:  
"Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine"

10:00 a.m., Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento
Take a trip back in time, and take peek into the amazing life of the late "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico."

 San Francisco tour guide, writer and historian Joseph Amster will appear in character and costume as "Emperor Norton," born Joshua Abraham Norton, a Jewish man who came to San Francisco in 1849.  After initial success as an investor, Norton went bankrupt, and reinvented himself in 1859 as "Emperor Norton."  As the Emperor, he ate complimentary restaurant meals, enjoyed gratis theater seats, rode public transit for free and even issued his own "Imperial Treasury Bonds" as legal tender.  

All are welcome to attend and enjoy the presentation.  For more information about the event, or about the genealogical society, please contact
Mort Rumberg by clicking his name.
Donations - April 2016
General Fund
Hinda Chandler, in honor of Celia Basen's yahrzeit
Stephanie and Jon De Vaan, in memory of Guille Libresco
Sharna and Myron Hoffman
Susan and Daniel Marder
, with thanks to CBH, Nancy Loeb Williams and Max Williams for help with Jacob and Tamar's wedding
Traian V. Nan

Religious School Fund

Hannah and Sherman Stein, in memory of Guille Libresco

Israel Matters Fund
Ezra Amsterdam
Phyllis and Lou Isaacson
Biberstein Social Action Fund
Ernie Biberstein, in honor of Hannah Biberstein's yahrzeit
Joy and Steve Cohan, in memory of Guille Libresco
Ann and Stewart Teal, in memory of Stewart's mother, Beverly Teal and Ann's mother, Betty Eichler Blum

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Teri and Steve Greenfield, in memory of Joy and Steve Cohan's mothers, Elizabeth Herndon and Joan Cohan
Robin Kulakow and Bill Julian, in memory of their neighbor Carol Draper, and Bill's friend and colleague Larry Reuben
Amy Levin-Fay, in memory of her father, Paul Levin
Kathryn and David Shickman, in honor of the yahrzeits of Martin, Rhoda and Steven Shickman, David's father, mother and brother

Birthdays - May 6 - 12
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim!
Friday, May 6
Sandy Jones
Karen Nathanson
David Shpak
Arliss Simon

Saturday, May 7
Sophia Sherman
Sunday, May 8
Susan Doyle
Marion Franck

Monday, May 9
Paul Berliner
Beth Brownstein
Hern Pitesky
Monday,  May 9, continued
Calla Weintraub
Tuesday, May 10
Jerry Kaminker
Linda Wayne Steele

Wednesday, May 11
Rob Egel
Ron Mikalson
Jennifer Raven
Santiago Foos Russ

Thursday, May 12
Harry Greenstreet
Carla Levin
Yahrzeits - May 6 - 12
Friday, May 6
Gertrude Broderick, grandmother of Bill Kuhlman
David Chan, father of Gilbert Mohtes-Chan
Ira Kohlberg, cousin of Alan Brownstein
Harry Novak, father of Esther Novak

Saturday, May 7
Bernice Broida Marchak, aunt of Joan Sublett
David Elroff, father of Janet Meizel

Sunday, May 8
Pierre Joske, father of Mark Joske

Monday, May 9
Betty Hascal Roberts, aunt of Sandi Kniep
Monday, May 9, continued
Dodie Kubby, mother of Raychel Kubby-Adler

Tuesday, May 10
Ben Hirsch, father of Michael Hirsch
Jacob Reuben, father of David Reuben

Wednesday, May 11
Pauline Klein, mother of Barry Klein
Wendy Barrett, mother of Scott Goldman and Poshi Walker

Thursday, May 12
Sara Hoffman, friend of Carole Plack
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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