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August 18, 2016

Shabbat This Week

Friday, August 19
6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat
Oneg hosted by Bukowski Family Friends in honor of Ellie and Ariel Bukowski's B'not Mitzvah - thank you!

Saturday, August 20
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Service and B'not Mitzvah of Ellie and Ariel Bukowski


Torah Notes
Deuteronomy, Parashat Vaetchanan
  5:1 - 7:11 (Triennial Year 3)
  • The covenant at Sinai and the Ten Commandments are recalled. Once again, the people are exhorted to heed God’s commandments.
  • Moses speaks the words of the Sh’ma, the credo of Judaism, and commands Israel to show their love for Adonai and keep God’s laws and ordinances.
  • Moses warns the people not to commit idolatry by worshiping the gods of the nations they will conquer in Israel.
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

NEW DETAILS!  "Shabbat Sha-Putah-Lom"
Nature Walk Shabbat Experience, near Davis
6:00 p.m., U.C. Davis 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!  See below for directions to the site.

Join Rabbi Greg, Dan Tennenbaum and all of your CBH friends on a one-hour journey for body and soul.  The easy walk along Putah Creek, will include moments of inspiring prayer, song and reflection to welcome Shabbat.  Bring your neighbors, your friends and even your dogs to join in this joyous celebration of Shabbat.  Be sure to bring a hat, drinking water, comfortable clothes and good walking shoes.

Following the service, we will gather at Bet Haverim at approximately 7:30 p.m. for a Shabbat meal catered by ChickPeas. The oneg will be hosted by the Drabkin, Nitzkin, Olagundoye, Richman and Sher families.

Please RSVP for dinner to or 530-758-0842.  Please also click here to let the office know if you're interested in carpooling by riding with others or providing seats in your vehicle.

Please note:  this will be the ONLY CBH Shabbat service held on this date.

Directions: from Bet Haverim, travel west on Cov​ell Boulevard (or, head south on Anderson Road, and then west on Russell Boulevard) and turn left on County Road 98 (aka Pedrick Road). Go 1.3 miles south of Russell Boulevard, and look for a parking lot entrance on the right. Balloons and a sign will help to identify the entrance. Gather near the picnic tables to check-in.

Yahrzeits - August 19 - 25
Friday, August 19
Marvin Norman Goldstein, father of Claire Goldstein
Samuel Moss, father of Stephanie Moss
Julia Ann Sands, mother of Tom Sands

Saturday, August 20
Irwin Wald, father-in-law of Tom Frankel
Sunday, August 21
Ida Cohn, grandmother of Steven Weiss

Tuesday, August 23
Robert Levine, father of Neal Levine

Thursday, August 25
Lori Genzer, sister of Joyce Goldman
Florence Mogil, mother of Diann Kramer
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.
Board of Directors' Notes - Annual Board Retreat 
The 2016-2017 Board of Directors Met for a Full-Day Visioning Session, 
Last Sunday, August 14 

The new CBH Board of Directors carried forward the tradition of holding an annual Board Retreat earlier this week.  The purpose was to more fully explore select goals for the year, build camaraderie and discover how to best work in partnership to serve the Bet Haverim community.  Two topics were discussed in depth during the six-hour gathering:  
  1. Engagement/Involvement - how to strengthen connections within the partnership and encourage more participation.  
  2. Increasing Worship Participation - what is the goal, and what is the strategic path to offering weekly services that encourage greater participation of the community?
Ample time also was provided for board members to interact and get to know one another better, both socially and as synagogue volunteers.  

The next regular Board of Directors' meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 7:30 p.m., at CBH.  For more information at any time about the CBH Board of Directors, or to contact individual Board officers or members, please see

Repectfully submitted,
Steve Cohan, Co-President
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
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 (apologies for the broken link in last week's e-tone).  

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.
THIS 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.
THIS 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!
THIS 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.
Next Meeting:  Wednesday, August 31, 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 earlier this week 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. 
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
Old Phones, Laptops, Monitors, Tablets, Printers and More Collecting Dust?
Donate Them for Re-Use!

Contribute Your Electronic Clutter to
Aidan Cohan's Mitzvah Project

Any technology or devices that you're no longer using, no matter how old or new, working or not, can begin a new life in the hands of a disadvantaged person who otherwise would not have access to the digital world that most of us take for granted.  Thanks to Aidan's non-profit partner, Human I-T, your "e-waste" can be recycled in whole or in part to change the lives of underprivileged teens, low-income veterans or the homeless.

Aidan's project launched late last year, but is entering its final weeks as his Bar Mitzvah approaches next month.  Please bring your donations to Aidan's collection box in the CBH office, or contact him at 530-400-4123 or for a pick-up. All donations are tax-deductible and receipts are issued upon request.

Read more about Aidan’s Used Technology Drive in the Davis Enterprise:
“Like” Aidan’s Used Technology Drive on Facebook:
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