February 25, 2016 e-tone
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February 25, 2016


THIS MONDAY, February 29, will be the 12th anniversary of Bet Haverim's move from the former Oak Avenue location to the current Anderson Road site!  However, due to Leap Day, it will only be the third time the congregation has officially marked the occasion.
Shabbat This Week
Friday, February 26

8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat with Student Cantor Shayndel Adler-Eldridge
Oneg hosted by Linda Sternberg and Robin Neuman

Saturday, February 27

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service with Student Rabbi David Aladjem and Hallie Morrow

It's Time for Mishloach Manot Orders and Volunteers!
Order deadline extended to Wednesday, March 2

It's a mitzvah to send Mishloach Manot (Purim Basket) greetings to your friends at CBH.  For more details and an order form, please click here.

Are you able to help to bake for the Mishloach Manot?  Choose a Hamantaschen baking shift of any length that works with your schedule on the following dates, and click here, or call 530-750-3747 to let Rochelle Frank know when she will see you in the CBH Social Hall!  

  • THIS SUNDAY, February 28, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • THIS MONDAY, February 29, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Assembly and delivery helpers are needed on Sunday, March 6 in the CBH Social Hall for the following tasks; please let Rochelle know about your availability by clicking here, or phoning 530-750-3747:

  • Assembly, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Delivery (pick-up), 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., or make a special arrangement for anytime Sunday, March 6 - Tuesday, March 8
Religious School News

THIS SUNDAY, February 28 and Sunday, March 6 
Purim Carnival Ticket and Hamantaschen Pre-Sales
Before and after classes, Redwood Grove

Game tickets will be available at a more than 25% discount both THIS SUNDAY and next!  Or, purchase your tickets in the CBH office beginning THIS MONDAY, February 29.

Hamantaschen orders also now are being accepted through Monday, March 7.  You may place your order during Sunday School pre-sales or in the CBH office.  For more details and pick-up options, please access the order form here.

Friday, March 4 - Saturday, March 5 
Overnight Shabbaton for 5th and 6th Grade Religious School students

For more information, please contact Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth, at, or 530-758-0842.
 Sunday, March 6 
Anat Hoffman Session with Sacramento Area Teens
1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento

CBH Keshet and DRTY teens, along with their peers from throughout the Sacramento region, are invited to participate in this special opportunity to meet with Anat Hoffman, founding member of Women of the Wall and Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center.

The event will kick-off with pizza and ice-breaking activities guided by local youth leaders, followed by a presentation by Hoffman.  
Please RSVP to Malka Sansani at; carpools will be organized. This event will replace the regular Sunday evening Keshet program on this date.

To learn more Anat Hoffman's community-wide evening presentation, also on Sunday, March 6, please click here.  

Sunday, March 13 
Purim Carnival
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., all site event, rain or shine

The games! The hamantaschen! The magic! The costumes!  All this and more awaits children of all ages.

Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, ticket sales and games.  This is a fun way to get in the Purim spirit, whether or not you have a student enrolled in our Sunday School!  Coordinate your availability with either Malka Sansani at, or Steve Fineberg at
Notes From the February Board Meeting 

The Board thanks the more than 49 families who hosted and attended the Neighborhood Shabbat Dinners on Friday, February 5.  Many participants commented that it was a nice way to spend time with people they might not otherwise get to know.  A heartfelt thanks also to Michael Bobell for helping Bet Haverim to reach our goal for the Life and Legacy program.

 Solar panels will be installed in the parking lot during March (dates to be announced).  A request was received from the Education and Youth Committee to create a new Teen Coordinator position.  The Board will consider this request, along with others, as the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget is prepared over the next two months.

Staffing update:  the Board welcomes Nancy Stephenson as the new Office Coordinator, Dorine Hartnett-Siscel as the new bookkeeper and Joy Cohan as the Communications Specialist.

Submitted by Jackie Hausman, Board Secretary

To learn more about the function and composition of the Bet Haverim Board of Directors, or to contact individual board members, please click
THIS MONDAY, February 29
Heart and Spirit Chant Circle
7:00-8:45 p.m, Sanctuary
CBH partners Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard will be sharing 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.

While normally the Heart and Spirit Chant Circle meets on the 4th Monday of each month, this month's gathering is delayed to the 5th Monday.  For more information, contact Carrie at or Hallie at
THIS TUESDAY, March 1 and Tuesday, March 15
ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall

Group organizer and CBH Partner Michael Amster will be leading meditation and teaching about the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and how it relates to living our lives in a more peaceful and harmonious way.  

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.
Saturday, March 5
Lunch and Learn with Student Rabbi Stacy Petersohn
"Knowing the Difference Between Mordechai and Haman:
A Look at the Traditions of Purim" 
12:30 - 2:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall
In the final moments of the book of Esther, the Jewish people created a new holiday for themselves to commemorate the triumph of Esther and Mordechai over Haman’s plan of destruction.  Every year since then, Purim is a time for Jews around the world to dress up, eat hamentaschen and hear the Megillah. 

But, what is the secret behind these Purim traditions?  What is the connection between Purim and alcohol?  Were there other traditions that we don’t know about?  Join Student Rabbi Stacy for a feast from Chickpeas after services for the answers to these and other questions.  No RSVP required.  Please click
here to request more information.
Saturday, March 5
"Vashti and Esther:  The Women
of Purim in Film" with Havdalah and Dessert Potluck
   7:30 p.m., CBH Social Hall
Two of the most dynamic characters of the Purim story are its queens, Vashti and Esther.  While their stories have been recorded in the biblical book of Esther, artists have continued to retell them through art, music, opera and, in modern times, film.  Over the last 55 years, Hollywood has taken the characters of the Bible and retold their their stories for modern audiences, Vashti and Esther included.  

To learn more, bring a dessert to share, and meet for havdalah and discussion.  Questions?  Please contact Student Rabbi Stacy Petersohn at 
Sunday, March 6 
An Evening with Anat Hoffman, founding member of "Women of the Wall"
7:30 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento

Israel's good health is threatened not only by the Israeli-Arab conflict, but also by struggles that rock Israeli society from within.  In a presentation titled, "When Chicken Soup Won't Do the Trick," Israeli justice advocate Hoffman will offer insights about issues such as women's rights, religious pluralism, racism and freedom of conscience, and what we can do to help meet these challenges.  To see the event flyer, please click here.  

In addition to her work with Women of the Wall, Hoffman is the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and a former member of the Jerusalem City Council, who is a tireless advocate for issues of pluralism and equality. 

This FREE event is co-sponsored by CBH and nine other Jewish organizations in the Sacramento Valley.  However, further donations in support of the event are welcomed, with all proceeds benefiting the Israel Religious Action Center.  Click
here to donate; checks made and mailed or delivered to Congregation B'nai Israel (CBI) also will be accepted.  For more information, contact CBI at 916-446-4861 or visit  

To read recent news about Anat Hoffman and 
the burning of a Women of the Wall Rosh Chodesh siddur at the Kotel, click here. 
Sunday, March 13
Capt. Gilad Pasternak, Israeli Defense Forces, Nachal Battalion 931
3:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall

The Israel Matters Committee is pleased to present Capt. Pasternak in a presentation about his operational experiences in Lebanon, Judea, Samaria and Gaza, where he was wounded in 2014.  This program is offered in conjunction with Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.  

For more information, contact George Rooks, Israel Matters Co-Chair, at
Other Israel Matters Committee News

Remember the Chanukah to Passover Food Drive
When You Grocery Shop This Week
Click here to learn more!  Donation bins are available in both the CBH office and in the sanctuary through Passover.
Sunday, March 13
Alon Pinkas, Former Israeli Consul General to New York, speaking engagement 
4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento

Israel Peace Alternatives and J  Street Davis are co-sponsors of this
FREE opportunity to spend an afternoon with Pinkas, Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon's Consul General to New York from 2000-2004, as well as
a policy adviser to Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak. He has written about foreign affairs for the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and other publications,
and has appeared frequently on CNN and Fox News.  He will speak on Israel's relations with the Palestinians and related topics.  The entire Sacramento-Davis area community is invited to attend.  For more information, contact
Wednesday, March 23
Purim Family Service and Megillah Reading
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Save the date!  Rabbi Seth Castleman will lead the festivities. More details coming soon, in the e-tone and on the CBH website,
Torah Chanters Needed This Shabbat!

Make 2016 the year that you share, recapture or learn Torah reading or chanting skills with our 50th Anniversary Torah at a Shabbat morning service.  Not only will you feel personally fulfilled, 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 portions available for February and March.  

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.   
"Where the Rebbe Meets the Road" - Notes From Rabbi Greg in Israel!
Follow the periodic updates from Rabbi Greg, as he spends five weeks of his sabbatical in Israel.  His visit began this week with the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) convention in Jerusalem.

"The first night in Jerusalem exploring the delicious smells, sights and sounds of the Jewish market, Machaneh Yehudah"

Later in the week, CCAR joined with the Israel Religious Action Center in a March for Tolerance.

"On our first night together, we joined in an inspiring candlelight march for tolerance. We began at the Dormition Abbey, which had experienced some vandalism."

More updates will be posted as they are available.  To see updates more quickly, "like" CBH on Facebook at
CCAR Resolution Condemning the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign against Israel

Rabbi Greg shares this important news from CCAR; click here to view the resolution.
Join the Success of the Life and Legacy Campaign! 
Plan Now to Leave a Legacy for CBH's Future

We are elated and proud to announce that CBH has achieved the program goal of 36 Letter of Intent Commitments to qualify for an unrestricted $7,500 incentive grant!  Todah Rabah to the dedicated partners who helped CBH to achieve the "double chai" program goal.  To see the names, click here

However, it is not too late to join the success of the Life and Legacy Program with an intended gift of any size.  To download a letter of intent, click
here.  For more information, or to return a Letter of Intent form, please contact Michael Bobell, Life and Legacy Chair, at or 530-400-7031.
Keeping Shabbat:  March Hosts Needed for Friday Night Onegs
Available dates are:
Friday, March 11, 6:00 p.m. services
Friday, March 25, 8:00 p.m. services
Please contact Merry Draffan at to sign up for these or any available 2016 dates.  Oneg hosting can be a fun way to mark a special simcha or anniversary.  Team with a friend to make it easy to say "yes" to this mitzvah.  Groups and havurot also are encouraged to participate!  The oneg program is especially important during Rabbi Greg's sabbatical.  

Hosting an oneg often requires little more than a plate of cookies and a platter of fruit, yet you'll feel great knowing that you're providing an opportunity for connection and relaxation between our partners.  

Do you have ideas for innovative oneg themes or Friday night guest speakers?  If so, please contact Merry about this, as well, by clicking
Are You Ready For Passover?  

Make Nugget Your Source for Pesach Provisions  
As many CBH partners know, finding kosher for Passover foods, other than matzo, can be difficult in Yolo County.  However, with your CBH leadership on the case, solutions are on the horizon!  

An ad hoc committee has formed to work with local grocery stores to improve the selection available to the Jews of our community.  In addition to receiving a nice list of items stocked by Whole Foods, a recent meeting with Nugget management resulted in an increased commitment to stocking a range of suitable goods, and more flexibility to make purchases of matzo, in particular, in smaller quantities.  Nugget staff intends to have their Passover items in stock by Wednesday, March 9.  Please prioritize shopping for pesach at Nugget, in order to ensure their continued interest in serving our community for years to come.  

Questions?  Need more information?  Please contact
Ann Teal, Carole Plack, Janet Meizel, Pat Philipps or Nancy Loeb Williams by clicking their names.

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 order your Passover items, or 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 - MARCHing Forward 

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

The following Davis-based programs 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.  A new morning session has begun and meets twice a month through early May, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  A 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. evening session also is in progress; drop-ins are welcome both morning and evening 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.  

In addition, February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month.  To participate in a Federation survey of families and individuals impacted by disability, please click
here.  For more information about Federation programs for disabled Jews in our region, please visit this link.
Registration Now Open for JCC Maccabi Sports Camp 
 JCC Maccabi Sports Camp is a Jewish overnight sports camp in the San Francisco Bay Area offering programs in soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and tennis for boys and girls entering grades 4-11.
Community, culture and character are at the heart of a unique Jewish camp experience that combines high-level specialized sports instruction with the fun, friendship, and community of a Jewish overnight camp. 

Camp staff of experienced coaches, from the high school and collegiate level, provide individual instruction to young athletes seeking to advance their skills in a supportive and relationship-driven Jewish community.

Registration is open and spots are limited. Call 415-997-8844
 or email for more information. 
Birthdays - February 26 - March 3    
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim!
Friday, February 26
Gene Borack
Alexa Folb
Susana Russ

Saturday, February 27
Sheila Beyer
Jan Newman

Sunday, February 28
Sharon Munowitch
Hannah Reuben
Larry Richman
Sunday, February 28 continued
Kendra Smith
Sarah Zeiger
Monday, February 29 - LEAP DAY!
Jaime Ordonez
Wednesday, March 2
Nikita Rabin

Thursday, March 3
Glenn Handler
Yahrzeits - February 26 - March 3
Friday, February 26
Steven Lapointe, husband of Cynthia Goldberg

Saturday, February 27
Malca Haberman, mother of Dan Haberman
Ina Mae Moss, mother of Stephanie Moss
Hon. Jack Stein, uncle of Jennifer Creinin

Sunday, February 28
Marilyn Axelrad, mother of Lee Axelrad
Sunday, February 28 continued
Robert Gefter, father of Susan Gefter
George Rooks II, father of George Rooks III

Tuesday, March 1
Celia Basen, mother of Hinda Chandler
Sol Binger, father of Sharon Munowitch

Thursday, March 3
Sadie Firestein, grandmother of Ken Firestein
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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