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January 5, 2017

Shabbat This Week

Please note:  Rabbi Greg is on sabbatical through January 31
Friday, January 6

6:00 p.m.  
Family Kabbalat Shabbat, led by CBH Partner Dan Tennenbaum 
Oneg hosted by Kerry Wright, in memory of Suzette Wright and James Wright

Oneg hosts are needed for two upcoming Friday nights:  January 13 and 20. Please sign-up at this link.  Consider making the date special by gathering friends for Shabbat, hosting in honor or in memory of a loved one, or to mark an important anniversary or lifecycle event.  Additional questions?  Contact Merry Draffan by clicking her name.

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

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning "Gates of Prayer" Reform Service, led by CBH Partner Dan Tennenbaum 
6th and 7th grade students and families especially are encouraged to attend and become more familiar with the liturgy used for B'nai Mitzvah services

Torah readers are needed for this Shabbat, as well as throughout January and February.  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 Vayigash, 
  44:18 - 45:27 
  • Judah pleads with Joseph to free Benjamin and offers himself as a replacement
  • Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and forgives them for selling him into slavery
  • Although the famine still rages, Pharaoh invites Joseph's family to "live off the fat of the land
  • Jacob learns that Joseph is still alive
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.
Yahrzeits - January 6 -12, 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.  
Monday, January 9
Sonya "Sonnie" Adler, wife of Jerry Adler
Aideen Diamond, mother of Marcia Gollober

Thursday, January 12
John Cohan, father of Steve Cohan
Rabbi Greg On Sabbatical During January 2017

Everyone needs time to reJEWvenate, and Rabbis are no exception!  We wish Rabbi Greg well during his annual month away from Bet Haverim.  He will be attending a rabbinical conference, nourishing mind and body and preparing to lead our congregation into the new secular year ahead.  He will be back at work Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  Should you need rabbinical assistance in the interim, please contact the CBH office at or 530-758-0842. 
Rabbi Greg Recommends...
Two Ways to Support STEAC in the New Year
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!  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!
Sponsorships Needed By January 18
for "Time Capsule in a Milk Can"

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 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 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.
Gan Haverim Preschool Teacher Recruitment  
Full and Part-Time Positions Available
Resumes currently are being accepted for energetic additions to our preschool staff.  Applicants must have the required 12 Early Childhood Education (ECE) units completed or in progress.  Please see further requirements and details, as well as application instructions at this link.  

Questions?  Please contact
Rhoda Rohnstock, Gan Haverim Director, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
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
Beginning in the Fall, one CBH legacy donor, or pair of donors has been profiled each week.  The final profile in this series is that of Meryl Rappaport and Mark Haffer. Meryl literally has had a lifelong connection to CBH; her parents were founding members in the late 1950s, and her own son, now a young adult, celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in our sanctuary. She volunteers regularly, participates in the Shabbat Songleaders' group and, together with Mark, recently has started an Israeli Dance group on site.

"We value the special community CBH has provided to members of our family for three generations.  CBH offers a place to connect spiritually and creatively, and has been a warm center for our meaningful lifecycle events and to make new friends.  We want others to always have access to these essential attributes of Jewish life in our county.”

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.
After-Hanukkah Shopping?  Need to Start 2017 With Something New?  
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.
Donations - December 2016
Biberstein Social Action Fund
Anne Gieseke, in honor of Ernie Biberstein
Marilyn Krause, in memory of Diane Fredericks, sister of Marsh Krinsky
Norma Rappaport, in memory of her mother, Sarah Horwitz

Campership Fund
Hallie Morrow, in honor of Moriah Smith's Bat Mitzvah
Weintraub Foundation/Laurel and Eric Hassid, in memory of Nanette and Cecil Weintraub

General Fund
Karen Neuwald, in memory of Adolf Neuwald and Solly Neuwald
Janet Saunders and Roy Kaplan, in memory of Murray Gershenzon

Giving Tuesday Campaign
Sheila and David Amar, in honor of Dalia Frank's beautiful Torah reading
Naomi Chen, in memory of Hung Shang Chen
Joy and Steve Cohan, in memory of Murray Gershenzon
Elisabeth Dubin
Kira and Louis Erba 
Carmia Feldman and Jaime Ordonez, in memory of Daniel Feldman
Dalia and Larry Frank
Abigail and Matthew Fruzza
Mark Joske
, in memory of his grandparents Margaret and Henry Joske
Giving Tuesday Campaign, continued
Roy Kaplan, in honor of Rabbi Greg
John Katonah, in memory of his mother Ilona Verona Katonah
Diane Moore, in memory of her parents Jean and Tevis Jacobs
Hallie Morrow
Jane and Ed Rabin
, in memory of Daniel and Joe Rabin
Sharon and Larry Richman, in honor of the CBH volunteers who make our synagogue a home
Sandy and Al Sokolow, in memory of Max and Sylvia Sokolow, and Harry and Ida Dolgonos

Israel Matters Fund
Gail and Barry Klein, in honor of Hannah Kaminker's Bat Mitzvah, Hila and George Rooks' new granddaughter, birth of Noa Gail/daughter of Lila and Rafi Hollman-Dowty, Judy Schwartz for her work on the Princess Committee, CBH staff for making MahJongg comfortable

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Rosalie Shoshana, Leora, Jonathan and Abby Gershenzon, in memory of Murray Gerehenzon
Libby and Gene Renkin, in memory of Nettie Renkin and Harry Kitsun Russell 

Sacred Book Fund
Hallie Morrow, in memory of her nephew Abe Wahl
Shining a Light On Hanukkah Happenings
Reflect on These Memories of "Shabbanukkah," Hanukkiah Lightings, 
"Cookies For a Cause" and Octopretzel During the Month Gone By


Shabbat Safari, a Haverim K'tanim event
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., North Classroom

Celebrate the joy of Shabbat with a Shabbat-themed art project, then sing and dance in a lively Shabbat prayer circle.  We will also visit the Sanctuary to see the Torah, and follow with kiddush with challah and grape juice.

Haverim K'tanim ("Little Friends") events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members.  To RSVP (by Thursday, January 19), or for more information, please contact
Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or call 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
Classes Resume This Week
  • Special Presentation THIS SUNDAY:  Michael Kraus, author of "Drawing the Holocaust: A Teenager's Memory of Terezin, Birkenau, and Mauthausen," will speak with 6th and 7th grade students in the Sanctuary at approximately 10:00 a.m., following the morning service. All are welcome to attend.  Mr. Kraus, now 86 years old, kept a diary and made sketches as a young teenager of his experiences in the Terezin ghetto and at Auschwitz and other concentration camps.  He will be visiting his daughter in Davis this weekend, and we are grateful that he has made time to share with our students. 
  • All classes will begin work with parent volunteer Karen Block this Sunday on Purim Shpiel participation.  Click here for more information about the production.
To contact Malka Sansani, Education and Youth Director, for more details about Religious and Hebrew School activities, send a message to, or call

Keshet and Confirmation Teen Programs
Class meets THIS SUNDAY, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., North Classroom

A hot chocolate bar and snacks will warmly welcome the teens.  Discussion will include what Judaism says about homelessness and what we can do as a community to give what we have.  There also will be a review of current events to ensure our teens are aware of what is going on in the world.

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 Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) "Fitness Made Fun"
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Get Fit Davis Sport, 1809 Picasso Avenue, Davis

Are you a fitness enthusiast?  Or, not into fitness at all?  Either way, this free event is for EVERYONE!  Come learn, grow and challenge yourself physically and mentally.  The event will feature fitness and team building-based obstacle courses and more.  Please RSVP by Sunday, January 22 to Sarah Turtletaub, Teen Engagement Coordinator, by clicking her name. 

Any questions about DRTY may be directed to Teen Engagement Coordinator Sarah Turtletaub at or 916-943-8055.



Friday, January 13 - Monday, January 16, 2017, URJ Camp Newman
Calling all Middle Schoolers to West Coast Party, Jr.
An exclusive weekend for 6th - 8th graders from across the Western U.S.!  It's the best Jewish party in the West, held over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend at URJ Camp Newman.  Kids can reunite with and meet new friends, dream about how to make our world a better place, play sports, create art, enjoy a magical camp Shabbat, discover the fun of Jewish camping and NFTY678 teen-powered regional youth groups.

Registration deadline is TOMORROW, Friday, January 6, 2017!  Fees are $350.  To enroll, or for more information, please see
this link.


Graduating high school seniors who have lived in Yolo, Sacramento, Placer or El Dorado Counties for at least two years may be eligible to apply for a Schwab-Rosenhouse Memorial Scholarship, if they plan to attend a college within 100 miles of Sacramento.  For more details, see this link.
Gan Haverim Preschool News 
by Rhoda Rohnstock, Director
Hanukkah celebrations were classroom focused this year.  Every day before lunch, the children practiced lighting the classroom hanukkiah and singing the blessings.  Many of the children shared stories of how they celebrated in their own homes each night.  Latkes and sufganyiot were prepared by the children as special snacks, games of dreidel were enjoyed and one of the classrooms even had a candle-making activity.
Grating the potatoes for latkes                                                        

 Prepping a shaped mold for the candle 

   Pouring the melted wax into the candle mold
We always welcome visitors, so please stop in anytime.  We offer a play-based curriculum with a warm nurturing environment.  For more information about the school and enrollment, please contact me at 530-758-0842, ext. 105, or at
THIS SUNDAY, January 8, 2017
Calling All Actors, Singers and Dancers to the Purim Shpiel Organizing Meeting
12:30 - 2:00 p.m., North Classroom
CBH will have a Purim Shpiel this Spring, and participants are needed!  If you're interested, please come to this initial gathering to learn more about the production and the schedule for rehearsals and performances.  No performance experience required, just enthusiasm!

Questions?  Please contact CBH Partner
Karen Block by clicking her name.
THIS TUESDAY, January 10, 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.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Israel Matters Presents:  "On the Ground in Israel," with George Rooks
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall

Israel Matters Committee chair George Rooks, a former UC Davis faculty member, will share insights from his recent visit to Ashdod, Israel, where he lives for six months each year.  The event is free and open to the public.

The talk will be a chronological exploration of events in Israel between June and December of this past year.  Elements of everyday life, such as wine festivals and basketball games, details of travel from the northern borders to Eilat, and references to the terror that Israelis face on a daily basis all will be featured.

For emphasis, George will show photos and videos from his personal collection, including the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem and Israeli checkpoints. Additionally, he will discuss his multiple trips into the heart of Judea and Samaria to Hebron, Shechem, and Qalqilya, as well as his hikes on the Israel Trail.

George is the author of the blog,, which is read in more than 100 countries around the world each week.  The blog currently is nominated for a Hasby Award as “Best Pro-Israel Blog.”

For more information about this presentation or the Israel Matters Committee, please contact George Rooks by clicking his name.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
ChaverSangha Meditation Group 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sanctuary

CBH Partner Michael Amster will lead the group in meditation.

ChaverSangha is a meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation.  The usual meeting schedule is the first and third Tuesday evening of each month.  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, please contact Rabbi Seth at or 617-935-9697.

NEW!  Mark your calendar for "Beginning the Rest...of Shabbat" pre-Shabbat meditation, Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:15 - 7:45 p.m., Sanctuary, prior to services.  More information at
this link.
Wednesday, January 18, 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 continues on Wednesdays, January 18 and February 1.  
A new evening session has begun and meets on Wednesdays, January 18, February 1, February 15 and 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. 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Israeli Folk Dancing Group
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Social Hall

Love to dance?  Know nothing about Israeli dancing?  Or, are you a pro?  Want to just listen and watch?

All are welcome to join CBH partners and others in the community for a monthly evening of lively Israeli folk dancing on this and every third Wednesday of the month.  The gatherings feature a mixture of easy and more advanced dances.  Some basic instruction is provided, but mostly participants are invited to join in and follow along.  The dances are fun and lyrical, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a zing in your heart!  

Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.  Friends and family are welcome, and it's o.k. to drop in later if you can't make it by 7:00 p.m. Questions?  Contact CBH Partner
Mark Haffer by clicking his name.

The Israeli Folk Dancing Group also recommends:  "Israeli Dance Day" at Congregation B'nai Israel Social Hall, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, Sunday, February 5, 2017, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Beginners instruction during the first hour.  $5 donation.  For more information, contact Jeanette at 916-799-7213.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Israel Peace Alternatives Presents:  "Granddaughter of the Dream, A Second-Generation Kibbutznik Shares Her Story, presented by Kinneret Vinitzky 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Social Hall

Kinneret Vinitzky's grandparents were the founders of two kibbutzim.  Kinneret grew up in the communal Children's House of the thriving kibbutz Eim Hamifratz in northern Israel, two kilometers outside of the ancient city of Acre. The old city of Acre is exclusively inhabited by Israeli Arabs.

The idealistic communal kibbutz has been slowly disappearing in modern-day Israel.  Kinneret will share her life experiences in this very unique culture.  Kinneret's kibbutz had good relationships with the surrounding Arab towns and villages, and from this experience she feels there is a working model illustrating the necessity for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  Today, she is the director of the Hebrew program at Congregation B'nai Harim in Nevada City. Discussion and questions will follow the presentation.

For more information, please contact Sarah Pattison of Israel Peace Alternatives, by clicking on her name.

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.
THIS WEEK!  Sunday, January 8 - Saturday, January 14, 2017
CBH Host Week
To Shelter the Homeless
All Week, Social Hall
Would you like to make a tangible difference in the lives of the homeless population in our town?  Would you like to teach your children about tikkun olam and tzedakah in a very real and enjoyable way?
You can help by driving, cooking and/or serving food for the guests of the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter (IRWS) at CBH.  This mitzvah opportunity is appropriate for children 9 years or older with adult supervision.  This is a great group or family activity.  It's easy to sign up, just click on
this link.

ADDITIONAL MITZVAH OPPORTUNITY:  assistance is needed to unload and arrange shelter supplies from the IRWS truck THIS SUNDAY, January 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Please stay as long as you are able if the full two hours aren't possible for you.  Religious School parents and CBH teens especially are encouraged to volunteer.  A minimum of 12 people are needed.  No sign-up required, just show up outside the Social Hall.  
Thank you for your support!  If you have questions or need help coordinating a group, please email CBH Partner
Sharon Richman by clicking her name.
Tuesday, January 17, 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 Tuesday, December 20, 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
Biberstein Social Action Fund
2016 Grant Awards Announced;
Presentation To Come in January
Thirteen Yolo County nonprofit organizations have received more than $12,000 in 2016 grant funding from the Biberstein Social Action Fund.  To see details about the selected organizations and the projects made possible by the grants, please click here.  Information about the fund, its history and the award application process also can be found on this web page.

An awards presentation date in January will be announced soon.  The presentation typically takes place during a Relgious School Sunday morning service, providing the students with the opportunity to witness the connection between tzedakah and meaningful work in the community.  The CBH partners currently serving on the Biberstein Social Action Fund selection committee are Ernie Biberstein, 
 Anne Gieseke, Amy Abramson, Sandy Jones, Joan Sublett, Shoshana Zatz, and Rabbi Greg Wolfe.  

Contributions to the fund to support next year's grants are encouraged at any time.  Checks should be made to CBH with "Biberstein Social Action Fund" in the memo, or, you may donate online at
this link and enter the purpose of your gift in the notes section.
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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