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March 16, 2017

  • Purim in pictures!  Share in last weekend's joy
  • Chant/Contemplative Shabbat THIS SATURDAY
  • Israel Matters' highlights "The Kotel" THIS SUNDAY, first of three "Issues in Israel" discussions 
  • Recruitment underway for new Education Director

Shabbat This Week

Friday, March 17

8:00 p.m., Kabbalat Shabbat

This oneg needs a host!  Please click
here to sign-up, or contact Oneg Coordinator Merry Draffan for more details by clicking her name.  Other available Friday nights include April 14 (must be Kosher for Passover) and April 21.

Saturday, March 18
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Chant/Contemplative Shabbat Morning Service

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 ("Building the Mishkan of Our Lives" - creating space for the Divine to dwell - is this month's theme). 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 

Torah readers are needed for THIS SATURDAY!  Sign-up now at this link.  If you have questions, or need assistance with preparation, contact Virginia Lantry by clicking her name.

Torah Notes

Exodus, Parashat Ki Tisa, 
כי תשא
 30:13-16, 31:1-7, 32:1-4 
  • Moses takes a census of the Israelites and collects a half-shekel from each person 
  • Bezalel and Oholiab, skilled artisans, are assigned to make objects for the priests and the Tabernacle 
  • The Israelites ask Aaron to build them a Golden Calf
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, April 7, 2017

"Shabbat Through the Arts" returns, with yoga, art and music
5:30 p.m., Sanctuary and Social Hall
While especially suited for Kindergarten through 2nd grade families, ALL CBH partners are invited and guaranteed a good time!  Please note that this will be the only service on this Friday night, beginning 30 minutes earlier than usual.   Come together to make Shabbat special!
The schedule includes:
  • 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. – brief service in the Sanctuary, music by Dan Tennenbaum
  • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. pizza dinner provided, bring your favorite veggie potluck sides and salads.  Enjoy more tunes with Dan Tennenbaum!
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. – choose two of these three Shabbat experiences
  1. Yoga with Carolina Wonder
  2. Music with CBH Partner Karen Crane
  3. Art with CBH Partner Tamee Cooper
  • 8:00 p.m. – ice cream social
Contact Director of Education and Youth Malka Sansani to RSVP, or for more details, at
Yahrzeits - March 17 - 23, 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.  
Friday, March 17
Robert Gefter, father of Susan Gefter

Sunday, March 19
Sol Binger, father of Sharon Munowitch
Mollie Watnick, grandmother of Karen Crane
Nellie Weiss, mother of Sheila Beyer
Tuesday, March 21
Sadie Firestein, grandmother of Ken Firestein

Thursday, March 23
Frederick Aladjem, father of David Aladjem
Gertrude Auerbach, mother of Audrey Green
Herman Cohen, father of Steve Cohen
Rabbi Greg Recommends...
Two Ways to Support STEAC  
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.  More than 230 pounds already have been collected toward Israel Matters' goal of 700!  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!
EVERY SUNDAY, through April 9, 2017

Salsa Dance Classes to Benefit Social Justice
3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Davis United Methodist Church Social Hall, 1620 Anderson Road, Davis
Brandon Austin, a 15-year salsero (male salsa dancer) and pastor of Davis United Methodist Church, is providing a progressive series of salsa dance classes he calls “Club Ready Salsa.”  Learn the fundamentals of salsa over the seven class series for just $5 per lesson, which will be donated to your choice of the American Civil Liberties Union or the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Bring your friends to this inclusive and affirming community of dance, or come and make new friends!  No partner necessary.  
For additional information, please see
CBH Recruiting NOW For Education Director, To Begin July 1, 2017
A detailed job description and application instructions can be found at this link.  Please share this information with any colleagues, friends or family who might be qualified for and interested in this position!
Board of Directors' Notes
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Meeting
The Board will embark upon a URJ Synagogue Benchmark initiative, that includes a congregational survey, a financial/operating benchmarking tool and board self-assessment and reflection.  Bimla Schwarz will lead the initiative.
Proposals were considered as follows:
  • Rabbi Seth Castleman’s continued leadership of the monthly meditation group, currently called ChaverSangha, was approved.
  • Student Rabbi David Aladjem will be asked to return as High Holy Days clergy and Student Cantor Shayndel Adler-Eldridge will be asked to join him to form a team, with modifications to the original proposal.
Steve Cohen will form a group, based upon Board-directed criteria, to review the congregation’s by-laws and make recommendations for updates to better reflect current operating modalities.  Any suggested modifications eventually will be brought before the entire partnership for approval.

Thanks to a pledge from a generous donor, the Board’s “Bat Mitzvah of 1715 Anderson Road” celebration and fundraiser on Sunday, May 21 will feature an opportunity for partners to match the donor’s contribution to raise a minimum of $30,000 from the effort.  Jodi Liederman encouraged Board members to consider meaningful gifts to the cause, and to spread the word throughout the congregation.  Sponsorships also are now available, and invitations will mail during the first part of April.

An anonymous donation will make possible a limited number of security enhancements for the CBH campus.  A Security Committee, initially populated by Alan Brownstein and Elisabeth Dubin, was formed to assess initial needs and make recommendations to the Board.

The April meeting will be rescheduled due to a conflict with Passover.  Date to be announced.

Respectfully submitted by Bonnie Berman, Secretary
Benefit CBH by Shopping "Amazon Smile" and World of Judaica
It's Time to Shop for Passover!
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.
Camperships - It's Time to Apply or to Donate to Ensure a Jewish Camp Experience This Summer for All CBH Kids
Applications Due By Friday, April 28, 2017

Jewish camps create a positive sense of identity and wonderful memories that last a life time.  Camp Newman has been a favorite of Bet Haverim children and teens for decades, and is operated by the Union for Reform Judaism in the Santa Rosa area.  Learn more about the camp, its programs, its history and its approach to engaging Jewish youth at this link.

You can help to ensure a Jewish camp experience for every Bet Haverim child who wants to attend by supporting the CBH Campership Fund.  This investment in the Jewish future is a particularly meaningful way to celebrate a simcha, honor a loved one, or simply to offer tzedakah to our community.  To donate now, please click here and be sure to specify that your donation be directed to the Campership Fund.

here to apply for a Campership for your child(ren). All applications will be handled in confidence.  2017 applications must be submitted by Friday, April 28 2017

The Magic of Purim in Pictures!
A Look Back at Last Weekend's Festivities
Erev Purim ushered in the holiday with music, food, juggling, face painting and the a Megillah reading


The tradition of the CBH Purim Shpiel came roaring back on Sunday morning with "The Wizard of PersOZ."  Great direction, performances and creativity set a happy mood for the day! 


The fun and games continued into the afternoon on Sunday at the Purim Carnival, featuring a performance by The Science Guy

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (second night of Passover)

Registration Now Open for the Annual CBH Passover Seder
Doors Open at 5:30 p.m., Seder Begins at 6:00 p.m.,
Social Hall
Sandy Jones will return, lending her expert organizational skills to this traditional community celebration!  A festive Seder led by Rabbi Greg will be the highlight, supported by a Kosher-for-Passover veggie meal and the music of the Shabbat Song Leaders. 

To view additional details and register online, please click
here.  Deadline is Friday, March 31, OR when maximum of 105 reservations have been received - whichever comes first.  Questions?  Please contact the CBH office at, or 530-758-0842.
Sponsorships Available for
"The Bat Mitzvah of 1715 Anderson Road"

Underwrite and Ensure the Celebration
Will Be Open to All

A dozen CBH partners already have committed to $250 each to support the plans underway to honor 13 years of Jewish living and learning in our synagogue home on Sunday, May 21, 2017.


May we count on you to join them in investing in our Jewish community?

Additional Community Sponsorship Benefits Include:

  • Reserved dinner seating for two
  • Drawing ticket (grand prize = $1,000 cash!)
  • Recognition on event signage

To join your haverim as a "Bat Mitzvah of 1715 Anderson Road" Community Sponsor, please complete the form and submit payment at this link.  Event invitations and further details about additional activities during the celebration weekend to come in the next month.  Questions?  Please contact CBH partner Joy Cohan by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814.

A sweet Shabbat Safari last Saturday with our Haverim K'tanim ("Little Friends") 
Visting the sanctuary was a highlight of the Purim-themed morning




Religious and Hebrew School News
  • Classes meet THIS SUNDAY, March 19, beginning with services at 9:30 a.m
  • NO Religious School on Sundays, March 26 and April 2, due to Spring Break

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
Class meets THIS SUNDAY, March 19
, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., North Classroom and North Portable

Plans for the new teen space at CBH will be discussed during class this Sunday, as well as preparations for the DRTY trip to the River Cats game next month (see below for more details).

Last week, the teens learned about oil spills and the environment, and discussed Purim from a feminist perspective.  

Keshet and Confirmation will NOT meet on Sundays, March 26 or April 2, due to Spring Break.

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) events

Matza Pizza - Movie Night, Saturday, April 15, 2017 
6:30 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall 
Wear your PJ's and bring your blankets and pillows!  Teens are invited to join in making and eating "Passover pizza," as well as to share a movie together.  Other snacks also welcome, so long and they are Kosher for Passover.  RSVP by Monday, April 10 to

DRTY Goes to the River Cats Game, Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Baseball, snacks, games, music, hanging out and FIREWORKS await the CBH teens!  RSVP first, then bring a towel or blanket for grass seating, and meet in front of the Main Entrance to the stadium.  Early bird price is $10/ticket by Friday, April 14, or $20 after that date.  Make payment in the CBH office or via phone at 530-758-0842.  Questions?  Contact Teen Engagement Coordinator Sarah Turtletaub by clicking her name.

THIS SUNDAY, March 19, 2017
Israel Matters "Issues in Israel" series: 
The Kotel (Western Wall)
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall
Israel Matters Committee chair George Rooks will lead a discussion about the wall, its amazing history and the current religious unrest at the site between Orthodox and non-orthodox Jewish groups.

The presentation is free
and open to the public.  For more information, contact George Rooks by clicking his name.
THIS TUESDAY, March 21, 2017
Mindfulness Meditation (ChaverSangha) Group
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sanctuary

 Experience this meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation.  Rabbi Seth Castleman leads the group.  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, on the 4th Friday of each month, 7:15 - 7:45 p.m., Sanctuary, prior to services.  The next gathering will be Friday, March, 24, 2017.  More information at
this link.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

"Time Capsule in a Milk Can," Holocaust-Themed Production

8:00 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, 
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. 

Tickets are available at
this link; tickets ($25/adults, $10/students).  Questions?  Please contact Nancy Lazarus, the CBH representative to the production steering committee, by clicking her name.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Israel Matters "Issues in Israel" series: 
Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall

Judea and Samaria is the historic and official Israeli designation of the area commonly identified by the Palestinians and the international community as the West Bank.

Israel Matters' Chair George Rooks will focus on the widespread misconceptions about the legality and extent of these communities, and his perspective that they are not a true impediment to the two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians.  In particular, he will address the Israeli perspective on the legality of the communities, particularly as indicated by the Hague Convention and the 4th Geneva Convention.

This program is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact
George Rooks by clicking his name.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Israel Peace Alternatives Presents:  
"Defending Our Values, Fighting For Our Future,"
A Review of J Street's 2017 National Conference
7:00  - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall
CBH partner and Israel Peace Alternatives leader Sarah Pattison will discuss her February trip to the J Street National Conference in Washington, D.C. in a moderated presentation.  Via photos and video clips, she will provide an overview of conference activity, including topics such as:  the Iran Deal, Israeli security, the Palestinian economy, what the Trump era means for Israel and the United States, the negotiators’ perspective on setting the table for a two-state solution, Gaza, building progressive movements in polarized societies and a review of meetings with Congressman and Senators

All are welcome to attend this free event.  For more details, contact
Sarah Pattison by clicking her name, or phone 530-220-5042.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Jewish Federation of the Sacamento 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 provide a warm environment offering support and strategies to address the unique needs and stresses of caregiving.  

The morning session next meets on Wednesday, April 5, as well as Wednesdays April 19, May 3 and May 17.  

A new evening session begins on Wednesday, April 5, and will continue on Wednesdays April 19, May 3, May 17, June 7 and June 21.  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.
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 TUESDAY, March 21, 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 March 21, 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
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