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August 25, 2016

Shabbat This Week

Friday, August 26
6:00 p.m. "Shabbat Sha-Putah-Lom" Nature Walk Experience
UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve,
see directions and further details below, or by clicking

7:30 p.m. Dinner by ChickPeas provided by CBH,
please click
here to RSVP ASAP.

Oneg hosted by the Drabkin, Nitzkin, Olagundoye, Richman and Sher families - thank you!


Saturday, August 27
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service


Torah Notes
Deuteronomy, Parashat Eikev
  10:12 - 11:25 (Triennial Year 3)
  • Moses says that the Land of Israel will overflow with milk and honey if the people obey God's commandments and teach them to their children.
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.
THIS FRIDAY, August 26, 2016
TOMORROW NIGHT!  "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.

September and October Torah Reading Opportunities Now Available 

Choose from six dates, including the Shabbaton with Rabbi Shefa Gold,
Saturday, September 24

As the High Holy Days season approaches, consider the unique experience of reading or chanting Torah at the CBH bima.  It's a personally meaningful and fulfilling way to perform a mitzvah for your community.  And, if you need assistance preparing, help is only a click away; contact Virginia Lantry of the Ritual Committee by clicking her name, or phoning 530-220-4444.  She also can help you to find the right time to read or chant in honor of a meaningful occasion in your life

To view all of the available readings and sign-up, please click 
Yahrzeits - August 26 - September 1
Saturday, August 27
Sidney Levin, father of Roy Levin

Tuesday, August 30
Isidore Radding, brother of Pearl Carpenter
Thursday, September 1
Jeffrey Louis Kaufman, friend of Sandy and John Kniep
Paul Tablin, father of Fern Tablin
 CBH History Fact of the Month  
The First B'nai Mitzvahs in Davis

Celebrating a Bar or a Bat Mitzvah is a huge milestone in the Jewish lifecycle, and one that our community celebrates regularly with our families.  For several decades, it's been the norm at CBH that often one or more Shabbat mornings each month will include a young teen at the bima, chanting and delivering a d'var Torah for the very first time.

However, this tradition began in Davis only as relatively recently as 1961.  In the very early days of Bet Haverim (then known as the Jewish Fellowship of Davis), before there even was a permanent building, there was Sammy Kirchner's Bar Mitzvah.  It was held in a classroom at Davis Community Church, in front of an ark Sammy constructed with his father, Julie, who was the first president of the congregation.  Sammy read from a Torah loaned by a Sacramento congregation and Joe Kalb, a UC Davis graduate student, led the service.  The entire congregation attended...all ten families.  Legend has it that the joy of the occasion led to the initiation that very day of a building fund, that a decade later resulted in the construction of CBH's first home, at the corner of Oak Avenue and Covell Boulevard.

Six years and several Bar Mitzvahs later, in 1967, the congregation came together to celebrate yet another ground-breaking event in Davis:  the first Bat Mitzvah.  In fact, there were two young ladies who took part in the service, Meryl Rappaport (pictured at left) and Sandra Stein.  Meryl, of course, remains an active member of CBH, and raised her own son at CBH, whose Bar Mitzvah took place nearly a decade ago in our current sanctuary.  Meryl's big moment, however, was marked in the Davis Girl Scout cabin.

Do you have comments or questions about this month's history fact?  Do you want to suggest a history fact, of any vintage, to be shared in a future edition?  Please send a message to  Thanks for participating! 
Add Your Loved One's Name to the Or Hazikaron Yizkor Wall 
In Time for Y
om Kippur 
Reservation Deadline is THIS 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.
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.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Annual Progressive Dinner
5:30 - 9:45 p.m., private homes, dessert in the CBH Social Hall

A decades-long CBH tradition, this event connects friends old and new, first in the intimacy of partners' homes, and later brings everyone together for a celebratory gathering.

For just $20 per person, each guest begins their journey at a pre-assigned appetizer home, moves on to a catered dinner and wine hosted in another home and completes their experience by joining with all other guests for dessert and havdalah in the CBH Social Hall.  After registering, each guest is sent a "path" to follow for the evening, and asked to contribute either an appetizer, salad and bread or a dessert.

Many CBH partners look forward to this unique opportunity to socialize and meet newcomers to our community.  The registration deadline is Friday, September 16...don't miss the fun!  Invitations were mailed in late August to all current CBH partners.  If you did not receive an invitation, or you are new to CBH, please click here to download an invitation with RSVP form.

Questions?  Please contact event organizers Rob and Dotti Egel at rdegel@sbcglobal.netor 530-758-0908.

THIS 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 month 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 6, 2016
ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice 
More Teachings For the Days of Awe
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall 

CBH Partner and Group Leader Michael Amster again will lead meditation and offer teachings related to the High Holy Days.  The group will continue reading and discussion of, "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).  Even if you are not reading the book, the group activities will be structured to be applicable to all.

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.
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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