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March 10, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, March 11

6:00 p.m. Songleaders' Shabbat, led by Hallie Morrow
Oneg hosted by Robin Neuman

Saturday, March 12

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service led by Hallie Morrow 

Mishloach Manot Deliveries and Appreciation

By now, most CBH partners should have received a Mishloach Manot basket.  Baskets were left on the front porch if the door wasn't answered.  If you have not yet received a basket, please contact Rochelle Frank and Michael Bobell at

Please note that your own name will NOT appear on the insert for your own basket!  However, you can rest assured that your name appeared on the insert for all other partners and staff members for whom you paid to send greetings.

As a true community project, many thank yous are due to the volunteers and other supporters who contributed to its success.  More than 1,500 Hamantaschen were baked and assembled into approximately 300 baskets, each hand-delivered within Yolo County and Dixon.  Sales exceeded $7,000 gross, but the true measure of success were the smiles and satisfaction of the basket recipients!  

Rochelle Frank, Michael Bobell and their team have carried out a huge mitzvah for the CBH community yet again - - todah rabah!  To see a comprehensive list of those who made Mishloach Manot possible this year, please click
Religious School News
THIS SUNDAY, March 13 
Purim Carnival
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., all site event, rain or shine...+ remember Daylight Savings Time!

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
PLEASE NOTE:  Religious School, Keshet and Hebrew School will NOT MEET Sunday, March 20 - Wednesday, March 30 

 This closure is due to Spring Break in the Davis schools, as well as at UC Davis.  Please contact Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth, with any questions at or 530-758-0842

SAVE THE DATE!  Sunday, April 3 
 Religious School Open House
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Calling all families interested in enrolling children in Religious School for the 2016-2017 school year!  The open house is an opportunity for the whole community, whether or not a family currently are CBH partners.  For full information, please click here.  To RSVP, contact Laurie Stillman at
Donate Your Blank Paper to the Gan Haverim Children!
The Gan Haverim children are looking for clean, blank paper to capture their creativity!  If you or your business have paper that is blank on one side, such as outdated letterhead, it can meet with a great re-use as drawing paper for our pre-school.  If you would prefer that logos or other business contact information be cut away before being re-used, Gan Haverim staff are happy to accommodate.  Paper of any size or type are most welcome.  Please, however, do not donate paper that includes any sensitive, personal information.

Donations can be delivered to the CBH office during regular business hours.  If you have questions, please contact Rhoda Rohnstock, Gan Haverim Director, by clicking 
here, or by phoning 530-758-0842.  Todah Rabah!
7th Grade Sunday School Tzedakah Project:  A Message From the Class

 We as 7th graders of the CBH Sunday School are trying something new this year.  For our B'nai Mitzvot, instead of giving gifts to each other, we are redirecting our money to the 7th Grade Tzedakah Project.  The project is to donate to organizations that we have chosen to address the problem of hunger.  We are seeking donations for our project to help us learn about tikkun olam, and how to give in the Jewish tradition.  We are not just learning about philanthropy, we are learning about the importance of how to give.  

So far, we have raised $4,500 to give to the organizations we will choose for our project.  If you would like to donate to our project, you can give your tax deductible donations to the CBH office.  Please make checks to CBH, and include 7th grade Tzedakah Project in the memo line.

Thank you for your support,
The 7th Grade Class

Marley Adler, Emily Batuman, Aidan Cohan, Olivia Cooper, Aaron Eckey, Enid Frank, Lily Frohlich, Eliana Moore, Talia Ordonez, Arianna Rosenberg, Ethan Schroeder, Avital Schwarz, Brianna Singer and Ravid Tal 
TONIGHT!  Thursday, March 10
Don Saylor's "Soups On" 12th Annual Fundraiser,
Benefitting Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network (YIIN)

6:00 - 8:30 p.m., St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B Street, Davis

The CBH Social Action Committee is proud to be a part of the steering committee for YIIN, this year's Soups On beneficiary.  YIIN serves and advocates for immigrant children, adults and families in our community.  Add your support by dining at the Soups On event.  Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $30; students are just $15 for students and children under age 10 are free.  For more information, please visit:
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.
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
CBH Sets-Up and Serves at Davis Community Meals
4:45 - 6:15 p.m., St. Martin's Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis

 It's CBH partners' monthly opportunity to volunteer, enabling the hungry in our community to enjoy a warm meal under a dry roof for an evening.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome and encouraged.  

For more information, contact CBH Partner Shoshana Zatz at
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.
Sunday, March 20
"Maimonides:  Greatest Jewish Rabbi, Codifier, Renowned Philosopher" with guest speaker Nitzhia Shaked
   1:00 - 2:30 p.m., CBH Social Hall
This presentation will bring to life the story of one of the most influential figures in rabbinic Jewish tradition.  Maimonides' monumental contributions to law and philosophy will be discussed, along with fascinating turning points in his life.  

Nitzhia Shaked received her Juris Doctor degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and received a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School.  She has been a member of both the Israel and California Bar Associations.  In addition, she has held teaching positions in the Jewish Studies departments of San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University and Pardes Institute of Jewish Studeies in Jerusalem, where she has focused upon Rambam topics.  

For more information, contact Adult Education Committee Chair Marcia Rosenstein at
Wednesday, March 23, Erev Purim
"Shake Your Hamantaschen!" Purim Celebration Extravaganza...and Then Some
5:30 - 8:30 p.m., CBH Social Hall and Sanctuary

For All Ages!  Grown ups…kids…machers…shleps...shlemiels…yes, YOU!

Led by Rabbi Seth Castleman, the highlights of this festive evening include (see detailed schedule by clicking here):

  • Dinner – potluck and $5 Chickpeas falafel sandwiches (soda and other beverages provided.)
  • Costumes – prizes awarded for kids and adults
  • Klezmer music
  • Purim shpiel
  • Kids’ activities – juggling, storytelling and more
  • Fresh Hamantaschen and other snacks
  • Megillah reading
  • Wine bar!

To view the event flyer, please click here.

Questions? Can you volunteer to assist with planning, set-up or clean-up?  Please contact Rabbi Seth by clicking 
here, or call the CBH office at 530-758-0842.

Chag Purim Sameach! 

Are You Ready For Passover?  
Sunday, April 24
Community Passover Seder
Doors open 5:30 p.m., Seder begins 6:00 p.m., 
CBH Social Hall
Join with your CBH community as Rabbi Seth Castleman leads us on our journey from slavery to freedom, accompanied by a potluck meal, beautiful flowers and inspiring music.  

For more details and a reservation form, please click
here.  Reservation deadline is Friday, April 15.  Questions?  Please contact Sandy Jones by clicking her name, or call the CBH office at 530-758-0842. 

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 Sunday, April 10 (please note revised date).  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.
SAVE THE DATE - Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25
Shabbaton Weekend with Rabbi Shefa Gold
Spiritual Readiness for the High Holy Days
Through the Power of Chant
CBH campus

Sponsorships available now!  Named one of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis of 2015 by, Rabbi Shefa will guide your Shabbat and Selichot experiences with her accessible, transformative approach.  Allow her melodies to serve as your bridge to the beauty of the Days of Awe.  Participants do not need a musical background, just an openness to the power of chant.  Over the three-day program, material will be presented in the varied formats of worship, study, presentation and participation, and in both indoor and outdoor settings.  

For more detailed information, or to learn more abut Shabbaton sponsorship opportunities, please click
here, or contact Hallie Morrow by clicking her name.
Keeping Shabbat:  March/April Hosts Needed for Friday Night Onegs

Available dates are:
Friday, March 25, 8:00 p.m. services
Friday, April 1, 6:00 p.m. services
Friday, April 8, 6:00 p.m. services
Friday, April 15, 8:00 p.m. services
Friday, April 22 - NO SERVICES, 1st Seder
Friday, April 29 - 8:00 p.m. services

(all food must be kosher for Passover on this date)
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
March and April Torah Chanters Needed

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 available portions.  

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.   
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.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
"Reclaim the Records:  Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogy"

Sunday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. 

Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento

Brooke Schreier Ganz will talk about the organization she founded, "Reclaim the Records."  The organization uses state Freedom of Information laws to get "off-limits" genealogy records released back to the public and posted online for free.  
The group successfully challenged the New York City Municipal Archives in court, and acquired the first-ever 20th Century genealogy indices from New Jersey.

In addition to founding Reclaim the Records (, Ganz is a computer programmer whose open-source genealogy software, LeafSeek, has enabled more than a million archival records to be available for free online. She is also a director of the nonprofit genealogy organization Gesher Galicia.  

here for more information about this presentation, or the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento.
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 program 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.  
Birthdays - March 11 - 17    
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim!
Saturday, March 12
Naomi Egel
Catrina Wagner

Sunday, March 13
Amanda Glazer
Greg Rabin
Leon Siegel
Monday, March 14
Alexandria Vickery
Tuesday, March 15
Lilah Castleman
Talia Ordonez
Yahrzeits - March 11 - 17
Monday, March 14
Alice Suran, sister of Jerry Suran

Tuesday, March 15
Manuel Bresnick, father of Stu Bresnick

Wednesday, March 16
Harry Firestein, grandfather of Ken Firestein
Isaac Mischkinsky, father of Jeff Mischkinsky
Thursday, March 17
Rebecca Munoz Gutierrez, mother of Gail Gutierrez
Frank Slonka, uncle of Janet Saunders
Benno Willdorff, father of Inge Brenner
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