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November 17, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, November 18

8:00 p.m. "A Shabbat of Stories," with guest Sam Tick-Raker  
Oneg hosted by Joyce and Marvin Goldman - thank you!

Your turn to host an oneg could be as soon as next month!  See the available dates and sign-up at
this link.  Consider making the date special by gathering friends for Shabbat, or by 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, November 19
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Contemplative/Chant 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. 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.

Looking ahead, Torah reading opportunities are available in December.  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 Vayera, 
  18:1 - 4, 20:11 - 13, 21:22 - 24 
  • Abraham welcomes three visitors
  • Abraham continues to claim that Sarah is his sister
  • Following Issac's birth and Abraham's intent to sacrifice him, Abimelech and Phicol tell Abraham, "God is with you in everything that you do," and ask Abraham to deal with them fairly, as they have dealt with him.  
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, November 18, 2016

A Shabbat of Stories, with special guest Sam Tick-Raker,
8:00 p.m., Sanctuary

What's your story?  Sam Tick-Raker is a UC Davis sophomore working on a project to interview local senior citizens and record their stories for a radio or podcast program.  By hearing and preserving their personal history with the synagogue, powerful experiences, pieces of advice and other interesting facets of their lives, Sam's aim is to ensure that our community members' legacies are carried forward through the power of their voices.  Come to services and share in Sam's stories passed down from his own grandparents in San Francisco, and learn more about his project and how to get involved.

For questions about this Shabbat program, please contact
Rabbi Greg by clicking his name, or by calling 530-758-0842.

Yahrzeits - November 18 - 23
Friday, November 18
Samuel Weiss, father of Joyce Goldman

Monday, November 21
Ezra Kaplan, grandson of Jane and Ed Rabin
Albert Mikalson, father of Ron Mikalson
Flora Rabin, mother of Ed Rabin
George Rabin, father of Ed Rabin
Tuesday, November 22
Peter Franck, father of Marion Franck
Rachel Glick, mother of Linda Glick

Wednesday, November 23
John Owings, grandfather of Virginia Lanty
Howard W. Wayne, father of Linda Wayne Steele
News From Rabbi Greg

THIS SUNDAY, second of four sessions

Recommended by Rabbi Greg...
Discussion Group for Interfaith Couples,
with Rabbi Seth Castleman and Rev. Elizabeth Griswold

4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Location in Davis - to be announced
Individuals and couples of all faiths, as well as of no faith tradition, are welcome to join in sharing experiences with others, and cultivating acceptance and deepening appreciation for their relationships and families.  The opportunity for practical holiday season guidance also will be available.  Spouses or partners of different religions or cultures, those who have converted to another religion, parents raising children in a tradition different from the one in which they were brought up, grandparents of grandchildren being raised in another faith...this discussion group is for you!  

Rabbi Seth and Rev. Elizabeth believe that they may be the only married Rabbi/Christian minister couple in the world.  The Davis couple spends their time in congregational and spiritual leadership, social justice work and family life with their daughter, Lilah.  

Registration will close after this Sunday for the three remaining Sunday afternoons, concluding in mid-December.  The fee is $180 per couple; sliding scale available.  For more information and registration, see
this flyer, or contact Rabbi Seth by clicking his name or phoning 617-935-9697. 
THIS TUESDAY, November 22, 2016

Davis Interfaith
Thanksgiving Service

7:00 p.m., Davis Community Church, 412 C Street, Davis
Share in the season as Bet Haverim joins more than a half-dozen Davis congregations representing Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith traditions in an Interfaith Thanksgiving celebration.  Attendance is open to community members of all ages and all faith backgrounds. Babysitting will be provided onsite for the very youngest attendees.

Rabbi Greg, Rabbi Seth Castleman and other local clergy, as well as Davis Mayor Robb Davis, will offer wisdom, prayers, readings and songs focused upon themes of gratitude, community service and unity in a fractured world.  An interfaith choir, candle lighting and opportunities for children and teens to participate in the service, will add to the expression of the themes.

All in attendance are invited to contribute to and enjoy a pie potluck in the church’s Fireside Room following the service.  Pies and other desserts specific to faith or cultural traditions can be dropped off in the Fireside kitchen prior to the service.

Additionally, worshipers are encouraged to each bring a can of food to donate to the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC), feeding low income members of the community.  STEAC also will be the focus of the communal collection during the service.

For more information about the return of this Davis Thanksgiving tradition, please click
here, contact Rabbi Seth by clicking his name or call Davis Community Church at 530-753-2894.

CBH Office and Communications News
  • THIS TUESDAY, November 22, the office will be closed until 5:00 p.m. for the staff semi-annual clean-up day.  However, the office will be open 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., per the usual Tuesday extended hours schedule.  Please contact Executive Director MK Menard with any questions by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
  • NEW - The office will close at 3:00 p.m. THIS WEDNESDAY, November 23 and remain closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, in observance of Thanksgiving.
  • The e-tone newsletter that normally would publish on Thanksgiving Day instead will publish one-day early, on THIS WEDNESDAY, November 23.  The submission deadline will remain as the Monday prior to publication.  Questions should be directed to Communications Specialist Joy Cohan by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814.
  • NEW - the CBH list for Sign-Up Genius invitations has been refreshed for 2016-2017. In order to make sure that no new partners are missed, it means that some partners who previously asked to be removed from the list may have been inadvertently re-added.  Please also keep in mind that this list is multi-purpose; if you ask to be removed from Torah reading notifications, you may still receive oneg hosting, High Holy Days ushering or other invitations, or vice versa.  At this time, it is not possible to refresh individual category lists, only the main list.  Please be patient with this process, as it's the best way to ensure that CBH is an inclusive as possible with our outreach in these categories.  Please simply reply to the sender to be removed from the list for that category of sign-up for the remainder of the 2016-2017 year.  Thank you for your understanding!  Any questions should be sent to Communications Specialist Joy Cohan at
Donations - October 2016
Biberstein Social Action Fund
Ernie Biberstein
Rachel and David Cohen
Joan Sublett
, in honor of Ernie's birthday
Ann and Stewart Teal, in honor of
Sally Besser's Bat Mitzvah

General Fund
Ghislane Dujovne and Rodrigo Gallardo
Stephan Cohen
, in memory of Albert Cohen, Margaret Cohen, Emma Novikoff and
Melvin Novikoff
Karen Borack, in memory of
Jeanne and Edward Borack; Leonard Borack
Leny and Ralph Heymann, in memory of
Susan Gutierrez's parents and
Shirley and Warren Meyer
Traian Nan

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Cairn and Jeff Aran
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, continued
Sally Besser
Joy and Steve Cohan
, in memory of
Teri Greenfield's father, Robert Thorpe
Robin Neuman, in memory of Ida Neuman

Campership Fund
Joy and Steve Cohan, in memory of
Barry Munowitch's mother, Regina Munowitch
Ann and Stewart Teal, in honor of
Aidan Cohan's Bar Mitzvah

Israel Matters Program Fund
Helen and Jerry Suran, in memory of Elsie Suran and Harry Pinsker; in honor of
Emanuel Epstein's 100th birthday and
Stevin and Allison Groth's marriage

Davis Community Meals Fund
Marcia Rosenstein
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
This Fall, one CBH legacy donor, or pair of donors, will be profiled each week.  Michael Bobell talks this week about his family's 20 year connection with CBH, and his desire to continue the work of those who came before him.  Currently, Michael serves on the CBH Board of Directors as Treasurer, and also coordinates the Life and Legacy campaign at Bet Haverim.  His resume of volunteer activities at CBH over the years, including the annual Mishloach Manot/Purim Baskets fundraiser, earned him Distinguished Volunteer recognition in 2015.  
“Bet Haverim is my Jewish home in Davis.  From the moment I walked through the doors in 1996, my family and I always felt welcomed.  My children developed their Jewish character here, and my wife and I have made many lifelong friends with whom we share our joys and sorrows.  Just as the work of many created the CBH I found when I arrived, it is my honor to contribute to a vibrant Jewish community here for generations to come.” 
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.
Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Guests, or Looking Ahead to Hanukkah?  
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.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Yolo Food Bank Refrigerated Truck To Debut On Thanksgiving Day in Woodland
7:00 - 10:00 a.m., Heritage Plaza, Main and Second Streets, Downtown Woodland

Last Winter, CBH Partners Heidi Smith and Renee Dryfoos led an effort that ultimately raised more than $115,000 to purchase for the Yolo Food Bank a refrigerated food truck, pallet jack and three years of maintenance and operations for the vehicle. 

We can all be thankful that the truck that so many in our community came together to purchase at last is on the road picking up perishable goods several times each month from 19 sites in Yolo County, and delivering them to facilities that can distribute to food insecure individuals and families throughout the area.   Its official debut will unveil the decorating of the truck to reflect its "Community Sponsored" theme, with the names of every donor who participated listed on the truck.  

The Heritage Plaza display of the truck will coincide with the Food Bank's annual Running of the Turkeys 5k Run/Walk event.  To learn more about taking part in this event, please click
here. The plaza is adjacent to the Woodland Opera House.  At a later date, the truck is expected to be on display in Davis, as well.

Questions about the truck, or the "Farm to Every Fork" campaign that made the purchase possible, may be directed to
Linda Zablotny-Hurst, Yolo Food Bank Director of Development, by clicking her name, or by calling 530-668-0690.
Haverim K'tanim "Little Friends":  New Name For Growing CBH Young Families Program!
Shabbat Safari, Holiday Celebrations and More
All Under One "Tent"
Just as children grow and mature, so must our CBH programs for the very youngest partners in our community.  To reflect that commitment, our more formalized young families' events series now is titled Haverim K'tanim, Hebrew for "little friends."  The focus is on families with children under age six.  

Haverim K'tanim is envisioned as a tent, within which activities such as Shabbat Safari and holiday gatherings are sheltered and nurtured. In addition, Haverim K'tanim is intended to provide a circle from which families and children may begin to connect for more informal play dates and social opportunities of their own, building long-term relationships to shape their Jewish futures together.

To start or continue your children's Haverim K'tanim adventures, please see
this schedule of events for 2016-2017.  Watch the e-tone, website and the Haverim K'tanim Facebook Group for additional announcements.  Haverim K'tanim organizer Shayndel Adler-Eldridge and CBH Partner Kristi Link-Crosier also can be contacted by clicking their names, or call 530-758-0842.
Kids, Teens and Families News
Religious and Hebrew School News
Religious School WILL MEET THIS SUNDAY, November 20!

Following the Sunday morning service this week from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary, a special 20 minute film by 2nd and 3rd grade madricha Marley Kubby Adler will be screened.  As a recent Bat Mitzvah, Marley produced, "Hunger At Home:  Childhood Hunger in Davis, California," as her mitzvah project.  Following its debut at the Varsity Theatre last Spring, many viewers chose to support the four local non-profits featured in the the film.  More recently, Marley has been nominated for a Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award (see more info here) for her work on the film.  ALL CBH PARTNERS ARE INVITED to attend and bring a non-perishable food item to donate!  See the flyer for more information.

Other dates for your calendar:
  • Thanksgiving week closures:  NO Hebrew School THIS WEDNESDAY, November 23, and NO Religious School on Sunday, November 27.
  • Sunday, December 4:  6th grade Family Program, 9:00 a.m. - noon
  • Sunday, December 11:  School-wide Hanukkah celebration.  More details to come.
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 Scheduled THIS SUNDAY
6:30 - 8:00 p.m., North and South Classrooms

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

Please note, the youth programs will break for Thanksgiving week on Sunday, November 27.

Meet Your Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) Board 

Having fun planning fun at this week's meeting were, front row, left to right:  
- Julie Paskowitz - Vice President, Social Action
- Emi Eckey - Vice President, Communications
- Marley Kubby Adler - Vice President, Membership
- Brandon Folb - Co-President
- Eliot Liederman - Co-President

Back row, left to right:

- Hannah Hunley - Vice President, Programming
- Elan Kalman - Treasurer
- Sophia Nachmanoff - Vice President - Religious and Cultural

Consider purchasing a DRTY t-shirt to show your interest and support.  Designed by our teens, for our teens.  Just $15 each.  Click to contact Sarah Turtletaub, Teen Engagement Coordinator.

To learn more about all of the CBH programs for teens, including fee and registration information and a calendar, please click here.  Questions?  Please contact Sarah at, or by phoning 530-758-0842.


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.
THIS SATURDAY and SUNDAY, November 19 and November 20, 2016
"Ani Lo Eshkakh - I Will Not Forget," a One-Woman Dramatic Anthology of the Holocaust
8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 19
2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20, including a post-show discussion, 
The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred, 2300 Sierra Boulevard, Sacramento


The KOH Library and Cultural Center, and the Central Valley Holocaust Educators Network (CVHEN), present Sacramento area resident Sheri Zeff in her one-woman dramatic anthology of the Holocaust.  In this multi-media production, excerpts from books, plays, diaries, memos, poems and songs are set by Zeff in chronological order from 1933, when Hitler came to power, to the end of World War II in 1945.  Zeff portrays 12 different characters, ranging in age from 11 to 50.

The Sunday matinee performance will be followed by a short discussion, moderated by Holocaust survivor and CVHEN President Liz Igra.  General admission is $18, or $10 for seniors age 65+ and students with I.D.  To purchase tickets online for either date, please visit .  To reserve tickets by phone, or for more information, call Dawn Maurer at 818-653-6519, or Taliah Berger at KOH at 916-541-3720.   Cash or check only will be accepted at the door.  An event flyer is available at this link.

THIS TUESDAY, November 22, 2016
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.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Heart and Spirit Chant Circle
7:00 - 8:45 p.m., Sanctuary

Are you curious to try chanting?  Or, have you long felt that chant helps you to deepen your spiritual experience?

If you answered yes above, please join CBH partners Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard as they share 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.

The Heart and Spirit Chant Circle meets on the fourth Monday of each month.  No pre-registration required.  For more information, contact
Carrie or Hallie by clicking their names. Also, to learn more about ongoing Heart and Spirit Chant Circle programs at CBH, including the monthly Contemplative Shabbat Service, please see this flyer.

To learn more about Rabbi Shefa Gold, who led CBH's Shabbaton Weekend in September, please click 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
ChaverSangha Meditation Group 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall

Rabbi Seth Castleman will lead the group in meditation on this date.  Look for more details soon about this gathering, both in the e-tone and on the CBH calendar at

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, please contact Rabbi Seth at or 617-935-9697, or CBH Partner Michael Amster at, or 530-219-6947.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Israel Matters Presents:  Magan David Adom, the Emergency Medical Services of Israel 
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall
Brooke Spenser, Development Coordinator of American Friends of Magen David Adom, will be speaking about the remarkable work of Magan David Adom (MDA) in Israel.  

Israel Matters' fundraising efforts for 2016-2017 will benefit MDA. Additional information coming soon.  To learn more in the interim about MDA, please click 

George Rooks, Israel Matters Committee chairperson, can provide details about both the presentation and the fundraising plans at
Wednesday, December 7

Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Presents:  
Jewish Family Service Caregivers' Support Groups at CBH 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Library; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., South Classroom

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.  

A new morning session has begun, and will meet on following five Wednesday mornings:  December 7, December 28, January 4, January 18 and February 1.  
The evening session will conclude on Wednesday, December 7.  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. 
Sunday, December 11
Israel Peace Alternatives Presents:  "Gett:  The Trial of Vivian Amsalem" Film Screening and Discussion with May Pundak of the New Israel Fund
2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall
In Israel, rites of passage—including conversion, marriage, and divorce—are the sole domain of the Orthodox Rabbinate. To divorce, part of that process involves a gett (the document that releases a wife from marriage).  In order to obtain a gett and finalize a divorce, some Jewish women have been compelled to give up parental rights or pay large sums of money.

Join IPA for the only Sacramento-area screening of this celebrated film, which tells the story of one woman’s pursuit of a gett, followed by a presentation and conversation with the New Israel Fund’s May Pundak, an Israeli civil rights attorney and activist. 

Pundak will offer insights into the state of marriage and divorce in Israel, as well as a new campaign by NIF’s New Generations (young adult group) calling on Israel to enact legislation guaranteeing marriage equality in Israel.

To learn
about the screening at CBH, the film and related topics, please click here.   CBH Partner Sarah Pattison also can assist by clicking her name, or phoning 530-220-5042.  The screening is free of charge and open to the public.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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  

SPECIAL HOLIDAY MITZVAH OPPORTUNITIES!  Davis Community Meals will serve a Thanksgiving feast on Saturday, November 26, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and a Christmas meal on Saturday, December 24, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  For more information and to volunteer to assist, please click the name of each meal above.
Week of 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 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.
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.
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.  
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