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March 3, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, March 4

6:00 p.m. Family Shabbat with Student Rabbi Stacy Petersohn and Dan Tennenbaum, featuring the 3rd grade Religious School class
Oneg hosted by the 3rd grade class

Saturday, March 5

9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Chanting/Contemplative Shabbat Morning Service with Student Rabbi David Aladjem, Student Rabbi Stacy Petersohn, Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard

Theme:  Building the Mishkan (Tabernacle) of the Heart

This is a monthly opportunity to experience a more personal relationship with the Divine as you celebrate and observe Shabbat.

Make plans to take part on the first Shabbat morning of each month.  For more information, contact
Carrie Shepard or Hallie Morrow by clicking on a name.
Mishloach Manot Deliveries Begin THIS SUNDAY!

Listen for your doorbell to ring!  Deliveries will be made by volunteers to ALL CBH partners Sunday, March 6 - Thursday, March 10.  The basket will be left on your front porch if the door isn't answered.  If alternative arrangement are needed, or you do not receive your Mishloach Manot by March 10, please contact Rochelle Frank and Michael Bobell at

Assembly and delivery helpers are needed on Sunday, March 6 in the CBH Social Hall for the following tasks; please let Rochelle know about your availability by clicking here, or phoning 530-750-3747:
  • Assembly, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Delivery (pick-up), 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., or make a special arrangement for anytime Sunday, March 6 - Tuesday, March 8
Young Families and Religious School News

Young Families' Shabbat Safari 

Instead, please plan to join in the merriment of the Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 13 (see details below), and mark your calendars for the next Shabbat Safari on Saturday, April 9.  Please contact Shayndel Adler-Eldridge with any questions by clicking here, or by phoning 530-758-0842.

THIS WEEKEND - Friday, March 4 - Saturday, March 5 
Overnight Shabbaton for 5th and 6th Grade Religious School students

For more information, please contact Malka Sansani, Director of Education and Youth, at, or 530-758-0842.

Purim Carnival Ticket and Hamantaschen Pre-Sales
Before and after classes, Redwood Grove

Game tickets will be available at a more than 25% discount both THIS SUNDAY and next!  Or, purchase your tickets in the CBH office through Friday, March 11.

Hamantaschen orders also now are being accepted through THIS MONDAY, March 7.  You may place your order during Sunday School pre-sales or in the CBH office.  For more details and pick-up options, please access the order form here.

 THIS SUNDAY, March 6 
Anat Hoffman Session with Sacramento Area Teens
1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento

CBH Keshet and DRTY teens, along with their peers from throughout the Sacramento region, are invited to participate in this special opportunity to meet with Anat Hoffman, founding member of Women of the Wall and Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center.

The event will kick-off with pizza and ice-breaking activities guided by local youth leaders, followed by a presentation by Hoffman.  
Please RSVP to Malka Sansani at; carpools will be organized. This event will replace the regular Sunday evening Keshet program on this date.

To learn more Anat Hoffman's community-wide evening presentation, also on Sunday, March 6, please click here.  

Sunday, March 13 
Purim Carnival
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., all site event, rain or shine

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

SAVE THE DATE!  Sunday, April 3 
 Religious School Open House
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Calling all families interested to enroll 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 more information, please contact Laurie Stillman at
Gan Haverim Preschool News
by Rhoda Rohnstock, Director 
Two new families and two new teachers were welcomed to the Gan Haverim community during the month of February.  It's amazing to watch the children greet these new friends and support them as they teach them about our school.  The students have exhibited a lot of compassion for others who are feeling sad in a new environment.  

In March, we will celebrate Purim.  Discussion will center upon the ways in which we are brave, using Queen Esther as our model.  The children also will bake Hamantaschen, make crowns and noisemakers and fill Mishloach Manot baskets for their families.  The annual Gan Haverim Purim Parade will be held on Thursday, March 24, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Wearing colorful costumes, the children will march through the CBH campus, and end with a celebration of song and treats.  

Have you considered Gan Haverim Preschool for your child or grandchild, or perhaps recommending our preschool to friends or neighbors?  Please contact me
here, or at 530-758-0842, to discuss enrollment options.  Or, stop in and visit us anytime!
Lunch and Learn with Student Rabbi Stacy Petersohn
"Knowing the Difference Between Mordechai and Haman:
A Look at the Traditions of Purim" 
12:30 - 2:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall
In the final moments of the book of Esther, the Jewish people created a new holiday for themselves to commemorate the triumph of Esther and Mordechai over Haman’s plan of destruction.  Every year since then, Purim is a time for Jews around the world to dress up, eat hamentaschen and hear the Megillah. 

But, what is the secret behind these Purim traditions?  What is the connection between Purim and alcohol?  Were there other traditions that we don’t know about?  Join Student Rabbi Stacy for a feast from Chickpeas after services for the answers to these and other questions.  No RSVP required.  Please click
here to request more information.
"Vashti and Esther:  The Women
of Purim in Film" with Havdalah and Dessert Potluck
   7:30 p.m., CBH Social Hall
Two of the most dynamic characters of the Purim story are its queens, Vashti and Esther.  While their stories have been recorded in the biblical book of Esther, artists have continued to retell them through art, music, opera and, in modern times, film.  Over the last 55 years, Hollywood has taken the characters of the Bible and retold their their stories for modern audiences, Vashti and Esther included.  

To learn more, bring a dessert to share, and meet for havdalah and discussion.  Questions?  Please contact Student Rabbi Stacy Petersohn at 
Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice - 4th Annual Climate Conference
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B Street, Davis

The CBH Social Action Committee invites you to participate, as the Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice presents this year's theme, "Climate Justice:  Rising to the Challenge."  The keynote speaker will be Joan Brown, OFS, director of Interfaith Power and Light, NM, and a participant at the Paris Climate Summit.  Highlights will include:
  • Congressman John Garamendi and Winnemen Wintu Tribe Chief Caleen Sisk on Climate Change Sucesses and Challenges, moderated by CBH Partner Orit Kalman
  • Living in a Time of Climate Change workshop
  • Practical, political advocacy and reflective sessions
  • Special youth action session
The suggested donation is $10-20 per person, and lunch is included.  For registration information and a full event schedule,  please click here.
An Evening with Anat Hoffman, founding member of "Women of the Wall"
7:30 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento

Israel's good health is threatened not only by the Israeli-Arab conflict, but also by struggles that rock Israeli society from within.  In a presentation titled, "When Chicken Soup Won't Do the Trick," Israeli justice advocate Hoffman will offer insights about issues such as women's rights, religious pluralism, racism and freedom of conscience, and what we can do to help meet these challenges.  To see the event flyer, please click here.  

In addition to her work with Women of the Wall, Hoffman is the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and a former member of the Jerusalem City Council, who is a tireless advocate for issues of pluralism and equality. 

This FREE event is co-sponsored by CBH and nine other Jewish organizations in the Sacramento Valley.  However, further donations in support of the event are welcomed, with all proceeds benefiting the Israel Religious Action Center.  Click
here to donate; checks made and mailed or delivered to Congregation B'nai Israel (CBI) also will be accepted.  For more information, contact CBI at 916-446-4861 or visit  

To read recent news about Anat Hoffman and 
the burning of a Women of the Wall Rosh Chodesh siddur at the Kotel, click here. 
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:
Sunday, March 13
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.
Sunday, March 13
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
Tuesday, March 15
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.
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!

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! 

Torah Chanters Needed This Shabbat!

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 portions available for March.  

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.   
"Where the Rebbe Meets the Road" - Notes From Rabbi Greg in Israel!
Follow the periodic updates from Rabbi Greg, as he spends five weeks
of his sabbatical in Israel

This week, he participated in history as part of the first group to pray at the new egalitarian space at the Western Wall! 

At left:  Women of the Wall's Anat Hoffman


Rabbi Greg also toured the graffiti walls of Tel Aviv

At right:  "Call your Mommy!"
 At left:  "If I forget you, O Jerusalem, it's  because of Tel Aviv"

More updates will be posted as they are available.  To see updates more quickly, "like" CBH on Facebook at
Keeping Shabbat:  March Hosts Needed for Friday Night Onegs
Available dates are:
Friday, March 11, 6:00 p.m. services
Friday, March 25, 8:00 p.m. services
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
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.
Are You Ready For Passover?  

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 Wednesday, March 9.  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.
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.  
Donations - February 2016 
Biberstein Social Action Fund
Raychel and Mitchel Adler, with thanks and appreciation to Ernie for helping Marley prepare for her Bat Mitzvah
Diane Moore, in memory of her father, Tevis Jacobs, and her husband, George Moore
Suzan Smith, in honor of Heidi & Robert Smith's anniversary

General Fund
Meryl Rappaport and Mark Haffer, in memory of Elizabeth Herndon, mother of Joy Cohan, and in memory of Joan Cohan, mother of Steve Cohan

Israel Matters
Norma and Larry Rappaport, in memory of Elizabeth Herndon, mother of Joy Cohan, and in memory of Henry Kasimow
Sandy and Al Sokolow, in memory of Sandy's mother, Ida Dolgonos
Helen and Jerry Suran, in honor of Jerry's mother, Julie Suran; in honor of Helen's late husband, Mitch Singer and with condolences to Joy Cohan on the loss of her mother

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund 
Raychel & Mitchel Adler, with thanks and appreciation to Rabbi Greg for helping Marley prepare for her Bat Mitzvah, and for the meaningful service
Michael Bobell & Rochelle Frank, in memory of Elizabeth Herndon, mother of Joy Cohan, and in memory of Joan Cohan, mother of Steve Cohan
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, continuted
Pearl Carpenter, in memory of Elizabeth Herndon, Joy Cohan's mother, and in memory of Joan Cohan, mother of Steve Cohan
Ron Cohn and Debbie Jones, in memory of their sister, Lydia Cohn Ross
Marcia Gollober, with thanks for David's service
Julie & Paul Gussman, in memory of Julie's father, William Thompson
Sandy Jones, in memory of Elizabeth Herndon, Joy Cohan's mother
Libby & Gene Renkin, in loving memory of Mary Margaret Russell, amazing, sweet mother of Libby Renkin; in memory of Elizabeth Herndon, Joy Cohan's mother, and in memory of Joan Cohan, mother of Steve Cohan
Heidi & Robert Smith, in honor of Joy Cohan's 50th birthday and in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Herndon
Sandy and Al Sokolow, in memory of Elizabeth Herndon, Joy Cohan's mother, and in memory of Joan Cohan, Steve Cohan’s mother
Linda Sternberg, in memory of Elizabeth Herndon, mother of Joy Cohan, and in memory of Joan Cohan, mother of Steve Cohan
Judith Young, in memory of Elizabeth Herndon, Joy Cohan's mother
Birthdays - March 4 - 10    
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim!
Friday, March 4
Robin Frank

Saturday, March 5
Ethan Cohen
Alena Olagundoye
George Rooks
Syma Solovitch

Sunday, March 6
Ed Rabin

Monday, March 7
Alex Groth

Tuesday, March 8
Ilana Creinin
Tuesday, March 8, continued
Helen Dolin
Sandi Redenbach
Eli Weiss

Wednesday, March 9
Abigail Fruzza
Mo Hollman
Jacob Muller

Thursday, March 10
Hannah Hunley
Daniel MacArthur
Liz Malinoff
Alice Newman
Yahrzeits - March 4 - 10
Saturday, March 5
Frederick Aladjem, father of David Aladjem
Herman Cohen, father of Steve Cohen

Monday, March 7
Walter Bobell, father of Michael Bobell
Monday, March 7, continued
William Thompson, father of Julie Gussman

Tuesday, March 8
Robert Smith, father of Robert Smith
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