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December 15, 2016

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Shabbat This Week
Friday, December 16

8:00 p.m. 
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Greg and music by Student Cantor Shayndel Adler-Eldridge 

Oneg hosted by Mark Joske - 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, December 17
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.

Torah readers are needed for this Shabbat, as well as throughout December and January.  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 Vayishlach, 
  32:10 - 33:11 
  • Jacob prepares to meet Esau. He wrestles with a "man," who changes Jacob's name to Israel.
  • Jacob and Esau meet and part peacefully, each going his separate way.
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.

Get Ready to Celebrate "Chanukkah at Chome"!
Stories, Blessings, Songs and Recipes Available to Enhance Your Family Celebration, Saturday, December 24 - Saturday, December 31


As a resource for CBH partners, the Bet Haverim website features an entire page of Hanukkah information to add light to your holiday!  Click here to access a deeper appreciation of Hanukkah's meaning and the many options for fun and memorable celebrations for all age groups.


But Make Time to Celebrate "Chanukkah With Your Chaverim," Too
Add the Light of Your Family, Committee, Group or Havurot
to Our Nightly Community Hanukkiah Lighting   

Each night at 6:00 p.m. during Hanukkah, CBH committees, groups, havurot and families are invited to each take a turn ensuring that our large-scale, handcrafted, forged metal hanukkiah is illuminated in the Redwood Grove.  The commitment is 30 minutes or less, and you're encouraged to invite as many friends and family members as you wish to take part.  Large diameter candles will be provided, as well as a copy of the blessings.  Four dates remain:  December 27 - 29 and 31, so sign-up, bring your own matches or lighter and allow the time spent sharing the holiday with your community be your own personal Hanukkah blessing.  All CBH partners are invited to take part in the candle lighting each night at 6:00 p.m., regardless of whether or not they are part of the group that is responsible for the hanukkiah that evening.

Presented to CBH last December by our friends at Adat Or Israel, a community of Spanish-speaking & bilingual Jews in Santa Maria, CA, this unique hanukkiah was made by a congregant's father in Mexico, in appreciation of our gift of a Torah to Adat Or Yisrael when we finished scribing a new Torah to mark our 50th anniversary in Decemeber 2012.  Learn more about CBH's special relationship with Adat Or Israel

Fridays, December 23 and 30, 2016

Save-the-Date For TWO Special Hanukkah Shabbat Celebrations!

Friday, December 23:  
  • Veggie Shabbat Potluck and Hanukkah Sing-a-Long, 5:30 p.m. in the Social Hall, featuring special guest musician Marshall Voit, guitarist and vocalist.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, also featuring special guest musician Marshall Voit, guitarist and vocalist.
  • School-age children will enjoy "Chanukkah Cookies For a Cause" earlier in the afternoon; click here for details.

Friday, December 30:

  • NEW!  If your family includes children under age 6, begin your evening with Haverim K'tanim Stories and Songs for young families at 5:15 p.m. in the Social Hall.
  • Share the light of the seventh night with your friends!  Bring your hanukkiah at 5:45 p.m. to the Social Hall and illuminate it along side your community.
  • We'll light together our large-scale, handcrafted, forged metal hanukkiah (see more information here).
  • Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, followed by the "Pot-Latke" oneg!  Bring a plate of latkes to share; CBH will provide the sour cream and applesauce.  

For more details about either Hanukkah celebration, please check in with the CBH office at or 530-758-0842.
Yahrzeits - December 16 - 22
Saturday, December 17
Sarah Horwitz, mother of Norma Rappaport

Monday, December 19
Corrine Gelbard, mother of Nancy Gelbard
Monday, December 19, continued
Dorothy McCorkell, mother of Sharon McCorkell

Tuesday, December 20
Charles Berman, father of Mark Berman
Albert William Solovitch, father of Syma Solovitch
Rabbi Greg On Sabbatical During January 2017

Everyone needs time to reJEWvenate, and Rabbis are no exception!  We wish Rabbi Greg well during his annual month away from Bet Haverim.  He will be attending a rabbinical conference, nourishing mind and body and preparing to lead our congregation into the new secular year ahead.

Should you need to connect with Rabbi Greg ahead of his time away, please send him a message at, or call the office at 530-758-0842.  He will be back at work Wednesday, February 1, 2017. 
NOW through Saturday, December 24, 2016
Can You Help Your Bet Haverim Community to Meet
The Giving Tuesday Goal By Hanukkah?
Haverim are Closing in on $2,000 Raised
Since Giving Tuesday Launched Two Weeks Ago!

The success is very exciting, and the momentum is increasing in these final 10 days of focus upon our rather modest $5,400 goal to benefit synagogue operations.

Please help to make this a true season of light for our Jewish community by selecting from the gift options below by the beginning of Hanukkah on Saturday, December 24!  Click
here to donate via PayPal, Visa or MasterCard.  Each gift option represents an offset of operational expenses at CBH during 2016-2017:
  • $36 buys supplies for a Haverim K'tanim/Young Families activity
  • $72 buys challah for Shabbat and Sunday School for two weeks
  • $108 keeps the lights on in the Social Hall for a month
  • $360 sends a child to Religious School or Hebrew School who otherwise cannot afford to enroll
  • $540 brings a special speaker or musician for an evening or weekend
  • $720 provides security personnel for the High Holy Days
  • A gift to your community of any amount!

Make your gift extra meaningful by contributing in honor or in memory of a loved one.

Should you prefer to donate via check, please deliver your donation to the CBH office before December 24, and include "Giving Tuesday" in the memo.

Questions about the campaign?  Please contact
Joy Cohan, Communications Specialist, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814.

CBH Office News  
Holiday Office Closures
Please note that Bet Haverim staff will not be working on the two following legal holidays in the weeks to come:
  • Monday, December 26, 2016
  • Monday, January 2, 2017
Gan Haverim Preschool also will be closed on these two dates.

Please contact Executive Director MK Menard with any questions, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
Gan Haverim Preschool Teacher Recruitment  
Full and Part-Time Positions Available
Resumes currently are being accepted for energetic additions to our preschool staff.  Applicants must have the required 12 Early Childhood Education (ECE) units completed or in progress.  Please see further requirements and details, as well as application instructions at this link.  

Questions?  Please contact
Rhoda Rohnstock, Gan Haverim Director, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
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.  A very deep connection to CBH's first days drives Peggy and Manny Epstein's passion to support Jewish life in Davis.  Both Epsteins have lent their talents to Bet Haverim's success over the year.  Also, Manny was fortunate enough recently to celebrate his 100th birthday amongst his haverim.
“We have made a legacy commitment to CBH, because we believe Judaism is important.  We believe the local Jewish community is strong, and hope to see it continue to flourish in the future.  In fact, it was in our living room that the Jewish Fellowship of Davis (now CBH) began!”
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.
Hanukkah Is Almost Here!  
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.
More Events News Coming Soon
Kids, Teens and Families News
Shabbat Safari, a Haverim K'tanim event
THIS SATURDAY, December 17, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., North Classroom
In preparation for the eight nights of Hanukkah, we will create a Hanukkah craft, sing and dance Hanukkah songs and blessings and hear the story of the Maccabees.  We will also visit the Sanctuary to see the Torah during Shabbat Morning Services, followed by kiddush with challah and grape juice.

Haverim K'tanim ("Little Friends") events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members.  To RSVP (by TODAY, Thursday, December 15), or for more information, please contact Shayndel Adler-Eldridge by clicking her name, or call the CBH office at 530-758-0842.  To view a complete schedule of all Haverim K'tanim events for 2016-2017, click here.



Octopretzel Children's Hanukkah Concert
THIS SUNDAY, December 18, 2016,
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Social Hall

Octopretzel's show is as exuberant as their whimsical name, and Bet Haverim is so fortunate to welcome the band for back for another magical holiday concert!  Through engaging music, these skilled musicians inspire children's curiosity, wonder and appreciation for the world we live in.  The result is a danceable, singable and super-fun experience for the whole family.

Tickets are available at the door only; cash and checks, no credit cards.  $8 for adults and $5 for children 2-12.  Children under 2 are free.  Come early to avoid the line!  Pizza and beverages also will be available for purchase.

To learn more about Octopretzel, please click here.  For more information about the event, contact the CBH office at, or call 530-758-0842.



Chanukkah Cookies For a Cause:  Mini-Mitzvah Afternoon for School-Age Children Friday, December 23, 2016, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Social Hall 

Calling all school-age kids!  School's out early on this day, so let's get together with friends to decorate Chanukkah cookies for a cause. We'll decorate edible dreidels and chanukkiahs to take home, and also for the guests that week of the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter (IRWS). 
Please bring with you a clean, new or gently used scarf, pair of gloves or hat to add to our gift bags for the IRWS guests.  Small donations to cover the cost of the cookie materials are appreciated.  Either cash or checks made to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund are acceptable.

This event is appropriate for children in Kindergarten or older.  Children need to be accompanied by a designated, supervising adult.  For more information, please contact CBH Partner
Sharon Richman by clicking her name.  

Also, plan to stay for the potluck, Hanukkah sing-a-long and Shabbat service following this activity; see more details



Religious and Hebrew School News
Winter Break Schedule
  • Sundays, December 18 and 25, 2016 and January 1, 2017:  NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL due to Winter Break.
  • Wednesdays, December 21 and 28, 2016 and January 4, 2017:  NO HEBREW SCHOOL due to Winter Break.
To contact Malka Sansani, Education and Youth Director, for more details about Religious and Hebrew School activities, send a message to, or call

Keshet and Confirmation Teen Programs
NO class will be held Sundays, December 18 or 25, 2016, or January 1, 2017
due to Winter 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)'s Hanukkah Cookie Mitzvah
On Sale NOW in the CBH Office to Benefit Charity

Last Sunday night, 8th - 12th graders, came together to join in playing card games, exchanging "Hanukkah Harry" gifts, making friendship bracelets for hospitalized children and to learn about how other cultures celebrate.  

They also baked multicultural Hanukkah cookies, now available in the CBH office for a suggested donation of $3 per bag.  All proceeds benefit Heifer International, a global non-profit organization that provides families in need with livestock that can produce food, clothing and a livelihood.  Any questions about this mitzvah may be directed to Teen Engagement Coordinator Sarah Turtletaub at or 916-943-8055.

Author Event for DRTY Programming Vice-President Hannah Hunley
THIS SUNDAY, December 18, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Avid Reader, 617 2nd Street, Davis

Hannah will be reading from her novel, "Infinity:  A Many Worlds Novel," and all CBH partners are encouraged to attend and show support and appreciation for her accomplishment!  To learn more about the book in advance, please click here.


Friday, January 13 - Monday, January 16, 2017, URJ Camp Newman
Calling all Middle Schoolers to West Coast Party, Jr.
An exclusive weekend for 6th - 8th graders from across the Western U.S.!  It's the best Jewish party in the West, held over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend at URJ Camp Newman.  Kids can reunite with and meet new friends, dream about how to make our world a better place, play sports, create art, enjoy a magical camp Shabbat, discover the fun of Jewish camping and NFTY678 teen-powered regional youth groups.

Registration is open.  Fees are $350 and the deadline is Friday, January 6, 2017.  To enroll, or for more information, please see
this link.

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 SUNDAY, December 18, 2016
Israel Matters Presents:  Randy Neal of Christians United for Israel
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall
CBH welcomes back Randy Neal, speaking on "From Christian Replacement Theology to the U.N.'s Erasement Theology."  Randy intends to, "connect the dots between Christian denominations which deny a link to Judaism, with the United Nations, many of whose organizations seek to erase Jewish history in Israel completely, " he says.

This event will be free of charge and open to the public.  For more information about this program, or Israel Matters Committee activities in general, please contact
George Rooks, chair, by clicking his name.
THIS TUESDAY, December 20, 2016
ChaverSangha Meditation Group 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Rabbi Seth Castleman will lead the group in meditation in a new, permanent meeting location in the Sanctuary.

ChaverSangha is a meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation.  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.
THIS WEDNESDAY, December 21, 2016
 NEW!  Israeli Folk Dancing Group Begins Monthly Meetings
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Social Hall
Love to dance?  Know nothing about Israeli dancing?  Or, are you a pro?  Want to just listen and watch?

All are welcome to join CBH partners and others in the community for a monthly evening of lively Israeli folk dancing on this and every third Wednesday of the month.  The gatherings will feature a mixture of easy and more advanced dances.  Some basic instruction will be provided, but mostly participants will be invited to join in and follow along.  The dances are fun and lyrical, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a zing in your heart!  

Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.  Friends and family are welcome, and it's o.k. to drop in later if you can't make it by 7:00 p.m.  Questions?  Contact CBH Partner
Mark Haffer by clicking his name.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Heart and Spirit Chant Circle 
7:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m., Sancuary

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.  For more information about Rabbi Shefa Gold, please click here.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Jewish Federation of the Sacramento 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 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 again on Wednesday, December 28, as well as on January 4, January 18 and February 1.  
The evening session begins again on Wednesday, December 28 and continues on January 4, January 18, February 1, February 15 and March 1.  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, 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 OPPORTUNITY!  Davis Community Meals will serve 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 the 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.
Biberstein Social Action Fund
2016 Grant Awards Announced;
Presentation To Come in January
Thirteen Yolo County nonprofit organizations have received more than $12,000 in 2016 grant funding from the Biberstein Social Action Fund.  To see details about the selected organizations and the projects made possible by the grants, please click here.  Information about the fund, its history and the award application process also can be found on this web page.

An awards presentation date in January will be announced soon.  The presentation typically takes place during a Relgious School Sunday morning service, providing the students with the opportunity to witness the connection between tzedakah and meaningful work in the community.  The CBH partners currently serving on the Biberstein Social Action Fund selection committee are Ernie Biberstein, 
 Anne Gieseke, Amy Abramson, Sandy Jones, Joan Sublett, Shoshana Zatz, and Rabbi Greg Wolfe.  

Contributions to the fund to support next year's grants are encouraged at any time.  Checks should be made to CBH with "Biberstein Social Action Fund" in the memo, or, you may donate online at
this link and enter the purpose of your gift in the notes section.
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.  
All submissions must include contact information, and may be edited for length, clarity, readability and compliance with CBH editorial style.  The placement and frequency of submissions within the e-tone will be at the discretion of the Communications Specialist and/or the Executive Director. No item will be included more than four weeks prior to an event/meeting date, although exceptions may be made for CBH fundraisers.
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