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August 4, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, August 5
6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat
Oneg hosted by the Berman/Eckey Family in honor of Aaron Eckey's Bar Mitzvah - thank you!

Oneg hosting opportunities now may be accessed on Sign-Up Genius at this link.  See which of your CBH friends already are participating, and select an upcoming date to celebrate a simcha or remember a loved one.  Consider collaborating with others to add to the fun and lighten the load!  There are several Friday nights available in the early Fall.

Saturday, August 6
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Aaron Eckey


Special note re:  Kabbalat Shabbat,
Friday, August 12,
6:00 p.m.

Carla and Roy Levin invite all CBH partners to share in their joy as they celebrate the aufruf ("calling up" of the wedding couple) of their daughter, Alison, and Lionel Sebbag.  The wedding will take place in Israel on August 23.  An oneg will follow the aufruf.  Mazel tov to all!
 Rabbi Greg's Corner
"Our Cups Are Overflowing"
Once there was a village of Jews set high in the mountains. Everyone in town was excitedly preparing for the wedding of their rabbi’s only son. There was to be a grand celebration and the entire village was invited. To get ready, all were instructed to contribute one glass of wine each week to the communal holding tank.  Each week for a month, every villager would climb the tall ladder in the center of the town square up to the giant vat that would hold all of the wine for the time of the grand celebration, and pour in their glasses. But there was one couple who thought to themselves, “Why should we add in our own precious wine when there are so many others who are giving?  Who would miss our measly glasses of wine? So each time they climbed the ladder they brought a glass of water instead to pour into the mix. When the big day of the wedding arrived and the ceremony was complete, all of the villagers gathered in the town square to celebrate with the wine they had collected as a community.  With great anticipation and a flourish, the mayor of the village opened the spigot of the huge vat so that the wine could be enjoyed by everyone. To their amazement, what poured out was not wine at all, but water; plain old water.  For you see, everyone decided to contribute water thinking that what they had to offer really didn’t matter, and wouldn’t make a difference.

Luckily for us, our congregation of amazing individuals at Bet Haverim is exactly the opposite of this mountain village. I have always known this about our community, but I experienced so powerfully again your generosity of spirit and willingness to contribute as I prepared for and enjoyed my sabbatical, which has now come to an end!  Everyone’s cup was overflowing with all of the many sweet gifts that each of you possessed and happily shared.  So many helped out in so many ways:  leading services, supporting one another, chanting Torah, guiding our Torah study and doing whatever it takes to keep Bet Haverim flourishing in my absence.  And, it certainly takes a village!  The end result was a delicious blend of sparkling contributions from so many individuals within our community.  As I return, my own cup feels very full, in large part, because I knew that each of you took great pride in ensuring that Bet Haverim would lack for nothing while I was away.

I am incredibly grateful for the generous support of our Board of Directors, our staff, our lay leaders and each and every person in our community for pitching in where needed.  A special thanks to our outgoing president, Nancy Loeb Williams, for her unwavering dedication, 

and to our incoming co-presidents, Steve Cohan and Mark Joske, for their enthusiasm and willingness to lead us into the future. We have a fabulous new board of leaders, and I hope that each of you will make an effort to get to know them and offer your talents to continue creating this exciting laboratory of Jewish living that we call Bet Haverim.

There are a few individuals that I would also like to single out by name for always being willing to go the extra mile. Our student rabbi, David Aladjem, who chairs our Ritual Committee and made sure that all of our services were covered and was a fabulous support, as were our other dedicated service leaders:  Dan Tennenbaum, Virginia Lantry, Carrie Shepard, Hallie Morrow, Sarah Pattison, Sharon McCorkell and our Shabbat Songleaders. Special thanks, too, to our student rabbi from HUC, Stacy Petersohn, and our student cantor, Shayndel Adler Eldridge.  Virginia Lantry deserves recognition for the fabulous job she has done (and continues to do) in coordinating all of our weekly Torah readers. And, thanks to the many people who volunteered to read and chant Torah each week.  Even though I am back, we continue to welcome all of you join in this special mitzvah.  Mark Joske did an incredible job facilitating all of our dynamic Torah study leaders:  Alan Hastings and Elaine Fingerett, Peter London, John Chendo (and his delicious doughnuts), Connie Caldwell, Michael Hirsch, Paul Bennick, Roy Kaplan and Janet Saunders.  Behind the scenes, our Ritual Committee members David Aladjem, Virginia Lantry, Carrie Shepard, Mark Joske, Ken Firestein, Alan Titche, Hallie Morrow and Bimla Schwarz did great work as always!

And, where would we be without our fabulous professional staff and my talented partners Malka Sansani, MK Menard and Rhoda Rohnstock, for whom I am so grateful. A special thanks to Joy Cohan, as well, who has done such a great job as she has taken on the many ways in which we communicate with all of you in our community. Thanks to Joy, there is a fresh, new engaging look to our communications, and I hope you enjoy reading what we have to share.  Also, one last thank you to Rabbi Seth Castleman, for providing the wonderful holiday programming he brought to our community for Purim, Passover and Shavuot.

What a tremendous honor and privilege it is to serve as your rabbi and see how our community works together, knowing that everyone has something of value to offer.  My extraordinary time in Israel and important family time at home, along with a myriad of other wonderful experiences, combined to make my time away just what I needed to clear my mind, reignite my creativity and rejuvenate my spirit.

Have You Renewed Your CBH Committments?  
2016-2017 Partnership Pledge and
Religious School Registration Forms Were Due Last Month

Partnership Pledge forms were mailed in June to all current CBH partners and were due on July 1.  To keep your relationship with CBH active and to ensure timely arrival of High Holy Days tickets, please return your completed form as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.  If you need new pledge or credit card authorization forms, please click here.  Other questions should be directed to MK Menard, executive director, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.  

In addition, Religious School registration materials were emailed in June to the families of all continuing students.  These forms were due last week.  If you did not receive enrollment information, please click
here to download documents from the CBH website.  Questions?  Please contact Malka Sansani, director of education and youth, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-758-0842.
Say Shalom to Sarah Comer, New CBH Office Coordinator
Joined the Staff on August 1
This week, Sarah Comer stepped in as the welcoming face and voice of the CBH office!  A long-time Davis resident, Sarah has more than 25 years of administrative experience.  She looks forward to getting to know you and our congregation.  Please stop by to introduce yourself!  To reach Sarah by email, please use  

Sarah's arrival meant also saying goodbye and todah rabah to Nancy Stephenson, who has left CBH to spend more time with her family.  Nancy has been a great addition to the staff, and she will be missed.  

Any questions about the CBH front office or staff should be directed to MK Menard, Executive Director, at 530-758-0842 or
Gan Haverim Preschool News  
by Rhoda Rohnstock, Director

It’s time to gear up for a brand new school year at Gan Haverim!  We have been meeting many new friends and saying goodbye to some of our old friends as they prepare to head off to Kindergarten. 

Gan Haverim's children will be on a Summer break during the week of Monday, August 29. However, the teaching staff will be on campus, cleaning and preparing for the 2016-2017 school year.  Teachers also will have opportunities for training and staff development.

As I meet new families who come to visit our program, I am often asked what sets our program apart from other preschools in Davis.  My response is it is our caring teachers who offer compassion, love and support to our children.  Many people tell us that our classroom feels very welcoming, like a home away from home. We strive to ensure that our children are respected and taken care of in a kind, loving manner.

If you would like to learn more about Gan Haverim and options for Fall enrollment, please contact me at 530-758-0842, x105. 
THIS SUNDAY, August 7, 2016
Root for the Home Team!  
Come Cheer On "Team CBH" at the Community Kickball Tournament

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., William Land Park/Doc Oliver Baseball Field,
1500 11th Avenue, Sacramento
CBH already has taken the lead by having the first fully-formed teams for the inaugural Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region Community Kickball your 24 team representatives to keep their advantage by offering your moral support from the sidelines! 

Consider making the short drive (or carpooling) to watch CBH take on other Sacramento-area synagogues, Shalom School and Hillel at Davis and Sacramento.  Let's set the standard and bring the first championship home to Davis!

Need more details?  C
ontact Joy Cohan by clicking her name, or by phoning 530-383-1814
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Israel Peace Alternatives, TICVA and the Israel Committee of Congregation B'nai Israel present:  "Asylum Seekers, Migration and Social Action in Israel,"
Featuring UC Davis Alumna Maayan Ravid 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel Chapel, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento 

Maayan Ravid is an Israeli-American who has spent the last decade working on social justice issues in Israel, particularly focused on migration and minority rights. She will discuss issues surrounding African asylum seekers in Israel, including their legal status, rights in the state and social action.

Maayan has presented her work at the University of Oxford, at conferences at Columbia University and the Rochester Institute of Technology and in many community gatherings in Israel and abroad.  She recently completed a Master's degree, which examined conceptions of African asylum seekers in Israel.  Maayan has also been involved with grassroots organizing in Israel of migrant communities from Ethiopia, Sudan and Eritrea.

During the 2004-2005 academic year, Maayan attended UC Davis and worked at Hillel at Davis and Sacramento with then-director Rabbi Mona Alfi.  During this time, Maayan helped to organize a fundraising concert for Darfur relief efforts.

For more information about this free presentation, please contact
Sarah Pattison of Israel Peace Alternatives by clicking her name.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Heart and Spirit Chant Circle 
"Ecstatic Chant for the High Holy Days"
7:00 - 8:45 p.m., Sanctuary
CBH Partners Hallie Morrow and Carrie Shepard will have just returned from an alumni retreat in New Mexico with Rabbi Shefa Gold, and will be ready to share their chant experiences with others seeking to prepare for the Days of Awe.  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.  For more information, contact
Carrie or Hallie by clicking their names.

Our next opportunity to chant together will be Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, during the Selichot Shabbaton featuring Rabbi Shefa.   Begin preparing with us on August 22, and remember to register for the
here for a form!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
ChaverSangha Meditation and Spiritual Practice 
Teachings For the Days of Awe
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall 

CBH Partner and Group Leader Michael Amster will lead meditation and offer teachings related to the High Holy Days.  The group will begin reading, "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).

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.
Teen Engagement Coordinator Wanted
Part-Time Position Created To Build and Enhance Youth Program,
Including Keshet, Davis Reform Temple Youth (DRTY) and More
Do you know a creative, energetic leader age 21+ who would embrace the challenge to grow the youth program for our CBH teens?  The Education and Youth Committee has begun the search for candidates with the talent to inspire our youth to explore and embrace the full potential of their Jewish journeys, beginning this September.  

here to view details, salary and a full job description.  Please share with those you feel are qualified.  Questions?  Please contact Malka Sansani, director of education and youth, at or 530-758-0842.
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.

"Amazon Smile" Joins World of Judaica
as Online Fundraise-While-You-
Shop Option for Bet Haverim
Your ability to raise funds for Bet Haverim while you shop no longer is limited to just judaica!  CBH now has partnered with's "Amazon Smile" program, guaranteeing our synagogue a 0.5% return on all eligible purchases.  Using this link, make purchases as you normally would from Amazon, as often as you wish.  Use of the link ensures that CBH will receive the rebate.

 However, support of the CBH Online Gift Shop, powered by World of Judaica, earns CBH an impressive 11% or more each time you make holiday or simcha purchases 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.
Augment August With Sacramento Jewish Federation Programming

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 begins Wednesday, August 17, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., and continues August 31, September 7, October 5, October 19 and November 2.  An evening session may begin again this Fall.  $60 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. 
Donations - July 2016
Biberstein Social Action Fund
Linda Bresnick, in memory of Guille Libresco
Leanne Friedmann
Elise Parnes, in memory of daughter Rachel Erin Levitt

Campership Fund
Nate and Elliott Bawaan

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Eileen, Sarah and Ethan Jaffe, in memory of Rob Jaffe's yahrzeit
Emily, Jonah, Eliana and Evelyn Stein, with thanks for Evelyn's baby naming ceremony
Birthdays - August 5 - 11
Say "Yom Huledet Same'ach" to These Haverim
Friday, August 5
Tamar Boussina
Jason Goldman
Benjamin Hoffner-Brodsky
Sharon Richman

Saturday, August 6
Consuelo Espinal Shaffer

Sunday, August 7
Jennifer Creinin 
Jane Rabin
Monday, August 8
Jennifer Goldman
Elan Kalman
Diann Kramer

Tuesday, August 9
Hannah Titche

Thursday, August 11
Sharon McCorkell
Sherman Stein
Yahrzeits - August 5 - 11
Friday, August 5
Rachel Levitt, daughter of Elise Parnes

Sunday, August 7
Pearl Levin, mother of Roy Levin
Wednesday, August 10
Zalman Fram, father of Daphna Fram
Ruth Glassman, grandmother of Jodi Liederman

Thursday, August 11
Rosemary Bennick, mother of Paul Bennick
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