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February 2, 2017

Shabbat This Week

Welcome Rabbi Greg Back From Sabbatical With
"Shabbat Shira - A Shabbat of Joyful Song" with guest Cantor Ilan Davidson

Here To Read About Cantor Ilan

Friday, February 3 

6:00 p.m. Family Kabbalat Shabbat
Featuring Cantor Ilan and the 2nd and 3rd grade Religious School students  

Oneg hosted by the 2nd and 3rd grade Religious School families and the Glaser/Kuppermann Family, in memory of Aron Kuppermann
 - thank you!
Social Hall 

Saturday, February 4
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service
"Celebrating Shabbat With Joyful Song."  Cantor Ilan introduces us to the joyous music of the Shabbat Morning Service


Torah readers are needed later this month and throughout March.  Please sign-up now at this link.  If you have questions, or need assistance with preparation, contact Virginia Lantry by clicking her name.

12:00 p.m. 
Lunch and Learn 
"From Bondage to Freedom...Singing Our Way Across the Sea,"
guided by Cantor Ilan.  Lunch from Chickpeas will be provided; please RSVP by TODAY, February 2 to
Social Hall

7:30 p.m. 
Havdalah and Shira  
Join us for Havdalah and a Kumsitz sing-along with Cantor Ilan, as we bid farewell to Shabbat.
Social Hall

Torah Notes

Exodus, Parashat Bo, 
  10:1 - 11:3 
  • God sends the plagues of locusts and darkness upon Egypt 
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.
Yahrzeits - February 3 - February 9, 2017
Please note:  if your loved one's yahrzeit date is either not listed according to your observance preference
(Hebrew or Gregorian date), or appears to be missing, please accept our apologies and
contact the CBH office at or 530-758-0842 to provide corrections.  Thank you.  
Friday, February 3
Erna Biberstein, mother of Ernie Biberstein
Albion Block, father of Dave Block

Saturday, February 4
Betty Hascal, aunt of Sandi Kniep
Sol Hochman, father of Linda Hirsch
Saturday, February 4, continued
Charles R. S. Shepard, father of Carrie Shepard

Sunday, February 5
Elsie Rappaport, mother of Larry Rappaport
Lisa Grace Levin Rosell, sister of Amy Levin

David Sternberg, husband of Linda Sternberg
Ray Young, mother of Stan Young
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Rabbi Greg Presents:  "Three Stories Under the Surface of Israeli Life,"
with Rabbi Bill Berk 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Social Hall

The best stories are often those you don't read about in the newspapers or on-line.  The most important stories are those that reveal the life that is lived, the dreams that inspire and haunt, and the obstacles that are faced in pursuit of a better life.  

In this teaching session, Rabbi Bill Berk, a Jerusalem-based friend and colleague of Rabbi Greg, will guide attendees in a session looking at the power story, the happiness story and the covenantal renewal story - - all stories that examine what's under the radar of Israeli life, glimpsing what tourists rarely see.

All CBH partners and community members are invited; Religious School parents especially are encouraged to attend while their children are attending classes.

A Southern California native and graduate of UC Berkeley and Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Berk made aliyah in 2006 following 23 years as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Chai in Phoenix, AZ.  Since arriving in Israel, Rabbi Berk has served as the Director of the Center for Rabbinic Enrichment and the Co-Director of the Christian Leadership Initiative at the Shalom Hartman Institute.  Currently, he is the Senior Educational Associate with Makor Educational Journeys.

Contact the CBH office for more information at, or 530-758-0842.
Rabbi Greg Recommends...

Two Ways to Support STEAC in the New Year
Neighborhood and Israel Matters Food Drives

The Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) looks forward to engaging CBH partners in two important efforts to stock their pantry over the next several months to benefit the food insecure of our community:
  1. STEAC Food Project:  upon a sign-up, a Neighborhood Coordinator contacts a participant to provide a reusable grocery bag to be filled with non-perishable food and left out for pick up from the front porch every other month.  Click here to register now!  Please contact CBH Partner Linda Bresnick with any questions by clicking her name.  
  2. Israel Matters' 4th Annual Chanukah to Passover Food Drive for STEAC:  prefer to make a one-time food drop-off?  Want to provide a bag of non-perishable groceries each of the months that the Food Project doesn't pick-up?  Bring your donations to the CBH office.    More than 225 pounds already have been collected toward Israel Matters' goal of 700!  For more details, or to contact Israel Matters' Chair George Rooks, please click here.
Select one mitzvah or both...either way, your generosity is in the bag!
Meet Our New Office Coordinator, Doug Walter
Began Work at the Front Desk Yesterday, Wednesday, February 1

Doug Walter may be new to Bet Haverim, but he's hardly new to Davis; many CBH partners already may know Doug from his years as the membership director at the Davis Food Co-op.  Doug has lived in town for more than 30 years, and has the skills and experience to assure that our office runs smoothly.  In his spare time, Doug enjoys Celtic folk dancing and spending time with his spouse, Donna, and their dogs Trim and Sophie.
Stop by to meet Doug soon!

2017 Mishloach Manot Orders NOW ACCEPTED!
New Online Ordering Makes It Easier Than Ever
to Remember Your CBH Friends and Staff With Purim Baskets

Adar is just a month away, and so are sweet deliveries of hamantaschen and good cheer amongst our CBH community!  Be sure your name is included with these Purim Basket gifts by placing your Mishloach Manot order NOW at this link.  All major credit/debit cards are accepted and will be processed via PayPal.

Orders are due Friday, February 17; deliveries begin Sunday, February 26.

Prefer to order using a check or cash?  Access the form using the link above, print from your screen and deliver the completed form with payment to the CBH office by the order deadline.


Questions about Mishloach Manot baskets?  Please contact Rochelle Frank or Michael Bobell at or 530-750-3747.

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


Add Your Loved One's Name to the
Or Hazikaron Yizkor Wall
In Time for Passover
Reservation Deadline is
Friday, February 24, 2017
One of two annual opportunities to honor the memories of family members and others on the sanctuary Yizkor Wall has arrived.  Or Hazikaron means "Light of Remembrance," and the stunning design offers a meaningful space for names to be perpetually illuminated.  Yahrzeits are marked with a tzitzit, and a small vessel for personal blessings or prayers.

All spaces reserved by the closing date will be displayed on the wall by Passover. Click to access the order form, or read additional details online. Questions? Contact the CBH Office at 530-758-0842 or
Commit By Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to Assist with CBH's Incentive Grant Eligibility
The Future of the Bet Haverim Community Is In Your Hands...
Join Your Haverim Who Are Already
Assuring Jewish Tomorrows
Make a Legacy Commitment NOW and help CBH to Earn a $2,500 Grant
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.
Annual CBH Passover Seder Needs a New Leader!
Will You Ensure the Mitzvah of a Second Night Celebration for Our Community?
After many years of dedication to this event, Sandy Jones must step away from organizing this popular CBH holiday gathering.  However, she's looking forward to helping a new leader or team to make the transition easy and seamless!  

Interested to learn more?  Ready to volunteer?  Please contact Board Co-President
Steve Cohan to become involved by clicking his name.
Tickets Now On Sale For "Time Capsule in a Milk Can";
Sponsorships Remain Available Through Wednesday, March 1 

Holocaust-Themed Production
Coming to Sacramento Area in March
Originally commissioned by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for its 10th anniversary in 2003, Bet Haverim has joined other regional Jewish organizations in locally organizing this one-man dramatization of the operation known as "Oneg Shabbat," a secret society undertaken by historian Emanuel Ringelblum to preserve Jewish prayers, testimonies, poems and drawings from Warsaw Ghetto residents.  Ultimately, the archives were placed into three milk cans and other metal boxes and buried until after the war. 

Financial support is being sought to benefit the Central Valley Holocaust Educator's Network (CVHEN), which has made the production possible.  The CBH Board of Directors and Rabbi Greg have teamed to provide a $500 contribution from our congregation; will you join them?  The performance will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Congregation B'nai Israel, with a follow-up presentation the following day for Religious School students throughout the region.  Sponsorships are available from $50 - $1,000 at
this link; tickets ($25/adults, $10/students) and program ads also may be purchased at the site.  Questions about sponsorships or tickets?  Please contact Nancy Lazarus, the CBH representative to the steering committee, by clicking her name.
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.
Scenes from January Israel Matters' Events
George Rooks shared insights into his recent six month stay in Israel with a large crowd on January 15.

Last Sunday, dozens of community members enjoyed a screening of "Beneath the Helmet
:  From High School to the Home Front."
Want to learn more about the Israel Matters Committee at CBH?  Contact Committee Chair George Rooks by clicking his name.

Shabbat Safari, a Haverim K'tanim event
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., North Classroom

Show your appreciation for trees and nature with songs, gardening and a special craft.  Families are invited to bring a favorite fruit to make a "friendship" fruit salad as a special Tu B'Shevat snack.

Haverim K'tanim ("Little Friends") events are for children under age six and their parents, grandparents or other family members.  To RSVP (by Thursday, February 9), 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.


Religious and Hebrew School News
Religious School and Hebrew School will meet this Sunday and Wednesday as regularly scheduled.  Special activities this week include:
  • 2nd and 3rd grade Shabbat, TOMORROW NIGHT, 6:00 p.m.
  • 5th and 6th grade Shabbaton, TOMORROW, Friday, February 3 through Saturday, February 4. Overnight experience for 5th and 6th grade Religious School students.  Pre-registration required; contact, or call 530-758-0842.
  • 4th grade Family Program, THIS SUNDAY, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Social Hall.  All parents encouraged to attend!  For more information, contact or 530-758-0842.

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
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) Night At CBH Israeli Folk Dancing
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (dance instruction available beginning at 7:00 p.m.), Social Hall

Teens will join CBH partners of all ages in the fun and tradition of Israeli folk dancing!  This group meets on the third Wednesday night of each month (see more details here), and the teens are welcome any time, however DRTY plans on some special ruach for this first visit as a group.  For more information, contact Sarah Turtletaub, Teen Engagement Coordinator, at


Davis - Sacramento Jewish Teen Event
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 6:45 - 9:00 p.m., Capitol Bowl, 900 W. Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

CBH teens are inviting the youth of Beth Shalom, B'nai Israel, Or Rishon and Mosaic Law to join them for a night of fun at the lanes!  Roll a strike by RSVP-ing to by Wednesday, February 15.  $25 per teen includes bowling and dinner.  Additional details to follow after RSVPs are received. 

DRTY Made Fitness Fun Last Sunday!
See Our Teens Hard at Work
More DRTY event photos coming soon.  Any questions about DRTY may be directed to Teen Engagement Coordinator Sarah Turtletaub at or 916-943-8055.



Application deadline NEXT THURSDAY, February 9, 2017!
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.


Registration Opens THIS MONDAY, February 6, 2017 for
These Spring Events at Camp Newman for Grades 2 - 5 and 6 - 8,
Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19, 2017 

Click on each ad to obtain more information and to sign-up!

Gan Haverim Preschool News 
by Rhoda Rohnstock, Director

The children are getting ready for Tu B’Shevat and the annual tasting party featuring tree fruits and nuts.  After sampling the choices, the children will be asked to identify their most and least favorite flavors.  Teachers then will graph the results with the group to reveal which fruits were the most popular.  Other Tu B'Shevat, activities will include seed planting, bark rubbing, leaf printing, stick gluing and tree branch inspection.

In the Redwood Room, the children have been very interested in maps. The teachers have supplied them with some map print outs and map books to encourage their interest. Children are talking about where their homes are located on the maps and how long it takes to get to new places that they see on the maps.

All of the children and their parents are excited about the return of our pet guinea pig, Runner, and his two new friends, Lily and Biscuit.  We have missed having a pet in our classroom since Runner’s brother, Flake, died in September.  It will be nice to hear the whistles and "wheeks" of happy guinea pigs again.

If you’ve thought about joining our Gan Haverim community, please contact me at or 530-758-0842 to find out about enrollment options.  Visitors also are welcome at any time!
THIS TUESDAY, February 7, 2017
ChaverSangha Meditation Group
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sanctuary

ChaverSangha is a meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation.  Rabbi Seth Castleman leads the group.  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.

NEW!  Mark your calendar for "Beginning the Rest...of Shabbat" pre-Shabbat meditation, on the 4th Friday of each month, 7:15 - 7:45 p.m., Sanctuary, prior to services.  The next gathering will be Friday, February, 24, 2017.  More information at
this link.
THIS WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2017

Israel Peace Alternatives and J Street UC Davis Present:  
Forging a Pro-Israel Agenda in the Trump Era:  
A Conversation with J Street's Alan Elsner
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Hillel at Davis and Sacramento, 328 A Street, Davis
Join Alan Elsner, J Street's Special Advisor, for a discussion examining the American Jewish community's response to the election of Donald Trump, and how to address the new administration's appointments, especially his nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Israel.  The discussion will focus on what a Trump presidency may mean for Israel, the region and the prospect of a two-state solution at large.  Led by Elsner, the event will allow extensive time for questions and conversation.  

Before coming to J Street, Elsner had a long career at the top ranks of American and international journalism, including as a U.S. State Department and White House correspondent for Reuters News Agency.  He was the agency's chief writer on the day of the 9/11 attacks.  His sharp questioning during the Rwanda genocide was highlighted in the film, "Hotel Rwanda," and Elsner is the author of two novels and two non-fiction works.

For more information about this presentation, contact
Sarah Pattison by clicking her name, or by phoning 530-220-5042.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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 begins on Wednesday, February 15, and also meets on April 5, April 19, May 3 and May 17.  

The evening session meets on Wednesdays 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. 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Israeli Folk Dancing Group
7:00 - 9:00 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 feature a mixture of easy and more advanced dances.  Some basic instruction will be offered during the first half hour, but mostly participants are 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.

The Israeli Folk Dancing Group also recommends:  "Israeli Dance Day" at Congregation B'nai Israel Social Hall, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, NEW DATE, Sunday, February 26, 2017, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Beginners instruction during the first hour.  $5 donation.  For more information, contact Jeanette at 916-799-7213.
What's Your Vision for
Adult Education at Bet Haverim?
Join the Committee
That Makes the Programs Happen!


Is lifelong Jewish learning important to you?  Do you have inspiring or even fun ideas that you would like to see organized and presented for our partners?  Consider joining the Adult Education Committee!  Energetic partners representing every stage of the life cycle, ages 20s, 30s, 40s...through 100+, are needed to help ensure a balance of programming and opportunities for engagement that meet the varying needs and interests of adults in our community.  Ready to join, learn more or find out about plans already in the works?  Please contact Committee member Nancy Lazarus by clicking her name, or phoning 530-902-0868.

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.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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 February 21, 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
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  • Updates from CBH clergy
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  • Items from Hillel, the Sacramento Jewish Federation and the URJ may also be included.  
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