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November 23, 2016

Shabbat This Week
Friday, November 25

8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat 
Oneg hosted by Smith Family Friends, in honor of Moriah Smith's Bat Mitzvah - 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 26
9:00 a.m. Torah Study

10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Bat Mitzvah of Moriah Smith

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 Chayei Sarah, 
חיי שרה
  23:1 - 24:9 
  • Abraham purchases the cave of Machpelah in order to bury his wife, Sarah
  • Abraham sends his servant to find a bride for Isaac
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.

Friday, December 2, 2016

"Shabbat Through the Arts" Returns; 4th - 7th Grade Focus
5:30 p.m., pizza/veggie potluck dinner in Social Hall; 6:15 p.m., service in Sanctuary

While especially suited for 4th through 7th grade families, ALL CBH partners are invited and guaranteed a good time!  The program includes a short service, crafts, storytelling and dancing. Pizza dinner and ice cream social oneg provided; bring veggie potluck salads and sides.  Come together to make Shabbat special!  This will be the only service this Friday night.

4th through 7th grade families are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, November 30 to  For more information, contact the CBH office at

Yahrzeits - November 24 - December 1
Thursday, November 24
Judith Michelman Gefter, mother of Susan Gefter
Max Sokolow, father of Al Sokolow

Saturday, November 26
Todd Ryan Wahl, nephew of Hallie Morrow

Sunday, November 27
Jack Adler, father of Jerry Adler
Hans Biberstein, father of Ernie Biberstein
Monday, November 28
Frank Yablon, father of Linda Bresnick
Tuesday, November 29
Minna Parven, stepmother of Alan Titche

Wednesday, November 30 
Moshe Noble, husband of Susan Finkleman

Thursday, December 1
Sadie Froug, great-grandmother of Eric Crane
Saralee Halprin, mother of Lyra Halprin
More News From Rabbi Greg Coming Next Week!
THIS TUESDAY, November 29, 2016
Giving Tuesday Campaign at Bet Haverim
Bet Haverim Joining in International Day
of Non-Profit Giving

While hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised worldwide during past Giving Tuesday campaigns, Bet Haverim has set a rather modest goal of $5,400 to benefit synagogue operations for our first-ever Giving Tuesday effort, beginning THIS TUESDAY and continuing through Saturday, December 24, the first night of Hanukkah.

Please help to make this a true season of light for our Jewish community!  Respond via PayPal, Visa or MasterCard to our Giving Tuesday announcement next week, and select from the following gift options, each representing 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.

Should you have questions about the upcoming campaign, please contact
Joy Cohan, Communications Specialist, by clicking her name, or phoning 530-383-1814.

CBH Office and Communications News
  • The office will close TODAY at 3:00 p.m. and remain closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, in observance of Thanksgiving.
  • 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 as 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
CBH History Fact of the Month
Bet Haverim's Humble Beginnings - the 1958 Hanukkah Party at the Girl Scout Cabin
While the buildings most commonly associated with Bet Haverim past and present are the sites on Oak Avenue and Anderson Road that the congregation has called home over the past 55 years, the Davis Girl Scout Cabin actually factors prominently in CBH history.  As our founding members vividly recall, it was inside this cabin that the Jewish Fellowship of Davis - now Bet Haverim - was born.

In December 1958, word began to spread among the small, but growing, group of Jewish faculty at UC Davis about a Hanukkah party for families being planned at the cabin.  Each family - the Rappaports, the Goldmans, the Steins and several others - originally had come from the East Coast, and believed that they were likely the only Jews in Davis prior to hearing about the party.  So, their surprise at meeting a few dozen Jews for latkes and dreidels quickly turned into a movement before night's end to nurture, deepen and expand the new connections.  Within three years, the families had formed our congregation, where the traditions of nurturing, deepening and expanding new connections continue to this day.

Do you have comments or questions about this month's history fact?  Do you want to suggest a history fact, of any vintage, to be shared in a future edition?  Please send a message to  Thanks for participating!
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.  Ann and Stewart Teal highlight this week the importance of providing for the next generation of Jewish life at Bet Haverim.  The Teals became a part of the community in the early 1970s.  In addition to raising their family as part of what was then known as the Jewish Fellowship of Davis, the Teals have distinguished themselves by their volunteerism through the years.  In particular, Ann has served on the Board of Directors and was among the founders of the CBH Gift Shop, which operated for 10 years following the congregation's move to Anderson Road.
“The concept of L’Dor v’Dor—generation to generation—has kept the Jewish community going for almost 6,000 years.  We believe that it is important for each of us, as members of this large community, to do our part toward teaching our children and providing support to those who follow us.  That is why we are giving back to CBH through the legacy program.”
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.
TOMORROW, 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.
In related news, CBH is so proud that Renee and Heidi were named "2016 Philanthropists of the Year" by the Yolo Food Bank at the Yolo Community Foundation Awards Ceremony last week!  This honor recognizes their fundraising efforts to purchase the refrigerated food truck, named the "Heidi-Renee" by the Food Bank.  In addition, the donor names appear on the truck thanks to a donation of time and talents by CBH partner Paul Bennick of Action Signs Davis. Mazel tov to all! 
Kids, Teens and Families News
Shabbat Safari, a Haverim K'tanim event
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 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
Saturday, 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.



Religious and Hebrew School News
NO Hebrew School TODAY, NO Religious School THIS SUNDAY, November 27 

Other dates for your calendar:

  • Friday, December 2:  Shabbat Through the Arts, 4th - 7th grade focus, 5:30 p.m. - dinner, 6:15 p.m. - services.  Click here for more information.
  • 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.

NO Keshet and Confirmation Teen Programs THIS SUNDAY

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) Celebrates Hanukkah!
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall  

8th - 12th graders, come join in baking Hanukkah cookies, making holiday cards and friendship bracelets for children in need, learn about how other cultures celebrate and play games!  Hanukkah sweaters/hats/attire encouraged, but not required.

The event will conclude with a "Hanukkah Harry" gift exchange.  Created by the DRTY board, this is similar to a "White Elephant" gift exchange.  To participate, please bring a small gift approximately $5 in value.

RSVP by Tuesday, December 6 to Sarah Turtletaub at  Please also contact Sarah with any questions.

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 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.  This month's meeting will be an oppotunity to extend your sense of gratitude and thankfulness, and/or to unwind from your family holiday gathering.

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 
THIS TUESDAY, November 29, 2016
ChaverSangha Meditation Group 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall

Rabbi Seth Castleman will lead the group in meditation this week.

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., 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 on following five Wednesday mornings:  December 7, December 28, January 4, January 18 and February 1.  
The evening session meets again on Wednesday, December 7.  A new session is beginning 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. 
Sunday, December 11, 2016
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 13, 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.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Israel Matters Presents:  Randy Neal of Christians United for Israel
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall
Save the date...topic to be announced soon!  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.
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.
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  • 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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