Women of B'nai Isr ael Bulletin
June 2017

Art Tour - Sunday, June 25

This year WBI will be making a pilgrimage to the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, which, for one month every year, is transformed into an outdoor art gallery. The Garden's world-class collection of succulent and drought-tolerant plants (sculptural elements in their own right!) provides a spectacular backdrop for artists to display their works.

Afternoons in the garden can get hot, so this year we will be touring in the earlier part of the day. Our private docent-led tour will start at 10:30 am and we will follow the meandering pathways to discover art that ranges from classical to irreverent, spiritual to functional.

Everyone is welcome, including men, women, and children. The tour costs $10 (includes admission). Seniors and students are $8.

A donation of $15 to the Price Campership Fund is suggested.  

We will meet at the gardens. Allow 1 - 1.5 hours travel time depending on your location. Carpooling is encouraged, and help connecting will be provided. After the tour, (noonish) we will meet for lunching and schmoozing at the
True Food Kitchen in Walnut Creek, which is located at 120 Broadway Lane Building #4 Space #1044 Walnut Creek, 94596.

For a menu-peek, go to True Food Kitchen

In the meantime, please RSVP by June 10 to Merle Axelrad if you are interested in attending at merleaxelrad@gmail.com
 or (916) 804-4961

WRJ Pacific District Area Day
Sunday July 16, 2017
We need your help!!
Women from sisterhoods/women's' groups from all over Northern California will be converging in Sacramento to attend the annual Women of Reform Judaism-Pacific District Area Day, which will be held from 9 AM to 3 PM at our own Congregation B'nai Israel.  The theme for this year's area day is "Leading from a New Place" and the program will feature relevant workshops covering a variety of topics.  A program and discussion will also take place on Saturday July 15   in the afternoon sharing how we can connect with our community through social action by using issues related to social justice programs, including activities in which our groups can engage.
Area Day only happens once a year and hasn't been held in Sacramento in a long time. WBI will pay the registration fee for every WBI member who wants to attend Area Day.
There will also be a Social Action Project to create Kindness Kits to be distributed to the homeless.
We need volunteers to help with all the following tasks:
  • Social hall set up, prep for breakfast 8:00am - 10:00am
  • Clean up from breakfast 10:15am- refresh drinks
  • Set up workshop rooms (pads & easels, markers if needed) 9:15am
  • Distribute water/cups to workshop rooms
  • Registration check in table 8:30am- 9:45 am +   
  • Help sell items (district pins, aprons, tee shirts etc.)   8:30am-9;45am; and during lunch time 11:45 -1pm
  • Social hall set up, prep for lunch 11:00am- noon
  • Clean up from lunch (leave out beverages, fruit, dessert) 1:30pm
  • Distribute snacks in bowls to workshop rooms 2:00pm
  • Clean up after closing circle 3:30pm
  • Providing overnight home hospitality on Saturday evening, July 15... (best if 2 women can be hosted in a home but not essential)
If you can volunteer or have any questions, please contact our co-chairs for this event, Lindie Henderson llhenderson1@gmail.com  or Caryn Mizzi carynmizzi@gmail.com

A special area day planning meeting will be held on June 19 (see below) and if you wish to volunteer, you are especially encouraged to attend the meeting.
If you wish to register, or want to learn more, click  here:

Area Day Planning Meeting
Monday, June 19-6:00 pm
Area Day Planning Meeting at the CBI Conference Room from 6 to 8 pm. All members who are planning to volunteer for Area Day are invited to attend.

WBI Supports our Youth!  

WBI President Sandy Lee presents Maddy Halseth, incoming President of BISY, with a donation of $500 to support future programming.


Family Promise Program Returns to CBI!
August 27 - September 3, 2017
Volunteers needed to help host the families!

Family Promise is a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence. During the day, the Family Promise Day Center, located in the Loaves & Fishes complex, provides a safe and secure haven for families, offering everything they need to feel at home - showers, laundry facilities, phone, mailing address, computers, and common eating and lounge areas. Each evening, Family Promise transports the families to the host congregation for that week. Each family is provided a private room with bedding, as well as common dinners and breakfasts all home-cooked by host congregation volunteers.

The host congregation also provides loving volunteers who welcome the guests, spend quality time with them and their children, and provide some recreational activities. We need volunteers for all the following:

* Parent and child who can stay overnight
* Cook a dinner for a night--pick a couple of friends and create a team
* Commit to clean up on September 3, time TBA
* Wash laundry at the end of the families stay

Ready to Volunteer??  Got Questions???? Please contact:
Sandy at kaufman.sandy@gmail.com  or  (916) 799-7023
Helen at helen.nusbaum@gmail.com or (916) 284-0612
Ann at asoloway@sbcglobal.net or (916) 457-6731

Does Your Employer Offer Matching Charitable Donations?
As we approach the new fiscal year, WBI is looking for new ways to increase donations to support the many organizations and programs we support throughout the year. An often-overlooked source of funds is corporate giving matching programs. As you make your donations or sign up for membership to WBI this year, please consider checking with your company's corporate giving program. WBI is registered with Benevity which reaches over 2 million employee donors.  Chances are your company uses Benevity for their corporate giving program. If your company or organization does have a corporate giving program other than Benevity, please contact Nora Makarczyk at 916-524-3151 or noralynn@me.com, WBI Treasurer, so WBI can become a registered beneficiary.


WBI Book Group
Come join us for interesting discussions of books about Jewish topics or by Jewish authors. 

We meet on Wednesdays at 7 pm every 4-6 weeks in the temple library. Just email Jane Orkand at orkandsac@gmail.com to receive emails of upcoming book discussion dates, along with the titles of books we'll be discussing. We'd love to have you join us. 

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Jana Stewart

WBI Bulletin Coordinator