Dear fellow congregants,
We hope that you enjoyed the chance to visit fascinating museum exhibits and hear our own Eileen Sunada Sarasohn last month. As you know, issues of racial justice are complex and intersectional. In the next couple of weeks, there are numerous events in Sacramento with a connection to justice, diversity, and Jewish values and organizations. We hope that you will add your voice and presence to some of the events below, starting with the CBI Reform CA roundtable in the synagogue library tonight.

See you there! 

TONIGHT: Help California Create "The World We Want"

Reform CA State Legislation Roundtable
Text _Brit Olam_ The World We Want_ with an image of a globe
Tuesday, April 18, 7:00-8:00 pm
Sosnick Library at CBI

Since 2013, B'nai Israel has been an important member of Reform CA, a movement of Reform congregations across our state organizing for a more just and compassionate California. Reform CA recently developed "The World We Want" state legislative agenda, reflecting Jewish values on issues of immigration, Islamophobia, reproductive health, and climate change. This spring, Reform congregations across California will meet with our state legislators and discuss these important proposals directly with them. We need your input to decide which of these specific issues are most important for B'nai Israel to act on.

Join us on Tuesday, April 18, for a brief meeting to learn more about the Reform CA legislative agenda, discuss B'nai Israel's top priorities, and plan meetings with our elected state officials as we participate in this exciting new campaign for social justice.

RSVP to Jason Weiner at For more information, check out the Reform CA website at:

Islam: An American Faith

Wednesday, April 19
Text_ _Discover Islam at SALAM
SALAM Islamic Center
4545 College Oak, Sacramento

Learn about Islam at SALAM! This panel is one in a series that meets  the third Wednesday of each month  to learn and discuss topics in Islam. Each session includes social  time, a short video from the Discover Islam series, followed by Q&A  by panelists. Everyone is welcome.

The April topic is "Islam in America." Panelists include: Waseem Bawa, SALAM Chair; Minha Javed, Lawyer and SALAM Board Member, and Abdou Husnein, recent engineering graduate and youth leader. Light refreshments served.

For more information and to see the full list of upcoming monthly panels, go to the Facebook event page for this panel. 

SATURDAY: Share with undocumented families and their advocates
Know Your Rights!
Information Session on Immigrant Rights

Saturday, April 22
10 a.m. - Noon
SCUSD Serna Center, Pennsylvania & Tennessee Rooms
5735 47th Avenue, Sacramento, CA

Learn about : Your rights when stopped by immigration officers, ways to obtain legal status, how to protect children and property, how the school district protects student information.  Attorneys available to answer questions. Free childcare and snacks.

The event is sponsored by the Sacramento City Unified School District and the Latino-Jewish Forum, a project of the Latino community and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Join NCJW State Lobby Day to fight for
economic and social justice for women, children, and families

May 1-2, 2018
Logo _ Text_ _NCJW_ National Council of Jewish Women_ Sacramento Section__ on a blue background
Meetings and Dinner: Blue Prynt
815 11th Street, Sacramento

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is making common cause with many others to protect fundamental democratic and human values, which are suddenly at great risk in our state as well as our nation. They invite e very person of good faith (no need to be a NCJW member, Jewish, or a woman) to participate.  This year the focus will be squarely on both immediate and longer term strategies to defend - and even extend - the progress made in recent years to provide economic and social justice for all residents of our state, especially the most vulnerable.

To learn more details and to register, go to  Cost is $50 for two days or $35 for the  Monday dinner only.  
Financial assistance is available. For more information, please contact Pat Sturdevant at