Women of B'nai Isr ael Bulletin
July 2017

Area Day Reminder
Sunday July 16, 2017
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. If you have registered to attend or have volunteered, we are looking forward to your participation!
If you have any questions, please contact our co-chairs for this event, Lindie Henderson llhenderson1@gmail.com  or Caryn Mizzi carynmizzi@gmail.com

It's Time to Renew Your 2017-18 Membership!

WBI has many fun, interesting, and enjoyable events and activities planned for next year. From social action projects, such as Family Promise, programs that enrich your spiritual life, such as Rosh Chodesh, and just plain fun events, such as the annual Fall Fashion Show, your membership is a gift to yourself and to your community.  WBI is an integral part of our congregation, and, through WBI's participation in the national organization Women of Reform Judaism, an important voice on the issues that you care about, such as immigration, refugees, women's equality, and reproductive rights. 

If you haven't already done so, please renew your membership to WBI. Not yet a member? Not a problem. You can contact Linda Byrne, our Membership VP at byrnette8488@gmail.com  and she'll be happy to help you, or you can click on the  Membership Form  and follow the instructions for mailing your check.
If your employer has a corporate giving matching program, you can also sign up for membership with WBI this year using your company's corporate giving program.  If your wish to do so, please contact Nora Makarczyk WBI Treasurer at 916-524-3151 or noralynn@me.com .

WBI is registered with Benevity which reaches over 2 million employee donors.  Chances are your company uses Benevity for their corporate giving program.  Even if your company or organization has a corporate giving program other than Benevity, please contact Nora, so WBI can become a registered beneficiary.
June 25 Art Tour
Thirty-two WBI Members and guests enjoyed a tour of the outdoor art gallery in the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek. After the tour, we had a delicious lunch at the True Food Kitchen in Walnut Creek. Thank you Merle Axelrad for organizing this amazing annual event!


Annual WBI Planning Meeting- Sunday August 13
Got a kvetch or kvell regarding WBI's programs and activities? Want to get more involved or have an idea (or more) to contribute? All WBI members are
invited to our annual planning meeting and potluck at from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. at Eve Panush's home-580 Rivergate Way, Sacramento 95831. Her phone number is (916) 424-2781

Girls' Night Out Returns!
Thursday, August 17 - 6 PM

Enjoy a fun no-host dinner with your WBI friends at a local restaurant. More information to follow.

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

Saturday, September 16 - Details to Follow

  Deni Deutsch Marshall, WBI member and former WBI President will be leading two classes in September to begin the journey of rejoicing and Tshuvah.    Tuesday September 5th will focus on Rosh Hashanah and Tuesday September 12th will focus on Yom Kippur.
Deni Deutsch Marshall is a Jewish Spiritual Director trained through the Moreh Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction Program.  The curriculum of the class will touch on the process, reasons and methods for preparation, and include contemplative prayer, guided imagery, journaling and discussion.
The classes will be in the B'nai Israel Chapel, from 7:00 to 8:30.  Everyone is welcome and there is no fee for this class.
For more information and to RSVP for the class, contact Melissa Grand the Temple office at (916) 446-4861 or mgrand@bnais.com

Summer Gift Shop Hours
Celebrate a special event, such as a wedding, birthday or anniversary, with a card and gift from the Jonas Goldman Judaica Gift Shop. Choose from a wide selection of jewelry, decorative boxes, a beautiful journal to record travel adventures, traveler's Shabbat candlesticks and other ritual items, books, and special keepsakes. Most of the items are designed by Israeli and American Jewish artists.  

For your convenience, Shabbat and yahrzeit candles are available at the reception desk in the temple office.

During the summer, the shop will be open 2 - 5pm on the following Tuesdays: July 11 & 25, and August 8 & 22.  The gift shop will also be open on July 16- Area Day-during lunch and at the end of the day.

Questions? or need an appointment, call Jane Orkand, 365-5579 or Carole Kovnick, 974-0875.

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Contact Info
Jana Stewart

WBI Bulletin Coordinator