Women of B'nai Isr ael Bulletin
February 2018

Shabbat Service Honoring Women of B'nai Israel

Friday, February 23 at 7:30 PM 


Rabbi Alfi will be honoring the Women of B'nai Israel as we participate in Shabbat Services. The Rabbi will offer a special blessing for our members.


We will be welcoming a special guest to the service-- Julia Weinstein, Vice-President of Advocacy, Marketing & Communications for Women of Reform Judaism.  The service will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat sponsored by the Brotherhood.   Please join us for this wonderful occasion.


Deni Marshall will be leading a meditation in the chapel at 7:00 pm prior to the Shabbat service.  All are invited to attend for some silent reflective time before we all rejoice together on Shabbat.



Shabbaton with Julia

Saturday, February 24 


Don't miss the chance to meet and interact with Julia Weinstein, who will host a Shabbaton from 9:30AM- 2:00PM in the Multi-Purpose Room!!


Julia Weinstein currently serves as Pacific District VP of Marketing & Communications. As an attorney and a member of the bars of California and New York, Julia is experienced at conflict management and resolution. She has conducted conflict management and resolution workshops and programs for WRJ, for the Pacific District and for individual sisterhoods.


Julia also has experience in marketing and communication. In addition to her duties as her sisterhood's Marketing & Communications Chair, she currently oversees all WRJ Pacific District marketing and communications, including the district email newsletter, website and Facebook page. She has served on the WRJ Marketing and Communications Committee and collaborated on the WRJ Marketing Toolkit. She has conducted marketing and communications workshops for the Pacific District and for individual sisterhoods.


If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Lindie Henderson at llhenderson1@gmail.com


The schedule is as follows:


9:30-10am Light Breakfast - bagels & schmears, fruit, tea, coffee, juice


10:00am-11:30amJulia Weinstein will lead an interactive session on how to encourage leadership and involvement by using marketing and communication tools effectively


11:30am-12:15pm Lunch provided by Women of B'nai Israel 


12:15-2:00pm WRJ now and moving forward Julia Weinstein will discuss advocacy, resolutions and statements, both current and pending approval, that can provide opportunities for engagement, learning, and connecting.


We will need assistance setting up for breakfast and lunch and cleaning up and would welcome baked goods and snack items (pretzels, popcorn, candy etc.) and beverage donations. Please let Lindie Henderson know at  llhenderson1@gmail.com

if you can volunteer to provide food, beverages, or snacks.



Help the Homeless

Sunday, February 11th


 Help us make 400 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless in the Social Hall starting at 1:30 PM. The more hands, the faster we will get done!



Board Meeting 

Monday, February 12 at 6:00 pm



The Women of B'nai Israel board   meets at the CBI Conference Room from 6 to 8 pm. All members are invited to attend.




Rosh Chodesh Adar

Tuesday, February 13 



Join Women of B'nai Israel and Rabbi Alfi for Rosh Chodesh Adar on Tuesday February 13th at 6:00 pm in the Social Hall.  We begin with a dairy potluck and then will watch Arnon Goldfinger's "The Flat," a documentary about his shocking discovery   when his grandmother died at the age of 98 he was charged with cleaning out her Tel Aviv apartment. The film had its world premiere at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, where it was named best documentary in 2011, and was picked up by Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Join us for this amazing film! All women age 13 and over welcome.  No RSVP necessary.




Starting Off the New Year with Social Action!




Over 30 women participated in our Mitzvah Day activity of making no-sew fleece blankets for Wellspring Women's Center, which provides respite and services to women and children each weekday. Thanks to Peggy Goldstein, Elaine Berghausen and Helen Nusbaum for making this event possible!




The Women of B'nai Israel had an awesome turnout at the Sacramento Women's March, with amazing support from our congregation and friends!




It's Not Too Late  to Renew  
Your 2017-18 Membership!


We have 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.  The Women of B'nai Israel is an integral part of our congregation, and through our participation in the national organization Women of Reform Judaism.


If you haven't already done so, please renew your membership/ 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.



Future Events


Community Passover Seder Saturday March 31

The Women of B'nai Israel will be hosting the very popular annual Second Night Seder on Saturday March 31 at 5:00 pm in the Social Hall at CBI with Rabbi Alfi and Cantor Steinberg conducting the Seder.

Adults: $40, Children ages 6-12:  $20, Children Under 6:  Free. Prices will increase on March 19. Adults: $50, Children 6-12 $25 (Children under 6 free)


Purchase tickets online at Passover 2018 or mail a check payable to Women of B'nai Israel to: Sandy Lee, 1900 Danbrook Drive #612, Sacramento, CA 95835


Reservations and payments must be received by Saturday March 24. Second night Seder is always a sellout!  Please contact CBI office at (916) 446-4861 after March 24 regarding late reservations.  


Ceremonial wine is provided. Confirmation Class will have wine for sale or bring your own!


Confirmations will not be sent. Questions? 916-847-5113 or CBIsecondseder@gmail.com





Lunch and Play on April 18, 2018



Please bring your own Mah Jongg set and let us know who will be sitting at your table. If you don't have a table, we will arrange one for you.



Send payment (checks payable to Women of B'nai Israel) by April 11 to:  Esther Gaines

801 Swanston Drive,

Sacramento, CA 95818


Questions? Contact: esthermg600@gmail.comor (916) 254-0946



Save the following dates:


June 10th: 

Women of Bnai Israel Art Tour is coming up on...tour location and times to be announced


June 30: 

Happy Hour Havdalah is back!  Plan to join us on from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Festivities will include Havdalah with Cantor Steinberg accompanied by fabulous cocktails, mocktails and appetizers. More details to follow.  


Ongoing Events


 WANTED - New and Experienced Mah Jongg Players! 


Every Monday (except holidays) at 1:00 pm in the Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, we gather for a friendly game of American (Jewish) Mah Jongg. We are looking for you to come and join us.  Contact Paula Dunning at paula.dunning@yahoo.com or Emilie Brosin at bemilieb@hotmail.com

  if you have questions, need a ride or are concerned that you do not have enough experience!  We welcome everyone! 




Women of B'nai Israel 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. 



Jonas Goldman Gift Shop
Passover is next month!!! The Jonas Goldman Judaica Shop is stocked with a myriad of children's Passover books and haggadot.  Keep the children busy at your Seder table with activity books, stickers, puzzles, plague kits and masks, jumping frogs and walking matzo balls.  We have a wide selections of Passover items, including Seder and matzah plates, Elijah and Miriam cups, matzah and afikomen bags, and hostess gifts. Our haggadot include choices of contemporary, traditional, sephardic, and child-oriented for your Seder.


We are open Tuesday afternoons 2pm - 5:30pm and Sunday mornings 9:30am - 1pm.

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

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



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