Women of B'nai Isr ael Bulletin
November 2017

Register for the 5K Run/Walk for a Safe Haven
Saturday, November 4

My Sister's House provides women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking with a culturally appropriate and responsive haven, job training, and community services. The Run for a Safe Haven has been one of My Sister's House's primary fundraisers for 14 years - many referring to it as the run with the best food and fun! 

WBI is putting together a team for the annual Run for a Safe Haven, which will take place Saturday Nov. 4th in William Land Park, starting at 9 AM. The minimum number of team members needed to form a team is 10. The registration cost to join the team is $30 per person and WBI will match those funds. Here are the details:
Where: Start and finish at William Land Park at the Village Green area
(corner of Freeport Blvd. and Sutterville Rd.)
Race Day Registration: 8:00am
5K Run/Walk Race Start Time: 9:00am

How to Register

Link to Registration Page:
Scroll down and click on the REGISTER button.
Now select: 5K Team Registration
You will need to select our Team Name and enter our Team Password:
Team Name: Team WBI- Women of B'nai Israel
Team Password: WBIRFSH2017

WBI will match your registration fee with an additional donation! If you are interested, please email Helen at helen.nusbaum@gmail.com

Membership Appreciation Luncheon
Sunday November 12

This year's event will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the CBI Social Hall. This event is free to all paid WBI members and memberships will be accepted at the door.

Our featured Speaker is State Controller Betty Yee, who, as the state's chief fiscal officer, chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) Boards. Ms. Yee has more than 30 years of experience in public service.

PLEASE RSVP BY MONDAY NOVEMBER 6 to Eve Panush at evepanush@gmail.com or (916) 541-0396

Please join us by bringing to the luncheon a donation that will help Wellspring Women's Center, which provides respite and services to women and children each weekday and offers four different programs: Nutritious Meal Program, Children's Corner Program, Safety Net Support Program, and Women's Wellness. We welcome any of the following (or if you prefer a monetary donation of $30 or whatever is in your budget):

Nutritious Meal Program: Instant oatmeal, Cold cereal (unsweetened), Coffee, Peanut butter, Jam/Jelly, Canned fruit, Canned beans/vegetables, Salad dressing, Luncheon napkins, Paper towels, Metal spoons/forks, Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Sandwich sized Ziploc bags, Brown paper lunch bags

Safety Net Services Program: Sanitary pads, Adult pull-up diapers, Travel-size toiletries (soap/body wash, hand sanitizer, lotion, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste), Deodorant, Small tissue packets, Toothbrushes, Regular size toothpaste

Women's Wellness Program: New adult socks/underwear, New umbrellas, Grocery gift cards ($10-$20), Bus passes, Gas cards, Yarn/Crochet hooks, Scissors, Craft Supplies, Garment Fabric & Thread, Watercolor & Drawing Paper, Gift cards (Blick Art Supplies, JoAnn's, Michael's, UBeadit)

Children's Corner: Disposable diapers (especially sizes 4,5,6 & pull-ups), Baby wipes, Baby wash/lotion/shampoo, New Baby bottles, New Baby blankets, Baby formula (Similac or Infamil brand)

One of our members needs help
Our dear friend Elaine Hussey was seriously injured in an automobile accident on July 11th and returned home with three braces (neck, body and left leg) and needing 24-hour care on August 11th. While many people offered assistance when she first came home, she was unable to take advantage of those offers and is unsure of who made them. Although she is healing, she would now appreciate some help with rides to physical therapy, medical appointments, and grocery shopping. She expects to need assistance during November and December, probably once or twice a week. 

If you are able to assist her, please call Elaine at (916 ) 451-7466 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Please leave a message with your phone number if she is unable to answer your call.

Board Meeting
Monday, November 13-6:00 pm
WBI Board Meeting at the CBI Conference Room from 6 to 8 pm. All members are invited to attend.

Musical Diversity in 21st Century Israel
Sunday, November 19,  2:30-4:00 pm,
in the Sanctuary

Francesco Spagnolo
(University of California, Berkeley)
Victoria Hanna (Visiting Israeli Performance Artist)

Francesco Spagnolo will discuss the music of contemporary Israel
and its evolution into the diverse cultural landscape it lives in today, spanning multiple countries of origin and a wide range of genres. Using a variety of audiovisual examples, Francesco will illustrate its movement from traditional Orthodox prayer to secular hip-hop. Jerusalem-based artist Victoria Hanna will complement the lecture with performance pieces encompassing the roots of mizrachi music and the blending of Jewish and Arabic musical cultures, skillfully engaging the audience with mesmerizing melodic and vocal samplings originating from the earliest mystical manuscripts.
Wine & light refreshments will be served after the program. Suggested donation: $10 in advance, $15 at door.
Please RSVP to help with planning and to purchase tickets at: www.tinyurl.com/musicaldiversity

This event is Co-sponsored by the CBI Adult Education Committee and the Women of B'nai Israel

 Fall Fashion Show Successfully Benefited Price Campership Fund

Thank you to Katia Davies-Kemmler for hosting this annual event at her boutique, Katia's Collections. Also, much thanks to Jackie Levy, Laurie Meyer, and Sunny Romer for organizing a successful and fun Fall Benefit Fashion Show!

Marci Ortega, Sunny Romer, Louise Mueller and Elise Huggins did a great job of modeling the amazing clothes!

Louise shows off a beautiful coat

Elise wowed the audience in this gorgeous dress

It's Not Too Late 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. 
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.

Ongoing and Future Events

Klezmer Concert at CBI
Sunday December 17, 2017
A fun afternoon of music and Yiddish songs with the local band "The KlezmerKatz" at the CBI Social Hall from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served, and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 13 years and under.

Serving Dinner at St. Johns Shelter for WomenMonday December 25
December will be here before you know it. Christmas will fall on a Monday this year, and we are looking for people to help serve the main meal at St Johns Shelter for Women. The Women of B'nai Israel has helped with this event for quite a few years, and we will do so again this year.

If you are willing to help, please contact:
Illene J. Carroll
(916) 483-6179 or
P.S. Men are welcome to help also.

Jonas Goldman Judaica Gift Shop
The Jonas Goldman Judaica Shop is now carrying necklaces, bracelets and small purses from the Bali Chai Collection, a fair trade women's cooperative in Bali. As in previous years we'll have fair trade gelt during the Hanukah season. In addition, we have beautiful jewelry and ritual items from Israeli and American Jewish craftspeople. 
Everything bought at the gift shop has the added advantage that our profits are used for tzedakah projects in our synagogue and the larger community.
Our normal schedule has resumed-- 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.

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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Contact Info
Jana Stewart

WBI Bulletin Coordinator