Chadashot - August 30, 2018

High Holiday tickets have been mailed!

If you have not received your ticket(s), it may be because we haven't received your pledge renewal. Please contact our Executive Director, Leslie Oberst, at or 916-446-4861 for assistance. 

Please CLICK HERE for the 2018-19 Pledge Form. 
If you need help with logging in, please email

We appreciate receiving your commitment as soon as possible as our membership renewal period is underway!

If you prefer to print out a pledge form, click here.

Congregation Bnai Israel is scheduled
for the next cleanup along Mile 17

of the American River Parkway on
Thursday, September 6, at 9:00 am.
Please let us know if you plan to attend by calling Paula and Todd at  916-524-8055.
We will be handing out parking passes, so please be on time.
Directions are at the end of this note.
We will be meeting on a parking lot off Elmanto Drive, abutting the southern part of the bike path. I have more specific directions, along with a link to a map, below.
Remember to bring gloves, a hat, sun block, insect repellant, and water.

You can find a map of the location at this URL:  
Take Highway 50 to Zinfandel Drive
Go North on Zinfandel 1.1 miles to Cordova Lane Make a Left on Cordova Lane, go 0.4 miles to Coloma Road Make a right on Coloma Road, go 0.7 miles to Elmanto Drive Make a left on Elmanto Drive.
After approximately 0.2 miles on Elmanto, you will see an open gate
with a sign that says "Elmanto Access". This is the entrance to the American River Parkway.
Continue driving (slowly) through the gate. After 0.2 miles, make a right hand turn into a parking lot.
You should be able to see the bike path from the lot.
(Note: If you have crossed the bike path, you have gone too far).



Thank you to all of the volunteers that have signed on to help with the Hineini, Healing Outreach and Mazel Tov groups of the Caring Community.  We have had a great response and appreciate everyone's interests.  

At this time, we are greatly in need of the following:  

    If you can volunteer to help with one of these opportunities, please contact Lynn Terleski-Katz at or 916-717-6133.


Achim: A Discussion Group for Men
Dr. Glenn Hammel and the Brotherhood
Sunday, September 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, in the Chapel

"Hinei ma tov uma'naim, shevet achim gam yachad
- Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together." This is a song that affirms the basic joy found in fellowship and connection.
Come to B'nai Israel's Achim: A Discussion Group for Men. Achim is the Hebrew word for "brothers," and this group is a monthly forum of education, facilitated discussion, contemplation, and camaraderie, led by Glenn Hammel, Ph.D. and Rebbitzen.

Update from the Social Action and Racial Justice Committees

On behalf of CBI, the Racial Justice Committee is aligning with the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism's campaign to work toward obtaining 100% voter participation in the November election.  To that end, the RJ committee is sponsoring the following events:

Sukkot Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 23 we will have a booth for voter registration

Ballot Initiative Forum: October 9, 7:00 pm CBI Social Hall
  • Organized by the League of Women Voters
  • Co-sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women
Contact for further information.

We're Hiring! Cooking Specialist, Hebrew Teacher, and Judaica Teacher Positions Open in our Religious School program! 

Our religious school faculty focuses on creating engaging and thoughtful Judaic and Hebrew programs for students and their families that provide a strong foundation for lasting Jewish identities. We are searching for dynamic, enthusiastic, caring and knowledgeable teachers who can help us meet our educational goals.

We have open positions for a Judaica teacher (Sundays 9:30-12:30 pm), a Cooking Specialist (Sundays from 9:30am-1:00 pm), and Hebrew teachers (Sundays 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.). Members and non-members are welcome to apply.

Teachers are expected to be: 
* Open-minded and creative; 
* Passionate about Judaism;
* Capable of inspiring curiosity and interest in Jewish culture among our students and families; 
* A collaborative partner and a reliable communicator with parents, faculty colleagues and Education Director 

For more information and to apply please email resume and cover letter to: 
Denise Crevin, Educator

Sukkot Harvest Festival
and Apple Bake-Off
Sunday, September 23 at 5:00 pm

Dazzle us with your cooking skills, tickle our taste buds with your baking. Choose your best apple dish in either a sweet or savory category, and compete for bragging rights!  Those interested in participating should contact Sherry Okun-Rudnak at for official rules and an entry form.

If you're interested in getting involved at CBI or helping to plan this event, please contact Sherry Okun-Rudnak at


The  Koleinu  is online!
The July-August 2018 Koleinu is available to read online!

Interested in submitting something to the Koleinu or Chadashot (weekly congregational email)?
Click here to read about our deadlines, and answers to commonly asked questions. 

We're here to support you and make your events successful! For more information, please contact Abbie Blackman at

Marian Kile started doing genealogy in 2005. After a few years, she decided she also wanted to leave a legacy of stories to go with the data. She attended writing classes and seminars, yet still struggled with creating stories.
She found that the more she wrote, the easier it became. She has been teaching her method of writing for the last five years. She has written more than 250 stories and has self-published three books to share with her family. She credits being a member of a weekly writer's group for giving her the ongoing support needed to improve her writing.
A number of times, she was asked how to write a family story when you don't know anything about the family. Marian took that to heart and developed a process for developing family stories just from basic facts. Marian has made several hundred presentations throughout Northern California on genealogy, writing, and publishing.
All are welcome to attend the September 16 meeting at the Einstein Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento. For more information on the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento, contact Mort Rumberg (JGSS president) at