Chadashot - July 12, 2018
High Holy Day honoree invitations start going out this month so please check your email and spam accounts for emails from Rabbi Alfi and/or Sandora Di Fiore and RSVP as soon as possible. Please note that you may receive more than one invitation . Each invite is unique, so please respond to each individual invitation by following the directions within that specific email. Thank you for your attention to these invitations.
Thank you for continuing your membership at B'nai Israel.  We appreciate your generous contributions of time, talent, and financial support that enables B'nai Israel to keep Judaism meaningful, vibrant, and relevant in our community and daily lives.

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!

We are already preparing High Holy Day tickets which will be sent out to members in mid-August.

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

Back by Popular Demand!

This summer, CBI's Membership Committee celebrates the richness of our community by helping congregants reconnect with old temple friends and break bread with new ones. CBI members from many neighborhoods have opened their homes to provide dinner and share a lay-led Havdalah service, marking the close of Shabbat and welcoming a new week.

Register for a Havdalah in the 'Hood HERE!

The events run from July 7 - August 25, so check out the dates and RSVP today!

We encourage you to stretch beyond your closest friends to gather with other members who are new to you. Please note that some dinners are for adults and some are designated for families with kids.

Family dinners begin at 6:00 pm. Adult-only dinners begin at 6:30 pm.  For additional information about Havdalah in the 'Hood, contact Eileen Jacobowitz at  or 916-601-1595. 

Welcoming the Stranger

Two ways to Help CBI Support
Our Refugee Children
Introducing Camp Nefesh

This summer, Congregation B'nai Israel and Opening Doors, Inc. are pleased to announce a partnership to support recently resettled refugee children by offering a free summer camp experience - Camp Nefesh. Nefesh means "soul", and the camp is focusing on providing a safe, fun space for refugee children to play, learn, and grow.
The camp will be held at CBI from July 30-August 10 (Mondays-Fridays)
from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm and is being organized by teen congregants who participated in URJ Mitzvah Corps last summer as new confirmands. During that trip, the group worked with refugee children at a summer day camp.
Camp Nefesh will rely on volunteers from the community to keep it running. They need youth counselors (7th grade and older), financial support, donations of supplies, and people who want to share expertise that might be useful at a summer camp (any magicians out there?). The most crucial need is adults willing to transport the campers to and from camp each day from a central pick up spot (or donation of funds to rent a bus!).
Please consider supporting this incredible new camp by making a contribution. Donations are tax-deductible or by volunteering.

Contact us at or visit the website o r call the temple office: 916-446-4861.
Donate School Kits for Refugee Children  

Refugees flee their homes abruptly, leaving their belongings behind and arriving in Sacramento with only a few suitcases in hand. By donating a School Kit, a new refugee family will be able to send their children to school, many for the first time, with everything they need.  

SCHOOL KIT: backpack-sm.jpg
  - 1 backpack
- #2 pencils, pencil sharpener & eraser
- 1 pencil Box
- Blue or black pens
- Colored pencils, crayons & highlighters
- 12 inch ruler
- Blunt tip scissors
- 1 glue stick
- 1 wide ruled, one subject notebook
- 2 folders
- 1 three ring binder
- 1 packet loose leaf paper
Contact Maryann Rabovsky ( ) if you would like to donate a School Kit or drop off your donation at the temple office.
You're invited to the CBI Caring Community Start-Up meeting!

We need you!! The CBI Caring Community are volunteers ready to support our CBI families during life cycle events. Volunteers will provide support to families and friends when bereaved, in celebration or when ill, in the hospital or homebound. The Caring Community needs a large body of volunteers in order to provide this very important mitzvah of support.
Please attend our informational meeting, learn about all the many possible ways you can volunteer. Volunteering ranges from a 10 minute phone call to support in the home during a Shiva service. Without volunteers, this very important mitzvah cannot happen.
Please join us for our Start-Up Meeting!

Thursday August 23, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00 pm in the CBI library

If you are interested but not available to attend this meeting, please email one of the Caring Community Coordinators - Lynn Terleski-Katz at or Loril Tochterman at

The goal of the CBI Caring Community is to provide our members a way of fulfilling the mitzvah of performing acts of 
g'milut chasadim (deeds of loving kindness) within the temple community, especially in difficult situations. When we bring people closer together, we fulfill our sacred mission. Since all Jews are enjoined to perform this mitzvah, we are, in fact, all members of the Caring Committee.

Learn More about the CBI Caring Community...

       Our Caring Community needs your help. We are revitalizing the committee and need many volunteers so the group can be relevant and strong. Below are some of the ways that volunteers can help.
Hineini ("Here I am"):
  •  Support - assisting with condolence calls and/or delivering shiva baskets
  •  Shiva Coordinator - receiving calls from Condolence Coordinator with shiva needs
  •  Shiva Support - people from various zip codes to assist families with shiva needs
  •  Shomrim Coordinator - receiving notification of the need for shomrim, volunteer coordination
Caring Committee:
  •  Healing/Homebound List Coordinator - receiving the healing list/homebound notifications, coordinating with Caring Committee Support and the Meal Train Coordinator, designating home visitors/phone calls
  •  Caring Committee Support - making monthly phone calls
  •  Meal Train Coordinator - receiving notifications of interest, setting up the process
  •  Chicken Soup Coordinator - coordinating the soup-making sessions and distribution
  •  Visitors/soup delivery
Mazel Tov Committee:
  •  Mazel Tov Coordinator - sending cards, making calls to acknowledge life event

Update from the Social Action Committee

B'nai Israel is supporting the Religious Action Center (RAC) California efforts to educate our members about the state's affordable housing bond that will be on the November ballot. CBI is also participating in URJ's "100% voting congregation and civic engagement initiative."

A group is developing a plan to educate our members, in a nonpartisan way, about the new voting process in Sacramento County, help members understand issues on the ballot and work to ensure that all eligible members are registered and vote in November. 

Please contact Lynn Belzer, if you are interested in joining this effort.
Also, please contact Jason Weiner ( if you want to participate in RAC CA's August 7 Lobby Day at the Capitol.

Congregation Bnai Israel is scheduled for the next cleanup along Mile 17 of the American River Parkway

Thursday, July 26, at 9:00 am

Please let us know if you plan to attend by calling Paula or Todd at 916-524-8055. They 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.
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).
Remember to bring gloves, a hat, sun block, insect repellant, and water.

If you have any questions just email, or phone us at 916-524-8055.

We hope to see you on July 26!
Paula and Todd

Share your thoughts on Adult Education programming!
The survey only takes 2 minutes.

Please use the link below to leave your input:
Is there a topic you would like to explore? Let us know!

Do you want to get more involved in the Adult Education programming? Teach a class or join the committee!

Please submit your responses by Sunday, July 15.
We look forward to your feedback, and thank you for your time.

The Adult Education Committee

Summer Shopping at our Judaica Gift Shop
Although Religious school is on hiatus for the summer, the Jonas Goldman Judaica Gift Shop volunteers are still available to meet your needs.

During the summer, the shop will be open the following Tuesdays 2 - 5 pm: July 24, and August 7 and 21.

We'd love to assist you in choosing special gifts for bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, holidays or yourself.  If you have questions or can't visit during our regularly scheduled hours, call Jane Orkand, 365-5579 or Carole Kovnick, 974-0875 for an appointment.

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.

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

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

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

Save the Date!

Sukkot Harvest Festival
Sunday, September 23 at CBI

A Sukkot Fall Harvest Festival is coming this September to CBI! We will have, activities, booths and art for the young and young at heart, including a cookoff! 

If you're interested in getting involved at CBI or helping to plan this event, please contact Sherry Okun-Rudnak at
The planning is just getting underway, so please reach out if you're interested in lending a hand.

The  Koleinu  is online!
The July-August 2018 Koleinu is now 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

Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
"Researching Her Story: Finding Female Ancestors" - Gena Philibert-Ortega
Sunday, July 15, 10:00 am

Female ancestors can be difficult to trace for various reasons. However, it's important to keep in mind research methodology and existing resources when seeking to learn your female ancestor's story. In this presentation, Gena Philibert-Ortega will explore that methodology and the resources pertinent to your research.

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy and social and women's history. She holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. Her published works include three books and numerous articles, including two volumes of Tracing Female Ancestors and a QuickGuide from Legacy Family Tree.

All are welcome to attend the July 15 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

(Note: there will be no JGSS meeting in August.)

You & Your Family Are Invited for a Camp Shabbat!

Join your CBI community at URJ Camp Newman
on Friday, July 20 for a Camp Shabbat.

Get a taste of camp life with a special reception with the camp directors and a moving Shabbat service followed by a delicious dinner, festive singing and Israeli dancing!

Festivities are from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Register and get lots more info at

Rookie Day at 6 Points Sports Academy
July 22

Check out URJ 6 Points Sports Academy this summer on at Rookie Day! Experience the joy, friendship and community of a traditional Jewish summer camp combined with high-level training and coaching in the sports they love!

Register here for Rookie Day: