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Women of B'nai Israel Newsletter

December 2019 Bulletin


Happy Chanukah!!

Get Ready for Chanukah
Gifts Galore at the Jonas Goldman Judaica Shop!

The Jonas Goldman Judaica Shop now carries 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 chocolate gelt during the Chanukah season. In addition, we have fair trade hand-beaded women’s kippot and jewelry, as well as beautiful jewelry and ritual items from Israeli and American Jewish artists. We also have a large selection of Chanukah items, so please stop by the shop and see all the new merchandise.

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.

We’re open on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 5:30 pm and on Sundays from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm whenever Religious School is in session. Please see the box for extra hours preceding Chanukah. Can’t come in during scheduled hours or have a question? Call Jane Orkand at 916-365-5579.

Extended Chanukah Hours at the Gift Shop

Sunday, December 8 -- 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, December 10 -- 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Sunday, December 15 -- 9:30 am to1:00 pm
Monday, December 16 -- 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, December 17 -- 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 19 -- 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday, December 20 -- 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, December 23 -- 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Note: The first night of Chanukah is Sunday, Dec. 22. There is no Religious School on that date, so the gift shop will be closed.

Volunteers Needed to Distribute Chanukah Candles!

On Sunday morning, Dec. 15 we will be packaging and distributing Chanukah candles to the religious school students. If you would like to help, please contact Eve Panush at

Todah Rabah to Carole Kovnick for serving more than sixteen years as co-manager of the Jonas Goodman Gift Shop. In appreciation for her dedication to the gift shop we honored Carole with a commemorative leaf on the Tree of Life in the social hall.

Family Promise Returns to CBI

Dec. 8-15

"Welcome the stranger for you were once a stranger in the land of Egypt."

B'nai Israel will once again host Family Promise for a week in December. Volunteers are needed to set up/clean up rooms, cook a meal or be part of a cook team, stay overnight, or do an art project with children. Providing this help is a wonderful mitzvah. Click on the following link to find out more:

Serving Christmas Dinner
St. John's Shelter for Woman and Children

Wednesday, Dec. 25

4:00 - 6:00

If you are willing to help, please contact Illene J. Carroll at 916-483-6179 or Men are welcome to help too!

Board Meeting
Monday, Dec.9
6:00-8:00 pm
CBI Board Room or via Zoom

All members are welcome to attend!

Book Discussion Group
7:00 pm in the Sosnick Library

Dec.18 The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone.
Jan. 22 The Messenger by Daniel Silva.

We hope you can join us!

Mah Jongg
New Members Welcome!

On Mondays (except holidays) we meet at 1:00 pm in CBI's Sosnick Library for a friendly game of American (Jewish) Mah Jongg. We welcome all levels of experience. For questions or if you need a ride, please contact Suzy Underwood at

Kavanah Shabbat
Saturday, Dec. 14
10:30 am
CBI Harry M. Tonkin Memorial Chapel

Kavanah Shabbat blends traditional communal prayer and chanting of the weekly Torah parasha with song, Jewish chants, silent prayer, and moments of meditation and reflection. For more information contact the Congregation B’nai Israel office at (916) 446-4861 or Deni Marshall at (916) 803-5699 or

A Look Back at Our Membership Appreciation Luncheon

New and long-time members joined together for an afternoon of friendship. We enjoyed a delicious lunch and heard a speaker from Planned Parenthood talk about the need for advocacy in protecting programs for woman's health and reproductive rights.


Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming January Events!

NCJW Speakers Series
Call to Action: Humanitarian Crisis for Immigrants
Jan. 5
3:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Learn about the appalling conditions of confinement for migrants and refugees. Hear guest speaker Anna Molander Hermann give an eyewitness account of the situation in San Antonio, TX. A panel discussion featuring four advocacy organizations will follow. Members of the panel will explain their work and describe specific ways in which volunteers can assist.

RSVP by Dec. 30, 2019 is suggested. $5.00 donation at the door appreciated. For more information, contact or RSVP online at


Women's March 
Saturday, Jan. 18
9:30 AM
Southside Park, 2115 6th St.

Put on your marching shoes and join us as we #MarchForOurHumanRights in Sacramento and around the world, as we show up to #BeCounted, and as we demonstrate #WomenRising! Allied in spirit with Women’s March Global, we march for compassion, respect, and equity.

Meet by the pool building in Southside Park at 9:30 am for a Women’s Civil Rights rally and resource fair. We leave Southside Park at 10:30 am, and rally on the West Steps of the California State Capitol at 11:45 am.

Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood
Sunday, Jan.19

The Women of B’nai Israel will be hosting a swap sale for Mitzvah Day Jan. 19. Please bring your gently used purses, jewelry, and scarves to CBI (container in office foyer). All items will be sold for $5 each to benefit local Planned Parenthood educational programs.


Be Part of This Ongoing Project

One Stitch for Each of the 25 Million Refugees

25 Million Stitches is a community art installation project that was created by regional artist Jennifer Kim Sohn to help raise awareness about the international refugee crisis. How does making 25 million stitches help refugees? Sohn believes that stitching is a way for us to engage with this global crisis instead of ignoring it. And even though no single stitch can fully represent an individual, the act of stitching and the resulting work will help bring attention to the scale of the crisis.

Volunteers are asked to join more than1000 participants from 41 states to hand stitch on fabric panels. When the panels are returned fully or partially stitched, they will be assembled into an installation along with the first names of all the participants. The first full installation will be at the Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento in 2020.

For more information about the project go to

If you are interested in stitching, please contact Arla Hesterman at

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