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Women of B'nai Israel Newsletter

March 2020 Bulletin

Now Is the Perfect Time to Get More Involved!

We are actively seeking  those women who are interested in continuing their participation in the Women of B'nai Israel or would like to step up their involvment. Sandy Lee is currently forming our nominations committee for the 2020-22 Women of B'nai Israel Executive Board and Committee Chairs, which starts as of July 1. If you have ever thought about taking your particpation a step further, please send an email to Sandy Lee at or call her at 916.847.5113. Dont be shy----We would love to hear from you!!!

Friday, March 20 - 7:30 pm

In honor of the Temple’s 170th anniversary we will look back on the incredible history of the Women of B’nai Israel and celebrate the continued achievements of the women of our congregation. All members are invited for a special blessing on the Bimah. We hope you can join us. A delicious oneg, sponsored by the Brotherhood, will follow the evening service.


We need singers for the WBI Shabbat Service on Friday, March 20, 2020. 
We will be singing Miriam's Song among other music.  The ability to read music is not required. Rehearsals will be in the Sanctuary from
6:00-6:50 pm on Wednesday March11 and March 18 2020.

If you are interested in singing, please email Judy Emick-Leatherwood at:   by Noon Sunday, March 1, 2020.
If you respond by Noon, March 1, 2020, music will be available for you at the rehearsal on March 11.

Led by Rabbi Alfi and Cantor Steinberg

Thursday, April 9 - 5:00 pm
CBI Social Hall

Cost: adults $40, children ages 6-12: $20, children under 6: Free
Prices go up March 27: adults:$50, children ages 6-12: $25
Purchase tickets online at:
Reservations and payment must be received by Thursday, April 2.
Please mail checks (payable to Women of B'nai Israel) to Sandy Lee, 1900 Danbrook Drive #612, Sacramento, CA 95835
Confirmations will not be sent. Questions? Call 916-847-5113 or email

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


With Passover right around the corner, we hope you will stop by the Jonas Goldman Judaica Gift Shop for some of your Passover needs. We have  many beautiful items such as matzah and seder plates, Elijah and Miriam cups, matzah and afikomen bags, and tablecloths. We also have paper napkins and plates, cards, cookbooks and hostess gifts. Our children’s items include haggadot, plague kits, jumping frogs, walking matzah balls, matzah flys, books, activity books, puzzles, and placemats.
We carry a variety of haggadot including contemporary, traditional, Sephardic, and child-oriented seders.
Please come in soon if you need multiple copies of haggadot. Additional copies may need to be ordered .
First night seder is Wednesday, April 8 .
There is no religious school on Sunday, April 5

gift shop will also be closed.
Special Passover Gift Shop Hours
Sunday, March 29 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, March 31 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday, April 1 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday, April 3 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday, April 6 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, April 7 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Questions? Call Jane Orkand at (916) 365-5579.

Thursday, April 23    CBI Social Hall
TIME:   Check in at 10:30 am
Play: 11
:00 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: $40 per person - Benefits the Price Campership & WBI Programs
To reserve your seat now, pay $40 by credit card at: .
For more information, click on the above image or contact
Peggy Goldstein at (916) 214-7124 or


On a resent visit to CBI, Rabbi Galit Cohen-Kadem of our sister congregation, Kehillat Kodesh v'Hol in Holon, Israel, received a $1,000 donation from the
Women of B'nai Israel. Pictured with Rabbi Cohen-Kadem are Eve Panush and Sharon Rogoff



The Reform and Reconstructionist Movements have joined together to form the “Vote Reform /ARZA” slate for the World Zionist Congress 2020 Election. A VOTE FOR ARZA IN THE WORLD ZIONIST CONGRESS ELECTIONS IS A VOTE TO PROMOTE EGALITARIANISM, PLURALISM AND PEACE IN ISRAEL

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Board Meeting
Monday, March 16
6:00-8:00 pm
CBI Conference Room
All members are welcome to attend!

Book Discussion Group
7:00 pm in the Sosnick Library
March 25 -- "House of Gold" by Natasha Solomons
We hope you can join us!

Girls’ Night Out
Thursday, March 26, at 6:00 pm.
Join your Women of B’nai Israel friends for a relaxing evening of dinner and good conversation. We will be meeting at Evan's Kitchen, a casual eatery located at 855 57th St. in East Sacramento. Evan's offers a vegan-friendly American menu in a low-key atmosphere. For more information or to make reservations contact Esther Gaines at: . Deadline for reservations is March 25.

Kavanah Shabbat
Saturdays, March 21, April11, and May 2
10:30 am (please try to be on time or early due to the new campus security gate)
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. Services are led by Rabbinical student Deni Deutsch Marshall, with guitar player and singer Elizabeth Landsberg, accompanied by Sandy Lee, Steve Marshall, Miriam Joffe Block and Ariel Knaff. For more information contact the Congregation B’nai Israel office at (916) 446-4861 or Deni Marshall at (916) 803-5699 or

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


Age-ing to Sage-ing
Sunday afternoon, May 17, 2020
CBI Social Hall
More information to follow

 WBI 2020 Art Tour--Murals of Sacramento
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Join us for a special event - a curated tour of art murals in downtown and midtown Sacramento. The day includes meeting at the Solomon's Delicatessen (730 K St.) for a special no-host brunch.  The cost for just the tour is $20 which benefits the Price Campership fund. All CBI members are welcome to join us whether WBI members or not. More details will follow. For additional information, send email to


WBI Connections Group

WBI is restarting its Connections group for women who have lost a partner or loved one and who wish to share companionship, good times, advice, and travel! Please contact Beverly Rose by email at or call or text (818)-624-3800. Let her know what days, times, and locations work for you!

Nonprofit to Support Community Mikveh
A new nonprofit has been established to support a community mikveh in the Sacramento region. The mikveh, named HaMakor is dedicated to making possible a range of personally meaningful mikveh experiences for all who enter its doors. We are part of a modern movement to provide both traditional immersion and creative contemporary ways to weave this sacred ritual into life’s transitions and milestones.

The board of directors represents several Jewish institutions in our region but they are seeking additional representatives  from Congregation B’nai Israel. If you are interested in getting more involved or   learn more about this project, please contact Carolyn Reuben at or 916-214-060. 

For more information check out HaMakor's website at:

 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 than 1,000 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 on
June 5–August 15, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, June 5, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

For more information about the project go to

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

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