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Women of B'nai Israel Newsletter

September 2019 Bulletin




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1. Print out the membership form by clicking on the link above and mail the completed form along with a check to:

Women of B’nai Israel
c/o Linda Byrne
1424 Sherwood Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95822

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Next Board Meeting

Monday, Sept. 16
CBI Library 6 pm
All members are welcome!


S'lichot and Rosh Hashanah Receptions
E'RE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS...Start the New Year by Doing a Mitzvah!

For S'lichot on the evening of Sept. 21 we need desserts, snacks and volunteers to help with set up starting at 6:30 pm

For Rosh Hashanah on Monday, Sept. 30 we need baked goods, including gluten free, to be delivered to the kitchen. We also need volunteers at the following times:
To help with prep on Sunday, Sept. 29
To help with plating, starting at 8:30 am on Monday, Sept. 30

To help with setting out the reception and serving during the reception --- from noon until 2:00 pm
To help with cleanup from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Please click on the link below to sign up:

The Jonas Goldman Judaica Shop will be open Sunday Sept. 8, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 2:00 to 5:30pm. to assist you with your holiday shopping.  Remember, Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday, Sept. 28. 
We’ve ordered some great Judaica and holiday items and jewelry to start the New Year. We have shofars, honey pots, New Year’s cards, and gift items. Check out our sale tables in the foyer outside the gift shop - all 50% off. Inside the shop, necklaces are on sale for 20% off on Sunday, Sept. 8. 
Or, come see us during our regular hours: Sunday mornings 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and Tuesday afternoons, 2:00 to 5:30 pm, whenever religious school is in session.  If you have questions or need an appointment, call Jane Orkand at (916) 365-5579. 
Chag Sameach!

Join Us for the Kickoff Event of the Year!
Women of B’nai Israel Wine Tasting
Sunday, Sept. 15

Meet at CBI Parking Lot at 1:00 pm to carpool or
2:00 pm at Bump City Winery
Old Sugar Mill C 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg, CA

Cost: $10

Please RSVP at

or call or text Eve Panush at (916) 541-0396.  Deadline to RSVP is Sept. 10

Farm to Fork Uncorked will be taking place, including walking wine tours, live entertainment, and  tastings, along with local Farm to Fork vendors from around Sacramento and the Delta region. Register for a free wine glass:

Thursday, Oct. 24
6:00 pm at Katia’s Collections


Learn about the latest trends and what styles look best on your body type at the WBI Fall Benefit Fashion Show at Katia's Collections, 5619 H Street, East Sacramento.
The event will begin at 6:00 pm with wine and a fabulous dinner, followed by a 6:30 pm Fashion Show. The cost for this event is $36. Please make your tax-deductible check payable to Women of B’nai Israel (all proceeds benefit the WBI Price Campership Fund).
Please RSVP by Oct. 15. This event always sells out. Send your check ASAP to Jackie Levy, 2805 Huntington Road, Sacramento, CA 95864.
If you have questions, contact Jackie at 916-708-1107 or .



Socialize with friends at Girls' Night Out, learn and share at WRJ Pacific Division Area Day and donate back-to-school kits for Opening Doors Refugee children.

Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13
7:00 pm
Sosnick Library

The book discussion group meets every 4-6 weeks in the Sosnick Library.
On Oct. 16 we will be discussing "The Son of Hamas" by Mosab Hasan Yousef. 
"The Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly will be discussed at the Nov. 13 meeting.

We hope you can join us!
If you have questions, please contact Jane Orkand at

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:

The journey began more than 30 years ago. Back in 1987, Betty Reuben, Jane Orkand, and Sylvia Shemanski, of blessed memory, started “Touch of Shabbat.” It began as a response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  We asked what we in Sisterhood could do to alleviate the suffering of those who were afflicted in our community, and this program was our best response.  Over the decades our wonderful volunteers have delivered chicken soup, challah & applesauce every month to our grateful recipients. In addition to our WBI members, we have partnered in recent years with TDX sorority, a wonderful group of chicken soup mavens. 
The last delivery for Touch of Shabbat will be Friday, Sept. 27. We appreciate all the care and compassion your volunteers have demonstrated in helping our recipients preserve their lives and their dignity. Please join us on Friday, Oct. 4 at Shabbat services, as Rabbi Alfi gives a blessing to all our volunteers. There will be an oneg in honor of the volunteers immediately following services. 


Kavanah Shabbat
Saturday, Sept. 21 and Oct. 12
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 .

NCJW’s September Opening Meeting
Sunday, Sept. 8
3:00 pm 
CBI Social Hall

“A Firsthand Report from Our Southern Border” by Dale Stark, M.D.
We’ll be discussing actions we can take now to improve the lives of children and families who are wandering strangers in our midst. Bring a friend! There is no charge to attend.

25 Million Stitches Sewing Circle
25 Million Refugees Project
Sunday, Nov. 3
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
CBI Muti-Purpose Room

The world is in flight. 25 million people across the globe have been forced to flee their homelands as a consequence of genocide, war, poverty, drought, targeted violence, and other grave threats. How does making 25 million stitches help refugees? The two objectives of the project are:
1.To engage as many people as possible to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis
2.To amass 25 million stitches to visually represent the sheer volume of this astronomical figure of refugees.

Questions? Contact Arla Hesterman at


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