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Women of B'nai Israel Newsletter


March 2019 Bulletin


Women of B'nai Israel Shabbat Service
Friday, March 15
7:30 PM in the Sanctuary

Please join us at our annual Shabbat Service. Our guest speakers, Steve and Suzy Swatt, longtime political communication professionals in Sacramento, will be sharing some of the little-known stories of remarkable women who through their determination courage and resilience, transformed California's political landscape. Their book “Paving the Way: Women's Struggle for Political Equality in California." weaves into a 170-year historical narrative the dramatic personal stories of dozens of mostly unsung and long-forgotten women who made their mark in California politics.

For more information, check out:
If you wish to purchase the book at a discounted price, you can write a check for $20, made out to "Steve Swatt". Either mail the check to:
Eve Panush
580 Rivergate Way 
Sacramento CA 95831 
or drop off the check in the WBI box in the temple office.
The books will be distributed at the oneg after the service. 

Pancakes and Mimosa
March 10
8:30 to 9:15 (religious school students and their families)
AND 10:15 to 11:30 (all congregants and their families) 

Adult beverages available, donations appreciated. Cost: $5 per person or $20 maximum per family. This event is being organized by Women of B'nai Israel. Proceeds support Camp Nefresh CBI's summer camp for refugee kids. Cash or check only, please. 

Sacramento Jewish Film Festival
March 7, 9, 10
Crest Theatre, Sacramento ready for the Sacramento Jewish Film Festival. Celebrating its 20th year, the Festival will once again, bring the community together for exciting films, music, food, and discussions. The Festival will run for three days at the Crest Theater: Thursday, March 7; Saturday, March 9; and Sunday, March 10. The 2019 film lineup includes nine feature films and five short films from the United States, Israel, Argentina, and Spain. They include documentaries, dramas, and comedies. For more information check out the Jewish Federation website: 

Sunday, March 24—Sunday, March 31
Family Promise Returns to CBI

As in years past, CBI will be hosting Family Promise, a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence. Volunteers are what make the Family Promise goal possible. When you offer your services you are doing a wonderful mitzvah.
Our CBI Family Promise team is Sharon Rogoff, Helen Nusbaum, Maryann Rabovsky and Sue Saunders.  If you would like to help set up/clean up rooms, do laundry or do an art project with the children please email Sharon Rogoff at or Maryann Rabovsky at If you would like to cook a meal or be part of a cook team, e-mail Sue Saunders at To stay overnight, e-mail Helen Nusbaum at Your help is very much appreciated!

Mah Jongg Fun Day!
Wednesday, April 10
Registration: 10:30 AM
Play: 11:00 AM - Noon
Lunch: Noon

Play: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM (with a break)

Cost: $38 per person to benefit the Price Campership and other Women of B’nai Israel programs. In addition, we are featuring a basket auction with special gifts. Raffle tickets for the Auction are six for $5, 15 for $10 or two arms long for $20!
Location: CBI Social Hall
Please bring your own Mah Jongg set and let us know who you will be sitting with. If you don’t have a table, we will arrange one for you. Send payment (checks payable to Women of B’nai Israel) by April 3 to: Emilie Brosin, 1133 Fremont Way, Sacramento CA 95818 Questions? Contact Peggy Goldstein at or 916-214-7124

Gift Shop is Ready for Passover!

The first night Seder is Friday, April 19 and the Jonas Goldman Judaica Shop is filled with Passover items, including beautiful matzah and Seder plates; Elijah and Miriam cups; matzah and afikomen bags; hostess gifts; children’s activity books; plague kits; jumping matzah balls; lots of frogs and so much more. We also have a wide selection of haggadot, including choices of contemporary, traditional, sephardic, child-oriented and women’s seders. In addition to Passover items, we have gifts for other holidays and special occasions.

Pay us a visit on Tuesdays, 2 - 5:30 PM and Sundays 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM, when religious school is in session. Please note: there is no religious school on Sunday, March 24th, so the gift shop will be closed.
If you have questions or need an appointment, please call Jane Orkand at (916) 365-5579.

Making Connections Meeting
Tuesday, March 19

The Making Connections group is open to women who have lost a partner or significant other. For the location of the next meeting or if you have questions, please email Bevelry Rose at or call her at 916-942-9614.

Rosh Chodesh 
Tuesday, March 5
6:15 PM
Social Hall

We will continue to focus on Jewish women in television or online streaming series. “The Jews Are Coming: Purim and Esther and Mordecai” will be shown. Following the screening Rabbi Alfi will lead us in a discussion. Please bring a vegetarian or dairy dish to share. All women age 13 and over are welcome. No RSVP necessary.

Book Group

Wednesday, March 13
7:00 PM
Sosnick Library

Come join us for interesting discussions of books about Jewish topics or by Jewish authors. The book we will be discussing is "Magpie Murders" by Anthony Horowitz. The book for discussion on May 8 is "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun" by Peter Godwin. 
We hope you can join us. The book group meets on Wednesday at 7:00 PM every 4-6 weeks in the Sosnick Library. If you have questions, please contact Jane Orkand at 

Girl's Night Out
Thursday, March 28
6:00 PM

It’s going to be a fun, casual and creative evening! We’re heading to Burgerim, where we can kick back, relax and customize our own small burgers by selecting toppings, sauces and patties (options include lamb, salmon, chicken, beef and veggie). Take a look at the creative menu: . Burgerim.which translates to "many burgers" in Hebrew, was founded by New York-trained chef Donna Tuchner, an Israeli native.
Burgerim is located in the Pocket-area at 7465 Rush River Drive, Suite 840 Sacramento CA​ 95831.

Can You Lend a Hand?

We are looking for volunteers to help in preparation and set up for the Community Passover Seder on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20. If you can help, please contact Jan Gutierrez:


We Want to Hear From YOU!
Here is a quick and easy way to let us know about your interests and the types of programs you would enjoy. Simply click on the link below to fill out a 10 question survey. Your responses and comments are important to us. Thanks so much for your participation.

If you have question or comments, feel free to contact us at

To renew or join Women of B'nai Israel simply
Download and Complete this Membership Form
Mail the completed form with your check made payable to Women of B’nai Israel to: Women of B’nai Israel, c/o Suzy Underwood, 1124 13th Avenue, Sacramento, CA  95822

If you have already pledged your membership through CBI, please download, print, complete, and mail the membership form to Suzy Underwood indicating your level of membership:

Let us know your interests on the form so we can involve you in participating and/or volunteering for events.  We welcome your suggestions and ideas.

**The next Sisterhood Board meeting will be held on Monday, March 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Temple Conference Room
All members are welcome to attend our Board Meetings.**


Mah Jongg 
Newcomers Welcome

On Mondays (except holidays) we meet at 1:00 pm in CBI's Sosnick Library for a friendly game of American (Jewish) Mah Jong. We welcome all levels of experience. For questions or if you need a ride, please contact Peggy Goldstein at or 916-214-7124.

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