HAPPENINGS 
March 17, 2015 / 26 Adar 5775
Fri., March 20
Community Shabbat Dinner & Ruach Service
Tot Shabbat: 5:40pm; Dinner 6:00pm
Ruach Service: 7:00pm; Ice Cream Social: 8:00pm
RSVP to the Sign Up Genius Link by Noon on March 19
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Sun., March 22
Simcha Faire: Raising the Bar on Your Mitzvah
11am: Rabbi Mike Presentation, "Jewish Values & Jewish Parties"
12-2pm: Vendor Faire - Free and Open to the Public
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Wed., March 25
Deadline for Passover Food Drive Donations in the Office
Click HERE to go to the Sign-Up Genius site.

SERVICES


All are welcome to come
 celebrate with us.

Friday, March 20
Tot Shabbat: 5:40pm
Ruach Service: 7:00pm

CHESED
Hands

CHESED UPDATE

Cheryl Adler
Cheryl had a brain aneurysm and spent several weeks in the ICU recovering. She is now recuperating at home and would love meals from our community.

Gene & Sarah Simpson
The Simpsons would appreciate help with meals after family members leave at the end of March, following the birth of their daughter, Meghan Riley. 

Please click HERE to go to the LotsaHelpingHands website to sign-up to bring dinner to these families.
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We have set up a community on this site to support Beth Chaim families needing Chesed support.
Click HERE and you will be prompted to request membership.

We will be updating this site as needs arise.

If you have Chesed needs or any questions, please contact 
Marc Feder at chesed@bethchaim.com.
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P'TACH LIBEYNU

One out of every four families is touched by mental illness. The challenges are daunting.
P'tach Libeynu is working to educate people about mental illness; to provide needed support to families and their loved ones with mental illness; and to further this mission by helping Jewish synagogues and agencies to make mental illness a recognized part of tikkun olam.

 Visit www.OpenOurHearts.net for the monthly newsletters. Email 
Diana Makieve or call 925.988.9767 with questions.
   

TIKKUN OLAM OPPORTUNITIES 

PASSOVER FOOD DRIVE

Beth Chaim has committed to providing 20 bags filled with traditional Passover items for Jewish elders in the East Bay who either cannot afford them or are housebound and cannot get to the store to purchase them. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to perform a mitzvah!

 

Please click 

HERE

to go to the Sign-Up Genius site and choose as many items as you are willing to donate to this worthy cause.

 

The deadline to drop off your donated items or monetary contribution to the Office is Wed., March 25th.

 

TOILETRIES DRIVE

We continue to collect full and travel size cosmetics and toiletries for refugees of all ages for 

JCFS of the East Bay. 

Donations will be presented as a "hygiene kit" including: toothbrush/paste, soap, comb, deodorant, brush, dental floss and other basic items.

Please bring your items to the drop box in the foyer or to the office.

 

FOOD BANK OF 

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Hunger is year-round battle. A reminder that we have a collection barrel in our lobby which is regularly picked up for distribution for those in need in our community.


MILESTONES

YAHRZEIT CANDLES
In our tradition, we say of loved ones who have died, "May their memory be a blessing" and mark this ongoing process of turning memory into blessing by lighting a yahrzeit candle and reciting the Mourner's Kaddish on the anniversary of their death. We will send you a reminder card two weeks before the anniversary of your loved one's passing and hope that you will consider attending Shabbat services to honor their memory. 
 
A yahrzeit candle is available for you to pick up at the Beth Chaim office at no charge for your observance.

Thank you to Judith Markowitz and Glen Schabacker for donating the candles and special reminder postcards.

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BETH CHAIM'S BEACH BALL GALA!
Shaloha!

Like the invitation? Nice, right? We're working hard to make everything about BCC's Gala even better than ever. So don't keep it a secret! Tell your friends and invite them to join you and together we'll Shaloha! Don't forget to get your raffle tickets for some great prizes. You do not need to be present to win, but we hope you will be there! Tickets available in the office now.
Saturday, April 18th
San Ramon Community Center

 

Auction prizes are still needed. See how you can help by clicking HERE!

 

Please contact Sara O'Bryant at obryantsf@gmail.com or Rae Corr at raecorr@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Dinner  *  Dancing  *  Auctions  *  Community

 

UPCOMING BETH CHAIM EVENTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

BETH CHAIM IS ON FACEBOOK!

"Like" our Facebook Group, Beth Chaim Congregation, for event notices, updates and weekly G-d Cast video links.

 

BCC HIRING PART TIME ...

OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE BUILDING EVENTS MANAGEMENT TEAM!

We are looking to build a PAID team to better manage our ongoing events at Beth Chaim facilities. The responsibilities may be as simple as handling the security, lighting and temperature settings, to setting up sound and projection equipment for services or reservations. Many tasks may be done before and after the

events, but some may require an onsite presence at the beginning or during the event. Our Team members will be offered several levels of training and be compensated for their time at rates depending on the complexity of the event they manage at Beth Chaim.  Minimum requirement for application is a valid driver's license (or the prospect of receiving one within a year and a regular synagogue presence) and available transportation to/from 1800 Holbrook Drive. Experience with sound and projection equipment, computers, and a good technical "knack" is a plus for the more advanced functions.

 Please email admin@bethchaim.com to apply.

  

MEN'S GATHERING
Thursday, March 19, 7:00pm
Home of Bob and Trish Slomowitz
We gather this month to reflect on our experiences with life altering offerings and sacrifices.We draw upon the wisdom of our tradition for inspiration, listen carefully to others and see what these stories evoke in us. Rabbi Dan facilitates and no one needs to feel compelled to share. Your presence makes this gathering worthwhile and you are invited to bring a friend. No RSVP or prior attendance is required.

SHABBAT DINNER & RUACH SERVICE
Friday, March 20
Tot Shabbat: 5:40pm / Dinner: 6:00pm / Service: 7:00pm
Sponsored by the Religious School. The entire community is invited to join in this spirited, energetic evening
with special participation by the Kindergarten and First Grade Classes. An ice cream social follows the family service. For dinner menu details and RSVP, click HERE to go to the Sign-Up Genius site by Noon on March 19th.

LIFE LONG LEARNING: PREPARING FOR PASSOVER
Ideas for a Sensational Seder
Sunday, March 22, 10:00-11:00am
What do you want from your seder experience? Have there been meaningful seder experiences from your past 
that you can bring to your seder this year? How can you share the seder leadership responsibilities? Is there a way to keep children interested? Is there a Haggadah that is right for family and friends? Join Rabbi Dan in exploring these and other important questions and gain new insights into creating a memorable Passover seder.

BETH CHAIM JEWKULELE CLUB MEETING
Sunday, March 22, 11:00am
Beth Chaim Conference Room
Come join fellow congregants in Beth Chaim's own ukulele club (Jewkulele!). All ages and experience levels are welcome, including beginners. Our eclectic mix of music will include some of Beth Chaim's favorites from Ruach and other services, along with contemporary music and old standards. If you have your own ukulele, please bring it; if you need a loaner or to give a head's up that you'll be attending, email Harold Freiman at gromit@comcast.net.

ROSH CHODESH GATHERING
Tuesday, March 24, 7:00pm
At the Home of Rae Corr
All women of Beth Chaim are welcome to attend our Rosh Chodesh gathering for the month of Nisan. You don't need to have attended previously to enjoy the evening. Meet for socializing and light refreshments at 7:00pm; we will begin promptly at 7:30pm.
RSVP to Rae at raecorr@sbcglobal.net.

THANK GOD IT'S SHABBAT!
Friday, March 27
Shabbat Evening Service: 7:00pm
Schmooze: 7:30pm
Ted Talk Video: 8:00
Bring an adult beverage and dessert to share and join in the
discussion following the viewing of a TED Talk video by Australian writer, poet, singer and educator, Joel McKerrow. He explores the poetics of identity through the use of words and storytelling.

SPECIAL WORKSHOP: SACRED JEWISH RHYTHMS
6 Consecutive Mondays: April 6, 13, 20, 27 & May 4, 11
7:30-9:00pm, Beth Chaim Sanctuary
$90 for the 6-class series
Learn to play and accompany Jewish liturgical music at home, in the synagogue, or under a tree. Instructor Bruce Silverman will highlight traditional middle-eastern rhythms and simple all-purpose rhythms, perfect for prayer, singing, dancing and playing along with other instruments. Some drums and percussion will be provided. RSVP to the office by April 1st. Payment can be made in the office or via the PayPal link below.
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THE GRATITUDE TREE HAS TAKEN ROOT!

Our new piece of art temporarily graces the hallway wall to the library until we can prepare its permanent location in our front foyer. This beautiful tree adds depth and breadth to our Beth Chaim home and is a symbol of life and the ongoing stories of our diverse membership. The title of the tree is "Modeh Ani,"

which means "I give thanks." Leaves can be purchased to honor loved ones and events for all varieties of meaningful occasions and memories. Click HERE for a description and the order form for a leaf!


MEMBERSHIP BUSINESS DIRECTORY
If you would like your business listed in the Beth Chaim Website Business Directory, please email your information to our webmaster, Mark Garetz, at mark@garetz.com.

 

BUY CHALLAH, SUPPORT BETH CHAIM!

Orders due EVERY WEDNESDAY

Place your order by Wednesday each week and Tal's Patisserie will deliver your fresh baked plain or sesame challah to Beth Chaim by 10am every Friday. Loaves are only $5 each and Tal's will donate 20% back to Beth Chaim!  

 

Click the PayPal link below to order or call the office. You can also order multiple weeks at once.

 

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YEAR-ROUND FOOD DONATIONS AT BETH CHAIM

Beth Chaim is committed to supporting the great work of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. We are now participating in their neighborhood program by offering

green bags for members to keep at home. Put a food item every week, and drop it off in the bin when your bag is full! It's that easy to help stop hunger all year.  Contact Naomi, Director of Tikkun Olam, with Questions.

 

SHOP ON AMAZON = SUPPORT BETH CHAIM!

Visit smile.amazon.com to register. Search for Beth Chaim Congregation of Contra Costa County and that's it! Beth Chaim will receive 0.5% of every eligible purchase! Don't forget to bookmark the page for easy return shopping. Tell your friends!
BEIT MIDRASH - RELIGIOUS SCHOOL - MIDRASHA

HEBREW POWER HOUR

Wednesday, March 18, 5:00-6:00pm

Thursday, March 19, 5:00-6:00pm

 

BEIT MIDRASH 

Sunday, March 22, 9:15am-12:15pm

Sixth Grade Parent Meeting: 11:00am

 

SIMCHA FAIRE: Raising the Bar on Your Mitzvah

Sunday, March 22

11:00 am: "Jewish Values & Jewish Parties" Presentation by Rabbi Mike

12:00-2:00pm: Vendor Faire

Beth Chaim Congregation Sanctuary

Learn how to plan a Jewish, just, and green simcha. Hosted by the Simcha Sisters. Open to the public.

 

CONTRA COSTA MIDRASHA

March 18: Meeting

 

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION VIDEO

We invite you to share this week's video from G-d Cast with your children:
Parshat Vayikra: Why were Ancient Sacrifices Important?
Parshat Vayikra:
Why were Ancient
Sacrifices Important?

SISTERHOOD 
BOOK GROUP
Tuesday, March 17
Home of Sandy Shalon
The selection is Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins. RSVP to Sandy at sshalonmail@gmail.comFor more information on the Book Group, contact Deborah Blankfeld at deborah.blankfeld@gmail.com.

For more information on Sisterhood contact Sara Goldstein at sara.e.goldstein@gmail.com or call 925.366.7272.

BROTHERHOOD
MARCH MADNESS BRACKETS ARE OPEN!
You have until the end of the day on Wednesday, March 18th to enter. Use your basketball knowledge or get lucky with a quick pick on the website. Check out the website at www.pickhoops.com/bcbros. The password is shalom. Brackets are $60 each. For more information contact Mary Goldberg at 925.820.2404 or email him at gjjh@yahoo.com. Good luck!

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
30th ANNUAL JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL
February 26-March 22
Various locations
Festival highlights include the Grammy Award-winning super group, The Klezmatics, the world premiere of newly-commissioned music by jazz bassoonist Paul Hanson, Sway Machinery fronted by Jeremiah Lockwood of Balkan Beatbox fame, West Coast debut by a Jewish-Christian-Muslim-Israeli combo, Diwan Saz, International Women's Day celebration with women's vocal ensemble Kitka, including a tribute to Ronnie Gilbert of the folk music revival group, the Weavers, and much more. For tickets and information visit www.jewishmusicfestival.org.

RING OF SOLIDARITY
March 27, 1:30-3:00pm
San Ramon Valley Islamic Center
2232 Camino Ramon, San Ramon
Please join us to circle the mosque in solidarity and hear from Interfaith leaders, including our own Rabbi Dan, who will address how we are working together to support the Muslim community in collective response to recent tragic events and local concerns. Stay afterward for refreshments and the opportunity to dialogue in small groups getting to know our Muslim neighbors and sharing thoughts on how together we can make a difference. Sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County. Parking is limited to designated spaces. Please carpool if possible. For more information, contact Maimoona Ahmed at baraka4u@yahoo.com or Terry Clark at terence.clark08@gmail.com.

FIRST-TIME JEWISH CAMPER DISCOUNTS
BunkConnect is a user-friendly referral program designed to help middle and lower income middle and lower income families access Jewish camp at special rates. Interested families can visit www.BunkConnect.org.

PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
Apply now for the Jewish Vocational Service of San Francisco's Kohn Summer Intern Program. This unique 8-week internship provides Jewish college undergraduates the opportunity to work for a Jewish non-profit organization, build job search skills, be mentored and examine issues facing the Jewish community. Interns are compensated $2,500 for their work over the summer. For eligibility, information an dhow to apply visit www.jvs.org/kohn, email kohn@jvs.org or call 415.391.3600.

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SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILY CAMP
May 8-10 at Camp Newman, Santa Rosa
For information on this annual camp, visit Camp Newman.

HEBREW FREE LOANS

Hebrew Free Loans provides interest-free loans to Jewish residents in Northern California needing assistance or pursuing lifelong dreams. Loan categories include: student, adoption, business, first-time home buyer, unemployment, emergency, debt consolidation, and more. For more information or to apply for a loan, visit www.hflasf.org or call 415.546.9902.

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