HAPPENINGS 
May 19, 2015 / 1 Sivan 5775
Tues., May 19Memorial Service for Pearl Galpern Yarkin
Mother of Mark Yarkin, 7:00pm in the Sanctuary
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Wed., May 20
Let's Talk Retirement
Discussion Group led by Barry Denenberg; All welcome!
Beth Chaim Sanctuary, 7:00pm
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Fri., May 22
Shavuot Memorial Day Shabbat & BBQ
At the Home of Barb Carpenter, 6:00pm
RSVP to the SignUp Genius by clicking HERE.
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Sun., May 24
NO Religious School 
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Mon., May 25
Office & Tree of Life Preschool Closed for Memorial Day
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SERVICES


All are welcome to come
 celebrate with us.

Friday, May 22
Shavuot Memorial Day 
Shabbat Evening Service
& BBQ
At the Home of Barb Carpenter
6:00pm

CHESED
Hands

Zichrona L'vracha
May Her Memory
Be a Blessing

Pearl Galpern Yarkin

Mother of Mark Yarkin, passed away on May 13th in Palo Alto at the age of 88. 

The congregation is invited to a Memorial Service at Beth Chaim on Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00pm.
Contributions of dessert and beverages to share would be appreciated.

The family asks that donations be made in Pearl's memory to 
Beth Chaim Congregation.

We offer our support and condolences to Mark & Terri Yarkin and their adult sons, 
Justin and Brent, and their wives.

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CHESED UPDATE

If you have Chesed needs or any questions, please contact our Chesed Coordinator, 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.

Upcoming events:

Support Group for Families
Monday, May 25 is cancelled due to Memorial Day
Next meeting: Monday, June 22, 7:00-8:30pm, Temple Isiah lower education bldg., room 204.

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

TIKKUN OLAM OPPORTUNITIES 

NEW OPPORTUNITY

TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

 

FEED MY 

STARVING CHILDREN

FOOD PACKING SESSION

Saturday, June 6, 5:00-9:00pm

East Bay Foursquare Church

2615 Camino Tassajara, Danville

 

Interfaith of San Ramon Valley (I-SRV, of which BCC is a member) is working with "Feed My Starving Children," a Christian organization doing wonderful work in combating the world hunger catastrophe.


We will be hand-packing meals specifically designed for malnourished children. The food will be shipped to a country in need. This service opportunity is a great project for young, old and in between. Children over 5 years are welcome to participate and there are jobs for every level of activity.

Sign up for a two-hour shift by going to www.justservenow.org and clicking on "Volunteer to Pack."
 

Check out this YouTube video for a video presentation on the project:

https://youtube.com/devicesupport
Hope Starts With Food

 

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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 underwriting the Yahrzeit program.

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UPCOMING BETH CHAIM 
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

RABBI MIKE

Correction: In our email to the congregation last Sunday, Rabbi Mike's last day was erroneously reported as July 1st. It should have read July 15th. We apologize for the error.

 

BETH CHAIM IS ON FACEBOOK!

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

 


IN OUR GARDEN

Do you know we have a garden? We do! And, we're growing it. To read about our hidden gem, click HERE

 

2015-2016 UNDER ONE TENT 

JEWISH BOOK & ARTS FESTIVAL

Do you have an idea for a Festival event? If so, we'd love to hear from you! Please email us at bcctentcommittee@gmail.com with your idea.


LET'S TALK RETIREMENT
Wednesday, May 20, 7:00pm
Beth Chaim Sanctuary
This is an invitation for those thinking about retirement, recently retired or happily or otherwise retired to share their
wisdom and experience about making retirement an enjoyable, freeing and fulfilling part of your life. This is NOT about the financial aspects of retirement. Experienced retiree Barry Denenberg will lead the discussion about preparing for retirement, making the transition to retirement and enjoying retirement. 

 

MEN'S GATHERING
Thursday, May 21, 7:00pm
Home of Rabbi Dan & Yael Goldblatt
In honor of the Book of Ruth, we gather this month to consider a woman, other than our wives or mothers, who has had a profound impact on our lives. We draw upon the wisdom of our tradition for inspiration, listen carefully to others and see what these stories invoke 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 necessary.

 

SHAVUOT MEMORIAL DAY SHABBAT & BBQ

Friday, May 22, 6:00pm

At the Home of Barb Carpenter

Bring something to grill and a dish to share for a communal meal in Barb's lovely, large yard in old Danville. As well as celebrating Shavuot and Shabbat, we will enjoy bocce ball, swimming and friends. Families and guests are welcome. RSVP to the SignUp Genius site by clicking HERE.

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
Thursday, May 28, 2:00-7:00pm
Beth Chaim, Sanctuary
Bar Mitzvah student Westin Berkowitz is coordinating this event as his Bar Mitzvah project. All donors that are referred by a child in grades K-8 will receive a Red Cross gift! To schedule your appointment or for more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code: BETHCHAIM, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk ins are welcome as well. If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276.

SHARSHERET PINK SHABBAT: 
A SERVICE OF HEALING
Friday, May 29, 7:00pm
Beth Chaim Sanctuary
Sharsheret is a national program designed to educate women and men about the increased risk of hereditary breast cancer and ovarian cancer among Jewish families, the impact of those cancers on the Jewish community, and programs for Jewish women and families of all backgrounds. This special healing service is an opportunity to meet others interested in this organization. For more information or to get involved, please contact Ilene Zeiger at izeiger@yahoo.com or Naomi Ehrlich at jomaja3@aol.com. To learn more about the program, visit www.sharsheret.com.

CHAI CEREMONY 
FOR GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
Sunday, June 7, 5:30pm
Beth Chaim Sanctuary
This beautiful, brief ceremony honors the time of transition from high school to the next stage, whether it be college, gap year, or whatever is to come. We offer our young people blessings and wish them well on the next stage of their exciting journeys. Chai is, of course, the Hebrew world for "life," which is appropriate for the new life stage our high school graduates are embarking upon. We invite participating families to bring a snack and/or refreshment of choice to share. The entire community is invited to attend. RSVP to the Office.

ROSH CHODESH GATHERING

Tuesday, June 23, 7:00pm
At the Home of Sharon Abrams
Please join us for our Rosh Chodesh Gathering for the month of Tammuz. Sharon Abrams will host this evening and we still need a leader. Be prepared to reflect, share, sing and be surprised in the precious community of the women of Beth Chaim. You don't need to have attended previously to enjoy this gathering. Meet for socializing and light refreshments at 7:00pm; we will begin the program promptly at 7:30pm and end around 9:00pm. 

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 on

going 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, May 20, 5:00-6:00pm

Thursday, May 21, 5:00-6:00pm

 

Last Power Hours of the year:

Wednesday May 27, 5:00-6:00pm

Thursday, May 28, 5:00-6:00pm


BEIT MIDRASH 

For a list of upcoming events at Beit Midrash, click HERE.

 

Sunday, May 24

NO Religious School due to Memorial Day Weekend

 

Sunday, May 31, 9:15am-12:15pm

Israeli Cultural Festival & 

Teacher Appreciation

Everyone is welcome to join us for the last day of Religious School as we break for the summer. Volunteers needed; if you can help, click HERE for the SignUp Genius site. 

 

The Rabbi Bucks Store will be open on the last day of school, May 31st, and we are in need of merchandise. If you have any new or gently used toys, games, or trinkets that you would like to donate, please drop them off to Alex in the office or you may bring them the day of the event.

 

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CONTRA COSTA MIDRASHA

Click HERE for the April/May 2015 Newsletter

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 20: Graduation, 7:15pm

 Join us in celebrating the Class of 2015, including our own students: Melina Gross, Michaela Rubenfeld and Samantha Fox! The evening is a chance to hear the students talk about the impact of Midrasha on their lives. The program includes music, inspiring stories and lots of yummy food. Students, family, friends and community members are all welcome to attend.

 

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION VIDEO

We invite you to share this week's video from G-d Cast with your children:

SISTERHOOD 

BOOK GROUP
Tuesday, May 19, 7:00pm
At the Home of Linda Jaffe
The selection is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. RSVP to Linda at lindasjaffe@gmail.com.

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

BROTHERHOOD

LET'S TALK RETIREMENT

Wednesday, May 20, 7:00pm

Beth Chaim Sanctuary

Retirement discussion group led by Barry Denenberg. See the top of the Happenings for more information.

 

MEN'S GATHERING

Thursday, May 21, 7:00pm

Home of Rabbi Dan & Yael Goldblatt

See the top of the Happenings for more information.


SAVE THE DATE!

Annual Jewish Heritage Night 

with the Oakland A's

Tuesday, August 4, 7:05 Game

Watch for details on how to get tickets and join the Brotherhood for an evening of baseball and camaraderie.

 

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
First & Third Thursdays of the month, 5:30-7:00pm
Jewish Family & Children's Services of the East Bay
2484 Shattuck Ave., Suite 210, Berkeley
An opportunity to get to know and support other caregivers while learning how to care for yourself while caring for another, how to manage stress and anxiety, how to establish realist goals and expectations and where to turn in the community for help. The group will be facilitated by Nancy Rothschild, LMFT. Drop ins welcome. $25 per session. For more information, contact Rita Clancy at 510.558.7800, ext. 257 or email rclancy@jfcs-eastbay.org.

PRINCETON REVIEW OFFERS SAT/ACT PREP
The Princeton Review will be offering courses at Beth Chaim this summer. Beth Chaim members receive a $250 discount off the Ultimate and Small Group Courses. Flyers are posted in the foyer with the promo code.

CONTRA COSTA INTERFAITH HOUSING PRESENTS: ST. ANDREW'S CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
Sunday, June 7, 3:00pm
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
1601 Mary Dr., Pleasant Hill
The recitals feature talented musicians from the Bay Area and beyond. Refreshment served at intermission. Donations benefit CCIH. Click HERE for the flyer. For more information call Decky Thornton at 925.228.7731 or email deckyt@comcast.net.

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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