HAPPENINGS 
June 23, 2015 / 6 Tammuz 5775
Thurs., June 25
Rosh Chodesh Gathering
At the home of Sharon Abrams. All women welcome! 7:00pm
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Fri., June 26

Shabbat Evening Service at Peace Lutheran Church, 6:45pm
Brief Shabbat service followed by a concert celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations
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Sat., June 27
Shabbat Morning Service
Asher Joseph becomes a Bar Mitzvah, 9:30am
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Sun., June 28
Memorial Service for Lynne Lake
Step-mother of Julia Brucker, Beth Chaim Sanctuary, 4:00pm
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Mazel Tov 

to Rabbi Dan Goldblatt on his 60th birthday on June 20th ...

and to Rabbi Mike Rothbaum and Anthony Russell 
on their June 21st marriage!

SERVICES


All are welcome to come
 celebrate with us.

Friday, June 26
Shabbat Evening Service
at Peace Lutheran Church
6:45pm

Saturday, June 27
Shabbat Morning Service
9:30am

CHESED
Hands

CHESED UPDATE

DONALD JAMES
Donald had an abdominal aortic aneurysm dissection. He was hospitalized but is now home in Washington, D.C. Tanya will be coming back to the Bay Area on Sunday. His recovery will be slow. We hold him in our prayers.

Cards are appreciated:
Donald James
1150 4th St., SW, #1103
Washington, D.C. 20024
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JENIFER ZETLAN
Jenfier broke her foot recently and is on the mend. There are no chesed needs at this time. Prayers and cards are appreciated.
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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
Sunday, July 5, 3:00-4:30-m
Temple Isaiah Lower Ed Bldg., 
Rm 204
Join others in sharing and supporting those dealing with anxiety, depression or other emotional challenges. Facilitated by licensed marriage and family therapist, Valerie Milner, and Diana MaKieve. RSVP to Diana@openourhearts.net or call 925.988.9707.

Mental Health First Aid
August 30 & September 13
8:30am - 1:00pm
This eight hour class will be presented in two half-day sessions and teaches how to recognize possible mental health problems developing, assess risk and take action to calm the situation and gain help. Sign up by contacting Diana at 925.988.9767. Limited seating is available.

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

TIKKUN OLAM OPPORTUNITIES 

 

CONTRA COSTA INTERFAITH HOUSING SUMMER HELP

Several opportunities:

- Help run or take charge for one week at an on-site summer camp. Requirement: 2 hours per day for 1 week (Monday thru Thursday). You choose the hours. There is always adult supervision provided.

- Fall Backpack Program. Help coordinate backpacks and supplies over the summer for 120 CCIH students.

- Vegetable Garden Support. We just planted our first vegetable garden and are eager to learn about raising vegetables. Come share your knowledge.

 

For more information or to volunteer, contact Gloria Bertolozzi at gloria@ccinterfaithhousing.org. 

 

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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A NEW SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

The search committee has been formed and has begun our task of filling the position of our Beit Midrash Principal and B'nei Mitzvah Coordinator. We know that many in our congregation have contacts within the greater Bay Area Jewish community, and we would like to enlist your help spreading the word about this job opportunity with our fabulous Beit Midrash. 

 

Our goal is a smooth and strong transition for this program that is so central to the experience of our member families. If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please review the job description by clicking HERE and submit a resume and cover letter to the Beth Chaim office electronically to admin@bethchaim.com

 

Please do pass along this job description If you know of qualified individuals, or have contacts who might know such individuals. The position has also been posted on several Jewish organization and educator job search sites.

 

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.

 


IN OUR GARDEN

FREE SEEDLINGS! Our Religious School children planted a lot of seeds during the spring, and many of those seeds have sprouted. If you would like to adopt some seedlings, please come on over to the Temple and pick some up for your garden. There are tomatoes, peas, herbs, kale, and more. The seedlings can be found soaking up the sunshine on the patio just outside the kitchen door. 


ROSH CHODESH GATHERING

NOTE DATE CHANGE: Thursday, June 25, 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 Deborah Wechsler will lead. 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. 

UN 70th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
Friday, June 26, 6:45pm Shabbat Service; 7:00pm Concert
Peach Lutheran Church
Beth Chaim members and our friends from Peace Lutheran will gather with Rabbi Dan for a brief Shabbat service and then enjoy a concert commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter.

UN CHARTER 70th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Saturday, June 27
Morning Program: 10:30am-1:00pm
Afternoon Program: 12:45-6:00pm
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
In celebration of the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945, the United Nations Association of San Francisco will co-host an historic event that will include speakers, educational workshops and a special concert. Rabbi Dan will participate as part of the committee. Tickets are free, but limited to the first 1,000 who register. Go to http://un70charter.org/tickets/ to reserve your seat.

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

Summer Break! See you in the Fall!

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B'NEI MITZVAH MEETING 

FOR INCOMING 7TH GRADERS

Wednesday, June 24, 7:00pm 

OR Thursday, June 25, 7:00pm

Beth Chaim Sanctuary

Families with children becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in 2016 need to attend one of these two planning meetings. Contact Alex in the office with any questions. 


BEIT MIDRASH YEARBOOKS

There are still a few 2014-15 Beit Midrash Yearbooks available for purchase. Cost is $18 each. 

Contact Alex at SchoolAdmin@bethchaim.com.

 

2015-2015 REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2015-2016 Year is now open. 

Click HERE for registration forms. NOTE: Deadline is July 15th.

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WEEKLY TORAH PORTION VIDEO

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

Parshat Chukat:
How Snakes Help us
Confront our Fears


 SISTERHOOD
ONE BAY ONE BOOK CLOSING PROGRAM: 
Meet Author David Bezmozgis
Wed., June 24, 7pm: Palo Alto
Thurs., June 25, 7pm: San Francisco
Meet the author of the current Book Group selection. Click HERE for the flyer with details on the two programs.

BOOK GROUP
Tues., July 21, 7:00pm
Home of Deborah Blankfeld
The selection is The Wives of Los Alamos by TraShea Nesbit.

Save the date for September 16, 7:00pm
Special Author Program featuring Leslie Rupley. Details to follow.

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

BROTHERHOOD

BROTHERHOOD GOLF OUTING

Monday, July 13, 8:00am start time

Crow Canyon Country Club

This is not a tournament, but just a fun day of golf at the Crow Canyon Country Club. Cost is $65 and includes a cart and barbeque lunch afterwards. RSVP to Robert David at  robert.a.david@sbcglobal.net byJune 26th! Call Robert at 925.202.6554 with any questions. Let Robert know if you are interested even if you can't make it on July 13th and we may be able to arrange an alternate date.

 

ANNUAL JEWISH HERITAGE NIGHT WITH THE A'S

Tuesday, August 4, 7:05 Game

Tickets are now available! $28 per person includes a pregame event with Jewish-themed food and a special memento, as well as the game vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Free parking; BART travel and carpools will also be arranged. Reserve your tickets now! Deadline is July 20th.

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ANNUAL DINNER & BOCCE BALL NIGHT

Saturday, August 15, 6:00pm

The ever-popular Dinner and Bocce Ball Night returns. Open to spouses/partners and any adult member of Beth Chaim. This event is a lot of fun and no bocce ball experience is needed. Put it on your calendar now! Details to follow.


 

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.

LIFE LINE SCREENING AT BETH CHAIM
Monday, June 29
Beth Chaim Sanctuary
Life Line Screening offers preventative health screenings which can detect risk for serious disease. For more information on the screenings, see the flyers in the BCC Lobby or visit www.LifeLineScreening.com/community-partners. Appointments are limited and pre-registration is required. To register for an appointment and receive a $10 discount, call 1.888.653.6450 and mention "Beth Chaim."

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
June 25 - August 2
Berkeley Playhouse, Berkeley
The story of Tevye, a dairyman in a small Russian village who tries to maintain the Jewish religious customs of his ancestors while his daughters yearn to adapt to modern ways. Based on the classic stories of Sholem Aleichem, the musical won nine Tony Awards on Broadway and continues to be an audience favorite year after year. Groups of 10 or more can receive a 25% discount on certain performances. For tickets, visit Berkeley Playhouse.

SAVE THE DATES!

Camp Newman Grief & Growing Weekend
August 21-23
This is a weekend program for adults, children, teens, families of all kinds, and friends who are experiencing grief from recent or past losses in their life. The weekend is professionally guided by griefcare specialists, providing a supportive Jewish environment where people of all ages and backgrounds can meet and owrk with those who have experienced similar losses. For more information call 415.750.3436 or visit the Jewish Healing Center website.

Cultivating an Awakened Heart: 
A 6-day Jewish Meditation Retreat 
August 17-23, Santa Sabina Center, San Rafael
This retreat will give you the tools and the time to delve inward with contemplative practice, the vehicle of silence and a variety of Jewish mediation approaches. Click HERE for more information.

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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