July 19, 2016 /13 Tamuz 5776

Don't delay - register for Religious School today!


All are welcome to come
celebrate with us.

July 22nd, 7:30 p.m.


Beth Chaim's Chesed Program translates a philosophy of love 
and compassion to all, 
inside and outside our community, into a program of acts and deeds that help to support and lift each other up in times of need, and at life cycle events.

Please contact us by calling the office at (925) 736-7146 or by email at admin@bethchaim.com
if you have any Chesed needs.

The Star

The July-August issue of
"The Star"
is now available online at the 
Beth Chaim website:

Tikkun Olam Opportunities

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
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.

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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Gan Shalom 
Gan Shalom
Beth Chaim now has a beautiful space designated just for our community at Gan Shalom Cemetery in Lafayette. Click here for more information.

Backpack Drive - Equipping students for success
Contra Costa Interfaith housing needs our support providing school supplies to formerly homeless and low-income children in the upcoming school year. Click here for an easy shopping list and Target registry or contact Naomi Ehrlich at 925-890-3875 with questions. Your donation items can be dropped off at Beth Chaim now through Aug. 8

Mail Call!
Letters were just sent to members to verify your contact information, especially your milestones and Yahrzeit observances. Let us know whether or not we have it all correct!

Events at Beth Chaim
Sacred Jewish Rhythms Drumming Group
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 prayers, singing, dancing, and playing along with other instruments. Drop-ins and beginners welcome.

Sessions are Mondays from 7:30-9:00pm in the Sanctuary

For questions or to RSVP, contact Bruce at:

Outdoor Spaces

Our Patio and Solar Projects Are Underway!

You can't come to the synagogue these days and not notice the beehive of activity on our patio and hillside. That's because our recent Fund-A-Dream and Fund-A-Need projects are now in full construction mode.

Our new patio area will encompass a beautiful outdoor living space, complete with comfortable furniture, re-designed seating areas, and a revamped BBQ space. And our new solar electric system, consisting of over 130 solar panels on our hillside, will - when its full benefits kick in - provide us with clean energy and zero costs for the next 20 years.

Both projects are expected to be completed by the fall, so in the meantime, we ask that you please "pardon our dust." Click here to get more information: Patio and Solar.

The Beit Midrash Religious School & Midrasha

Religious School Registration is now open!
Click Here for online registration.

Contra Costa Midrasha

For more information, to get questions answered, or just 
to say "hi" contact Devra Aarons, CCM's Director at
925.944.4701, by email at office@ccmidrasha.com
online at www.ccmidrasha.com or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ccmidrasha.


Weekly Torah Portion Video
We invite you to share this week's video from G-d Cast with your children: 
Parshat Balak
Parshat Balak

(click on any of the linked titles to go to the sign-ups)

MOO Tuesday July 19, 2016
 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Home of Diana McAnulty

Looking to lose yourself in a good book, and find some good friends in the process? Join us for book group. Held monthly and hosted by various group attendees at their homes. July's selection is "The Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman.
#Thursday Thursday July 21, 2016
 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Polished Nail Bar 

Back by popular demand. Please join us for #THURSDAY night fun at Polished Nail Bar in Blackhawk Plaza. Choose from a mani, pedi, or combo, while sipping on cocktails, nibbling on noshes and schmoozing with your Sisters. This event is limited to 12, so RSVP early.

2017 Sisterhood Sojourn is in the works. Make sure to mark your calendars for May 5-7, 2017.  More details to come. 

For more information on Sisterhood, contact Mary Jo Smith at BCCSisterhood. 


Jewish Heritage Night at the A's - 
Reserve Your Tickets before July 15!
Tuesday, August 9, 7:05 pm Game Time
Tickets are $25 per person; includes a pregame event with Jewish-themed food and a special memento (an A's blanket this year!), as well as the game vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Open to family and friends. Free parking; BART travel and carpools may also be arranged. We need to lock in our ticket count by July 15th to get the best seating. RSVP to mark.yarkin@gmail.com with the number of tickets, or reserve your tickets with Beth Chaim's PayPal (indicate Jewish Heritage Night). Or mail a check to the office payable to Beth Chaim Brotherhood.

Annual Dinner and Bocce Ball Night - Save the Date!
Saturday, August 13, 6:00pm
The ever-popular Italian Dinner and Bocce Ball Night returns. Open to any adult member of Beth Chaim, spouses and significant others. This event is a lot of fun and no bocce ball experience is needed. The night includes an Italian dinner at Beth Chaim and bocce ball at the courts at Sycamore Valley Park across from Beth Chaim. $10 per person. RSVP to mark.yarkin@gmail.com or pay by Beth Chaim's 
PayPal (indicate Bocce Ball Night)

Brotherhood Hiking Group
Every Wednesday, 8:30 am
Meet at Pete's in Danville
(may change each week)
Join the weekly Brotherhood Hiking Group for local hikes and enjoy the beauty right in our backyard. We usually hike three to five miles depending on weather and group consensus. Hikes usually finish up around 10:30 AM. Dogs are welcome. For more information, contact: Harry Kulwin at hkulwin@hotmail.com
or Paul Yamshon at pyamshon56@att.net.

Brotherhood Fantasy Football League
Brotherhood Fantasy Football League returns for its second season! We will need eight teams to run the league, but ten or twelve would be perfect. This is a fun league. It's a $200 buy in and we have a draft day scheduled for September 7th to pick the teams. It all tracks online, no prior fantasy football experience is needed and it does not need to be time consuming. If you are interested, please email mark.yarkin@gmail.com ASAP and we will send you additional information. Invite your Beth Chaim friends and start some friendly competition and two people may share a team.

Upcoming Community Events & Announcements

Save the Date:  September 16-18
International Day of Peace: 
Speaking in Peace with Each Other
San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville
An Interfaith weekend.Come for the day, an afternoon or the whole weekend!
For registration info: Click Here

Lehrhaus Judaica:
"Walking in the Valley of the Shadow and Not Being Afraid"
Join us for a year of conversations about everything everyone (Jews by birth, choice, or by association) needs to know about the Jewish way of life and death.

"Dying/Death/Burial: What Jews Do"
Tuesday, July 5, 7:00pm at B'nai Tikvah, Walnut Creek

"The Art of Comfort"
Tuesday, August 2, 7:00pm at B'nai Tikvah, Walnut Creek

Pre-registration is encouraged.  For information: Click Here

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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