August 2, 2016 /27 Tamuz 5776

Friday, August 5   
Shabbat Evening Service
7:30pm - Sanctuary


All are welcome to come
celebrate with us.

August 5, 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.

Tikkun Olam Opportunities

Toiletries Drive
We are collecting large, full size cosmetics and toiletries, as well as diapers, tissues and wipes for newcomer families of JCFS of the East Bay. Travel size toiletries are also still being accepted.

Donations will be presented as a "Welcome Bag" including: toothbrushes/paste, soaps, combs, deodorant, dental floss and other basic items.
Please bring your items to the drop box in the Beth Chaim 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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Calling all teenagers!

The Beit Midrash is now accepting applications for Madrichim for Sundays and/or midweek!

Click Here for the online application.
Outdoor Spaces

Our solar panels are up and running! 
Great news! The construction of our solar electric system is now complete, and we are producing power! We are currently in a testing phase, and there are still some administrative details to be worked out with PG&E before we reap the full benefits of the system (which may take a few months), but we are effectively operational. There are also still some landscape repairs and planting to do, but that is near to completion as well. Our heartfelt thanks go to all who participated in this project, none moreso than Jon Bronstein, who has acted as our de facto project manager throughout the entire process. Thank you, Jon!

Patio Progress 
Work on our patio continues apace. Lots of activity, worker bees, and changes, happening right before our eyes. Stay tuned over the next weeks to the Happenings for a formal announcement of our finalized outdoor living room!

Events at Beth Chaim

Workshop: Enriching the Self
Sundays, 4:00-5:30pm, August 14, 21 & 28
Jenifer Zetlan is offering this three-session seminar that provides an introduction to the Sefirot, "God's emanations," and how its wisdom can enrich and deepen the meaning of daily living.

To register,contact the BCC office
Cost: $40, Materials Fee: $10

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:

Gan ShalomGan 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!

The Beit Midrash Religious School & Midrasha

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

Beit Midrash Calendar

Aug. 23-24 (Grades 3-6)  - Hebrew Power Hour 5:00-6:00pm
Aug. 30-31 (Grades 3-6) - Hebrew Power Hour 5:00-6:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 4 - No school, Labor Day
Sept. 6-7 (Grades 3-6) - Hebrew Power Hour 5:00-6:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 11 - Religious School  from 9:15-12:15 
Sept. 12-14 (Grades 3-7) - Hebrew Power Hour 5:00-6:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 18 - Religious School 9:15-12:15
Sept. 19-21 - Hebrew Power Hour 5:00-6:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 25 - Religious School 9:15-12:15
Sept. 26-28 - Hebrew Power Hour 5:00-6:00pm
Sunday, Oct. 2  - No school, Rosh Hashanah


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

Parsha Hashavua: Matot
Parsha Hashavua: Matot

(click on any of the linked titles to go to the sign-ups)
Prickly Pear Wednesday August 31, 2016 
6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Prickly Pear Cantina
Please join your fellow sisters at the Prickly Pear Cantina on Wednesday, August 31st at 6:45 pm, to enjoy a fun night out as we enjoy some tasty Mexican food and a margarita or two. The first round of drinks is on us!
Upcoming Book Group Selections
August - The Paris Architect, by Charles Belfoure
September - The Guest Room, by 
October - A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
*November - The Beauty Queen, by Sarit Yishai-Levi
* possible author Q &A in November; if so, this book selection will be moved to a future month.

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 
Tuesday, August 9, 7:05pm Game Time
$25 per person; includes a pregame event with Jewish-themed food and a special memento (an A's blanket this year!). Open to family and friends. Free parking; BART travel and carpools may also be arranged. RSVP to mark.yarkin@gmail.com with the number of tickets, or reserve your tickets via PayPal by going to  Beth Chaim's website here and click on the "Donate" button in the lower left corner (indicate Jewish Heritage Night). Or mail a check to the office payable to Beth Chaim Brotherhood.

Tickets can be picked up in the Beth Chaim office beginning on Wednesday afternoon.  Office is open 10-4.

Annual Italian Dinner and Bocce Ball Night 
Saturday, August 13, 6:00pm
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 via PayPal by going to Beth Chaim's website here and click on the "Donate" button in the lower left corner (indicate Bocce Ball Night).

Brotherhood Hiking Group
Every Wednesday, 8:30-10:30am
Meet at Danville Pete's (may change). Join us for local hikes and enjoy the beauty right in our backyard. Usually 3-5 miles depending on weather and group consensus. Dogs are welcome! For more information, contact: Harry Kulwin at hkulwin@hotmail.com
or Paul Yamshon at pyamshon56@att.net.

Brotherhood Fantasy Football League
Returning for its second season! We'll need 8-12 teams to run this fun league. It's a $200 buy in and draft day is Sept. 7th to pick the teams. It all tracks online, no prior 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.

 In Our Jewish Community

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Going on now - Aug. 7
Celebrate the full spectrum of Jewish identity, life, and thought through film. Go to www.sfjff.org for full details.

International Day of Peace: Sept. 16-18
Speaking in Peace with Each Other
San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville
An Interfaith weekend. Come for the day, and afternoon, or the whole weekend! Click here for registration info.

Lehrhaus Judaica presents "The Art of Comfort"
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 7:00pm at B'nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek. Conversations about the Jewish way of life and death. Click here to pre-register.

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. Visit www.hflasf.org or call 415.546.9902

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