Heal the World
Part of the spirit of Congregation Bet Haverim is to contribute to improving our community and the world around us. To that end we offer a number of opportunities within CBH to participate in activities to help improve the lives of our friends and neighbors.
There are groups at Bet Haverim that channel our passion for healing:
We also share information about programs and activities in neighboring communities that can use our helping hand. If you know of an activity or organization that should be mentioned, please contact the office or our Communications Coordinator.
You can follow up with current postings listed below.
From Lament to Hope: We Are The Response We Have Been Waiting For
(Remarks delivered at the Lament to Hope Action, Sunday, August 30, 2020) Jews are no strangers to lament. Our history of loss, destruction, and persecution has attuned our hearts to the unique cry, the distinct timbre of the lament. We feel it in our bones. It courses through our blood. And today our hearts are […]
The lesson that we have to learn from Juneteenth
On the occasion, this past Friday, of Juneteenth, marking the “official” end of slavery in the the United States, I shared these words with our community during our erev Shabbat services and, now, I am happy to be able to share them with all of you: As the Israelites set out from Mt. Sinai, at […]
When Psalm Thoughts and Prayers Are Just Not Enough
O, Source of Being, how long, how long will we abide this pernicious virus that lurks in darkness waiting to suck out the breath of life from us, leaving us gasping, crying out. A disease so devastating that it can strike you down in the middle of the day when you are walking by the […]
Madeline Rosenthal Goodwin Memorial Scholarship available
The Jewish Community Foundation of the West has announced scholarships available to residents of the Sacramento Region. The Madeline Rosenthal Goodwin Memorial Scholarship will be paid to the college or university where the winning applicant is enrolled to cover tuition, books, or related academic fees for the 2020/2021 academic school year. Two Grants Are Available […]
To Save A Life is to Save The World
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of our Reform Movement, recently wrote that many well meaning people, on reflecting upon the global impact of the current Coronavirus pandemic, opine that we are all in the same boat. However, Rabbi Jacobs makes a very important distinction: we may all be on the same boat, but some of […]
Davis Community Meals hosted by CBH
Davis Community Meals — signup page The third Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. Bet Haverim has an opportunity every month to make a difference in the lives of the hungry in our community by making possible a warm meal in a sheltered setting. Volunteers of all ages are welcomed and encouraged.
Contemporary usage of the phrase shares with the rabbinic concept of mipnei tikkun ha-olam a concern with public policy and societal change and with the kabbalistic notion of tikkun, the idea that the world is profoundly broken and can be fixed only by human activity.
Tikkun Olam, once associated with a mystical approach to all mitzvot, now is most often used to refer to a specific category of mitzvot involving work for the improvement of society — a usage perhaps closer to the term’s classical rabbinic origins than to its longstanding mystical connotations.
(from My Jewish Learning)