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March Announcements

Masks are OPTIONAL (but recommended) to attend all in-person events and services

Remember that if you don't feel well or are experiencing any cold-like symptoms, please stay home and attend services virtually.


On Fri, 3/1, Temple Beth Torah will be a part of Shabbat Across America sponsored by the National Jewish Outreach project. Congregations across the country will be opening their doors to their congregants and community members to join in a special in-person Shabbat evening. Michelle Eisenbruck, Dave Makower, and Cheryl Cohen will be leading a brief service around the Shabbat Tables in the sanctuary following a delicious dinner prepared by members of the Board of Directors. WTBT will serve a yummy oneg following the service. Please click here to register by Wed, 2/28.

Have you signed up to help us bake Hamantashen for Purim next weekend? Please click here to register! For questions, please email Stephanie Kubina at


We are proud to be community partners for Being Good Neighbors: an Interfaith Symposium, sponsored by Tri-City Interfaith Council. Join us at Washington Hospital West as we strengthen cross-cultural communal bonds and learn how to better support their Muslim and Jewish neighbors in the Bay Area during this time of increased intolerance and violence. This event will feature interactive "Meet Your Neighbor" conversations, a panel entitled "How to Be Good Neighbors to Muslims & Jews In Our Community'' with distinguished speakers (incl.Rabbi Zoe), a community dinner to break the fast of Ramadan, and a Havdallah ceremony concluding Shabbat. Click here to register by Tue, 3/12. Don't miss this opportunity to help make our Tri-Cities a more connected and supportive community for all its residents.

Esther needs our help! The competition to become queen now has a trivia component! Come join us as we decide who will be her trivia advisor. Don't forget your costumes! This program is geared for Ages 13+. Please click here to RSVP by Wed, 3/20. 

7:00pm - Falafel dinner (21+ may BYOB)
7:30pm - Megillah reading
8:00pm - Trivia


Starting on Sun, 3/10, we will begin studying "Siddur Prayers as Holy Text". We say the words of our prayer book on Shabbat, but what do they mean, where do they come from, and how are we meant to connect to them? Join us for virtual Torah Study starting each Sunday at 11:00am through the last Sunday in May as we explore the words of our Siddur together. (NO TORAH STUDY ON SUN, 3/3)

We're always looking for TBT community members to sponsor events, whether fun, educational, religious, or all three. Do you have an idea? Maybe you're thinking about the possibility of another game night? A paint and sip night? A community nature hike? Click here to start the process of bringing your ideas to life

If you know of any congregants, or any family members or friends who would like to receive email communication from TBT, please forward them this link to sign up. It's quick and easy - they just add their email address and name one time, and voila - they're automatically subscribed!

Temple Beth Torah has created a Legacy Endowment with the Jewish Federation and Foundation of the East Bay. For more information, please contact Pip Ziman at


February 2

*Rosalynd Bernstein

Jay Tenen Father of Edith Caplan

Lumen Barbosa Mother of Melody Barbosa-Kheylik

William "Bill" Bitter father of Arlynn Bitter Peavey

Ellen Brotherton Mother of Joe Eagle

Kay Carmona remembered by Tony Monroe

Lea Fefferman mother of Edith Caplan

Bernard Field father of Penee Feinberg

Coleman Karesh father of Sara Leinkram

Herbert Marx father of Monica Silberberg

Ann S. Weiner mother of Alan Weiner

February 9

*Dr. Marcus Cohen 

*Harriet Gore mother of Verrona Gore

Rachel Howard sister of Bonny Mannina

*Rose Hillman

*Aaron Hirsch

*Morris Kassel

*Moishe Klein father of Janice Fonteno

*Anna Kleiman

Moshe Kopilow remembered by Sonja Radcliff

Hugh Meyers remembered by Pip Ziman

Jussi Rajna father of Hugo Silverberg-Rajna

*Enya Savransky 

Frederick Steinberg remembered by Gerrieann Smith

Tamara Toth daughter of Susan Toth

*Saul Volansky father of Monique Bradley

Lin Yan remembered by Yan Family

February 16

Steve Avon Son of Ruth Avon

*Avi Ben-Ora father of Rabbi Eve Ben-Ora

*Philip Brand remembered by Sharon Sacks

Richard Cochran remembered by Dennis Gaye

*Bernice Cohen 

*Morris Diamond

*Edith Fertik

Dolores Grannis mother of Syrah Grannis

Raymond Harris remembered by Jill Maleson

*David Hillman

*Rebecca Hirsch

*Sam Lewis Lazar

*Cecilia Pollack remembered by Nina Laurent

Celia V. Robinson remembered by Jack Weinstein

*Cynthia Schwartz mother of Sheldon Schwartz

*Barry Weisenfeld husband of Nancy Weisenfeld

David Zohn remembered by Leslie Rothback

February 23

*Doris Barnett

*Stull Barr

*Joseph Barth remembered by Steve Elman

*Jeno Baumgarten remembered by Nina Laurent

Harvey Cohen Father of James Cohen

Ghodsi Ehsanipour sister of Bahieh Ehsanipour

Delta Fisher mother of Susan Fisher-Kirschner

Toby Lila Gerhardt mother of Leslie Strauss

Harry Grannis father of Syrah Grannis

*Barney Heckman

Henry Kahalas father of Susan Toth

Sadie Katz mother of Phyllis Dimino

*Jennie Metz remembered by Karen Bresler

March 1

*Terezia Baumgarten Grandmother of Nina Laurent

Ruth Bazley Grandmother of Jackie Bazley

Iris Benbasset Mother of Nancy Hom

Barrie Dimino Daughter of Phyllis Dimino

Bernard Katz Father of Cheryl Cohen

Sy L. Keiser Father of Mr. Stanley Keiser

*Sara Lewis Mother of Karen Bresler

Dorothy Rothbach Mother of Craig Rothbach

Samuel N. Weiner 

Father of Alan Weiner

Simon Zohn Uncle Leslie Rothbach

March 8

Jacob Brodzinsky Uncle of Hannah Brodzinsky

Aghdas Ehsanipour Sister of Bahieh Ehsanipour

Aaron Elkaim Father of Suzanne Corbett

Oleg Gurtovoy remembered by Larisa Krasnovskaya

Ingrid Orth remembered by Sonja Radcliff

March 15

Rena Brodzinsky Mother of Hannah Brodzinsky

*Morton Dobrow Father of Bonny Mannina

Sam Eagle Father in law of Jo Eagle

*Dora Elman Grandmother of Steve Elman

Robert Kierr friend of Jill Maleson

Henry Menache Brother of Carl Menache

Bella Rothbach Aunt of Craig Rothbach


March 22

Mitchel Friedman Father of Audrey Perlman

Aubrey Perlman Father of Stewart Perlman

*Louis A. Rosenbaum Father of Herman Rosenbaum

*Birdie Schulman Mother of Rabbi Avi Schulman

March 29

Matityahu Friedman Father of Dalia Vernikovsky

Osher Gealekman remembered by Larisa Krasnovskaya

Daniel King remembered by Babe King

*Liesel Marx Mother of Monica Silberberg

Steve Ravenscroft Brother of Greg Ravenscroft

February & March Yahrzeits

Zecher Tzaddik Livracha - “May the Memory of the Righteous Be For a Blessing.” 

A * before the names below signifies that a Memorial Plaque will be lit in their memory.


Tree of Life Commemorative Plaques

Would you like to memorialize a beloved family member or friend who is no longer with us? Have you had a memorable family happening this year, such as a new baby, an engagement, a wedding, or a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Think of how wonderful it would be to put a leaf on our beautiful Tree of Life in commemoration of a loved one's memory, or a joyous event. In the years to come, you will see the leaf, and the blessed memories of loved ones or of happy occasions will come to mind again. 

Purchase a leaf on our Tree of Life or a memorial plaque, and engrave the names of special people or special life moments forever. The cost for a leaf is $180, and the cost for a memorial plaque is $500. Credit card payments for leafs and memorial plaques can be made from our Payment and Donations page, but please be sure to inquire with Mara in the office to provide her with details for the personal engravings.

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