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Welcome Back! by Ben Sandler, RJE Education Director During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we reflect on the past, increase our awareness of our present, and set new goals for the future. For our students and families, the timing of the holidays weaves into the transition of a new school year, reminding us to be more aware of important transitions for ourselves and for our friends, neighbors, and classmates. As the school year begins, let’s strive to understand—and support—the excitement and apprehension inherent to the transition process. Will I make new friends? What will my teacher be like? Will I understand the lessons? How will I find my

new classroom? What should I wear the first day of school? As our students dive into new and more complex material, they are called to understand themselves and the world in new ways. Each generation faces both timeless and unique challenges and opportunities, joys, and disappointments. As the new school year begins, let our students be guided and inspired by Jewish thought and practice. Let them know that each of them can make a positive contribution confronting tough issues like climate change, xenophobia, economic justice, and school safety. May they experience the joys of friendship and celebrations, engage in learning opportunities inside and outside the classrooms, with peer

groups and with their families, in familiar settings and in new places, and through multimodal and experiential learning. May our students always know how much joy and light they bring to their families and community, and how much we are here to support them on their own journey of self-discovery. I’m exceedingly grateful to our CBI Clergy, teachers, madrichim, and staff for all their good work towards creating our learning community. Thank you to all our parents, guardians, and caring adults for partnering with us on our students’ Jewish journeys. I look forward to celebrating with you and learning together all year long! Shanah Tovah, Ben

Teen Travel Trips

Youth Groups

Civil Rights Trip to Mississippi for Eleventh and Twelfth Graders

Dor Chadash

Thursday, November 7 - Monday, November 11, 2019

Sunday, September 15 during Religious School

On alternate years, our teens head to the south with our congregant Ron Silver to learn about the Civil Rights Movement and the role Jews played in it. This year, Cantor Cahana will be joining them as they head to Mississippi where they’ll learn about the Freedom Riders, attend services at a local synagogue and a local Baptist Church, and attend many renowned museums and sites.

Los Angeles Trip for Eighth and Ninth Graders Friday, November 15 - Sunday, November 17, 2019 Teens will head down to sunny Los Angeles for a weekend of touring, bonding, and experiencing Jewish LA! Students will enjoy a food tour, have services at a local synagogue, and much more around the vibrant city of LA.

L’taken Trip to DC for Tenth Grade Thursday, February 27 - Sunday, March 1, 2020 Join Rabbi Joseph in Washington, DC to lobby our congressional leaders on topics that are meaningful to you! L’taken is a weekend long trip organized by the Religious Action Center that has been running for over twenty years. Students will attend programs on a range of topics, including Israel, the environment, reproductive rights, LGBTQ civil rights, church/state separation, international relations, and more. This is an integral part of the Confirmation class experience for all tenth graders. Contact Chelsea at with any questions about teen travel opportunities.

Opening Program Dor Chadash is going big this year by kicking things off with a program during Religious School for everyone to attend for free! Students will love this pop up surprise program and get excited for all the fun Dor Chadash programs throughout the rest of the year!

Yom Kippur Teen and Youth Study Experience Wednesday, October 9, 1:00 PM Middle School students will have a learning program just for them in the Amy R. Goldsmith/Spear Research Library during the Yom Kippur breakout sessions. This program will have unique learning opportunities and offer a great space to learn and ask big questions about the High Holidays.

PARTY PARTY Yom Kippur Experience Wednesday, October 9, 1:00 PM This peer-led High School High Holiday experience in the Amy R. Goldsmith/Spear Research Library is the perfect time for teens to experience the holiday together and learn from their peers. They’ll discuss, do a hands on project and have plenty of time to socialize and catch up.


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Profile for Congregation Beth Israel

Aug/Sep/Oct 2019 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the Aug/Sep/Oct 2019 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform...

Aug/Sep/Oct 2019 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the Aug/Sep/Oct 2019 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform...