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Bulletin December 2016 Kislev-Tevet 5777 Vol. 66, No. 2

Celebrate with us at Congregation Beth Israel’s

PRE-CHANUKAH FAMILY CELEBRATION! Friday, December 16 • 6pm • Goodman Hall Portland Food Carts! Latkes! Donuts! Fun for people of all ages! Come get in the Chanukah spirit with us and experience different activities. To RSVP, contact Marisa at 503-222-1069 or In keeping with the Chanukah theme and to support the Greater Portland community, please bring a donation of quart or gallon size Ziploc bags and/or paper towels for our partners at Lift Urban Portland.

Hineinu presents

CBI Shares

Shabbat From Our Dome To Your Home


Hineinu Highlights Hineinu, our ongoing commitment to strengthen our community and recognize the kedusha (sanctity) of one another, continues to bring us together. We have a lot to look forward to in the months ahead!

New Members’ Shabbat Service and Oneg

CBI Shares Shabbat

Friday, January 6

Gather with your fellow congregants for the biggest Shabbat in CBI’s history! We are asking our congregants to participate in Shabbat in our homes, either as hosts or guests. Details on p. 3.

We invite members who joined CBI in 2016 to join us for services, and to speak with Clergy, senior staff members, and other congregants, and to learn all about our Ambassador program.

Friday, February 3

B’nei Mitzvah

Our Leadership

Benjamin Aiden Glover

Return to Rededication – A Fall Journey from High Holidays to Chanukah

Benjamin Aiden Glover will become a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, December 31st. Benjamin is the son of Brian and Tamara Glover, younger brother of Isaac and Declan and older brother of Emmalena. Benjamin is a 7th grade student at Lakeridge Jr. High School in Lake Oswego. He enjoys sports, especially football where he excells at defensive end, left tackle and tight end, scoring three touchdowns this last season! For his Mitzvah Project, Benjamin has decided to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Benjamin was inspired by a young man whose wish was to be Batman for a day and it has inspired him to try and help those children not as fortunate as himself.

by Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Senior Cantor The calendar year is drawing to its close; a time when many of us think about what is to come. I like to reflect through a Jewish lens and in doing so, offer this to you:

Ike Cavan Salinsky Ike Cavan Salinsky will become Bar Mitzvah on December 31st. He is the son of Michael and Linda Salinsky, and younger brother of Ethan. Ike is a 7th grader at West Sylvan Middle School, avid reader, and plays baseball and soccer on Lincoln junior teams. For his Mitzvah Project, Ike will raise money for, and volunteer at, the Oregon Humane Society.

UPCOMING EVENTS: CBI Book Group Sunday, December 4, 9:00 AM Shirley and Herbert Semler Board Room Like good books and great company? Join the CBI Book Group for both. We’ll discuss They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine. Want to get a head start on January’s read? Grab a copy of B.A. Shapiro’s The Muralist and enjoy!

Jews on the Frontier of Sports Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 PM Pollin Chapel Presenters: Harry and Marshall Glickman The list of Jews who have shaped the business of sports is legendary—David Stern (former NBA Commissioner), Bud Selig (former MLB Commissioner), Gary Bettman (NHL Commissioner), Mark Cuban (Mavericks owner), Roman Abromovich (Chelsea owner), Al Davis (former Raiders owner), Jerry Reinsdorf (Bulls & White Sox Owner) – and longtime CBI member and community member Harry Glickman, the father of professional sports in Oregon. Harry, together with his son Marshall, will present their take on how sports became a way out of poverty for many Jewish immigrants, and how so many Jews rose to become the catalysts of the future of sports in America.


On Yom Kippur as the ten days of introspection and soul accounting ended, we sang, “Return again; return to the land of your soul.” Our community gathered in need of hope and inspiration and the comfort that comes with sitting with others in our community, sometimes in the same seats your family sat in for generations; sometimes with people who welcomed you as a newcomer to their temple family. On the heels of this deeply meaningful and happy congregational reunion came the harvest festival holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. We ate together under the Sukkah, then danced with the Torah scrolls in celebration of life’s possibility and the joy of Jewish learning. Now, we approach the festival of lights, coinciding this year with the Christmas holiday. Chanukah this year will come just a few days after winter solstice; the nadir of light. Chanukah is primarily associated with a time for being together with family and friends; telling the story of the fight for religious freedom and the miracle of the menorah with its tiny bit of oil lasting for eight days. This year, the lunar calendar has done us a favor in placing Chanukah after the darkest, shortest day of the year. As the light of each day slowly increases, we will amplify that increasing brightness with every candle we light. Chanukah actually means rededication. As much as we all want to feel there will be more and more light in the world, we need to rededicate ourselves to the task of making it so. And the many ways in which we each can do the good we long to do can be found in concert with others. This year, we are offering a pre-Chanukah service and party on Friday night December 16th where we will learn about the holiday’s meaning and experience different ways of celebrating. There will be opportunities to reflect, to eat, to dance, to rededicate ourselves to doing mitzvot. A recap of our new Jewish year thus far. Bring your inquisitive hearts, appetite (and money for the food carts), dancing shoes, and zip lock bags (quart and gallon size) or rolls of paper towels to benefit Lift Urban Portland. Let us truly add to the light of Chanukah as we rededicate ourselves to what is precious and most dear: our loved ones, our CBI community, our beautiful world. Chanukah Sameach Happy Chanukah! Cantor Ida Rae Cahana

Congregation Beth Israel

Community Hineinu Presents…Countdown to CBI Shares Shabbat Friday, February 3 will find us all connecting with new friends, reconnecting with old ones, lighting candles, saying prayers, and bringing all generations together to explore the meaning of Shabbat as Hineinu presents CBI Shares Shabbat. No worries if you haven’t had Shabbat in your home; whether you know a little or a lot, CBI can help you prepare with programming throughout the winter. Rabbi Joseph and congregant Rob LaForte will lead programs about Shabbat, at 10 AM on Sunday, December 4 and Sunday, January 22. Join them for discussion ranging from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s view of the observance of Shabbat as the sanctification of time and our place in it, to what it means to celebrate Shabbat and how to do it. Additionally, Cantor Cahana will offer a special CBI Shares Shabbat music class on December 4 from 12:00-1:00 after Religious School. In December and January, we will also hold challah baking classes to sharpen our culinary skills; look for dates and times in Beneath Our Dome. Other topics we anticipate covering include the howto’s of creating a Shabbat table, challah-making, and preparing both Ashkenazi and Sephardic Shabbat meals.

We are excited for this event and hope you are too. Please visit the CBI Shares Shabbat Facebook Page to find links to all of the basics of how to celebrate Shabbat: the prayers for candle lighting and the blessings over the bread and wine, plus songs, recipes, and tips on being Shabbat hosts and guests. Use our resources to create your own personal Shabbat style; there’s no one-size-fits-all… individuality is encouraged! On the CBI Website, you will find an online sign-up for CBI Shares Shabbat, so please sign up soon, whether as a guest or as a host. As you join the whole CBI community in preparing for this event Please keep in mind that our beautiful Sisterhood Gift Shop is well stocked with everything you’ll need to enhance your Shabbat celebration, from candles and lovely candlesticks, challah covers and plates to children’s book. Working together, both inside and outside the dome, we are creating ways in which our congregants can find connections, create relationships and nurture and support one another and build community. At CBI we are saying, Hineinu, We are here, here together!

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood honored with 2016 Kavod Award

The CBI Brotherhood, far from being a clandestine organization as some may suspect, is actively looking for new members to help engage in community service and social activities.

by Lynn Gelber WRJ/BI Sisterhood President

Some of our projects include:

Kavod means to honor and respect. Kavod awards are given to honor outstanding programs, fundraisers, community service, social action, and PR projects. Kavod awards are given by WRJ Pacific District for different programs put on throughout the past two year period by sisterhoods across the district. We submitted two applications for a Kavod Award, one for our Library Rejuvenation and the other for “Oy Vey it’s Mother’s Day” fundraiser. Imagine my excitement when they were reading the winner of the Fundraising Kavod Award and I realized it was CBI Sisterhood’s “Oy Vey it’s Mother Day.” We had come up with this idea in order to raise additional funds for our new Machzor for High Holidays. People could buy bookplates that would be put into the books to honor someone they loved. We thought it was a great idea for someone who didn’t know what to get their mother for Mothers Day and still give to the Congregation. Not only were we successful in obtaining our goal to purchase over five hundred books, our WRJ Pacific District honored us by recognizing this a great program. I want to thank Stephanie Siegel, our Immediate Past President, for this wonderful idea, as well the women of Sisterhood who helped make this program a success, and all the congregants who purchased bookplates.

• A  dministering the Brotherhood Café in Blumauer Auditorium on Sundays • Organizing Blazer games and rafting trip outings • Setting up and taking down the Sukkah • Helping with ushering on the High Holidays • Scheduling probability seminars (low-stakes poker playing) The Brotherhood is also active in advocacy. In September, we took the extraordinary step of asking Jewish men to step up in the fight against child sex trafficking. The presentation brought together several speakers, including local law enforcement, the founder of the country’s first all-men anti-trafficking group, and a trafficking survivor. For those who would like more information or to get involved in on-going efforts for prevention, please contact Ketzel Levine of the Portland Jewish Response Group at When you are part of the Brotherhood new friendships are established, support for Jewish community is realized, and Jewish traditions are strengthened. We can enrich each other’s lives if only we take the time to get to know each other. To join, please mail a check for $36 payable to CBI and send it to the office with your preferred contact details.

It takes a village.

December 2016


L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation

Very Thoughtful People

Condolences to

Mazel Tov to

Debbie and Lance Caldwell on the loss of her brother, Paula Garfinkle Reed and Judah (Ali) Garfinkle on the loss of their uncle, and Kaela and Adrienne Reed, and Maddy, Ian and Leo Garfinkle on the loss of their great uncle, Jacob Lauterstein Driesen, who passed away on November 6, 2016.

Tony and Bianca Urdes on the birth of their daughter, Shira Estee Urdes, born October 2. May she grow in health and wisdom and be a source of strength to her family and all humankind. Tracy Manaster (Alifanz) on the publication of her second novel, The Done Thing, which was released November 4 .

Mindy Becker Jones, on the loss of her mother, and Julie Becker and Adam Becker on the loss of their grandmother, Cynthia Greenberg, who passed away on November 8, 2016.

CBI Continues to Grow

Please join us in welcoming our newest members

Linda Georges on the loss of her husband, Pamela Georges, on the loss of her brother, Michelle Schaeffer and Alec Bean on the loss of their uncle, and the extended Georges family on the loss of Thomas T. Georges III, who passed away on November 13, 2016.

Jonathan and Kelly Tabak and family Karen Borenstein and family Bruce Hyman and Abbi Hattem Gilda Oster

Very Thoughtful People Adult Education Fund

In Memory of Lawrence Winthrop Estelle Winthrop In Honor of Adult Education Committee and Rabbi Cahana “A thank you for the Wrath of Cahana Party” Anita and David August Sivia Kaye’s Birthday Elizabeth Merklein Johnson

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat

In Memory of Judith Meller Megan Brown Abe and Minnie Spivak Harry and Gertrude Semler Victor and Alysmae Nudelman Abe and Gilda Wexler Helen Spivak and Family

Caring Community Fund

IIn Memory of Stanley D. Pitkin Robert and Barbara Crooke In Honor of Tony and Bianca Urdes’ Baby! Don Spiegel and Deborah Davis-Spiegel

Cemetery Beautification

In Memory of Joseph Alkalay Joy Alkalay Pierce Ethier Rose R. Black Eve Black Herbert D. Black David Hudesman David and Diane Rosencrantz Hans Neuberger Rosalyn Neuberger


Josef Neuberger Hans Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Seymour Robinowitz Selene and Chuck Robinowitz

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Nancy Caplan Barry and Barbara Caplan Edwin and Josephine August David August Harry Yurman Louise Ruben Carol Meisels John and Myra Gevurtz Marvin Swire Gloria J. Swire Harriet Packouz Towne Wendy and Bob Steinberg Charles L. Rosenthal John and Marti Rosenthal In Honor of Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall’s New Home John and Marti Rosenthal In Appreciation Rabbi Cahana “Thank You, Rabbi Cahana” Jean Rosenbaum

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of David Bloom Wendy and Bob Steinberg Pearl Friedman Barry and Barbara Caplan Henry Kaplan John and Sarah Epstein Albert Mandelbaum Evelyn Mandelbaum Alan and Lynn Lertzman Miriam Unkeles Margaret Hasson

In Honor of Cantor Cahana’s Recovery Don Spiegel and Deborah DavisSpiegel Cantor Cahana’s Good Health Rosemarie Rosenfeld In Appreciation Joan and Ronald Plushnick Rebecca Hill and John Parks Leslie and Stephen Robinson Diane and Dennis Kirshner Bernard and Anese Klein

Elise F. Wendel Rose R. Black Lawrence S. Black Susan W. Black Elynor Zusman Milton Zusman General Contribution Given By Rachel Halupowski

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary

In Memory of Mark David Larsen Eve Stern and Les Gutfreund

In Memory of Morton Steinhorn Benjamin and Arthur Steinhorn General Contribution Given By Stanley and Debra Geddes

General Administrative

In Memory of Dorothy Baruh Marcus Horenstein David Bloom Lance and Marcy Steinberg Rose Himelstein David and Shawn Looney Herbert H. Lauterstein Lee B. Lowenson Joseph Margolin Phillip Margolin Leo L. Matin Harry and Joanne Glickman Josef Neuberger Rosalyn Neuberger Jacob Ouetz Hilda Steinbock Irving Steinbock Edythe Steinbock Abe Pollin Harold Pollin Gilbert Schnitzer Kenneth and Deborah Novack

Congregation Beth Israel

Hineinu Community Engagement Fund

Jill Newman Slansky Early Childhood Leader Fund In Memory of Lillian Newman Jill Slansky

Miller Room Refurbishment and Restoration Fund In Memory of Julian Albert Albert Family In Honor of Barbara Caplan’s Speedy Recovery Alan and Lana Miller

Oseran Family Lecture In Memory of Alan Zell Janet Zell Preschool

In Memory of Miriam B. Aiken Fran Wolfe

Very Thoughtful People Michael Grunbaum Marilyn and Hans Grunbaum Sherie Reiter Hildreth “In Loving Memory” Bruce, Rich, and Ashley Hildreth Al and Gilda Wexler Victor and Alysmae Nudelman Ruth Semler Helen Spivak and Family

Rosenfeld Family Assistant/ Associate Rabbi Fund In Memory of Betty Donoghue Nancy Caplan Bess Steinan Feldstein Benjamin Feldstein Tammy Kramer

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Sherry Caplan Barry and Barbara Caplan Morris Pollin Harold Pollin Minnie Spivak Gilda Wexler Henry Spivak Jacqueline R. Spivak Helen Spivak and Family Max Jerome Swerdlik Joan and Louis Soriano Gilda Wexler Philip Wexler Carolyn and Eldon Wexler In Honor of Jacob Feldman’s Bar Mitzvah Eve and Alan Rosenfeld

Sally Vidgoff Camp Kalsman Scholarship In Memory of Sheldon Vidgoff Robert and Robin Joy Mesher

Social Action (General) In Memory of Fritz Carr Thomas and Leonard Carr

Eugene Eiseman Gerda A. Eiseman Mara Forsythe-Crane Karla Forsythe, Jim Crane, and Jessa Forsythe-Crane Benjamin Heller Randy Zasloff and Fred Cohen Robert Neuberger Rosalyn Neuberger Anna Press Stephen Press Jacob Solomon Bernice Rosencrantz Roza Willer M. H. Rosencrantz Richard B. Solomon Max J. Swerdlik Gerald and Evelyn Leshgold


In Memory of Sara Berry Bazelon Mimi Richman Charles Berne Frank and Lee Berne Booth Colman Barbara, Howard, and Susan Cohn David Frisch LouAnn Frisch Anna Feves Marlene Weiner Family Betty V. Goldman Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman and Louis Feldman Mollie Katz Pearl Trachtenberg Bertha Mayer Holtzman Wilma Jane Balick and Sandra Kailer Biller John May Sam Shleifer Susan and Stuart Shleifer Eloise Spiegel Don Spiegel and Deborah DavisSpiegel Bernard Carr Lore Labby and Family Mary Jackson Rolaine Vines Copeland Morris and Geraldine Jackson

Erna Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Ruth Saul Davia and Ted Rubenstein Miriam Rosenfeld Meryl Haber

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Sara Bazelon Jim and Michael Richman Samuel Chaimov Gregory and Ellen Chaimov Thea Grunbaum Marilyn and Hans Grunbaum Sherie Hildreth Leo Matin Geri and Jerry Matin Robert J. Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Harriet Packouz Towne Lance and Mary Steinberg Rose Puziss Drs. Paul and Sherry Puziss

Spear Research Library

In Memory of Rose and Harry Ostomel Anne and Maurie Ostomel David Ostomel Linda Ostomel

Temple Improvement

In Memory of Betty Polsky Fred Polsky Gloria J. Swire In Honor of Jacob Colton Feldman’s Bar Mitzvah Marcia Colton

Heims Family Youth Activities Endowment In Memory of Alfred J. Davis Sarah Davis Nathan Dickinson I. Kenneth Davis

Lloyd B. Rosenfeld Youth Leadership Fund In Memory of Miriam Rosenfeld Evelyn Galen Eric and Tiffany Rosenfeld Miriam F. Rosenfeld Ben Rosenfeld Rosemarie Rosenfeld

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Mark Larsen Fagel Director Nathan Rosen Nettie Margolis Stuart and Nikki Director

Simon & Helen Director Endowment In Memory of Anne Davis Alfred Davis Sarah Davis Nathan Dickson Cameron and Dick Davis

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life In Memory of Berta Delman Nicole and Jeff Gullish

Prayer Book

In Memory of Bernie Caplan Tammy Kramer Betty V. Goldman Margo Sercu In Honor of Jacob Colton Feldman’s Bar Mitzvah Margo Sercu

CBI Team Senior Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana Senior Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Associate Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph Rabbi Emeritus Emanuel Rose, D.H.L., D.D. Cantor Emerita Judith Blanc Schiff

Education Department Education Director Ben Sandler, M. Ed. Director of Youth Engagement Shoshanna Pro

Development Director Jen Feldman

Office Assistant Herschel Colbert

Director of Membership and Special Events Marisa Reby

Finance Director Linda Cohen

Education Administrator Sarah Reiter

Program Coordinator Tracy Alifanz

Member Services

Office Administrator Molly Weisner

Executive Director Josh Kashinsky

Clergy Assistant Chelsea Ferguson

December 2016

Accounting Assistant Vicki Greif Facilities Staff Perry Meekins, Facilities Manager Tony Bennett Shalamar Washington Dallas Van Winkle Susie Young

Catering Panel Alfresco Catering by Sheraton 503-335-2853 Julia Deuchler Art of Catering 503-231-8185 Eric Sandstrom Century Catering 503-849-2605 Allen Levin Lisa Glickman CBI Congregant 541-728-6678 Vibrant Table Group/ Food In Bloom 503-297-9635 503-944-6820 Karen Rich


In Remembrance ~ May their memory be for a blessing. December 2 and 3 Theresa Adler* Miriam Aronson Sol Baker Harry Lewis Baron Ida Bergman Sylvia Wurmser Blanc* Robert Blank James D. Bromberg Sherry Caplan Nancy Caplan Samuel Chaimov Regina Cohen William Cohen Adrienne Darnell Theodore B. Davidson* Arnold Dayan E. Frieda Dobrow* Alan Robert Duhnkrack David Finkelstein* Pearl Friedman David Frisch Ann Granger Isaac B. Holzman Beth Israel Samuel Joseph Daniel Kivel Bev Lindemann Nettie Margolis Rose M. Radding Marks* Leonard Meeker Robert J. Neuberger *Barbara Prebish Jeane Rosenberg Wilma “Billie” Rosenblum Anna Saltzman Nathan Shapiro Rachel Shaw Joan Sitwell Minnie Spivak Hilda Steinbock Dorothy Warner Yvette G. Weil* Ira Weiner Margie Winkler Lawrence Winthrop Frances Utay Wolf Albert A. Woolach Rose Rita Wurmser Arthur Zacks Elynor Elynor Zusman December 9 and 10 Lettie Adler Dorothy Baruh Arthur Bergman Rose Bloom Helena Borman Della Cohen

Alfred Edelman David Eisenberg Ryan Ferrante Charlotte Friend Evelyn Galen Betty V. Goldman Bertha Grenley Harry Gross Rosebelle Himelstein* Bertha Mayer Holtzman* Leslie Dell Hughes Adele Labow Selma Lindberg David J. Lipman Burton L. Lipman* Leo L. Matin Paul Matusow James Donald Monteith Josef Neuberger Hyman B. Nudelman Phillip Leo Nudelman Samuel Oldstein Elsie K. Payne Rita Kantor Pearlmutter* Milton Reiter Lottie Roffe Rabbi Abraham J. Rose* Miriam F. Rosenfeld* Miriam Rudnick Bess Shavzin Harry Shleifer* Lucille Almeleh Spring Eleanor Stern Erwin Tanne Nancy P. Thalhimer Erick Thompson Stella Weiss Leon Winters Mildred Zell December 16 and 17 Miriam B. Aiken Herbert Alexander Marilyn Blaushild Elizabeth Canter Fred Carr Booth Colman Irene Crane Fannie Director Marjorie Easton Mindy Elman David Exposito Herman Fagin Anna Feves* Esther Fishman Ann Goldsmith Barr Lily Grover Cecilia Hobin Frank Hochfeld

Victor T. Hoeflich Robert Stuart Joseph Mollie Katz Homer Kiser Morris Korach Ruth Kullman Hannah R. Lang Herbert H. Lauterstein* Ben Meyer Levin* Olga Lewin Rose Lyman Moses Mark John May Judith Meller Robert Arthur Nagel Fannie Oldstein Mary Frances Peters Morris Pollin8 Anita Reinhorn Jerrold (Jerry) Richard Nathan Rosen Harry Rubin Jack Ruby Jean Moss Rustin Louis Sandoz Adele Savinar Sol Sax Jack Schneiderman Alan E. Shevach* Nisa Menashe Shleifer Bessie Silverman Jacob Solomon Morton Steinhorn Gertrude Sussman Milton Tenzer Joseph Munroe Thom Spencer Wing Ethel Young Daniel Zell Norman Zimmerman December 23 and 24 Robert Adams Joseph Alkalay* Josephine August Edwin I. August Maxine Bauer Sara Bazelon Charles Berne Rebecca Bilow Rose R. Black David Bloom Mary Ann Bustamante Ronald Cohen Eugene R. Cohn Alfred J. Davis* Nathan Dickson Frank Director Eugene Eiseman

Benjamin Feldstein Mara Rosanne ForsytheCrane Jerome Freiberg Samuel G. Gilbert* M’Liss Gilbert Bluma Goldberg Mary E. Greenberg* Joseph Greenwald Thea Grunbaum Michael R. Grunbaum Ethel Harrison Mae Hasman Lena Holzman Morris Klein Anne Levitt Evelyn Mandelbaum Morton Mills Morrie Mink Stanley B. Nagel Matthew Neuwelt Augusta Newmark Lillian Opper Jacob Ovetz Anna Press Reva B. Reingold* Shirley Rickles Charlotte Rosen Bernice Rosencrantz* Charles L. Rosenthal Sidney Salenger Ruth Saul Milton Schatz Max Schlesinger Theodore Schoenfeld Cynthia Sherman Anne Siegel Flora Spaiser Jerome Stern Harriet Packouz Towne Bilah Vilner Stanley Wand Elise F. Wendel Gilda Wexler* Roza Willer Jack Winkler Sophie Jean Wolf Harry J. Yurman Corinne “Corky” Zelinka December 30 & 31 Julian Albert Dorothy Asher Rose Backer Pearl Baskin Henry (Bialistok) Billys Eve Black Frank Blumenkron Sidney Cohen

(*) next to a name indicates a memorial plaque has been purchased to ensure the beloved departed is remembered in perpetuity. For information about memorial plaques in the Temple, please contact Tracy at (503) 222-1069 or


Congregation Beth Israel

Sarah Davis Berta Delman Ian Douglas Judith Epstein Victor Feibelman Mandel Fischer Robert A. Freidenrich Anna Geller Leonard Geller Thomas T. Georges, Sr. Abraham Goldstein Rhonda Beth Goldstein Goldie Hammel Jack Handelman Sherie Hildreth David Hudesman Seymour Kaufman Theda Kolker Carol Lang Janice Alexander Levy Harold Light Egon E. Loebner Joseph Margolin Carol Gevurtz Meisels* Rebecca Nelson Erna Neuberger* Burton Nudelman Olive Owen Stanley Pitkin Mary Plotzker Hilda Pomerantz S. Fredrick (Fred) Rabiner Morris H. “Mish” Rosencrantz* Samuel Schneider Edith Schnitzer Myra Scholnick Bruce M. Senders* Gregory Shapiro Herbert Shapiro Samuel N. Shleifer* Sanford Simkoff Manton J. Spear Barbara Spero Eloise D. Spiegel Irving Steinbock Max J. Swerdlik* Ralph Tannenbaum David H. Warshawsky Adam Weinstein Goldie Weinstein Philip Wexler Thelma Wing

December 2016 SUNDAY

Kislev-Tevet 5777







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2  Kislev 2

3  Kislev 3


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Tot Shabbat 9:00 AM PC

Adult Hebrew and B’nei Mitzvah 7:00 PM

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

8  Kislev 8

9  Kislev 9

10  Kislev 10

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR

Executive Committee 12:00 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Religious School (K-7) 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM SEC


Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

Hineinu 50’s+: Andy Warhol 10:00 AM PAM

Adult Hebrew and B’nei Mitzvah 7:00 PM

Save the Date MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. SHABBAT & CELEBRATION Friday, January 13, 2017 6 pm, Main Sanctuary 4  Kislev 4

5  Kislev 5

6  Kislev6

7  Kislev 7

Tiny Talkers ECE Program 10:00 AM GH

PJ Havdalah 5:30 PM

Share Shabbat Program 10:00 AM CBI Shares Shabbat Music Class 12:00 PM Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM SEC

11  Kislev 11

12  Kislev 12

13  Kislev 13

Religious School (K-7) 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM SEC Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM SEC

14  Kislev 14

15  Kislev 15

16  Kislev 16

17  Kislev 17

Adult Education: Jews on the Frontier of Sports 7:00 PM PC

Adult Education Committee 8:30 AM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR


Pre-Chanukah Family Celebration 6:00 PM GH

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

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23  Kislev 23

24  Kislev 24

Winter Break - No Classes

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Chanukah Begins 1st Candle

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 PM SBR Adult Hebrew and B’nei Mitzvah 7:00 PM

18  Kislev 18

19  Kislev 19

20  Kislev 20

21  Kislev 21

Winter Break - No Classes

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

25  Kislev 25

26  Kislev 26

27  Kislev 27

28  Kislev 28

29  Kislev 29

30  Tevet 1

31  Tevet 2

Chanukah - 2nd Candle

Chanukah - 3rd Candle

Chanukah - 4th Candle

Chanukah - 5th Candle

Chanukah - 6th Candle

Chanukah - 7th Candle

Chanukah - 8th Candle

Knit‘n’Nosh 12:30 PM SBR

Chanukah Party 4:00 PM Rabbi Joseph’s house

Winter Break - No Classes

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin Glover 10:30 AM Temple

Winter Break - No Classes Offices Closed

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Lift UP Christmas Dinner 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM GH

Havdalah Bar Mitzvah of Ike Salinsky 5:00 PM Temple

Location Key BA = Blumauer Auditorium GH = Goodman Hall LB = Library LF = Lipman Foyer MR = Miller Room PC = Pollin Chapel SBR = Shirley & Herbert Semler Board Room SC = Shemanski Chapel SEC = Sherman Education Center SFC = Schnitzer Family Center

View our calendar and campus map online at

Administration..................................503-222-1069 Offices & Clergy Education Department & Preschool WRJ/BI Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop Fax.......................................................................503-274-1400 Beth Israel Cemetery ...........426 SW Taylors Ferry Road

Congregation Beth Israel


Congregation Beth Israel

1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209-2097


Board of Trustees 2016/2017 Officers


Theodore M. Nelson President

John Epstein Stacy Friedman David Goldwyn Glen Levy Robin McCoy Sharon Meieran Joanne Van Ness Menashe Yale Popowich Bob Rosenbaum David Sarasohn Arthur Steinhorn Tony Urdes

Ned Duhnkrack Vice President, Immediate Past President Ilene Davidson Vice President Ali Garfinkle Vice President Brad Tonkin Vice President Mark Peterman Secretary Steve Gradow Treasurer

Auxiliaries Lynn Gelber - WRJ/BI Sisterhood President Andy Olshin - Brotherhood President

CHANUKAH - LIGHTING THE CANDLES Candles are added to the Hanukkiyah from right to left, but are kindled from left to right. The newest candle is lit first.

On the Shabbat of Chanukah, kindle the Chanukah lights first and then the Shabbat candles. Light the shamash - the helper candle set higher or lower than all the rest of the candles - first using it to kindle the rest of the Chanukah lights; say or sing:

Lift Urban Portland’s Holiday Dinner Volunteer Opportunities Sunday, December 25, Goodman Hall

Every year for the past 30 or so years, Congregation Beth Israel has hosted a community holiday dinner. This year the dinner is on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM. Many volunteers generously offer their time to ensure a festive event for the guests. In fact, more than 100 volunteers join hands to serve close to 600 dinners. Volunteers are needed before, during and after the dinner: to prepare and decorate, fill gift bags, greet our guests, serve meals, and clean up. You can sign up at: Thank you.

Please help make the holiday season merry for the 20 or so children who are our neighbors at NW Tower & Annex. We will provide a link in the weekly Beneath our Dome email.

Portland for Interfaith Advocacy Day Tuesday, February 7, 2017 CBI Legislative Advocacy Day Wednesday, February 22, 2017

We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe: You make us holy with Your Mitzvot, and command us to kindle the Chanukah lights. Ba-ruch a-ta Adonai, Eh-lo-hei-nu meh-lech ha-o-lam, sheh-a-sa ni-sim la-a-vo-tei-nu/l’i-mo-tei-nu ba-ya-mim ha-heim ba-z’man ha-zeh.

NW Tower Christmas Gift Drive

Social Action Save the Date(s)!

Ba-ruch a-ta Adonai, Eh-lo-hei-nu meh-lech ha-o-lam a-sher ki-d’sha-nu b’mitz-vo-tav v’tzi-va-nu l’had-lik ner shel Hanukka.

We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe: You showed wonders to our fathers/mothers in days of old, at this season. On the first night only we add: Ba-ruch a-ta A-do-nai, Eh-lo-hei-nu meh-lech ha-o-lam, she-heh-cheh-ya-nu, v’ki-y’ma-nu, v’higi-anu, la-z’man ha-zeh. We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe: who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season.

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December 2016 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the December 2016 issue of Congregation Beth Israel'sa monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform sy...

December 2016 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the December 2016 issue of Congregation Beth Israel'sa monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform sy...