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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Bulletin January 2017

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tevet-Sh’vat 5777 Vol. 66, No. 3

join us for cbi’s annual

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Service friday, january

13, 6 pm


Hineinu presents

CBI Shares

Shabbat From Our Dome To Your Home

Please join us as we celebrate the work of Dr. King and welcome our keynote speakers.

Dr. Geneva Craig

The lives of Dr. Geneva Craig and Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe were joined as teenagers in Selma, Alabama. Geneva was attacked on Bloody Sunday as she marched on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Mary lost her mother, Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered by the KKK at the end of the Selma to Montgomery March. Together Geneva and Mary use their personal stories to inspire us today to fight for justice.

Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe

Our service will include music from the NW Gospel Choir and CBI’s Kol Echad Choir to celebrate Dr. King’s enduring legacy.

CBI Shares Shabbat Checklist

q Read up on what it’s all about on

p. 3 q Immediately start craving challah.

q Sign up at www.bethisrael-pdx.o rg to host of or be a guest at a Shabbat dinn er.

q Mark your calendar for February

3! q Check out, like, follow, and share our CBI Shares Shabbat Facebook page : bat/ q Continue to crave challah.

q Join a Shabbat discussion group with Rabbi Joseph and congregant Rob LaForte on Januar y 22.

q Consider an Ashkenazi Shabbat cooking class on Januar y 8, or Sep hardic Shabbat cooking class on Januar y 22.

q Remember that challah craving? A Januar y 8 challah baking class with Cantor Schiff or a Januar y 29 chal lah baking class with Joel Seres should help. q Receive your host or guest match; prepare to make new friends or reconnect with old. q Brush up on the Shabbat blessing s (the CBI website and CBI Shares Sha bbat Facebook Page will provide resource s) q Light the candles, pour the

wine, and share CBI’s biggest eve r community Shabbat.

Bar Mitzvah

Upcoming Events

Ira MacNaughton Smith Ira MacNaughton Smith will become Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Ira is the son of Libby Schwartz and David Smith. He has a older sibling, River. Ira’s grandparents are CBI congregants Dana and Jerry Schwartz, Jean Kerr Schwartz (z’l), and Beverly and David Smith of Fredericksburg, Texas. A 7th Grader at Lake Oswego Junior High, Ira likes playing tennis, soccer, and baseball. In his spare time he is active in Boy Scouts and also enjoys playing the game Magic. For his Mitzvah Project, Ira is supporting Portland Tennis & Education (PT&E), an organization that serves mostly poorer and underprivileged children to become better scholars, with programming from kindergarten through high school. “I play and love tennis,” Ira says. “For my Mitzvah Project, I am supporting Portland Tennis & Education, a St. Johns-based educational program that incorporates tennis into the school day. As a result, PT&E has a killer tennis team, which my MAC team has played a handful of times. PT&E serves mostly poorer and underprivileged children, and the program really is one of a kind. Please help me support them by making a monetary donation.”

UPCOMING EVENTS: CBI Book Group Sunday, January 8, 9:00 AM Shirley and Herbert Semler Board Room Like good books and great company? Join the CBI Book Group for both. This month, we’ll discuss B.A. Shapiro’s The Muralist.

Jewish Ethics on the Medical Frontier Wednesdays, January 11, January 25, and February 8 7:00 PM Shirley and Herbert Semler Board Room Presenter: Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana Rabbi Cahana presents a three-part series on Jewish ethical responses to cutting-edge medical questions. The first session will consider the beginning and end of life. Session two will concentrate on gender identity. The final discussion will cover cloning and gene editing (CRISPR).

Jews and the Spanish Civil War: On the Frontier of the Fight Against Fascism Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 PM Pollin Chapel Presenters: Ron Silver, Eric Kimmel, and Jeff Kisseloff Ron Silver, Eric Kimmel, and Jeff Kisseloff will relate the history of the first war to confront fascism (1936-1939) and the American Jews who volunteered to fight for the Spanish Republic in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion of the International Brigade. The typical American volunteer was Jewish and was often a communist, a trade unionist, or a student at the City College of New York. Fascist General Franco, supported by Hitler and Mussolini, prevailed and American volunteers received a cold welcome on their return to an America not yet ready to recognize the danger of fascism. As background, consider reading the recently published history “Spain in Our Hearts,” by Adam Hochschild, which describes the experiences of individual American volunteers.

Give the gift of life! The Red Cross has generously agreed to come to Congregation Beth Israel for our very own drive on SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Please join the many CBI members who have already signed up to donate blood, and make a difference in up to three people’s lives with just one donation. Donation slots are filling quickly, so visit the CBI website at to SIGN UP NOW to get your preferred time! Email Sarah Pitman at if you have any questions.


Jews on the Frontier of Sports Rescheduled for weather - Mark your calendars for May 24! Pollin Chapel Presenters: Harry and Marshall Glickman

The list of Jews who have shaped the business of sports is legendary. Harry Glickman tops that list. Join congregants Harry and Marshall Glickman as they present their take on how Jewish athletes and executives became the catalysts for the future of sports in America. Harry Glickman is one of the founders of the Portland Trail Blazers, and was the team’s president from 1987 to 1994. Harry is considered the “father” of professional sports in Oregon. Harry’s son Marshall Glickman is also a former president of the Portland Trail Blazers and has served as a full-time consultant for Euroleague Basketball in Barcelona, Spain. Marshall is one of the few sports business executives who has been intimately involved with both of the world’s leading professional basketball leagues.

Congregation Beth Israel


Hineinu Highlights Hineinu, our ongoing commitment to strengthen our community and recognize the kedusha (sanctity) of one another continues to provide opportunities for our congregants to find connections, create relationships, and nurture and support one another. In the months ahead there will many ways to build and celebrate our community as we say, “Hineinu, We are here, here together!”

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! And please keep in mind that our beautiful Sisterhood Gift Shop is well stocked with everything you will need to enhance your Shabbat celebration from candles and lovely candlesticks to challah covers and plates to children’s books.

CBI Shares

New Members’ Shabbat Service and Oneg


Friday, January 6 We invite members who joined CBI in 2016 to join us for services and Oneg Shabbat where you can speak with Clergy, senior staff members and other congregants to learn all about our Ambassador program and other opportunities to become engaged in our community.

From Our Dome To Your Home


Activities for Adults

CBI Shares Shabbat Friday, February 3 Imagine how incredible it will be when on one specific night 850 families share Shabbat together and celebrate the biggest Shabbat in CBI’s history. We are asking all our congregants to participate in Shabbat in our homes, either as a host or a guest; with people we know or have just met; with our children and grandchildren; our friends and neighbors. We will all experience the joys of Shabbat together, lighting candles, sharing food, saying prayers, and creating community as Hineinu presents CBI Shares Shabbat. Whether you have previously experienced celebrating Shabbat in your home or not, we invite you to help prepare for CBI Shares Shabbat with a variety of learning and sharing opportunities. On Sunday, January 22, Rabbi Joseph and Rob LaForte will lead a Shabbat discussion group. Not sure what to cook for a Shabbat dinner? We’ve got it covered. There will be cooking classes and demonstrations on preparing an Ashkenazi Shabbat dinner on January 8, a Sephardic Shabbat dinner on January 22, and Challah baking classes on January 8 and January 29. Space is limited, so please reserve a place by contacting Tracy Alifanz at

As part of Hineinu we have formed two ongoing adult cohorts a 50+ group and a 30s to 50s group - providing fun, creative, and meaningful opportunities to come together for outings and cultural events at CBI and in the community. Each event is initiated and planned by members of the cohort. If you have an event you would like to suggest for your group, please reach out to Tracy Alifanz at She will share it with the cohort coordinators Jan Cohen (30s - 50s) and Margie and Michael Anton (50+) and send an invitation to the distribution group. You can also find a copy of the form on the CBI website under the Hineinu tab. If you know anyone who is interested in social activities for adults but doesn’t use email, please give Tracy the contact information and we will try to contact him/her in a timely manner. Also, if you know congregants who are interested in joining one of the cohorts, please ask them to send their contact information to us and we will have them added to the distribution group. For more information, to suggest a program or an activity for one of the cohorts or to share contact information, please contact us at

Parents of 6th and 7th Grade Religious School Students We just want to give you a heads up about one more opportunity for Hineinu, to be here, together. The Beth Israel Brotherhood will be re-launching their Sunday morning Brotherhood Café and invite you to join them to hang out with other Religious School parents by offering a coupon for a free drink. It will be coming in the mail soon so look out for it!

We are so excited to celebrate Shabbat together and hope you will join us. On the CBI Website, you will find an online sign up for CBI Shares Shabbat, so please add your name soon, either as a guest or as a host. You can also visit the CBI Shares Shabbat Facebook Page ( to find links to all of the

Opportunities Abound Are you looking to connect with a particular cohort here at CBI? Do you have a great idea to bring our community closer? Hineinu is here with you! Call Tracy in the CBI Office at 503-222-1069 to get started.

January 2017


Developing CBI With Continued Thanks by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director The team at CBI knows I detest the expression: we can’t thank you enough. As a Development Director and in truth, even in my own personal life, I believe it is incumbent upon each of us to let someone know how much you appreciate what they say or do. We are fortunate to have the platform of this Bulletin through which we can express our extreme gratitude to each and every person who has gone above and beyond to help CBI meet the needs of every congregant. Your generosity and ongoing partnership supports CBI’s diverse programs and services and assures that all we do here remains open and available to all. This openness is one of our integral values and we are proud to list all who have partnered with us to maintain it. There are plenty of opportunities to be added to this list; helping sponsor our 6th annual Taste of Temple scheduled for March 19 is just one of the easy ways. Let’s talk …

CBI Contributor’s Circle Michael Adler and Molly Newcomer George and Sharon Alexander Alina Aliyar and Sara Spetlel Aliyar Michael and Margie Anton Bill and Sydney Baer Jonathan and Bonnie Barg Lester and Heather Baskin David and Marah Bean Brian and Alisa Bendis Brad and Janice Berman Gerel Blauer George Bodner Kim and Debra Burchiel Rabbi Michael and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Lance and Debbie Caldwell Constance Cambreleng Asher and Grace Cantor Jeff Capen and Kira Dennison-Capen Barry and Barbara Caplan Stuart and Mandi Chestler Michael Clancy David Cohen and Lee Anna Jones Ilaine Cohen Marge Cohn and Marvin Richmond Marcia Colton Jason and Crista Comella William and Melanie Dann Jim and Ilene Davidson Barry and Bonnie Davis Dick and Cameron Davis Julie Diamond Richard Dobrow Lou and Kathleen Doctor Ned Duhnkrack and James Monteith Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen John and Sarah Epstein Pierce Ethier Jeff and Sharon Feinblatt Howard and Jen Feldman Joey and Val Fishman Andrew Frank and Sally Rosenfeld Eric and Rebecca Friedenwald- Fishman Stacy and Sharon Friedman Morris Galen William and Beverly Galen Andrew Galler and Audra LaFave Zanley and Claire Galton Judah and Ali Garfinkle Ruth Gassner Randy and Debbie Geller

Tom and Linda Georges III Leonard and Yvonne Gionet David and Tiffany Goldwyn Paul and Marion Goldman David and Tiffany Goldwyn Doug and Lila Goodman Greg Goodman and Susan Schnitzer Mark and Christi Goodman The Goodman Family Harriet and Richard Gottlieb William June and Susan Graber Steve and Michelle Gradow Jonathan and Lisa Greenleaf Gordon and Meryl Haber Ronald and Whitney Hall Irv and Gail Handelman Craig Hartzman and Jim John Margaret Hasson John Parks and Rebecca Hill Gary and Joyce Hoffman Janet Hoffman and John Harland Irwin and Renee Holzman Janice Isenberg Kenneth and Karen Janoff Rabbi Rachel Joseph Rabbi Sam and Dori Joseph Josh and Michelle Kashinsky James and Rhonda Kennedy Scott Howard and Lucy Kivel Paul and Arlene Koenigsberg Donald and Judith Kramer Jean S. Krosner Jay and Tina Lamb Jason and Lucy Langer Jerry and Evelyn Leshgold Irving Levin and Stephanie Fowler Glen and Lisa Levy Carol S. Lewis Kathleen Lewis Kenneth Lewis Scott Lewis and Laura Rose-Lewis David and Liz Lippoff Richard and Harriet Maizels Gail Mandel and Steve Klein Howard and Robin Marcus Phillip Margolin Lynn Marks Steve and Robin McCoy Sharon Meieran and Fred Cirillo Albert and Julie Menashe Joe and Joanne Menashe Michael and Guadalupe Menashe

Ruben and Elizabeth Menashe Page and Lynn Mesher Barney and Susan Milstein Madeline Nelson Roscoe Nelson III and Debra Harrison Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall Heinz Holzapfel and Sylvia Nessan Rosalyn Neuberger Ed and Jill Neuwelt Jeanne Newmark Northwest Bank Dan and Tracy Oseran Henry and Nancy Oseran Richard Patterson Robert and Leslie Peltz Mark and Judy Peterman Bob and Rita Philip Jean Pierce Allan and Marney Pike Steven Pike and Allison Sneider Pike Ryan and Sarah Pitman Richard and Shirley Plotzker Harold and Jane Pollin Yale Popowich and Tina Skouras Portland Lighting, Inc. Printsync, Inc. Paul and Sherry Puziss Alex and Marisa Reby Philip and Dorothy Reiter Jim and Michael Richman Stephen and Leslie Robinson Alan and Eve Rosenfeld David and Diane Rosencrantz Sally Rosenfeld and Andrew Frank Jane Rosenbaum Jack Rosenberg and Diane Doherty James Rosenbaum and Sandra Lewis John and Marti Rosenthal Robert and Joan Rosenbaum Rosemarie Rosenfeld Warren Rosenfeld and Sheryl Langerman Ted and Davia Rubenstein Eleanore Rubinstein Rick and Jill Rubinstein Rose Rustin Jerry and Bunny Sadis Ken and Loree Sakai Michael and Linda Salinsky Ben Sandler and Lolly Jamerson David and Lisa Sarasohn Elaine Savinar

Jack and Sara Schecter Cantor Judy and Dr. David Schiff Arlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer Dori Schnitzer Lois Schnitzer Thelma Schnitzer Dan and Tricia Schoenbaum Joel and Sandra Seres Service-Master Michael Freeman and Lynda Shapiro Nir Peled and Jerami Shecter Curt and Kathy Sheinin Thomas and Mary Shipley Jamie and Denise Shulman Ron and Sheila Silver Michael Simon and Suzanne Bonamici Jill Slansky Rodger Sleven and Marcella Flores Bruce Spiegel Don Spiegel and Deborah Davis-Spiegel Tom and Mardi Spitzer Jeff and Barbara Steinberg Arthur Steinhorn Brad and Lara Stern Eve Stern and Les Gutfreund Howard and Lisa Taylor Brad and Michelle Tonkin Cheryl Tonkin Ed Tonkin Marcy Tonkin Rena Tonkin Tony and Bianca Urdes Urdes-Miller Wealth Management Group James and Ann Waldman Jason Waxman Sharon Weil Michael Weiner and Kathy Davis-Weiner Jeff and Jen Weprin Steven Wilker and Lainie Block Wilker Jeff and Lynn Wolfstone Wyse Kadish LLP Philip and Tammy Yashar Lewis and Ann Young Charlene Zidell Herman and Vicki Zimmerman

All names have been carefully reviewed. Nevertheless, error and omissions may occur. If your name has been misprinted or omitted, please accept our apology. Please direct all questions or corrections to Development Director Jen Feldman at (503)222-1069 or


Congregation Beth Israel


Social Action üü G  et a group together to donate the $1800 to buy enough materials to build one shelter pod. Donations can be made to the Rebuilding Center ( or any of the organizations that have signed on to build pods for use by houseless Portlanders including:

Where did the pods go? by Andy Olshin Brotherhood President


Not long ago survivors/settlers from Eastern Europe made Aliyah and formed kibbutzim and moshavim. Many were lost souls who survived because others around them welcomed them into a community. They lived, worked, ate and prayed (sometimes) communally. They recovered and then many thrived.

Portland Youthbuild Oregon Tradeswomen

People experience houselessness for many reasons. The shelter pods we hosted in our parking lot will be finished at an outdoor worksite donated by a private business at NW 21st and York. Then they will head over to Hazelnut Grove.

Constructing Hope

BACKGROUND Hazelnut Grove began in September, 2015, as a group of houseless individuals and advocates from the community organized people sleeping in tents between N Greeley and N Interstate. The City of Portland provided fencing, some gravel, access to water from Overlook Park and two porta potties w ongoing servicing. With an outpouring of community support the Grove went from being a group of campers to a village, a community resource for people experiencing houselessness. Many former residents have moved on to permanent housing, and the Grove has been building tiny homes on site for its residents. The villagers do a lot for themselves including communal food prep, community water supply runs, neighborhood clean up, and, of course, building pathways, movable tiny houses and communal structures. They are living essentially off-grid in an urban environment, pioneering a new no-income housing solution.

Healing the Beloved Community: Silent Prayer and Meditation in the Public Square

Please join us for a follow-up to the incredible multi-faith gathering at Muslim Educational Trust last month. Our congregation will host a second event, a vigil of varied communities coming together in mutual support and fellowship on Sunday, January 22nd in the Main Sanctuary, followed by a silent vigil in Pioneer Square. In an era of hate speech, hate crimes, and racial profiling, Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of “the Beloved Community” is more important than ever. The interfaith community of Portland is therefore calling on all people who believe in this dream to gather on Sunday, January 22, two days after the presidential inauguration, to stand in solidarity with all those who stand to be marginalized and silenced by the incoming administration. We will meet at Congregation Beth Israel at 4:00 PM beginning with a litany of hope and challenge, followed by a silent march to Pioneer Square. Then starting at 5:00 PM, we will practice silent prayer and meditation for one hour in the name of Peace, Justice, and the Integrity of All Creation. #BelovedCommunityNW

NEXT STEPS The project we all helped start has developed into a collaboration to build and site 96 more shelter pods by the end of 2017. The following organizations are actively engaged with the project and are collaborating around design, material choices, resource development, staffing, training, logistics and site considerations. Portland Youthbuild, The Rebuilding Center, Pearl Hardware, Catlin Gable School, TIVNU Building for Justice, Keller Williams, Oregon Tradeswomen, Constructing Hope and diverse array of private sector volunteers.

WHAT YOU CAN DO? üü B  uild a shelter pod with a group of friends, family or co-workers. We can set you up with a construction trainer. Our prototype can be completely built by 4 people working together under the leadership of an experienced construction trainer in about 24 hours. üü B  ring any amount of the following key shelter pod building materials to The Rebuilding Center 3625 N. Mississippi Ave and tell them it’s for the “Pod Project”: 8 foot long 2x4’s, sheets of 3/4” plywood for walls and a roof, of T-111 siding or other kinds of siding, and of 1/4” paneling, rolls of R15 or higher insulation for 2”x4” walls, paint brushes, framing hammers, rolls of roofing paper, house wrap, and rolled asphalt roofing

January 2017

SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE 2017 SAVE THE DATE(S) JANUARY 4 Next Social Action Committee meeting

FEBRUARY 22 CBI Legislative Advocacy Day

FEBRUARY 7 Portland Interfaith Advocacy

APRIL 30 (date change) Mitzvah Day



L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Mazel Tov to Steven Wilker of Tonkon Torp LLP, who was honored by The Best Lawyers in America as First Amendment Lawyer of the Year in Portland for his work defending civil liberties and requiring public records disclosures to improve government transparency and oversight. Only a single lawyer in each practice in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”. The ACLU of Oregon also honored Wilker in 2016 as one of three attorneys who had argued for the Oregon affiliate at the U.S. Supreme Court.

2017 Sisterhood Save the Date(s) Friday, February 10

Condolences to

Sisterhood Shabbat with Rabbi Marla Feldman

Gloria Reich on the loss of her partner, Lyn Bonyhadi and Mark (Diana) Bonyhadi on the loss of their father, Andrea Schleicher, Nicholas (Hyemi) Schleicher, Ben Bonyhadi, Philip Bonyhadi, and Elsa Bonyhadi on the loss of their grandfather, and the extended Bonyhadi family on the loss of Ernest Bonyhadi, who passed away on November 24, 2016.

Saturday, February 11 Torah Study and Sisterhood Bag Lunch with Rabbi Marla Feldman Thursday, March 30

Crossing Over, a Musical Hagadah

Wednesday, April 5

Woman’s Seder

Saturday, May 6

Norman Bilow on the loss of his wife, Steven, Sandra, and Richard Bilow on the loss of their mother, Matthew and Jessica Whitmarsh on the loss of their grandmother, Avery and Levi Whitmarsh on the loss of their greatgrandmother, and the extended Bilow family on the loss of Selma Harriett Rifkin Bilow, who passed away on November 29, 2016.

One Hundred Years of Sisterhood Gallery and Havdallah

Saturday, October 21 Sisterhood 100th Celebration Gala

Janet Friedman for the loss of her brother Jeffrey Hupert who passed away on November 15, 2016

CBI Continues to Grow

PLEASE JOIN US IN WELCOMING OUR NEWEST MEMBERS Mat and Liatt Braun and Family Eddie and Gloria Feinstein Kevin and Beth Ford

Mike Martinez Grant Ornstein Peter and Molly Sax and Family

CBI Welcomes New Staff Linda Cohen escaped the sun and heat of

Phoenix, AZ and settled in Forest Grove this past August and joined us in mid-November as our new Finance Director. She spent the past 12 years of her professional career in the non-profit sector, most recently as the CFO of a women’s resource foundation and as the Director of Finance and Business Operations for a large domestic violence shelter. Prior to Arizona, she raised her family in California bay and worked for 14 years as the Business Manager of Yavneh Day School. Linda has 3 children, 3 grandchildren and is excitedly awaiting the birth of her grandson within the next few weeks. An avid gardener and hiker, she is looking forward to spending time outdoors without a bottle of sunscreen as a constant companion.


Chelsea Feguson has just joined

CBI from sunny southern California as the new Clergy Assistant. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Communications and spent many summers working for URJ Camp Newman as their Communication Coordinator. She has also worked in synagogues for many years as an educator and in youth engagement. Most recently Chelsea spent eight months living, working and traveling in southeast Asia and spent the summer organizing social action trips for teens in New Jersey and Costa Rica. She is excited to explore and live in Portland and is looking forward to joining the CBI family.

Congregation Beth Israel

PRE-CHANUKAH FAMILY CELEBRATION On Friday, December 16, CBI families braved the cold and ice for our Pre-Chanukah Celebration, enjoying a family service, seasonal stories, latkes and donuts, arts and crafts, food carts, and some truly miraculous Chanukah Sweaters!

January 2017


Very Thoughtful People

Adult Education Fund

In Memory of Jacob “Jack” Driesen Wynne Spiegel Don Spiegel and Deborah Davis Spiegel Tom Georges Bev and Stan Eastern

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat

In Memory of Jacob L. Driesen Thomas Georges III Sydney Baer Cynthia Richwood Jim and Michael Richman Harriet and Louis Sockut Joanne Treuhaft Valerie Alia Barry and George Silverman In Honor of Sarit, Idit, and Liora Cahana’s 18th Birthdays Sydney Baer

Amy R. Goldsmith Library In Memory of Rose Wright Claire and Zanley Galton

Brotherhood Scholarship Fund In Memory of Morton Glazer Barbara Glazer Milton Gevurtz John and Myra Gevurtz

Caring Community Fund IIn Memory of Jacob Lauterstein Driesen Lee B. Lowenson Thomas Georges III Dr. Robert Kravitz Julius B. Jaffe Elaine Savinar

Cemetery Beautification

In Memory of Joy Alkalay Pierce Ethier Hannah Bodner George Bodner Samuel Greenberg Selene and Chuck Robinowitz Michael Laufer Scott and Carol Fenton


Lyle Luers Sharlene and Leonard Ludwig Hans Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Harriet Schatz Susan Mosler Jacqueline R. Spivak Henry Spivak Alysmae and Victor Nudelman Dr. Harry and Gertrude Semler Helen Spivak and Family Ronald Barry Tonkin Marcy Tonkin Elaine Woskow Morris H. Woskow

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Jack Driesen Joanie and Bob Rosenbaum Herman Fagin Rachel Halupowski Tom Georges Jan Simon and Julie Simon Coppersmith Tom Georges Ernie Bonyhadi (z”l) and Gloria Reich Hal Mink Sally and Debbie Mink Burton Nudelman Jackie Nudelman In Appreciation Leo Schulhof’s Bar Mitzvah Sue Aronowitz and Robert Schulhof Aliyah Blank’s Bat Mitzvah Lynn and Owen Blank

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Tom Georges Donna Brownstein Annie Goldsmith Anonymous In Appreciation Leo Schulhof’s Bar Mitzvah Sue Aronowitz and Robert Schulhof Aliyah Blank’s Bat Mitzvah Lynn and Owen Blank

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary

In Memory of Kaa Byington Eric, Rebecca, Max, and Sophie Friedenwald-Fishman In Honor of Debra Brooks and Daniel Hurwitz’s Engagement Deb Brooks and Dan Hurwitz In Appreciation Leo Schulhof’s Bar Mitzvah Sue Aronowitz and Robert Schulhof

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Pearl Malin Karlin Alice & Michael Powell

General Administrative In Memory of Anne D. Davis I. Kenneth Davis Alfred Edelman Carol Edelman Jack Driesen Larry and Corinne Spiegel Salo Lewin Ilse Orthmeyer Doreen Stamm Margolin Phillip Margolin Betty Parker Irving Steinbock Edythe Steinbock Reva B. Reingold Sally Sondheim and Cathy Sondheim Leake Ronald Paul Seres Joel L. Seres Corinne (Corky) Zelinka Bob Zelinka General Contribution Given By Marc Kashinsky and Eileen D. Eisenberg

Jill Newman Slansky Early Childhood Leader Fund In Memory of James R. Lilienthal Frani Lilienthal

Landau Chapel

In Memory of Esther Utay Lenet Evelyn Laster

Miller Room Refurbishment and Restoration Fund In Memory of Marvin L. Byer Howard Byer Jacob “Jack” Driesen Tommy Georges Alan and Lana Miller

Oseran Family Lecture In Memory of David Finkelstein Henry and Nancy Oseran

Congregation Beth Israel


In Memory of Dr. Harry and Gertrude Semler Ruth Semler Jacqueline R. Spivak Alysmae and Victor Nudelman Helen Spivak and Family General Contribution Given By Paul Schmidt

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Yussie JJ Epstein Rachel Rubin Al and Gilda Wexler Henry Spivak Helen Spivak and Family

Social Action (General)

In Memory of Jacob Driesen David and Liz Lippoff Tom Georges III Gerald and Evelyn Leshgold W. Goldhammer Richard B. Solomon Rabbi Murray Saltzman Deb Brooks and Dan Hurwitz Harriet Schatz Dorothy and Ray Packouz Dr. Arnold Tannenbaum Michael, Tim, Becky, and Adam Tannenbaum Bob Edelman Susan Golden Tom Georges Sharon Weil Jeffrey Hupert Eve and Alan Rosenfeld In Honor of Barbara Caplan’s Recovery Eve and Alan Rosenfeld


In Memory of Lillian Applebaum Barney and Susan Milstein Ernie Bonyhadi Jeanne Newmark Ernie Bonyhadi Tom Georges III Lois Schnitz Ernest Bonyhadi Beverly and Marty Zell Bernie Caplan Donna Brownstein Herman David Patricia Neuberger

Very Thoughtful People Jacob “Jack” Driesen Mark Dohrmann and Julie Durkheimer Jacob Driesen Bunny and Jerry Sadis Louis Fenton Michael Laufer Lee and Frank Berne Thomas Georges III Henry and Nancy Oseran Thomas Georges III Elaine Savinar Tom Georges III Davia and Ted Rubenstein Tommy Georges Abe Bean Beverly, Marty, and Lynda Zell Goldie Hammel Susan Hammel Sarah Kurland Janet Zell Michael Laufer Louis Fenton Lynda Baker Robert Labby Lore Labby Lorraine Lippoff David and Liz Lippoff Louis Miller Robin Flamm Robert Misrach Gerry and Morrie Jackson Donald Richman Mimi Richman Sally Stolzoff Bunny Edelson Lawrence Tarlow Sharon Tarlow Paul Weston Betsy Bergstein Frances Utay Wolf Evelyn Laster Tom Georges Eve and Alan Rosenfeld In Honor of Barbara Caplan’s Recovery Beverly and Marty Zell Janet Zell’s Speedy Recovery Howard and Barbara Cohn

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship

General Contribution Given By Joanie and Bob Rosenbaum

In Memory of Tom Georges III Richard Dobrow and Rachel Dobrow Stone

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Tom Georges Bette Greenstein Alan L. Kantor Sheryl and Gary Martel

Holzman Family Religious School Fund

In Honor of Gerald and Evelyn Leshgold’s Anniversary Donna Brownstein’s Son’s Engagement Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Spear Research Library In Memory of Carol F. Williams Megan Brown

Temple Improvement

Lloyd B. Rosenfeld Youth Leadership Fund

In Memory of Thomas Georges Steve and Pat Bilow Jack Driesen Lynn Marks In Honor of Fiona Rose Epstein Deb Brooks and Dan Hurwitz

In Memory of Tom Georges The Daniel Family

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship

Tom Georges III Memorial Fund

In Memory of Tom Georges Jen and Howard Feldman Tom Georges III Elizabeth and Ruben Menashe Tom Georges Gayle and Paul Romain Tom Georges Sandra Schnitzer Tom Georges Linda Nemer Singer and Gary Singer Tom Georges Linda and Lary Veltman

Urman Family College Communication

In Memory of Thomas T. Georges Sr. Linda Georges Joan Sitwell Barbara Glazer Tom Georges Barbara Zeidman and Robb Weinstein

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Louis Mark Shirley Mark Rose Rosen Lisa and Neal Rosen Sam Rosen Sol Director Stuart and Nikki Director

In Honor of Evelyn and Jerry Leshgold’s 75th Anniversary Jacob Colton Feldman’s Bar Mitzvah Stuart and Nikki Director

Temple Endowment In Memory of Jerry Colton Marcia Colton

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Prayer Book

In Memory of Lt. Joseph (Yussie) Jacob Epstein (USCG, Ret.) Henry Spivak Karen S. Spivak Jack Driesen Thomas Georges Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen In Honor of Evelyn and Jerry Leshgold’s 75th Anniversary Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen Marge Congress Anna Leightman

Service to the Blind

In Memory of Ronald Barry Tonkin Nancy Lou Tonkin Ed, Barry, and Brad Tonkin

Sisterhood Lubliner Leadership Fund

In Memory of Mary Frances Peters Kathleen and Lou Doctor

In Appreciation of Chanukah College Care Packages Kathleen Doctor

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 and Cemetery Administrator Molly Weisner

Executive Director Josh Kashinsky

Clergy Assistant Chelsea Ferguson

January 2017

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. January 6 and 7 Dorothy A. Andrianoff Abraham Avigdor Benjamin Backer* Ben Besser Hannah Bodner Jacob J. Davis Anne D. Davis* Rosalie DeWitz Charles K. Diamond* Charles Edelson Joseph Endler Shirley Fishel Stella Georges Anne Goldberg Jaime Goldfarb Elsie Goldhammer Israel Gothalph Eva Blumenkron Grody Ben Hoover Walter Hyman Henry Kaplan Elsie Katz Leo Katz Melvin E. Kendall Benjamin Kirz Arthur J. Levine Salo Lewin* Joan A. Liebreich* Donald Londer Louis Mark Louis Miller Robert Misrach Morris Mittleman Melvin Nelson Hans Neuberger Judith Platman Mary Rogoway Freda Rovech Maurice Rubenstein Jeannette Lewis Rubenstein Rabbi Murray Saltzman David Saxe Lorraine Schulberg Deanna Seste Meier “Mike” Shavzin William Shevach Harriet A. Sockut Max Solomon Sally Stolzoff Cynthia Rich Wood Elaine Woskow Rose Wright* January 13 and 14 Morton L. Alexander Frieda Bizer Kaa Byington

Rosalie Davis Bob Edelman Robert Epsteen Yussie Joseph Jacob Epstein Clara Farberman Joseph Feldman Louis Fenton* Edward Fogel David W. Friedman Anne M. Geffen Suzanne Gevurtz* Morrie Greenstein Florence Hughes Oscar Ingber Alan Kantor James Kaplan* Hyman Kaplan Jean Kornfeld David Kron Robert Labby Charlotte Lazerwith Sam Lazerwith Pauline Lecker Hilde Lehmann Esther Utay Lenet Esther Levin* Leonie F. Lidsky James R. Lilienthal Lorraine Lippoff Lyle Luers Suzanne Norman Malloch Doreen Stamm Margolin Ronald K. Mesher* Harold Mink Olga Molnar June Nagel Ben Novich Renee Paley-Bain Herman Passamaneck Esther Solomon Planer Jerrold Platt Louis Puziss Gloria Reiss Donald Richman Fred M. Rosenbaum* Joyce Rubin* Adele Savinar Ramy Schneider Gerald Stern* David Strauss* Arnold Tannenbaum* Audrey Jane Vera Sally Vidgoff* Harold Ward Jeffrey A. Ward Irving M. Weinstein Jean White Louis Woron

January 20 and 21 Lillian Applebaum Irene Edith Feinstein Arron Eugene Arron Adolf Asher Ada E. Beckman Abe Blank Bern Blattner Louise Pauline Anisman Brenner Samuel Budin Jean Coffey Hyman Cohn Irwin S. Cohn Herman David Helen Epsteen Glenn Epstein Irvin Fields Kathy Fisher Laddy H. Gross Katie Halmos Frieda Goldkrand Isenberg Julius B. Jaffe* Bruce Kantor Arlene Kaplan Bessie Kauffman* Henry Kleinberg Sarah Kurland Michael Laufer Louis William Maher Harry B. Marcus Lloyd McFall Robert L. Novack* Burnetta Packouz Ruth Ravetz Shirlee Romer Sam Rosen Mona Rosen Sarah Rosenblum Harry Rosenfield Rachel Rubin Harold “Hal” Saltzman Harry J. Schatz* Jerome B. Shank Wynne Spiegel Mary Stilwell Marion Sulzberger Harvey Taback Ronald Barry Tonkin* Yvette Weintraub Paul Weston January 27 and 28 Joy Alkalay* Franklin Barkley Anne Blank Arthur Blumenkron Dick Brownstein Anna Buchbinder

(*) 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 Molly at (503) 222-1069 or


Congregation Beth Israel

Marvin L. Byer Dennis Cash Ann Chanin Dluger Leah Kinspel Durkheimer Hyman Falbel Henry Feldman Lewis Fendrich* Harvey Fields Martin Fishel Milton Gevurtz* Michael Gilbert Morton Glazer Emily Georges Gottfried Samuel Greenberg Hannah Greenwald Taylor Harris Betty Louise Jackson Pearl Malin Karlin Rose Kunowski Julius Levin Merritt Linn Arthur Litowitz Peter Markus Alan S. Meyer Esther Layton Murphy* Charlotte Oliven Betty Parker George Raffel Rose Rosen Florence M Applebaum Rosenberg Harvey Rosencrantz Bella Ruderman S. I. Samuels Jack Schiff* Connie R. Schultz John Leasing Selling Ronald Paul Seres Harriet D. Shank Ronda Leppanen Shaw Joseph Simon Louis Sockut Wesley Spellman Samuel M. Steinberg* Yetta Jean Stern Harry Sugarman Lawrence Tarlow Nancy Lou Tonkin* Fanny Turtledove* Harry Leonard Turtledove David Warshawsky Florence Warshawsky Robert P. Weil* Herbert H. Werlin Carol Williams Howard F Wolfe

January 2017 SUNDAY

Tevet-Sh’vat 5777 MONDAY

1  Tevet 3

2  Tevet 4

Winter Break

Winter Break

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day Observed

Temple Offices Closed

Temple Offices Closed

TUESDAY 3  Tevet 5




4  Tevet 6

5  Tevet 7

6  Tevet 8

7  Tevet 9

Social Action Committee 5:30 PM SBR


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

New Member Shabbat Service and Oneg 6:00 PM PC

Tot Shabbat 9:00 AM PC

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

8  Tevet 10

9  Tevet 11

10  Tevet 12


Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

11  Tevet 13

12  Tevet 14

13  Tevet 15

14  Tevet 16

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR

Knit -a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

Executive Committee 12:00 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Red Cross Blood Drive 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM GH

Adult Education: Jewish Ethics on the Medical Frontier Part 1of 3 7:00 PM PC/SBR


MLK Shabbat Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 6:00 PM Temple

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Ira Smith 10:30 AM Temple

19  Tevet 21

20  Tevet 22

21  Tevet 23

Adult Education Committee 8:30 AM SBR

NFTY-NW Social Action Kallah NFTY-NW Social Action Kallah Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

Religious School (K-7) 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM SEC Ashkenazi Shabbat Cooking Classs 10:00 AM GH Kitchen

Adult Hebrew and B’nei Mitzvah 7:00 PM Dad’s Night Out: Mad Shabbat Skills with Rabbi Posen 7:30 PM

Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM SEC Challah Baking Class with Cantor Schiff 1:00 PM GH Kitchen

15  Tevet 17

16  Tevet 18

No Sunday Classes


17  Tevet 19

18  Tevet 20

Soup Sacs 10:00 AM

IHP 4:30 PM SEC Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 PM SBR Adult Hebrew and B’nei Mitzvah 7:00 PM

22  Tevet 24

23  Tevet 25

24  Tevet 26

NFTY-NW Social Action Kallah Religious School (K-7) 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM SEC Sephardic Shabbat Cooking Class 10:00 AM GH Kitchen

25  Tevet 27

26  Tevet 28

27  Tevet 29

28  Sh’vat 1

Adult Education: Jewish Ethics on the Medical Frontier Part 2 of 3 7:00 PM PC/SBR


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Adult Hebrew and B’nei Mitzvah 7:00 PM

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

February 2  Sh’vat 6

February 3  Sh’vat 7

February 4  Sh’vat 8

No Shabbat Service at Temple

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

6th Grade Shabbaton 1:00 PM

Share Shabbat program with Rabbi Joseph & Rob LaForte 10:00 AM LB Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM SEC Next Gen Group 1:00 PM SBR

29  Sh’vat 2

30  Sh’vat 3

Religious School (K-7) 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM SEC Challah Baking Class 10:00 AM GH Kitchen

31  Sh’vat 4

February 1  Sh’vat 5

Knit‘n’Nosh 12:30 PM SBR

Adult Education: IHP Jews and the Spanish Civil War 4:30 PM SEC 7:00 PM PC WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM SEC

Adult Hebrew and B’nei Mitzvah 7:00 PM

CBI Goes to the Movies: The Goodbye Girl 2:30 PM GH

CBI Shares

Shabbat From Our Dome To Your Home

Tot Shabbat 9:00 AM PC Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

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

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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


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Congregation Beth Israel

January 2017 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the January 2017 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform syna...

January 2017 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the January 2017 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform syna...