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the B'nei

Everything you ever wanted to know about the B'nei Mitzvah process at CBI and more!


Starring CBI student’s and our own Rabbi Joseph, Rabbi Cahana, Cantor Cahana, Ben Sandler, and introducing Emily Silverman

Bulletin May-June-July 2018 Iyyar-Sivan-Tamuz-Av 5778 Vol. 67, No. 4

May-June-July B’nei Mitzvahs Ya’ira Blank

Eyla Micol Mitchell

Ya’ira Blank will become a Bat Mitzvah on May 5, 2018. She is a seventh grader at West Sylvan Middle School and swims competitively for the MAC. Ya’ira is the daughter of Maria Elena and Joshua Blank and granddaughter of Lynn and Owen Blank and Concepcion and Manuel Romero. For her Mitzvah Project, Ya’ira is raising money for Neve Michael Children’s home in Israel. Neve Michael is a home for children between five and eighteen years of age who have been removed from their homes due to traumatic circumstances.

Maxwell James Flucht Maxwell James Flucht will become a Bar Mitzvah on May 5, 2018. Max is the son of Julia Pickar and Brian Flucht, grandson of Ken and Sandy Pickar of Rolling Hills, CA, and Lynn and David Flucht of Mission Viejo, CA, and has a feline “brother” named Bodie. A seventh grader at West Sylvan Middle School, he loves comedy, baking, going to the beach, and superhero movies. Last summer he visited Israel for the first time and is looking forward to going back on Birthright when he’s older.

Benjamin Joseph Korach Benjamin Joseph Korach will become a Bar Mitzvah May 19, 2018. Ben is the grandson of Marvin and Lesley Korach, Linda O’Connor and Ron O’Connor (z”l). His proud parents are Aaron and Sarah Korach. He has a younger sister, Mia, and three younger cousins Jacob, Leo and Oly. Ben is a seventh grader at Jackson Middle School. A straight A student who also plays basketball, soccer, and percussion in his school’s symphonic band, he loves sneaker culture, watching YouTube, and can juggle and solve a Rubik’s Cube! For his Mitzvah Project, Ben is using his big heart and compassionate spirit to help tackle the issue of hunger and food insecurity by volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank. He also plans to raise funds to support the Oregon Food Bank’s mission of feeding all who are in need.

Jonas Barad Gellman Jonas Barad Gellman will become a Bar Mitzvah Saturday, May 26, 2018. The son of Richard and Juliana Gellman and brother of Apollo, Elise, and Kiana, he is a seventh grader at the French American International School (Gilkey Middle School). He has been fencing for five years, and competes within his club and regionally. In his spare time, he enjoys hip hop/ rap music, movies, and video gaming, spending time on Mt. Hood with his family, hiking, swimming, skiing and learning to snowboard. For his Mitzvah Project, he will hold a bake sale to raise money for SIGN, an international organization that provides orthopedic hardware and training to help heal severely fractured bones in developing countries. Along with his father, an orthopedic surgeon, Jonas has gone to Peru, Kenya, and Tanzania with his family in support of this organization.


Eyla Micol Mitchell is excited to become a Bat Mitzvah on June 2, 2018. Her parents, Jill Mitchell and Darren Mitchell, and brother, Lev, are so proud of her! Eyla is a dedicated student, voracious reader, talented writer, artist, flute and guitar player, empathetic friend and loving big sister. Eyla especially loves making pottery and baking pies. Since an early age, Eyla, has been passionate about animals…especially pigs! For her Mitzvah Project, Eyla, will be helping out at the Out to Pasture Farm Sanctuary, and she has set a goal of raising enough money to support a pig for an entire year.

Mara Friedman Mara Friedman will become a Bat Mitzvah on June 9, 2018. Mara is the daughter of Stacy and Sharon Friedman, sister of Jessica Friedman, and granddaughter of Robert and Roberta Friedman of Belleview, WA and CBI members Alan and Pearl Shapiro. A seventh grader at Lake Oswego Junior High, Mara is a member of the school’s volleyball team and enjoys swimming, spending time with her friends, attending Broadway and ballet performances, and traveling with her family. For her Mitzvah Project, Mara, inspired by her love of animals, has decided to volunteer at The Pixie Project, a non-profit animal adoption center and rescue.

Lucy Sascha Carver Lucy Sascha Carver will become a Bat Mitzvah on June 16, 2018. Lucy is the daughter of Marc Carver and Jaime Kean, and the younger sister of Zoe Carver. She is a seventh grader at Jackson Middle School, and her favorite subject is science. Lucy enjoys soccer, playing the piano, and participating in her school plays. For her Mitzvah Project, Lucy has chosen a theme of sight. She has volunteered with the Washington School of the Blind, helping to lead children on hikes and assisting them while they attend plays at the Northwest Children’s Theater. Lucy will additionally be collecting used eye glasses and giving them to the Lions Club, who will distribute them to people who are in need in low and middle income communities. The Lions Club is dear to Lucy because her grandfather, Edward Kean (z”l), was a researcher in vision and ophthalmology and involved with the Lions Club.

Rachel Schecter Rachel Schecter will become a Bat Mitzvah on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Rachel is the daughter of Jack and Sara Schecter, younger sister of Max, and older sister of Sam. Her grandparents are Gloria and Arthur Fox of Lexington, MA and Corinne and Gene Schecter of Jacksonville, FL. A seventh grader at Lakeridge Junior High in Lake Oswego, Rachel likes exploring new restaurants in Portland, playing lacrosse, listening to music, making DIYs and slime, drawing, and spending time with her family. For her Mitzvah Project, Rachel has decided to raise money to donate to BB Camp for their campership fund. Last year was her first year at BB Camp and she described it as magical. Some kids do not have enough money to go to camp, and she wants every child to have the opportunity to experience overnight camp.

Congregation Beth Israel

May-June-July B’nei Mitzvahs Benjamin Samuel Rosenfeld Benjamin Samuel Rosenfeld will become a Bar Mitzvah on June 23, 2018. Ben is the son of Eric and Tiffany Rosenfeld and the younger brother of Claire and Layton. His grandparents are former CBI President Lloyd Rosenfeld (z”l), Rosemarie Rosenfeld, Patricia Layton Nemer (z”l) and Mort Nemer (z”l). A seventh grader at Catlin Gabel, Ben’s interests include science, math, basketball, soccer, violin, and volunteering with the Special Olympics. For his Mitzvah Project, Ben turned to a very personal subject: life-threatening food allergies and has established the Ben Rosenfeld Allergy Research Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the proceeds of which go toward local and national food allergy research. Please visit www.ojcf/for-our-donors/contribute-to-a-fund.

Ruth Jeris Zeidman Ruth (“Ruthie”) Jeris Zeidman will become a Bat Mitzvah on July 14, 2018. The daughter of Jennifer and Ken Zeidman and granddaughter of Jerry (z”l) and Zelda (z”l) Zeidman, Sandi and Marc Scholnick of Portland, OR, and Marty and Iris Ricks of Omaha, NE. She is a seventh grader at Portland Jewish Academy. Ruthie loves to spend time with young children and was able to work with kids at the PJA preschool and the Neighborhood House Head Start program this year. She is passionate about animals and ensuring they are well treated. She supports the hungry by volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank and the Blanchet House. Ruthie and two of her PJA classmates have raised more than $5,000 through two campaigns to build wells in Africa through The Water Project. They created the campaigns called Stop the Walk so that communities in Africa could have access to clean water without having to travel for hours each day.

Allison Rommi Khalil

Nathaniel Adam Freedman Nathaniel (Nate) Adam Freedman will become a Bar Mitzvah on June 30, 2018. Nate is the son of Joel and Sara Freedman and the younger brother of Aaron Freedman. Nate’s grandparents, Herman and Vicki Zimmerman, live in Portland and are also members of CBI. His paternal grandparents are Michael and Elissa Freedman, of Schenectady, NY. Nate is a seventh grader at Beaumont Middle School who loves listening to and playing music, spending time with friends, playing video games, reading, making ‘beats,’ and watching movies. He has played drums in school bands since fifth grade and is pretty much always tapping on something! He also plays drums and a multitude of percussion instruments in the school Jazz band. For his Mitzvah Project, Nate has volunteered at the Oregon Food Bank, spending time there repacking food items for distribution throughout Oregon.

Emma Schoenbaum Emma Schoenbaum will become a Bat Mitzvah on June 30, 2018. The daughter of Dan and Tricia Schoenbaum and younger sister of Noah, Emma is a seventh grader at Lake Oswego Junior High. Emma is an animal lover and avid equestrian, and she and her pony, Pippin, compete in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association and eventing horse shows in Oregon and Washington. Emma is also a member of the National Charity League and was most recently served as Vice President, programs. For her Mitzvah Project, Emma has been fostering a series of cats and dogs from Animal Aid and Oregon Dog Rescue. She has fostered six cats and kittens and four dogs, the most recent puppy (Charly) having become a permanent member of her household.

Max Josephson Max Josephson will become a Bar Mitzvah on July 7, 2018. Max is the son of Eli and Gabrielle Josephson. He has a younger sister Dana. Max’s maternal grandparents are Paul Josephson (z”l), and Roberta Klock and Richard Evers of Seattle, WA. His paternal grandparents are Iris and Ray Gatlin of Ormond Beach, FL. Max is a seventh grader at ACCESS Academy in Portland. Max likes baseball, soccer, video games, and is a big Timbers fan. Over the past several years, he has enjoyed volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank, and visiting with residents at Cedar Sinai Park, and looks forward to continuing his social justice efforts.

Allison Rommi Khalil will become a Bat Mitzvah on July 21, 2018. The daughter of James and Suzanne Khalil and younger sister of Jacob Khalil, Allison attends West Sylvan Middle School where she is a proud “theater kid” who participates in musicals and plays each year. In addition to acting and singing, Allison enjoys playing basketball with the Lincoln Youth Basketball Team in the Portland Interscholastic League. Her free time is most often dedicated to songwriting, drawing, and baking. Earlier this year, Allison became aware of a child with cerebral palsy whose family has been in need of financial support to assist with his medical and personal expenses and, as her Mitzvah Project, has embarked on a mission to raise funds by hosting a benefit dance at West Sylvan Middle School. Her vision includes making this middle school event an ongoing school tradition that can be used to meet the needs of other children in similar situations.

Talia Louise Wexler Talia Louise Wexler will become a Bat Mitzvah on July 21, 2018. Talia is the daughter of Amie and Jon Wexler, has an older sibling, Fern, and is the granddaughter of Richard and Roberta Wexler of Highland Park, IL and Carol and Robert Jacobson of Wilmette, IL and Bruce Thomson (z”l). A seventh grader at Northwest Academy, Talia enjoys tap dancing, musical theater, horseback riding, volunteering, playing with her dogs, and working on designing media arts projects. Talia’s Mitzvah Project tackles the issue of gun violence awareness and prevention. She organized a day of education at her school, arranging speakers and community workshops. She co-coordinated her school’s walkout to support the March for Our Lives, has attended Advocacy Days and marches on this issue in Salem and Washington, DC, and is committed to continued efforts toward changing Oregon’s gun laws.

Max Young Max Young will become a Bar Mitzvah on July 28, 2018. The son of Julie and Jeff Young, brother of Emmy and Ethan, and grandson of Bette and Joe Hirsch of CA, and CBI congregants Ann and Lewis Young, Max has always gravitated toward the stage, performing at home, in school productions, and with local companies, including Northwest Children’s Theater and the Portland Opera. A sixth grader at Da Vinci Arts Middle School, he is a member of his neighborhood library teen council, and a volunteer for its Summer Reading Program. For his Mitzvah Project, he will collect and clean books for the Children’s Book Bank, which provides over 30,000 books each year to young readers in Multnomah County who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. To support his Mitzvah Project, please donate a new or lightly used children’s book; he’d love your help!

May-June-July 2018



Birth to Pre-K: WELCOME!


Your journey begins with a warm, vibrant Jewish community, and here at CBI there are many ways to welcome your little one: naming, brit milah, our Mighty Moms support group for new parents, Tot Shabbats, and our Mini Menches program connect our future B’nei Mitzvah students with the peers and families who will be with them every step of the way. Contact Chelsea Ferguson at (503) 222-1069 or to connect and get involved.



Pre-K and Kindergarten: READY, SET, GO!

Our arts-integrated Religious School program introduces our youngest students to the cycle of the Jewish calendar, and to the richness of its holidays and traditions. Our kindergarteners enjoy their first of our grade-level Family Programs at our Chanukah Fair, where they celebrate and learn about the holiday with their families as they make their own dreidels, eat traditional food and play some educational games to get ready for the holiday!


In a CBI tradition derived from the 16th and 17th custom of German and Italian Jews decorating their infants’ swaddling cloths with blessings that wished the child a fulfilled life, the school year begins with each first grader decorating a wimple with their Hebrew name, and meaningful symbols of their lives within and beyond the Jewish community at CBI. We display these all together in the Main Sanctuary during our beautiful Simchat Torah and Consecration Service, which marks the formal start of your child’s Jewish education. Each child’s wimple will bind the Torah during their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.


NEW TO THE COMMUNITY? DOES YOUR STUDENT WANT TO MAKE A WIMPLE? Every fall, our Religious School offers new students who didn’t get a chance to participate in this first grade program the opportunity to make their own wimple. Contact the Religious School Office at (503) 222-1069 for details.

Second Grade: TU B’SHEVAT

Our second grade Family Program is Welcome to Tu b’Shevat. Students celebrate the birthday of the trees while learning all about Tikkun Olam (healing the world) and the importance of treating our environment well. This program is the first of many activism-oriented activities your child will be involved with on their path to Bar or Bat Mitzvah.



Summer Before Third Grade: PICK A PROGRAM, EITHER PROGRAM!

Families choose between two Religious School programs: our Integrated Hebrew Program, which meets twice weekly, and our Sunday Hebrew Program, which meets only on Sundays with supplemental tutoring in our interactive Hebrew Lab.

Third Grade: SAVE THE DATE

Break out your calendar, favorite scheduling app, and maybe even some tissues, because this is the year families select a B’nei Mitzvah date. You’ll receive a form to indicate preferences in the winter, and your date will be confirmed and finalized at a celebratory third grade family program, where clergy and CBI educators will be on hand to answer any timeline questions you may have and to assist your child as they familiarize themselves with their Torah portion.

7 JOINING CBI OR OUR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL PROGRAM AFTER THIRD GRADE? Give our B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator Emily Silverman a call at (503) 222-1069 or email to get started!


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At our fourth grade Family Program, Discovering the Prayer Book, students receive their own spiral bound prayer book and, with their families, learn all about the prayer and structure of our services with our clergy.




Your fifth grader will receive their own Mishkan T’filah Prayer Book and, as part of their B’Nei Mitzvah preparations, will be expected to attend seven Shabbat Services here at CBI. They also participate in our fifth grade Family Program, when they walk with their families to the Portland Holocaust Memorial and participate in a discussion about the Holocaust. They will have their initial meeting with the clergy and continue to practice with their training materials.


We offer a two-year Adult B’nei Mitzvah program. Call Bitsie Appleton at (503) 222-1069 or email her at for details!


Our sixth grade students are expected to join us for twelve Shabbat services, seven on Saturdays and five on Fridays, and to attend B’nei Mitzvah Training either on Sunday mornings or with a Cantor Cahana-approved private tutor. Each student has their second meeting with the Cantor, where they will receive their Torah and Haftarah materials. Additionally, once your student starts middle school, our Family Programs increase to three Shabbatinis a year, where families meet directly after Saturday morning Shabbat services to prepare for their upcoming B’nei Mitzvah. At the first, families and students come together to decorate and make a class tallit (prayer shawl). This is the tallit parents will bless their kids under on the day of their B’nei Mitzvah. Mitzvahpalooza is the second Shabbatini, giving students and families a chance meet with popular B’nei Mitzvah party vendors. Many students are also inspired to begin working on their community service Mitzvah Project, as the Palooza includes information about past projects as well. The final Shabbatini of sixth grade is Torah Trek, where the clergy and Ben Sandler, CBI’s Education Director, lead an activity-filled trek and service through the woods.


Summer Before Seventh Grade: JUST A LITTLE FURTHER!

Enjoy your summer, but don’t forget to practice with your training materials! You’ll also meet with Cantor Cahana over the summer break.



Your family will meet with our clergy six to eight weeks before the big day for discussion and review, as well as to discuss your child’s D’var (speech). Typically, a final rehearsal and family meeting occur the Tuesday before the B’nei Mitzvah.


Seventh Grade: ALMOST THERE!

Religious School and B’nei Mitzvah training continues. We also recommend attending at least four Shabbat Services (two on Friday, two on Saturday). Seventh grade families programs, also called Shabbatinis, happen on Sunday mornings during normal Religious School hours. These programs generally match the overall Religious School annual theme. The final Shabbatini is always an introduction to our High School program and focuses on the importance of retaining friendships and connection to Judaism.

B’nei Mitzvah! Mazel Tov 13

B’Nei Mitzvah and Beyond: THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

You and your child are just getting started! Plan on a follow up meeting with the CBI clergy in the weeks after your B’nei Mitzvah, as well as for continued opportunities to connect with your community, whether through community service, Youth Groups, travel, or the chance to pass along so much of what you have learned to younger students through participation in our Madrachim (classroom aides) program. Turn the page for details!

May-June-July 2018


Beyond B’nei Mitzvah

BEYOND B’NEI Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a tremendous accomplishment, but it’s also a stop on, rather than an end to, your Jewish journey with CBI. Our wide array of youth programming helps you continue to connect with your community, spirituality, traditions, and, of course, the friends you’ve made along the way. Contact Chelsea Ferguson at (503) 222-1069 or for details.

Sixth to Seventh Grade: D’OR CHADASH



D’or Chadash is our junior youth group for students in sixth and seventh grades. We offer monthly events where we can build friendships and explore our Judaism through fun and exciting activities. D’or Chadash does everything from social action projects to laser tag!


Eighth to Twelfth Grade: PARTY

Portland Area Reform Temple Youth (PARTY) is CBI’s youth group for eighth through twelfth graders. Participation gives high school students (and 8th graders!) a chance to make friends with other Jewish teenagers! The youth group sponsors programs ranging from social enrichment, worship, and social action events. PARTY is the local chapter of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and belongs to the NFTY Northwest Region. Through our affiliation with NFTY, we are able to not only connect with our local peers, but also travel to meet people on a regional, national, and even international level!

Eighth to Twelfth Grade: HIGH SCHOOL MIDRASHA

This program is for eighth grade and High School students who are ready for the next phase of their Jewish education and to begin establishing their leadership within our community. They start their day with lunch and socializing with friends. They then break off by grade into their Jewish core classes. Following these core classes, students participate in mixed-grade electives. These classes can range from music to Hebrew Calligraphy! Our midrasha program regularly participates in weekend retreats with NFTY, the North American Federation of Temple Youth.

Our eighth through tenth graders explore what the sage Hillel meant by “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?”

Eighth grade: Students focus on, “If am not for myself, who will be for me?” They spend time engaging in a deeper discussion of who they are and what makes up their Jewish identities.

Ninth grade: Students expand out to discuss, “If I am only for myself, what am I?” They examine how Jewish values and ethics can influence their world. Starting in ninth grade, students may also choose to work as Madrichim (classroom aides) in lower grades to gain valuable background and leadership experience that can be applied to future roles in education and beyond.

Tenth grade:

YOU’RE INVITED! Erev Shavuot and Confirmation Saturday, May 19, 6:00 PM Main Sanctuary

High School Graduation Friday, May 25, 6:00 PM Main Sanctuary


Students meet with clergy to explore “if not now, when,” and put Jewish values into action in a culminating trip to Washington, D.C. Here they lobby with the Religious Action Center’s program L’Taken. Following L’Taken, tenth grade students lead the CBI community in a Shavuot Confirmation Ceremony.

Eleventh grade: Students spend the year focusing on comparative religions. They meet with a variety of religious leaders and travel to different religious sites. While in eleventh grade, students become eligible for scholarships to travel to Israel on NFTY in Israel trips.

Twelfth grade: Students meet with clergy to discuss any lasting and burning questions that they may have about Judaism. This course ends with a beautiful Graduation service which is created and led by the seniors themselves.

Congregation Beth Israel

Education B’nei Mitzvah - Children of the Commandments

Being Human in Our Own Time

by Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Senior Cantor

by Ben Sandler Education Director

Living the remarkably blessed life we do, as free Jewish Americans, we chafe at the thought of being told what to do. Yet, for generations, we have raised our young people to understand that they have a gift in studying Torah and a responsibility to observe mitzvoth, acting in such a way that we each leave the world a better place. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel taught us, “G-d is hiding in the world. Our task is to let the divine emerge from our deeds.” Learning, preparing, questioning, interacting with others in our community: all lead to a greater selfawareness and appreciation. CBI’s B’nei Mitzvah program continues to evolve and include more people of all ages and many differing learning styles. Buzz Lightyear had it right that we aim not just for infinity, but BEYOND! So, whether you are just beginning Religious School or you are an adult who never had the opportunity to study Hebrew, we are delighted to help you ascend the bimah and continue to explore the well of Jewish knowledge for all your life – to B’nei Mitzvah and BEYOND! I look forward to studying together! Cantor Ida Rae Cahana

Welcome, Emily Silverman!

CBI’s New B’Nei Mitzvah Coordinator Emily Silverman, CBI’s new B’Nei Mitzvah Coordinator grew up in Maine, made Aliyah as a student after high school and lived in the Jerusalem area. She spent seven years in seminary in Jerusalem, for the first three years in an English speaking program called Midreshet Harova, then moving on to an advanced seminary program for Israeli women called Beit Hamidrash Hagavoa L’Nashim b’Migdal Oz, where she spent four years. She earned B.Ed in Jewish studies and education and teaching certificate from Herzog Teaching College. She taught elementary school at Beit Sefer Kfar Adumim, a unique charter school in the Judean Hills which seeks to create a pluralistic learning community by integrating students from both religious and secular backgrounds, before transitioning to the role of Director of Education at a New York- based educational technology company. She also, while in college, trained as a tour guide and for six years worked as the lead PR representative to the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, and in that role met and explored Jerusalem with many state leaders as well as well-known pop culture personalities including Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Madonna, Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher, a number of European and African prime ministers, and the Brigadier General of the Chinese military. She met her husband, Ariel, while salsa dancing, and they were married in 2015 at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In October 2015, they moved to Portland in search of a new adventure. Ariel is originally from Venezuela, and made Aliyah when he was seventeen to serve in the diplomatic branch of the IDF. He now works as a software engineer at Intel. In 2016, their first son, Ori, was born. They still love salsa dancing, and the family’s rich multi-cultural backgrounds mean that they speak three languages at home on a consistent basis.

We began our school year with a theme inspired by Rabbi Hillel: “In a place where there are no human beings try to be one.” With this in mind, our Religious School program engaged in study, arts, and social action as a means of approaching the questions “what does it mean to be human? How can Judaism inform my actions and help shape my vision for a better world?” So who was this Rabbi Hillel and how did his thoughts help to frame our experience in 2018? Hillel was a great teacher born in Babylonia. He came to study Torah in Jerusalem in the beginning of the Common Era and became the head of his own academy. He was known for his kindness and open approach to interpreting the spirit of Jewish law. Hillel formulated the basic rules of Rabbinic logic, which seeks to extract new meaning from old laws. This made it possible to give the Jewish religion perpetual life in that rabbis can apply the laws of the Torah to conditions in various places and at various times. Which brings us, in turn, back to our own application of Hillel’s words at CBI as we strive to define and to act in ways that are human in our own time. I’m grateful to everyone for helping to make this an outstanding year for our students and school community. Special thanks, farewell, and good luck to Sarah Reiter, our Education Administrator, in her upcoming Graduate School studies at the University of Oregon. Looking forward to seeing everyone this summer at Shabbat on the Plaza and when Religious School reopens this fall. Stay Human! L’Shalom, Ben

L’hitraot, Sarah After two wonderful years working in many different capacities within our community, I am taking a big next step in life to pursue a graduate degree from the University of Oregon this fall. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all my fellow staff members, parents, and students for making my experience so memorable here. This is a very special community that I will always cherish and keep near to my heart. It has been amazing to get to know each and every one of you and to have been involved with the community in so many ways. Thank you for all the support and encouragement I’ve received during this transition, I feel very loved and honored to have been a part of Congregation Beth Israel. Goodbye for now and best wishes for the future! L’Shalom, Sarah Reiter

May-June-July 2018


Developing CBI For Sure I Can Say, I Have Had a Taste of Temple by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director There’s not a lot I can say about TOT that hasn’t already been reported. So please indulge me while I get a bit sentimental. To say that this event has achieved everything we set out to do might imply there was nothing left to accomplish. Then again, to say anything less would not be truthful. For the last seven years, TOT has raised friends and funds for our congregation while also building a cadre of engaged and caring leaders. From the perspective of a Development Director, it doesn’t get much better than this. To take it a step further, it would be no exaggeration to say the leaders from this group are among my closest friends from CBI. Of all the many things Taste of Temple has accomplished in its short history, the quality and quantity of interpersonal relationships that have emerged from this event make me proud. I share this because I want to give you every opportunity to bring these relationships into your life. From its inception, Taste of Temple was designed to be a friendraiser and fun(d)raiser. This year’s committee, led by inspiring chairs Robin and Steve McCoy, set an all time high of netting almost $70,000. Like other members of our TOT committee, Robin and Steve have been a part of this committee from the beginning. That speaks volumes about the quality people who are a part of our TOT team. There is something about this group that resonates with each participant. Every year, our new TOT committee draws newcomers and experienced participants alike, making it an ideal venue to get engaged and involved. Every year, you have the opportunity to be a part of this amazing group of people; if you are wondering if I am talking about you – I am. Let this be the year you choose to make a difference. Both you and your Temple will experience the impact and that is a wonderful thing.

Together We Have Made Things Possible When I was born with a cleft lip, my parents worried I would never be able to talk. As my mother liked to say, once I started speaking no one ever wanted to tell me to be quiet. So it comes as no surprise that I’ve always had a lot to say. I’m proud to say I grew up in a home that was clearly Jewish; my Judaism has always been a fundamental part of my life. In addition to providing a moral compass that helps guide my life, it always gave me a base from which I chose to build community. In the just over six years I have had the honor and privilege of being the Development Director of Congregation Beth Israel, we have raised over $5,000,000. Let’s be clear – this is not about me – this is about us! I joined the staff of CBI because I was willing to ask members to invest in our future and help us achieve the possible knowing firsthand how transformational being a part of an active Temple can be. Funds are now in place that: help support our Associate Rabbi; ensure that every child who wants to attend Religious School can afford to do so; and there is support for a lead position in our Early Childhood Program. Donors have also helped fund an effective sound system in our Main Sanctuary; beautiful lighting that enhances our place of worship; secured and enhanced our beautiful stained glass windows and put in place handrails that help ensure access for all to the bimah. All these things were projects donors were already interested in doing; I just helped them actualize their intentions. As I step down from the position of Development Director, I hope we will continue to dream together and work toward making all our intentions possible. Look how far we have come; just imagine how much farther we can go by working together, building community, securing our present and investing in our future. At this point, it really is up to you. L’Shalom, Jen

Please join us on Friday, May 11 at Shabbat Evening Services to celebrate Jen’s many contributions to CBI

2018 TASTE OF TEMPLE COMMITTEE Benjamin Ariff • Lindy Ariff • Jordan Busch • Bonnie Davis • Nikki Dorfman • Carly Fujita • Ali Garfinkle • Judah Garfinkle • Ronit Gerard • Craig Gerard • David Goldwyn • Tiffany Goldwyn • Lynne Hana • Paul Koenigsberg • Arlene Koenigsberg • Aaron Korach • Glen Levy • Amy Lewin • Gail Mandel • Robin McCoy • Steve McCoy • Jill Mitchell • Ryan Pitman • Nate Smith • Hannah Treuhaft • Bill Treuhaft • Joanne Treuhaft • Tony Urdes Jenat Feldman, Development Director • Sarah Reiter, Taste of Temple 2018 Event Coordinator


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Many thanks to all the Sponsors, Vendors,Education Donors and Committee Members who were a part of Taste of Temple this year 2018 TASTE OF TEMPLE VENDORS Al Fresco Catering aMYLK Aviv Balboa Winery Baumans Bre’s Bake House Bridgetown Bagels Bridgetown Brewery

Century Catering ChickPeaDX Crown Paella Danwei Canting Dicks Kitchen Fillmore Trattoria Fire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings

Gilda’s Italian Restaurant Happy Cup Coffee Holy Smokes Righteous Eats Hot Lips Soda (by Hot Lips Pizza) Kachka Kenny and Zuke’s Delicatessen Mi Mero Mole Mother’s Bistro

Ranger Chocolate Shalom Y’all Smallwares Sweet Cookie of Mine Tan Tan Deli The Waiting Room Townshend Distillery Zupan Markets

MANY THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS HEAD CHEF Baskin Clinic Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, and Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph Glen and Lisa Levy Jason Waxman and Lynne Hana SOUS CHEF Michael and Margie Anton N. Dickson and Cameron Davis Jeff and Kira Capen Garfinkle Orthodontics John Harland and Janet Hoffman Rabbi Sam and Dori Joseph

Ed and Jill Neuwelt Eric and Tiffany Rosenfeld David and Diane Rosencrantz Les and Martha Soltesz Jeff and Lynn Wolfstone CHEF DE PARTIE Jim and Ilene Davidson John and Sara Epstein Howard and Jen Feldman Stacy and Sharon Friedman Paul and Carly Fujita Andrew and Audra Galler David and Tiffany Goldwyn Jonathan and Lisa Greenleaf

Greg Jones and Mindy Becker Steve and Robin McCoy Jack and Madeleine Menashe Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall Mark and Judy Peterman Dr. Pike, Dentistry for Children Ryan and Sarah Pitman Alex and Marisa Reby Josh and Amy Remick Andrew Frank and Sally Rosenfeld Jerry and Bunny Sadis Michael Simon and Suzanne Bonamici Lynn Tobias and Chet Edwards Philip Zald and He Shin Kwak

WE THANK ALL OUR MITZVAH MOMENT DONORS We reached our goal!!!! Thanks goes to each and every one of you for helping us achieve the possible: 180 Mitzvah Moment donors. At press time, 183 donations totaling $11,173 have been confirmed. It is truly amazing what we can do when we work together. We can all celebrate our success and the impact these additional funds (plus the additional $18,000 challenge grant) will make on our programs. And of course, it’s never too late to choose to be a donor. Here’s the link: Peter Ackerman • Steve Albert and Janie Goldenberg • Marc and Tracy Alifanz • Michael and Margie Anton • Benjamin and Lindy Ariff • Bill and Sydney Baer • Marlene Balmforth • Kevin and Rachelle Barrett • Lester Baskin • David and Marah Bean • Greg Jones and Mindy Becker • Len and Betsy Bergstein • Leslie Berman • Les and Ellen Bick • Karen Blauer • Daniel Hurwitz and Debra Brooks • Marina and Bill Brown • Ron and Marisa Brown • Rabbi Michael and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana • Jeff Capen and Kira Dennison Capen • Ian Cartwright • Stuart and Mandi Chestler • Camille Cioffi and Ian Nelson • Jason and Danielle Cohen • Jan Cohen • Jonathan Cohen • Evan and Julia Daigneault • Carol Danish • Jim and Ilene Davidson • Andrea Davis • Barry and Bonnie Davis • Dick and Cameron Davis • Lou and Kathleen Doctor • Pierce Ethier • Eddie and Gloria Feinstein • Howard and Jen Feldman • Leigh Feldman and Sara Moskovitz • Joey and Val Fishman • Eric Flamm • Andrew Frank and Sally Rosenfeld • Debbie Friedman • Judah and Ali Garfinkle • Charlie and Lynn Gelber • Randy and Debbie Geller • Linda Georges • Craig and Ronit Gerard • Daniel Gerber • Janie Goldenberg • Lance and Ann Goldenberg • David and Tiffany Goldwyn • Helen Gould • Bill June and Susan Graber • Steven and Michelle Gradow • Margaret Hasson • Tim Hemstreet and Joanna Ogintz • Michael and Catherine Hilburg • John Parks and Rebecca Hill • David Hirsch • John Harland and Janet Hoffman • Thomas Hofmann • Karen Hohndel • Lindsey Horenblas and Geri Cullers • Rabbi Sam and Dori Joseph • Rabbi Rachel Joseph • Josh and Michelle Kashinsky • Jim and Rhonda Kennedy • Ruth Kirschner • Loren and Michelle Koplan • Aaron and Sarah Korach • Jeff Schwartz and Shoshanna Lansberg • Albert and Rosanne Levi • Glen and Lisa Levy • Emilia Levy • Olivia Levy • Larry Lewis and Kelly Post-Lewis • David and Liz Lippoff • Darren Malinoski and Sehra Sampson • Steve Klein and Gail Mandel • Greg and Jemi Mansfield • Gary and Sheryl Martel • Steve and Robin McCoy • Dawnn McWatters • Fred Cirillo and Sharon Meieran • Alex Menashe • Jack and Madeleine Menashe • Susan Meyer • Paul and Alice Meyer • Barney and Susan Milstein • Doug and Leona Mitchell • Jill Mitchell • Christie Moore and Stacy Lewis • Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall • Roscoe Nelson III and Debra Nelson • Adam and Sandy Nemer • Andrew Olshin • Steve and Anna Paris • Aaron Pearlman • Robert and Leslie Peltz • Mark and Judy Peterman • Abbie Peterman • Aaron Peterson and Katie Nixon • Gary Peterson and Debbie Friedman • Ryan and Sarah Pitman • Sarah Philips • Rachel Pollin • Isaac and Bonnie Quintero • Alex and Marisa Reby • Sarah Reiter • Steve and Stephanie Roitstein • Amber Rollins • Rabbi and Lorraine Rose • Bob and Joan Rosenbaum • David and Diane Rosencrantz • Alan and Eve Rosenfeld • Henry Rosicky • Ben Sandler and Lolly Jamerson • Alex and Rachel Sarasohn • David and Lisa Sarasohn • Jack Schecter • Greg and Melissa Schmidt • Jerry and Dana Schwartz • Dave Smith and Libby Schwartz • Steve and Georgy Seres • Michael Freeman and Lynda Shapiro • Mylen and Rosalyn Shenker • Kevin and Alison Siebers • Michael Simon and Suzanne Bonamici • Jonathan Singer • Gary and Linda Singer • Jill Slansky • Nate Smith and Anna Epstein • Richard Solomon and Alyce Flitcraft • Sara Spettel • Don Spiegel and Deborah Davis-Spiegel • Karen Stavis • Lenny Steinberg • Arthur Steinhorn • Mark and Caroline Szlukier • Peter Thacker and Lynn Taylor • Cheryl Tonkin • Bill and Joanne Treuhaft • Marc Blackstein and Hannah Treuhaft • Bruce Melzer and Robyn Urbach • Tony and Bianca Urdes • Terri Warren • Matthew Warshawsky and Theresa Burks • Arthur and Linda Waters • Jason Waxman and Lynne Hana • Haley Webb • Sharon Weil • Bruce A Weinstein • Jeffrey Weprin • Jon and Amie Wexler • Richard Wolf • Jeff and Lynn Wolfstone • Lewis and Ann Young

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L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Mazel Tov to Emilie Lavin and Andre Bennett on the birth of their daughter Ava Lavin Bennett. May she grow in health and wisdom and be a source of strength to her family and all humankind.

The Magnificent Mini Mensches The Mini Mensches have been a busy bunch these last few months! From the Purim Carnival, to Mighty Moms and Passover for Preschoolers- we’ve done a ton! It has been wonderful getting to know all of our families and kids throughout this year, and I am looking forward to spending the summer soaking up sunshine and hanging out with everyone. We’re planning get-togethers like park hangouts and a special area for kids during Shabbat on the Plaza- so keep an eye out for more fun stuff for our littlest Jews! I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to a few people who have helped make Mini Mensches as wonderful as it was this year. Arline Greenblatt has generously sponsored BOTH of our May Tot Shabbats in full. This helps us bring amazing musicians to play and fund the crafts we do each Tot Shabbat. Jill Slansky has been wonderfully generous to our program and an amazing ally in our journey to building a meaningful community for our young families. So, THANK YOU to both of these wonderful women for helping us grow and continue to offer great opportunities. I hope to see you all at an event soon! L’Shalom, Chelsea

Upcoming Events Tot Shabbat May 5, 19 (sponsored by Arline Greenblatt) June 2, July 7

Start your weekend off with a little Shabbat! We’ll sing, dance, pray, and schmooze together.

Condolences to Laura Spear on the loss of her brother, Leslie Geller, Terry Koontz, and Marci Samuels on the loss of their uncle, and the extended Spear family on the loss of Philip J. Spear, who passed away on February 19, 2018. Carol Jones on the loss of her father, Barbara Sigal and Scott Simon on the loss of their uncle, and the extended Klein family on the loss of Bernard Klein, who passed away on March 6, 2018. Lynn Lertzman on the loss of her beloved husband, Renee Lertzman and Karin Bafart on the loss of their father, Lilah Bafart and Temma Bafart on the loss of their grandfather, and the extended Lertzman family on the loss of Alan Lertzman, who passed away on March 15, 2018. Sally Rosenfeld and Andrew Frank on the loss of their beloved daughter, Lisa Frank on the loss of her sister, Eve and Alan Rosenfeld on the loss of their granddaughter, and the extended Frank and Rosenfeld families on the loss of Amy Frank, who passed away on April 3, 2018. Mary Anne McDowell on the loss of her beloved son, and Rosalyn Neuberger and Patricia Neuberger on the loss of their nephew, and the extended Neuberger family on the loss of Stuart Neuberger, who passed away on April 5, 2018. Randi (Michael) Hopkins, Leslie (William z”l) Berman, Caroline (Scott) Kornberg, and Harry (Liz) Semler on the loss of their father, Helen Spivak (z”l), Alysmae Nudelman (z”l), and Herbert Semler on the loss of their brother, Rose Hopkins, Joseph Berman, Lily Berman, Marjorie Berman, Tiffany Kornberg, Kaitlyn Kornberg, Darcie Semler, and Nate Semler on the loss of their grandfather, and the extended Semler family on the loss of Laurence Richard Semler, who passed away on April 7, 2018.

Shabbat on the Plaza July 6, 13, 20

Join us for services outside with fun activities just for our Mini Mensches to keep busy during the service.


CBI Book Group Sunday, May 6, 9:00 AM Shirley and Herbert Semler Board Room Join the CBI Book Club for our final meeting before the summer break, when we discuss The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. We also plan to select our books for the coming year, so bring your list of recommendations and ideas!


Mitzvah House: A Family Winter Shelter at CBI has closed for the season, after months of providing much-needed winter shelter for families in need. Our partners at Portland Homeless Family Solutions report that the shelter served fifty-nine households, one hundred and one adults and ninety-seven children, for a total of nearly two hundred guests. All of this was possible through the flexibility and enthusiastic welcome of CBI members and our two hundred fiftynine volunteers from the CBI community and beyond.

Congregation Beth Israel


Or Ami This past March, I was honored to represent our Sisterhood by attending the Women of Reform Judaism’s Fried Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. There I learned, shared, and prayed with more than 350 Reform Jewish women from across the United States and Canada. It was an extraordinary experience that I am still trying to process. I attended many inspiring sessions with topics such as “Programming to Appeal to Women of All Ages,”“Navigating the Social Media Sea,” and “The Power of Partnerships.” Attendees also had the immense privilege to hear Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund speak to us about how we could help our youth and how we must keep up the fight for the next generation. As well, I attended this conference to accept the 2018 Or Ami “Light of Our People” Silver award, given to our Sisterhood for our program: “A Century of Sisterhood: A Historical Perspective”. Established in 1973, the WRJ Or Ami “Light of My People” Award recognizes exemplary social justice, community service, and educational programming that serves as a model for other WRJ Districts and sisterhoods. The awards are given biennially. Our project consisted of a six panel display which featured documents, photographs and oral histories. There was also a video presentation that included additional oral history quotes and images that supplemented what could not be included on the printed panels. Our project debuted at an evening reception last year. Thanks to Eve Rosenfeld and the Sisterhood Board for helping to make this project happen.


I have returned invigorated to share a wealth of ideas with our Sisterhood. We are your Sisterhood and would love to see you at our next event. Won’t you join us? L’Shalom, Shoshanna Lansberg

BOARD INSTALLATION We invite you all to attend the installation of the Sisterhood Board for 2018-2020 on June 29 at 5:30 PM before Shabbat Evening Services. Please come help us welcome our ladies who give of their time to the board and to CBI. We look forward to seeing you there.

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In Remembrance ~ May their memory be for a blessing. May 4 and 5 Lenore Abrams Melvin Alifanz Ruth Besser Jay Delman Albert H. Ganz Paul Georges Maurice O. Georges Thomas T. Georges, Jr. Harry I. Gevurtz* Robert Gilbert Magdalena Gottesman Nate Hasman Joseph Hasson Kevin Andrew Horenstein Roberta Hunt Maurie Jacobs* Berenice Kaplan William Katz Rachael Kohen Sophie Kohen Jacob Lauterstein* Mitzi Layton Charles Levine Beverly Lipman Herman Margolis Alexandria Meekcoms Rywka Mendelsohn Myerna Michaels Murray Neidich Arden New Harold Newman* Sidney H. Newman Howard Overback Lucy Sue Overback Ira Peterman Max Planer Rabbi David Hillel Rose* Diana Harrison Rosenfield Alan Ruben Anna M. Rubenstein Jerome Rubenstein Jim Spitzer Louise Straumfjord Marvin Tonkin* Pua Vilner Milton Waldinger Julius Zell May 11 and 12 Harry Arnsberg Philip Blank Jerome Blattner Roland Bonamici Henry Braunsten* Sidney Chucker Elliott Cohen Andrew Abe Crystal Helen H. Director* Betty Miriam Edelman Clarice Eder E. Ike Eshaghian Leah Estrin Evelyn Freeman Harold Gaffen Zanley F. Galton, Sr. Evelyn Georges


Rose M. Golby* Alfred Goldfaden David H. Greenberg* Joseph Haas Isador Hoffman Millie Holzman Albert George Kantor* Hyman Kaplan Ruth Kraminsky Jack Lazarus Ken Lefkowitz Rose Mirviss Lenske Sheina Esther Levin Phyllis Lieppman Bessie Little Jessie Ludwig Thomas John Nelson Edward P. Nudelman Jennie Nudelman Sophie Marie Olshin Ludmilla Julia Pitkin Solomon Plushnick Regina Ginsberg Riggs Meier Rosencrantz Louis M. Rosencrantz Marvin Rubens Moussa Sabi Helen Schnitzer Rudy Spring Stanley I. Steinberg Martin Tragarz Sol Treuhaft Martha Whiteley Min Zidell May 18 and 19 Pauline Barkley Ralph Albert Benaroya* Lois Berlin* Seymour Berns Anselm Boskowitz Gertrude Chucker Ruth Dickstein Solomon Fishman Frances Freedman Nellie Friedman May Berenson Georges Sam Gordon Milton Horenstein Sidney Kaufman Angela Kellner Sally Sophia Kirshner Susanne Lewis Bernice Lubetkin Michael Thomas Makler* Margaret Matje Fortuna Menashe Gertrude Mills Sara Papka Ruth Radtke Selma Robinson Louis Romoff Jean W. Rothenberg Adolph J. Schneider* Eva Schneider* Sandy Spitzer Colin F. Stoloff

Israel Wald Phyllis Green Weidenbaum Rose Weintraub Abe “Al� Wexler* Hiram Whiteley Morris Wolf* Alfred S. Wolfe Bertha Woolach May 25 and 26 Max Arnsberg Fannie Baron Sylvia Bartenstein Bert Berliner Oscar Berman* Aaron Blauer Joseph M. Constantine* Leonard L. Dotson Marianne Feldman Sylvia Feller Anna Friedman Arthur W. Frisch Philip Gelber Sheldon Geller Joseph Goldsmith Albert L. Green* Charlotte Haimsohn* Edward Hupert Sue Hupert Minnie Joseph Opal G. Katzky Eddie Koslowski Maurice Kramer Ceil Levy Elise Rosenblum Light Miriam S. Lipman* Martin Miller Samuel R. Planer Jacob Platt* Sylvia Press Edward A. Rosenfeld David Rubin* Samuel Saltzman* Miriam Kaplan Schwartz Adrienne F. Stenger Harry Tobias Geraldine Warenback Sidney J. Weiner Charlene Weinstein Jacob Weiss

Charles L. Greenblatt Gloria DeDuke Hess* William Andersen Kaa Shirley Kaufman Edward Kean Mary Rebecca Kinspel Janice Kohler Anna Krys Martin Krys Rachella Meekcoms Kryszek Paul Lamfrom Justin Landauer Cerdell Lennis Joseph Lewis Pearl Lipkin Robert Dean Lipman* Stuart Little Edith Lok-Schwartz Robert MacDougall Roslyn G. Maizels Gus Mueller Harold Orr Sylvia Paley Dolores Passamaneck Irving Pentelnik Clifford Radston Dorothy Rogel Edward E. Rosenbaum Marvin Rosenberg Rose L. Rosencrantz* Melvin Rubin Marjorie Saltzman Jack Saltzman Ida Saperstein Lester Seinfeld Sylvia Seinfeld Gertrude Semler* Phyllis Shapiro Sylvia Shlim* Alan Sigelman Robert C. Stenger Anna R. Tobias Alan Baron Tonkin* Edward Weiss Joseph Werlin Lawrence Wilk Ronald Yankowitz Louis Zacks Samuel Zeidman

June 1 and 2 Adrienne Levin Arnsberg* Leah Blank Rabbi Moshe Cahana Sally De Leon Pauline Eisenman Phillip Epstein Bernice Feibleman Leah Feinstein Dov Feuer Morris Fleisher Margaret Flemming Cecile Ecker Frank Herman Gadye Bernard Goldberg Florence Golub

June 8 and 9 Laila Aarnas Isaac Adler Muriel Anton Ted Balmforth Henry S. Blauer* Christopher Glen Brooks Esta Brown Jerry Canton Jack L. Davis* Simon Director* Judith Dreier Mike (Milton) Drucker Hedy Farkas Albert G. Gilbert* Isadore L. Golby*

Congregation Beth Israel

Charles Greenblatt Marlene Jacoby Harold Kaplan Jack J. Karlin Arthur Katzky Sadie Shapiro Kaufman* Su Kawamoto Delphine Levenson* Sydelle Levine Elizabeth Lipman Martha Beatrice Martin Patsy Mattila Roger Seller Meier Benjamin Oseran Mark Platman Susan Platt Rose Popick Robert Radding Max Rubenstein Roger Ruby Leonard E. Schnitzer* Babette Schnitzer* Jack B. Schwartz Nathan Shapiro Joseph Shemanski* Arthur Tarlow William L. Unger Joshua Weiner Bonita Weinstein Irving David Wilson* Heddy Winterman Becky Zeldin Richard Zimmerman June 15 and 16 Irving I. Ail Benjamin Becker Alec L. Black* Arthur Cohen Robert Cohen Edis Cohen Morris Dennison Dorothy Durkheimer Joseph Edelstein Rod Fadem Karl S. Frey Gertrude N. Genecov Leslie G. Gilbert* Shirley Gittelsohn Elizabeth Goldfaden Samuel Goldman Morris A. Goldstein* Leona Hoffman Barbara Hurwitz Florence M. Kane Maurice Kaplan Leo Katzky Henry Kavitt* Irwin Koenigsberg Maurice Krass Irvin Layton David Light James M. Marks Helen Mittleman* Belle Morrison Victor A. Nudelman* Susan Overbeck

In Remembrance ~ May their memory be for a blessing. Shirley Robinowitz Clara Roth David Rubin Hy Samuels* Roseanne Saunders Joachim J. Jack Schneider Bertha Senders* Ruth Sheinin Jack Sheinin* Edward T. Sigell Rose Sobelman Jamie Stadig Abraham Tobin Hyman Veltman Lillian Lisa Wax Pauline Bercovitz Wright* Hannah Zell June 22 and 23 Elinor Adler Kathleen Andrianoff Richard Berman* Sam Blank Ida Brenner Tillie Driesen Melvin Feinstein Vera Hoffman Fine* Marjorie Frank Leo Gold Jeffrey Gradow Charlotte Greenberg Claire Grossman Harry B. Harrison Robert Hartzman William Hill-Parks Jack Hirsch Sylvia Holzman Marcus Horenstein Flora Velt Kirk Jacob Leo Krane Larry Labby Helen Lauterstein Henrietta Margulis* Lois Poplack Abe Puziss Betty Raskin Florence Robinson Leon Semler Gussie Seres Bruce Lyle Sheinin* Iris Rita Sherman Henry Sholkoff Rubin B. Shulman Mildred Leshgold Sidell* Rose L. Sigell Lillian Sussman Helen Svidlow Audrey Tannenbaum Joseph Tobias Doris Hahn Treuhaft Stanley H. Wald Robert Weintein

June 29 and 30 Jean Adler Rhoda Aiken Sara Arnsberg Edward K. Berg* Esther Berman* Gordon Brandies Thea Cohen Mary Collins Sasha Drutter Sylvia Canton Edelman Linda Feidelson Joseph Flemming Julius C. Friendly* William Gittelsohn Bertha Graber Gale Grossman Gloria John Carol Jones Krakauer Jason Kirshner Fanny E. Kowitt* Irving Krosner Charles Irving Kwartler Celia Lazarus Alex E. Miller* Dorothy Morgenstern Bonnie Naftalin Marian Ovitz Malcolm Pike Anna Richman Ann Romain Alex Rubin Rose Rudman Jerome Salomon Herbert Savage Carolyn See* Rose Silberman Paul Sonnes Babette Strauss* Lena Von Flue Eleanor Wishengrad Simon Wolfe July 6 and 7 Therese Abeles Rose Backer* Robert Backus Daniel Jeremy Berkson Laura Bolliger Sarah Boskowitz Morris Cohen Arthur H. Cohen Eugene E. Cohn* Jerry M. Colton* Rose Goodman Davis Emma Diamond* Jeanette Feldman Lily Feuerstein Gerald Fine Irwin Frank Wilmer Freeman Paul Friedberg Gladys Galkin

Benjamin Geller Louis Gilula Bella Goldwasser Richard Mark Grayson Ethel Greenblatt Joseph Harrison Harold Hirsch Toni Kahan Tillie Kaufman Bernard La Rossa Anne Lavine-Kilbourne Letty Lefkowitz Celia Lesman Richard Lubliner Abraham Paul Meyer Albert Morgenstern Julius Newmark William Oppenheimer John Oster Charlotte Pearlman Rebecca Samuels Philip E. Seltzer Julian J. Shipley* Edward Singer Henry Spivak Ida Steinbock Lena Cohen Swerdlik* Izetta Tonkon* Sarah Utay Tillie Wachs Faye Zasloff July 13 and 14 Joe Blank Helen Blumenthal Goldie Chestler Florence Korey Clement Avery Cline Florence Dobrow Harry Driesen Zanly C. Edelson Gus L. Feldman Dorothy Feldman Hy Freedman Leonard Friedman Melvyn C. Friendly Howard Jay Goldberg Sharon Goldman Lew W Goodwin Michael “Mickey” Greenberg Jay Grenley Betty Haas Antoinette S. Himmelreich Silas K. Himmelreich Max Janow Clinton E. John Evelyn Wright Kantor Harvey Kelinson Donald Loftus Zelotta (Lottie) Mendelson Maxine Newman Jesse Oroshnik

Sylvia Ostrofsky Maurice Pike* Beverly Rosenberg David Scheffer Bernice W. Schlesinger* Jeanie Sobel Sidney Spiegel Jessie R. Webb Susan Weiner July 20 and 21 Bernice Canter Donald Cartwright Marla Carver Klaus G. Citterman Beatrice W. Cohn Charles Crane Barbara Cypriano Ethel Danto Arnold Davis Sylvan F. Durkheimer Carmen Golby Ethel Osborne Green* Yvonne Grimes William S. Gross Joseph Gross Michael Harland Grace Hochfeld Gilbert George Kelly Max Lamfrom Max Lesman Irving J. Levin Celia Lidovitch Albert G. Maizels Henrietta Mendoza Edward Moe Alysmae Semler Nudelman* Darrell M. Overbeck Esther Platt Sarah Pomerantz Peter Pongracz Suzanne C. Powell Hyman Reiter Frank Rogers Jack Rollins Elise Rosenfeld Adele Savage Carol Sigelman Milton Singer Frances Spivack Don Stilwell Patricia Strauss Gilbert Sussman Anna G. Tobin Patricia Anne Watkins George Weiner Stanley Wilker

Leo M. Bergman Daniel Berlin Hy Canter Vita Gertrude Cezer Rose Judith Cezer Philip Chucker Scott Colton Eugene L. Coodley Daniel Davis Frank Dessayer* Felice Lauterstein Driesen Minnie Einstein Russell Ellwood Rachel Jennifer Eskenazi Edna Fenton* Clara S. Frey Herman J. Friedman* Henrietta S. Garfinkle Claire Grossman Ruth Heldfond Lester Herrup Gertrude Joseph Dolev Keidar Ruth Kravitz William B. Layton Beatrice Barde Lubliner N. Calmin “Cal” Margulies* Leo Mitchell William A. Morrison Jean Kent Nudelman Cynthia Peterman Francis X Peters Bernard Pomerantz Gerald Poplack Beatrice Radston Dinah Rosen Mollie Rosenblum Anna Rosenfield Edythe Rubin Stacy Sadis George Saxe Roxanne Schloss Albert G. Senders Rose Lubliner Shank* Daniel Simon Marilyn Singer Celia Levitt Sondheim Esther Soren Irving Spivack Ben Steinberg Pat Tannenbaum* Carol Tannenbaum* Ben D. Tarlow* William Zacks Hiroto Zakoji Flora Jean Zurow

July 27 and 28 Lipman B. Barde Henry R. Bauer, Sr. Ben Bean

(*) 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

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Very Thoughtful People


Social Action Funds The CBI Community came together for Mitzvah Day on Sunday, April 29, in which hundreds of members participated in over a dozen community service projects here at CBI and across the Portland area. While absolutely a high point of our community’s Social Action programming, our Social Action Committee is busy throughout the year. Whether it’s providing school supplies, coats, boots, tutoring, and holiday toys for the children at Northwest Tower and Annex, engaging in activism in Salem and farther afield, hosting a Christmas dinner on campus for those in need, or working with community partners to support refugees, Social Action is a core component of life at CBI, and one that is supported by generous contributions to the Social Action Food Fund, Social Action I Have a Dream Fund and General Social Action Fund.

Adult Education Fund In Memory of Amy Rose Frank Bill June and Susan Graber Alan Lertzman Ralph London

Allison B. Cohen Madrichim Training and Religious School Scholarship Fund In Memory of Francine Fejes Rhonda, Kenny, and Andrew Cohen Abe Wexler Carolyn Wexler

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat

In Memory of Helen Schnitzer Barbara, Howard, and Susan Cohn Harry and Sonia Labby Lore Labby Dr. David Ellner Janet E. La Rossa Gene Marie Strauss Naomi Strauss Anna Tobias Robert Tobias

Amy R. Goldsmith Library In Memory of Charlotte Galton Zanley F. Galton SR. Claire and Zanley Galton

Caring Community

In Memory of Augusta Jaffe Elaine Savinar In Honor of Joel Seres’ Birthday Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Cemetery Beautification In Memory of Albert Green Gerel Blauer Harriet Bodner George Bodner Milton G. Druck Betty and Jackie Druck Joyce M. Cohen Joseph and Eileen Kane


Gerson Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Rose Rosencrantz David and Diane Rosencrantz Ardis Shapiro Jacqueline R. Spivak Henry and Helen Spivak Ruth Semler James Spivak and Family Marvin Rubens Naomi Strauss Alan Tonkin Marvin Tonkin Marcy Tonkin Fannie Baron Alan Baron Tonkin Marvin Tonkin Rena and Cheryl Tonkin David and Daniel Lerner Alan Lundberg Michael, Tim, Becky and Adam Tannenbaum In Honor of Eve Rosenfeld’s Sisterhood Award Gerel Blauer

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Theresa Bergstein Leonard and Betsy Bergstein Florence Berman Brad and Janice Berman Lorraine Schenbaum Ellen and Leslie Bick Edith Roshberg Phoebe Eskenazi Helen R. Lachman Edward Rosenfeld Don and Karen Lachman Harry and Jeannette Rubenstein Jay and Tina Lamb Jessie Ludwig Leonard Ludwig Amy Rose Frank Stan and Susie Marcus Alice Lok Cahana Elizabeth and Ruben Menashe Annette Rosen Mark Rosenbaum Alan Lertzman Stephanie Siegel and Jeff Whalen Amy Rose Frank Ann and Lewis Young In Honor of Barry Caplan’s 50 years at his Law Firm Stan and Susie Marcus

Tamar Ester Mooncher’s Baby Naming Amit and Dvir Mooncher In Appreciation Ed and Jill Neuwelt David and Liz Lippoff Rabbi and Cantor Cahana Roz Babener and Roscoe Nelson Rabbi and Cantor Cahana for the Purim Schpiel Jean S. Orenstein General Contribution Given By Nir Wittenberg

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Lorraine Schenbaum Ellen and Leslie Bick Alice Lok Cahana Shemaya Blauer Alan Lertzman Julie and Tom Diamond Arline Hasman Norm and Sherry Eder Edward Hupert Sue Hupert Janet Friedman Alan Lertzman Margaret Hasson Karen L. Hirsch John Hirsch Mollie Lertzman Lynn Lertzman Rywka Mendelsohn Sylvia Mendelsohn Nessan Max Shimshak Rachel Shimshak Alan Lertzman Martha and Les Soltesz Alan Lertzman Ann and Lewis Young In Appreciation Rabbi and Cantor Cahana Roz Babener and Roscoe Nelson

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary

In Memory of Rachel Kohen Sophie Kohen Don R. Williams Megan Brown Harry and Jeannette Rubenstein Jay and Tina Lamb Marion Rabiner David and Liz Lippoff

Congregation Beth Israel

In Appreciation Rabbi Rachel Joseph Leslie and Robert Peltz Rabbi Rachel Joseph Eric and Tiffany Rosenfeld and Family

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Rachel Kohen Sophie Kohen Don R. Williams Megan Brown Madaline Pitkin Ludmilla Pitkin Steve Maizels and Natalie Pitkin-Maizels

General Administrative

In Memory of Harvey Winthrop Michael and Margie Anton Alan Lertzman Stuart A. Bessler Harold F. Wendel Susan Black Evelyn Hirsch Kim and Debra Burchiel Mitzi Layton Jack Tinkleman Adrienne Geffen Ron Martin Essie Martin Harry and Joanne Glickman Daniel Sklar Geral and Evelyn Leshgold Edith Schnitzer Goodman Manuel Schnitzer Harold Schnitzer Carol Lewis Helen Lachman Even and Alan Rosenfeld Bernice Bloom Lance and Mary Steinberg Ralph Weintraub Alan Weintraub In Honor of Tamar Ester Mooncher’s Baby Naming Amit and Dvir Mooncher Eve Rosenfeld’s Sisterhood Award President’s Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Elaine Savinar’s 90th Birthday Harry and Joanne Glickman

Very Thoughtful People In Appreciation of Dr. Emily Whitcomb Mardi Spitzer Gerald and Evelyn Leshgold General Contribution Given By Marc Kashinsky and Eileen Eisenberg Raymond Packouz Kathryn Schuler

Hal Ruthizer Cultural Arts In Memory of Lily Karansky Bernard Kaye Sivia Kaye

Jill Newman Slansky Early Childhood Leader Fund In Memory of Harold Newman Sidney Garfield Jill Ann Slansky

Landau Chapel

In Memory of Fortuna Menashe Ruben and Elizabeth Menashe

Miller Room Refurbishment and Restoration Fund

In Memory of Adrienne Arnsberg Susan Diamond and Larry Arnsberg Alan Lertzman Ramona Karasik Alan and Lana Miller Amy Rose Frank Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Oseran Family Lecture

In Memory of Sybil Samuels Amy Rose Frank Ilaine Cohen and Family Israel Klein Marilyn and Hans Grunbaum

Early Childhood Education Fund

In Memory of Harris Lavine Anne Kilbourne Helene and Mark Hutchinson In Honor of James and Ariel Edson’s Baby Naming Forrest Frank and Phoebe Eskenazi General Contribution Given By Jonathan Singer Anna and Eric Kodesch

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Amy Rose Frank Emily E. Baker Ruth Semler Burt Berman Leslie Berman and Family Joseph Hasson Margaret Hasson

Laurence Semler David Meyer Laurence Semler Alan and Lana Miller Laurence Semler Gary and Sylvia Pearlman Ruth Semler Dr. Harry and Gertrude Semler Alysmae and Victor Nudelman James Spivak and Family

Sally Vidgoff Camp Kalsman Scholarship In Memory of Cerdell Lennis Leonard and Fay Oppenheimer

Social Action (General)

In Memory of Amy Rose Frank Alan Lertzman Meier Rosencrantz Louis Rosencrantz Sue Albert Amy Rose Frank Michael and Margaret Anton Leah Rosenbaum Roger Baron and Michele Frisella Louis Ronoff Maurice Creamer Marian Creamer Amy Rose Frank Arlene and Yale Downes Amy Rose Frank Eve Stern and Les Gutfreund Amy Rose Frank Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larson Leah Z. Feinstein Judith Feinstein and Family Amy Rose Frank Dodie Harrison Herman and Gladys Miller Gerry and Morris Jackson Amy Rose Frank Ralph London Genevieve Himelstein David and Shawn Looney Lee Ann Labby Dick and Harriet Maizels Amy Rose Frank Alan and Lana Miller Sam Shapiro Barbara Gilbert and Miles Newmark Ida Kleinrock Roslyn Rosen Amy Rose Frank Leslie and Robert Peltz Amy Rose Frank Randy and Mark Peterson Amy Rose Frank Ruby Sachter Amy Rose Frank Jewely Sandoz Amy Rose Frank Don Spiegel Deborah David Spiegle Amy Rose Frank Pearl Trachtenberg Amy Rose Frank Reuven and Margo Tzadok Amy Rose Frank Sandy and Elaine Weinstein

In Honor of Sally Rosenfeld’s Birthday The Barbash Family Rabbi Cahana Lyn and Dennis Coffer Eve Rosenfeld’s Birthday Carol Danish Elaine Savinar’s 90th Birthday Ilene Goldberg Barry Caplan’s 50 years at his Law Firm Sally Rosenfeld Lynn and Marshal Langfeld


In Memory of Edward Rosenfeld Amy Rose Frank Carol and Dave Baker Fred J. Baron Roger Baron Roberta Hunt Ilaine Cohen and Family Jerome S. Stolzoff Amy Rose Frank Bunny Edelson Milton Margulis Nettie Margulis Sue Friedman Johan, Isidor, and Rebecka Segalowicz Bernhard Pinksky Susan Gerson Stanley Steinberg Ilene Goldberg Syril Garfinkle Eileen and Joseph Kane Rita Kantor Pearl Mutter Mary Rogoway Donald Londer Bruce Kantor Etta Constantine Bertrand Constantine Steve and Elaine Kantor Sonia and Harry Labby Paul Lamfrom Marcie Lamfrom Arnold and Eva Labby Marvin Liebreich Evelyn Asher Maizels Louis Gold Edith Maizels Richard and Harriet Maizels Roslyn Maizels Steve Maizels and Natalie PitkinMaizels Amy Rose Frank Barney and Susan Milstein Stuart Petlz Leslie and Robert Peltz Alice Lok Cahana Rosemarie F. Rosenfeld Howard and Lucy Overback Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Lois Berlin Adolph J. Schneider Eva Schneider Susan and Stuart Shleifer Henry and Helen Spivak Jacqueline R. Spivak Fred Lindemann James Spivak and Family Bernice Bloom Wendy and Bob Steinberg

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Nate Ross Naomi Strauss Irving Trachtenberg William Katz Pearl Trachtenberg Maurie Jacobs Julius Zell Milton Zell Beverly and Marty Zell and Family In Honor of Elaine Savinar’s 90th Birthday Bunny Eldelson Eve Rosenfeld’s Birthday Andrea Overback Elaine Savinar’s 90th Birthday Jeanne Newmark Elaine Savinar’s 90th Birthday Hans Grunbaum’s Recovery Rosemarie F. Rosenfeld

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Philip Blank Gertrude Mills Lynn and Owen Blank In Honor of Elaine Savinar’s 90th Birthday Lynn and Owen Blank Pam and Mark Cohen Barry and Barbara Caplan

Spear Research Library In Memory of Philip Spear Naomi Strauss

Temple Improvement In Memory of Dr. Robert Gilbert Rick and Marilyn Gilbert Sue Halupowski Miriam Labovitz Lynne Rose Fagin Smith Mickey Fagin Rachel Halupowski Mark Saul Davia and Ted Rubenstein Jack Sadis Bunny and Jerry Sadis Milton Zell Julius Zell Janet Zell Tom Georges III Memorial Fund

In Memory of Tommy Georges Jr. May Georges Linda Georges

Urman Family College Communication In Memory of Amy Rose Frank Marvin and Lois Urman

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Very Thoughtful People Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship In Memory of Henry Sholkoff Richard B. Dobrow

Heims Family Youth Activities Endowment In Memory of Celia Heims Dan Heims and Lynne Bartenstein

Lloyd B. Rosenfeld Youth Leadership Fund In Memory of Rosella Horowitz Werlin Joella Werlin

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship In Memory of May Georges Richard B. Dobrow Rose Veltman Marcia Colton Risa Colton-Feldman Louis Feldman In Honor of Harvey Berenson’s Recovery Richard B. Dobrow

CBI Team

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment

In Memory of Sam Shaia Director Herman Margolis Amy Rose Frank Mary Greenberg Stuart and Nikki Director In Honor of Stuart and Nikki Director’s Birthday Barry and Barbara Caplan Joel Seres’ Birthday Sandey Fields’ Birthday Barry Caplan’s 50 years at his Law Firm Stuart and Nikki Director Simon & Helen Director Endowment In Memory of Edith Goodman Harold Schnitzer Helen Director Arlene Schnitzer

Temple Endowment

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life In Memory of Lorraine Schenbaum Roz Babner Korpel Rosenbaum Roger Baron In Honor of Eve Rosenfeld’s Birthday and Sisterhood Award Lynn and Marshall Langfeld

Prayer Book

In Memory of Miriam Margulies Joyce Loeb

Sisterhood Lubliner Leadership Fund

In Memory of Lorraine Schenbaum Stephanie Arnheim and John Sheldon Amy Frank Steve and Patricia Bilow Lorraine Schenbaum Lynne Bartenstein and Dan Heims Rita Lubliner Nancy and Norman Higby Lorraine Schenbaum Eve and Alan Rosenfeld In Honor of Eve Rosenfeld’s Sisterhood Recognition and Birthday The Barbash Family Eve Rosenfeld’s Sisterhood Award Alan and Lana Miller

Service to the Blind

In Memory of Edward Kean Jaime Kean, Zoey, and Lucy Carver Gladys G. Trachtenberg John L. and Barbara J. Trachtenberg

In Honor of Barry Caplan’s 50 years at his Law Firm Dick and Harriet Maizels

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

CBI Administration

Education Director Ben Sandler, M. Ed., R.J.E.

Executive Director Josh Kashinsky

Director of Youth and Young Family Engagement Chelsea Ferguson

Development Director Jen Feldman

Education Administrator Sarah Reiter B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator Emily Silverman

Program Coordinator Tracy Alifanz Clergy Assistant Bitsie Appleton Receptionist Amber Rollins

Congregation Beth Israel

Finance Director Melissa Bordine Accounts Payable and Payroll Specialist Mylen Shenker Accounting Assistant and Cemetery Administrator Molly Weisner Facilities Managers Dallas Van Winkle Susie Young Facilities Staff Mark Perry

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, Private Chef (CBI Congregant) 541-728-6678 Vibrant Table Group/ Food In Bloom 503-297-9635 503-944-6820 Karen Rich

May 2018

Iyyar-Sivan 5778



TUESDAY 1  Iyyar 16

CBI’s 160th Annual Meeting



7  Iyyar 22

8  Iyyar 23


2  Iyyar 17

3  Iyyar 18

4  Iyyar 19

5  Iyyar 20

Brotherhood Social 7:00 PM Uptown Billiards


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

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Ya’ira Blank 10:30 AM Temple

Please join us on May 11 at 5:00 PM for our short annual meeting, to be followed by our celebration of Shabbat and an Oneg. 6  Iyyar 21


9  Iyyar 24

10  Iyyar 25

11  Iyyar26

12  Iyyar 27

Executive Committee 8:30 AM SBR


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

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

160th Annual Meeting 5:00 PM GH

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

ECE Flow 10:00 AM Rm 4

Shir Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR

Education Committee 10:30 AM LB Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM SEC

13  Iyyar 28

14  Iyyar 29

15  Sivan 1

16  Sivan 2

17  Sivan 3

18  Sivan 4

19  Sivan 5

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

Adult Education Committee 8:30 AM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Erev Shavout

ECE Flow 10:00 AM Rm 4


Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM SEC

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 PM SBR

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

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR Tot Shabbat 9:00 AM PC Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin Korach 10:30 AM Temple Erev Shavuot/Confirmation 6:00 PM Temple

20  Sivan 6

21  Sivan 7

22  Sivan 8

23  Sivan 9

24  Sivan 10

Shavout Last Day of Religious School Religious School (K-7) 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM SEC

25  Sivan 11

26  Sivan 12

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service and High School Graduation 6:00 PM Temple

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Jonas Gellman 10:30 AM Temple

Confirmation/Religious School Shavuot Service 9:30 AM

Next Gen Meeting 12:30 PM SBR

ECE Flow 10:00 AM Rm 4 Sisterhood Potluck Brunch 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM SEC

27  Sivan 13

28  Sivan 14

29  Sivan 15

Memorial Day: Offices Closed

Knit‘n’Nosh 12:30 PM SBR

30  Sivan 16

31  Sivan 17

Please join us on Friday, May 11 at 5:00 PM at Shabbat Evening Services to celebrate Jen Feldman’s many contributions to CBI 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

May-June-July 2018


June 2018 SUNDAY

Sivan-Tamuz 5778 MONDAY




Administration..................................503-222-1069 Offices & Clergy Education Department WRJ/BI Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop Fax.......................................................................503-274-1400

FRIDAY 1  Sivan 18

2  Sivan 19

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Sisterhood Installation Pre-Neg 5:30 PM

Tot Shabbat 9:00 AM PC

Sabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Beth Israel Cemetery ...........426 SW Taylors Ferry Road


Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Eyla Mitchell 10:30 AM Temple

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

3  Sivan 20

4  Sivan 21

5  Sivan 22

6  Sivan 23

7  Sivan 24

8  Sivan 25

9  Sivan 26

Social Action Meeting 5:30 PM SBR

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Mara Friedman 10:30 AM Temple

14  Tamuz 1

15  Tamuz 2

16  Tamuz 3

Adult Education Committee 8:30 AM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Tot Shabbat 9:00 AM PC

Brotherhood Social 7:00 PM Uptown Billiards

10  Sivan 27

11  Sivan 28

12  Sivan 29

13  Sivan 30

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Lucy Carver 10:30 AM Temple

17  Tamuz 4

24  Tamuz 11 Next Gen Meeting 12:30 PM SBR

18  Tamuz 5

25  Tamuz 12

19  Tamuz 6

26  Tamuz 13

20  Tamuz 7

21  Tamuz 8

22  Tamuz 9

23  Tamuz 10

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

Bat Mitzvah of Rachel Schecter 10:30 AM Temple

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

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

28  Tamuz 15

29  Tamuz 16

30  Tamuz 17

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Nathaniel Freedman 10:30 AM Temple

27  Tamuz 14

Knit‘n’Nosh 12:30 PM SBR

Havdalah Bat Mitzvah of Emma Schoenbaum 5:00 PM Temple

Location Key HH = Harris Hall  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

Thanks for a great year of Religious School! We’re looking forward to seeing you in September! Save money! Early Bird Registration ends July 1. Contact Sarah in the Education Office at (503) 222-1069 or with any questions.


Congregation Beth Israel

July 2018 SUNDAY 1  Tamuz 18

Tamuz-Av 5778 MONDAY 2  Tamuz 19

TUESDAY 3  Tamuz 20

Sisterhood Wine Tasting 4:30 PM



15  Av 3

9  Tamuz 26

16  Av 4

10  Tamuz 27

17  Av 5


4  Tamuz 21

5  Tamuz 22

6  Tamuz 23

7  Tamuz 24

Independence Day: Temple Offices Closed

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat on the Plaza 6:00 PM Temple Lawn

Tot Shabbat 9:00 AM PC

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Max Josephson 10:30 AM Temple

13  Av 1

14  Av 2

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat on the Plaza 6:00 PM Temple Lawn

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Ruth Zeidman 10:30 AM Temple

20  Av 8

21  Av 9

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat on the Plaza 6:00 PM Temple Lawn

Shabbat Morning Services:

Religious School Early Bird Registration Deadline 8  Tamuz 25


11  Tamuz 28

18  Av 6

12  Tamuz 29

19  Av 7

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

Bat Mitzvah of Talia Wexler 9:00 AM Temple Bat Mitzvah of Allison Khalil 11:00 AM Temple

22  Av 10

23  Av 11

24  Av 12

25  Av 13

26  Av 14

Next Gen Meeting 1:00 PM SBR

29  Av 17

30  Av 18

27  Av 15

28  Av 16

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service: 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Max Young 10:30 AM Temple

31  Av 19 Knit‘n’Nosh 12:30 PM SBR

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

Shabbat on the Plaza! July 6, 13, 20 • August 3, 17, 31

View our calendar and campus map online at

May-June-July 2018


Congregation Beth Israel

1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209-2097


Board of Trustees, FY 2017/2018 Officers


Theodore M. Nelson President

Stacy Friedman David Goldwyn Steve Gradow Janet Hoffman JoAnne Van Ness Menashe Yale Popowich Bob Rosenbaum Sally Rosenfeld David Sarasohn

Glen Levy Vice President/ President-Elect Mark Peterman Secretary Arthur Steinhorn Treasurer Ali Garfinkle At Large Robin McCoy At Large Tony Urdes At Large

Auxiliaries Lynn Gelber - WRJ/BI Sisterhood President Jeff Capen - Brotherhood President


Shabbat on the Plaza

Shabbat on the Plaza, Congregation Beth Israel’s much-loved summer tradition, returns! Every Shabbat on the Plaza service features music on the Temple Lawn (weather permitting), mingling, and a comfortably shaded area. We’d love for you to join us!

July 6, 13, 20 • August 3, 17, 31

Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1879


Congregation Beth Israel

May/June/July 2018 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the May/June/July 2018 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Refor...

May/June/July 2018 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the May/June/July 2018 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Refor...