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FAMILY CELEBRATION Friday, December 15, 6:00 pm Goodman Hall A festive Shabbat Service and Party Latkes! Donuts! Fun for people of all ages!

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Bulletin Nov/Dec 2017 Cheshvan-Kislev-Tevet 5778 Vol. 67, No. 1

B’nei Mitzvah

Estelle Rose Morgan

Sydney Lorraine Hett

Estelle Rose Morgan will become a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Estelle is the daughter of Janet Morgan and Mel Birgé and younger sister of Marc. She is a seventh grader at Hosford Middle School. Estelle enjoys playing trumpet, skiing, snowboarding, playing soccer, creating art, and curling up with Lilly and Rosie, the canine members of her family. Estelle’s Mitzvah Project is to continue supporting Portland Homeless Family Solutions with donations and additional volunteer hours. PHFS empowers homeless families with children to get back into housing and to stay there long-term. Please consider a donation:

Jonah Schafer Jonah Schafer will become a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Jonah is the son of Andrew Schafer and Valerie Roth. He has an older sister, Isabelle. Jonah’s grandparents are Evelyn and Stephen Roth of Playa Vista, CA, and Frank and Barbara Schafer of Hull, MA. Jonah is a seventh grader at Robert Gray Middle School. Jonah loves hockey, is part of BBYO, is one of the Leaders of the NCSY club at school, and loves music. For his Mitzvah Project, Jonah wanted to help the homeless population in Portland “directly by offering them something to make their days a little easier. [He] began reaching out to loved ones who suggested [he] create a website to solicit donations.” So far, he has collected hundreds of items from raincoats to blankets to hygiene products to food and will distribute all of this over this holiday season to anyone in need. To contribute, please go to

Sydney Lorraine Hett, a seventh grader at Robert Gray Middle School, will become a Bat Mitzvah during an evening Havdalah service on Saturday, January 6, 2018. She is the daughter of Mark Hett and Jennifer Glickman-Hett. Sydney’s grandparents are Harry and Joanne Glickman of Portland, Oregon, and Susan Dakis of Camano Island, Washington. Sydney, whose grandfather is the founder and president emeritus of the Portland Trail Blazers, is a sports enthusiast. In addition to watching Trail Blazers games, she is an avid volleyball player for two organizations and has played on her school softball team for the last three years. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys hanging out with her friends, reading and spending time with her family, including her puppy, Sawyer. For her Mitzvah Project, Sydney has elected to honor the legacy of former Trail Blazers player, Jerome Kersey, as well as celebrate the special bond that she and Jerome shared, by raising funds for the JK25 Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to create smiles through dental care and education, with a focus on serving children who are underprivileged, under-served and under-insured. Sydney has also participated in a variety of philanthropic projects that have supported such organizations as the Children’s Cancer Association and The Boys & Girls Club. She also volunteers as a Teacher’s Aide at her former grade school.

Jonah Jay Flamm Jonah Jay Flamm will become a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Jonah is the son of Robin and Eric Flamm. He has an older sister Olivia who is a sophomore at Lincoln High School. Jonah’s grandparents are Bev (z”l) and Lou Miller (z”l) and Ellen Flamm of New York City and Dudley Flamm of Northfield, Minnesota. Jonah’s academic interests include science and space exploration. Jonah is a huge basketball fan and enjoys playing and watching his team, the Blazers. He loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker, one day hoping to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro with his dad. For his Mitzvah Project Jonah has spent significant time at Urban Gleaners, an organization that accepts food that would otherwise be thrown away (from supermarkets, commercial kitchens, restaurants, and caterers) and redistributes it to agencies that feed the hungry. He is known there as the “pizza surgeon” for his ability to take ill-treated pizza, cut it into appetizing pieces, and neatly package it for distribution.


Congregation Beth Israel

What is Chanukah? Yes, it’s an eight day holiday for lighting the menorah, singing songs, eating latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), sharing time with family and friends, maybe even a few gifts. A 19th century rabbi, B’nei Yissacher, says that on Chanukah, when we light the lights for no other reason than to remind us of the miraculous, we are given the greatest gift of all. We glimpse a sliver of the primordial light which has been hidden away since creation and is preserved for the righteous in the world to come. A light that is a refraction of each of our pure and beautiful souls. As you light the candles this year, take a moment to enjoy the light you create! A very Happy Chanukah and love from your clergy, Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Rabbi Rachel Joseph

Upcoming Events UPCOMING EVENTS “A Broken Hallelujah”: Tribute to Leonard Cohen on the Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht) Thursday November 9, 7:00 PM Main Sanctuary Poet and songwriter, mystic and philosopher, philanderer and fervent Jew: Leonard Cohen remains an enigma one year after his death and so many years after his musings and music shaped the worlds of folk and rock music. Leonard inspired Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan among many musical and literary luminaries. His compositions, especially “Hallelujah,” have become ubiquitous in our culture. Synagogues throughout North America have adapted this song and overlaid Hebrew liturgy to the plaintive melody which had a new life as the theme song for the movie “Shrek.” Leonard Cohen’s last album deeply explored some of the Jewish themes he had embraced and rejected throughout his life, culminating in the refrain, “Hineini!-Here I am, Lord!” This concert exploring Cohen’s poetry and music will also, appropriately, mark not only his Yahrzeit, but also the commemoration of Kristallnacht, the night of shattered glass and shattered Jewish lives. It will come at the end of a three part class taught by Alicia Jo Rabins, offered through the Institute for Jewish Studies and in cooperation with Congregation Beth Israel. Join Ilene Safyan, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, and special guests Sacha Reich, Wendy Westerwelle, Courtney Von Drehle, Ralph Huntley, Andrew Ehrlich, Ben Sandler, and Ji Tanzer for a community gathering of music, poetry, and reflection.


CBI Book Club Sunday, November 5, 9:00 AM Shirley and Herbert Semler Board Room CBI’s Book Club will participate in Jewish Book Month with their discussion of The Best Place on Earth by Ayelet Tsarbi. Tsarbi’s collection of eleven short stories gives the reader a glimpse into the lives of Yemeni Jews, both in Israel and Canada. Looking for some more good reads? Our December title will be Women and Jihad by Rachel Avraham and in January we will plan to discuss Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things.

Meet the Author! Sunday, November 19, 10:00 AM Cedar Sinai Park (Zidell Room) Ayelet Tsarbi, author of The Best Place on Earth, will be speaking via Skype in honor of Jewish Book Month. She will comment on the reason she felt she needed to write the collection’s eleven short stories which deal with immigration, conflict, love, loss, generational conflict, and more. Additionally, local speakers will talk about several stories and the author will comment on them as well. This book was awarded the Rohr Prize in 2015 as the best example of Jewish Literature.

Rabbi Joseph’s Annual Chanukah Open House Wednesday, December 13, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM You’re Invited to Rabbi Joseph’s Annual Chanukah Open House! Join your fellow members and celebrate Chanukah with Rabbi Joseph on Wednesday, December 13 from 5:00-7:00 PM. RSVP to Bitsie in the Main Office at (503) 222-1069 for the address.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Friday, January 12, 6:00 PM Main Sanctuary On Friday, January 12, 2018 Congregation Beth Israel will welcome Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell as keynote speaker for our 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Service. Congresswoman Sewell is in her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. She is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama in her own right and is the first black woman to ever serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation. Congresswoman Sewell sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture. She was Freshman Class President in the 112th Congress, and currently serves as a Chief Deputy Whip. She sits on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus. Congresswoman Sewell is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Vice Chair of the New Democrat Caucus, and Co-Chair of the newly formed Voting Rights Caucus. Congresswoman Sewell is an outspoken advocate for jobs creation, workforce development, skills training and for providing resources and economic opportunities for her constituents in the 7th Congressional District. In addition to pursuing job-creating legislation in Congress, Sewell has implemented a results-driven approach to addressing the unemployment crisis by hosting an Annual Job Fair and job readiness workshops across the district as a part of a workforce initiative called Project R.E.A.D.Y. – Realizing Everyone’s Ability to Develop Yourself. As the Member of Congress representing Alabama’s civil rights district, Congresswoman Sewell has been a passionate champion for recognizing and honoring the sacrifices of those freedom fighters who served as powerful agents of change. Congresswoman Sewell was honored that her first piece of successful legislation recognized the “Four Little Girls” who tragically lost their lives during the bombing of the16th Street Baptist Church in 1963. The Congressional Gold Medal bill passed unanimously in both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on May 24, 2013. For the 50th Anniversary, the American people, through their elected representatives, finally paid tribute to the “Four Little Girls” by bestowing them with a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony held in our nation’s Capitol. Congresswoman Sewell’s Congressional Gold Medal bill to honor the Foot Soldiers of the Voting Rights Movement was signed by President Obama on March 7, 2015, the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

November/December 2017


Developing CBI Thanks for Illuminating All That CBI Has to Offer by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director Another CBI Fall Fundraiser is now on the books. Thanks to our small but mighty committee and inspired chairs, Craig Hartzman and James John, the evening of October 7 was elegant and lovely on so many levels. The décor committee, composed of Linda Georges, Michelle Gradow, and Debra Nelson, created an elegant yet comfortable atmosphere for guests to mix and mingle at the Portland Hilton. Sarah Epstein and Lynne Hana designed a menu with something for everyone. Enthusiastic members spearheaded the event with generous sponsor support and Mitzvah Moment donations. Beginning with the cocktail hour and carrying on throughout the evening, longtime members mingled with newcomers and familiar friends alike. Alisha Babbstein, Archivist with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, assembled an impressive revolving slide show highlighting 159 years of CBI history. Guests had a wonderful time reminiscing as slides that dated back to CBI’s

beginning and carried through the High Holy days of 5778 revolved on screens throughout the night. The evening took an emotional turn when Lynne Hana and Craig Hartzman shared personal stories revealing why Congregation Beth Israel is home to them; Continuity, Connections, Community and Commitment was a message near and dear to both. The 4 Cs, combined with recognition of the exceptional clergy that lead our congregation, created the atmosphere for an enthusiastic response to our Mitzvah Moment appeal. It has long been said we rely on the generosity of you – our members – to actively support our congregation, recognizing that we do not belong to CBI; rather CBI belongs to all of us. We appreciate each member using their resources to enable us to honor our glowing past, shining present and bright future. You help us fill the gap and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be a part of Congregation Beth Israel. You – our most engaged and generous members – bring light and life to all that we do. We offer continued thanks for your illuminating all that CBI has to offer.




A special shout out goes to Jai Soots who generously and graciously donated her photography skills for the evening. • @loveandphotographypdx • 503.927.9195


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Craig Hartzman and James John Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Family Fund of OJCF/Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer

Platinum Sponsors

Marcy Tonkin Jason Waxman & Lynne Hana

Gold Sponsors

Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, and Rabbi Rachel Joseph Debra & Roscoe Nelson Rita and Bob Philip Michelle and Brad Tonkin/ Tonkin Family of Dealerships Lynn and Jeff Wolfstone

Silver Sponsors

Mandi and Stuart Chestler Andrea Davis/Tiffany and David Goldwyn Rhonda and Jim Kennedy Lisa and Glen Levy

Elizabeth and Ruben Menashe Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall Jane and Harold Pollin Janice Sloneker and Brad Berman Kathy and Michael Weiner

Bronze Sponsors

Margie and Michael Anton Bonnie and Jonathan Barg Kira and Jeff Capen Marge Cohn Ilene and Jim Davidson Cameron and Dick Davis Ned Duhnkrack Jill and Rich Edelson Sarah and John Epstein Jen and Howard Feldman Sharon and Stacy Friedman Audra and Andrew Galler Linda Georges Michelle and Steve Gradow Lisa and Jonathan Greenleaf Janet Hoffman and John Harland Michelle and Josh Kashinsky

Ruben J. Menashe, Inc. / Jack R. Menashe, President Jill & Ed Neuwelt Judy and Mark Peterman Dr. Pike, Dentistry for Children Sarah and Ryan Pitman PDX Reading Specialist (Barbara and Jeff Steinberg) Leslie and Steve Robinson Joan and Bob Rosenbaum Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Diane and David Rosencrantz Sally Rosenfeld and Andy Frank Fund of OJCF Jill and Richard Rubinstein Schaffer IP Law Denise and Jamie Shulman Suzanne Bonamici and Michael Simon Mark New and Robin Snyder Martha and Les Soltesz Arthur and Benjamin Steinhorn Lynn Tobias and Chet Edwards Bianca and Tony Urdes Sharon Weil Marcia and Stuart Weiss


Michael Adler and Molly Newcomer • Sue Albert • Michael and Margaret Anton • Jonathan and Bonnie Barg • Lester and Heather Baskin David and Marah Bean • Brad and Janice Berman • Lance and Deborah Caldwell • Jeff Capen and Kira Dennison-Capen Stuart and Mandi Chestler • Cameron and Dick Davis • James and Ilene Davidson • Barry and Bonnie Davis • Andrea Davis Rabbi Michael Cahana and Cantor Cahana • John and Sarah Epstein • Howard and Jenat Feldman • Eric and Robin Flamm Richard and Jill Edelson • Forrest Frank and Phoebe Eskenazi • Eric and Rebecca Friedenwald-Fishman • Stacy and Sharon Friedman Paul and Carolyn Fujita • Andrew and Audra Galler • Judah and Ali Garfinkle • Randy and Debbie Geller • Linda Georges Leonard and Yvonne Gionet • Neil and Diana Goldschmidt • David and Tiffany Goldwyn • Steven and Michelle Gradow Jonathan and Lisa Greenleaf • Irvin and Gail Handelman • John Harland and Janet Hoffman • Craig Hartzman and James John Rabbi Rachel Joseph • William June and Susan Graber • Joshua and Michelle Kashinsky • James and Rhonda Kennedy Steven Klein and Gail Mandel • Glen and Lisa Levy • Stacy Lewis • David and Liz Lippoff • Stanley and Joyce Loeb • Ralph London Steve and Robin McCoy • Ruben J. Menashe. Inc., Jack Menashe • Ruben and Elizabeth Menashe • Alan and Lana Miller James Montieth and Ned Duhnkrack • Christie Moore and Stacy Lewis • Roscoe Nelson III and Debra Nelson Theodore Nelson and Curtis Shaffstall • Ed and Jill Neuwelt • Mark New and Robyn Snyder • Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Henry and Nancy Oseran • Mark and Judith Peterman • PDX Reading Specialist, LLC – Jeff and Barbara Steinberg • Robert and Rita Philip Allan and Marney Pike • Dr. Pike, Dentistry for Children • Ryan and Sarah Pitman • Harold and Jane Pollin • Joshua and Amy Remick Margery Cohn • Stephen and Leslie Robinson • Robert and Joan Rosenbaum • David and Diane Rosencrantz • Alan and Eve Rosenfeld Sally Rosenfeld and Andrew Frank Fund of the OJCF • Richard and Deanne Rubinstein • Richard Rubinstein, Jr. and Jill Rubinstein Ted Runstein • Jerry and Bunny Sadis • Benjamin Sandler and Laura Jamerson • David and Lisa Sarasohn Schaffer IP Law • Jack and Sara Schecter • Cantor Judith Schiff • Arlene Schnitzer • Jordan Schnitzer Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Family Fund of OJCF, Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer • James and Denise Shulman Ronald and Sheila Silver • Michael Simon and Susanne Bonamici • Richard and Alyce Solomon • Les and Martha Soltesz Don Spiegel and Deborah Davis-Spiegel • Arthur Steinhorn • Lynn Tobias and Chet Edwards Tonkin Family of Dealerships, Brad and Michelle Tonkin • Cheryl Tonkin • Marcy Tonkin • Rena Tonkin Tony and Bianca Urdes • Jason Waxman and Lynne Hana • Sharon Weil • Michael Weiner and Kathleen Davis-Weiner Stuart and Marcia Weiss • Jeff and Lynne Wolfstone • Lewis and Ann Young

Honorary Chairs

Craig Hartzman and James John


Sarah Epstein, Michelle Gradow, Linda Georges, Lynne Hana, Gail Jacoby, Christie Moore, Debra Nelson, Roscoe Nelson, Marney Pike, Jeff Wolfstone

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Education Making the World More Human

former Yugoslavia, in Somalia, or in our own cities and towns. The mission of the Jewish people has never been to make the world more Jewish, but to make it more human.

by Ben Sandler Education Director

As they explore this theme, our students continue to come up with great questions about what it means to be human and what actions one should take to reflect that belief. We’ve asked: how does our joy of celebrating in community or participating in the arts make us more human? How does our work with comparative religions and visiting sacred spaces of our non-Jewish neighbors make us more human? How does recycling make us more human and what does Judaism have to say about caring for our earth? The sage words of Rabbi Hillel that sound so contemporary, and feel so relevant today, will help guide our steps as we encounter new challenges and opportunities in our own time.

This year, inspired by Rabbi Hillel in Pirke Avot 2:4 where we read, “In a place where there are no human beings, try to be one,” our Religious School’s theme will be making the world more human. This theme resonates with everyone--from our youngest Mini Mensches as they start their Jewish Early Childhood Education to our High Schoolers as they lobby congress and put their Jewish values to action. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Elie Wiesel writes, “To be Jewish today is to recognize that every person is created in the image of God…A Jew must be sensitive to the pain of all human beings. A Jew cannot remain indifferent to human suffering, whether in the

L’Shalom Ben

Hello, Mini Mensch Families! The year is in full swing and we hope you are enjoying this Fall and Winter. We have loved seeing everyone at our services, Tot Shabbats, and in our Flow Room! We hope to begin seeing you all much more as we continue to grow as a community. Below are dates for our events in the next few months- but stay tuned, there will be more to come! L’Shalom, Chelsea Ferguson Director of Youth and Young Family Engagement

Tot Shabbat with Kim Schneiderman

Flow Room

9:00 AM in Pollin Chapel

Nov. 5 - Webby Dance Class Nov. 19 - Tiny Talkers (sign language class) with Shira Fogel Dec. 3 - Israeli Dancing with Ruthie Dec. 10 - Kim Schneiderman

Nov. 4 and 18 Dec. 2 and 16


10:00 AM

Congregation Beth Israel

Social Action

Community We need a large cadre of volunteers before, during, and after the dinner to make this event happen. Please sign up to participate at For questions, please call the CBI Office at (503) 222-1069.

Social Action at CBI

Work With Us to Support Refugees in Our Community

Interfaith Alliance on Poverty CBI has recently joined the Interfaith Alliance on Poverty, a diverse and dynamic group of local faith-based congregations with a mission of working to alleviate poverty in the Portland region. Our goals are to understand and address root causes of poverty, to be advocates for systemic changes, to understand generational poverty and to assist those affected to achieve stability and to identify poverty related needs in our own congregations and neighborhoods and to work to address them.

The Social Action Committee (SAC) at CBI is partnering with Catholic Charities to provide support to refugees in Portland, Oregon. Catholic Charities is a leader in refugee resettlement and support. We will be working with them to identify areas that need volunteer support. We will also be scheduling educational activities and some fundraising efforts. Watch this space and the weekly Beneath our Dome for more updates on this new initiative.

Held at varying locations on the first Thursday of every month from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Alliance meetings include thought-provoking discussions and educational components, and are open to all who want to attend The Alliance also sponsors seminars and workshops, also open to the public. More information is available at: Please consider attending an Alliance event.

In the meantime, please join us for the airport meet-and-greets. Almost every week, refugees are flying into Portland and Catholic Charities asks for volunteers to welcome these new members of our community with a crowd of friendly new neighbors (Signs, balloons, and small gifts like fruit are welcome but not required.) Scheduled arrivals are posted on the Catholic Charities Facebook page: Or sign up for the SAC email list and we will let you know about arrivals each week.

Lift Urban Portland Community Christmas Dinner 2017

To sign up for our email list send your name and email to

For many years, CBI has hosted the Lift Urban Portland Community Christmas Dinner. This festive neighborhood event is attended by several hundred guests and is always a popular and much anticipated volunteer opportunity for CBI congregants.

Connect with the Social Action Committee!

In addition to the holiday meal served in Goodman Hall, meals are delivered to clients of Meals on Wheels. We will need drivers for this task. This year’s event will take place on Christmas Day, Mon Dec 25, 2017. The dinner will be served from 11:30am – 1:30 pm.

Congregation Beth Israel’s Social Action Committee’s next meeting will take place Wednesday, November 1 at 5:30 PM in the Shirley and Herbert Semler Board Room. Join us or reach out to Tracy Alifanz ( to get involved. There are many opportunities to make a difference!

WELCOME, NEW CBI FAMILIES! Steven Albert and Jane Goldenberg and family Shoshanna Benarroch and family Seymour and Lyubov Frumkin Robert and Rachel Papkin Patricia Komoda Mark and Caroline Szlukier and family Louis Guzman-Woldrich and Jeff Woldrich and family Loren and Michelle Koplan and family Kevin and Alison Siebers and family Jordan Greenbaum and Mellisa Shapland and family Jeffrey Johnson and Rina Brule and family James and Suzanne Khalil and family Jake and Heather Rosenberg and family Israel and Bonnie Morales and family Harley and Dawnn McWatters and family Derek and Julie Evans and family Craig and Ronit Gerard and family Brian Guerrero and Eve Bernfeld and family Brad and Jenn Topliff and family Benjamin and Jennifer Sabraw and family Barbara Cohen Alisha Babbstein and Jacqueline Babbstein Adam and Michelle Starr and family Adam and Dana Poe and family

November/December 2017




Hineinu: We are here, together! Greetings from Your Brotherhood President!

We are here and members of a community! Those of you attending the Illuminations event heard congregant Lynne Hana speak eloquently and from the heart about the “C” words underlying her relationship with CBI, “community, connection, commitment, and continuity. Her personal reflection beautifully echoes the intention of our program.

Hineinu Hineinu is about our connection to Jewish identity.

L’ Shana Tovah from the Brotherhood. I hope that everyone is having a sweet new year “sho-far.” On behalf of the Brotherhood we enjoyed seeing many who we only see for the High Holiday services. I wanted to thank not only the Brotherhood for their part in our ushering, but also those who stepped up to lend support outside our organization. I also want to thank Andy Olshin in particular, the Brotherhood as a whole, and the facilities staff for their efforts and support in our Sukkah building this year. “Pizza in the Hut” and Sukkot would not have been as beautiful without everyone having come together towards those common goals. Lastly, I wanted to thank those who participated during Sukkot in our Mitzvah Project at Hazelnut Grove, and Andy Olshin for his coordination of that event.

Hineinu is our ongoing commitment to nurture and

We hope to see you on November 18 for our Blazer Skybox Game and on December 10 at our Latkes and Vodkas event!

Hineinu is congregants making connections with other

Jeff Capen

grow community. congregants.

Hineinu is taking on the responsibility of caring for one another, and caring for the world.

For a congregation with a history dating back almost 160 years, is still a young and evolving endeavor. Over the past few years we have laid a foundation with programs that have touched and connected us in meaningful and fun ways.


Let’s continue to connect and continue to create our community. Please share your ideas and energy. Bring your involvement to the established groups and activities described below, or help in the development of new ways to make our community, and our world, a better place.

Hineinu is for sharing experiences; spiritual, learning, doing the work of tikkun olam and fun.

Whether you’re welcoming CBI Members or guests to Shabbat Services as one of our Greeters, connecting with fellow young families for Tot Shabbats, grade-level celebrations, and parent groups as part of our Families programming, enjoying excursions with our Adults 50+ group, or supporting your fellow congregants in their time of need with our Bereavement group, offers ways for all of us to be here, together.


Sincere and heartfelt gratitude to outgoing Chair Ilene Davidson and outgoing 50+ co-chairs Margie and Michael Anton.


David Abrams Steve Bilow Jeff Bodie Jeff Capen Jonathan Cohen Eric Flamm Steve Forman

Judah Garfinkle Randy Geller David Goldwyn Lindsay Hornblas Patricia Komoda David Lewin Page Mesher

Alan Rosenfeld Scott Rector Ron Silver Brad Tonkin JoAnne Treuhaft Bill Treuhaft

Latkes and Vodkas

And don’t forget to put Share Shabbat on your calendars, Friday December 8th.


With some volunteers closing in on fifty years of experience and some new member first timers, the High Holidays would not be the same without the warm welcome of our High Holiday ushers. The volunteers listed below welcomed longstanding CBI members and first time guests to our beautiful campus, moving services, and new year. Special thanks to Brotherhood President Jeff Capen for organizing and coordinating their efforts!

Sunday, December 10, 3:00 PM Blumhauer Auditorium and Kitchen Latkes are good. Vodka is good. Brotherhood’s annual Latkes and Vodkas brings the two together and is very, very, very good. Brotherhood provides vodka to aid the cooking process as well as basic latke ingredients (potatoes, onions, cooking oil). You provide the raw culinary talent and top secret add ins. With prizes for the top rated latkes, this is your chance to achieve deep fried glory!

Seamstress? Tailor? Haberdasher, Spy? CBI is looking for people who are fantastic with a sewing machine and interested in volunteering on the costume crew for the Purim Schpiel. Can you make a vest? When you see top stitching, does your discerning eye know if it is hand or machine done? Can you keep a secret? Well, we did say “spy” in the headline and you will be one of keepers of the Schpiel surprise. If you want to help make the Schpiel a big hit and to have fun with this wonderful group of congregants who transform into cast, band and crew … please let Rebecca know at

Congregation Beth Israel


L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Mazel Tov! Another Winning Program

Sisterhood Centennial Celebration Sunday, November 5, 5:30 PM Goodman Hall Please join us for a celebration honoring Beth Israel Sisterhood’s 100 years in service to our temple and community. Enjoy music and comedy with the fabulous Wendy Westerwelle and tenor Eric Stern. Call the CBI Office at (503) 222-1069 or purchase your tickets online at Any donations appreciated. Networking opportunity for women in business: Promote your business for $100. Provide an 8.5 x 11 informational sheet along with your business cards for display. Call Robin McAlpine for more information 503-730-2903 or

Accessories Needed for Holiday Mitzvah Project Please donate new or lightly used accessories for our Mitzvah Project. Items will be sold as part of our annual Chanukah gift shop sale on Sunday, December 3. Kids at NW Towers will be welcome to choose leftover items as a gift for a special relative or friend. Donations can be dropped off at Pollin Chapel, the Gift Shop, or the CBI Office. We can also pick up the items from you. Questions? Want to help? Contact Ellen Bick at

We have been informed by the WRJ Or Ami Committee that our recent program, A Century of Sisterhood, a Havdalah service led by Cantor Cahana and Kate Royston for which Shoshanna Lansberg created a multimedia display highlighting Sisterhood’s longstanding tradition of service to CBI and the greater Portland community, has received a Silver 2018 Or Ami “Light of My People” Award. The award will be officially presented at the WRJ Fried Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN.

Todah Rabah! Thanks to our WRJ/BI Sisterhood for making sure we all got off to a sweet start this Rosh Hashanah with their lovely—and delicious!— sweets table following services. Ellen Bick, and Julia Daigneault Bonnie Davis, Kathleen Doctor, Cristina Draghicescu, Sarah Epstein, and Sally Rosenfeld trayed and arranged these wonderful treats, courtesy of the many generous bakers listed below. Sydney Baer Ellen Bick Debbie Braymer Rebecca Cambreleng Risa Colton-Feldman Geri Cullers Julia Daigneault Ilene Davidson Bonnie Davis Kathleen Doctor Cristina Draghicescu Sarah Epstein Leslie Geller

Keren Hoover Lindsay Horenblas Gerry & Morrie Jackson Susan Katz Jaime Keane Diane Lowensohn Robin McCoy Susan Milstein Eve Rosenfeld Sally Rosenfeld Stephanie Siegel Bobbi Swerdlin Joanne Treuhaft

L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Mazel Tov to

Condolences to

Diane Sykes on receiving the 2017 Oregon State Bar President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award, recognizing members who have made significant contributions to to goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession through creative employment efforts, innovative recruitment programs, advocacy, or other significant efforts.

Dr. Marvin Weinstein on the loss of his wife, Joyce Osborn and Judy Cappleman on the loss of their mother, Kelsea Bonkoski, Daran Lockhart, Alan Osborn, and Julia Osborn the loss of their grandmother, and the extended Weinstein family on the loss of Nancy Marx Weinstein who passed away on August 11.

Greg Coodley on the publication of his latest book, The Magnificent Losers: History’s Greatest Unsuccessful Reformers, Revolutionaries, and Fighters for Freedom and Justice. Marshall and Katie Leathers, along with big brother Quint and big sister Golda on the July 28 birth of Natalie Anne Leathers. Sara Epstein and Nate Morrelli on the birth of their daughter, Miriam Yael Epstein Morelli on August 23. Josh and Amy Frankel on the birth of their son, Zachary Asher Frankel, on September 7. Joshua and Bridget Hatch on the September 12 birth of their son Alden Everett Hatch. Proud big brother is Miles Hatch. May they grow in health and wisdom and be a source of strength to their families and all humankind.

Debbie Mink on the loss of her mother, Sally Mink, who passed away on August 13 at the age of 87. Paul (Arlene) Koenigsberg and Mark Koenigsberg on the loss of their brother, Amy Remick and Todd Koenigsberg and the extended Koenigsberg family on the loss of Elliot Koenigsberg, who passed away on August 15. Robert (Joan) Rosenbaum, Thomas (Barbara) Rosenbaum, and Jean Rosenbaum on the loss of their father, Julie (Jonathan) Starr, Mark (Aimee) Rosenbaum, John (Olga) Rosenbaum, Peter (Briana) Rosenbaum and Alix (Tom) Dyke on the loss of their grandfather, and the extended Rosenbaum family, including ten great-grandchildren on the loss of William M. Rosenbaum, who passed away at age 100 on August 19. Diane (Dennis) Warshal, Richard (Jan) Gassner, and Nancy (Stuart) Hasman on the loss of their mother and to the extended Gassner family, including eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, on the loss of Ruth Gassner, who passed away at the age of 91 on September 24.

November/December 2017


In Remembrance ~ May their memory be for a blessing. November 3 and 4 Ida Arnoff Richard Bernheimer Bertha Blauer Isidor C. Brill Ruth L. Brill Bernard Carr E. D. Cohen Thelma Ruth Crabb Jennie Crystal Raoul De Leeuw Ronald Edelman Dorothy Elconin Eileen Fenton Marilyn Goldman Matthew Gould Jane E. Green* John Grossman Budick Kahana Reva Kailes Nettie Kleinberg Al Koch Elayne Kutner Howard Lane Celia Lieppman Irving L. London Henry Maiuri Ruth McBride Devora Mittleman Sadee Muzikant Anna Renee Nagel Lisa Niebauer Morris Platt* Nancy Rosenberg Frank Rosenfeld Louis Roshberg Irvin L. Schwartz Gretchen N. Seethoff Dr. Harry Semler* Rose Shevach Valerie Simon Barbara Singer Sheldon Stanton Vidgoff Rolaine Vines Copeland Edward E. Weinstein* Marjorie Weiss Ronnie Wood November 10 and 11 Joseph Aarons Rose Rosenbaum Baron Leona Berlow Mack Berman A. Victor Bizer Ethel Levitt Blumenthal Ilo Bonyhadi Robert Paul Cunneen Ida Delman* Jacob Driesen Estelle Ellner Leon Feuerstein Sadie Finkelstein Lawrence Ellis Friedman Michael Green* Cynthia Greenberg Arline Hasman


Benjamin Heller Miriam Kellner Virginia Kendall Marian G. Krantz* Alan Lazarus Richard Lehman Mollie Schnitzer Levin Leon Lieppman Albert Mandelbaum Aaron Margolin Louis Margulis* Alfred N. Marshall Morton Mayer Leah Savage Mendelssohn Mae Pike* Charles Pitkin Aaron Plotzker Jerome Raim Seymour Robinowitz Marion Savage Anna Semler Daniel Jerome Sennett Dale Shaw Ron Singer Abraham Spivak Lillian S. Steinberg Marion Stoner Josef Young Alan Zell Rose Zugman November 17 and 18 Jacob Asher Leonard I. Blank* Ruth Blauer David J. Bloom Herman Cohen Betty Donoghue Doris Etlinger Betty Feder Maye Fischer Vicki Friedlander Abe Friedman Maria Gelbshteyn Thomas T. Georges III Burton Gevurtz Sidney Ginsberg Nathan Goldberg Benjamin Goldberg Ruth Goodman Alan Green M. David Heims Isaac B. Holzman Jan Horovitz Jeffrey Hupert Rachel Ingber Sarah Kaplan Adelle Kohn Jeffrey Kramer Hyman Kravitz Reuben Lenske Enrico Levi Leo Levison Loudelle Lundberg* Gladys Netboy Rose Ostomel

Harry Ostomel Maurice (Maurie) Ostomel Anne Ostomel David Ostomel Milly Platman Betty Polsky Janet Popick Gary Romain Ida H. Rosenblatt Ira Rosenfeld Irving Rotenberg Sara Sadis Gilbert Schnitzer David Schultz Barbara Hervin Schwab Richard See* Ruth Shleifer* Norah Solomon Rebecca Swerdlik Miriam Anna Vidgoff Stanley Weiss William Wolfstone M. David Zugman November 24 and 25 Jane Beber Abramson Lois Adler Renee Bergman Marian Black Ernest “Ernie� Bonyhadi Edward Brounstein Belle T. Brounstein Benjamin Brown David H. Byer Charles Joseph Cantor Allison Bari Cohen Maurice Dayan Herman Dickstein Ira Dickstein Adele Feingold Bess Steinman Feldstein Amy Lichtgarn Freedman* Boris Gelfer Mary A. Jackson G. Isadore Kaufman Estelle Kobin* Bess Kopen Robert Layton* Milton Babe Liman Dora Link Virginia MacDougall Sylvia Miller Lillian Newman* Abe Pollin Lorraine Popowich Rose Puziss Herman Richman Abe Eugene Rosenberg Henrietta Rosenblatt Ben Rosenfeld* Rae W. Samuelis Harriet Schatz Nancy Scheiner Simon C. Shifman Helen Shimshak Frances F. Simon

Congregation Beth Israel

Stephen Solomon Lona Stone Marvin S. Swire Janice Tews Thelma Tobin Herbert Weiss Morris Weitman Nathan S. White December 1 and 2 Celia Silver Adler Julia Adler Valerie Alia Miriam Aronson Rachael Gross Baer Sol Baker Harry Lewis Baron Sally Bilow Sylvia Wurmser Blanc* Bessie Blank Robert Blank James D. Bromberg Sherry Caplan Nancy Caplan Samuel Chaimov Regina Cohen Spencer Daniels Adrienne Darnell Theodore B. Davidson* Arnold Dayan E. Frieda Dobrow* Alan Robert Duhnkrack David Ellman Jennie Y. Enkelis* Sylvio Ferrera David Finkelstein* Andrew J. Frank Pearl Friedman Herbert B. Galton Gregg Goldstein Ann Granger Babette Baruh Horenstein Beth Israel Samuel Joseph Bev Lindemann Nettie Margolis Leonard Meeker Robert J. Neuberger* Barney Papkin Barbara Prebish Jeane Rosenberg Wilma (Billie) Rosenblum Anna Saltzman Nathan Shapiro Rachel Shaw Minnie Spivak Yvette G. Weil* Ira Weiner Leonore Weston Margie Winkler Lawrence Winthrop Frances Utay Wolf Rose Rita Wurmser Arthur Zacks Elynor ElynorZusman

In Remembrance ~ May their memory be for a blessing. December 8 and 9 Lettie Adler Dorothy Baruh Arthur Bergman Rose Bloom William Cohen David Eisenberg Ryan Ferrante David Frisch Betty V. Goldman Bertha Grenley Harry Gross Bertha Mayer Holtzman* Leslie Dell Hughes Daniel Kivel Adele Labow Selma Lindberg David J. Lipman Paul Matusow Hyman B. Nudelman Phillip Leo Nudelman Samuel Oldstein Rita Kantor Pearlmutter* Lottie Roffe Rabbi Abraham J. Rose* Miriam F. Rosenfeld* Miriam Rudnick Bess Shavzin Harry Shleifer* Joan Sitwell Hilda Steinbock Eleanor Stern Erwin Tanne Nancy P. Thalhimer Erick Thompson Dorothy Warner Stella Weiss Leon Winters Albert A. Woolach Mildred Zell December 15 and 16 Miriam B. Aiken Herbert Alexander Dorothy Goldberg Anker Marilyn Blaushild Barbara L. Bloom Elizabeth Canter Fred Carr Della Cohen Booth Colman Fannie Director Marjorie Easton Alfred Edelman Mindy Elman David Exposito Herman Fagin Esther Fishman Charlotte Friend Evelyn Galen Ann Goldsmith Barr

Lily Grover Rosebelle Himelstein* Cecilia Hobin Frank Hochfeld Victor T. Hoeflich Robert Stuart Joseph Mollie Katz Homer Kiser Morris Korach Ruth Kullman Hannah R. Lang Herbert H. Lauterstein* Ben Meyer Levin* Olga Lewin Burton L. Lipman* Rose Lyman Moses Mark Leo L. Matin John May James Donald Monteith Robert Arthur Nagel Josef Neuberger Fannie Oldstein Elsie K. Payne Mary Frances Peters Anita Reinhorn Milton Reiter Jerrold (Jerry) Richard Nathan Rosen Harry Rubin Jean Moss Rustin Louis Sandoz Jack Schneiderman Nisa Menashe Shleifer Jacob Solomon Lucille Almeleh Spring Morton Steinhorn Milton Tenzer Joseph Munroe Thom Spencer Wing Ethel Young Daniel Zell Norman Zimmerman December 22 and 23 Robert Adams Joseph Alkalay* Edwin I. August Josephine August Maxine Bauer Sara Bazelon Charles Berne Rebecca Bilow Rose R. Black David Bloom Eugene R. Cohn* Irene Crane Alfred J. Davis* Nathan Dickson Frank Director Anna Feves*

Mara Rosanne Forsythe-Crane Jerome Freiberg Samuel G. Gilbert* M’Liss Gilbert Bluma Goldberg Mary E. Greenberg* Thea Grunbaum Michael R. Grunbaum Ethel Harrison Mae Hasman Lena Holzman Walter Hyman Morris Klein* Anne Levitt Evelyn Mandelbaum Judith Meller Morton Mills Stanley B. Nagel Matthew Neuwelt Augusta Newmark Lillian Opper Jacob Ovetz Morris Pollin* Anna Press Reva B. Reingold* Shirley Rickles Charlotte Rosen Bernice Rosencrantz* Charles L. Rosenthal Jack Ruby Sidney Salenger Ruth Saul Adele Savinar Sol Sax Milton Schatz Theodore Schoenfeld Cynthia Sherman Alan E. Shevach Anne Siegel Max Solomon Flora Spaiser Jerome Stern Gertrude Sussman Harriet Packouz Towne Stanley Wand Elise F. Wendel Gilda Wexler* Roza Willer Jack Winkler Sophie Jean Wolf Harry J. Yurman Corinne “Corky” Zelinka December 29 and 30 Julian Albert Dorothy Asher Dorris Backus Pearl Baskin Henry (Bialistok) Billys Eve Black Frank Blumenkron

Mary Ann Bustamante Ronald Cohen Sidney Cohen Sarah Davis Berta Delman Ian Douglas Judith Epstein Victor Feibelman Benjamin Feldstein Mandel Fischer Dorothy Friedberg Leonard Geller Anna Geller Thomas T. Georges, Sr. Abraham Goldstein Rhonda Beth Goldstein Joseph Greenwald Goldie Hammel Sherie Hildreth David Hudesman Lynette Felton Jamerson Seymour Kaufman Theda Kolker Carol Lang Janice Alexander Levy Egon E. Loebner Joseph Margolin Carol Gevurtz Meisels* Morrie Mink Rebecca Nelson Erna Neuberger* Burton Nudelman Olive Owen Mary Plotzker Morris H. “Mish” Rosencrantz* Max Schlesinger Samuel Schneider Edith Schnitzer Myra Scholnick Bruce M. Senders Gregory Shapiro Herbert Shapiro Samuel N. Shleifer* Sanford Simkoff Manton J. Spear Barbara Spero Eloise D. Spiegel Irving Steinbock Max J. Swerdlik* Ralph Tannenbaum Bilah Vilner David H. Warshawsky Adam Weinstein Goldie Weinstein

(*) 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

November/December 2017


Very Thoughtful People Adult Education Fund

In Memory of Elliot Koenigsberg Barney and Susan Milstein William Rosenbaum Lynn Tobias and Chet Edwards William Rosenbaum Jim and Ilene Davidson William Rosenbaum Susan Graber and Bill June William Rosenbaum Ralph London William Rosenbaum Barney and Susan Milstein William Rosenbaum Martha and Les Soltesz William Rosenbaum Naomi Strauss In Honor of Marsha and Stephen Berzon’s Anniversary Susan Graber and Bill June Evelyn Lester’s 90th Birthday Liz Lipoff

Allison B. Cohen Madrichim Training and Religious School Scholarship Fund In Honor of Sydney Baer’s Birthday Henry Bernstein and Jim Fennell

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat

In Memory of Stanton L. Abrams Cecile Gibstein William Rosenbaum Abrams Family Sharlene Bender Barbara and Howard Cohn Bessie Krane Katie Davis Sue and Joel Krane Pattie Nemer Elise Rosenfeld Mr. and Mrs. Judson Longaker Herbert Tobias T. Robert Tobias Estelle Ellner Janet E. La Rossa

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

Brotherhood Scholarship In Memory of Daniel Cassell Barbara Glazer

Caring Community

In Memory of Howard Schatz Bernadine Brenner Bob and Wendy Schatz Victor Johnson Hyman Kravitz Robert Kravitz In Honor of Jen Feldman Pierce Ethier In Appreciation of Bobbie Goldstein Robert Kravitz


Cemetery Beautification

In Memory of Violet Greenberg Gary Greenberg Selene and Chuck Robinowitz Sanford Kowitt Kay Kowitt Ethel Tonkin Edward Tonkin Marcy Tonkin Sandy Kowitt Michael and Geri Rumbolz Joy Alkalay Pierce Ethier Bernard Levine Jan and Howard Levine Jane Ritchie Floyd Black Edward Tonkin Jack Shimshak William Rosenbaum Ruth Gassner Rena and Sheryl Tonkin Norm Savinar Elaine Savinar William Rosenbaum David and Diane Rosencrantz Fred Buell Michael Tannenbaum William Rosenbaum William H. Philip Francis E. Cappel Robert and Rita Philip Ruth Gassner Bob Rowe and Nannette Hasman-Rowe Sybil Bonime Mortimer Bonime Joanne Bonime Maria Gelbshteyn Jack Shapiro Arline Hasman Bob Rowe and Nannette Hasman-Rowe Marian Black Floyd Black Abe Wexler Gilda Wexler Abraham Spivak Minnie Spivak Henry Spivak Helen Spivak Yussie Epstein James Spivak and Family

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Sally Mink Louise Ruben William Rosenbaum Thomas Rosenbaum Jack Shimshak Rachel, Diane and Glen Shimshak Andor Soltesz Les and Martha Soltesz Nancy Weinstein Marvin Weinstein Ruth Gassner Richard Gassner, Nancy Hasman, and Diane Warshal General Contribution Given By Emily Powell Connor

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Richard Daniels Barbara Glazer Florence Klein Simon Bernard and Anese Klein Joseph Mendelson Sylvia Nessan

William Rosenbaum Thomas Rosenbaum Nancy Weinstein Marvin Weinstein Ernest Bonyhadi Gloria Reich In Honor of Sally Rosenfeld Joanie Meyers In Appreciation of Cantor Cahana Shannon Goins and Ian Perry

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary In Memory of Lois Poplack The Poplack Family Elliot Koenigsberg Martha and Les Soltesz Marvin Lippoff David and Liz Lipoff Milt Carl Brian Puziss In Honor of The New Year Judith B. Joseph Rabbi Joseph Rabbi Sam and Dori Joseph In Appreciation of Rabbi Joseph Carol Baker and Helen Curtis Rabbi Joseph Michael Metz Rabbi Joseph Jane Deller General Contribution Given By Sara Carr

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Harold Blank Ann Gilbert Sandra, Seth, Zachary and Amory Blank Charles Pitkin Steve and Natalie Maizels

Early Childhood Education In Memory of Golda Manes Michael Swett Ruth Gassner Barry and Virginia Russell Sadee Muzikant Anna Semler Jacqueline R. Spivak James Spivak and Family

General Administrative

In Memory of Lester Goldschmidt Neil Goldschmidt Cathy Epsteen Stacy Epsteen Robert Autrey Joella Werlin Helen Stamm Phillip Margolin George Weiner Dr. William and Beverly Galen June Martel Dr. and Mrs. Gary Martel Patricia Nemer Clarice Eder Warren Rosenfeld and Sheryl Langerman Rosenfeld Sally Mink Rae Goldenberg Fannie Wexler Carolyn and Eldon Wexler

Congregation Beth Israel

Jack Shimshak Jean Pool Hittner Les and Annette Goldschmidt Diana Goldschmidt Bessie L. Krane Jeff and Sherri Weinstein Bessie Kaplan Glickman Harry and Joanne Glickman William Rosenbaum President‘s Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Sande Weintraub Alan Weintraub Bernie Caplan Robert Caplan Ruth Gassner Lynn and Owen Blank Estelle Ellner Harold J. Ellner Richard See Eleanore Rubenstein In Honor of Marty and Beverly Zell’s Birthdays Shirley Semler Rabbi Rose and Cantor Schiff Pierce Ethier Congregation Beth Israel Kay and Sherri Levine Sally and Andy Frank’s Anniversary Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Allan Pike Dan Sudit Barbara and Barry Caplan Suzan and Norman Wapnick In Appreciation of Jen Feldman Pierce Ethier General Contribution Given By Douglas and Lila Goodman Paula Heimberg

Jill Newman Slansky Early Childhood Leader Fund In Memory of Miriam Newman Jill Ann Slansky In Honor of The Clergy Jill Ann Slansky

Landau Chapel

In Memory of Ruth McBride Ruben and Elizabeth Menashe

Miller Room Refurbishment and Restoration Fund

In Memory of Bruce Barlow Nancy Coddon Elise Rosenfeld Alan and Lana Miller Asa I. Arnsberg Susan Diamond and Larry Arnsberg Nancy Rosenburg Alan and Lana Miller In Honor of Pearl Trachtenberg Alan and Lana Miller

Oseran Family Lecture In Memory of Lillian F. Zell Janet Zell

Very Thoughtful People Rosenfeld Family Assistant/ Associate Rabbi Fund

In Memory of Bernie Caplan Nancy Caplan Betty Donoghue Bess Feldstein Benjamin Feldstein Rabbi Richard Schachet Stephanie Summers Tammy Kramer

Ruth Semler Youth Activities

In Memory of Jennie Pollin Harold Pollin Irene Gilbert Joan and Louis Soriano Eugene Krantz Carolyn and Elden Wexler Ethel Levitt Dr. Harry Semler Anna Semler James Spivak and Family

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

Social Action (General)

In Memory of William Rosenbaum Suzanne Albert William Rosenbaum Brendan Balliet and Anna Capacci Alice Carr Thomas and Leonard Carr William Rosenbaum Richard B. Solomon and Alice Flitcraft Daniel Kirk Daniel Meekcoms Leonard and Yvonne Gionet Gene Miller Gerry Jackson Irene Gilbert William Rosenbaum Jack Shimshak Sally Mink Ben Leshgold Gerald and Evelyn Leshgold David Turtledove Alice and Paul Meyer Jack Shimshak Dorothy and Ray Packouz Jack Shimshak Naomi Strauss Ruth Gassner Rosalind Babener Sally Mink William Rosenbaum Alan Green Gerel Blauer Robert J. Neuberger Stuart Neuberger Robert J. Neuberger Rosalyn Neuberger In Honor of William Treuhaft’s Retirement Randie Peterson

Sadie, Rosie, and Frieda Their grandmother Leslie Peltz Gerry Jackson’s Birthday Michael Harrison’s Birthday Dodie Harrison Sherry Fishman Eileen Lipkin General Contribution Given By Richard Lowensohn Rebecca FriedenwaldFishman Kathryn Schuler


In Memory of Sam and Phyllis Shapiro Barbara Gilbert Lillian Zell Beverly and Marty Zell and Family Allan F. Lichtgarn Elias Lichtgarn Joyce and Stanley Loeb Jerry and Sam Hammel Susy, Marci, and Katrina Hammel Bobbi London Ralph London Sally Mink Marty and Beverly Zell, Lynda and Jeff Zell, and Cathi and Dave Zerba Jack Shimshak Rosemarie Rosenfeld Sally Mink Risa Colton-Feldman and Louis Feldman Arnold Maizels Steve, Natalie and Harry Maizels Sally Mink Jeanne Newmark Sally Mink Ilaine Cohen Sally Mink Marcy Tonkin Sally Mink Barbara, Howard, and Susan Cohn Herman Rosenblum and Raissa Tarlow Sharon Tarlow Berthold Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Jack Shimshak Deanne and Dick Rubinstein Olgah Baruh Gail Marracci Ida Shleifer Susan and Stuart Shleifer Jerome Margulis Dolorosa and David Margulis Theodore Kleinrock Leslie and Robert Peltz Sylvia Edelman Susan Golden Harry Shafer Lois Schnitzer William Rosenbaum Davia and Ted Rubenstein Rose Byer Raquel Byer Claudia V. Fenton Frank and Lee Berne Nancy Weinstein Elaine and Sandy Weinstein Lillian Zell Janet Zell

William Rosenbaum Joanie Rosenbaum Ruth Gassner Martin and Beverly Zell Ben Rosenfeld Rosemarie Rosenfeld Lois Adler Herman Richman Mimi Richman Thelma Tobin Howard Tobin Robert Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Marian G. Krantz Carolyn and Eldon Wexler Ruth Gassner Barbara and Howard Cohn Leonore Weston Betsy and Len Bergstein Ida Rosenblatt Rose Freidenrich Jane Flaxman In Honor of Marty Zell’s Birthday Renée Holzman Pearl Trachtenberg’s 90th Birthday Adair Savage and Family Marney Pike Lynn Tobias and Chet Edwards Carol Lewis’s Birthday Deanne Rubinstein Jake Lakefish’s 100th Birthday Barbara, Howard and Susan Cohn David Schiff’s Marriage Liz Lippoff Elizabeth Friedenwald Rebecca FriedenwaldFishman Paul and Sharron Fishman In Appreciation of Jen Feldman David and Diane Rosencrantz General Contribution Given By Caleb and Lola Shore

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Alyne Schlesinger Lynn and Owen Blank Claire Puziss Paul and Sherrill Puziss Sidney Schlesinger William Rosenbaum Lynn and Owen Blank Ruth Gassner Elanie Savinar In Honor of Ruben Menashe’s Successful Recovery Deanne Rubinstein

Temple Improvement In Memory of Marc Honstein Gerel Blauer Hugo Lewinsohn Peter Lewinsohn Harriet Lomsky Geri and Jerry Matin Judith K. Lauterstein Lynn Marks In Honor of CBI Barbara Glazer

November/December 2017

Tom Georges III Memorial Fund

In Memory of Ruth Gassner Riley and Marci Atkins Tom Georges Linda Georges

Urman Family College Communication In Memory of Elizabeth Silverstin Jack Urman Marvin and Lois Urman

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship

In Memory of William Rosenbaum Richard Dobrow Karensue Sholkoff Dobrow Richard Dobrow and Rachel Dobrow Stone

Heims Family Youth Activities In Memory of Isaac Davis I. Kenneth Davis

Holzman Family Religious School Fund In Memory of Oscar Kirchner Beatrice Kirchner Lesley and Marvin Korach

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship In Memory of Miriam and Herman Swerdlin Bobbi and Ron Swerdlin Harry Zell Leonard Zell Alvin B. Hess Anonymous In Honor of Callie Rebecca Wilker’s Bat Mitzvah Jacob Feldman

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Ken Kimmel Bruce Director Jacob W. Savinar Michael and Rose Bergman Nettie Director Jack Shimshak Delores Kimmel William Rosenbaum Nettie Director Herman Korey Stuart and Nikki Director Nettie Director Bruce Director Shirley Bergman Michael Bergman Nathan Rosen Fagel Director Nettie Margolis Stuart and Nikki Director

In Honor of Daniel and Emmanuel Schiff’s Marriage Sally Levine Barry and Barbara Caplan’s 55th Anniversary Stuart and Nikki Director In Appreciation of Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen’s 10 Year Anniversary Stuart and Nikki Director Dr. David Rosencrantz Marty and Sharon Schneiderman

Simon & Helen Director Endowment In Memory of Gordon Vincent Nagel Trudi Nagel Morrison and Family

Temple Endowment

In Honor of Brad Tonkin Ilene Davidson John Epstein Ned Duhnkrack Mark and Judy Peterman

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life In Memory of Elliott Koenigsberg Lewis and Anne Young Jack Shimshak Rosalind Babener In Honor of Ellen Bick Odette Port

Lubliner Leadership Fund

In Memory of Louis Lubliner Nancy and Norman Nigby

Prayer Book

In Memory of Bernie Kaplan Tammy Kramer Bessie Bondy Loeb Clarence and Henry Loeb Stanley and Joyce Loeb Edwin Cohen Ilaine Cohen and Family Randy Goodman The Spivak Family William Rosenbaum Susan Gerson In Honor of Carol Lewis’ Birthday Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen

Service to the Blind

In Memory of Dorothy Wheatley Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman and Louis Feldman


November 2017 SUNDAY

Cheshvan-Kislev 5778



Over Veterans Day Weekend, a container of flags will be centrally located adjacent to Landau Chapel at the Beth Israel Cemetery. Families coming to visit may take a flag so they can personally place it on the grave in tribute to their loved ones. Should you have any questions about burial locations at the cemetery, please contact Molly at (503) 222-1069 or 5  Cheshvan 16

6  Cheshvan 17

7  Cheshvan 18





1  Cheshvan 12

2  Cheshvan 13

3  Cheshvan 14

4  Cheshvan 15

Social Action Meeting 5:30 PM 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

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Estelle Morgan 10:30 AM Temple

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

8  Cheshvan 19

9  Cheshvan 20

10  Cheshvan 21

11  Cheshvan 22

Executive Committee 8:30 AM SBR

Adult Education Meeting 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


Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

CBI Shares Shabbat Challah Class w/ Joel Seres 10:00 AM GH Kitchen

Community Tribute Concert: Leonard Cohen 7:00 PM Temple

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR

ECE Flow 10:00 AM Rm 4 Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM SEC Sisterhood Centennial Celebration 5:30 PM GH

12  Cheshvan 23

13  Cheshvan 24

14  Cheshvan 25


15  Cheshvan 26

16  Cheshvan 27

17  Cheshvan 28

18  Cheshvan 29

Brotherhood Monthy Social 7:00 PM


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 PM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Tot Shabbat 9:00 AM PC

Sisterhood Mah Jongg Tournament 12:30 PM

19  Kislev 1

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Jonah Schafer 10:30 AM Temple

20  Kislev 2

21  Kislev 3

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

22  Kislev 4

23  Kislev 5

24  Kislev 6

25  Kislev 7

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

Thanksgiving Day Offices Closed

Thanksgiving Break Offices Closed

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR


Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Jonah Flamm 10:30 AM Temple

ECE Flow 10:00 AM Rm 4 NW Towers Cooking for Thanksgiving 10:00 AM BA Ed Committee Meeting 10:30 AM LB Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM SEC Next Gen Meeting 1:00 PM SBR

26  Kislev 8

27  Kislev 9


28  Kislev 10

29  Kislev 11

Knit‘n’Nosh 12:30 PM SBR

30  Kislev 12 IHP 4:30 PM SEC

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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Congregation Beth Israel

December 2017 SUNDAY

Kislev-Tevet 5778






Friday, January 12, 2018



1  Kislev 13

2  Kislev 14

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Sabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Tot Shabbat 9:00 AM PC

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

6th Grade Shabbatini 10:30 AM

6 pm, Main Sanctuary 3  Kislev 15

4  Kislev 16

5  Kislev 17

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

6  Kislev 18

7  Kislev 19

8  Kislev 20

9  Kislev 21

Social Action Meeting 5:30 PM SBR


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Kaddish Minyan 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

Religious School (K-7) 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM SEC ECE Flow 10:00 AM Rm 4

Hineinu Share Shabbat No full onsite Evening Shabbat Service

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

10  Kislev 22

11  Kislev 23

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

12  Kislev 24

13  Kislev 25

14  Kislev 26

15  Kislev 27

16  Kislev 28

Chanukah Begins 1st Candle

Chanukah - 2nd Candle

Chanukah - 3rd Candle

Chanukah - 4th Candle

Chanukah - 5th Candle

Executive Committee 8:30 AM SBR

Adult Education Meeting 8:30 AM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Rabbi Joseph’s Annual Chanukah Open House 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Chanukah Family Celebration Tot Shabbat and Shabbat Service 9:00 AM PC 6:00 PM GH Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

ECE Flow 10:00 AM Rm 4 Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM SEC Brotherhood Vodkas and Latkes 3:00 PM BA

17  Kislev 29

18  Kislev 30

19  Tevet 1

Chanukah - 6th Candle

Chanukah - 7th Candle

Chanukah - 8th Candle

Brotherhood Monthy Social 7:00 PM

Jewish Pride Greater PDX Happy Hour 6:30 PM

20  Tevet 2

21  Tevet 3

22  Tevet 4

23  Tevet 5

No IHP - Winter Break

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

28  Tevet 10

29  Tevet 11

30  Tevet 12

No IHP - Winter Break

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


Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 PM SBR

24  Tevet 6

25  Tevet 7

26  Tevet 8


Offices Closed

Knit‘n’Nosh 12:30 PM SB

Lift Urban Portland Christmas Dinner 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM GH

31  Tevet 13

January 1


New Year’s Day Offices Closed

27  Tevet 9

Jewish Pride Greater PDX Hannukah Dance Party 7:30 PM

Tevet 14

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 & Young Family Engagement Chelsea Ferguson Education Administrator Sarah Reiter CBI Administration Executive Director Josh Kashinsky

Development Director Jen Feldman

Accounting Assistant Molly Weisner

Program Coordinator Tracy Alifanz

Facilities Managers Dallas Van Winkle Susie Young

Receptionist Bitsie Appleton Clergy Assistant Alex Sarasohn Finance Director Linda Cohen

November/December 2017

Facilities Staff Tony Bennett Andrew Hendrix

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


Congregation Beth Israel

1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209-2097


Board of Trustees 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

Hineinu presents

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017 On Friday, December 8, we are asking all of our congregants to participate CBI Shares Shabbat, where instead of gathering for services on campus, we connect in each other’s homes to celebrate Shabbat and built community with old friends and new ones. Be a part of the biggest Shabbat in CBI’s history. Be together as we all light the candles, say the prayers, enjoy the Shabbat food and each other’s company. To sign up contact


WOODSCHLOCK ~THE PARTY~ January 20, 2018 7:00 PM, Goodman Hall

CBI’s Adult Education Committee Presents Woodschlock : The Party! CBI’s celebrated Woodshlock Purimschpiel was just the beginning… Join us for an evening of 60s fun: music, dancing, games, and more. We’d love to see 1960’s vintage pictures of you in the lead up to this event, so please email any great— and groovy—shots to Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1879


Congregation Beth Israel

November/December 2017 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the November/December 2017 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest R...

November/December 2017 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the November/December 2017 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest R...