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Happy Passover! Ha Lachma Anya by Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph Associate Rabbi Passover provides us a sacred time to reflect on our own people’s wanderings. Yet, within the seder itself we are commanded not only to reflect through memory, but to act. In fact, each year, before we tell the story of the exodus from Egypt, before we ask the four questions or drink our four glasses of wine, before we make a Hillel sandwich or recount the ten plagues, before any of this, we hold up a piece of matzah and we say: Ha Lachma Anya. This is the bread of poverty. This is the bread of poverty and persecution that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. As it says in the Torah, “seven days shall you eat matzot, the bread of poverty and persecution” so that you may “remember that you were a slave in Egypt.” Let all who are hungry, come and eat. Let all who are in need, come and share the Passover meal. What a strange and powerful way to open our story! At its most fundamental level, the Passover seder is meant to remind us that we know firsthand the suffering and degradation faced by those who are poor. We know the sharp pain of hunger, the slavery that is poverty and persecution. And we also know that this memory, this shared experience, compels us to act. Ha Lachma Anya. This is the bread of poverty. We are a community that acts. Year-round, we serve meals, distribute food, call on our elected officials to enact just laws.

Bulletin April 2016 Adar II - Nisan 5776 Vol. 65, No. 7

And on May 1, we will come together as a congregation for Mitzvah Day. This tradition is an opportunity for each one of us to make a difference individually and communally. For the past several months, an amazingly talented group of us have been meeting to plan our annual event. Please visit calendar/mitzvah-day-2016 to learn more and sign up for a project. Ha Lachma Anya. This is the bread of poverty. Too many still suffer! Thus we retell our people’s story, not just to remember—but to inspire us to act with vision. We retell our people’s story to remind us of the sacred work still ahead of us, to identify with the strangers among us, for we were once strangers. Our storytelling at the Passover seder begins with recognizing the bread of poverty and affliction that our ancestors ate in foreign lands.

Photo courtesy of Rabbi and Cantor Cahana

Ha Lachma Anya. This is the bread of poverty. All who are hungry may come and eat, but only if we live our lives and structure our society in such a way that the entire human family is cared for. This Passover, we say Dayenu. We have had enough. This year, we will work together so that all who are hungry can finally come and eat. This year, we will work together to create a world filled with more justice and peace.

Do a Mitzvah with us!

See p. 5 for details about Mitzvah Day and check out the CBI website for registration and more:

B’nei Mitzvah


Ella Sofia Cirillo

Jack Jonathan Koontz

Ella Sofia Cirillo will become Bat Mitzvah on April 9, 2016. She is the daughter of Sharon Meieran and Fred Cirillo and older sister of Benjamin. Ella, a student at Robert Gray Middle School, has chosen to work for Neighborhood House for her Mitzvah Project. Neighborhood House provides services for vulnerable community members, such as families facing hunger and homelessness, children and seniors, and recent immigrants. In Ella’s own words: “I wanted to learn about and do something good for people less fortunate than me. Some of our neighbors do not have food or housing. I’ve volunteered organizing a food pantry and serving food at a homeless shelter.” All the food from table decorations and donations at Ella’s Bat Mitzvah will be donated to Neighborhood House.

Jack Jonathan Koontz will become Bar Mitzvah on April 30, 2016. Jack is the son of Terri and Zachary Koontz, and younger brother of Matthew, Andrew, and Jane. Jack is a student at Raleigh Hills School. For his Mitzvah Project, Jack is working with the Ronald McDonald House of Oregon and Southwest Washington ( The Ronald McDonald house provides a “home away from home” to families with seriously ill children, and supports initiatives to improve pediatric health. Jack wanted to volunteer to help and support ill children and their families, so he began volunteering at “Fun Junction,” a Ronald McDonald House child care program with fun activities and play time that allows parents time to work or rest for a few hours. Jack will also be gathering much-needed items for the Ronald McDonald house, putting them together as centerpieces for his Bar Mitzvah Luncheon, and donating them thereafter.

Samuel Ford Polliack Samuel Ford Polliack will become Bar Mitzvah on April 16, 2016. He is the son of Adrian and Kristin and older brother of Hewett. Sammy is in the seventh grade at Lakeridge Junior High. For his Mitzvah Project, Sammy has chosen to work with Animal Services of Multnomah County, an agency that fosters cats and dogs, and provides sick animals with foster families. Sammy says, “I want to help animals so they can get new families. I also want to give them love and comfort so they feel like someone cares about them. I will volunteer my time over the next six months to help cats and dogs to find homes, and give them my care and love. ” To learn more about this organization or donate, visit

Life Lessons from Jewish Summer Camp

Mitzvah Palooza! Saturday, April 2, 10:30 AM Goodman Hall Preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah takes dedication for the whole family, and CBI is here to help! Mitzvah Palooza, a special program for our 6th grade families, starts with a 10:30 AM learning service, followed by lunch and a program at Goodman Hall until 2:00 PM. Our panel of caterers will be on hand to present tasty samples of their culinary work. And new this year, plenty of other vendors such as photographers, videographers, stationers and other service providers will be here to show off what they can offer. Please RSVP to Ziva Sholin at 503-222-1069 or

5. Singing Jewish folk songs really IS fun. 6. The culture of Judaism is sacred. It is not only about the ceremonies and the blessings we hear in services, but about the traditions, the stories and the songs that weave through the lives of every Jewish person, connecting us.

by Ziva Sholin Education Administrator This time of year, it seems like the rain and gloom are endless. But summer is coming, and with it, camp! Jewish Summer Camp has been an incredible influence in my life, and I know I’m far from alone in this. Camp shapes kids’ values and characters, inspiring them carry Jewish customs with them into adulthood. Whether we catch ourselves humming a Jewish tune or commit deeply to social justices, the lessons from camp stick with all of us. Here are my personal top ten: 1. Patience is a skill. Yes, it’s hard to be the last one in line to get your serving of Cheez-Its, but eventually it’s your turn to be first. In time, you may even wind up a counselor and give out the Cheez-Its, in which case you really win. 2. Nature can be an essential part of religion. Throughout the year, we teach Judaism inside buildings — schools, homes, and synagogues. Summer camp gives children the chance to connect with Judaism in a physical way.

7. Tie-dye will stain your hands for a very, very long time, but this is a badge of honor. 8. A good card game can make any situation fun. 9. No matter how old you are, it is still fun to sway your bottom back and forth and scream “tushie, tushie, tushie, woo!” during Israeli dance. 10. Your friends from camp will be your friends for life. Summer will be here sooner than you think, and with it the chance for your children to experience all of the above (and more!). Camp Sababa, Congregation Beth Israel’s day camp, will be in its second year. Our first sessions last summer were huge successes and we have bigger and better things planned for this one. Want your child to build lifelong friendships, make incredible memories, and develop his or her own top ten lessons from Jewish Summer Camp? Save the date and welcome to Camp Sababa 2016.

3. Gaga is better than dodge ball. And if you think otherwise, you’re wrong. 4. Friendships aren’t bound by age groups. At camp, the youngest and oldest campers interact daily—and enjoy it!


For more information or to register for Camp Sababa, visit

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Letters From Our Ancestors

Please join us for a lively discussion of Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller. As always, all are welcome and there is no need to register in advance.

Rabbi Stephen M. Passamaneck, Professor Emeritus of Rabbinic Literature at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, invites participants to try their hands at Responsa, crafting answers to age-old questions in the light of Jewish law and legal principles. Rabbi Passamaneck asks you to imagine that you found a trunk filled with letters from your ancestors, seeking guidance from Jewish law on all sorts of matters , in business, in family matters, and on and on. Centuries ago, rabbis answered these questions from the vast storehouse of Talmudic and post Talmudic Jewish law, and in this program you will try your hand at doing the same. Participants will compare medieval and modern perspectives to find answers that are relevant to modern Reform Jewish life.

Sunday, April 3, 9:00 AM Shirley & Herbert Semler Board Room

Genealogy Club

Sunday, April 3, 11:00 AM Amy R. Goldsmith/Spear Research Library CBI’s Genealogy Club welcomes congregant Tatiana Lifshitz, who will help members learn research tools such as— available for free on CBI laptops—and research their family histories. Three laptops will be available on a first come, first served basis. If you have such, please bring a basic family tree.

Music Under the Dome Thursday April 7, 6:00 PM Temple

Sunday, April 10, 10:00 AM Shirley & Herbert Semler Board Room

The W Connection

Thursday, April 14, 1:00 PM Shemanski Chapel The W Connection provides peer-to-peer emotional support from women of all ages who understand what it means to lose a spouse. We provide counsel and support based on personal experience.

A beloved music series returns, featuring Irving Levin, CBI congregant and “Kol Nidre” cellist, and esteemed pianist Michael Barnes. Enjoy the moving works of Faure, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and others.

Early Childhood Engagement Passover Program

Alzheimer Association Caregiver Support Group

This Early Childhood Engagement Passover Program is for children 1-4 and their parents. Enjoy music with Kim Schneiderman and Passover stories and crafts. Come join us! RSVP to Ziva Sholin at

Thursday, April 7, 6:30 PM Amy R. Goldsmith/Spear Research Library

Part of CBI’s ongoing Hineinu initiative, this group provides emotional and educational support for caregivers and care partners of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Reel vs. Real: Muslim Media Stereotypes and Islamophobia Thursday, April 7, 7:00 PM Oregon Historical Society

Join the conversation with a panel of community leaders, including Congregation Beth Israel’s Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana, as they respond to film clips from Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People , a groundbreaking documentary and companion film to Jack Shaheen’s book of the same title. Book and film explore the American media’s long line of degrading images of Arabs—from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding “terrorists”—and offer devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, their development at key points in U.S. history, and why they matter so much today. Panelists will speak about how they deal with Islamophobia in their own communities and audience members will have the chance to ask questions about how to best confront Islamophobia when it presents itself. This program, which is free and open to the public, is a partnership with Muslim Educational Trust, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Oregon Historical Society and the World Affairs Council.

Sunday, April 17, 10:00 AM Harris Hall

The Hidden Jews of Hollywood Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 PM Pollin Chapel Presenters: Michael Simon and Ron Silver

What did Isur Danielovitch, Jacob Julius Garfinkel, Emanuel Goldenberg, and Betty Joan Perske all have in common? They were all stars of the silver screen during the golden age of Hollywood. Only you will find them in the credits as Kirk Douglas, John Garfield, Edward G. Robinson, and Lauren Bacall. Spend an entertaining evening with Los Angeles natives and CBI members Ron Silver and Michael Simon, who will take us back to the time when Hollywood studios kept the true identities of their stars hidden.

The Triumph of the Human Spirit: From Auschwitz to Forgiveness Sunday, May 1, 4:00 PM Temple

In 1944, at the age of ten, Eva Mozes and her family were taken to Auschwitz, where her parents and two sisters perished. She and her twin sister Miriam were spared, but only because they were used for experiments by notorious Nazi doctor, Dr. Josef Mengele. In 1984, she organized the foundation CANDLES, which tracked the survivors of Mengele’s experiments and in 1995 she established a Holocaust museum in Terre Haute, to provide and promote Holocaust education. Mozes Kor is also well known for her work on peace and forgiveness; she has personally forgiven the Nazis, even Mengele, for what they did to her. She has co-authored three books about her experiences during the war. She will discuss surviving Auschwitz and Mengele, the importance of Holocaust education, and the value of forgiveness in reducing hatred and mass violence.

April 2016


Developing CBI

L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation

What’s YOUR Passover Story?

Mazel Tov to

by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director

Michael Braunstein and Lindsay Camacho on the birth of their daughter, Adalyn Marie Braunstein, on March 8.

Every Passover, we remind the younger generation that it is their responsibility to tell the Passover story to the next. So, it seems appropriate to ponder – What Jewish values and customs do you pass on to your family and friends?

Melvin and Jacqueline Morganroth on the birth of their granddaughter, Julia Scherer. Proud parents are Pamela RothScherer and Matthew Sherer.

The four questions – asked in a multitude of different ways and subject to different interpretations in today’s world – provide us with ample opportunity to engage our children in meaningful dialogue about what it means to be a Jew. Whether our child is wise, wicked, simple or does not know how to ask – it is our responsibility to pass on to them the values we hold most dear. Some believe if you know and understand the Passover story then you know the essence of Torah. We have all been slaves – in one form or another – and it should be our goal to move from slavery to freedom, from bondage to redemption. Slavery is not limited to physical bondage – spiritual slavery inhibits us all. We should all feel a responsibility to help others – with whatever resources we have available – for everything we do to help each other demonstrates that we know how it feels to be free from constrictions and that we have the capacity to make the world a better place. At Seder, the song Dayenu – It would have been enough – begs the question: Do you ever give enough...of your time, your compassion, your caring and even your tzedakah? If you even hesitate to say yes, then make this year the year you choose to help others get to the Promised Land – to a better place. Here at CBI, one of the values we hold dear is keeping our doors wide open to all, welcoming all who want to be a part of our warm and engaging community. We continually thank those who embrace this same value and help us do all that we do. We can always do more – and with your support our inclusive tent gets continually larger. Chag Sameach.

Great Greeters

Congregation Beth Israel is the proud recipient for the second consecutive year of an incentive grant from the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation in honor of our achieving our goal in the Life & Legacy program. The Life & Legacy program is a partnership between the OJCF and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and is a collaborative effort with numerous area agencies and synagogues.

May they grow in health and wisdom and be a source of strength to their families and all humankind. CBI religious school alum Jason Cook on his acceptance into the rabbinic program at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Max Friedenwald-Fishman, active PARTY member and a madrich at CBI, for his performance as Tevye in Cleveland High School’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. The students and Cleveland High dedicated the production to refugees that are currently fleeing oppression and felt that Fiddler reminds us of the humanity of each refugee. Max’s own family story, like that of many Jews in Portland, is similar to the story in Fiddler. His great-great grandparents fled Russia after a series of pogroms and came to America to build a better life. Dr. Jonathan Greenleaf, who has been named Medical Director for the U.S. Track and Field team and will support them in that capacity at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. Tracy Manaster (Tracy Alifanz), whose second novel, The Done Thing, will be published in November. Don Spiegel, who has retired from the fastener distribution business after thirty-four years and is looking forward to travel, honey-do chores, mountain hiking, volunteering at a hospice house, and having more time for CBI volunteering! Kris and Richard Nicholson on the engagement of their daughter Hannah to Grant Gurewitz.

Condolences to Barbara Glazer on the loss of her daughter and Deborah Friedman (Gary Peterson) on the loss of her sister, Diane McCullough, who passed away February 28 and was laid to rest in Sacramento, CA on March 2. William Rosenbaum on the loss of his wife , Robert and Joan Rosenbaum, Thomas and Barbara Rosenbaum, and Jean Rosenbaum on the loss of their mother, and to the extended Rosenbaum family on the loss of Goldie Rosenbaum, who passed away on March 3.

Thank you to Alan Rosenfeld, Avril Richardson-Hart, Barney Milstein, Bill Treuhaft, Cecille Spivak, Dana Schwartz, Daureen Morris, Eve Rosenfeld, Gerry Jackson, Ilene Davidson, Jeff Bodie, Jill Slansky, Joanne Treuhaft, Judy Roth, Lynn Bonner, Lynn Gelber, Margie Anton, Michael Anton, Ned Duhnkrack, Sally Rosenfeld , Stephanie Spiegel, and Susie Desmond. At our regular Friday Shabbat services, at the glorious Martin Luther King service, and at our over-the-top West Side Schpiel, they welcomed, smiled, and helped build the warm, friendly community that we cherish at Congregation Beth Israel. Greeters are often the first people you see when you come to services. They make everyone – newcomers, regulars, and those who haven’t been around for a while – feel comfortable, just like at home. You too can be a Greeter; pick a date that’s convenient for you and wear your best smile. Sign up on-line at or contact Susan Milstein at for more information.

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION! Many Oregon companies will match their employee’s charitable donations. If yours is one of them, your generosity to our community could easily double! Please consider taking a moment to check your employer’s policy.


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Mitzvah Day

MITZVAH DAY Sunday, May 1, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Make a difference, build community, and have a blast! Join us for Mitzvah Day, an annual event at CBI that honors the spirit of both tikkum olam and tzedakah. We guarantee you will work on a project that tangibly helps others, meet and connect with other members of CBI, and get the opportunity to be seen in the everstylish and very recognizable CBI bright blue Mitzvah shirt. We’ll all meet at the Temple at 9:00 AM for a delicious pancake breakfast prepared by Sisterhood. Breakfast will be followed by a brief program. We will then head off to our projects, either at the synagogue or off site.

YOUTH GROUP PARTY will host an activity or educational project related to LGBTQ issues. For 8th-12th graders.


MITZVAH DAY PROJECTS! Volunteer for a variety of projects – blanket making, preparing food for congregants in need, beautifying our cemetery, cleaning and repairing books, and sorting and stocking food. Most of our projects are listed below. CARING COOKING Cook meals to be frozen and assemble bags of non-perishable food to take to congregants in time of need. All ages welcome. CEDAR SINAI PARK MUSICFEST Join the elderly residents at Cedar Sinai Park for a morning of music, art activities and noshing. Suggested for our younger congregants. CEMETERY CLEAN UP Plant plants, pull weeds and clean older marble headstones. All ages welcome, under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. CHILDREN’S BOOK BANK Clean books and repair bindings. Ages 6 and above welcome. NW TOWER & ANNEX BRUNCH Cook and serve a tasty brunch for our neighbors. All ages welcome. PILLOW MAKING Make small pillows for women to use after treatment and surgery for breast cancer. All ages welcome. SOUP SAC Bring soup and cookies, make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and assemble lunches to be delivered to homeless shelters throughout Portland. All ages welcome. SUNSHINE PANTRY Sort and stock food. Ages 6 and above, under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

UPLIFE COFFEE CUP SLEEVE MAKING Make coffee cup sleeves out of burlap coffee bean bags. UpLife will use them as thank-you gifts for their donors. All ages welcome, we need a couple of people who can use sewing machines.

New this year, we will turn Goodman Hall into the Family Mitzvah Center, where there will be a variety of projects designated for our younger congregants. Families can stick together and kids can move from activity to activity. BLANKET MAKING Make warm fleece blankets for CODA, an alcohol, drug, and mental health treatment center. CARD & PLACEMAT MAKING Make cards and placemats for our Soup Sac lunches and Caring Cooking meals. CATNIP MOUSE MAKING Make catnip-filled mouse toys for Cat Adoption Team (CAT). QUILT MAKING Become a “blanketeer” with Project Linus and help make a handmade quilt that will provide warmth and comfort for a child who is ill.

SIGN UP ONLINE FOR A MITZVAH DAY ACTIVITY NOW! MITZVAH DAY DONATION WISH LIST: Donate non-perishable FOOD or FUNDS to Sunshine Pantry, an organization that provides food, amenities, housewares and clothing to people in need in the Portland metropolitan area. No child should go to bed hungry. You can drop off food items or funds at the Schnitzer Family Center, Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or at the Sherman Education Center on Sundays during Religious School. You can also bring donations on Mitzvah Day.

Questions? Email

April 2016


Hineinu HINEINU: We are Here, Together! Through Hineinu, Congregation Beth Israel seeks to strengthen our community and recognize the kedusha (sanctity) of one another. Working together, both inside and outside the dome, we can create opportunities for our congregants to find connection and support from our community. We are saying, “We are here, here together!” Hineinu is a commitment to making a difference, to being part of a community that not only nurtures the individual soul, but also awakens in us a sense of connectedness to and responsibility for one another. CBI is our home and our community. But it is only a community if WE are willing to say, “Hineinu, we are here!” and act to make it so. Hineinu is how we will come together to foster and nourish our community, by expanding our efforts to engage in acts of bikkur cholim, taking care of the sick, cooking meals for one another in times of need, becoming ambassadors of the congregation, welcoming the stranger. By creating opportunities to connect with one another for support, we will build relationships and strengthen our Jewish identity. Hineinu is like the sacred candelabrum with seven branches used in the Temple in Jerusalem: the center candle is Hineinu and the surrounding branches represent programs that support our community and become a way for each of us to become engaged.

FAMILIES How we connect youth and parents with others at the same life stages. Robin McCoy, Kira Dennison-Capen, and Rachel Pollin, Co-Chairs From Tot Shabbat to Confirmation to high school graduation, help connect families on their journeys by creating opportunities to come together for grade-level celebrations, community connections, parents groups, and other ways to engage with CBI and one another. For more information, please contact

ADULTS How we, as adults, connect at every stage of our life. Margie and Michael Anton, Co-Chairs The Adult Cohort provides opportunities for contemporaries to come together for outings and cultural events at CBI and in the community. Whether it’s a visit to a hot new restaurant, a concert at the Schnitz, happy hour in the Pearl, or a Shabbat dinner together before Friday evening services, we provide meaningful, fun, creative, and thought provoking opportunities to create community together. There are two age cohorts representing different life-stages: 50+ group and 30s - 50s group.


For more information, please contact

How we welcome our community and guests into services, programs, and events. Susan Milstein, Chair


Greeters offer a warm welcome to services and events at Congregation Beth Israel. They introduce newcomers to congregants and make everyone—whether visitor, new member, or long time congregant— feel comfortable and welcomed, accepted, and at home. To become a Greeter, please contact

AMBASSADORS How we welcome, integrate, and acculturate all of our members. Tony and Bianca Urdes, Co-Chairs The Ambassador Program is one way of helping integrate new members into our CBI community. By creating a meaningful relationship with current members and engaging new members from the very beginning, we can build relationships, connect members to the mission of the congregation, and create a meaningful Jewish life in partnership with clergy, professional staff, lay leaders, and members of our synagogue community. To become an Ambassador or for more information, please contact

CELEBRATIONS How we rejoice in community. Sydney Baer and Michelle Gradow, Co-Chairs We all love a celebration, but have you thought about celebrating at CBI? Now you can celebrate birthdays, adoptions, engagements, anniversaries, important honors— any special occasion or Simcha— at CBI and with our community. Our Celebration Corps is here to make that happen.

How we care for and connect with one another in times of sorrow & joy. Robert Kravitz and Bobbie Goldstein, Co-Chairs The Caring Community is dedicated to the mitzvah of bikkur cholim, providing support, comfort and connection to those in need and creating bonds within our CBI community. The three ways that the Caring Community fulfills this mission are: Neighborhood Circles: A simple way to connect with and support fellow CBI members who live within your geographic neighborhood. When a need arises in your circle—for a ride, a meal, a visit—the CBI office will send out an email with the request. You or another member of your Neighborhood Circle may choose to offer assistance and help fill that need, but there is no obligation— just an opportunity to help when and if you can. Congregants within Neighborhood Circles can also organize other opportunities to create community within the neighborhood; each circle will forge its own, unique identity. W Connection: Widows helping widows rebuild their lives is the mission of the W Connection. This group provides peer-to-peer emotional support from women of all ages who understand what it means to loose a spouse. At monthly meetings dedicated to topics of interest to widows, there are opportunities to discuss issues in your new life and find comfort and support from others who are navigating their own loss. Alzheimer’s Support Group: Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia is one of the most difficult tasks anyone can face. Facilitated by an Alzheimer’s Association trained volunteer who is a member of CBI, the Alzheimer’s Support Group offers monthly meetings for caregivers to provide mutual support. For more information or to participate in any of the Caring Community initiatives please contact

To join the Celebrations Corps or for more information, please contact


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Do a Mitzvah for the Religious School!

Gift Shop and Library Volunteers Needed

100% of the proceeds of your purchase go directly to the Religious School!! The Sisterhood Gift shop at CBI has many wonderful new items for Passover, Jewish holidays and general Judaica. Come in to buy a few things before the shop closes up for the summer. Have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, wedding, new home, birthday gift, or need Shabbat candles? We also special order Tallit and provide a discount to all Bar and Bat Mitzvah students. This year on Mitzvah Day, Sunday May 1, we are giving a free $10 Judaica gift to every shopper who spends $40 or more on this day only.

We need volunteers in the Sisterhood Gift Shop, especially on Thursdays. If you are a religious school parent with a child who comes on Thursday, please consider volunteering. Contact Debbie Braymer if you can help out: Do you love to read? Do you have a few hours once a month to help in the CBI library? We are looking for some special volunteers who would sit in our new and beautiful library and help people check out books, use our laptops to access Ancestry, and do a few tasks to keep the books in order and easy to find. If you have time on Thursdays from 4:15 PM to 6:00 PM, or Sundays from 10:00 AM 12:00 PM, and would like to become a special friend of the library, please contact Marge Congress at She’ll contact you to set up a training session and get you a time slot.

The Gift Shop is open Fridays 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM and Sundays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. If these days and times don’t work, and you would like to shop, please call Bonnie Barg at 503-243-3249 for a special opening.

Eastside Sisterhood Social a Hit!

Calling All Brothers! Monthly Poker at Mel’s

Anna Epstein and Lynn Tobias were among the women who attended the Sisterhood Eastside Social hosted by Michael Richman.

Starting in April, poker will be held on a monthly basis at Mel’s shop, RecumbentPDX, at 2025 SE Hawthorne. The goal is to make the poker game a nice, easy, monthly routine. With players’ input, Mel will set one fixed day for all months (i.e. “The third Thursday”). So, if you have a preferred day of the month, now is the time to let Mel know.

6th Annual Mah Jongg Magic Tournament Sunday, May 22, 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM Home of Randie and Mark Peterson Join us for an afternoon of fun, friendship, and philanthropy. All you need to bring is your card. We will provide great food, drinks, prizes, and hostess gifts for all. All proceeds from this WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood fundraiser will be used towards Religious School programs and Camp Kalsman scholarships.

Mel’s shop closes at 6pm (5pm on weekends), so we can start cards anytime after that. If you’ll be eating dinner with us, you’ll need to let Mel know you’re attending by the afternoon of the game so a sandwich (or equivalent), chips, and beer/soda can be provided. Whatever it costs is what’ll be charged. Mel guesses $12/ person or less. If you’re not eating, you don’t need to pay for food (in a pinch, we’re right across the street from Little Big Burger - you can always phone in an order). Mel will supply cards and chips and will ask for help with folding chairs if needed. The buy-in remains a hefty $5.00. If anybody has any other suggestions to make this easier to run, we are all ears. Email Mel at

Space is limited, so make your reservation today by sending your check for $36 payable to: WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood. Mail it to: Lynn Gelber Attn: Mah Jongg Magic 3112 NE Knott Street Portland, OR 97212

18 cheers for Brother Mel! Mitzvah Day is SUNDAY MAY 1st. We are planning a serious project involving tools, grunting, and groaning. Contact Andy Olshin @ (503) 407-8494 with any questions and Stay Tuned!

Please include your email address on your check. Questions? Please contact Bobbie Goldstein at or 310-923-2254.

April 2016


Very Thoughtful People Allison B. Cohen Madrichim Training and Religious School Scholarship Fund In Memory of Francine Fejes Rhonda, Kenny, and Andrew Cohen Neil F Sandler Patricia and Steve Bilow

Adult Education Fund

In Memory of Goldie Rosenbaum Barney and Susan Milstein In Honor of Brad and Michelle Tonkin (25th Anniversary) Mark and Leslie Sidell

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat

In Memory of Sam Shapiro Barbara Gilbert and Miles Newmark

Amy R. Goldsmith Library

In Memory of Isaac N Trachtenberg John and Barbara Trachtenberg Alan Zell Pierce Ethier Harvey Karlin Sally, Andrew, and Caroline Karlin Charlotte Galton Claire and Zanley Galton

Caring Community Fund

In Memory of Robert Labby Elaine Savinar Bernice Bloom Bob and Wendy Steinberg Marion Rabiner David and Liz Lipoff Goldie Rosenbaum Lynetta Irvin Bob Kravitz, David Gilbert, and Bobbie Goldstein Jerry Stern Elizabeth and Ruben J Menashe In Honor of Barbara Lang (Birthday) Stuart Lang (Birthday) Nolan and Pat, Adam, Gina, and Jonathan Newman Bob Kravitz Bobbie Goldstein Ilene Davidson John and Sarah Epstein

Cemetery Beautification In Memory of Herbert Shapiro Gerel Blauer Joy Alkalay Pierce Ethier Alysmae Nudelman Victor Nudelman Dr. Harry Semler Gertrude Semler Abe Spivak Minnie Spivak Henry Spivak Helen Spivak and Family Suzanne Miller Marvin Tonkin Marcy Tonkin


Harriet Bodner George Bodner Suzanne Miller Marvin Tonkin Rena and Cheryl Tonkin, David and Daniel Lerner Edward I Aiken Teddy Aiken Gerson Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Anne Goldman Rich and Sue Garber Goldie Rosenbaum Rena and Cheryl Tonkin Alan Lundberg The Tannenbaums Mildred Schnitzer Morris Schnitzer Jeanne and Lenny Marks, Dori Schnitzer and Mark Brown, and Susan Schnitzer and Greg Goodman In Honor of Jeanne Newmark (MAC Inspirational Award) Gerel Blauer

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Zelda Director Zeidman Jerome Zeidman May Georges Estelle Sholkoff Ken, Jennifer, and Ruthie Zeidman Tillie Caplan Philip Caplan Barry and Barbara Caplan David Rosenfeld Lynn, Marshall, and Garrett Langfeld Sue Halupowski Rachel Halupowski In Honor of Sydney Baer (Retirement) Margaret Hasson The Achievements of Idit Cahana Marge and Marvin Cohn In Appreciation Rabbi Cahana Lance and Mary Steinberg Lynn Bonner General Contribution Given By Anonymous

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Jerome Katzky Margaret Hasson Karen Hirsch John Hirsch Lynne Rose Fagin Rachel Halupowski In Appreciation Cantor Cahana Lance and Mary Steinberg Anese Klein Rebecca Hill and John Parks

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary In Memory of Harry Rubenstein Ted and Davia Rubenstein Neil F Sandler Rabbi Sam and Dori Jospeh Mildred “Mickey” Fagin Rachel Halupowski

In Appreciation Rabbi Joseph Lance and Mary Steinberg Ilaine Cohen Leigh Feldman, Sara Moskovitz, and Sasha and Sebe Feldman General Contribution Given By Melissa Fireside

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Madaline Pitkin Natalie Maizels Stuart Karlin Michael and Alice Powell

General Administrative

In Memory of Arthur S Rosenfeld Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Maurice Creamer Marian Creamer Bernice Bloom Lance and Mary Steinberg Julius Martel Rochelle Kantor Gary and Sheryl Martel Marisa Yudkin Elaine Yudkin Doris Krys Sheldon Krys Samuel Moment Roger Moment Nathan Brodat Joseph C Seres Joel and Sandra Seres Harold F Wendel Susan and Larry Black Samuel T Mayer Wilma-Jane Balick Pauline Wright Abe Bercovitz Lena Freedman Abe Freedman Victoria Pullman Goldie Rosenbaum Michael and Margie Anton Bernard Kaye Lily Karansky Sivia Kaye In Honor of Brad and Michelle Tonkin (25th Wedding Anniversary) Adrienne and Stanley Geffen Ken Gurian Mr. and Mrs. Harry Glickman General Contribution Given By Anonymous

Hal Ruthizer Cultural Arts In Memory of Eugene Bartenstein Lynne Bartenstein and Dan Heims

Jill Newman Slansky Early Childhood Leader Fund

In Memory of Sidney Garfield Harold Newman Jill Ann Slansky In Honor of Sharron Miller (Living Legend Award) Jill Ann Slansky and Julianne Chiaet

Congregation Beth Israel

Judith Anne Epstein Education Director’s Fund In Memory of Neil F Sandler Pierce Ethier The Beth Israel Preschool Families

Landau Chapel In Memory of Tillie Caplan Philip Caplan Bernie Caplan Harry Labby Sonia Labby Lore Labby

Oseran Family Lecture

In Memory of Edward Cohn, Jr. Margery Cohn Anne Rubenstein Ted and Davia Rubenstein Goldie Moises Deanne and Dick Rubinstein


In Memory of Neil F Sandler Sarah, John, Melanie, and Caroline Epstein In Appreciation Shelley Sanders Paul Schmidt General Contribution Given By Anonymous

Rosenfeld Family Assistant/ Associate Rabbi Fund In Memory of Louis Tobin Philip Caplan Tillie Caplan Tammy Kramer

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Beverly J Miller Diana Lynne Miller Cornell Ruth Semler Henry Spivak Jacqueline R Spivak Edith Zavon Yussie Joseph Jacob Epstein Helen Spivak and Family Alison Senders Lang Stuart and Barbara Lang Ruth Semler Burt Berman Leslie Berman and Family General Contribution Given By Anonymous

Sally Vidgoff Camp Kalsman Scholarship In Memory of Mildred Friendly Barry and Brent Mesher In Honor of Brad and Michelle Tonkin (25th Wedding Anniversary) Page and Lynn Mesher

Very Thoughtful People Sanny Snell Preschool Scholarship In Memory of Diana Unterspan James H Unterspan

Social Action (General)

In Memory of Elisabeth W Solomon Mary Willer Richard B Solomon Herman I Miller Gladys Miller Geraldine Jackson Oscar Overback Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Miriam Cohen Margulies Joyce Loeb Joyce M Cohen Syril Garfinkle Joseph and Eileen Kane Henry Kaplan John and Sarah Epstein Judy Lowensohn Diane and Richard Lowensohn General Contribution Given By Tony and Bianca Urdes Sarah and Dan Goodwin Anna and Bob Winthrop


In Memory of Herbert Shapiro Renee Holzman Fred J Baron Korpel Rosenbaum Roger Baron and Michele Frisella Conny Frisch LouAnn Frisch Dr. David Ellner Janet LaRossa Rose Veltman Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman, Louis Feldman, Jacob and Noah Feldman Flora Freidenrich Esther Flaxman Jane Flaxman Irving Trachtenberg Pearl Trachtenberg Morris Saffron Ruth Gassner Sam Kaufman Nancy Green and Susan Hammel

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

Pauline Berne Frank and Lee Berne Jerry Stolzoff Bunny Edelson Beatrice Weiner Dr. William and Beverly Galen Augusta Jaffe Elaine Savinar Mark Saul Davia and Ted Rubenstein Marie Lamfrom Paul Lamfrom Sonia Labby Harry Labby Arnold and Eva Labby Julius Zell Maurie Jacobs Beverly and Marty Zell and Family Marion Bischoff Nettie Margulis Milton Margulis Sue Friedman Abraham Bergstein Betsy and Len Bergstein Sonja Cohn Barbara and Howard Cohn Nate Ross Gene Marie Strauss Naomi Strauss Robert “Bob” Labby Elizabeth and Ruben J Menashe In Honor of Gerel Blauer (Birthday) Jeanne Newmark (MAC Club Award) Renee Holzman Benjamin Olshin (Bar Mitzvah) Henry Olshin Eve Rosenfeld Andrea Overbeck General Contribution Given By Andy Olshin and Rebecca Mischel Michael and Margie Anton

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Henry Spivak Jacqueline Spivak Abe Wexler Gilda Wexler Duke Semler Helen Spivak and Family Dr. Israel Klein Marilyn and Hans Grunbaum Ronald Matin Essie Matin

Education Department Education Director Ben Sandler, M. Ed. Youth Group Director Shoshanna Pro Education Administrator Ziva Sholin Member Services Interim Executive Director Alanna Hein Development Director Jen Feldman

Harry and Joanne Glickman Sylvia Kaplan Debbie Davis-Spiegel and Don Spiegel Max Kaffesieder Bernie Caplan Herb Shapiro Elizabeth and Ruben J Menashe Lloyd G Miller Diana Lynne Miller Cornell

Temple Improvement In Memory of Helen Lachman Eve and Alan Rosenfeld

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship In Memory of Goldie S Rosenbaum The Zeidman Family

Heims Family Youth Activities Endowment In Memory of Earl Heims Celia Heims Dan Heims and Lynn Bartenstein Charlotte Stern Rick and Kay Stern

Holzman Family Religious School Fund In Memory of Neil F Sandler Jim and Ilene Davidson

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship In Memory of Rosella H Werlin Joella Werlin

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Merritt Linn Bruce Director and Minnie Johnson Herman Margolis Jack Rosen Merritt Linn Goldie Rosenbaum Stuart and Nikki Director In Honor of Stuart Director (Birthday) Micky and Debbie Kovisky

Director of Membership and Special Events Marisa Reby Communications Coordinator Tracy Alifanz Office Administrator Alyssa Mandula Clergy Administrative Assistant Sara Miller Finance Director Jim Baldwin, CPA Accounting Assistant Vicki Greif

April 2016

Nikki and Stuart Director (50th Wedding Anniversary) Barbara and Stuart Lang Bob and Lesley Glasgow Linda Ostomel Elaine Savinar (Speedy Recovery) Dorothy Reiter (Speedy Recovery) Stuart and Nikki Director General Contribution Given By Neil and Diana Goldschmidt

Simon & Helen Director Endowment In Memory of Harold Schnitzer Harold Heldfond Cameron and Dick Davis

Temple Endowment

In Memory of Edith Maizels Richard and Harriet Maizels

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Prayer Book

In Memory of Sybil Samuels Ilaine Cohen and Family Don R Williams Megan Brown In Honor of Samuel Schnitzer (Birth) Ellen L. and Martin Jacobs

Service to the Blind

In Memory of Gladys G Trachtenberg John and Barbara Trachtenberg Suzanne Miller Marvin Tonkin Ed Tonkin

Sisterhood Lubliner Leadership Fund

In Memory of Sylvia Bartenstein Lynne Bartenstein and Dan Heims Genevieve Himelstein David and Shawn Looney In Honor of Stephanie Siegel John and Sarah Epstein

Facilities Staff Perry Meekins, Facilities Manager Tony Bennett Shalamar Washington Dallas Van Winkle Susie Young Catering Panel Alfresco Catering by Sheraton 503-335-2858 Shellie Engelquist Art of Catering 503-231-8185 Larry Grimes Century Catering 503-849-2605 Allen Levin

Culinary Artistry 503-232-4675 Jenn Louis Devil’s Food Catering 503-233-9288 Charles Stilwell VT Group: Vibrant Table, Food In Bloom, f&b Café 503-297-9635 Karen Rich


In Remembrance ~ May their memory be for a blessing. April 1 & 2 Melvin Anchell William Barde* Eugene Bartenstein Abraham Bergstein Pauline Berne Frances Bick Marion Bischoff Louis Braunstein* Tillie Caplan Philip Caplan Joyce M. Cohen Sonja Cohn Maurice J. Creamer Virginia East Lottie Eisenhardt Mollie S. Epstein Milton Falbel Magarete Feibelman Philip B. Feldman Leonard Fishel* Cyril Freedman Flora Freidenrich Cacilie Gevurtz* Esther F. Goldsmith* Sue Halupowski* Irene Harris Celia Heims Augusta Jaffe* Max Kaffesieder* Tzipora Kahana Phillip Kaplan Lily Karansky Harvey Karlin Stuart D. Karlin Marge Kravitz Sonia Labby Harry Labby William Nathan Lewis Judy Lowensohn Asher Melzer Sam Menashe Suzanne Miller Natalie Lauterstein Miller Beverly Jeanne Miller Goldie Moises Oscar Overback Albert Oziel Morris Paley Hugh M. Patinkin Stuart Peltz Ben Pelz Joseph Platman Donald Post Adrian Rabau Fanny Restein Meyer Rifkin Charles Robinson Toby Rosenfeld Betty Rosenfeld Nathan Ross

Manuel Schnitzer Abraham Shapiro Charles A. Silverman* Alice R. Stenger* Harold Stern Benjamin M. Sussman Sophie Posner Tenzer Isaac N. Trachtenberg Irving Trachtenberg Belle Treuhaft Rose Leveton Unkeles Rosella Werlin Harris Willer Joel Irwin Wolff April 8 & 9 Robert Bath Eleanor Payne Bergman Florence Caplan Berman Anita Bogorad Lena Rosenblatt Bromberg Robert Canter Vivian Wilson Cohen Samuel B. Dobrow* Fannie Eisenberg David Ellner Richard Enkelis George Epstein Francine Fejes Rose Fischback Sue B. Friedman Mildred Friendly Cindy Gadye Max Goldberg Morton J. Goodman Molly Handelman Karen Hirsch Clara Hochfeld Jerome Katzky Israel Klein Igal L. Koshevoy Jerome M. Kutner Nettie Margulis Milton Margulis* Sam Menashe Mose M. Mesher* Arnold Meyer Harry Reingold* Roslyn Rosen Leah Rosenbaum Sybil Samuels* Mark Saul Johan, Isidor, and Rebecka Segalowicz* Mark Sinclair Lynne Rose Fagin Smith Adeline Sokolsky Elisabeth W. (Libby) Solomon* Minnie Stern Thomas A. Stoner

Jack Tinkleman Gladys Trachtenberg Abe F. Vidgoff* Philip Weinstein* Don R. Williams Nathan Wise* Elizabeth Zacks

Ralph Weintraub Dorothy Weisfield Harry W. Zavin Jerome Zeidman Milton Zell Ivy Zielin Monty Zielin

April 15 & 16 Edith Alexander Theodore C. Andrianoff Sidney Anton Deborah Arron Bertha E. Baron* Yetta Beck* Zerline Blattner Harriet Bodner Sanford C. Brant* Louis S. (Bud) Brenner Nathan Brodat George L. Campf* Barbara Cartwright Shelby Clark Bertrand H. Constantine Rebecca Dennison Mildred Fagin Marc Feidelson Samuel Joshua Felder Harry Fischback Charlotte Galton Sidney Garfield Sadie Helman* Judy Rogel Hickox Leslie Ilene Kaufman Ellen Kolasky Morris Kunowski Helen Lachman Regina Light Leah Gerst Lowengart* Harry Maizels Leon Maniloff Miriam Cohen Margulies Ronald Matin Essie Matin Peter Matje Samuel T. Mayer* Rose Naftalin Gerson Neuberger* Carol Rogat Mollie Rosen Morris Schnitzer* Ruth Ellen Semler* Joseph Seres Sam Shapiro Evelyn Shapiro Isadore Shemanski* Jerome S. Stolzoff Wanda Sullivan Herbert L. Swett* John F. (Jack) Tarpey Belle S. Weil*

April 22 & 23 Lester Sidney Baskin Bertha Bettman* Bernice B. Bloom* Sophia Chaimov Edward Cohn, Jr. Sigfried Crohn* Alvin Donald Davis Jerry Dennison Annie Director Jacob J. Enkelis* Florence Feldman Conny J. Frisch Syril Garfinkle Alan Goldsmith Clara Heilner* Harold Heldfond Anna Herzog* Genevieve Himelstein* Paul Jerome Hoffman Norma Ruth Olman Horenstein* Arthur Joseph Bernard Kaye Ida Kleinrock Mollie Lertzman Hana E. Lewis* Carl Lubliner Edith Maizels Mary Mayer* Barbara Friedman Mills Samuel Moment Leslie Moses Mariam Neuwelt Debra Cohn Nudelman Rita Oroshnik Pearl (Pat) Orr Maurice J. Roth Jack Sadis Gary W. Samuelis Pearl Schlesinger Walli Schlesinger* Mildred Markus Schnitzer* Ruth B. Segal Norman Seltzer Bess Steiner Gene Marie Strauss Kathleen M. Sugarman Alan Tell Harold F. Wendel Mary Willer Lois Wood

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


Congregation Beth Israel

April 29 & 30 Lenore Abrams Larry Backer Karlina Bergman* Samuel Bissinger* Jennie Cohn* Gussie Diamondstein* Marcel Flaxman Abe Freedman* Charlotte Frey Harry I. Gevurtz* Isidor Gideon* Lillian Goodman Fanny Gradow Nate Hasman Donald Hersh Arnold Hoffman Maurie Jacobs* Edith Kamin Samuel Labow Alison Senders Lang Harris Lavine David Leveton* Stanley B. Lewis Marvin Liebreich* George Litow Ignatz Lowengart* Sol G. Lubliner* Alan Eric Lundberg* Richard Machacek Herman Margolis Alexandria Meekcoms Sidney H. Newman Harold Newman* Rose Novich Nettie Olman Max H. Packouz Ira Peterman Bernhard Pinsky Madaline Pitkin Marion Rabiner Rabbi David Hillel Rose* David J. Rosen Anna M. Rubenstein Morris Saffron David Schenbaum Harold Schnitzer Max Shimshak Harriet Simon Charlotte Stern* Barbara Sternberg* Marvin Tonkin* Eileen Treuhaft Beatrice Weiner Ruth Weiner Julius Zell

April 2016 SUNDAY

Adar II - Nisan 5776 MONDAY




Because Friday, April 22 is the first night of seder, please note there will be no evening service. Kaddish will be recited Saturday April 23 at the 10:30 AM Shabbat Festival Service.

3   Adar II 24

4   Adar II 25

5  Adar II 26



1   Adar II 22

2   Adar II 23

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/ 6th Grade Shabbatini & B’nei Mitzvah Palooza 10:30 AM PC & GH

6   Adar II 27

7   Adar II 28

8   Adar II 29

9  Nisan 1

Social Action Meeting 5:00 PM SBR


No Preschool: Conference Planning

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

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

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

Genealogy Club 11:00 AM LB

Music Under the Dome 6:00 PM Temple

Shir Sabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

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

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group 6:30 PM LB

Havdalah Bat Mitzvah of Ella Cirillo 5:00 PM Temple

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR

Reel vs. Real 7:00 PM Oregon HIstorical Society

10  Nisan 2

11  Nisan 3

12  Nisan 4

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

13  Nisan 5

14  Nisan 6

15  Nisan 7

16  Nisan 8

Knit-A-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

Executive Committee 12:00 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

W Connection 1:00 PM SC

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Samuel Polliack 10:30 AM Temple

Adult Education: Letters From Our Ancestors 10:00 AM SBR


Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM SEC Dor Chadash 2:00 PM YT/Art Room

17  Nisan 9

18  Nisan 10

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

19  Nisan 11

20  Nisan 12

21  Nisan 13

22  Nisan 14

23  Nisan 15

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 PM SBR

Adult Education: The Hidden Jews of Hollywood 7:00 PM PC

Adult Education Committee 8:30 AM SBR

Erev Pesach: 1st Seder

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

ECE Pesach Family Program 10:00 AM HH Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM SEC

No IHP Classes

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

Pop-up Pantry 4:30 PM LF

NO Shabbat Service

28  Nisan 20

29  Nisan 21

30  Nisan 22


Yizkor Pesach: Temple Offices Closed

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Pop-up Pantry 4:30 PM LF

Yizkor Pesach Service 10:30 AM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Jack Koontz 10:30 AM Temple

Women’s Seder 5:00 PM

24  Nisan 16

25  Nisan 17

26  Nisan 18

27  Nisan 19

No Sunday Classes

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC PARTY Bi Temple Shul-in 4:30 PM

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

View our calendar and campus map online at

Congregation Beth Israel

Administration Offices & Clergy Education Department & Preschool Fax Machine WRJ/BI Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop Beth Israel Cemetery 426 SW Taylors Ferry Road

503-222-1069 503-222-1069 503-274-1400 503-222-1069 503-222-1069


Congregation Beth Israel

1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209-2097


Board of Trustees 2015/2016 Officers


Ned Duhnkrack President

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

Ted Nelson VP/President Elect Ilene Davidson Vice President Ali Garfinkle Vice President Brad Tonkin Vice President Mark Peterman Secretary John Epstein Treasurer

Auxiliaries Stephanie Siegel - WRJ/BI Sisterhood President Andy Olshin - Brotherhood President

Please Join us! Sunday, April 17 5 PM until the 4 cups are gone

Goodman Hall

Women’s Seder

$36 per person 21+, space is limited Scholarship opportunities available





Light Passover meal


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The cost includes a 3% donation to Mazon, a Jewish Response to Hunger


In the spirit of creating new traditions, if you would like to share your favorite Passover recipe, please email it to Marisa. A book will be compiled and printed for the evening of the Seder. To RSVP, contact Marisa at 503-222-1069 or

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Congregation Beth Israel

April 2016 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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

April 2016 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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