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Happy 100 Birthday, Eleanore! th

Oneg Honoring Eleanore Rubinstein Friday, April 19, 6:00 PM Pollin Chapel/Lipman Foyer It is with great pleasure that we invite the congregation to join in celebration on Friday, April 19th for a champagne oneg immediately following Shabbat Services in honor of Eleanore Rubinstein’s 100th birthday. Eleanore is a long-time member of Congregation Beth Israel. She is a proud member of the 1927 Confirmation Class, the year before our current sanctuary was dedicated. She and her classmates were sad to miss celebrating in the new sanctuary! Eleanore and her husband Paul raised their family (son Dick and daughters Diane, Carolyn, and Sandy) at CBI. Over the

years, she has cherished watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren also nurture their Jewish lives and celebrate their lifecycle events here at CBI. This is a five-generation family, with four generations still actively involved at CBI. In addition to all of her family activities, Eleanore has been a devoted community volunteer, avid knitter, national tennis champion in her 90s, and is still a weekly bridge player and passionate golfer. As her e-mail address reads, “ebusygal” – a busy gal! Eleanore, thank you for your generous and long-time support of CBI. You are an inspiration for all of us with your commitment to family, tikkun olam, and social justice. It is with great pride that we celebrate Eleanore and her 100th birthday.

Established 1858

Bulletin April 2013 Nisan-Iyar 5773 Vol. 62, No. 7

It’s Like, Totally Temple 80s Dance Party / Preschool Fundraiser April 13th

This Year in Jerusalem April 14th – 28th

Mitzvah Day Join us on the first Shabbat after Passover ends for a

Post-Pesach Pizza Party Friday, April 5, 7:00 PM Goodman Hall Enjoy Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:00 p.m. in Pollin Chapel and experience the luxury of pizza waiting for you right afterwards in Goodman Hall! @@ A casual, low-key way to end Passover! @@ A  great time to catch up with your CBI friends – why not reserve a table & compare Seder stories? @@ BYOB! (cups provided)

It’s Like, Totally Temple

May 5th

Saturday, April 13, 7:00 PM

Blumauer Auditorium Tickets: $18 GA, $50 VIP ($25 door)

2013 Oseran Family Lecture

Put on your 80s best and dance the night away with Portland’s #1 ’80s rock and dance band, The Radical Revolution! Our cash-only bar will be serving food and drinks, and don’t forget about the costume contest and silent auction. Want a totally glamorous experience? VIP tickets get you reserved seating, private servers, a gift bag, and more! To purchase tickets, call the CBI office at (503) 222-1069 or visit

All proceeds benefit the CBI Preschool.

Cost of dinner is $10.00 per adult and $5.00 per child 13 yrs and younger (children under 3 yrs are free) OR $25.00 per family of four or more.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.: “Personal Faith and Public Policy” Sunday, May 5 5:00 PM CBI Sanctuary

RSVP with payment to Tracy in the office at (503) 222-1069. Make checks payable to Temple Beth Israel or pay over the phone with Visa or Mastercard. Please contact Membership Committee co-chairs Elizabeth Domagalski ( or Michelle Gradow ( with any questions. April 2013

B’nei Mitzvah

Upcoming Events

River Charles Wolf River Wolf will become Bar Mitzvah on April 13, 2013. He is the son of Marla Rabau and Keith Wolf and is the younger brother of Adrienne Butzer and Seth Breiman. River attends Fowler Middle School in Tigard. For his Mitzvah Project he has spent the past year and a half collecting cans and bottles to return for deposit money, which he’s used to purchase 64 pairs of pajamas for the children in the Washington County Foster Program. River came to his parents through this program and has chosen to give back to them in this way.

Jesse Alexandra Mandel Jesse Mandel will become Bat Mitzvah on April 20, 2013. She is the daughter of Laura Mlyn and Neil Mandel and the younger sister of Elijah. Jesse is a student at Beaumont Middle School. She has selected the Portland Women’s Crisis Line for her Mitzvah Project. This organization shelters women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. Jesse is collecting donations of money and hygiene supplies for the agency. Her goal is to make people aware of what is going on in Portland and how they can help these women meet their basic needs. To learn more, please visit their website:

From “Farm Bill” to “Food Bill” Why the Farm Bill Matters

Part of Jewish Federation’s Food for Thought Festival Friday, April 19, 6:00 PM Pollin Chapel Speaker: Congressman Earl Blumenauer Congressman Earl Blumenauer will speak about the Farm Bill and its relationship to American families, children, and eaters everywhere. Blumenauer believes the Farm Bill is the most important environmental legislation – and the second most important health-related legislation (next to ObamaCare) that Congress considers. He will outline a series of steps for transforming the Farm Bill into a “Food Bill” and suggest actions that people may take to help.

Tot Shabbat

Saturday, April 6, 9:30 AM Pollin Chapel Join us for our Tot Shabbat service on the first Saturday of each month! This fun service is aimed at our youngest members and led by Kim Palumbis. Children will also enjoy crafts and treats after the service.

Needlepoint Tour & Tea Party Thursday, April 11, 1:00 PM in the Temple Tea and refreshments to follow

As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.

Samuel Willman Samuel Willman will become Bar Mitzvah on April 27, 2013. He is the son of Ben Willman and Erin Flynn and the younger brother of Elias Willman. Sam attends Winterhaven School, an accelerated K-8 program focusing on math, science, and technology. For his Mitzvah Project, Sammy is working with Snowcap Community Charities, a non-profit agency helping low-income families. Sammy’s hockey team adopted a family with three children that could not afford holiday presents. Last December, Sammy organized his line in buying and delivering presents to their home:

Please join us for another moment in time to revisit Temple’s needlepoint pillows with one of the designers, Janet Louvau Holt. Celebrate the extraordinary work and artistry that went into this special Sisterhood project and meet the women who plied their skills to create our beautiful pillows. RSVP by April 1st to Jemi at (503) 222-1069 or

CBI Book Group Sunday, April 7, 9:00 AM Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room Please join our book group on the first Sunday of each month for a morning of pleasant literary discussion. The selections for the next two months are listed below, as well as the first selection for Fall 2013. There is no need to sign up. April 7 Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win A War that May Never End by Daniel Gordis


May 5 A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman by Alice Kessler-Harris

Congregation Beth Israel

Beyond Summer When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry by Gal Beckerman

Our Leadership

Social Action

th ~ Mitzvah Day 2013 May 5 We Need to Act - Help to Heal the World - One Good Deed at a Time Are you a Tzadik? by Rachel L. Joseph Assistant Rabbi For the past several months, an amazingly talented group of us has been meeting to plan our annual Mitzvah Day event on May 5, 2013. One of our guiding principles has been, “Every day is Mitzvah Day,” and May 5th is a celebration of the tzedakah we do as a community throughout the year. Every day, we are commanded to engage in acts of justice, tzedakah. The Hebrew word tzedakah comes from the root word tzedek, which means not charity but justice. Tzedakah is justice in action. We have a responsibility to give, not because we are or ought to be kind and not because we feel guilty that we have achieved whatever we may have achieved. Engaging in tzedakah is the right thing to do, the righteous thing to do. From a Jewish perspective, it is as simple as that. There are dozens of stories about the prophet Elijah, who we are told will predict the messianic age. In these stories, he comes to us in the disguise of a homeless beggar on the street. In many of them, he is treated badly, and so the coming of the messianic age is delayed. In most of these tales, he is assisted by righteous souls who share whatever they might have and are then rewarded with what they truly need. These are simple stories on the surface: treat the beggar like the sign of the messiah because you never know what good might come. And yet beneath these stories is a much deeper lesson on life. Elijah comes in these stories as an aid to the righteous, and the giving of tzedakah is the simplest of tests. A “righteous soul,” a tzadik, gives tzedakah even when there may be no benefit in the giving. The question Elijah comes to ask us is simply this: “Are you a tzadik? Are you a righteous soul?” The challenge we face in the modern age is to recognize this value, the righteousness of righteous deeds, even when there may be no immediate benefit for us. With each act of tzedek, or justice, we stand in the presence of the Divine. Perhaps this mitzvah day we will meet Elijah, or perhaps we might begin something greater still. Perhaps we will become Elijah and together become heralds of a better age. Every day is Mitzvah Day; every day is an opportunity to be a tzadik doing acts of tzedakah.

The Social Action Committee invites you to join us on May 5th when we will come together as a congregation for a very special day. Everyone is invited to gather for breakfast in Blumauer Auditorium at 8:45 AM to meet one another and enjoy a rousing social justice-themed song session and kick-off event with our clergy and congregants about tikkun olam and the important role each of us can play in making this a better world. Then we will be off to improve the lives of others. With great support from our religious school, there will be a wide selection of projects, each of which will give you the opportunity to help heal the world, including: @@Make placemats to brighten the day for Loaves & Fishes meal recipients @@Make blankets to be used at Janus Youth Programs’ emergency/shortterm shelter @@Provide a meal for those in need through our SoupSac program @@Volunteer at the Sunshine Pantry in Beaverton @@Throw a birthday party for the residents of the Northwest Tower @@Create gardens with Lift Urban Portland and at CBI @@Provide brunch and nutritional information at Stepping Stones transitional housing for women and their children @@Clean up our neighborhood @@Beautify our cemetery @@Sing for the residents of the Robison Home Watch the weekly email blasts for details about these and other events. While each class in the religious school will have a focused event, the students and their parents may select another activity, that of a sibling’s class, or one that better speaks to their interests. We are also asking you to bring food donations for Sunshine Pantry and donations of clean, usable furniture and basic household items for the Community Warehouse. You will also have the opportunity to donate blood to the Red Cross. We ask you to participate and make this a very special day. Our thanks to our terrific co-chairs of Mitzvah Day - James Anchell, Janet Morgan, Mary Scalone, and Julia Waldinger.

Help us make this a great day! Sign up now at

Rabbi Rachel Joseph

April 2013


Our Leadership

Adult Education

This Month in Jerusalem by Stuart Chestler President, CBI Board of Trustees By the time you receive this newsletter, millions of Jews the world over will be in the midst of their Passover celebrations. Those millions of Jews will read aloud from the Haggadah, “Next year in Jerusalem!” However, over 30 members of Congregation Beth Israel will also get to say, “This month in Jerusalem!” My wife and I are looking forward to joining fellow congregants as together we all embark upon a journey—both physical and spiritual— with our beloved clergy as our guides throughout the Land of Israel. To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the places we’ll go.” Believe it or not, there is still time to join your fellow CBI congregants and clergy on this trip of a lifetime. But if you really cannot join us this year, be sure to follow along as we blog our adventures on the CBI web site. Then join us on Sunday, May 19 at 10:30 AM in Goodman Hall for an Israeli Brunch and presentation by Natalie Nahome, Portland’s new Shlichah (Israeli emissary), as she shares the latest food trends, traditional foods, and favorite recipes from Israel. There will also be a slide show of top moments of this year’s CBI Israel trip. Shalom, Stuart Chestler

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

On Friday, April 12th during Shabbat services our community will have an opportunity to bless those traveling to Israel. Join us in wishing them well as we recite the T’filat haDerech and send them off to the Holy Land with Rabbi and Cantor Cahana.

T’filat haDerech - The Traveler’s Prayer

May it be Your will, Eternal One, our God and the God of our ancestors, that You lead us toward peace, emplace our footsteps towards peace, guide us toward peace, and make us reach our desired destination for life, gladness, and peace. May You rescue us from the hand of every foe, ambush, bandits and wild animals along the way, and from all manner of punishments that assemble to come to Earth. May You send blessing in our every handiwork, and grant us peace, kindness, and mercy in your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us. May You hear the sound of our supplication, because You are the God who hears prayer and supplications. Blessed are You, Eternal One, who hears prayer.

Rob Docherty on representing Conestoga Middle School in the Portland Regional Spelling Bee on March 2. Jim Winkler, recipient of the annual Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Community Enrichment Award. He will be honored on April 11 at a banquet at the Benson Hotel. Previous Beth Israel recipients are Henry Blauer, Renee and Irwin Holzman, Liz and Reuben Menashe, and Eve and Alan Rosenfeld. Judith Feinstein on the birth of her grandson, Ethan Maxwell, who was born on December 21, 2012. Proud parents are Judith’s son Michael and daughter-in-law Shava. Ethan joins big sisters Sophia (16), Camille (14), and Mia (6). Aaron Heims and Justine Metteer on the birth of their son, Liam Elijah Heims, born on February 28, 2013. Liam’s proud CBI grandparents are Dan Heims and Lynne Bartenstein. May they grow in wisdom and be a source of strength to their families and all humankind.

Condolences to Condolences to Laura Mlyn on the death of her father, Jack Elliott Mlyn, on Friday, March 1 in Long Pond, PA.


Adult Education Presents: Baking Challah with Cantor Schiff

Sunday, April 7, 9:00 AM Blumauer Kitchen Cost: $10 per person Learn to bake your own challah and learn about the laws and traditions that surround it. Even if you already know how to make challah, come to refine your techniques and to get Cantor Schiff’s special recipe! You’ll leave with two loaves to bake at home, as well as greater knowledge of Jewish cooking. Please RSVP with payment to Tracy in the CBI office at (503) 222-1069.

Congregation Beth Israel

Education Thriving through Early Childhood Education by Ben Sandler Education Director If one measure of dedication, interest, and joy from being a part of CBI is how many times you walk through our doors each week, then our preschool students are certainly leading the way. These kids have it good! The very best our community has to offer we give to the youngest among us. What a wonderful statement. Students in our Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program inquire, investigate, explore, and play in our most updated classrooms. The environment plays a major role in learning, and our classrooms are maintained daily and with care by our facilities staff in order to be ready for the next school day after a heavy regimen of dancing feet, paint, and lots of glitter projects. Our clergy lead a weekly Shabbat service for the kids filled with stories and songs. You think our rabbis’ stories are good at our monthly Shir Shabbat services? It’s during the preschool service each week when they break out the BIG fun, including hand marionettes on Purim, musical instruments and sound effects, and stories that stretch the imagination and bring Jewish values into the hearts and minds of the kids. Music is everywhere. From the songs they sing when transitioning to the next project in the classroom (“It’s clean up time and everybody helps” is a favorite of our faculty and facilities staff ) to the original music of Beth Hamon during the preschool Shabbat Service. We want the very best for our children, and over the course of this year, new ECE Director Deborah Kaplan and the preschool faculty have been providing an amazing learning environment for our students, an environment where children explore, investigate, feel safe, build friendships, and are part of a kehillah kedosha, a holy community. When we give new families tours of the school, we ask, “What are you looking for in a preschool?” We have a unique situation here at Beth Israel, for our preschool is not only a State Certified Center with experienced and knowledgeable faculty that collaborate, inspire, and support all learners, we are also rooted in best practices, and offer our students and young families an experience and community that supports the whole child. Together with parents and home Jewish rituals, our school hallways are the beginning of a Jewish journey – one that we hope will lead them to lives full of meaning, joy, and responsibility. This year, our monthly Saturday Tot Shabbat services with Kim Palumbis, our clergy, and ECE staff have been extremely well attended. Following the service, we always have a lovely kiddush/oneg of fruit, veggies, and cheeses along with a crafts project for the kids and a chance for families to meet and connect. If you know of a family who would enjoy this experience, please invite them to this monthly service on the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 AM in Pollin Chapel.

Each month, we have a special ECE Sunday program for young kids and families, generally around the theme of a Jewish Holiday. These programs are a great way for new families and families with young kids not attending our weekday program to have a wonderful community experience and to experience CBI for the first time. Our Education and Youth committee, along with the professional staff, have developed goals for our Early Childhood Education over the coming years. We want to continue to provide high quality and affordable early childhood education and programming for children and families. We want families to continue the Jewish journey through Temple affiliation and religious school for their children through grade 12. We want to increase our enrollment in the weekday preschool program and increase support for young families through community connection. Opportunities for families to travel on this Jewish journey include events ranging from social action to holiday celebrations. Word of mouth continues to be the best way for families to learn about what we do here in the world of Early Childhood Education. Please encourage young families to contact me at or Deborah Kaplan, our ECE Director, at to learn more about how to become involved in the ECE community from weekday preschool to ECE weekend programs and special events. Speaking of special events, you can support our ECE/preschool and have tons of fun doing it by purchasing your “Totally Temple” tickets!

All proceeds from this affordable friend-raiser and fundraiser go towards the Beth Israel Preschool, so that we can continue to offer our families the very best. Tickets are easily purchased through the Temple website. The dream of the ’80s is also alive in Portland (music-wise, anyway), so pick up your tickets and let’s have some fun while we support our young kids and families! L’Shalom, Ben

April 2013


Developing CBI Developing CBI by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director Writer and explorer Dan Buettner has spent his life traveling the world in search of answers. His travels around the world inspired him to discover and name the globe’s “blue zones,” the countries and societies with the longest life expectancy, the greatest happiness, and other strengths. His newest book, Thrive, focuses on happiness in the “blue zones” and how everyone can attain a better quality of life by following the happiest countries’ examples. It is no surprise that his research found that with each happy friend we add to our social circle, our own happiness grows by 9%. Statistics also

show that giving feels good and that givers tend to be happier people; those who give their money away report being happier than those who spend it on themselves. In fact, research shows that altruism stimulates the same pleasure centers in the brain that sugar does – and it is certainly lots healthier for you. Finally, research shows that people who belong to a faith-based community and attend services more than once a week live as many as seven years longer than people who don’t. In addition, affiliated members are believed to be satisfied with less money, experience less stress, and have a built-in social network. Plus, belonging to a faith community gives you a built-in opportunity to volunteer, which adds to your happiness factor. Imagine finding all these elements that contribute to happiness right here at Congregation Beth Israel, proving yet again that being involved at CBI makes you THRIVE. Things are developing here all the time.

Please take a moment to acknowledge those who have given to CBI since July 1, 2012: Rachel Abramson and Dan Slater Michael Adler and Molly Newcomer Jay and Suzanne Albert George and Sharon Alexander John Alvarez and Joan LubarAlvarez Dave and Anita August Bill and Sydney Baer Tony and Robyn Barbon Jonathan and Bonnie Barg Kevin and Rachelle Barrett Lester and Heather Baskin Michael and Rosalie Baskin Mindy Becker and Greg Jones Len and Betsy Bergstein Andrew Berlinberg and Ellen Raim Leslie Berman Brad and Janice Berman Les and Ellen Bick Steve and Patt Bilow Mel Birgé and Janet Morgan Tom and Susan Bivens Herb Black Larry and Susan Black Bruce Blank Gerel Blauer Lainie Block Wilker and Steven Wilker Joanne Bonime Lynn Bonner Ernest Bonyhadi and Shirley Gittelsohn Darin Briskman and Vickie Gray Debra and Kim Burchiel Howard and Raquel Byer Rabbi Michael and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Lance and Debbie Caldwell Connie Cambreleng Barry and Barbara Caplan Ian Cartwright

Bob and Patty Chestler Stuart and Mandi Chestler City Center Parking David Cohen and Lee Anna Jones Fred and Randy Cohen Jonathan Cohen and Jessie Burke Kenny and Rhonda Cohen Ilaine Cohen Margery Cohn and Marvin Richmond Marge Congress Jennifer Connelly Jeff and Leah Cronn Will and Melanie Dann Jim and Ilene Davidson Sylvia Davidson Thomas and Susie Desmond Stuart and Nikki Director Richard Dobrow Alan and Davina Doby Mark and Molly Docherty Lou and Kathleen Doctor Lee and Nicole Dorfman Ned Duhnkrack and James Monteith Bunny Edelson Tovah Ellwood John and Sarah Epstein Julia Epstein and Tom Cull Abe and Pam Farkas Linda Feidelson Lee and Robin Feidelson Jordan Fein and Pramela Reddi Jeff and Sharon Feinblatt Howard and Jen Feldman Leigh Feldman and Sara Moskovitz Adam and Barbra Fisher Joey and Val Fishman Paul and Sherry Fishman Laurie Forrest Andrew Frank and Sally Rosenfeld Eric and Rebecca Friedenwald-

Fishman Stacy and Sharon Friedman Sue Friedman Bill and Bev Galen Ed and Ann Galen Morrie Galen Zanley and Claire Galton Judah and Alison Garfinkle Garfinkle Orthodontics Ruth Gassner Stanley and Adrienne Geffen Rich and Leslie Geller Roger Geller Richard and Juliana Gellman Tom Georges III and Linda Georges Rick and Marilyn Gilbert Leonard and Yvonne Gionet Mark and Michelle Giovannozzi Jorge and Silvia Gitler Richard Glassman and Beth LundGlassman Michael Goldman and Jane Vereschagin Paul and Mimi Goldman Margie Goldschmidt Lewis Barr and Ann Goldsmith Barr Joshua and Janelle Goldstein Mark and Lauren Goldstein David and Marsha Goldwasser David and Tiffany Goldwyn Doug and Lila Goodman Mark and Christi Goodman Greg Goodman and Susan Schnitzer Steven and Michelle Gradow Karla Green and Richard Garfinkle Craig and Lynne Greenberg Arline Greenblatt Tyler and DeeDee Gundberg Gordon and Meryl Haber Irv and Gail Handelman Douglas and Gail Hansen

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Rony Fintzy and Linda HarrisonFintzy Craig Hartzman and Jim John Margaret Hasson Justin and Victoria Haugen Dan Heims and Lynne Bartenstein Gina Herrmann and Michael Westlund Mike and Judy Hibbard John Hirsch, Jr. Gary and Joyce Hoffman Janet Hoffman and John Harland Tom and Cynthia Hofmann Irwin and Renee Holzman Lindsey Horenblas and Geri Cullers William and Dana Hunt Ben and Janice Isenberg Morris and Gerry Jackson Ken and Karen Janoff Rabbi Rachel and Gabe Joseph Eli and Gabrielle Josephson Stephen and Elaine Kantor Andrew Kaplan and Valerie Thom Art and Sylvia Kaplan Jim and Rhonda Kennedy Mike and Mary Klein Ethan and Ellie Korngold Don and Judy Kramer Jack Kron and Ruth Whitham Jean Krosner Steven and Michelle-Shari Kruss Henry Kunowski and Kerstin Schulz Paul and Lee Labby Stuart and Barbara Lang Shoshanna Lansberg and Jeff Schwartz Robin Lawson Howard and Lee Lazarus Lisa Lednicer and Drew DeSilver Moshe Lenske Alan and Lynn Lertzman Irv Levin and Stephanie Fowler

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Congregation Beth Israel

WRJ/BI Sisterhood Fabulous Purim Happy Hour The Beth Israel Sisterhood’s Purim Happy Hour was fabulous! Thank you to Shelly Levy for arranging such a fun event. And thank you to our clergy, all of our current “sisters,” and our soon-to-be new “sisters” who attended. It was fun and delicious, and we had an extremely friendly crowd. Everyone kept asking, “Will we do this again next year?” Of course we will!

Fill Your Garden with “Treasures in Bloom”

It proved yet again that Beth Israel Sisterhood truly is a group of dynamic women at all ages and stages of life who come together for fun and friendship, spiritual growth and learning, and service and support of our synagogue and community.

Pick-up Preordered Plants and Purchase Onsite Plants and Bake Sale Items: Sunday, April 28, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Blumauer Auditorium

Photo courtesy of Terra Nova

It’s that time again! Beth Israel Sisterhood’s annual plant and bake sale, Treasures in Bloom, is back, bigger and better than ever. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds from this annual sale benefit our religious school.

On Sunday, April 28, you can pick up the plants you have preordered and also purchase some very special perennials from Terra Nova Nurseries, courtesy of Dan Heims and Lynne Bartenstein. In addition, our Sisterhood bakers will have delicious home-baked goodies for sale!

Not a member yet? Please join us. Download a membership form on CBI’s website. Your membership makes the difference. We are stronger together. Your dues support our religious school, preschool, and special projects at CBI, as well as our work with those in need in our community. Questions? Please contact membership chair Shelly Levy at (973) 715-3234 or

Child Trafficking Forum

“People are born to be loved. Things are made to be used. Lives go wrong when things are loved and people used.” Our child trafficking program was very powerful, and the ripple effect from the program is “social action advocacy” at its best.

So when it’s time to buy plants, skip the big box stores - no one ever learned a lick of Hebrew in a big box store. Give your plant purchases meaning – shop Treasures in Bloom and support our religious school!

The forum educated us about what is being done to help the victims and punish the abusers at the federal level, from a law enforcement perspective, from a rehabilitation representative, and from a project that includes dance workshops for victims of sexual trafficking and sexually exploited children.

Cookies for Our Kids - Bakers Needed Cookies, cupcakes, brownies, cake pops, whoopee pies – what do you like to make? We need your home-baked treats for our bake sale on April 28. The bake sale is held in conjunction with the Treasures in Bloom plant sale. Proceeds benefit our religious school. If you can bake or wish to help out, please contact Daureen Morris at or (503) 246-0374.

Purim Packages for College Students On February 19, Stephanie Siegel, Shelly Levy and Kathleen Doctor prepared and mailed 82 Purim care packages for our CBI college student members. We included hamantaschen, a Purim mask, ramen noodle soup, and a gummy fruit snack pack. Also enclosed were a letter from the Rabbi and a letter from the Sisterhood college outreach committee. In addition to our college students, we now have a military member on our list! Josh Silver is in basic training and is not allowed to receive packages yet. The rabbi sent him a personal greeting, and Kathleen sent him a letter letting him know he will be on our list for future mailings.

Our speakers, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Deputy Keith Bickford of OATH (Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans), gave informative presentations, addressing questions with pragmatic answers and empowering so many of us to action. A representative from Janus Youth Programs discussed the problem and how they are on the frontline offering direct care for victims of sex trafficking. The Agnieszka Laska Dancers left everyone stunned and shaken at the end of their dance “Broken Flower.” One of my favorite lines in the Hagaddah states, “In each generation, everyone needs to look at himself/herself as if he/she came out of Egypt.” The rabbis were very wise and insightful – even today the story of slavery is still alive. Daphna Stadig Sisterhood Advocacy and Social Action

April 2013


Very Thoughtful People continued from p. 6 Glen and Lisa Levy Ron and Shelly Levy Dave and Deborah Lewinsohn Pete and Cynthia Lewinsohn Carol Lewis Kathleen Lewis Ken and Colleen Lewis Larry Lewis and Kelly Post-Lewis Scott Lewis and Laura Rose-Lewis David and Donna Lieberman Sally Light Jim and Frani Lilienthal Jonathan and Marilyn Lindner David Lipman David and Liz Lippoff Joyce and Stan Loeb Ralph and Bobbi London Dick and Harriet Maizels Greg and Jemi Mansfield Howard and Robin Marcus Phillip Margolin Milt and Lynn Marks Steve and Robin McCoy Dennis and Donna McFall Dina Meier Sharon Meieran and Fred Cirillo Barry and Susan Menashe Joe and Joanne Menashe Mike Menashe Ruben and Elizabeth Menashe Shawn Menashe Paul and Alice Meyer Alan and Lana Miller Darren and Jill Mitchell Morgan BirgĂŠ & Associates Maddie Nelson and Jim Lafky Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall Roscoe Nelson III and Debra Harrison Adam and Sandy Nemer Patti Nemer Patricia Neuberger Ed and Jill Neuwelt Mark New Harvey and Lisa Newman Herbert and Jeanne Newmark Miles Newmark and Barbara Gilbert

Ken and Debby Novack Avrel Nudelman Andy Olshin and Rebecca Mischel Oregon Angel Fund Dan and Tracy Oseran Henry and Nancy Oseran Marla Pallin Robert and Leslie Peltz Mark and Judith Peterman Steve and Melissa Peterman Robert and Rita Philip Jean Pierce Allan and Marney Pike Steven Pike and Allison Sneider Pike Harold and Jane Pollin Stephen Press David Rabbino and Elizabeth Domagalski Scott and Paula Reed Phil and Dorothy Reiter Jim and Michael Richman Chuck and Selene Robinowitz Stephen and Leslie Robinson Brian and Robin Romer Rabbi Emanuel and Lorraine Rose James Rosenbaum and Sandra Lewis Robert and Joan Rosenbaum Rosenbaum Financial Sara Rosenbaum Jay Rosenbloom Michelle Rosenbloom Ellen Rosenblum and Richard Meeker David and Diane Rosencrantz Alan and Eve Rosenfeld Eric and Tiffany Rosenfeld Rosemarie Rosenfeld Warren Rosenfeld and Sheryl Langerman Lynne Rosenfield John and Marti Rosenthal Henry Rosicky III and Gillian Rosicky Sidney and Linda Rothschild Ted and Davia Rubenstein

Dick and Deanne Rubinstein Eleanore Rubinstein Rick Rubinstein, Jr. and Jill Rubinstein Rose Rustin Babak and Caroline Sabi Robert and Ann Sacks Jerry and Bunny Sadis Ken and Loree Sakai Michael and Linda Salinsky Ruth Saltzman Ben Sandler and Lolly Jamerson David and Lisa Sarasohn Elaine Savinar Joel and Susan Saxe Scott Schaffer and Tracy Prince Cantor Judith and David Schiff Merrill Schneider Arlene Schnitzer Dori Schnitzer Lois Schnitzer Thelma Schnitzer Jerry and Dana Schwartz Libby Schwartz and Dave Smith Eugene and Tracie Serebrennikov Joel and Sandra Seres Pearl and Alan Shapiro Lynda Shapiro Ruth Sheinin and Tom Barnett Brett and Julie Sheppard Stuart and Susan Shleifer Jennifer Shull Jeffrey Whalen and Stephanie Siegel Ron and Sheila Silver Michael Simon and Suzanne Bonamici Richard and Lori Singer Erik and Robin Skarstad Rodger Sleven and Marcella Flores Nick and Sanny Snell Richard Solomon and Alyce Flitcraft Les and Martha Soltesz Bruce Spiegel Don Spiegel and Deborah DavisSpiegel Eloise Spiegel

Tom and Mardi Spitzer Harley and Robyn Spring Sabrina and Irvin Stein Jeff and Barbara Steinberg Lance and Mary Steinberg Arthur Steinhorn Andrew and Amy Stern Eve Stern and Les Gutfreund Stoel Rives LLP Dave and Naomi Strauss David and Sally Swire Sharon Tarlow Mary Tarlow and Robert Ochs Howard and Lisa Taylor Robert and Mitzi Tobias Howard and Lois Tobin Brad and Michelle Tonkin Cheryl Tonkin Edward Tonkin Rena Tonkin Ron and Marcy Tonkin Bill and JoAnne Treuhaft Mark and Louisa Waldman Jordan and Gina Wand Jason and Shonda Waxman Sharon Weil and Marlene WeilPerez Michael Weiner and Kathy DavisWeiner Richard and Linda Weinstein Stuart and Marcia Weiss Jeff and Jen Weprin Joella Werlin Jon and Amie Wexler Angela Wilson Bob Winthrop and Anna RobatonWinthrop Anne and Andrew Witt Jeff and Lynn Wolfstone Senator Ron and Nancy Wyden Kenny and Jennifer Zeidman Alan and Janet Zell Martin and Beverly Zell Charlene Zidell Herman and Vicki Zimmerman

Photos courtesy of The Bilow Group/Dandlylines, Inc.

Adult Education Fund In Memory of Milton Zell Julius Zell Alan and Janet Zell In Honor of Sydney and Bill Baer (Birth of grandson Lyle) Bill June and Susan Graber

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat

In Memory of Joseph Sercu Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman and Louis Feldman, & Jacob and Noah Feldman


Augusta Jaffe Elaine Savinar In Honor of Joel and Sandra Seres (Birthdays) Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen

Amy R. Goldsmith Library

In Memory of Isaac N. Trachtenberg John L. and Barbara J. Trachtenberg Charlotte Galton Claire and Zanley Galton

Cemetery Beautification

In Memory of Ethel Lachman Dorothy Lachman Theodore D. Lachman Harold Mink Nathan Feldman Loree and Ken Sakai Mildred and Morris Schnitzer Susan Schnitzer and Greg Goodman, Doris Schnitzer and Mark Brown, and Jeanne and Les Marks Gerson Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Ron Matin Geri and Jerrold Matin

Congregation Beth Israel

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Eugene Arron Deborah Arron Judith K. Feinstein & Family Miriam Labovitz Rachel and Sue Halupowski David Rosenfeld Lynn, Marshall, and Garrett Langfeld Regina Light Lois Poplack In Honor of Rabbi Cahana Cantor Cahana Cantor Schiff Shemaya Blauer In Appreciation Megan Brown & Family

Very Thoughtful People Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Gilda and Abe Wexler Eldon and Carolyn Wexler Edward I. Aiken Teddy Aiken Mollie Lertzman Alan and Lynn Lertzman Fanny Gradow Steve, Michelle, and Mallory Gradow In Appreciation Rachel and Sue Halupowski

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary In Appreciation Rachel and Sue Halupowski

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Stuart Karlin Alice and Michael Powell

General Administrative

In Memory of David Rosenfeld Sally Rosenfeld and Andrew Frank Melvin Shevach Irene Harris Nancy Solomon Josephine Shevach Ted Blank Miriam and Marcia Kornberg Nathan Feldman Nicole Elovitz Jill and Ed Neuwelt Pearl Russell Sam Russell Sherri and Jeff Weinstein Bernice Bloom Lance and Mary Steinberg Richard Machacek Betty Raskin George Litow Bruce Litow Nathan Brodat Joseph C. Seres Joel and Sandra Seres Johan, Isidor, and Rebecka Segalowicz Bernhard Pinsky Susan Gerson Samuel Moment Roger Moment Eve Black Susan and Larry Black Helen Lachman Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Marilyn Zell Singer Martha A. Erickson Barbara Friedman Mills James Mills Lily Karansky Bernard Kaye Dr. Sivia Kaye Essie Matin Ronald Matin Joanne and Harry Glickman In Honor of Herb Black (Recovery) Jack and Lea Hecht

Hal Ruthizer Cultural Arts In Memory of Hannah Baruh Marcus and Babette Horenstein

Holiday Childcare

In Honor of Lyle Emmett Baer (Birth) Jim and Ilene Davidson

In Memory of Charlotte Stern Rick and Kay Stern

Jill Newman Slansky Early Childhood Leader Fund In Memory of Nathan Feldman David and Diane Rosencrantz Anita and David August

Judith Anne Epstein Education Director’s Fund In Memory of Jacqueline Ray Spivak Henry Spivak Abe and Minnie Spivak Abe and Gilda Wexler James Spivak & Family

Landau Chapel

In Memory of Sam Menashe Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Burton Berman Ruth Semler Leslie Berman Hal Mink Joseph Horenstein Marcus and Babette Horenstein Jerome L. Holzman Mary Rosenberg Renee and Irwin Holzman Jacqueline Ray Spivak Edith and Mendy Goodman James Spivak & Family Jerome Katzky Margaret Hasson Philip Caplan Barry and Barbara Caplan In Honor of Larry Semler (Recovery) James Spivak & Family

Sally Vidgoff Camp Kalsman Scholarship In Memory of Mildred Friendly Barry and Brent Mesher

Social Action (General)


In Memory of Emily Gottfried Bunny and Jerry Sadis Rosemarie Rosenfeld Jacqueline Ray Spivak Clarice Lilly Henry Spivak Abe and Gilda Wexler James Spivak & Family Flora Freidenrich Esther Flaxman Jane Flaxman Anthony Netboy Jane Netboy Laura Steinberg Rita S. Lubliner Stuart Peltz Robert and Leslie Peltz Bernice Bloom Wendy and Bob Steinberg Mark Saul Davia and Ted Rubenstein Marion Bischoff Milton Margulis Nettie Margulis Sue Friedman Harriet Bodner George Bodner Jerry Stolzoff Bunny Edelson Conny Frisch Irene Frisch Israel Klein Marilyn and Hans Grunbaum Marion Rabiner David and Liz Lippoff Sadie Helman Leslie Kaufman Regina Light Sally Light Dr. David Ellner Janet E. La Rossa In Honor of Eve Rosenfeld Barbara and Howard Cohn General Contribution Given By Harriet Schatz

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Elizabeth W. Solomon Mary Willer Dick Solomon Lotte Eisenhardt Gerda A. Eiseman Marie Lamfrom Sonia and Harry Labby Eva and Arnold Labby Eugene Bartenstein Dan Heims and Lynne Bartenstein Nathan Feldman Jim and Ilene Davidson Max Packouz Regina Light Ray and Dorothy Packouz

In Memory of Jacqueline Ray Spivak Henry Spivak James Spivak & Family Helen Lachman Elise Rosenfeld Hana E. Lewis Kathleen Lewis Nathan Feldman Joyce and Stan Loeb In Honor of Our Family Paul and Sherry Puziss

Temple Restoration In Memory of Gilbert Schnitzer Dina Schnitzer Meier

April 2013

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

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship In Memory of Seymour Hirschfield Dr. William and Beverly Galen Rosella H. Werlin Joella Werlin

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Jack Rosen Nathan Feldman Stuart and Nikki Director In Honor of Shirley Nudelman (80th Birthday) Stuart and Nikki Director

Simon & Helen Director Endowment

In Memory of Gilbert Schnitzer Harold Mink Cameron and Dick Davis Manuel Schnitzer The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

Temple Endowment

In Memory of Edith Maizels Richard and Harriet Maizels

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Prayer Book

In Memory of Jacqueline Ray Spivak James Spivak & Family Rose Veltman Margo Sercu

Service to the Blind

In Memory of Gladys G. Trachtenberg John L. and Barbara J. Trachtenberg Marvin Liebreich Evelyn Maizels

Sisterhood Programming, Leadership & Enrichment In Memory of Genevieve Himelstein David and Shawn Looney In Honor of Eve Rosenfeld (Birthday) Andrea Overbeck


In Remembrance April 5 & 6 Eugene Bartenstein Frances Bick Marion Bischoff Anita Bogorad Louis Braunstein Lena Rosenblatt Bromberg Robert Canter Philip Caplan Maurice J. Creamer Samuel B. Dobrow Virginia East David Ellner Richard Enkelis Mollie S. Epstein Milton Falbel Magarete Feibelman Max Goldberg Esther Goldsmith Morton J. Goodman Irene Harris Celia Heims Karen Hirsch Clara Hochfeld Augusta Jaffe Phillip Kaplan Lily Karansky Jerome Katzky Jerome M. Kutner Harry Labby Sonia Labby Rubin Leonardy Milton Margulis Nettie Margulis Asher Melzer Sam Menashe Albert Oziel Morris Paley Stuart Peltz Ben Pelz Donald Post Adrian Rabau Leah Rosenbaum Betty Rosenfeld Sybil Samuels Mark Saul Johan, Isidor, and Rebecka Segalowicz Abraham Shapiro Lynne Rose Fagin Smith Elizabeth W. (Libby) Solomon Alice Stenger

CBI Team

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


Harold Stern Sophie Posner Tenzer Rose Leveton Unkeles Rosella Werlin Don R. Williams Joel Irwin Wolff Nathaniel Wolozin

Ralph Weintraub Dorothy Weisfield Nathan Wise Elizabeth Zacks Harry W. Zavin Jerome Zeidman Milton Zell

April 12 & 13 Edith Alexander Theodore C. Andrianoff Deborah Arron Robert Bath Yetta Beck Eleanor Payne Bergman Florence Caplan Berman Harriet Bodner Sanford Brant Shelby Clark Vivian Wilson Cohen Fannie Eisenberg George Epstein Mildred Fagin Marc Feidelson Francine Fejes Rose Fischback Sue B. Friedman Mildred Friendly Cindy Gadye Molly Handelman Judy Rogel Hickox Israel Klein Helen Lachman Leah Gerst Lowengart Harry Maizels Ronald Matin Samuel T. Mayer Sam Menashe Arnold Meyer Harry Reingold Roslyn Rosen Ruth Ellen Semler Joseph Seres Sam Shapiro Isadore Shemanski Minnie Stern Jerome S. Stolzoff Thomas Stoner John F. (Jack) Tarpey Jack Tinkleman Gladys Trachtenberg Abe F. Vidgoff

April 19 & 20 Bertha E. Baron Lester Sidney Baskin Bertha Bettman Zerline Blattner Bernice Bloom Louis S. (Bud) Brenner Nathan Brodat George L. Campf Bertrand H. Constantine Annie Director Jacob J. Enkelis Harry Fischback Conny J. Frisch Charlotte Galton Alan Goldsmith Clara Heilner Harold Heldfond Sadie Helman Norma Ruth Olman Horenstein Morris Kunowski Mollie Lertzman Hana E. Lewis Regina Light Carl Lubliner Leon Maniloff Miriam Cohen Margulies Essie Matin Mary Mayer Helen Milford Barbara Friedman Mills Rose Naftalin Gerson Neuberger Mariam Neuwelt Rita Oroshnik Pearl (Pat) Orr Mollie Rosen Jack Sadis Gary W. Samuelis Pearl Schlesinger Walli Schlesinger Morris Schnitzer Ruth B. Segal Norman Seltzer

Education Department Education Director Ben Sandler, M. Ed. Early Childhood Education Director Deborah Kaplan Education Administrator Mor Kenane Member Services Executive Director Sydney A. Baer

Evelyn Shapiro Bess Steiner Gene Marie Strauss Wanda Sullivan Herbert L. Swett Alan Tell Belle S. Weil Harold F. Wendel April 26 & 27 Larry Backer Edward Cohn, Jr. Jennie Cohn Gussie Diamondstein Florence Feldman Marcel Flaxman Syril Garfinkle Isidor Gideon Lillian Goodman Fanny Gradow Anna Herzog Genevieve Himelstein Arnold Hoffman Bernard Kaye Alison Senders Lang David Leveton Stanley B. Lewis Marvin Liebreich George Litow Sol G. Lubliner Richard Machacek Edith Maizels Samuel Moment Leslie Moses Rose Novich Nettie Olman Max H. Packouz Bernhard Pinsky Marion Rabiner David J. Rosen Maurice J. Roth Morris Saffron Harold Schnitzer Mildred Schnitzer Max Shimshak Harriet Simon Charlotte Stern Barbara Sternberg Beatrice Weiner Mary Willer

Development Director Jen Feldman

Office Administrator Tracy Alifanz

Art of Catering 503-231-8185 Larry Grimes

Congregational Affairs Director Jemi Kostiner Mansfield

Facilities Manager Craig Paton

Food in Bloom 503-223-6819 Catherine Hernandez

Finance Director Jim Baldwin, CPA

Facilities Staff Andy Coles Drew Christensen

Century Catering 503-849-2605 Allen Levin

Accounting Assistant Vicki Greif

Catering Panel

Devil’s Food Catering 503-233-9288 Charles Stilwell

Project Coordinator Dara Docherty

Congregation Beth Israel

Alfresco Catering by Sheraton 503-335-2858 Shellie Postlewait

Culinary Artistry 503-232-4675 Jenn Louis

April 2013 SUNDAY

Nisan-Iyyar 5773 MONDAY 1  Nisan 21

TUESDAY 2  Nisan 22





3  Nisan 23

4  Nisan 24

5  Nisan 25

6  Nisan 26

Yizkor Pesach: Temple Offices Closed

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

Beginning Hebrew 4:00 PM Rm. 16

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Yizkor Pesach Service 10:30 AM PC

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC


Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library

Membership Committee 5:00 PM SBR

Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC Post-Pesach Pizza Party 7:00 PM GH JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

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

Meditation Group 7:00 PM MR

7  Nisan 27

8  Nisan 28

9  Nisan 29

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR Cantor Schiff Challah Baking 9:00 AM SFC Kitchen Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM 5th Grade Family Program: Yom haShoah Field Trip 10:00 AM

10  Nisan 30

12  Iyar 2

13  Iyar 3

Education & Youth Committee No IHP Classes 11:45 AM SBR Adult Education Committee Midrasha 8:30 AM SBR 5:30 PM SEC Needlepoint Tour & Tea Party Adult B’nei Mitzvah 1:00 PM GH 6:00 PM Library Executive Committee Adult Confirmation 5:00 PM SBR 7:00 PM Library Social Action Committee 7:00 PM SBR

11  Iyar 1

No Preschool

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

17  Iyar 7

18  Iyar 8

19  Iyar 9

20  Iyar 10

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC

Beginning Hebrew 4:00 PM Rm. 16

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library


Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Shabbat Service: Food for Thought Speaker: Earl Blumenauer 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Service: Bat Mitzvah of Jesse Mandel 10:30 AM Temple

24  Iyar 14

25  Iyar 15

26  Iyar 16

27  Iyar 17

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC

Beginning Hebrew 4:00 PM Rm. 16

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library


Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

Meditation Group 7:00 PM PC

Shabbat Service: Bar Mitzvah of Sam Willman 10:30 AM Temple

Kol Echad Choir 11:00 AM BTB

14  Iyar 4

15  Iyar 5

16  Iyar 6

Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM WRJ/BIS Bikkur Holim Cooking 12:30 PM SEC Kitchen

21  Iyar 11

22  Iyar 12

23  Iyar 13

Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM Kol Echad Choir 11:00 AM BTB

28  Iyar 18

29  Iyar 19

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR Shir Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC Naming of Anna Frances Comella Recitation of T’filat haDerech, The Traveler’s Prayer

Shabbat Service: Bar Mitzvah of River Wolf 10:30 AM Temple It’s Like, Totally Temple Dance Party & Preschool Fundraiser 7:00 PM BA

100th Birthday Oneg for Eleanore Rubinstein

30  Iyar 20

Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

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

Sisterhood Plant Sale 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM BA Kol Echad Choir 11:00 AM BTB

503-222-1069 503-222-2037 503-274-1400 503-222-1069 503-222-1069

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

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Congregation Beth Israel Bulletin (USPS 0128-660) 1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, Oregon 97209-2097 Periodicals Postage Paid at Portland, Oregon Published Monthly except Bi-Monthly in July/August by Congregation Beth Israel POSTMASTER: Send address changes to CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL 1972 NW Flanders St. Portland, Oregon 97209-2097

1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209-2097

Board of Trustees 2012/2013 Officers


Stuart Chestler President

Deborah Caldwell Elizabeth Domagalski Eric Friedenwald-Fishman Ali Garfinkle Hon. Susan Graber Ted Nelson Miles Newmark

Ned Duhnkrack VP-President Elect/ Secretary Ilene Davidson Vice President Linda Georges Vice President Brad Tonkin Vice President John Epstein Treasurer


Warren Rosenfeld Jill Rubinstein Ron Silver Richard Solomon Arthur Steinhorn Jeffrey Wolfstone

In keeping with federal rules governing judicial ethics, Judge Graber does not engage in any fund-raising activities and does not participate in any discussion of, or decision on, any political issue, including a decision of the Board whether to take a position for or against any ballot measure.

Auxiliaries Linda Harrison-Fintzy - WRJ/BI Sisterhood President Scott Schaffer - Brotherhood President

2013 Oseran Family Lecture E.J. Dionne, Jr.: “Personal Faith and Public Policy” Sunday, May 5 5:00 PM CBI Sanctuary CBI is pleased to welcome E.J. Dionne, Jr. as the 2013 Oseran Family Lecturer. Mr. Dionne is a long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, writing twice a week on national politics and policy. He is a University Professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. Dionne has been a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio, ABC’s “This Week,” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” His book Why Americans Hate Politics (1991) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. His most recent book is Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right (2008). The Oseran Family Fund was established in 2008 to provide annual lectures with a socially responsible Jewish theme. Past lecturers have included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, and author and national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg.

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April 2013 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the April 2013 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform synago...

April 2013 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the April 2013 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform synago...