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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Established 1858

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaker: Congressman John Lewis

Bulletin January 2014 Tevet-Sh’vat 5774 Vol. 63, No. 4

Original Big Six Leader of the Civil Rights Movement Friday, January 17, 6:00 PM Temple Congressman John Lewis, representing Georgia’s 5th District, will be the featured guest speaker at our special Shabbat service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 17, 2014. Since 2007, Beth Israel has collaborated with the African American communities in Portland to present this lecture and Shabbat service honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his life, and his achievements. This highly anticipated annual celebration also features performances by members of the NW Community Gospel Chorus and Beth Israel’s congregational choirs. Past speakers have included prominent leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, including the Honorable Myron Herbert Thompson; Rev. Robert S. Graetz; Rabbi Si Dresner; and original CORE member David Dennis.

A firm believer in the philosophy of nonviolence, John Lewis continued to work with voter registration programs throughout the South. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed him to direct more than 250,000 volunteers of ACTION, the federal volunteer agency. Rep. Lewis’ elected career began in 1981 with the Atlanta City Council and escalated with his election to Congress in November 1986, serving as U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. He is Senior Chief Deputy Whip for the Democratic Party in leadership in the House, a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, a member of its Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, and Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Oversight.

Rep. Lewis, who is often called “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress.

John Lewis is a graduate of both Fisk University and the American Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he has been awarded over 50 honorary degrees from prestigious colleges and universities throughout the United States, including Harvard University, Brown University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Born the son of sharecroppers outside of Troy, Alabama in 1940, Rep. Lewis was inspired as a teenager by the Civil Rights activism of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. While attending Fisk University, he organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee and later volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides. As co-creator and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), John Lewis became a nationally recognized leader in the Civil Rights Movement. At the age of 23, he spoke alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the historic March on Washington in August 1963, an event in which his planning was instrumental.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration & Day of Service January 17th & 20th

Taste of Temple February 9th

Purim Schpiel March 15th

Mitzvah Day May 4th

Congressman John Lewis with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Shabbat program is generously underwritten by the Carolyn G. and Millard S. Rosenblatt Lecture Fund, an endowment established in 1986 to support lectures focusing on Contemporary Jewish Problems or Topics. Past speakers have included noted author Anita Diamant and attorney Lawrence Kaye.

B’nei Mitzvah

Adult Education

Daniel Phillip Lewinsohn Daniel Lewinsohn will become Bar Mitzvah on January 4, 2014. He is the son of David and Deborah Lewinsohn, younger brother of Maya and Rebecca, and grandson of CBI members Peter and Cynthia Lewinsohn. Daniel attends West Sylvan Middle School and has chosen to work with Hacienda Community Development Corporation for his Mitzvah Project. Hacienda CDC serves the Latino community by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, and economic and educational opportunities. Daniel has been volunteering weekly in the afterschool program at one of the residential communities, providing activities and peer mentorship for the kids who live there:

Solomon Jacob Olshin Solomon Olshin will become Bar Mitzvah during the 5:00 PM Havdalah service on January 18, 2014. He is the son of Andrew Olshin and Rebecca Mischel and older brother of Benjamin. Solomon is a 7th grader at the Arbor School of Arts & Sciences. Solomon developed his own Mitzvah Project – SoupSac - in partnership with CBI’s Social Action Committee and his family. Launched in January 2013, SoupSac has made and distributed hearty meals of soup, bread, and fresh fruit to homeless individuals and shelters on a monthly basis. The goal is to make a large difference in feeding the hungry population of Portland. SoupSac is comprised of two types of cooking and distributing events: on a quarterly basis at Beth Israel to lead members of the congregation in the preparation and distribution of an impressive 400 meals, and the rest of the year working from Solomon’s home with friends and families making and distributing around 60 meals. These meetings, both large and small, are tremendously meaningful and fun, bringing everyone participating closer to each other - and smiles to everyone’s faces. The project is partially sponsored by a grant from the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation (OJCYF). Please join Solomon, the Social Action Committee, and friends at the next community event on Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).

Jacob Kunene Burks Warshawsky

Adult Education Presents: Sephardic Mini-Festival Sunday, January 26, 10:00 AM Goodman Hall Speaker: Rabbi Michael Kaplan of Congregation Ahavath Achim When we think about our roots, we often focus on our Ashkenazic heritage. But many of us have Sephardic roots. This mini-festival will give us a chance to explore the customs, food, and music of Sephardic culture. Watch your email blasts for more information.

Three Clergy Shabbat/Sabbath Worship: What, How, and Why?

Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 PM Trinity Episcopal Church 147 NW 19th Avenue Speakers: Msgr. Patrick Brennan of St. Mary’s Cathedral, The Very Rev. William Lupfer of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana of CBI Continuing their popular series of discussions, the leaders of three major congregations in our corner of NW Portland join in a lively dialogue. You won’t want to miss this presentation.

CBI Book Group Sunday, January 5, 9:00 AM Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room

Jacob Warshawsky will become Bar Mitzvah on January 25, 2014. He is the son of Matthew Warshawsky and Theresa Burks and the younger brother of Sienna. Jacob attends West Sylvan Middle School in SW Portland. He is working with the Zimbabwe Artists Project, a non-profit organization that partners with artists from Weya, Zimbabwe in strengthening self-sufficiency, cultural understanding, and education. Jacob is raising funds to help pay school fees and buy uniforms and sports equipment for children orphaned in Weya. He also volunteers on an ongoing basis at ZAP’s Portland office, helping with art prep and general administrative tasks. To learn more, visit


Congregation Beth Israel

Please join our book group each month for a morning of pleasant literary discussion. There is no need to sign up. January’s selection is: The Tin Horse: A Novel by Janice Steinberg. If you’d like to read ahead for February, get started on FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman.

Our Leadership CBI Receives National Recognition By Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana Sometimes, here in Portland, we can feel a bit cut off from the rest of the country. It can be hard to get some direct flights. We don’t operate on New York time. If it’s not foodie or weird, we can be overlooked by a lot of the press. But our synagogue is not cut off. We are blessed to be part of a world-wide movement of Reform Judaism, organized in North America through the Union for Reform Judaism. This national organization connects and binds us with other synagogues and helps us strive for excellence. Every two years, the over 1,000 Reform congregations across the US and Canada send representatives to gather for a Biennial convention. A few weeks ago, Rabbi Joseph and I joined several of our congregants and about 5,000 Reform Jews at the conference, held this year in San Diego. We shared several days of learning, singing, celebrating, and praying together with the leaders of our movement. It was a remarkable and historic experience for many reasons. There are significant transitions of leadership, huge questions about the future of Judaism in America, and highly anticipated “roll-outs” of major programs. But for our congregation, this Biennial had a special significance. First, our Women of Reform Judaism (Beth Israel Sisterhood/WRJ) received the highest award – the Gold WRJ Or Ami “Light of My People” Award for social justice programmatic achievement for their program on child trafficking in the Portland area. This significant program, which featured US Representative Suzanne Bonamici and a performance by the Agnieszka Laska Dancers, highlighted a significant and disturbing problem in our area and in the nation. We are proud of our Sisterhood for shining a bright light onto this issue, when many would prefer to turn a blind eye.

Secondly, on the closing day of the conference, our recent Bar Mitzvah celebrant Duncan McAlpine Sennett captured the hearts of the attendees when he addressed the closing plenary. Thousands in attendance and watching live on TV heard Duncan express his gratitude and pride in Congregation Beth Israel for being the kind of community that nurtured his passion. The video of Duncan’s November Bar Mitzvah speech has “gone viral” and been viewed over 133,000 times. It has received national and international press coverage, and he was interviewed live on MSNBC. In the video, Duncan speaks about how his Torah portion, Vayetzei, shows the marriage of Jacob to two sisters, Rachel and Leah – his cousins. Biblical marriage, Duncan notes, is not between “one man and one woman” as some present, but in fact shows that the definition of marriage has changed over time. Duncan gives a forceful support of the Freedom to Marry here in Oregon, and he has since been working for the Oregon United for Marriage Duncan delivering his speech campaign. Photo courtesy of Dale Lazar Duncan’s speech, given just moments before the Prime Minister of Israel spoke (the first time a sitting Israeli Prime Minister has addressed a URJ Biennial), was held up as an example of how “millennials” are seeking meaning and how synagogues can nurture that quest. The national recognition that Duncan and our Beth Israel Sisterhood received is a reflection of our Temple’s values of social justice, engagement, and connection to our passions. Mazel Tov to you both, and Yasher Koach to Congregation Beth Israel for the myriad ways we lead.

Announcing CBI’s new $1 million Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Facilities Fund It is with great appreciation that we share that Arlene Schnitzer has created the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Facilities Fund, fulfilling Harold’s intention and vision for CBI to have a fund for repairs, maintenance, improvements, and replacements for our historic campus. A longtime advocate for our campus restoration and development, Harold Schnitzer understood the need for a maintenance fund to responsibly care for our buildings and grounds. The extraordinary gift has been set up as a quasi-endowment. The Board of Trustees may use the income from the Fund for annual facilities maintenance. The principal may only be used with the approval of the Board of Trustees for repairs, maintenance, improvements, or replacements of an urgent nature to preserve our campus. This is truly a legacy gift, commemorating Harold and Arlene’s passion and commitment to protecting and preserving our historic campus for the generations to come. We are extremely grateful and appreciate the responsibility we have to be the stewards of Harold and Arlene Schnitzer’s vision.

January 2014


Developing CBI

L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation

Who makes the difference?

Mazel Tov to

by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director

Your thoughtfulness enveloped me like a great big comfy fussy blanket. The last couple of weeks were difficult… I had been trying hard to begin rebuilding a life, but gloom began creeping into my head and my heart. Due to the family environment, I had not planned to attend the Chanukah dinner, just the service… Reluctantly, I changed my mind after declining at first… What a splendid evening it was, beginning with the beautifully appointed meal environment made so homelike despite the cavernous dimensions of the space. Elegantly set tables, delicious abundant holiday food and wine. I barely knew my tablemates; no matter. Focusing my attention on them, my life situation faded into oblivion. And wrapping up the evening following the meal was the fun, happy musical service making the whole evening thoroughly enjoyable. Bless all of you. Please feel my arms encircling you with a big loving hug. - Anese Klein

Michael Weiner and Kathy Davis-Weiner on the birth of their granddaughter, Lielle Haluf, on November 12, 2013. Lielle is the daughter of Sara and Erez Haluf of St. Louis, MO and the younger sister of Sam, age 1 1/2. Alan and Lana Miller on the birth of their grandson, Ukiah Elliott Vega, on November 6, 2013. Ukiah’s parents are Alexa Miller and Justin Vega. Ukiah joins big sister Natania (age 8). Cantor and David Schiff on the birth of their first grandchild, Jacob Joseph Sperling, on November 18, 2013. Proud parents are Jamie and Justin Sperling. Nell and Bill Simkoff on the birth of their twin grandchildren Eliza and August Simkoff, born November 24, 2013 in Seattle, WA. Proud and busy parents are Sam and Callie Simkoff. Eliza and August join older sister Hazel. May they grow in health and wisdom and be a source of strength to their family and all humankind. Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall on their marriage on December 6 in Vancouver, WA. The ceremony was solemnized at the Clark County Courthouse by Judge John P. Hagensen. Rabbi Joseph helped them celebrate their union with a special blessing event the following day. Ted and Curt have been together for over 27 years. Shirley Gittelsohn on being featured on OPB’s Art Beat. Kelly Donnelly and Tony Talal on their December 22nd wedding in the Temple, officiated by Rabbi Cahana and Cantor Cahana.

My mother always said, “Life is not a matter of what happens to you but how you deal with what happens to you.” I kept thinking of her words as I read the absolutely lovely letter Anese sent to our CBI staff. And I found myself thinking, who feels better now – Anese for having joined us for a congregational celebration and taken the time to share her appreciation with us? The CBI staff and congregation who proudly recognize this is what happens when we open our doors and our hearts? The members and donors who annually support our congregation so that we can open our doors and our hearts? The participants who join us to celebrate and to mourn? Truly, it is knowing that, in combination, these actions make an enormous impact that should inspire us all.

Condolences to

Stories like Anese’s reinforce our mission: CBI impacts Jewish lives and creates Jewish memories. Knowing we make a difference – big and small – inspires me every day to help raise funds so that our congregation can be here for everyone. A small deed, an act of kindness, can make all the difference for someone or for many. Making a difference happens in many ways and on many levels. Please know that whether engaged as a consumer or a producer – you make a difference.

Fred, Owen, and Bruce Blank on the loss of their cousin, Robert Blank, on December 1.

And speaking of making a difference… Be sure to join us for our 3rd annual Taste of Temple on Sunday, February 9 from 5-8 PM at Castaway (1900 NW 18th). Last year we sold out three weeks in advance, so consider this a heads up that tickets are now on sale. In support of being as green as we can, no printed invitations are being mailed this year. And in keeping with this month’s theme, your joining us makes the difference.


Marcus Horenstein on the loss of his wife, and Jill Horenstein, Laurie Horenstein, and Gail (Pete) Marracci on the loss of their mother, Babette Horenstein, on November 26. Stuart Neuberger on the loss of his father, and Patricia and Rosalyn Neuberger on the loss of their brother, Robert Neuberger, on November 30. Estelle Winthrop on the loss of her husband, and Bruce and Susan Winthrop on the loss of his father, Lawrence Winthrop, on December 1.

Randie and Mark Peterson on the death of her mother, Charlotte Friend, on December 10. Harley and Robyn Spring and family on the death of his mother, Lucille Almeleh Spring, on December 10. Ned Duhnkrack and James Monteith and family on the death of his father, James Donald Monteith, on December 10. CBI Past President Philip and Dorothy Reiter and family on the death of his brother, Milton Reiter, on December 10 in California. Lewis Barr on the death of his wife and Sarah and Jessica Barr on the death of their mother, Ann Goldsmith Barr, on December 12.

Congregation Beth Israel

January 2014


Social Action As we begin 2014, we each have another opportunity to put into action our resolutions to help repair the world. Please join us as we continue our efforts to make CBI a hub for these activities: »» On Wednesday afternoons we have an afterschool program for homework help and enrichment at NW Tower & Annex. »» M  onday, January 20 will be our second annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and our biggest ever Soup Sac program. Please go to the Social Action page on the CBI website to sign up to participate. This is a terrific family event.

Happy New Year - Part 2 As Jews, we are fortunate in celebrating two new years - two times to reflect on the past and make plans for a better future. As you know, the Social Action Committee continues to address the issue of food justice, as well as its impact on education and meeting the needs of daily life. We started 5774 by: »» I ncreasing our activities at the NW Tower and the NW Tower Annex, with special emphasis on the children. With your support, we’ve provided school supplies, coats and shoes, and holiday gifts; created a tutoring program; gave a holiday party; and with the Brotherhood’s help expanded the library, giving access to more books. »» We had our most successful Soup Sac program to date - serving over 400 people in need of food. Our thanks to those of you who participated in our first annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Special thanks go to Andy, Solomon, and Benjamin Olshin for conceiving and executing our Soup Sac Program, and to Rabbi Joseph and Joanie Rosenbaum, the other members of our planning task force. We also thank Rabbi Cahana for creating this Day of Service for the Congregation and Sydney Baer for her invaluable help and guidance. »» W  e also began a monthly program to provide desserts to Potluck in the Park.

»» S  unday, March 9 will be the second Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s Good Deeds Day, and the Soup Sac program will be CBI’s service project. »» S  unday morning, January 12 we will be in Blumauer kitchen baking for Potluck in the Park. »» W  e will produce educational and action programs to promote the petition drive to place the Marriage Equality Ballot Initiative on the November 4, 2014 General Election ballot and the expected campaign to obtain approval of this initiative by Oregon voters. »»

Sunday, May 4 is Mitzvah Day!

We have other fun and rewarding activities for the coming year. Let us know if you have a special project for SAC. Please join us for community and an opportunity to practice Tikkun Olam. We want and need your help on these and other projects. For more detailed information on all of our programming, please contact us at, call Tracy in the CBI office, or visit the Social Action page on the CBI website. We are confident there is a place for each of you at SAC. Social Action Meeting Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 PM Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room Good company, good treats, and most importantly, good deeds.

Second Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Monday, January 20, 9:00 AM Blumauer Auditorium & Kitchen We will be joining members of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church in Blumauer Auditorium to prepare and deliver food to organizations feeding those in need. This is an all-ages event and is a great way to honor Dr. King’s memory. Watch your CBI email blasts for more information. Additionally, middle and high school students can use this day to complete service learning hours. Please contact your child’s school prior to the event to ensure they receive proper credit. Photos from our 1st Annual Day of Service


Congregation Beth Israel


Do You Do Dues? Did you know that unless you indicate payment be applied specifically to your Sisterhood dues, all payments will go to your CBI dues and other fees first? Please support Sisterhood by paying your dues today. Dues levels are: • • • • •

Residents at Rose Schnitzer Manor and the Robison Jewish Health Center look forward all year to this event. This is time to visit with our elders and let them know that we care. Please join us.

Be Part of Sisterhood Shabbat Friday, February 28, 6:00 PM Pollin Chapel

$18 child/student (Ruth) $36 (Sarah) $54 (Rachel) $72 (Deborah) $108 (Miriam)

We are looking for Sisterhood members to volunteer for our Sisterhood Shabbat on Friday, February 28. This annual service, organized by Sisterhood Religious Programming Chair Rachel Halupowski and led by members of our sisterhood, is a moving and wonderful experience for all.

You can check the “Sisterhood Dues” box on your CBI billing or send a check, payable to Congregation Beth Israel, marked “WRJ/ BIS Dues.” If you have any questions about dues, please contact Sisterhood Treasurer Connie Cambreleng (constancecambreleng@ or 503-520-0759) or CBI Accounting Assistant Vicki Greif ( or 503-222-1069).

Would you like to participate in the service as a Hebrew or English reader, or are you interested in ushering that evening?

Special Program for 5-7th Grade Girls

To volunteer or ask questions, please contact Rachel at

Wednesday, January 8, 6:30 PM Goodman Hall WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood is planning a special program for girls in 5-7th grade religious school. The program focuses on becoming a Bat Mitzvah, and it will have several components. Held on January 8th during religious school hours, girls and their parents are asked to participate after dinner. We’ll begin with a docent-led tour of the current exhibit at the Oregon Jewish Museum (1953 NW Kearney), The Bat Mitzvah. The exhibit focuses on the history of the bat mitzvah service. Afterwards, the girls will participate in a discussion, led by Rabbi Rachel Joseph, about getting ready for becoming a Bat Mitzvah and its meaning. We have also invited some of our high school madrichot girls to give us their perspective on the realities of becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Gold WRJ Or Ami “Light of My People” Award

14th Annual Community Havdalah Saturday, January 25, 6:30 PM Zidell Hall @ Rose Schnitzer Manor 6140 SW Boundary, 97221 You are cordially invited to the Annual Community Havdalah at Rose Schnitzer Manor. This will be the 14th year, and we hope you will attend. This annual event is organized by the Jewish Women’s Round Table. WRJ/BIS is proud to again to be a co-sponsor. It is free and all are welcome. The service will be led by Rabbi Rachel Joseph and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana with the choir from Congregation Beth Israel. There will be a social hour with refreshments following the service.

Women of Reform Judaism/Beth Israel Sisterhood (WRJ/BIS) has been honored with the distinguished Gold WRJ Or Ami “Light of My People” Award for social justice programmatic achievement during 2011-13 for their program on child trafficking in the Portland area. U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici was a featured speaker at the March 2, 2013 program held at Congregation Beth Israel, which also included a moving performance by the Agnieszka Laska Dancers. The awardees were recognized during WRJ’s 49th Assembly & Centennial Celebration, Dec. 11-15, 2013 in San Diego, CA.

January 2014


Brotherhood Israel Today Sunday, February 2, 10:30 AM Pollin Chapel Speakers: Rob Jacobs and Hen Mazzig of Stand With Us The Brotherhood will be sponsoring talks in January, February, and March.

Supporting Secretary Kerry and Other Good Deeds

Ron Jacobs and Hen Mazzig will present a talk covering recent events in Israel and their view for a roadmap to peace in the Middle East. Further, Jacobs and Mazzig will discuss how Israel is perceived on campuses and in our communities and explain their efforts for advocacy in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunday, January 12, 10:30 AM Pollin Chapel Speaker: Gordon Gladstone, NW Regional Director of J Street

Presentation by Ben Murane of the New Israel Fund

Gordon’s talk will offer a background on Gordon Gladstone J Street’s focus and positions as well as discuss current events concerning Israel-Palestine negotiations, Iran, and U.S. foreign policy. Since 1995, Gordon has worked in the Jewish community in a variety of settings including Hillel, synagogues, and youth groups. Gordon is a former tour educator and spent five years living in Israel, mostly at Kibbutz Gezer. Gordon holds an MA in history and has lectured on Jewish and Zionist history.

Allison B. Cohen Madrichim Training and Religious School Scholarship Fund In Honor of Michael and Ida Rae Cahana Les Schmertzler and Mary Lou Engert

Adult Education Fund In Memory of Judith Meller Megan Brown

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat In Memory of Henry Feldman Ruth Rosenfeld Elise F. Rosenfeld Eva Blumenkron Grody Arthur Blumenkron Rachel Blumenkron Gertrude Klein Marilyn and Hans Grunbaum Cynthia Rich Wood Michael and Jim Richman

Amy R. Goldsmith Library In Memory of Lawrence Winthrop Harriet Shlim Rose Wright Claire and Zanley Galton Marvin L. Byer Howard Byer General Contribution Given By Alan and Janet Zell


Cemetery Beautification

In Memory of Erwin Frank Forsythe Karla Forsythe Hans Neuberger Herman David Patricia Neuberger Elaine S. Woskow Morris Woskow Samuel Greenberg Selene and Charles Robinowitz Sam Shleifer Stuart and Susan Shleifer

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Gilbert Schnitzer The Family of Gilbert Schnitzer Harold Mink Babette Horenstein Sally and Debbie Mink Hal Light Sally Light In Honor of Laz Glickman (Bar Mitzvah) Joanne and Harry Glickman

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Evelyn Mandelbaum Alan and Lynn Lertzman

Save the date and plan to join us for the third and final installment of the Brotherhood’s Education Series. Watch your e-mails and the February bulletin for more information on Ben Murane’s talk.

General Administrative In Memory of Ruth M. Kullman The Wald Family Miriam B. Aiken Fran and Howard Wolfe Bob Edelman Susan Golden Gilbert Schnitzer Mrs. Gilbert Schnitzer Rosalie DeWitz Philip and Dorothy Reiter Sandy Kowitt Marilyn Friedman Reva B. Reingold Sally R. Sondheim & Cathy Sondheim Leake Joseph Margolin Doreen Stamm Margolin Phillip Margolin Ronald P. Seres Joel and Sandra Seres Ruth Rosenfeld Eve and Alan Rosenfeld In Appreciation of Rabbi Cahana Cantor Cahana Rabbi Rose Rabbi Joseph Jeanne Newmark & Family

Holiday Celebrations

Rabbi Rose Discretionary In Memory of Betty Parker Edythe Steinbock Salo Lewin Martha Lewin Ilse Orthmeyer

Sunday, March 2, 10:30 AM Pollin Chapel

Judith Anne Epstein Education Director’s Fund

In Memory of Leo Goldman Marcia Colton, Rise Colton-Feldman and Louis Feldman, & Jacob and Noah Feldman

Oseran Family Lecture In Memory of Sarah Kurland Alan and Janet Zell


In Memory of Sam Lazerwith Milton Gevurtz Charlotte Lazerwith Carol Gevurtz Meisels John and Myra Gevurtz

Rosenfeld Family Assistant/ Associate Rabbi Fund In Memory of Allen Sacks Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Ruth Semler Youth Activities

In Appreciation Naming of Lucy Wolfstone Eder Norm and Sherry Eder

In Memory of Yussie Joseph Jacob Epstein Edith Goodman Rogoway Helen Spivak

Jill Newman Slansky Early Childhood Leader Fund

Sanny Snell Preschool Scholarship

In Memory of Jenny Leonardi Jill Ann Slansky

Congregation Beth Israel

In Honor of Cantor Judith and David Schiff (Grandson’s birth) Eve and Alan Rosenfeld

Very Thoughtful People Social Action (General)

In Memory of Arthur and Renee Bergman Barry and Marcia Bergman Eugene Eiseman Gerda A. Eiseman Burnetta Packouz Ray and Dorothy Packouz Dr. Arnold Tannenbaum Michael Tannenbaum S. Fredrick Rabiner Lorraine Lippoff David and Liz Lippoff Rose Diamond Chester Lloyd Orloff Samuel Orloff Mrs. Monford Orloff Elaine Woskow The Woskow Family Dick Brownstein Donna Brownstein In Honor of Michael and Ida Rae Cahana Les Schmertzler and Mary Lou Engert Ilene Davidson (Birthday) Ed and Jill Neuwelt General Contribution Given By Lynn Bonner


In Memory of Thelma Tobin Howard and Lois Tobin Jay Gittelsohn Shirley Gittelsohn and Ernie BonyhadiStella Georges Emily Gottfried Georges Hilde Lehmann Ernest Bonyhadi and Shirley Gittelsohn Louis Fenton Lynda Baker Fanny Turtledove Alan S. Meyer Harry L. Turtledove Paul and Alice Meyer Adele Savinar Irving Weinstein Julius Jaffe Elaine Savinar Bruce Senders Henry Feldman Margery Senders Leah K. Durkheimer Julie Durkheimer and Mark Dohrmann

Hannah Bodner George Bodner Robert Freidenrich Milton Freidenrich Jane Flaxman Esther Rodinsky Ilene Goldberg Adolf Asher Joan Liebreich Evelyn Asher Maizels Robert Misrach Gerry Misrach-Jackson Charles Edelson Sally Stolzoff Larry Tarlow Bunny Edelson Louis Mark Shirley Mark Victor Feibelman Gertrude Joseph Louis Fenton Lee and Frank Berne Louis Miller Robin Flamm Richard J. Brownstein Mark Sacks Allen Sacks Donna Brownstein Larry Winthrop Davia and Ted Rubenstein Wynne Spiegel Louis Spiegel Eloise Spiegel Babette Horenstein Eloise Spiegel Ilaine Cohen Samuel M. Steinberg Rita Lubliner In Honor of Ruth Gassner (Birthday) Harry Glickman (Recovery) Barbara and Howard Cohn Joy Alkalay (Special birthday) Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman and Louis Feldman, & Jacob and Noah Feldman General Contribution Given By Harriet Schatz Lynn Bonner

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Alfred Edelman Carol Edelman Steve Solomon Rich and Sue Garber & Family

Burton “Bud” Gevurtz David J. Lipman

Stained Glass Window Restoration In Memory of Larry Winthrop Lana and Alan Miller

Temple Restoration

In Honor of Ella Menashe (Bat Mitzvah) Howard and Jen Feldman

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship In Memory of Jeanette Rubenstein Jean White Larry Tarlow Sandra Lewis and Jim Rosenbaum

Heims Family Youth Activities Endowment In Memory of Anne D. Davis Sarah Davis Jenny Dickson I. Kenneth Davis

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Sam Rosen Larry Winthrop Stuart and Nikki Director Sol Director Stuart and Nikki Director Bruce Director Rose Rosen Stuart and Nikki Director Neal and Lisa Rosen Babette Horenstein Barbara and Howard Cohn In Honor of Irv Leopold (Recovery) Barbara and Howard Cohn

Temple Endowment

In Memory of Jerry M. Colton Marcia E. Colton Larry Winthrop Dick and Harriet Maizels

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Prayer Book

Lloyd B. Rosenfeld Youth Leadership Fund In Memory of Lawrence Winthrop Rosemarie Rosenfeld In Honor of David and Judith Schiff (Birth of grandson) Rosemarie Rosenfeld

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship

In Memory of Allen Sacks David and Diane Rosencrantz In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Norm Kaplan (Anniversary) Bunny and Jerry Sadis Roberta and Bernie Naiman (60th Anniversary) Dr. William and Beverly Galen

In Memory of Leo Goldman Margo Sercu Samuel Schneider Naomi Schneider and Merrill Schneider Yussie Joseph Jacob Epstein Jackie Spivak Henry Spivak Karen S. Spivak Philip Wexler Eldon and Carolyn Wexler

Service to the Blind In Memory of Jack R. Menashe Jack McBride Ruben and Elizabeth Menashe

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

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

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

January 2014

Alfresco Catering by Sheraton 503-335-2858 Shellie Postlewait

Culinary Artistry 503-232-4675 Jenn Louis


In Remembrance ~ May their memory be for a blessing. January 3 & 4 Benjamin Backer* Rose Backer Ben Besser Hannah Bodner Anne D. Davis* Jacob J. Davis Sarah Davis Arnold Dayan Maurice Dayan Saul Dayan Victor Dayan Albert J. Finke* Mandel Fischer Robert A. Freidenrich Anne Goldberg Israel Gothalph Eva Blumenkron Grody Jack Handelman William Herzog* Bertha K. Israel* Samuel Jackson* Dorothy Jampole Elsie Katz Leo Katz Eyelyn E. Keyser* Benjamin Kirz Carol Lang Joan A. Liebreich* Harold Light Egon E. Loebner Bertha Lokay* Joseph Margolin Jacob Mayer* Carol Gevurtz Meisels* Morris Mittleman Rebecca Nelson Hans Neuberger Stanley Pitkin Hilda Pomerantz S. Fredrick (Fred) Rabiner Rabbi Frank Rosenthal* Jeannette Lewis Rubenstein Maurice Rubenstein Samuel Schneider Bruce M. Senders Meier (Mike) Shavzin William Shevach Samual N. Shleifer* Sanford Simkoff Nathan David Simon* Harriet A. Sockut Manton J. Spear Barbara Spero Irving Spivack Sally Stolzoff David H. Warshawsky Adam Weinstein Goldie Weinstein Philip Wexler Rose White* Thelma Wing January 10 & 11 Rose Wexler Ailringer* Morton L. Alexander Dorothy A. Andrianoff Frieda Bizer Kaa Byington Aubrey M. Davis* Rosalie Davis Rosalie DeWitz Charles K. Diamond* Charles Edelson

Joseph Endler Yussie Joseph Jacob Epstein Louis Fenton* Shirley Fishel David W. Friedman Stella Georges Elsie Goldhammer Morrie Greenstein Oscar Ingber Alan Kantor Melvin E. Kendall Joseph Kohn* Jean Kornfeld Charlotte Lazerwith Sam Lazerwith Pauline Lecker Hilde Lehmann Esther Utay Lenet Esther Levin* Salo Lewin* Donald Londer Suzanne Norman Malloch Doreen Stamm Margolin Louis Mark Ronald K. Mesher* Louis Miller Harold Mink Robert Misrach Olga Molnar Melvin Nelson Ben Novich Esther Solomon Planer Judith Platman Jerrold Platt Donald Richman Cecelia Ridout Mary Rogoway Freda Rovech Joyce Rubin* Rabbi Murray Saltzman Adele Savinar David Saxe Max Schaffer* Ramy Schneider Lorraine Schulberg Bruce M. Senders Arnold Tannenbaum* H. Myer Turteltaub Audrey Jane Vera Sally Vidgoff* Harold Ward Irving Weinstein Jean White Cynthia Rich Wood Louis Woron Elaine Woskow Rose Wright* January 17 & 18 Ada E. Beckman Louise Pauline Anisman Brenner Jean Coffey Hyman Cohn Irwin S. Cohn Herman David Rose Diamond Bob Edelman Shirlee Ann Eisenberg Glenn Epstein Clara Farberman Joseph Feldman Kathy Fisher Erwin Frank Forsythe Anne M. Geffen

Suzanne Gevurtz* Laddy H. Gross Florence Hughes Morris M. Israel* Julius B. Jaffe* Hyman Kaplan James Kaplan* Bessie Kauffman* Henry Kleinberg David Kron Sarah Kurland Leonie F. Lidsky Lorraine Lippoff Percy M. Malkin* June Nagel Chester Lloyd Orloff Louis Puziss Ruth Ravetz Gloria Reiss Mona Rosen Sam Rosen Brig. Gen. Fred M. Rosenbaum* Sarah Rosenblum Harry Rosenfield Harold (Hal) Saltzman Wynne Spiegel Gerald Stern* Mary Stilwell Marion Sulzberger Jeffrey A. Ward January 24 & 25 Alexander Windecker Ailringer* Adolf Asher Abe Blank Anne Blank Bern Blattner Arthur Blumenkron Dick Brownstein Anna Buchbinder Marvin L. Byer Helen Epsteen Hyman Falbel Henry Feldman Lewis Fendrich* Irvin Fields Milton Gevurtz* Michael Gilbert Hannah Greenwald Harry E. Gurian* Frieda Goldkrand Isenberg Betty Louise Jackson Joseph M. Kaffesieder* Bruce Kantor Arlene Kaplan Elsie Kahn Kohoot* Julius Levin Harry B. Marcus Peter Markus Lloyd McFall Joseph Metzger* Robert L. Novack* Burnetta Packouz Betty Parker Shirlee Romer Rose Rosen Harvey Rosencrantz Bella Ruderman Harry J. Schatz* Jack Schiff* Connie R. Schultz John Leasing Selling Ronald Paul Seres Jerome B. Shank

Ronda Leppanen Shaw Joseph Simon Louis Sockut Yetta Jean Stern Harvey Taback Nancy Lou Tonkin* Fanny Turtledove* David Warshawsky Yvette Weintraub Joseph Wekselblatt* Paul Weston Carol Williams Eileen Zugman January 31 & February 1 Laura Adler* Miriam Baer* Franklin Barkley Anna Bloom Jenny Dickson Sara Dilsheimer* Sol D. Director* Leah Kinspel Durkheimer Ruth Epstein Herbert Frank Feibleman Martin Fishel Morris Fishman Milton Freidenrich Rudolph Galkin Isaac Geller* Morton Glazer Leo Goldman Emily Georges Gottfried Samuel Greenberg Henry Hank Herzberg Robert M. Jacobs Pearl Malin Karlin Lillian C. Kaufman Gertrude Klein Walter Kranz Rose Kunowski Stanley B. Lang Stanley Lappen Davine Levison Jack McBride Jack Menashe Alan S. Meyer Jeno Molnar Esther Layton Murphy* Charlotte Oliven Samuel Orloff George Raffel Jeanette Rigler Esther Rodinsky Edith Goodman Rogoway Florence M. Applebaum Rosenberg Ruth Rosenfeld S. I. Samuels Ellen Sanders-Tuft Arthur Senders* Harriet Shank Wesley Spellman Louis Spiegel Samuel M. Steinberg* Harry Sugarman Lawrence Tarlow Isadore Tinkleman Harry Leonard Turtledove Florence Warshawsky Robert P. Weil Ruth Woron

(*) 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 Jemi Kostiner Mansfield at (503) 222-1069 or


Congregation Beth Israel

January 2014 SUNDAY

Tevet-Sh’vat 5774 MONDAY

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





1  Tevet 29

2  Sh’vat 1

3  Sh’vat 2

4  Sh’vat 3

Winter Break

Winter Break

Winter Break

New Year’s Day: Temple Offices Closed

No IHP Classes

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:30 PM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Tot Shabbat Service 9:30 AM PC Shabbat Service: Bar Mitzvah of Daniel Lewinsohn 10:30 AM Temple Magevet concert 6:30 PM PC

5  Sh’vat 4

8  Sh’vat 7

9  Sh’vat 8

10  Sh’vat 9

11  Sh’vat 10

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR

6  Sh’vat 5

7  Sh’vat 6

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

Adult Education Committee 8:30 AM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

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

Education & Youth Committee Executive Committee 11:45 AM SBR 12:00 PM SBR

Shir Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Service and 6th Grade Shabbatini #1 10:30 AM PC

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC


Alef Bet Class with Cantor Schiff 6:00 PM LB

Membership Committee/ Caring Community Visioning 4:30 PM SBR

15  Sh’vat 14

16  Sh’vat 15

17  Sh’vat 16

18  Sh’vat 17

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Potluck in the Park Baking 10:00 AM BA Kitchen

Alef Bet Class with Cantor Schiff 6:00 PM LB

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:15 PM SBR

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

4th Grade Family Program (Tu B’Shevat) 10:00 AM BA

MLK, Jr. Gospel Service Guest Speaker: Congressman John Lewis 6:00 PM Temple

Midrasha Civil Rights Program 6:30 PM PC

Kol Echad Choir Rehearsal 11:30 AM BTB

12  Sh’vat 11

13  Sh’vat 12

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

14  Sh’vat 13 Meditation Group 7:30 PM SC

PJ Havdalah 5:30 PM PC

Havdalah Bar Mitzvah of Solomon Olshin 5:00 PM Temple

Brotherhood Program: Israeli Politics (J Street) 10:30 AM PC ECE Tu B’Shevat Celebration 10:30 AM Room 3 Kol Echad Choir Rehearsal 12:30 AM BTB Nominating Committee 2:00 PM SBR

19  Sh’vat 18

20  Sh’vat 19

No Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah

MLK, Jr. Day

21  Sh’vat 20

22  Sh’vat 21

23  Sh’vat 22

24  Sh’vat 23

25  Sh’vat 24

No Midrasha (Finals week)


No Preschool

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

MLK Day of Service 9:00 AM BA No Preschool

26  Sh’vat 25 Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM Adult Ed: Sephardic Mini-Festival 10:00 AM GH

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

27  Sh’vat 26

28  Sh’vat 27

29  Sh’vat 28

30  Sh’vat 29

31  Sh’vat 30

Meditation Group 7:30 PM SC

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Alef Bet Class with Cantor Schiff 6:00 PM LB

Kol Echad Choir Rehearsal 11:30 AM BTB

Shabbat Service: Bar Mitzvah of Jacob Warshawsky 10:30 AM Temple

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC Meditation Shabbat Potluck Dinner following Meditation 7:00 PM BA

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 online calendar at Congregation Beth Israel


Congregation Beth Israel

1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209-2097


Board of Trustees 2013/2014 Officers


Stuart Chestler President

Jonathan Barg Deborah Caldwell Eric Friedenwald-Fishman Ali Garfinkle Linda Georges Sharon Meieran Joanne Van Ness Menashe Mark Peterman Marney Pike Ron Silver Arthur Steinhorn

Ned Duhnkrack VP/President Elect Ilene Davidson Vice President Brad Tonkin Vice President Ted Nelson Secretary John Epstein Treasurer

Auxiliaries Linda Harrison-Fintzy - WRJ/BI Sisterhood President Bob Winthrop - Brotherhood President

Start 2014 on a Stress-free note Please join Cantor Ida Rae Cahana and CBI member Laurence Baker for a weekend of meditative Shabbat worship to lighten the winter blues.

READ WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT CBI’S RICH TRADITION OF PURIM SCHPIELS: “ I’ll accept bad taste in a minute, as long as there’s some great comedy minds and performances.” “We rest our case on the production numbers.” “ It’s talent. Either you got it or you ain’t.”

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Friday, January 31, 6:00 PM Pollin Chapel

Healing Havdalah Saturday, February 1, 4:30 PM Pollin Chapel Watch for more details in upcoming email blasts.




MARCH 15 AT 6PM Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1879


Congregation Beth Israel

January 2014 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the January 2014 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform syna...

January 2014 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the January 2014 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform syna...