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Bulletin Established 1858 November 2013 Cheshvan-Kislev 5774 Vol. 63, No. 2

EXTRA! EXTRA! Chanukah and Thanksgiving will be celebrated on the same day this year!

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Mosey on over to page 3 to get the lowdown on our Annual Chanukah/Shabbat Celebration and Party Friday, November 29th! November 2013

B’nei Mitzvah Harrison Lazarus Glickman Laz Glickman will become Bar Mitzvah on November 2, 2013 at Temple Beth Tikvah in Bend, OR. He is the son of Marshall and Lisa Glickman and grandson of Harry and Joanne Glickman. Laz attends Cascades Academy of Central Oregon and is working with Partners in Care and Clare Bridge of Central Oregon for his Mitzvah Project. Both organizations provide a home-like environment for people facing monumental challenges. Clare Bridge specifically focuses on dementia and Alzheimer’s patients who need special care in order to lead more productive lives. Partners in Care is a hospice, serving people’s discomfort in the final days of their lives, as well as providing support for the families of their residents. A talented musician who has appeared in concert with Michael Allen Harrison, Laz believes that music is a worldwide language and a powerful and meaningful way to communicate. He visits the agency locations weekly and plays piano for the residents, their families, and staff. His goal is to give comfort and some joy to people who might otherwise feel depressed or hopeless.

Duncan McAlpine Sennett Duncan Sennett will become Bar Mitzvah on November 9, 2013. He is the son of Steven Sennett and Robin McAlpine, the step-son of Chip Kosboth, and the younger brother of Logan. Duncan attends da Vinci Arts Middle School in NE Portland. He is raising money for the California Transplant Donor Network, which provides programs that reach children, adults, those on transplant waiting lists, and health care professionals while also providing support to donor families. Duncan is specifically channeling funds to honor the memory of Nathaniel Ray Golden, a special friend of the family who died in a tragic accident this past August at the age of 10. Through the California Transplant Donor Network, Nate was able to donate two of his heart valves and his cornea to three children in need of those organs. To learn more about Nate and the CTDN, visit contributions.html

Benjamin Edmond Banks Ben Banks will become Bar Mitzvah on November 16, 2013. He is the son of Jonathan and Carrie Banks and the older brother of Lillie and Stella. Ben attends Riverdale Middle School in SW Portland. He is working on a special Mitzvah Project with both Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel: to collect and donate 500 foreign language books by November 9. This idea came about a few years back, when one of Ben’s friends was being treated for Leukemia at Doernbecher. While visiting, Ben noticed a number of non-English-speaking children without anything to do or read during the long hours of treatment. His goal is to donate books in their native languages to help pass the time. Portland’s two outstanding children’s hospitals serve children of all incomes and ethnic groups who are ill and in need of treatment. Learn more at: doernbecher and


Margo Danielle Sidline Margo Sidline will become Bat Mitzvah on November 23, 2013. She is the daughter of Stacy and John Sidline and the younger sister of Samantha. Margo attends Lake Oswego Junior High School and is working with The Pearl at Kruse Way (in Lake Oswego) for her Mitzvah Project. The Pearl is a home for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, and it is also a rehabilitation center that helps adults recover from surgery or other major illnesses. Margo regularly spends time with the residents at The Pearl, leading fun activities like Bingo or other games and helping to organize events including tea parties, root beer float parties, and movie nights. She has worked with both rehab patients and residents in the memory care area, often just sitting and talking or working on a puzzle together:

Eric Jackson Berniker Eric Berniker will become Bar Mitzvah during the 5:00 PM Havdalah service on November 30, 2013. He is the son of David and Susan Berniker and the younger brother of Talia. Eric attends Laurelhurst School in NE Portland and has chosen to support two organizations for his Mitzvah Project. He organized a book drive in October to support The Children’s Book Bank, a local agency that strives to improve the literacy skills of low-income children by giving them books of their own before they reach kindergarten. To do this, The Children’s Book Bank collects, repairs, and packages used books, which are then made available to families in need - free of charge. Eric’s goal is to collect 1,000 books to provide in book bags to 66 families. Through the Remember Us Program, which keeps the memory of a child lost in the Holocaust alive in the first post-survivor generation, Eric has also made a lifelong commitment to be a Guardian of Memory for a young boy, Harry Goldberg, who perished in the Holocaust. As a Bar Mitzvah, whenever Eric does a mitzvah he will do it in the name of Harry Goldberg - may his memory be for a blessing. You can learn more about both of these agencies by visiting their websites: and

CBI Book Group Sunday, November 3, 9:00 AM Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room Please join our book group each month for a morning of pleasant literary discussion. There is no need to sign up.

Congregation Beth Israel

November’s Selection is: A Pigeon And A Boy (A Novel) by Meir Shalev

Our Leadership


Happy Hannukah, the “Holiday of Lights!” by Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph Assistant Rabbi Here’s a question: have you ever wondered about the whole eight-nights-one-flaskof-oil story and whether it really explains how and why we light the Hanukkiah (Hannukah lamp) the way we do? Think about it: imagine that one flask of oil did indeed last eight nights. You’d start out with a bright flame, and then the flame would slowly flicker out and become smaller and smaller as the remaining oil was stretched out to fit the eight-day dedication of the Temple. If we were lighting eight lights to commemorate the miracle of the oil, should we not then start out with eight candles and trickle down to one, to remember how the oil lasted before it ran out? If you think that’s a good question, well, I can’t take credit for it. In the Talmud, the sage Shammai proposed lighting the Hanukkiah just that way: starting out with eight, and ending with one, in a re-enacting of the miracle as we imagine it might have happened.

It’s Thanksgivukkah! Unless you’re living off the grid, you must have heard by now that for the first time since President Abraham Lincoln formally established Thanksgiving as the 4th Thursday in November – way back in 1863 – these two momentous holidays will indeed overlap. We light the first candle on Wednesday night, November 27th and the very next day carve into our USDA “certified organic” pastured heritage turkeys (or Tofurkey, if you prefer). There are plenty of clever suggestions about how to merge the traditions of both celebrations, courtesy of most every site on the interwebs. Seriously – Google “Chanukah Thanksgiving 2013” and see what happens. So go ahead and brine that turkey in Manischewitz! Top your latkes with cranberry sauce! Or try any of the other inventive recipes offered on BuzzFeed Food ( thanksgivukkah). And after you’ve recovered from your family celebration at home, plan to join your Beth Israel Family for our annual Chanukah/Shabbat Celebration and Party. Trust us, there won’t be an event like this again for another 70,000+ years! The Details: Friday, November 29 Join us for an evening full of latkes, music, prayer, latkes, friends, fun…and did we mention latkes? 6:00 p.m. in Blumauer Auditorium (Sherman Education Center)

However, the sage Hillel ruled that we light starting with one and ending with eight, and we follow his more joyful, less literalist interpretation of remembering the miracle. One reason that we follow Hillel is the principle of ma’alin b’kodesh – we ascend in spiritual levels. For example: we may turn an ordinary building into a synagogue, but we should not, if at all possible, turn a synagogue into an ordinary building (a shop or apartment, perhaps). Thus, if lighting Hannukah lights is a holy act, lighting two is a greater act than lighting one, and lighting three is a greater act than lighting two. Perhaps what Hillel means to teach us is a variation on the idea that “mitzvah goreret mitzvah” – a mitzvah leads to a mitzvah, which is often understood to mean that once we turn our souls towards the doing of holy deeds, we strengthen and orient ourselves towards spiritual goals, and in a wonderful “positive feedback loop,” spiritual deeds lead to spiritual growth which leads to the desire to do more spiritual deeds and so on. The spiral can also start with study: study leads to action, which leads to the desire for greater understanding, which leads to study, which leads to inspiration, which leads to action! In the days of the Maccabees, Judaism was at a low point, to say the least. Hillel wants to remind us: if your spirituality is at a low point, start somewhere small, but start. Light one candle, and you’ll be inspired to light two. Light two, and it will lead to three. This applies to prayer, to tzedakah, to acts of loving kindness, to anything that strengthens and grows our souls. Start small, and great things will follow. We ascend in holiness and, with God’s love flowing from within us, keep growing.

The festivities begin with a traditional brisket and latke dinner, catered by Alfresco Catering and Sheraton Hotels. Wine and dessert included. Vegetarian option available upon request. Please bring your Chanukiyot to kindle the lights of the 3rd night together. Candles will be available on the table. Pricing (includes 3% donation to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger) $65 per family of 4 (immediate family only, based on 2 adults and 2 children; no charge for additional children in the immediate family) $24 per adult (age 13 and up) $8.50 per child (ages 3-12) Under three are free This dinner sells out quickly! RSVP with payment to Tracy: 503-222-1069 or 7:15 p.m. in Goodman Hall The celebration continues with a unique Shabbat/Chanukah worship experience. Come together in a different space to welcome Shabbat and celebrate the Festival of Lights. Music and visual t’filah will lead us through a Family Friendly service. After the Service…push back the chairs and prepare to party! Our Rockin’ Chanukah Eve party features live music by Def Schlepper with guest performances by members of the Kol Echad and Cantor’s Chanters congregational choirs. Wine, dessert, and possibly more latkes will be served so all who come can enjoy. CBI Family and Friends – especially our new community members – are welcome to join us! We hope to see you there.

November 2013


Developing CBI A Standing Ovation by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director  Please join me in giving a standing ovation and shouts of bravo to the smash hit that was Better Than Broadway. Bravo to our incredible talent, passionate committee members, dedicated outreach sponsor solicitors, party hosts, and of course our generous sponsors who helped us produce this event. We applaud ALL of you with our deepest appreciation.

BETTER THAN BROADWAY Talent Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Cantor Mark Saltzman Michele Mariana Michael Allen Harrison Harold Pollin Rick Modlin Steve Skolnik Ben Sandler Fred Cirillo Stacy Friedman Sarah Barr Iris Cohn Max Friedenwald-Fishman

Better Than Broadway Committee Ilene Davidson Kathleen Doctor Elizabeth Domagalski Julia Epstein Linda Georges Tiffany Goldwyn Gail Handelman Cynthia Hofmann Audra La Fave Sheryl Langerman Shelly Levy

Ted Nelson Rita Philip Marney Pike Harold Pollin Diane Rosencrantz Sally Rosenfeld Tony Urdes Bianca Urdes Amie Wexler

Outreach Sponsor Solicitors Mel Birge Stuart Chestler Ilene Davidson Kathleen Doctor David Goldwyn Linda Georges Michelle Gradow Rhonda Kennedy Roscoe Nelson Ted Nelson Rita Philip Harold Pollin Lorraine Rose Jeff Wolfstone

Party Hosts Tiffany and David Goldwyn Bianca and Tony Urdes

Sponsors Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation Anonymous

Harold and Jane Pollin/Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel/Al Fresco Catering Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Mandi and Stuart Chestler Linda and Tom Georges Michael Goldman and Jane Vereschagin Downtown Development Group/ Goodman Family RenĂŠe and Irwin Holzman Rhonda and Jim Kennedy Rita and Bob Philip Lois Schnitzer Ellie, Ralph, and Lorraine Shaw Stoel Rives LLP The Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships Lynn and Jeff Wolfstone Mel Birge and Janet Morgan Marge Cohn Ilene and Jim Davidson Andrea Davis Kathleen and Lou Doctor Ned Duhnkrack Sarah and John Epstein Jen and Howard Feldman Rebecca and Eric Friedenwald-Fishman Adrienne and Stan Geffen Meryl and Gordon Haber Debra and Roscoe Nelson Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall Nancy and Henry Oseran Marney and Allan Pike Diane and David Rosencrantz Eve Stern and Les Gutfreund Marcia and Stuart Weiss

We are also deeply appreciative of all our Mitzvah Moment donors. We will be listing these donors, as well as all contributors to the Every Family Initiative, in our December Bulletin. We hope every member of our congregation will be included in the list of donors who have reached a bit deeper to help provide funding that enables us to impact Jewish lives and create Jewish memories.


Congregation Beth Israel


L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Does God Understand Hebrew Best? by Ben Sandler, Education Director

We have been having big fun this year at our Sunday morning Mishpacha Minyan (family service) with something new: a Hebrew word of the day. We were inspired by a Camp Kalsman tradition of having the Israeli counselors dress up as superheroes and teach the kids new Hebrew words as part of a song session. In I Have Some Questions About God, one of our religious school books and a wonderful compilation of answers to tough questions by different rabbis and scholars, the question is posed, “Does God understand Hebrew best?” One of the rabbis, Rabbi Elyse Frishman, tells a story of a boy who didn’t know the words to prayers but played music with deep feeling. In that story, the rabbi teaches us that God cares more about our feelings than about our words - in any language. Rabbi Joshua Hammerman responds to the question by saying that God understands all languages equally well, including sign language and body language - even computer language! No matter how we communicate, when people make connections, God is there. He goes on to say that Hebrew is a special language for Jews because it connects us to other Jewish people - in the past, in the present, and in the future - all over the world. In the same chapter, Jewish scholar Joel Grishaver shares a mystical tale of how Hebrew is very powerful as it is the language God used to create the world. We ask the kids, “Do you like the answers to this question? Is one of them close to your answer? Do you have a different answer?” Here is one of mine: When we study languages other than our native tongue, we not only learn vocabulary and sentence structure, we learn a whole new way of perceiving and thinking about the world. When we learn Hebrew in the context of Torah, we discover ancient pathways to connect us to each other and the divine. L’shalom, Ben

Mazel Tov to Ellen Rosenblum on being honored by the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington with the inaugural Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Award at a special luncheon on September 18th. This award celebrates women who have demonstrated distinguished service, excellent leadership, and the capacity to serve as role models for girls. Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts also received this award. Ellen Rosenblum serves as Oregon’s first female Attorney General. Among many other achievements, she initiated the local Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program, a Girl Scout troop for girls and their incarcerated mothers, and serves on its advisory board. Norm and Norma Silver whose son Jeff Silver was promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General at a ceremony Saturday, October 5th at The National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Salem. He recently returned from a tour of duty in Kabul, Afghanistan where he was Deputy Commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force and Deputy Commander for Air, United States Forces, Afghanistan. His new title is Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Oregon Air National Guard. Prior to his deployment he was the Wing Commander of the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley ANG Base near Klamath Falls, Oregon. Hon. Susan Graber on the presentation of her portrait at Pioneer Courthouse on Monday, October 7. In 1998 Susan was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has also served on Beth Israel’s Board of Trustees and chaired the Adult Education Committee. Linda Harrison-Fintzy, who has been hired as Administrative Coordinator for the Oregon Area Jewish Committee. Bryan Hunt, son of Dana and Bill Hunt and grandson of Elaine Savinar, who has been cast in the ensemble of Harmony – A New Musical, a co-production between Atlanta’s Tony-winning Alliance Theatre and Center Theatre Group that features music by Barry Manilow and book and lyrics by Bruce Sussman. The show previewed in Atlanta in September and will be moving to the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center in Los Angeles in March 2014.

Condolences to

Lift Urban Portland Holiday Dinner – Volunteer Opportunities

Barry and Bonnie Davis and family on the death of her mother, Barbara Jacobson, on September 3.

Wednesday, December 25, 11:30 AM Goodman Hall

LouAnn Frisch and Daniel Frisch and families on the death of their mother, Irene Frisch, on September 14.

Every year, CBI graciously hosts a community holiday dinner, and many of our congregants generously offer their time to ensure a festive event for our guests. This year the dinner is on Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25) from 11:30 AM until 2:00 PM.

Bob Tobias and family on the death of his wife, Mitzi Tobias, on September 17. Elizabeth Domagalski and David Rabbino and family on the death of her grandfather, Oliver Seymour, on September 24 in Kansas.

Volunteers are needed before, during, and after the dinner to prepare and decorate, fill gift bags, greet our guests, serve meals, and clean up. You can sign up to help at

Gabe and Rabbi Rachel Joseph and family on the death of his grandmother, Virginia Belle Whittington Wilkinson on October 5 in Barboursville, West Virginia.

Your annual contribution dues payments should be mailed early in the month to ensure they are received at CBI by December 31 to meet the deadline for tax deduction charitable donations for 2013.

November 2013



Chanukah Fair!

family, those sitting shivah, and for anyone returning from the hospital and too tired to cook.

Sunday, November 3 Join us on Sunday, November 3rd to attend the first WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Chanukah Fair! Mingle with over 50 vendors, featuring both Judaic and secular items. One stop shopping - purchase gifts for all occasions for everyone on your gift list! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. A portion of every sale will be donated back to Sisterhood to fund our support of the CBI religious school.

Attention All Past Beth Israel Sisterhood Leaders The year 2017 is the 100th anniversary of our sisterhood and for that occasion’s celebrations archival material will play an important role. Therefore, for that reason, as well as for the need to keep all of our sisterhood’s story safe, I urge you to bring whatever materials you have – documents, artifacts, whatever – to Oregon Jewish Museum so they can be catalogued for preservation and easy accessibility.

Don’t be shy – the food is there for you because we care. And yes, it’s free, because the best things in life are free. Whatever the reason, if you need help, please contact a member of our clergy in the CBI office (503-222-1069) or me at topsys@ We will be ready with food to feed the body and spirit. Daphna Stadig Advocacy and Social Action

Progressive Dinner Fundraiser a Tasty Success! Beth Israel Sisterhood’s Progressive Dinner fundraiser began at CBI in Lipman Foyer. Despite the rain and wind, everyone was enthusiastic. Fifty-two guests along with twelve dinner hosts (six houses) gathered as we began our evening with appetizers and a lovely Havdalah service, led by Cantor Judith Schiff.

Michael Wood Richman and I are at OJM most Monday mornings and have come close to completing our work on the material given to OJM, yet we know there are huge gaps in the sisterhood story. For example, we have found practically nothing on the Braille Project, yet we know it was at one time a significant part of Sisterhood’s program. WHO HAS ALL THAT STUFF? Look in your closets. Bring any Sisterhood material to OJM, any week day. We’ll welcome and thank you for anything you bring to us. If you are unable to get to the OJM, please bring your materials to CBI and ask that they be put aside for me. - Rose Rustin

Bikur Cholim: Food for the Body and Spirit I remember when I was scheduled for surgery how stressed I was and worried about my family. Were they going to have enough to eat? Were they going to be anxious and depressed? Would anyone reach out to them to make sure they were doing okay without me? My mother used to call me the “captain of the ship,” and she was right. But aren’t we all - mothers, daughters, sisters, sisterhood members – captains of the ship? Indeed we are. We get how important it is to participate in the mitzvah of Bikur Cholim. We get how important it is to have a little something from our community to remind us that we and our families are in their thoughts. We get how exhausting it is running in and out of the hospital, caretaking, sitting shivah, and mending. Life during those transitional periods is tough. So let us help and help us to fulfill the mitzvah of Bikur Cholim for at least one evening. We have lasagna and, starting in November, vegetarian dairy-free soups for anyone who is ill but needs a meal for himself or their


Guests were given an envelope that revealed where they would be going for dinner and the directions to get there. The goal was to meet new people in a small group setting, so the groups were set up randomly. After dinner, we moved on to the Oregon Jewish Museum to end the evening with dessert, champagne, classical guitar, and viewing of the OJM exhibit on immigration. The dinner planning committee of Ellen Bick, Linda HarrisonFintzy, Gerry Jackson, Sally Swire, and Shelly Levy did a great job. We were thrilled at the response from everyone and especially wanted to thank our dinner hosts: • Sarah & John Epstein: main entree lamb • Lynn & Charlie Gelber: smoked chicken • Gerry & Morrie Jackson: pot roast • Randie & Mark Peterson: stuffed chicken • Gillian & Henry Rosicky: brisket • Lynn Tobias & Chet Edwards: salmon We also want to say thank you to all who baked desserts for this event. And a special thank you to Judy Margles, the director of Oregon Jewish Museum, for allowing us to use OJM as our final destination that evening. There were lots of smiles and new friendships and raves about the wonderful dinners. We all had a great evening. It even stopped raining!

Congregation Beth Israel

Community Rosh Hashanah Sweets Table & Break-the-Fast 5774 Every year it is Sisterhood’s pleasure to present a display of sweets for our congregants to enjoy following Rosh Hashanah services and serve noshes for congregants to break the fast. This year, as CBI executive director Sydney Baer said, “The sweets were extraordinary; both beautiful and delicious and lovingly trayed! Everyone really outdid themselves.” Toda raba to Leslie Geller for organizing the sweets project. She had plenty of help with baking and preparing the trays.

Social Action Committee Thanks to your generosity, we delivered 42 bags of food and $2,732 to the food programs at Lift Urban Portland and The Sunshine Pantry. This is the equivalent of 11,558 pounds of food. Your generosity also enabled us to provide the children living at the NW Tower Annex with their needed school supplies and needed coats and shoes for all the children. To help these children, on Wednesday, November 6 at 4:30, we are kicking off our NW Tower Annex after school program, where we will provide homework help and enrichment. We need volunteers so please let us know if you are interested in helping these kids. Our first SoupSac program of the year begins Sunday morning, November 17. Everyone is welcome.

The day before: Leslie Geller and Linda Fintzy with trays of sweets prepared by Sisterhood volunteers

We want and need your help on these and other projects. Please contact us at, call Tracy in the CBI office, or go to the Social Action page on the CBI website for more detailed information on all of our programming. We are confident there is a place for each of you in helping to repair the world.

Rachel Halupowski once again was in charge of the Break-the-Fast, and did a wonderful job. It is so nice to have a nosh following the conclusion of Yom Kippur services. Toda raba, Rachel. In addition to her other volunteers, Rachel even had help from her brother Mark, visiting from Israel!

Your donations to the Social Action Fund and Social Action Food Fund allow us to fund these and other worthwhile activities. We thank you and encourage you to continue your generous contributions.

We want to thank Leslie and Rachel, and all who helped with baking and tray preparation, and those who donated funds for these projects. You are all a blessing! Susan Milstein Nancy Green Ellen Bick Linda Fintzy Gerry Jackson Kate Royston Susie Desmond Tiffany Rosenfeld Daureen Morris Lynn Tobias Sally Rosenfeld Terri Warren Julia Waldinger Lynn Lertzman Sally Swire Sarah Krakauer Keren Hoover Ted Nelson Shelly Levy Eve Rosenfeld Bobbi London Sarah Epstein Eleanore Rubinstein

Daphna Stadig Geri Cullers Debbie Braymer Pearl Trachtenberg Kathleen Doctor Rose Rustin Bunny Sadis Margaret Hasson Lois Urman Bobbie Goldstein Gail Hansen Sarah Hansen Julie Sheppard Megan Garbayo Michelle-Shari Kruss Janice Slonecker Berman Jaime Kean Lois Schnitzer Diane Ring Stephanie Siegel Mark Halupowski Liz Menashe

November 2013


Veterans Day Attention Veterans - We Want to Honor You!

Honoring Those Who Served Each year at Memorial Day and Veterans Day we pay tribute to those buried at Beth Israel who served our country in the wars by adorning their final resting spot with an American flag. This simple indication of military service honors the sacrifices of our war veterans and enhances the natural beauty of our historic cemetery. For many years, cemetery workers have placed the nearly 200 flags on the ground plots and mausoleum spaces throughout the property. In the past, Mitzvah Day volunteers have assisted with the task. Recently, we have introduced a new procedure aimed to ensure all graves are properly marked. Over Veterans Day Weekend, a container of flags will be centrally located adjacent to Landau Chapel. Families coming to visit may take a flag so they can personally place it on the grave in tribute to their loved ones. Should you have any questions about burial locations at the cemetery, please contact Jemi Kostiner Mansfield at (503) 222-1069 or

Shabbat Service and Veterans Day Blessing Friday, November 8, 6:00 PM Temple On Friday night, November 8, we will offer a special Veterans Day blessing during our 6:00 PM Shabbat service. If you are a military veteran or the spouse of a deceased veteran, please call the Temple office at (503) 222-1069 and let us know that you will attend.

Veterans Day Shabbat 2011

Allison B. Cohen Madrichim Training and Religious School Scholarship Fund

In Memory of Sydney M. Finegold Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Alan Green Shemaya Blauer Darrell Overbeck Herb Newmark Jan and Mike Sigell In Honor of Laz Glickman (Bar Mitzvah) Sally Mink In Appreciation Jackie Nudelman Bob Tobias Eldon and Carolyn Wexler

Cemetery Beautification

Cantor Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Allison Cohen Rhonda, Kenny, and Andrew Cohen

Adult Education Fund

In Memory of Asa Arnsberg Larry Arnsberg & Susan Diamond Irene Frisch Mitzi Tobias Rena and Cheryl Tonkin David Lipman and Peggy Wiederhorn Enrico Levi Joy Alkalay Marian Black Floyd Black Gilbert Schnitzer Ilene Goldberg Seymour Robinowitz Chuck and Selene Robinowitz In Appreciation Sydney Baer Jemi Kostiner Mansfield Jan Goldberg

In Memory of Mitzi Tobias Midge and Roger Cone & Family Herman Richman Michael and Jim Richman David Ellman Arthur and Benjamin Steinhorn Thelma Ruth Crabb Patt and Steve Bilow Albert Mandelbaum Lynn Lertzman

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary

Cantor Schiff Discretionary

In Memory of Mitzi Tobias Sally Mink Herb Newmark Andie Petkus and Shaban Demirel


Rabbi Joseph Discretionary In Memory of Virginia Belle Whittington Wilkinson Sydney and Bill Baer In Appreciation Adam and Courtney Furman

In Memory of Sue Morton Naomi and David Strauss Betty Donoghue Rebecca Hill and John Parks

Rabbi Rose Discretionary In Memory of Harry Lewis Baron Roger L. Baron

General Administrative

In Memory of Sandy Kowitt Joel and Cheryl Prell Herbert L. Newmark Janet Louvau Holt Joan and Robert Rosenbaum David H. and Rose Fertig Milton and Elynor Zusman Fred Polsky Gloria Swire Benjamin Brown William R. Brown Ida Delman Emma Ferrera Bernard Carr Bob and Lore Labby Estelle Ellner Harold Ellner Isidor C. Brill Ruth L. Brill Madeline Nelson Gilbert Schnitzer Ken and Debby Novack General Contribution Given By David Lipman

Holiday Childcare

In Memory of Olga W. Baruh Marcus and Babette Horenstein

Congregation Beth Israel

Jill Newman Slansky Early Childhood Leader Fund In Memory of Lillian Newman Jill Slansky

Judith Anne Epstein Education Director’s Fund

In Memory of Spence Daniels Abe Friedman Gary Peterson and Debbie Friedman In Honor of Noah J. J. Feldman (Birthday) Marcia Colton

Landau Chapel

In Memory of Ruth McBride Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe I. Harry Caplan Ardis Kowitt

Oseran Family Lecture In Memory of Nettie Kleinberg Sue and Rich Garber Sadie Finkelstein Sue and Rich Garber Henry and Nancy Oseran


In Memory of Herb Newmark Robert Layton Patricia Layton Nemer

Very Thoughtful People Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Herbert Newmark Stuart and Susan Shleifer Harry Semler Helen Spivak & Family Abe Pollin Harold Pollin David H. Byer Howard and Raquel Byer In Honor of Joan Rosenbaum (Recovery) Philip and Dorothy Reiter Jack Goldstein (Consecration) Stuart and Susan Shleifer

Sally Vidgoff Camp Kalsman Scholarship In Memory of Herb Newmark Mitzi Tobias Bob and Robin Mesher

Social Action (General)

In Memory of Howard Lane Stephen Press and Laura Lane Bernard Carr Alice Carr Thomas and Leonard Carr Mary A. Jackson Morris and Gerry Jackson Herbert Newmark Roger Meyer Mitzi Tobias Elaine and Sandy Weinstein Benjamin Heller Fred L. Cohen and Randy H. Zasloff Sarah Kaplan Janice and Ben Isenberg Bessie Blank Bruce Blank In Honor of Chloe Rose Lewis (Bat Mitzvah) Arlene Schnitzer


In Memory of Herb Newmark Dick and Deanne Rubinstein Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Naomi and David Strauss Rose Rustin Renée and Irwin Holzman Rosemarie Rosenfeld Jill and Richard Edelson Philip and Dorothy Reiter Rose Byer Raquel and Howard Byer Mitzi Tobias Ardis Kowitt Dr. William and Beverly Galen Rosemarie Rosenfeld Ruth Gassner Lila and Joe Greengard Renée and Irwin Holzman Jeanne Newmark Beverly and Marty Zell Irene Frisch Scott and Carol Ehlen Stephen Carrick Dr. William and Beverly Galen Rose Rustin Henry and Nancy Oseran

Jay and Sue Albert Jeanne Newmark Ilene Goldberg George and Mary Anne Poskitt Mike and Fritzi Lainoff Ronnie Wood Lynda Baker Lee and Frank Berne Morton Mayer Wilma-Jane Balick & Sandra Kailes Biller Estelle Ellner Janet E. LaRossa Adele Feingold Lee and Frank Berne Benjamin Goldberg Jan Goldberg Nathan Goldberg Ilene Goldberg Marian Black Floyd Black Rose Rosenbaum Baron Roger L. Baron Diana Golden Renée and Irwin Holzman Ida H. Rosenblatt Jane Flaxman Ben Rosenfeld Rosemarie Rosenfeld Roger Meyer Beverly and Marty Zell Renée and Irwin Holzman A. Leon Cahn Joan A. Cahn Melanie and Will Dann & Family Ilo Bonyhadi Ernest Bonyhadi and Shirley Gittelsohn Gladys Netboy Nancy Seeger and Jane Netboy In Honor of Joy Alkalay (90th Birthday) Eve and Alan Rosenfeld General Contribution Given By Harriet Schatz Lynn Bonner

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Mitzi Tobias Harry and Joanne Glickman Joyce and Stan Loeb Anna and Morris Chusid Charlotte Ostomel Linda Ostomel Leon Feuerstein Howard and Tamra Feuerstein Anne and Maurie Ostomel Rose and Harry Ostomel David Ostomel Linda Ostomel

High Holy Days Food Drive

General Contribution Given By Allison Sneider-Pike and Steven Pike Bev and Bill Galen Cheryl Tonkin Dana and Jerry Schwartz Don and Judy Kramer Elaine Savinar Eleanore Rubinstein Gail and Douglas Hansen Ilene and Jim Davidson

Janet Hoffman and John Harland Jen and Howard Feldman Joan and Robert Rosenbaum Laurie and Bruce Kaplan Leslie and Robert Peltz Mandi and Stuart Chestler Marcia Colton Marge Congress & Evi Pazmanczyk Marney and Allan Pike Mary Scalone Michael and Jim Richman Michelle Cook and Jonathan Plenn Natalie Pitkin-Maizels and Stephen Maizels Pam and Scott Sidell Paul and Alice Meyer Rebecca and Eric FriedenwaldFishman Risa Colton-Feldman and Louis Feldman Robert Ochs and Mary Tarlow Robin and Brian Romer Robin and Howard Marcus Ruth Gassner Sarah and John Epstein Sherry and Paul Fishman Susan Graber and Bill June Susan and Jonathan Hoffman Terri Warren and Hal Hendrix Barry Menick Megan Brown Linda and Sidney Rothschild Cecille and Larry Spivack

NW Tower School Supplies In Memory of Theodore Gerson Joan and Robert Rosenbaum General Contribution Given By Eleanore Rubinstein Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Harriet Schatz Jim and Ilene Davidson Lynn Bonner Marjorie and Jathan Janove Mary Scalone Paul and Alice Meyer

Temple Improvement In Memory of Richard See Eleanore Rubinstein

Temple Restoration

In Memory of Rabbi Richard Schachet Stephanie Summers Tammy Kramer Herb Newmark Bunny and Jerry Sadis Leo Baruh Marcus and Babette Horenstein

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship In Memory of Irene Frisch Richard Dobrow, Rachel Dobrow Stone, and Shoshana Dobrow

November 2013

Lloyd B. Rosenfeld Youth Leadership Fund

In Memory of Ben Rosenfeld Meryl Haber Eric and Tiffany Rosenfeld Robert Layton Eric and Tiffany Rosenfeld In Honor of Mallory Gradow (Bat Mitzvah) Layton Rosenfeld Sophie Adler (Bat Mitzvah) Eric, Tiffany, Claire, Layton, and Ben Rosenfeld Ella Menashe (Bat Mitzvah) Eric, Tiffany, and Layton Rosenfeld

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship In Memory of Herbert Newmark Mitzi Tobias Leonard and Marietta Zell In Honor of Joy Alkalay (90th Birthday) David and Diane Rosencrantz

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Mitzi Tobias Barbara and Howard Cohn In Appreciation Jemi Kostiner Mansfield Martin and Sharyn Schneiderman

Simon & Helen Director Endowment

In Memory of Gilbert Schnitzer The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation Herb Newmark Dick and Cameron Davis

Temple Endowment General Contribution Given By Bill Bregar

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life In Memory of Marilyn Forse Melanie and Will Dann & Family

Prayer Book

In Memory of Amy Lichtgarn Freedman Stan and Joyce Loeb & Family

Sisterhood Programming, Leadership & Enrichment In Memory of Loudelle Lundberg Michael Tannenbaum


In Remembrance November 1 & 2 Abe Bercovitz William R. Boone E. D. Cohen Thelma Ruth Crabb Raoul De Leeuw Carolyn Diener Ronald Edelman Claudia V. Fenton Eileen Fenton Ophelia Foster Sam Freedman Marilyn Goldman Jane E. Green Julius L. Greene John Grossman Budick Kahana Irving Klein Ina Kreifels Paula Lauterstein Martin Lehmann Silvan Lidovitch Estelle Mayer Ruth McBride Devora Mittleman Sadee Muzikant Anna Renee Nagel Samuel S. Parker Morris Platt Nancy Rosenberg Sidney Schlesinger Gretchen N. Seethoff Dr. Harry Semler Harry Shafer Rose Shevach Barbara Singer Edward Tonkin Edward E. Weinstein Henrietta Wolfstein November 8 & 9 Leona Berlow Mack Berman A. Victor Bizer Bertha Blauer Ethel Levitt Blumenthal Kate Blumenthal Ilo Bonyhadi Isidor C. Brill

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


Ruth L. Brill Bernard Carr Jennie Crystal Ida Delman Jack Douglas Dorothy Elconin Estelle Ellner Sadie Finkelstein Lawrence Ellis Friedman Benjamin Heller Joseph Jackson Belva Kaffesieder Reva Kailes Virginia Kendall Nettie Kleinberg Irving Korn Marian G. Krantz Howard Lane Alan Lazarus Irving L. London Albert Mandelbaum Alfred N. Marshall Morton Mayer Leah Savage Mendelssohn Margaret K. Metzger Mae Pike Bobbie D’Vera Radding Jerome Raim Seymour Robinowitz Ben Rybke Anna Semler Dale Shaw Jeanette Shemanski Valerie Simon Lillian S. Steinberg Marion Stoner Sheldon Stanton Vidgoff David C. Wax Ronnie Wood Rose Zugman

Betty Donoghue Doris Etlinger Leon Feuerstein Vicki Friedlander Abe Friedman Sidney Ginsberg Benjamin Goldberg Nathan Goldberg Arthur A. Goldsmith Ruth Goodman Michael Green Elise Simon Hahn Myron B. Haimo M. David Heims Sarah Kaplan Adelle Kohn Elayne Kutner Reuben Lenske Enrico Levi Leo Levison Edgar R. Lokay Elsie Lowen Louis Margulis Anne Ostomel David Ostomel Harry Ostomel Maurice (Maurie) Ostomel Rose Ostomel Charles Pitkin Betty Polsky Ida H. Rosenblatt Ira Rosenfeld Irving Rotenberg Sara Sadis Barbara Hervin Schwab Richard See Ruth Shleifer Norah Solomon Abraham Spivak Rebecca Swerdlik Miriam Anna Vidgoff Annie Weiner William Wolfstone M. David Zugman

November 15 & 16 Joseph Aarons Jacob Asher Rose Rosenbaum Baron Ruth Blauer David J. Bloom Herman Cohen Robert Paul Cunneen

November 22 & 23 Jane Beber Abramson Theresa Adler Renee Bergman

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

Marian Black Leonard I. Blank Edward Brounstein Benjamin Brown David H. Byer Charles Joseph Cantor I. Harry Caplan Samuel Eisenberg Betty Feder Adele Feingold Regina Feldman Bess Steinman Feldstein Amy Lichtgarn Freedman Maria Gelbshteyn Alan Green Isaac B. Holzman Jan Horovitz Rachel Ingber Mary A. Jackson G. Isadore Kaufman Sara Kaufmann Estelle Kobin Robert Layton Dora Link Loudelle Lundberg Virginia MacDougall Sylvia Miller Gladys Netboy Lillian Newman Milly Platman Janet Popick Rose Puziss Herman Richman Gary Romain Henrietta Rosenblatt Ben Rosenfeld Rae W. Samuelis Nancy Scheiner Minnie Scher Gilbert Schnitzer David Schultz Simon C. Shifman Helen Shimshak Frances F. Simon Thelma Tobin Nathan S. White

November 29 & 30 Celia Silver Adler Julia Adler Lois Adler Miriam Aronson Rachael Gross Baer Sol Baker Harry Lewis Baron Ida Bergman Sylvia Wurmser Blanc Bessie Blank Belle T. Brounstein Sherry Caplan Samuel Chaimov Allison Bari Cohen Regina Cohen Fannie Crohn Spencer Daniels Theodore H. Davidson Alan Robert Duhnkrack Sonia Eisenberg David Ellman Jennie Y. Enkelis Pearl Friedman Herbert B. Galton Gregg Goldstein Ann Granger Bev Lindemann Nettie Margolis Rose M. Radding Marks Sadie Miller Abe Pollin Abe Eugene Rosenberg Jeane Rosenberg Anna Saltzman Nathan Shapiro Rachel Shaw Stephen Solomon Marvin S. Swire Janice Tews Maude F. Weil Yvette G. Weil Morris Weitman Margie Winkler Frances Utay Wolf Rose Rita Wurmser Arthur Zacks

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

November 2013 SUNDAY

Cheshvan-Kislev 5774



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

3  Cheshvan 30

4  Kislev 1

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR



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



1   Cheshvan 28

2  Cheshvan 29

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Kabbalat Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Tot Shabbat Service Sponsored by Sisterhood 9:30 AM PC

Jewish Book Month Speakers: David Molko & Audelia Shabbat Service DeCosta 10:30 AM PC JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Havdalah & Potluck (grades 4&5) 6:00 PM MR

5  Kislev 2

6   Kislev 3

7   Kislev 4

8   Kislev 5

9   Kislev 6

Committee Chair meeting 7:00 PM SBR

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

Membership Committee 12:30 PM SBR

No Preschool

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC


Alef Bet Class with Cantor Schiff 6:00 PM LB

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:30 PM SBR

13  Kislev 10

14  Kislev 11

15   Kislev 12

16  Kislev 13

Adult Education Committee 8:30 AM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Executive Committee 12:00 PM SBR

Shir Shabbat Service 6:00 PM Temple

Shabbat Service: Bar Mitzvah of Ben Banks 10:30 AM Temple

Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM Sisterhood Chanukah Craf Fair & Bake Sale 9:00 AM BA Kol Echad Choir Rehearsal 11:30 AM BTB

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR Kabbalat Shabbat Service Blessing for Veterans 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Service: Bar Mitzvah of Duncan McAlpine Sennett 10:30 AM Temple

Intro to Judaism 7:00 PM PC

Bikkur Holim cooking 12:30 PM SEC Kitchen

10  Kislev 7

11   Kislev 8


No Sunday Programming

No Preschool: Veterans’ Day

Meditation Group 7:30 PM SC

Kislev 9

Education and Youth Committee 11:45 AM SBR Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC Alef Bet Class with Cantor Schiff 6:00 PM LB


4:30 PM

CBI Family Barn Dance

Social Action Meeting 7:00 PM SBR

17   Kislev 14

18   Kislev 15

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

19   Kislev 16

20   Kislev 17

21   Kislev 18

22   Kislev 19

23   Kislev 20

Mother’s Circle Mikveh Program 7:00 PM PC

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

Alef Bet Class with Cantor Schiff 6:00 PM LB

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:15 PM SBR

Friends Over 50 Pre-neg 5:00 PM LF

Shabbat Service: Bat Mitzvah of Margo Sidline 10:30 AM Temple

26   Kislev 23

27   Kislev 24

28   Kislev 25

29   Kislev 26

30   Kislev 27

Meditation Group 7:30 PM SC

Chanukah Begins 1st Candle

Chanukah - 2nd Candle

Chanukah - 3rd Candle

Chanukah 4th Candle

Thanksgiving Break: Temple Offices Closed

Thanksgiving Break: Temple Offices Closed

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

No IHP Classes

Chanukah Dinner, Service & Celebration 6:00 PM

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

Sisterhood Committee 10:00 AM GH

Kabbalat Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

SoupSacs 11:00 AM BA Kitchen Kol Echad Choir Rehearsal 11:30 AM BTB

24   Kislev 21 Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM Kindegarten Family Program: Shabbat & Chanukah 10:00 AM BA ECE Chanukah Celebration 10:30 AM Rm 3 Kol Echad Choir Rehearsal 11:30 AM BTB Latkes & Vodkas 3:00 PM BA

25   Kislev 22

Preschool Giving Thanks Celebration & Pot Luck 12:00 PM BA No Evening Programming

Havdalah Bar Mitzvah of Eric Berniker 5:00 PM Temple

View our online calendar at 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

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 Jane Vereschagin

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

Auxiliaries Linda Harrison-Fintzy - WRJ/BI Sisterhood President Bob Winthrop - Brotherhood President Administration Offices & Clergy Education Department & Preschool Fax Machine WRJ/BI Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop Beth Israel Cemetery

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

CBI’s 3rd annual

Taste of Temple Sunday, February 9, 5:00 pm (503) 222-1069

Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1879


Congregation Beth Israel

November 2013 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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

November 2013 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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