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Bulletin February 2016 Shevat-Adar 5776 Vol. 65, No. 5

B’not Mitzvah

Upcoming Events

Marisa Steinberg Marisa Steinberg will become Bat Mitzvah on February 6, 2016. She is the daughter of Lance and Marisela Steinberg and younger sister of Adriana and Gabriela. For her Mitzvah Project, Marisa will work with CBI congregant Bobbie Goldstein to design and send cards to CBI members honoring special occasions, welcoming them to the congregation, or providing support in their times of need.

Isabelle Schafer Isabelle Schafer will become Bat Mitzvah on February 14, 2016. She is the daughter of Andrew and Valerie Schafer, and older sister of Jonah. For her Mitzvah Project, she is working with Sunshine Pantry, where she has long held an interest in volunteering. Sunshine Pantry’s mission is to “help those in need make it through horrible times,” by giving food, clothing, toiletries, housewares and toys to families, children, the unemployed, the working poor, single moms, seniors on fixed incomes, as well as community institutions in need around the SW Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Tigard areas.

Emma Lindner


Emma Lindner will become Bat Mitzvah on February 27, 2016. She is the daughter of Jonathan and Marilyn Lindner and attends the Catlin Gabel School. Emma is working with the Children’s Book Bank for her Mitzvah Project. The Children’s Book Bank collects, cleans, and gives books to children who need them, with the goal of providing six to seven books per child to low income families. Drawn to the project for its capacity to give children a chance to learn and improve their reading skills, Emma plans to collect over two hundred books and to visit the book bank monthly to prepare those books for delivery to children.

Initial Meeting of the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group

The Dreyfus Affair Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 PM Pollin Chapel Presenter: Rabbi Daniel Isaak Advance sign-ups requested. Rabbi Daniel Isaak shares his memorabilia and leads a seminar discussion of the Dreyfus Affair, a fascinating history that raises questions relevant today. In 1894, the French concluded that the Germans had access to French military secrets. Suspicion fell on Captain Alfred Dreyfus, because he was a Jew and was from Alsace, an area lost to Germany 24 years earlier. The Affair turned on considerations of innocence or guilt, but also on whether Jews could be seen as loyal to France and ultimately whether the life of an innocent man was expendable in order to preserve the honor of the French Military. Theodore Herzl, a foreign journalist covering the trial, was so shocked by the blatant anti- Semitism on the streets of liberal Paris that he concluded that only in a country of their own could Jews live as equals. An Officer and A Spy, by Robert Harris, a work of historical fiction was CBI Book Group’s January read and will be a helpful introduction or refresher, though not necessary for participating in this seminar.

CBI Book Group Sunday, February 7, 9:00 AM Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room All are welcome to meet and discuss our February selection, History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier by Deborah Lipstadt. There is no need to sign up in advance. Like lively literary discussion? Please mark your calendars for our March 6 meeting, when we will discuss Chaim Potok’s Davita’s Harp.

Three Clergy Present: “The Illusion of Inclusion: Welcomed, Welcoming and Sometimes, Not.”

Thursday, February 4, 6:30 PM Amy R. Goldsmith/Spear Research Library Open to the whole community, this support group will provide emotional and educational support for caregivers and care partners of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Taking care of someone with dementia also means taking care of yourself and getting help. Joining a support group means that you do not have to do it alone. For questions or any additional information, please contact fellow congregant Maurrie Salenger at

Stay tuned for “Music Under the Dome” featuring our own wonderful cellist, Irving Levin; date and time will be announced


Adult Education Presents:

Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 PM Pollin Chapel Panel: Rev. Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan, St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Israel; The Very Rev. Nathan LeRud, Dean, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Three clergy from three of the major NW Portland religious institutions gather annually to discuss and teach about issues from their unique religious perspectives. “Catholic, Protestant and Jew” is not the set-up for a joke – it is a fun and serious investigation of issues that affect us all. Inclusion and Welcoming are important words in our religious practice these days. But how do we define ourselves if there is no distinction? America is a land of religious inclusion – but it hasn’t always been. Exclusion is also a part of our history. Join three religious leaders as they discuss history, heresy and even some hypocrisy.

Congregation Beth Israel


Our Leadership

Hineinu. We are Here.

A Call To Our Community by Ilene Davidson, Engagement Task Force Chair As Rabbi Joseph so eloquently told us at our Rosh Hashanah services, it is in our home at Congregation Beth Israel that we sustain and continue an ancient tradition that has defined us as Jews, comforted us through centuries of pain, and given us the language of rejoicing in the most beautiful moments in our lives. We are about being together, both inside and outside this building, and looking out for one another. CBI is our home and our community. But it is only community if WE are willing to say “Hineinu, we are here!”, and become immersed in community. “Hineinu” is about being committed to making a difference, to being a part of community. A community not only nurturing the individual soul, but also awakening in us a sense of connectedness to and responsibility for one another. We cannot be Jewish alone. We cannot say Hineinu alone. The point of a synagogue community is that we are meant to support each other - it’s a place where we can bring our entire selves - all of our emotions - all of our strengths and weakness - our hopes and fears. CBI is about US. We are here because WE are here. A community is beyond the sum of its parts because a real community answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members - among them the need to need one another. We are blessed to be a large and diverse community and CBI already has many engaging and enlightening programs to stimulate our minds and stir our souls. But for many of us, it can be hard to connect with people beyond those we already know. Many of us believe that CBI is so large that it’s difficult to connect to others - to build the relationships that make a real difference in our lives. It is our hope to address this concern in many different ways - to recognize that each of us is valued, that each of us is an essential part of this community, and that each of us recognizes the kedusha, the sanctity, of one another. Based on this hope, at the request of the Board of Trustees, a number of congregants, with the guidance of our clergy, have come together to foster and nourish our community, to grow our efforts to engage in acts of bikkur cholim, taking care of the sick, cooking meals for one another, being ambassadors for our community; greeting people at Shabbat services, and providing opportunities for our congregants to come together in many different ways. We are appropriately calling this endeavor, “Hineinu.”

Answering the Call by Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, Senior Cantor and Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph, Associate Rabbi This month we read from the book of Exodus about the gifts that the people of Israel bring to create a mishkan, movable sanctuary. This mishkan (imagine a tiny model of our beautiful temple!) would be carried through all the unimaginable days of hardship and unexpected beauty that forged a visionary people from a mass of the downtrodden. A call went out for contributions and this rag-tag group of former slaves scrounged around and came up with bits of gold, bronze, royal blue cloth. Like a huge tapestry, each person contributed a tiny bit until Moses had to ask them to STOP; the new mishkan was overflowing…

You’ve already been introduced to one aspect of this through the initiative of Bob Kravitz and Bobbie Goldstein who created our Caring Community. Our Caring Community is hard at work, creating opportunities for B’nei Mitzvah projects and support groups for widows and caregivers caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. We are now pleased to introduce the Caring Community’s newest endeavor, Neighborhood Circles. To help us get to know each other better, we have divided the members of our congregation into eight geographical groups Neighborhoods Circles. The purpose of these Circles is to encourage you to connect with others from CBI within your neighborhood in ways that are totally up to each of you. When a need arises in the neighborhood; a member may need a ride, a meal, shiva support, etc., an email will be sent from the CBI office to your Neighborhood Circle. You may choose to meet that need but are under no obligation to do so. Congregants within Neighborhood Circles may also want to organize other things for the neighborhood: informal gatherings at someone’s house, pot-luck meals and gatherings for Chanukah, breakfasts, Havdalahs, Passover Seders, helping with carpooling or when meals are needed in times of illness, bereavement, or celebratory occasions, such as new births. This is an exciting program and we want you to learn how you can make it a success! You will be receiving an email shortly describing the Neighborhood Circles in greater detail. In the meantime, if you would like more information, please email Bobbie Goldstein or Bob Kravitz at We turn to you to be our partners.

Hineinu Shabbat Service Friday, February 26, 6:00 PM Pollin Chapel Please join us for a celebration of Hineinu with this special Shabbat service and festive Oneg following. Our Steering Committee will be there to welcome you and provide more information. As we invest in one another and accept responsibility for creating the community we want, each of our lives will be enriched. It will be a night you won’t want to miss!

We are not asking you for dolphin skins to decorate our ark, we are inviting you to answer the call of “Hineinu,” from our Engagement Task Force chair, Ilene Davidson, as together we build our own spiritual mishkan, our congregation’s heart center. Ilene has beautifully expressed the hopes and dreams embodied in Rabbi Joseph’s High Holiday sermon as she stewards this task force. These ideals of taking care of each other, building community, and really being there for each other every step of life’s journey, can become our congregation’s reality. Rabbi Joseph, Ilene, and Cantor Cahana, along with all of the Hineinu Task force cohort are ready to answer your questions. To get us all started, as part of our Shabbat service on February 26th, we will engage in some study and conversation about the specifics of the task force, its components, and how you can become involved. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at this special Shabbat service; join us prior to it for a glass of wine and linger after to share in food and conversation. May each one of us answer in whatever way we can, as the early children of Israel did, with open hearts and hands ready to reach out to one another in support and love.

February 2016


Developing CBI


You Can Make Excuses or Make It Happen

opportunities through which our members can get engaged and involved. Read more about the work of the Hineinu Task Force – and find the spot for you!

by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director

People often ask me why I continue to work. I do this work because I can, because I want to make things happen and because my work with CBI fulfills me on so many levels and in so many ways. Being a part of CBI in a meaningful way adds life to each of my days. I love the stories shared by others – why they get involved or what being involved means to them. I kvell when a committee gathers and I think I had something to do with connecting the people who are gathering for the same purpose. I thrill when a member tells me how their life has been changed by the people they have met through CBI or through CBI experiences.

Many elements go into making an organization such as Congregation Beth Israel successful. The two with which I am most often involved are human and financial or time and money. It’s an absolute misconception to believe you have to have an abundance of either to accomplish anything. This could not be further from the truth. So the saying you can make excuses or make it happen really resonates with me. As they say – give a busy person something to do and they will get it done. Among the many things for which I am grateful is the opportunity to work with people who choose to make a difference – people who make it happen. From our annual fall fundraiser to our Taste of Temple V friendraiser and fun(d)raiser, from our treasured Legacy Circle Donors to our Every Family Initiative Campaign, we at CBI are blessed with many supporters who choose to make an impact with a financial gift. We are also fortunate to have a broad spectrum of members with diverse interests and skills who are working diligently to be certain CBI offers a multitude of

In this month where we celebrate love – I can honestly say I love what I get to do, choose to do, and am privileged to do. For me, if you want to make something happen - there are no excuses for not acting upon that desire. I welcome the chance to make something happen together. The Beatles said it best:

And in the end The love you take Is equal to the love You make.

Camp Sababa is the best and only Reform Jewish day camp in Portland! We welcome all children entering grades Kindergarten through 5, with a special leadership program for teenagers entering grades 8 and 9. Camp Sababa features creative and fun morning activities at our home of Congregation Beth Israel with afternoon field trips exploring the greater Portland area.

Registration for Camp Sababa is now open! For more information or to register, visit or contact Ziva Sholin at or Shoshanna Pro at Congregation Beth Israel • 1972 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209 • 503-222-1069


Congregation Beth Israel

Education Early Childhood Engagement By Ben Sandler Education Director On the first Saturday of each month we host our TOT Shabbat service for families with children ages birth through six years young! We pack a lot of joy into these thirty minute services. This past month we had a raucous time with the kids, parents, grandparents, our clergy, and song leader, Kim Schneiderman. We danced; we sang; we played musical instruments and parachute games as we told the story of crossing the sea to freedom. Following the service, we shared a beautiful Oneg Shabbat together and the kids created their own tzedakkah boxes. The service started at 9:00 AM and it was about 12:30 PM when our last family left campus saying, “see you at the Pajama Havdalah in a couple weeks at Rabbi Joseph’s house!” events. At these events, our clergy play prominent roles. They’ve led storytelling at Sukkot celebrations at Sauvie Island, and hosted events for young families in their homes and around our community. Other on-ramps to involvement include our beautiful monthly Saturday Tot Shabbat experiences, our monthly Sunday ECE programs, and our new weekly Sunday Pre-K class, where you’ll spy our Pre-K kids dancing and singing during Mishpacha Minyan and experiencing the fun of our arts integrated Religious School with new Jewish friends from around the city.

As we continue to meet new families with young children and welcome them into our sukkot shalom, please be an ambassador for us by inviting friends and encouraging people to connect with other families here at CBI. Our preschool registration for next school year is now open for synagogue members and returning families, and will soon be open to the Greater Portland Community. If you know a young family looking for a great first school experience for their son or daughter, please encourage them to contact us in the education office for a school tour. If you know a family not specifically looking for a preschool but looking to connect to other young Jewish families, please encourage them to contact us so that we may invite them to our next Early Childhood Engagement event and help them make new friends.

We are in the midst of an exciting 18 month national Community of Practice (CoP) cohort through the Union of Reform Judaism “Building a Brand: Excellence in Reform Movement Early Childhood Education,” guided by the goals of Joyful Family Engagement and Seamless Synagogue Integration, to help us create more pathways of connection to our 21st century families. Through our participation in this national cohort, more opportunities and strategies to engage young families continue to emerge as we learn from each other about what communities around the country are doing to welcome young families, encourage community building, and creating wonderful multi-generational memories together. L’Shalom, Ben

There are so many ways for families with young children to connect with our community, and we would love for you to help spread the word about them. One great option is through our outstanding preschool program, which provides daily and intensive contact time with teachers, staff and clergy. For each of our participating children, his or her first formal educational experience is in a Jewish classroom, giving them the chance to celebrate Shabbat together every Friday with our clergy, talented song leaders, parents, and teachers. Young Jewish families walk through our doors each day for a joyful, immersive experience. Other ways families can connect to each other and CBI is through our partnership with PJ Library this year for ECE

February 2016


Social Action GET EDUCATED

Visit these essential websites for more information and follow their Facebook and Twitter accounts to receive updates on national and local news. • Everytown For Gun Safety:

Gun Violence Prevention Advocacy at CBI This year, Oregon has seen success with gun violence prevention with the passage of a background check bill, a success tempered by the tragedy of the Umpqua College shootings. As part of our ongoing advocacy project here at CBI, we’ve welcomed major speakers to our Shabbat Services to give their insights on this issue. Portland’s former Chief of Police, Mike Reese, gave us the facts about gun violence in our community, noting that while gun violence has decreased in recent decades, about 30,000 people in the US each year are killed by guns and 18,000 of those are suicides. Chief Reese also spoke of his support of the recent law expanding background checks to cover all loopholes for gun purchases in the state of Oregon, and addressed banning assault weapons and large capacity magazine clips, implementing a mandatory waiting period before a gun sale and improving access to mental health services. CBI also welcomed Jake Weigler, who is a principal at Hilltop Public Solutions and a consultant to the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety. The Oregon Alliance coordinates work among the groups working on gun violence following the tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary and Clackamas Town Center. It now includes over fifty health care, law enforcement, and educational, and faith community organizations across Oregon. His talk focused on gun violence prevention, and touched on common sense gun violence prevention laws, and ways that parents can approach the issue gun violence prevention and gun security with other parents. On the third anniversary of Sandy Hook on December 13, 2015, CBI members joined hundreds of people for the Orange Walk to End Gun Violence, and stood out in the rain to hear from Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, and families of victims of gun violence.

• M  om’s Demand Action For Gun Sense in America: • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:


Support your regional and national legislators. Contact your local and national representatives in support of common sense gun laws. The gun lobby is effective at mobilizing a small but very loud group of supporters. We need to do the same! Even legislators who are already in favor of gun violence prevention initiatives are grateful for supportive emails and letters. • F ind your state representatives (Oregon):


Join the SAC at CBI where we are developing advocacy programs to support common sense gun laws and other issues that are important to our community. Come to our next meeting on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

First CBI Advocacy Day in Salem, OR Wednesday, February 24 Join Rabbi Joseph and other members of the SAC for a day of lobbying our regional representatives in Salem on issues of importance to the CBI community including gun violence prevention, hunger, and social justice. The day will include begin with training on effective lobbying techniques followed by meetings with regional representatives. If you want to participate, please email us at We look forward to seeing you!

SHABBAT SERVICE HONORING MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. We were all inspired at our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration featuring speaker Dr. C.T. Vivian!

Photos courtesy of Steve Bilow

Visit for more photos and video of this inspiring event. 6

Congregation Beth Israel


L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Mazel Tov to Jen and Howard Feldman on the birth of their second grandson, Sasha Menusch Feldman, born on December 19 to proud parents Leigh Feldman and Sara Moskovitz. Sasha is also welcomed by his big brother Sebastian and grandparents Gloria Halper and Jay Moskovitz of Congregation Havurah Shalom. Edward Tonkin on the birth of his grandson, Bennet Edward Zoucha, who was born on January 17 to proud parents Nancy Tonkin-Zoucha and Nathan Zoucha. Bennet’s great-grandparents are Marcy Tonkin and Ron Tonkin (z”l). May they grow in health and wisdom and be a source of strength to their families and all humankind. Adrienne Reed, who won a Gold Key in the Portland Metro Scholastic Art Competition for a ceramic piece that will be displayed in the Portland Northwest College of Art Museum. Idit Cahana, who won four Gold Keys for individual paintings, two Silver Keys for individual paintings, and a Gold Key Portfolio for her Senior Portfolio in the Portland Metro Scholastic Art Competition.

Condolences to Sharon and Steve Rallison, Tom and Mary Jane Stern, Eve Stern and Les Gutfreund on the loss of their father, and to Benjamin and Gail Singer, Anna and Eric Kodesch, Hailey and Evan Bernstein, Jonathan Singer, Bradley and Lara Stern, Harrison Hess, Alexander Hess, and Lindsay Stern on the loss of their grandfather, Jerome Stern, who passed away on December 20, 2015.

Goldsmith & Spear Library Happenings Special Sunday in the Library

Sunday, February 28, 10:15 AM Amy R. Goldsmith/Spear Research Library CBI member and New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin will talk about his new book, Violent Crimes, a mesmerizing tale of suspense. Attorney Amanda Jaffe, star of Margolin’s best-sellers Wild Justice, Ties That Bind, Proof Positive, and Fugitive, becomes entangled in a murder case involving Big Oil, an estranged father and son, and the greatest ethical dilemma of her career. Margolin will be available to sign the new book after the event.

Tot Shabbat Saturday, March 5, 10:00 AM Pollin Chapel Please bring your little ones for an NG Sisterhood-sponsored Tot Shabbat.

Ardyth Shapiro on the death of her husband, to Annie Underwood on the death of her father, and to David and Diane Rosencrantz on the death of their brother-in-law, Herbert Shapiro, who passed away on December 27, 2015. Lore Labby on the loss of her husband, Paul and Lee Labby on the loss of his father, Arnold and Eva Labby on the loss of his brother, and Evan Labby and Alex Labby on the loss of their grandfather, Robert “Bob” Labby, who passed away on January 8, 2016. Marisa Paley-Brown and Ron Brown on the loss of her mother, and Abigail and Eleanor Brown on the loss of their grandmother, Renee Paley-Brown, who passed away on January 8, 2016.

Say “Hello … Shabbat Shalom” Be a Greeter! Welcome friends, congregants, guests, and newcomers at Friday evening Shabbat services. It’s easy. Ask people to wear a name tag. Hand out the weekly announcement flyer. Answer the important questions in life – like, where’s the bathroom? Greeters arrive at 5:30, half an hour before services begin (by the way, snagging the best parking spots); and stay a few minutes extra afterwards to mingle. Sign up online at and wear your best smile.

February 2016


Very Thoughtful People

Allison B. Cohen Madrichim Training and Religious School Scholarship Fund In Memory of Ralph Driesen Lance and Debbie Caldwell and Jacob Driesen In Honor of Jacob Driesen (Recovery) Lance and Debbie Caldwell

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat In Memory of Myrtle C. Donaldson Rick and Kay Stern Gertrude Klein Marilyn and Hans Grunbaum Allan Weinstein Sue and Joel Krane Herbert Shapiro Ilene Goldberg

Amy R. Goldsmith Library In Memory of Neale Creamer Jill and Richard Edelson Alan Zell Anita and David August Elaine and Sandy Weinstein Ellie Zusman Barbara and Howard Cohn

Caring Community Fund

In Honor of Bobbie Goldstein (Special Birthday) Bob Kravitz and David Gilbert Ellen and Richard Cohen Susan and Stuart Shleifer

Cemetery Beautification

In Memory of Samuel Greenberg Selene and Chuck Robinowitz Ron Tonkin Marcy Tonkin Alan Zell Gerel Blauer Joy Alkalay Richard Berman Pierce Ethier Cynthia Lipman Aaron Leslie Lipman Loree and Ken Sakai Margaret Balick Kavitt Benita Schlesinger, Betty and Randy Rubenstein and Families In Honor of Sydney Baer (Service to CBI and Retirement) Rabbi Rachel Joseph (Becoming Associate Rabbi) Gerel Blauer


Rabbi Joseph Discretionary

General Contribution Given By Anonymous

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Sarah Kurland Janet Zell Irene Feinstein Arron Eugene Arron Ethel Kelinson Max Kelinson Irving Ovitz Judith K. Feinstein & Family Shirley Waldman Ann and Jim Waldman David Rosenfeld Ruth Rosenfeld Don and Karen Lachman Eva Y. Ail Louise Ruben and Family Jack Handelman Irv Handelman Katalin Soltesz Les and Martha Soltesz Jerry Stern Barbara and Howard Cohn Bessie Kauffman Theodore D. Lachman In Honor of Sydney Baer (Retirement) Donna Brownstein Mel Kohn Jordan Schnitzer (Generosity in hosting Traditions event) Jason Waxman In Appreciation Rabbi Cahana (Funeral Services for Nicole Ruffine) Steve Ungar Rabbi Cahana Alice and Paul Meyer Janet Zell Rabbi Cahana (Building Community) Ted and Connie Gilbert

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Elsa Bonyhadi Ernest Bonyhadi Herbert Shapiro Elaine Savinar Carol August David and Anita August In Appreciation Cantor Cahana (Funeral Services for Nicole Ruffine) Steve Ungar Cantor Cahana Alice and Paul Meyer Janet Zell Cantor Cahana (Building Community) Ted and Connie Gilbert

In Memory of Alan Zell Helen Scott Duewel Elaine Savinar Sydney and Bill Baer Marvin Diamond Lynn Bonner In Honor of Jen and Howard Feldman’s New Grandson Sydney and Bill Baer In Appreciation Rabbi Joseph (Funeral Services for Nicole Ruffine) Steve Ungar Rabbi Joseph Janet Zell Rabbi Joseph (Building Community) Ted and Connie Gilbert

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Israel Gothalph Ruth Friedman Sandee Blank and Family

General Administrative

In Memory of Alan Zell Samuel Glickman Jean Lake Harry and Joanne Glickman Harry Karansky Sivia Kaye Doris Krys Jack and Madeleine Menashe Erick Thompson Barbara Bloom Antone P. Larsen Joel and Sandra Seres Norman Stamm Phillip Margolin Allan Weinstein Goldie Weinstein Sherri and Jeff Weinstein Raymond Krantz Carolyn and Eldon Wexler Molly S. Streit Helen Svidlow Gilbert Olman Jerry Stern Phil and Dorothy Reiter Gus Steinberg Lance and Mary Steinberg Kathy Fisher Leo Arfer Esther Rodinsky Ilene Goldberg Raye Horenblas Lindsey Horenblas In Honor of Ruth Gassner (Birthday) Harry and Joanne Glickman In Appreciation of High Holiday Services Gary Beckerman

Congregation Beth Israel

General Contribution Given By Anonymous

Hal Ruthizer Cultural Arts In Memory of Morton Glazer Barbara Glazer Donna Miller Mimi Richman Jill Newman Slansky Early Childhood Leader Fund In Memory of James R. Lilienthal Frani Lilienthal

Landau Chapel

In Memory of Jack R. Menashe Jack McBride Ruben and Elizabeth Menashe Harriet Shank Jerry Shank Eliot Kowitt Ardis Kowitt

Oseran Family Lecture In Memory of Philip Kurland Janet Zell


In Memory of Lewis Fendrich Dorothy Meyer Lorraine Davis Debbie Davis-Spiegel and Don Spiegel Jean B. Wolff Alan Zell Barbara and Stuart Lang In Appreciation of Pierce Ethier Paul Schmidt

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of William J. Berman Donald Safran Leslie Berman and Family In Appreciation of Avrel Nudelman Roberta Margolis and Family

Sally Vidgoff Camp Kalsman Scholarship In Appreciation of Paul Schmidt Pierce Ethier

Social Action (General) In Memory of Gus J. Solomon Richard B. Solomon

Very Thoughtful People Marcia Esther Donna Brownstein Robert S. Misrach Geraldine Misrach-Jackson Frank H. Eiseman Gerda A. Eiseman Arnold Rustin Jean Rustin Deborah Rustin In Honor of Rose Rustin (Birthday) Deborah Rustin Cantor Judith Schiff (Officiating the Marriage of Laura Kutner and Stephen Tokarski) Carol Gordon Kutner General Contribution Given By Scott Lewis and Laura Rose-Lewis


In Memory of Esther Utay Lenet Evelyn Laster Ruth Rosenfeld Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Alan S. Meyer Harry L. Turtledove Adele R. Meyer Alice and Paul Meyer Irwin Applebaum Barney and Susan Milstein Joan Ramsey Mrs. Gilbert Schnitzer, Deborah and Kenneth Novack Laura Yankowitz Robert Sonnes William I. Trachtenberg Rose Trachtenberg Pearl Trachtenberg Arnold Rustin Rose Rustin Leo Goldman Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman, Louis Feldman, and Jacob and Noah Feldman Max Peltz Robert and Leslie Peltz Samuel Berne Frank and Lee Berne Theresa Bergstein Len and Betsy Bergstein

CBI Team Senior Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana Senior Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Associate Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph

Herbert Shapiro Barbara and Howard Cohn Maurice Goldberg Joan Ramsey Ilene Goldberg Runi Hyman William Shapiro Susan Hammel Joseph Hupert Janet Hupert Friedman Sylvia Margulis Sue Friedman Seymour Utay Evelyn Laster Donald Richman Mimi Richman In Honor of Jen Feldman (Speedy Recovery) Beverly and Marty Zell General Contribution Given By Anonymous

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Herbert Shapiro Bunny and Jerry Sadis In Honor of Sydney Baer (Retirement) Owen and Lynn Blank

Spear Research Library

In Memory of David Jay Rosenfeld Eve and Alan Rosenfeld In Honor of Sydney Baer (Retirement) Barbara and Howard Cohn

Education Department Education Director Ben Sandler, M. Ed. Youth Group Director Shoshanna Pro

In Honor of Frances Wolf Ron and Elaine Sobel

Heims Family Youth Activities Endowment General Contribution Given By Jack and Phyllis Heims

Holzman Family Religious School Fund In Honor of Barbara Lang (Birthday) Bunny and Jerry Sadis

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship In Memory of Alan Zell Dr. William and Beverly Galen

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment

In Memory of Marion S. Forman Albert F. Forman Stephen E. Forman In Appreciation of Tatiana Lifshitz (Assistance and Expertise) The Alifanz Family

Temple Improvement

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship

In Memory of Dick Brownstein Donna Brownstein Sol Director Bruce Director Sol Director Sam Shaia Director Stuart and Nikki Director In Honor of Jerry Nudelman (Recovery) Jeannie Breall (Recovery) Stuart and Nikki Director

Simon & Helen Director Endowment In Memory of Harold Saltzman Ruth Saltzman and Family June Nagel Cameron and Dick Davis

Director of Membership and Special Events Marisa Reby Communications Coordinator Tracy Alifanz

Education Administrator Ziva Sholin

Office Administrator Alyssa Mandula

Member Services

Clergy Administrative Assistant Sara Miller

Rabbi Emeritus Emanuel Rose, D.H.L., D.D.

Interim Executive Director Alanna Hein

Cantor Emerita Judith Blanc Schiff

Development Director Jen Feldman

Finance Director Jim Baldwin, CPA

February 2016

Temple Endowment

In Memory of Jerry M. Colton Marcia E. Colton Celene Lauterstein Lowenson Lynn Lowenson Marks

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life In Memory of Celene Lauterstein Lowenson Lee B. Lowenson

Prayer Book

In Memory of Carol Faye Williams Megan Brown Joseph F. Sercu Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman, Louis Feldman, and Jacob and Noah Feldman Leo Goldman Joseph F. Sercu Margo Sercu Aunt Anna and Uncle Sally Buchbinder David Strauss Naomi Strauss

Service to the Blind

In Memory of Rita Kantor Pearlmutter Donald Londer Mary Rogoway Bruce Kantor Steve and Elaine Kantor Margaret Balick Kavitt Wilma Jane Balick

Sisterhood Lubliner Leadership Fund

In Memory of Angela Kellner Cristina and Mircea Draghicescu In Honor of Karen Kranz (Recovery) Pierce Ethier

Accounting Assistant Vicki Greif

Century Catering 503-849-2605 Allen Levin

Facilities Staff Perry Meekins, Facilities Manager Tony Bennett Shalamar Washington Dallas Van Winkle Susie Young

Culinary Artistry 503-232-4675 Jenn Louis

Catering Panel Alfresco Catering by Sheraton 503-335-2858 Shellie Engelquist

Devil’s Food Catering 503-233-9288 Charles Stilwell VT Group: Vibrant Table, Food In Bloom, f&b CafÊ 503-297-9635 Karen Rich

Art of Catering 503-231-8185 Larry Grimes


In Remembrance ~ May their memory be for a blessing. February 5 & 6 Cynthia Lipman Aaron Allen Adler Frank B. Aiken Solomon Arnsberg Carol August Bruce D. Becker Kathryn Benaroya Elsa Bonyhadi* Norman Marion Burnett Sally Burnett Joseph H. Dickson Sara Dilsheimer* Sol D. Director* Gertrude Docherty Frank Eiseman Ruth Epstein Herbert Frank Feibleman Nathan Feldman Florence Fishman Marion S. Forman Ruth Friedman Miriam Gadye Rudolph Galkin Isaac Geller* Leo Goldman Alfred Greenwald Linda Hudesman Runi Hyman* Sylvia Director Jacobs* Harry Karansky Stanley F. Katz Margaret Balick Kavitt* Gertrude Klein Walter Kranz Davine Levison Leslie Lipman Ruth Marsh Jack McBride Jack Menashe James E. O’Neil Charles Ostrofsky Max Peltz Ruth Philip Joan Ramsey Jeanette Rigler Esther Rodinsky Arnold Rustin Bernie Savage Sally Ann Shulman Joseph Spiegel William Isaac Trachtenberg Ruth Woron

February 12 & 13 Eva Y. Ail Irwin Applebaum Frances Barde Arback Maxine Barker William J. Berman Samuel Berne Florence Brown Sally Buchbinder Leonard Burgin Joan Cahn Esther Florence Diamond* Sara Drucker Albert F. Forman Edith Goodman Eugene Gottesman Joseph J. Heilner Lillian Hoffman Joseph Horenstein Max Isaacson Mary Kane Harold L. Kaplan Ethel G. Kelinson* Max D. Kelinson* Stella Koenigsberg Eliot Kowitt Doris Krys Sylvia Krys-Nudelman Philip Kurland Fred Langerman* Antone Larsen David H. Lomas Celene Lauterstein Lowenson* Esther Mink Monford Orloff Irving Ovitz Annabelle Palmer Perlman* Carlton R. Reiter George K. Robbins Rodney A. Rosencrantz* Otto B. Rothschild* Joseph Francis Sercu William Shapiro Elise Rosenbaum Sherlin Joseph Smertenko Katalin Soltesz Edward Soren Molly S. Streit Selmo Tauber Gerald Unkeles Anna Urman Jacob Vidgoff Anne K. Wald Shirley Waldman Jean Wolff Jack Zasloff Lillian Zidell

February 19 & 20 Lee Ackley Nathan Adler Rick Aftergut James Henry Ashrow* Esther Hirsch Barde Theresa Bergstein A. I. Bloch Lorraine Davis Marvin L. Diamond* Harry Estrin Berenice Feldman Max Flaxman George Friend Rita Geller David Gold* Bernard Goldberg Samuel Hahn Edgar Hexter* Lawrence Hoffman* Rachel Horenblas Joseph Hupert Dora Kaffesieder* Cantor Chaim Kohen Rabbi Zahlmon Kohen Martha Lehmann* Rosalind E. Levine Anne Liebman Fanny Lowengart* Sylvia Margulis* David Danny Matin* Marian M. Meyer* Donna Miller Lesa Oziel Cheryl Pelz Max Raskin Thelma Rosen Don Safran Bessie Savinar Sadie Scheffer Alma B. Senders Marion Silver Judge Gus J. Solomon* Norman Stein Dora Tall Louis Tobin* Rose Trachtenberg Adele Tunick Sam Urman Arnold Winters Edith Zavin* February 26 & 27 Frank J. Anker* George Hillel Barker Norman Berenson* Samuel K. Bergman*

Theodore R. Blank* Leon Block Clarence Albert Blomgren William Brenner Harold Chucker Edward “Sonny” Cogan Victor Dayan Sam Shaia Director Myrtle Donaldson Ralph Driesen Stuart Durkheimer Alice Egart Erma Delman Ferrera Samuel Glickman Shirley J. Gold* Maurice Goldberg Archie Goldsmith* Barbara Goldstein Albert Goldwasser Edgar Goodman Eva Gross Sheila Haikins Sue Kahana Nellie Katzky Pauline Kaufman Beatrice Kirz Annie Klonsky Raymond Eugene Krantz* Richard Alan Lachman* Marie Lamfrom Adele R. Meyer Oscar Olman Gertrude Plushnick Aaron Popick Celia Raven Blanche Berson Robbins Jack Rogel Samuel Rosen Patricia Rosen Judith Rosenberg David Rosenfeld Henrietta Segal Norman Stamm Jennie Tanne Anna Tenenbaum Harold Unkeles Seymour Utay Lois Waldinger Polly S. Weil* Allan Weinstein Goldie L. Weinstein Donald Wolfstone Laura Yankowitz Sonia Zalk Zelda Director Zeidman

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


Congregation Beth Israel

February 2016 SUNDAY

Shevat-Adar 5776

MONDAY 1  Shevat 22

TUESDAY 2  Shevat 23




3  Shevat 24

4  Shevat 25

5  Shevat26

6  Shevat 27

Social Action Meeting 5:00 PM SBR


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Adult Education Program: The Dreyfus Affair with Rabbi Daniel Isaak 7:00 PM PC

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Tot Shabbat 9:00 AM PC

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

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Soup Sac Social Action Shabbaton 10:00 AM BA/Kitchen

Intro to Judaism: The High Holy Days 7:00 PM PC

7  Shevat 28

8  Shevat 29

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR

9  Shevat 30

10  Adar 1

Three Clergy Present: “The Illusion of Inclusion: Welcomed, Welcoming and Sometimes, Not.” 7:00 PM PC

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


3rd Grade Family Program: Dating Game 10:00 AM GH

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Marisa Steinberg 10:30 AM Temple

11  Adar 2

12  Adar3

13  Adar 4

Executive Committee 12:00 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

W Connection 1:00 PM SC

Shir Sabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Isabelle Schafer 10:30 AM Temple


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

14  Adar5

15  Adar 6

No Sunday Classes

Presidents’ Day

16  Adar 7

No Preschool

17  Adar 8

18  Adar9

19  Adar 10

20  Adar 11

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM

Adult Education Committee 8:30 AM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR


Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

Pop-up Pantry 4:30 PM LF Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 PM SBR

21  Adar 12

22  Adar 13

24  Adar 15

25  Adar 16

26  Adar 17

27  Adar 18

CBI Advocacy Day Salem, OR


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

ECE Family Program 10:00 AM HH

Pop-up Pantry 4:30 PM LF

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

The Rise of Rabbinic Judaism: From Nation to Religion/ From Sacrifice to Prayer 7:00 PM PC

Hineinu Shabbat Service and Celebratory Oneg 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Emma Lindner 10:30 AM Temple

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

28  Adar 19

23  Adar 14

29  Adar 20

Religious School (K-7) 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM SEC Author Talk: Phillip Margolin 10:15 AM LB Midrasha (grades 8-12) 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM SEC Sisterhood Eastside Social 4:00 PM

CBI Weather Related Closure Policy Brrr…it’s cold outside. While we at CBI are a pretty hardy bunch, and try to stay open as scheduled despite winter weather, safety remains a top priority. In the event of severe weather, especially when city officials advise drivers to stay off the roads, our offices may close and programming may be rescheduled. Should this happen, we will post notice of closures on, on our own webpage, and will notify congregants via email (so please check with our office to make sure we have your most up-to-date email address). Please also note that our Education Department follows the lead of Portland Public Schools; when they close, we close.

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

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

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


Congregation Beth Israel

1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209-2097


Board of Trustees 2015/2016 Officers


Ned Duhnkrack President

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

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

Auxiliaries Stephanie Siegel - WRJ/BI Sisterhood President David Goldwyn - Brotherhood President





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Congregation Beth Israel

February 2016 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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

February 2016 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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