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

Honor the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Friday, January 18, 6:00 PM Please join us for our annual service commemorating Dr. King’s undying message of equality and civil rights. We welcome Rabbi Israel “Si” Dresner as the featured guest speaker at this year’s celebration, which also features performances by members of the NW Community Gospel Choir and Beth Israel’s conRabbi Israel Dresner gregational choirs. Past speakers have included prominent leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, including the Honorable Myron Herbert Thompson; Rev. Robert S. Graetz; and original CORE member David Dennis. Rabbi Dresner – who is sometimes referred to as “the most arrested Rabbi in America” for his protests during the Civil Rights era – participated in the 1961 Interfaith Freedom Ride from Washington, DC to Tallahassee, FL, along with nine other clergy members. Testing tolerance along the route, often in the face of hateful protests with little police protection, the Tallahassee Ten, as they became known, were ultimately arrested for sitting in a segregated restaurant at the airport before flying home. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Rabbi Dresner graduated from the University of Chicago in 1950 and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute

of Theology. Following his first Freedom Ride in 1961 – and after serving a brief jail term for the arrest – he continued to champion civil rights activism as a prominent spiritual leader and was arrested three more times. While serving as the first full-time rabbi for Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield, NJ, he became good friends with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who spoke at the Reform synagogue twice. Dr. King later asked Rabbi Dresner and other members of the clergy to help desegregate a town in Georgia, leading to a group arrest of the 75 interfaith leaders. Rabbi Dresner was featured in the book Freedom Rides: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice by University of South Florida Professor Raymond Arsenault. This book is the basis for the riveting documentary Freedom Riders, directed by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, which originally aired on PBS in May 2011. He retired from the pulpit in 1996 and currently Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Dresner resides in Wayne, NJ. This event has been 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.

Bulletin January 2013 Tevet-Sh’vat 5773 Vol. 62, No. 4

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration & Day of Community Service January 18th & 21st

Taste of Temple February 10th

Purim Schpiel February 23rd

Preschool Fundraiser: ‘80s Dance Party April 13th

Next Year in Jerusalem April 14th – 28th

Mitzvah Day May 5th


Developing CBI Developing CBI

could attract quality purveyors by getting them to support our community in return for us encouraging you, our members, to support their venues and products.

Fundraising, Fun-raising, Friend-raising and Funder-raising

The TOT event also includes a very different kind of Mitzvah Moment – or as the chairs refer to it, Mitzvah Minute – which recognizes that the younger generation wants to develop other pathways for being generous, rather than a paddle raise. Officially, this mitzvah opportunity is referred to as Recipe for Success. Your donation helps CBI continue to offer exciting programs and services that nurture Jewish souls, create Jewish memories, and ensure that the ideals of our tradition are real and present each day through acts of compassion.

by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director

Planning our 2nd annual Taste of Temple (TOT) for Sunday, February 10th is challenging in a very exciting way. The many enthusiastic and engaged TOT committee members are proving fundraising, fun-raising, friend-raising, and funder-raising is a powerful incentive. Clearly, CBI is fortunate to have you as generous and passionate supporters.

Obviously this continues to be an exciting time at CBI, and your involvement with us is the game changer. Life is truly a party here and we want to be sure you know YOU are invited. Please come join us.

Working as a creative and resourceful team, this committee is “developing” an event that will be delicious, delightful, and engaging. By delicious, we mean we are recruiting some of the best chefs and restaurants in town as well as an outstanding array of breweries and vintners. By delightful, we mean the evening of February your contribution portunity to make op e th ve ha ll wi 10th will include unlimited food and drink as At TOT, you ble. e fully tax deducti s. All donations ar well as fun things to do with friends and friends es cc Su for e cip to Re you do not yet know – but should. You will also Directions: be delighted by the opportunity to bid on some iser ients: ed gr In me a CBI funder-ra very exclusive items. By engaging, we mean your You can also beco Prep Cook $18 ticket price includes the opportunity to register r our TOT event, by helping sponso ok Co for a variety of parties at all different price points, e Lin $36 st or co-host a party volunteering to ho parties that will enable you to get to know fellow Sous Chef $72 nning to join us with a friend, or pla attendees in a more personal way. Some of last d’ e itr Ma $90 your friends. For year’s parties became quite legendary. on the 10th – bring

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The concept of TOT began when the so-called next generation was seeking a fun way for people of all ages to enjoy engaging, connecting, and supporting our congregation. From the beginning, the goal of the chairs – Ali & Judah Garfinkle and Tiffany & David Goldwyn – was to create a delicious fund- and friend-raising event. They also felt they


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about TOT or any more information r, please contact development matte or Jen at jen@bethisr (503) 222-1069.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for an evening of Portland’s finest food and drink! This event will be a great chance to visit with friends and meet new ones while enjoying delicious tastes from hand picked local chefs, vintners, and brewers. Participate in the silent auction, full of great parties, restaurant offerings, and other surprises. Also join in our Mitzvah Minute – Recipe for Success. One hundred percent of the proceeds will support the CBI community through educational programs and social justice projects. Free childcare provided by Northwest Nannies, available with your registration to the CBI office by October 20. Your space is not reserved until you register and pay through the CBI office.



Special early registration pricing through January 22nd is $54, $72 thereafter. Contact Tracy in the temple office at (503) 222-1069 or with any questions and to register.

Congregation Beth Israel

MLK, Jr. Day of Service Day of Service

By Rachel L. Joseph Assistant Rabbi In December, I accompanied our 10th grade confirmation class to Washington, DC as part of the L’Taken Seminar hosted by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. While in DC, we learned the value of advocacy and explored the connection between our Jewish values, social justice, and specific public policy issues. We also visited the National Holocaust Museum and toured the National Mall, making an important stop at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial. A very impressive monument and tribute to the great civil rights leader, his statue is surrounded by several of his most significant quotes. One, in particular, caught my eye: “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits” (1964). Almost 50 years later, his words still inspire us to action. During the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, we launched our congregational commitment to the social action theme addressing issues of hunger and food insecurity. Our community came together, collected, and donated over one ton of food for Lift Urban Portland’s food pantry. Another New Year is upon us, the secular New Year 2013, and we continue to commit as a community to alleviating hunger in our neighborhood, our city, our nation, and around the world. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” On January 21, we have a special opportunity to join with members of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church for a Day of Service. We will gather together in Goodman Hall to assemble food for people in our city who are hungry. With the MLK Day of Service, we have projects planned for all ages and hope your whole family will join us at Temple! This is a day ON, a day to practice the ideals of tikkun olam, repairing our world, and to honor the teachings of Dr. King in a rewarding, congregational event to help those in need in our community. Rabbi Rachel Joseph

More MLK, Jr. Events We invite our extended Midrasha community of parents, siblings and grandparents to join the high school students on Wednesday evening, January 16th, when Ron Silver will be joined by Rabbi Israel Dresner for a discussion of civil rights and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Pollin Chapel, following t’filah, for what promises to be a fascinating event. We will also welcome the rousing voices of the NW Community Gospel Choir to lead us in a few songs. Rabbi Cahana will again be giving the invocation at the Drum Major Ecumenical Service at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church on Sunday, January 20th at 3:00 p.m. This service honors the memory of Dr. King and follows his enduring theme of Living the Dream. Rabbi Cahana has participated in this service since 2008, a guest of Pastor Matthew Hennessee, VAFBC’s spiritual leader. All the community is welcome to attend: 3138 N. Vancouver Avenue in Portland.

January 2013


L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation

Adult Education

Condolences to

Adult Education Presents:

Molly and Mark Docherty and family on the death of her father, Robert Paul Cunneen, who passed away on Saturday, November 10, in Sacramento, CA.

Israel as a Social Experiment

Thelma Schnitzer on the death of her husband and Deborah and Ken Novack and family on the death of her father, Gilbert Schnitzer, who passed away on Sunday, November 18, in San Francisco, CA. We also extend condolences to sisters-in-law Arlene Schnitzer and Lois Schnitzer, in addition to four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and seventeen nieces and nephews. Nancy Green and family on the death of her husband and Gerel Blauer and family on the death of her brother, Alan Green, who passed away on Sunday, November 18. Phyllis Klein and family on the death of her sister and Jackie and Sagi Brin and family on the death of her aunt, Betty Feder, who passed away on Sunday, November 18, in Fargo, ND. Kate and Bill Royston and family on the death of her cousin, Nancy Scheiner, who passed away on Wednesday, November 21, in Washington, DC.

A historical perspective on the nature of the Jewish State and its future. Sunday, January 13, 10:00 AM Pollin Chapel Speaker: Dr. Nina S. Spiegel This session will examine the development of Israeli society and culture as we know it today. What kind of society did Jews aim to create in the pre-state era, and how has it shifted over time? Why was the sense of community so important, and how was it fostered? Do the dramatic social protests in the streets of Israel’s major cities over the past year, as well as debates over who should serve in the Israeli army, represent a break from or a continuation of Israeli national tradition? With Dr. Nina S. Spiegel, of the Department of Judaic Studies at Portland State University, we will examine these questions and more as we uncover how Israel came to be the country it is today.

Morris and Gerry Jackson and family on the death of his mother, Mary Jackson, who passed away on Thursday, November 22. The family of Stephen Solomon, who passed away on Saturday, November 24. Jim and Susan Winkler on the death of his mother, and Jordan, Julia and Jacob on the death of their grandmother, Margie Winkler, who passed away Friday, November 30th. We also extend condolences to Jim’s five siblings, Fern Schlesigner, Velma Also, Victor Winkler, Beverly Greenfield and Bernice Skoro, nine additional grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Linda Roffe on the death of her mother, and Sarah Convery, Emily Colitto, and Michael Lambert on the death of their grandmother, Lottie Roffe, who died on Sunday, December 9.

Mazel Tov to Ellen Rosenblum and Richard Meeker on the December 1st marriage of their daughter, Cate Meeker, to Kyle Kent. Ellen officiated at the wedding, which was held at the Left Bank Annex. Cantor Schiff and Kevin Walsh sang during the ceremony, accompanied by John Strege.

Music Under the Dome

“Shirei Ha’Am – Songs of the Land” Music Inspired by the People and the History of Israel Thursday, January 31, 6:30 PM Temple Oregon Symphony violinist Greg Ewer and members of 45th Parallel Chamber Music Ensemble join Cantor Ida Rae Cahana for a one-hour concert. Open to the public; informal no-host gathering with the musicians will follow at a location to be announced at the concert.

Gail and Irv Handelman on the birth of their 4th grandson Magnus Mitchell Handelman, born November 9, 2012 in Los Angeles. Magnus’ parents are Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman. Magnus joins big brother Felix. Ray and Dorothy Packouz on the birth of their twin granddaughters, Hodayah and Avagayil, in Israel. May they grow in health and wisdom and be a source of strength to their family and all humankind.


Congregation Beth Israel

CBI Book Group

Sunday, January 6, 9:00 AM Semler Board Room Please join our monthly book group for a morning of pleasant literary discussion. January’s selection is The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart. There is no need to sign up.

Upcoming Events

New Members NFTY Kallah

January 18-20, 2013 Get excited for the NFTY-NW (Northwest Region of the North American Federation of Temple Youth) Winter Social Action Kallah. This event will be a gathering of about 100 high school-aged teens from across the Northwest coming together in the Portland/Vancouver area to learn, have fun, and do some social action work. The event spans January 18th through the 20th!

7th Annual Weekend in Quest in Astoria, OR March 1-3, 2013

The guest scholar is Professor Matthew Warshawsky of the University of Portland. He will present four lectures on Jews, Conversos and Crypto Jews in Iberia and the Americas, including:

If you are a teen interested in attending or a parent with questions about the event, contact youth advisor Sam Swire at Also, stay tuned for a letter from the region with more specifics on the housing situation for the event.

• Convivencia & Conflict: The Three Cultures of Medieval Iberia • The Gathering Storm: How the “King’s Jews” Became Expendable • Jews and Conversos in the Conquest of the Americas and Crypto Jews in the Shadow of the Colonial Inquisition • Treasures of a Remnant Culture: Jewish and Converso Perspective in Spanish Literature Post-1492 and Crypto-Judaism in the American Southwest Today. Also included in the retreat weekend will be Shabbat services led by Ilene Safyan, five kosher style meals including a festive Erev Shabbat dinner, kiddush lunch and Saturday evening supper with entertainment and social time. To register for the event, please go to

Welcome New CBI Members Becky Epstein

Alen and Erica Ljucevic

Jeff and Sharon Feinblatt

Richard and Diane Lowensohn

Jason and Kelley Fellman

Erin McTaggart

Gabe Felts

Sloan and Martha Morris

Jared Polesky and Liz Field

Jack Shapiro and Lina Kone

Helen Gould

Les Gutfreund and Eve Stern

Aaron Heims and Justine Metteer

Tony Talal and Kelly Donnelly

Yevette Leizorek

Bruce Melzer and Robyn Urbach

Ron and Shelly Levy

Jeff and Jen Weprin

David and Amy Lewin

Angela Wilson

Please join us in welcoming them to our congregational family.

January 2013


Education A Voice for Social Justice by Ben Sandler Education Director I have just returned from Washington, DC along with eight members of our confirmation class and fellow chaperones Rabbi Cahana and Rabbi Joseph. We participated in the L’Taken Seminar hosted by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the movement’s Washington office. Over the course of four days, each student learned how to become an effective lobbyist and became knowledgeable on a variety of issues on which the Reform movement has taken a specific stance. Our CBI students chose to lobby on stem cell research, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and nuclear disarmament. In addition to participating in the lobbying component of the seminar, we visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the MLK Memorial, explored and dined out in Georgetown, toured the Smithsonian American History and Air and Space Museums, held a Havdallah service on the Jefferson Memorial, and took a tour of the Capitol.

This was the largest L’Taken Seminar in the history of the program with four hundred and twenty five students coming together from around the country to connect their Jewish values to social action. One of the Rabbis from another group spoke during a prayer service about how she felt like the kids were participating in prophetic Judaism. I can understand where she was coming from. When our students have the opportunity to not only learn about social justice issues but also participate in being a voice for social justice in our nation’s capitol, a light turns on within them that will stay on for a long time. We can and should feel proud of the social justice work of our movement and our efforts for each generation to stand on the shoulders of those who came before them and stand up for justice. As RAC program director Rabbi Michael Namath explained in his closing remarks to the group following the lobbying on the Hill, we all love super heroes and we can each be a super hero with our words. Our words have the superpower to stand up for the vulnerable, to stand up for justice, and to transform lives.


We are so very proud of how hard the confirmation class prepared for the lobby visits and spoke about why the issues they chose were important to our country and to the Jewish people, sharing personal stories and being super heroes by making a legislative ask to congressional members. To check out more fun photos and stories from our trip, go to, and for more information on the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, check out B’shalom, Ben

Congregation Beth Israel

WRJ/BI Sisterhood

Chanukah Care Packages for College Students Beth Israel Sisterhood mailed 90 Chanukah care packages to member college students in December, the 10th anniversary of the Sisterhood College Outreach program. Included were chocolate gelt, a dreidel, Gemini specs, hot chocolate, popcorn, and a $5 Starbucks gift card. Also included were a Chanukah greeting from Rabbi Cahana, a note from the college outreach committee, and a student directory with email addresses. The students love getting our packages and hearing from their Temple family. If you would like to add your student to the list for

the Purim mailing next month, contact Kathleen Doctor at with your student’s name, school, year in school, mailing address, and email address. This is a free service to our temple members, made possible by generous donors. The next time you want to give a tribute, please remember the Urman Family College Communication Fund. Your College Outreach Committee, Kathleen Doctor, Debbie Davis, Lynne Bartenstein, Shelly Levy, and Stephanie Siegel

Women of Reform Judaism/Beth Israel Sisterhood Invites you to attend the

Annual Sisterhood Shabbat Service Friday, February 1, 2013, at 6:00 PM, in Pollin Chapel Join us as we celebrate the Centennial of Women of Reform Judaism and honor Eve Rosenfeld as our Centennial “Unsung Heroine” for her years of service to WRJ/BIS. We are truly blessed by her dedication and the wisdom that she brings to Beth Israel Sisterhood. We are honored to be able to name Eve our Unsung Heroine as we celebrate the WRJ Centennial. Immediately following the service, join us for a Mediterranean buffet Shabbat dinner. Tickets for the dinner are $25.00 each. Everyone is welcome to attend the service. The dinner is by advance reservation only.

Annual Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner Reservation Form (tear out and mail in with your check) Name ______________________________________

Phone _________________________________

Email ____________________________

Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I’d like __________ dinner tickets @ $25.00 each:


I’d like to make an additional donation to BIS in honor of Eve:


I’m unable to attend but would like to make a donation:


Total: $_____________ Reservations for the dinner are requested by January 28. RSVP to the Temple office: 503-222-1069 or Please make your check payable to WRJ/BIS and mail to: WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood 1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209

January 2013





Congregation Beth Israel

Tributes Allison B. Cohen Religious School In Memory of Robert Cunneen David and Sally Swire & Family Allison Cohen David and Debra Ashton

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat In Memory of Eva Blumenkron Grody Arthur Blumenkron Rachel Blumenkron Alan Green Janet Kaplan Bruce Senders Margery Senders Henry Feldman Margery Senders Elise Rosenfeld Cynthia Rich Wood Michael and Jim Richman

Amy R. Goldsmith Library In Memory of Rose Wright Claire and Zanley Galton

Cemetery Beautification In Memory of Jerome Shank Ardis and Sandy Kowitt Hans Neuberger Herman David Patricia Neuberger Bessie Kauffman Theodore D. Lachman Ada E. Beckman Rena & Cheryl Tonkin

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Burton Nudelman Jackie Nudelman, Jim Nudelman, & Joel and Elizabeth Nudelman Elaine Woskow Morris Woskow Rosalie DeWitz Philip and Dorothy Reiter

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Lois Fine Jim and Ilene Davidson Paul Weston Betsy Bergstein & Leonore Weston Lorraine Lippoff David and Liz Lippoff In Honor of Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Sue Porter Cantor Ida Rae Cahana (Ida Rae & Friends) Margie Rosenthal In Appreciation Bernie and Anese Klein

Rabbi Rose Discretionary In Memory of Betty Parker Edythe Steinbock Jennie Y. Enkelis Myra Enkelis

General Administrative

In Memory of Alan Shevach Josephine Shevach Nancy Solomon Claire Puziss Donna Brownstein Matthew Neuwelt Edward Neuwelt Reva B. Reingold Sally Sondheim Gilbert Schnitzer Mr. and Mrs. Harry Glickman Yussie Joseph Jacob Epstein Helen Spivak & Family

Rosenfeld Family Assistant/ Associate Rabbi Fund In Honor of Rabbi Rachel Joseph (Installation) Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Ryan Ferrante Margaret Hasson Alan Green Margaret Hasson

Social Action (General)

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Dorothy Baruh Gail Marracci Sidney Cohen Fred L. Cohen and Randy H. Zasloff Gilbert Schnitzer Alan Green Gerald and Evelyn Leshgold Gilbert Schnitzer Alan Green Stella Georges Hilde Lehmann Ernie Bonyhadi and Shirley Gittelsohn Elsie W. Goldhammer Dick Solomon Mary A. Jackson Dodie Harrison Harold Saltzman Ruth Saltzman & Family In Honor of Bud Marcus (Recovery) Ardis and Sandy Kowitt


In Memory of Corinne Zelinka Leslie Kaufman Victor Feibelman Gertrude Joseph Bernard Carr

Gertrude Joseph Bunny and Jerry Sadis Bobbi and Ralph London Alan Green Harriet Schatz Louis Fenton Lynda Baker Lee and Frank Berne Gerald Stern Rick and Kay Stern David Bloom Harriet Packouz Towne Wendy and Bob Steinberg Ada E. Beckman Samuel L. Miller Sue Miller Hannah Bodner Gilbert Schnitzer George Bodner Goldie Hammel Susy, Marci, and Katrina Hammel S. Fredrick Rabiner David and Liz Lippoff Sally Stolzoff Charles Edelson Bunny Edelson Esther Utay Lenet Evelyn Laster Louis Miller Robin Flamm In Honor of Lore Labby (Recovery) Gertrude Joseph General Contribution Given By Harriet Schatz

In Memory of Megan Morris Barbara and Barry Caplan Elaine Woskow The Woskow Family Alan Green Bernie Caplan David Lipman and Peggy Wiederhorn Erwin Frank Forsythe Karla Forsythe Gilbert Schnitzer David Lipman and Peggy Wiederhorn Joyce and Stan Loeb

Turkey Fund

General Contribution Given By Pearl and Irv Trachtenberg

Heims Family Youth Activities Endowment In Memory of Anne Davis I. Kenneth Davis

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Harry Gross Neal and Lisa Rosen Nathan Rosen Neal and Lisa Rosen Stuart and Nikki Director Fannie Director Stuart and Nikki Director Betty Goldman Joseph and Margo Sercu In Honor of Dick Maizels (Recovery) Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen

Simon & Helen Director Endowment

In Memory of June Nagel Richard and Trudi Morrison & Children Alfred J. Davis Anne Davis Sarah Davis Nathan Dickson June Nagel Cameron and Dick Davis

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Prayer Book

In Memory of Yussie Joseph Jacob Epstein Karen S. Spivak Donald Richman Michael and Jim Richman

Service to the Blind

In Memory of Nancy Lou Tonkin Ed, Adam, and Nancy Tonkin Adolf Asher Dorothy Asher Joan Liebreich Evelyn Asher Maizels

Temple Improvement In Memory of Gilbert Schnitzer Rena & Cheryl Tonkin

Temple Restoration

In Memory of Marvin L. Byer Howard and Raquel Byer

January 2013


Yahrzeits January 4 & 5 Benjamin Backer Rose Backer Ben Besser Hannah Bodner Anne Davis Jacob J. Davis Arnold Dayan Saul Dayan Maurice Dayan Victor Dayan Joseph Endler Mandel Fischer Robert A. Freidenrich Stella Georges Anne Goldberg Israel Gothalph Eva Blumenkron Grody Samuel Jackson Dorothy Jampole Elsie Katz Leo Katz Evelyn E. Keyser Benjamin Kirz Morris Lefitz Joan A. Liebreich Harold Light Egon E. Loebner Bertha Lokay Joseph Margolin Jacob Mayer Carol Gevurtz Meisels Louis Miller Morris Mittleman Rebecca Nelson Hans Neuberger Stanley Pitkin Judith Platman Hilda Pomerantz S. Fredrick (Fred) Rabiner Mary Rogoway Maurice Rubenstein Rabbi Murray Saltzman Bruce M. Senders William Shevach Sanford Simkoff Nathan David Simon Manton J. Spear Irving Spivack Sally Stolzoff David H. Warshawsky Goldie Weinstein Philip Wexler Rose White Thelma Wing Cynthia Rich Wood

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


January 11 & 12 Rose Wexler Ailringer Morton L. Alexander Dorothy A. Andrianoff Frieda Bizer Florence Blum Kaa Byington Aubrey M. Davis Rosalie Davis Rosalie DeWitz Charles K. Diamond Rose Diamond Bob Edelman Charles Edelson Yussie Joseph Jacob Epstein Joseph Feldman Louis Fenton Shirley Fishel David W. Friedman Anne M. Geffen Suzanne Gevurtz Elsie Goldhammer Morrie Greenstein Florence Hughes Oscar Ingber Melvin E. Kendall Joseph Kohn Jean Kornfeld David Kron Charlotte Lazerwith Sam Lazerwith Hilde Lehmann Esther Utay Lenet Esther Levin Salo Lewin Leonie F. Lidsky Donald Londer Doreen Stamm Margolin Robert Misrach Melvin Nelson Ben Novich Jessie Mosler Overbeck Esther Solomon Planer Jerrold Platt Louis Puziss Donald Richman Cecelia Ridout Fred M. Rosenbaum Freda Rovech Joyce Rubin Adele Savinar David Saxe Ramy Schneider Lorraine Schulberg Janice G. Senders Gerald Stern

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

Arnold Tannenbaum H. Myer Turteltaub Sally Vidgoff Harold Ward Irving Weinstein Jean White Louis Woron Elaine Woskow Rose Wright January 18 & 19 Ada E. Beckman Louise Pauline Anisman Brenner Jean Coffey Hyman Cohn Irwin S. Cohn Herman David Shirlee Ann Eisenberg Glenn Epstein Clara Farberman Irvin Fields Erwin Frank Forsythe Laddy H. Gross Julius B. Jaffe Joseph M. Kaffesieder Hyman Kaplan James Kaplan Bessie Kauffman Henry Kleinberg Elsie Kahn Kohoot Sarah Kurland Lorraine Lippoff Percy M. Malkin June Nagel Chester Lloyd Orloff Ruth Ravetz Gloria Reiss Mona Rosen Sam Rosen Sarah Rosenblum Harry Rosenfield Harold (Hal) Saltzman Harry J. Schatz Wynne Spiegel Mary Stilwell Marion Sulzberger Soloman Wieder January 25 & 26 Adolf Asher Abe Blank Anne Blank Bern Blattner Estelle Kaplan Blum Arthur Blumenkron Dick Brownstein

Anna Buchbinder Marvin L. Byer Ethel Cohn Hyman Falbel Henry Feldman Milton Gevurtz Michael Gilbert Samuel Greenberg Hannah Greenwald Harry E. Gurion Frieda Goldkrand Isenberg Betty Louise Jackson Bruce Kantor Arlene Kaplan Rose Kunowski Harry B. Marcus Peter Markus Joseph Metzger Samuel L. Miller Esther Layton Murphy Robert L. Novack Charlotte Oliven Burnetta Packouz Betty Parker George Raffel Shirlee Romer Rose Rosen Florence M. Applebaum Rosenberg Harvey Rosencrantz Bella Ruderman Jack Schiff Connie R. Schultz John Leasing Selling Ronald Paul Seres Jerome B. Shank Joseph Simon Wesley Spellman Samuel M. Steinberg Yetta Jean Stern Harvey Taback Nancy Lou Tonkin Fanny Turtledove David Warshawsky Robert P. Weil Yvette Weintraub Paul Weston Eileen Zugman

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

January 2013 SUNDAY

Tevet-Sh’vat 5773 MONDAY




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Winter Break

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC

Beginning Hebrew 4:00 PM Rm. 16

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library


Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

Membership Committee 5:00 PM SBR WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

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New Year’s Day: Temple Offices Closed

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JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

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

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Education & Youth Committee Beginning Hebrew 11:45 AM SBR 4:00 PM Rm. 16

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

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

Nominating Committee 4:30 PM SBR


Shir Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Service 10:30 AM PC

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC

Executive Committee 5:00 PM SBR

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library

Social Action Meeting 7:00 PM SBR

Kol Echad Choir Rehearsal 11:00 AM BTB

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10  Tevet 28

Oneg to follow services

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR

3rd Grade Family Program 10:00 AM BA

9  Tevet 27

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

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15  Sh’vat 4

Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM Adult Ed: Israel as a Social Experiment 10:00 AM PC Kol Echad Choir Rehearsal 11:30 AM BTB

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Development Meeting 5:00 PM SBR

Beginning Hebrew 4:00 PM Rm. 16

NFTY Regional SA Kallah

NFTY Regional SA Kallah

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

MLK, Jr. Gospel Service Guest Speaker: Rabbi Israel Dresner 6:00 PM Temple

Shabbat Service 10:30 AM PC

Midrasha Civil Rights Program 6:30 PM PC

WRJ/BIS Bikkur Holim Cooking 12:30 PM SEC Kitchen

Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

Brotherhood @ Blazers Game 6:00 PM

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NFTY Regional SA Kallah

MLK, Jr. Day

Taste of Temple Meeting

No Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah

MLK Day of Service/Action

6:00 PM SBR

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC

Adult Education 8:30 AM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library

Beginning Hebrew 4:00 PM Rm. 16

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library


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

30  Sh’vat 19

31  Sh’vat 20

No Midrasha (Finals week)


27  Sh’vat 16

No Preschool

28  Sh’vat 17

29  Sh’vat 18

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

Shirei Ha’am Israeli Music Concert 6:30 PM Temple

4th Grade Family Program 10:00 AM BA ECE Tu B’Shevat Celebration 10:30 AM Preschool Kol Echad Choir Rehearsal 11:00 AM BTB

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

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

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Board of Trustees 2012/2013 Officers


Stuart Chestler President Ilene Davidson Vice President Linda Georges Vice President Brad Tonkin Vice President John Epstein Treasurer Ned Duhnkrack Secretary

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

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

Auxiliaries Linda Harrison-Fintzy - WRJ/BI Sisterhood President Scott Schaffer - Brotherhood President Clergy 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 In keeping with federal rules governing judicial ethics, Judge Graber does not engage in any fundraising activities and does not participate in any discussion of, or decision on, any political issue, including a decision of the Board whether to take a position for or against any ballot measure.

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January 2013 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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

January 2013 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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