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Bulletin June 2013 Sivan-Tamuz 5773 Vol. 62, No. 9 Established 1858

The Dalai Lama and the Jews ON MAY 9TH, RABBI CAHANA SERVED ON AN INTERFAITH PANEL ON SPIRITUALITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT WITH HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA There is a long-told apocryphal story about the leader of Tibetan Buddhism and the Jewish people. In 1989, so the story goes, just before being awarded the Nobel Peace prize, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama asked for a meeting with Jewish leaders at a Buddhist monastery near New York City. The spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people, who was living now in exile, wanted to learn how the Jewish people had survived nearly 2,000 years of Diaspora. The conversation continued with a delegation of eight rabbis and scholars who journeyed to Dharamsala in the Himalayan foothills of Northern India. Here the Dalai Lama and his guests pondered questions ranging from Divine Providence to the external pressures of Anti-Semitism. The Jews experienced the calm and deeply inquiring mind of the Dalai Lama, while he undoubtedly experienced some of the dynamics and diversity of Jewish inquiry. Last month, I was privileged to participate in a program sponsored by one of the oldest Buddhist colleges in America, Maitripa College here in Portland. The president of the college, Yangsi Rinpoche, invited me to have the great honor of serving on an interfaith panel with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In a public forum at the University of Portland, before 5,000 people, we discussed “Spirituality and the Environment” from a variety of faith perspectives. During the afternoon, I had a few moments to meet with the Dalai Lama – again, a great honor. We discussed our shared interest in the interface between religion and science. At one point, I asked him about the story of his meeting with the Jews. True? “Absolutely!” he exclaimed with his characteristic enthusiasm.

By Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana

I understand him to mean that Judaism’s genius has been to put our attention to the transmission of tradition through our home rituals. We moved from a people who brought sacrifices to the Temple on a single hilltop in Jerusalem to a people where every family table, every family meal is a center of ritual and Jewish experience. It is not the individual whom we put at the center. It is family. This has served us remarkably through times of joy and times of difficulty in our rich history, and it continues to do so. But “family” is a word that continues to take on new meaning. We define it in many different ways. And our homes are not always easy or sufficient places to transmit Jewish values. This is where the synagogue comes in. It is the synagogue’s mission to support our families in all their different configurations, included those who are alone. It is the synagogue’s mission to bring Jewish experiences into our lives and keep Judaism meaningful and relevant throughout our lives. The synagogue is where we celebrate our highlights and moments of our deepest sorrow, all in a Jewish context. We learn all our lives and we experience Judaism all our lives. The synagogue is where we meet clergy who inspire and friends who share our values, connections which make our lives meaningful and are shared throughout the generations.

“So what did you learn?” I asked.

Together we experience and perpetuate the secret of Jewish longevity.

“Your secret is: family,” he said definitively.


B’nei Mitzvah


Chloe Rose Lewis Chloe Rose Lewis will become Bat Mitzvah on June 1, 2013. She is the daughter of Scott Lewis and Laura Rose-Lewis, the younger sister of Zachary and Elliot, and the granddaughter of Rabbi Emanuel and Lorraine Rose, Carol Lewis, and Ken Lewis. Chloe attends Catlin Gabel School. Along with partner Logan Bye, Chloe won the 2013 U.S. Nationals Novice Ice Dance Championships this year. For her Mitzvah Project, she is working with Northwest Pilot Project, an agency that works to prevent and end homelessness for very low income and disabled seniors. NWPP uses holistic services that both stabilize vulnerable housing situations and address the root cause of homelessness. This is done with a comprehensive plan for success in housing and supportive services. Chloe and her family are participating in the Project’s annual Walkathon on May 5th, the single biggest fundraiser for the agency:

Benjamin Sterling Suhler Benjamin Suhler will become Bar Mitzvah on June 22, 2013. He is the son of Eric and Naomi Suhler, the younger brother of Kayla and older brother of Sophia. Benjamin attends Lake Oswego Junior High School. He has been working with the Portland Backpack Lunch Program for his Mitzvah Project. This agency brings food and hope to hungry school children who need food on the weekends when school lunches are not available. Ben has organized two food drives, including one the day of his Bar Mitzvah, and in April he recruited 15 volunteers – fellow Boy Scouts and adults – to help pack the food into the donated backpacks. Together they packed 192 weekend lunch sacks, more the enough for the 164 children currently being served by the program. You can learn more about this program on their Facebook page:

Maxwell John Winthrop Max Winthrop will become Bar Mitzvah on June 29, 2013. He is the son of Bob and Anna Winthrop and the older brother of Jordan. Max attends West Sylvan Middle School in Portland. He has selected to work with the Hoyt Arboretum for his Mitzvah Project. The Hoyt Arboretum is an urban refuge in Southwest Portland with 21 trails covering 12 miles. Its collection features more than 1,000 species of trees and plants from around the world. It is both a living laboratory for preservation and research and a peaceful urban oasis enjoyed by city residents and visitors from around the world. Max lives within walking distance of the Arboretum and has come to love it, spending time hiking on its trails and appreciating nature. For his Bar Mitzvah project, he has volunteered at the Arboretum Visitor Center, providing information to visitors and performing other tasks, including cleaning. His service began with two shifts in April and will continue with two shifts in May. Max may also do a hands-on project at the Arboretum, such as trail maintenance. Learn more about this great Portland landmark:


Thriving through Early Childhood Education by Deborah Kaplan Early Childhood Education Director Shalom families! I am amazed at how quickly this school year has passed and what huge leaps and bounds our sweet preschool has taken. This year we welcomed five new teachers who have proved to be professional, fun, and passionate about education and always willing to go the extra mile for our students and families. All these wonderful teachers will be returning to teach in our classrooms next year, which is incredible! I am thrilled and very excited for next year. Recently I was accepted into a Masters in Jewish Early Childhood Education program called JECELI. This acronym stands for Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute and is connected with The Jewish Theological Seminary and The Union of Reform Judaism. This is a 22-month long program where I will earn an Administrative Masters in Jewish Early Childhood Education. This program is mainly online, but we will have workshops in New York City. I will also travel to Israel in Winter 2014! The support and education I have received so far has been immeasurable. We recently had an orientation at The Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut. Settled at the base of the Berkshires, this center is self-sustainable and very green. My cohort is comprised of professionals from all over the country. We gathered in a beige Yurt, which we called b’shert for the 3-day orientation. We were engaged in text study, Torah Treks, and getting to know one another in this pristine setting. I returned from this retreat refreshed, inspired, and with new eyes. The experience inspired me to look even more deeply into how I can best support our families, our preschool faculty, and myself in the context of Jewish Early Childhood Education. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I feel so very blessed to be supported by the clergy, our faculty, and the families as I embark on this journey. We are currently enrolling for fall 2013. Please tell your friends and family! We have room in our 2s, 3s, 4s, and Pre-K classes, but spaces are filling up fast! Our hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am – 12:00pm for morning classes, then lunch bunch from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. We also offer enrichment classes from 1:00pm – 1:45pm and after care from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Next year we plan to extend our hours until 5:30pm! Please contact for more information or to set up a tour. L’shalom, Deborah

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Rabbi Rose Tikkun Olam Award SANNY SNELL

have also made their family vacations opportunities to help others, working on Habitat for Humanity projects around the United States.

2013 Rabbi Rose Tikkun Olam Award Mazel Tov to Sanny Snell, the 2013 Rabbi Rose Tikkum Olam Award recipient. Sanny is a longtime member of our congregation and is best known for being CBI’s first Preschool Director. Sanny helped start our preschool in 1982 as head teacher, which led to her quick appointment as Preschool Director in 1984. Sanny nurtured and led our preschool for 18 wonderful years. Unbeknownst to many, Sanny has been very quietly making the world a better place for others for many years. She truly embodies the spirit of this Tikkun Olam Award.

Sanny’s husband Nick grew up at CBI, and they joined as a family after they were married. They raised their two sons, Joseph and Benjamin, at CBI and now their grandchildren are graduates of our preschool, making the Snells another of our four generation families. Sanny is truly an extraordinary woman and role model, giving so generously of her time to others. Her empathy for others is remarkable. She says that she has gotten more from her giving than she gives, this is her responsibility, and she is grateful she has been able to do these many things. Sanny has made a difference and continues to make a difference in the lives of many, making this a better world for all of us. With much appreciation and gratitude, CBI awards Sanny Snell the 2013 Rabbi Rose Tikkun Olam Award.

Her list of volunteer activities is long and impressive, but this diverse list shows that helping families, children, and those needing a friend make up the majority of her volunteer resume. Her volunteer work encompasses the full spectrum of life from her help in the neonatal units at Emanuel Hospital to volunteering for No One Dies Alone (NODA), being present for those without family or friends to sit with them in the last stages of their life. Both extremes are challenging, heart-wrenching, and need the most delicate of touches. She is also a member of the Portland Chevra Kaddisha, helping to prepare bodies for burial according to Jewish tradition. This often involves the ritual cleansing and dressing for burial. It truly takes someone very special to do this mitzvah. In between these two points in the circle of life, helping children and families is near and dear to her heart. Sanny implemented a parenting program at Columbia River Correctional Institution for inmates and their visiting children, helping families connect and come together in a very heartbreaking situation. She has volunteered at the Family Nursery, a program for abused and neglected young children and their families. She helps at the First Methodist Church’s Family Shelter and the Red Cross cold weather shelter, often spending the night away from her family. She has been an aide for children with severe disabilities at the Providence Hospital Child Center, as well as engaging in weekly play with developmentally delayed children. Sanny has also been involved with Camp Phoenix on Samish Island, WA as a counselor for children who are severe burn survivors. This outdoor experience is often the first camp experience for these children, allowing them to interact with peers and play freely without the fear of being judged or ridiculed. Additionally, Sanny has tutored adults recently released from a state mental facility and helped them to integrate into society. Continuing with her passion for helping families, Sanny joined Global Volunteers, working with Navajo Indians on a reservation in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains and in Rock Point, AZ, as well as with Quileute Indians on a reservation in La Push, WA. She and her husband Nick

What is the Rabbi Rose Tikkun Olam Award? The Rabbi Rose Tikkun Olam Award was established in 2006 to honor Rabbi Emeritus Emanuel Rose upon his retirement as senior rabbi at Beth Israel. Each recipient is selected based on his or her involvement within the realm of Social Action or Social Justice. Rabbi Rose was the first recipient in 2006. Previous recipients: Dr. Jill Ginsberg Beth Israel Never Again Committee Tracy Oseran & Dr. Greg Coodley Women of Reform Judaism/Beth Israel Sisterhood

CBI Book Group Are you looking to fill up your summer reading list? Get started on When They Come for Us We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry by Gal Beckerman. This will be our first selection in the fall. Check back later in the summer for fall Book Group dates.

CBI’s fiscal year ends on June 30, 2013. All dues and religious school tuition should be paid by that date.

June 2013


Developing CBI What does it take to become a legend? by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director At CBI, legends are people who make an impact on others to the degree that people start talking about the difference knowing that person has made on their life. In that sense, legends are being created at CBI on a regular basis. Janet Morgan and Mel Birge are primary examples of members who are quickly achieving legendary status. They moved to Portland just a few years ago and made the conscious decision to become community producers and not just consumers. Embracing the concept of creating House Parties to serve as both friend-raisers and fundraisers for Taste of Temple, they led by example and opened their home to an amazing New York Pizza Party for men and their kids. The turnout was spectacular - male bonding was clearly evident - with an emphasis to keep the party going by joining our CBI Brotherhood.

And let’s not forget the Mad Men House Party hosted by Jonathan Cohen and Jessie Burke in early March. Jessie has quickly become a legend, wowing us all with her baking prowess at her Posies Bakery. Impressive as individuals, as a couple they are a dynamic duo, engaging and affecting others. And to think all this happened since they agreed to provide a booth at last year’s Taste of Temple!

Tom and Linda Georges became legendary last year when they hosted two outstanding Scotch Tasting House Parties. Their parties were practically sold out before the doors even opened for this year’s Taste of Temple. Based on the party they hosted in May, the legend will continue.

At CBI, legends are people who make an impact on others to the degree that people start talking about the difference knowing that person has made on their life. While all that was taking place in SE Portland, over on the southwest part of town Jill Mitchell and Sharon Feinblatt gained legendary status by proving to an excited group of women that Yes, We Can! Jill and Sharon shared their canning expertise as well as their story about how friends can be created when one person simply reaches out to another. Their can-do House Party spirit repeats again in June.

The Spring Fling House Party hosted by Larry Lewis and Kelly Post-Lewis and David and Tiffany Goldwyn set the House Party bar quite high - and immediately earned these gracious families legendary status. Just ask any of the many families who, by purchasing a spot for this event at our Taste of Temple fundraiser, shared an absolutely fun-filled, get-connected afternoon. Still to come: The Friedenwald-Fishmans already have legendary status for the way they throw a party. Time and again they welcome our members into their home. Their House Party features martinis and fun; if you want to get in on this action, contact Mel Birge at melbirge@ These are just some examples of how the Development Department, with YOUR involvement, is working to envision creative ways to build community. There is excitement in serving as a connector as well as getting connected; ask any of the legends mentioned above. Either way, it can be a game changer for you and for many others. Join us and become a legend.


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WRJ/BI Sisterhood Please RSVP to Tracy at the CBI office (503) 222-1069 or and also let her know what you will be bringing. We hope to see you there.

Art Work for Good Works

100 Years and Counting! What a fabulous year it’s been for Sisterhood! We started off the year in our usual delicious way, providing all with Rosh HaShana sweets. But as you all know, we are more than just fabulous bakers! Here are a few of the highlights from 2012-2013:

Have you noticed some prints on display on Friday nights? Our dear friend Jeaneatta “Rusty” Sautter (z”l) left some of her art collection to our sisterhood to sell, with instructions that the proceeds be used to fund sisterhood social action and advocacy programs. If you are interested in purchasing any of the works on display, please contact Debbie Braymer at (503) 649-8043 or

Toda Raba to All of Our Treasures in Bloom Supporters

We were honored to host the WRJ Pacific District Convention (two years in the making!) here in October 2012. It was a memorable three days full of learning, worship, and connection with our sisters of the Pacific District. In February, we held our Centennial Sisterhood Shabbat honoring our “unsung hero” Eve Rosenfeld. March brought us the powerful human trafficking program which raised our awareness and inspired us to help with this serious issue in our country, our state, and our communities.

Our annual Treasures in Bloom plant sale and bake sale was a wonderful success thanks to the many volunteers and patrons. If you bought a plant or cookie you helped to provide funding for our religious school. Thank you to Debbie Braymer and Lynn Gelber who spearheaded the plant sale, ably assisted by David Braymer, Charlie Gelber, Katelyn Braymer, Pierce Ethier, Jane Netboy, Kate Royston, and the CBI staff.

Coming up in June is a very special Centennial Havdalah to honor all the past presidents of WRJ/BIS, starting with Mrs. Alexander Bernstein (z’l), Sisterhood President of 1917-1918! It’s been an amazing year, and I am looking forward to more of the same. I would like to encourage everyone to go to the WRJ website at and read about all the programs we proudly support as Women of Reform Judaism. Please also visit the Beth Israel Sisterhood page on CBI’s website: There you will learn all there is to know about your Sisterhood! I would like to thank all my Sisters, the staff of the CBI office (we appreciate you so much!), and our wonderful clergy for all your love and support which we receive in abundance. L’Shalom,

We are especially grateful for the support of Lynne Bartenstein and Dan Heims of Terra Nova Nurseries. They not only donated plants from the nursery for the sale but also helped customers pick out just the right plants for their gardens. Additional plants were then donated by Terra Nova to beautify the CBI Cemetery, the grounds of the CBI campus, the grounds at the Robison Jewish Health Center, and Janus House. Dan again was very helpful in choosing the right plants for each of these locations. Thank you to Daureen Morris and Lois Urman for running the bake sale. We really appreciated the home-baked goods that allow our school children to do a mitzvah while having a snack. Our bakers (and you know who you are) are the best!

Shampoo and Conditioner Needed

Linda Harrison-Fintzy Sisterhood President

Can You Help a Homeless Woman?

The sisterhoods of the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver BC) are meeting in Tacoma on July 21. Each sisterhood is collecting specific toiletries. When we meet, we will combine the collections, package them, and distribute toiletry kits to a women’s shelter.

Centennial Havdalah to Honor BIS Past Presidents Saturday, June 8, 6:30 PM Please join us on June 8th as our centennial celebration continues with a wonderful Havdalah service written especially to mark the 100th birthday of Women of Reform Judaism. We will gather at the home of Lana Miller, Past President of WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood, to honor and celebrate the work of presidents past and to reaffirm the WRJ/BIS commitment to our future. We are proudly “Stronger Together.” We will enjoy a dairy potluck following the service.

Our sisterhood is collecting shampoo and conditioner. We especially want travel size/sample size containers. If you have a stash of small bottles you’ve collected on your travels, please donate them for this worthy cause. You can also purchase small sizes at many dollar stores and discount outlets. We have collection baskets in the Lipman Foyer and outside the Sisterhood Gift Shop in the Sherman Education Building. Thanks for helping us make it a little better for women in dire straits.

June 2013


Our Leadership 154th Year in Review By Sydney A. Baer Executive Director

“How good it is and how pleasant when we dwell together in unity” Psalm 133

This has been a fun year of Holiday celebrations, starting with a Sukkot Open House Celebration in Rabbi and Cantor Cahana’s backyard and Consecration at Simchat Torah. As has become our custom, we unroll the Torah on Simchat Torah, but it is still such an amazing “wow” as Rabbi Cahana shows us where the 5 books begin and end, as well as some of the more recognizable parshiot. Other highlights include our festive Chanukah celebration and inspiring and memorable Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. service, with the Northwest Community Gospel Choir and CBI’s Kol Ehad and Cantor’s Chanters also participating. And a drum roll for The Book of Esther, our Purim Schpiel extravaganza – check out video from the schpiel on our website. Everyone is still humming those tunes!

Oh what a year! This has been a year of celebrations and transitions, as we welcomed and installed Ida Rae Cahana as our new Senior Cantor and Rachel Joseph as our new Assistant Rabbi. We are grateful to Betty Rosenfeld for her generous gift to establish the Rosenfeld Family Assistant/Associate Rabbi Fund, which enabled us to hire Rabbi Joseph. Rabbi Joseph has been a wonderful addition to our clergy team. We also welcomed Rabbi Joseph’s husband Gabe and their adorable son Max, who just turned two, to our congregational family. We are pleased to welcome 80 new families to our kehila kedosha, sacred community, this year. We were thrilled that so many accepted our “Opening our Doors” invitation and are finding their spiritual home beneath our dome and within our community. And very thrilling for our congregation, Rabbi Michael Cahana was invited to be a member of an interfaith panel on spirituality and the environment with His Holiness the Dalai Lama just this past month. He continues to be a sought-after leader, resource, and speaker for our community. This was an exciting year for fundraisers. Cantor Ida Rae Cahana offered to invite her friends for an evening of music titled “Ida Rae and Friends.” This concert under our dome was amazing; she has made some extraordinary friends and connections in her short six years in Portland! We soon learned that our IDA RAE AND FRIENDS concert was a “preview” Photo credit: Steve Bilow of her debut at Carnegie Hall last December. We thought of this concert as her CBI send-off party! Harold and Jane Pollin and the Sheraton Hotels generously underwrote the lavish cocktail reception. Arlene Schnitzer made a generous matching gift to kick off our Mitzvah Moment, making for a most successful evening. Taste of Temple was the ticket this year, selling out 2 weeks before the event. Over 350 people savored the delicious and innovative samples provided by our 30 vendors. And the preschool fundraiser Like Totally Temple was, like, totally awesome, as our preschool community created an opportunity for us to come together for a night of dancing to 80’s tunes. Rabbi Rachel Joseph gave a powerful and inspiring Rosh Hashanah sermon on hunger and food insecurity to introduce this year’s Social Action’s call to action. We also welcomed Rabbi Sam Joseph, HUC professor and Rabbi Rachel Joseph’s father, to participate in her installation.



Many years ago, our Annual Meeting Report chronicled our year-end committee reports. In lieu of those reports, I want to acknowledge the dedicated work of our board and committees. We appreciate the time, talent, and treasure contributed by our leaders. So…todah rabah, as succinctly as possible and in no particular order. Stuart Chestler, our current President, is the liaison to all things CBI. The Adult Education Committee kept our datebook full with a plethora of programs along the theme of Israel: A People. A Place. A Promise. under the leadership of Susan Graber. Board Member Ron Silver was chair-elect for this committee, as he assumes the chair for our upcoming year. The culmination of the year of study was Rabbi and Cantor Cahana’s leading of a congregational trip to Israel for 35 of our congregants.


The Social Action Committee, chaired by Ilene Davidson, took on the theme of hunger and food insecurity. Under Ilene’s leadership, we created our first annual day of community service on Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. She coordinated our volunteers for the community’s Good Deeds Day, gathered donations for 400 personal hygiene gift bags for the neighborhood Easter Dinner, continues to support the annual Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings served to our neighbors on Christmas Day, and further expanded our day of service for our community with Mitzvah Day.

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Year in Review Michelle Gradow and Elizabeth Domagalski co-chaired our Membership Committee, calling our newest members, creating many welcoming events, engaging our current members, and reaching out to those who are unaffiliated and who hopefully will soon be our newest members. Dick Solomon and Don Spiegel continue to chair our Cemetery Committee and helped oversee the Mitzvah Day program and cemetery beautification projects.


The Building and Grounds Committee, chaired by Jack Menashe and including board liaison Brad Tonkin and historic architectural consultant Henry Kunowski, have updated our campus-wide capital improvements and long-term maintenance inventory. We have just begun the first restoration project, that of three of our 18 stained glass windows in the sanctuary.

As mentioned above, our Development Committee, chaired by Linda Georges and working closely with Ted Nelson and Jeff Wolfstone, oversaw the very successful Ida Rae and Friends Concert and Taste of Temple. Ali and Judah Garfinkle and Tiffany and David Goldwyn were the event chairs for our second annual Taste of Temple. Ted Nelson also chaired our Ad-Hoc Library Task Force. Board Member Eric Friedenwald-Fishman was the creator and champion of our Every Family Initiative campaign and the tag line “CBI belongs to all of us,” modeling the importance of asking everyone to invest in CBI.

Board Member Arthur Steinhorn chaired our Education and Youth Committee, working to continue the expansion of the preschool, as well as on governance of our K-12 Religious School.



John Epstein, Treasurer, oversaw yet again another tight budget, helping us to maximize our limited resources. Miles Newmark, immediate past treasurer, remains an integral member of the Budget and Finance Committee. John worked closely with Richard Glassman, his co-chair on our Investment Committee, on the oversight of our newly invested funds at the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation. Debbie Caldwell and Jill Rubinstein co-chaired our Nominating Committee and have begun to create a leadership development program for our board members, committee chairs, and congregation. Ned Duhnkrack continues to chair the Personnel Committee and is our newly-elected Vice President Elect.


Karen Kranz and Kevin Hoover tirelessly ushered and coordinated ushering for our Shabbat, Festival, and High Holy Days Services. Linda Harrison-Fintzy is the President of WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood, and Scott Schaffer is President of our Brotherhood. Both auxiliaries are strong, thriving, and wonderful partners for all things CBI. We ended our programming year with E.J. Dionne, the Oseran Family Lecturer. That is a very brief 154th year in review. We look forward to a very exciting 155th year with our popular Shabbats on the Plaza, Shir Shabbats, Tot Shabbats, innovative fundraisers, further expansion of our newly certified preschool, accredited religious school, a full year of Adult Education programs being planned, another truly amazing Purim Schpiel, a meaningful Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration, and Adult and Youth Choir participation, to name a few to pique your interest. In closing, I would like to thank and acknowledge the dedication of CBI’s Board of Trustees, Committee Chairs, and members. I would also like to thank our clergy: Rabbi Cahana, Cantor Cahana, Rabbi Joseph; our senior staff: Ben Sandler, Education Director; Jen Feldman, Development Director; Jemi Kostiner Mansfield, Congregational Affairs Director; our staff: Deborah Kaplan, Director of Early Childhood Education; Mor Kenane, Education Administrator; Jim Baldwin, CPA, Finance Director; Vicki Greif, Accounting Assistant; Dara Docherty, Project Coordinator; Tracy Alifanz, Office Administrator and newest member of the administrative staff; Craig Paton, Facilities Manager; and our facilities staff: Andy Coles and Drew Christensen. We have an extraordinary and devoted team. Everyone works well and hard together to provide the most meaningful worship, experiences, and lifecycle and educational programs for our congregants and community.

June 2013


Social Action

Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated clergy and staff, as well as co-chairs James Anchell, Janet Morgan, Mary Scalone, and Julia Waldinger, we enjoyed another very successful Mitzvah Day. Special thanks go to Rabbi Joseph for her leadership in bringing a new dimension to the day. We also want to thank our team leaders who brought energy and commitment to making each project a success. With projects for every age, over 300 people brought meaning to Tikkun Olam: @@ w  e sang to and visited with the residents of the Robison Jewish Health Center @@ beautified the CBI Cemetery @@ did a neighborhood clean-up @@ gave a birthday party for the residents of the Northwest Tower and Annex @@ gave blood to the American Red Cross @@ donated to the Oregon Community Warehouse @@ cleaned and polished at Janus House and delivered hand-made blankets @@ cooked and baked for 500 guests at Potluck in the Park @@ sorted, stacked, and cleaned at the ReBuilding Center @@ donated food and sorted it for the Sunshine Pantry @@ held a bake sale to help a child in need @@ improved the library at Northwest Tower and Annex @@ made placemats for Loaves and Fishes recipients @@ created gardens for the guests of Ronald McDonald House @@ made and distributed over 300 Soupsacs to those in need Many of us even joined the Gift of Life Registry for bone marrow and blood stem transplants. We hope that, by working together, we learned every day can be a Mitzvah Day and that each of us can make a positive difference in the world. As Jews, we are taught that every human is created b’tselem elohim, in God’s image. Every person is imbued with the divine spark, infinite in value and unique. Whether it’s working on a CBI project, working at one of our partner organizations, visiting a shut-in, or just smiling at someone who might otherwise feel invisible, it is both our duty and gift to respect and improve the lives of others. The photo album of Mitzvah Day activities can be seen at The Social Action page on the CBI website has direct links to many of the organizations we worked with on Mitzvah Day. If there is a project you would like to continue or a new one you would like to begin, please contact the CBI office at 503 222-1069 or write to us at An immediate project that needs your participation is Congregation Beth Israel’s tenth annual barbecue for the residents of Northwest Tower and Annex on Sunday, June 23. Volunteers are needed for set-up, cooking, serving, and clean-up on the day of the event, as well as to purchase groceries and door prizes in advance of the event. Donations of door prizes are also welcome, especially practical items such as household supplies, kitchen utensils, towels, and socks. Children’s items are also needed for the 35 children living in the housing complex. Please call or write to us if you are able to help with this event. Ilene Davidson, Social Action Committee Chair


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Our Leadership Where Are You? By Ida Rae Cahana Senior Cantor If you have found yourself using the expression “stressed out” to explain your state of mind or the reason for recurring lateness or sudden outbursts of irritability, join the club! No matter where you are in your life – a young parent, a widower, a recent retiree, a bereaved daughter, a transplant to a new city – there are times of heart-thumping, shoulder-tensing, headachy agitation! How can we, Jews of the 21st century, find more peace and appreciation in our daily lives? In a famous Bible story, our patriarch Abraham allowed himself to get worked up to a fever pitch, almost to the point of committing a heinous act which would have shattered him and altered the course of our history. However, he was able to stop himself and with focused attention and calm say, “Hineini” – “Here I am.” It was a remarkable moment of spiritual awakening. Jewish meditation is a practice which can move you towards a time when you can also pause, stop the frenetic pace, and say, “Hineini.” This year, CBI member Laurence Baker and I have been leading meditation once or twice a month. Additionally, every couple of months, I have conducted healing services with the musical assistance of our members. All of these hours of reflection, chant, and guided meditation have significantly contributed to the spiritual life of our community. There are misconceptions about Jewish meditation, because we tend to equate meditation with a trancelike state, a blissful isolation from the world and its cares. Jewish meditation has the ability to be transformative, bringing a person to a state of joy and inner freedom. But because Judaism does not derive from a monastic tradition, we insist on participation in the world. Jews know that interacting with the world is a component of

Congregation Beth Israel Community Tzedakah Box Starting May 5, Mitzvah Day, we have a new community tzedakah box! The money collected in the tzedakah box will be donated to local organizations that feed the hungry in Portland. Please look for the tzedakah box every week at religious school drop off and pick up. How did this come to be, you ask? At the first Social Action Committee meeting in Fall 2012, Rabbi Joseph initiated a dialogue about hunger and food security. One suggestion was that congregants and their children bring canned food whenever they come to temple. An additional idea was raised: a CBI community tzedakah box. After discussions with Ilene Davidson, chair of the Social Action Committee, Sydney Baer, and Ben Sandler, it was decided that a tzedakah box would be created and decorated by Chaya Bogorad’s art students in the religious school. Why a community tzedakah box? Adults in our community make monetary donations to the temple as well as to other organizations

experiencing the Divine. We pray with a minyan, a quorum of ten. In the company of friends and neighbors and family, we read and sing and also find silence. Praying is not always fulfilling or easy; sometimes the words trip us up or our worries of the week interfere. That’s why the Hebrew word for prayer is “avodah,” which means “work.” As with anything worthwhile, prayer and meditation take practice. Early this June, there will be a unique opportunity to work at it together, incorporating meditative techniques into our services for a very special weekend. I invite you to join us on June 7th and 8th with a gifted teacher and practitioner of meditation, Rabbi Margie Jacobs, who will co-lead Friday evening and Saturday morning services. Then stay with us for a Kiddush luncheon and meditative experience. Rabbi Jacobs served as Regional Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Rabbi of Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond, CA, and Rabbi-Educator at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley. She is a teacher of mindfulness meditation and Jewish spirituality, life coach, ritual facilitator, Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor, and Vice President of the Northern California Board of Rabbis. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and two daughters, ages 3 and 5. Looking forward to seeing you! Yours l’shalom (in peace), Cantor Ida Rae Cahana

Lunch and Meditation Saturday, June 8 Please RSVP for this event to Tracy in the CBI office at (503) 222-1069. While there is no cost for this event, registration is limited to the first 50 people.

Rabbi Margie Jacobs

they support: schools, art groups, political parties, etc. Children generally do not see these good deeds because the parents write a check and send it off. A tzedakah box at the entrance to religious school allows the children to see their parents donate money and provides the parents with an opportunity to talk about why they give money (mitzvot and tikkun olam) and how money benefits the hunger organizations. We hope that when these children grow up, they too will financially support their temples and other organzations. L’dor v’dor - from generation to generation. The tzedakah box is mobile (i.e., on wheels) so it can be moved, and it also has handles so it can be carried. It gives the children a way to interact with the box each week by pushing it or carrying it. It is made from a recycled wooden box that was originally used to store potatoes and onions and reuses a Scrabble board and tiles. It is truly unique - an “outside the box” box. The religious school students wrote Hebrew and English text about tzedakah and mitzvot, and Chaya then affixed the text to the box and finished it with hamsa hands, which symbolize the hands of G-d. The students decided the inside of the box should have a celestial and planetary motif. We are so lucky that Rabbi Joseph inspired the Social Action Committee to tackle the important issue of hunger in our community. We hope that the Congregation welcomes this tzedakah box and feeds it with donations so that we can feed the hungry in Portland.

June 2013


Mazel Tov to our Confirmation and Graduation Classes of 2013/5773

10th grade Confirmation held during Erev Shavuot services on Tuesday, May 14.

High School Graduation service held on the closing night of Midrasha, Wednesday, May 8. 10

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L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation


Mazel Tov to Bill Royston on his induction into the Oregon Jazz Hall of Fame for his founding of the Portland Jazz Festival and for being presented with the Jazz Journalist Association’s Jazz Hero Award for being nominated as Jazz Producer of the Year both in 2007 and 2008. Adam Ruben on being selected as a reserve player for Team USA’s Elite Golf Team participating in the 19th Maccabiah, being held July 10-31 in Israel. Adam is the son of Danny and Lisa Ruben and the grandson of Louise Ruben. Miriam Kohn, member of Grant High School’s Constitution Team. Grant placed first in the 26th Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals. Alan Rosenfeld, who was honored on May 8 by Portland Meals on Wheels with the prestigious “Compassion for Seniors” award, at a luncheon with 1,000 people present. He was honored for his 28 years of volunteer service. Callie Souther on her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles on May 19. Callie is the daughter of Adrienne and Stan Geffen and Calvin Souther, Jr.

Daphna Stadig, on receiving the Song of Miriam award presented by the Jewish Women’s Round Table on Sunday, June 2. Daphna was honored as Beth Israel Sisterhood’s outstanding volunteer for 2013. Rachel Hall and Kyle Busacker on the birth of their son, Judah B. Busacker, on May 3. Judah was named on May 10. Barbara and Stuart Lang on the birth of their granddaughter, Sasha Bina. Sasha is the daughter of Abbey and Bob Ornstein and joins big sister Celia (1). May they grow in wisdom and be a source of strength to their families and all humankind.

Condolences to Irina and Leonid Koshevoy on the death of their son, Igal Koshevoy, on April 9. Leslie and Robert Peltz and family on the death of her mother, Ida Kleinrock, on April 19. Mark and Helene Hutchinson and family on the death of her father, Harris Lavine, on April 28 in San Rafael, CA.

We extend a further mazel tov to Adrienne and Stan Geffen and Calvin Souther, Jr. on the May 26th marriage of their daughter, Callie Souther, to Matthew Schulman. The wedding was held in the Temple and officiated by Rabbis Cahana and Rose and Cantors Cahana and Schiff. Matthew is the son of Michael and Cheryl Schulman from Oak Park, California.

Jill Slansky and family on the death of her uncle, Sidney Garfield, on April 14.

Robin McAlpine and G. Chip Kosboth on their May 26th marriage.

Eric Kellner and family on the death of his wife, Angela Kellner, on May 15.

Bernard Caplan, Barry and Barbara Caplan, and Bob Caplan and families on the death of their cousin, Ruth Kraminsky, on May 12 in Calgary, Alberta.

Chaverweb: New Online Directory We are excited to let you know about our new online directory for our members. About one year ago, we transitioned to a synagogue-specific software to organize and process our congregants’ information and payments. Its newest feature is an online member tool called ChaverWeb. This will be an “opt-in” member directory, so we will need your permission to include your primary contact information in this directory. You can access Chaverweb from the Congregation Beth Israel website. Once logged in to the site, you will be able to update your contact information as well as look up contact information for any of your fellow members who have also opted in. By choosing to opt in, you will also have the opportunity to access your account information online, register for classes, and make donations by credit card. Please know that this new site is secure, password-protected, and for members only. To opt in, please call Tracy in the CBI office at (503) 222-1069.

June 2013


Very Thoughtful People

Check out our newly updated website! With a new year comes a new look. We are thrilled to let you know we have launched our newly redesigned website. Many thanks to Robyn Barbon and behind-the-scenes web builder Patrick Doyle. Take a browse and let us know what you think. Our URL remains the same: Please keep checking back for the latest information about services, programs, and how to stay connected.

Allison B. Cohen Madrichim Training and Religious School Scholarship Fund In Memory of Stanley Samuelis Jack and Celia Lazarus The Goldstein Family In Honor of Eleanore Rubinstein (100th Birthday) David and Sally Swire & Family

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat

In Memory of Fanny Kowitt Ardis and Sandy Kowitt Pauline Bercovitz Wright Jerry Bercovitz & Victoria Pullman Charlene Weinstein Jacob Leo Krane Sue and Joel Krane Sue Halupowski Sue and Jay Albert Irving Krosner Jean Krosner In Honor of Dorothy Durkheimer (Mother’s Day) Mary Kinspel (Mother’s Day) Leah Durkheimer (Mother’s Day) Julie Durkheimer (Mother’s Day) Barbara Durkheimer

Amy R. Goldsmith Library In Memory of Irv Trachtenberg Louis M. Rosencrantz Sue and Jay Albert In Honor of Eleanore Rubinstein (100th Birthday) Sue and Jay Albert


Cemetery Beautification

In Memory of Bonita Weinstein Elaine Savinar Leonard and Babette Schnitzer Tom and Mardi Spitzer Rose Rosencrantz David and Diane Rosencrantz Henry Blauer Gerel Blauer Helen Mittleman The Abrams Family (Howard, Stuart, Michelle, Bruce, Julie, and David) Henry H. Kavitt Benita Shlesinger & Family Betty and Randy Rubenstein & Family

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Dr. William L. Unger Keren, Kevin, and Ryan Hoover Mildred Sidell Evelyn and Gerald Leshgold Melvin (Mel) H. Feinstein Marian Ovitz Judith K. Feinstein & Family Dorothy Morgenstern Nathan Feldman Sheri and Lee Cordova Phyllis Shapiro Barbara Gilbert and Miles Newmark In Appreciation Rabbi Cahana, Cantor Cahana, and Rabbi Joseph (Ben Mansfield’s Bar Mitzvah) The Mansfield Family Rabbi Cahana (Lauren and David Elkanich’s wedding) Joseph and Rochelle Stilwell Rabbi Cahana (Leading Israel trip) Ralph and Bobbi London Jim and Ilene Davidson Morrie and Gerry Jackson

Rabbi Cahana (Josh Muir’s Bar Mitzvah) The Muir Family General Contribution Given By John and Sarah Epstein

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Abe Wexler Eldon and Carolyn Wexler Anna Richman Jim and Michael Richman Dorothy Morgenstern Martha and Les Soltesz In Appreciation Cantor Cahana (Leading Israel trip) Ralph and Bobbi London Jim and Ilene Davidson Morrie and Gerry Jackson Cantor Cahana (Josh Muir’s Bar Mitzvah) The Muir Family General Contribution Given By John and Sarah Epstein

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary In Honor of Max Joseph (2nd Birthday) Rabbi Sam and Dori Joseph In Appreciation Rabbi Joseph (Josh Muir’s Bar Mitzvah) The Muir Family

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Sydelle Levine Jan and Howard Levine Jack J. Karlin Alice and Michael Powell

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Rabbi Rose Discretionary In Memory of Laila Aarnas Norm and Betty Rickles

General Administrative In Memory of Vivian Wilson Cohen Barbara Bloom Tom Georges Maurice Georges Paul Georges Ernie Bonyhadi and Shirley Gittelsohn Irving Trachtenberg Leonore Weston Neal and Lisa Rosen Samuel Russell Pearl Russell Jacob Leo Krane Jeff and Sherri Weinstein Gussie B. Seres Joel and Sandra Seres Sue Halupowski Jim and Rhonda Kennedy Hyman Veltman Margo Sercu Jack Hirsch Kim and Debra Burchiel

Jill Newman Slansky Early Childhood Leader Fund In Memory of Sidney Garfield Jill Ann Slansky

Oseran Family Lecture In Memory of Clara Roth Philip and Dorothy Reiter In Honor of Stanley Loeb (Birthday) Alan and Janet Zell Ilaine Cohen

Very Thoughtful People Herbert Newmark (Birthday) Alan and Janet Zell Gail Geiger (Birthday) Ilaine Cohen

In Memory of Judith Dreier William Hill-Parks William Lawrence Klein Mollie Paulowitz Klein Tammy Kramer In Honor of Eleanore Rubinstein (100th Birthday) Margery Cohn and Marvin Richmond

Chloe Rose Lewis (Bat Mitzvah) Jill and Rick Rubinstein Elaine and Sandy Weinstein Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen Ellen L. and Marty Jacobs Barbara Wolfe (Birthday) Stuart Lang (Birthday) Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen Robin Marcus (80th Birthday) Ardis and Sandy Kowitt Callie Souther (Rabbinic Ordination) Elaine and Sandy Weinstein General Contribution Given By Lynn Bonner John and Sarah Epstein

Ruth Semler Youth Activities


Rosenfeld Family Assistant/ Associate Rabbi Fund

In Memory of Sue Halupowski Irving Trachtenberg Stan Samuelis Gerel Blauer Gertrude Semler Larry Semler Alison Senders Lang Stuart Lang In Honor of Eleanore Rubinstein (100th Birthday) Rose and Mike Baskin

Sally Vidgoff Camp Kalsman Scholarship In Honor of Stan Loeb (Birthday) Barbara and Stuart Lang

Sanny Snell Preschool Scholarship In Memory of Helen Svidlow Gilbert Olman

Social Action (General)

In Memory of Irving Trachtenberg Sally Rosenfeld and Andy Frank William Gittelsohn Shirley Gittelsohn and Ernie Bonyhadi David Light Ray and Dorothy Packouz Marlene Jacoby Gail Jacoby Sue Halupowski David and Anita August Loree and Ken Sakai Ida Kleinrock David and Anita August Jim and Michael Richman Jim and Ilene Davidson Marion Press Besen Stephen Press In Honor of Eleanore Rubinstein (100th Birthday) Bunny and Jerry Sadis Ernest Bonyhadi and Shirley Gittelsohn

In Memory of Bette Jean Londer Barbara and Howard Cohn Sue Miller Stanley Samuelis Davia and Ted Rubenstein Maurie Jacobs Julius Zell Milton Zell Beverly and Marty Zell & Family Betty Edelman The Edelman Family Henrietta Margulis David and Dolorosa Margulis Dorothy Durkheimer Eloise Spiegel Leo Katzky Arthur Katzky Margaret Katzky Hasson Roslyn Maizels Steve, Natalie, and Harry Maizels Babette Schnitzer Leonard Schnitzer Gayle and Paul Romain Jeanne and Herb Newmark Lois Schnitzer Helen Mittleman Gayle and Paul Romain Jeanne and Herb Newmark Harry Mittleman Gayle and Paul Romain Bertrand Constantine Etta Constantine Gloria Londer Albert Kantor Joseph Constantine Steve and Elaine Kantor Arthur Tarlow Sharon Tarlow Alec L. Black Herb Black Irving Trachtenberg Audre and Les Estrin Harriet Schatz Naomi and Dave Strauss David Light Sally Light Vic Nudelman Jacqueline R. Spivak James Spivak Larry Duckler Stan and Joyce Loeb

Sadie Kaufman Nate Shapiro Susy, Marci, and Katrina Hammel Lester Seinfeld Sylvia Seinfeld Dick and Deanne Rubinstein Sasha Drutter Susan Gerson Ida Kleinrock Mimi and Roland Richman In Honor of Eleanore Rubinstein (100th Birthday) Davia and Ted Rubenstein Joyce and Stan Loeb Sharon Tarlow Herb Black Naomi and Dave Strauss Sharon Weil (Birthday) Herb Black Larry Semler (Recovery) James Spivak Chloe Rose Lewis (Bat Mitzvah) Davia and Ted Rubenstein Alan Rosenfeld (90th Birthday) Carol and David Baker Davia and Ted Rubenstein Alvin Rackner (Recovery) Stan and Joyce Loeb Anita August & Dana Schwartz (Organizing Over 50 Dinner) Lynn Bonner General Contribution Given By Harriet Schatz John and Sarah Epstein

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Sue Halupowski Stan and Joyce Loeb In Honor of Eleanore Rubinstein (100th Birthday) Howard and Tamra Feuerstein

Temple Restoration In Memory of Leonard Schnitzer Dina Schnitzer Meier

Urman Family College Communication In Memory of Edis Cohen Marvin and Lois Urman In Honor of Our Grandchildren Marvin and Lois Urman General Contribution Given By John and Sarah Epstein

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholoarship

In Memory of Henry Sholkoff Richard Dobrow, Rachel Dobrow Stone, and Shasa Dobrow

June 2013

Lloyd B. Rosenfeld Youth Leadership Fund In Memory of Karl S. Frey Rosemarie Rosenfeld In Honor of Lauryn Wilk (Bat Mitzvah) Rohn Goldman & Family

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship In Memory of Tom Georges II Linda and Tom Georges May Georges Linda and Tom Georges Richard Dobrow, Rachel Dobrow Stone, and Shasa Dobrow

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Dorothy Durkheimer Mark Dohrman and Julie Durkheimer Lillian Lisa Wax Mark, Roberta, Blair, and Stephani Wax

Simon & Helen Director Endowment

In Memory of Harold Schnitzer The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life In Memory of Sue Halupowski Jim and Ilene Davidson Vera Hoffman Fine Wilma Jane Balick

Prayer Book

In Memory of Irving Ail Louise Ruben & Family

Sisterhood Programming, Leadership & Enrichment In Memory of Stanley Samuelis Jim and Ilene Davidson Sally Rosenfeld and Andy Frank Sue Halupowski Sally Rosenfeld and Andy Frank Bert and Laurie Rogoway In Honor of Eve Rosenfeld Eleanore Rubinstein Loree and Ken Sakai


In Remembrance June 7 & 8 Laila Aarnas Isaac Adler Adrienne Levin Arnsberg Henry S. Blauer Christopher Glen Brooks Esta Brown Jerry Canton Phill Cohn Esther Daniel Jack L. Davis Simon Director Judith Dreier Hedy Farkas Dov Feuer Albert G. Gilbert Isadore L. Golby Charles Greenblatt Marlene Jacoby Jack J. Karlin Arthur Katzky Sadie Shapiro Kaufman Su Kawamoto Delphine Levenson Emmanuel Levin Elizabeth Lipman Edith Lok-Schwartz Roslyn Maizels Isabel Martin Martha Beatrice Martin Roger Seller Meier Benjamin Oseran Sylvia Paley Mark Platman Susan Platt Rose Popick Marion Press Besen Robert Radding Marvin Rosenberg Max Rubenstein Leonard E. Schnitzer Jack B. Schwartz Lester Seinfeld Nathan Shapiro Arthur Tarlow Moe M. Tonkon William L. Unger Bonita Weinstein Irving David Wilson

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


Heddy Winterman Robert Stephen Wolf Becky Zeldin Richard Zimmerman

Pauline Bercovitz Wright Leah Zavin Hannah Zell

June 14 & 15 Irving I. Ail Amelia Backman Ted Balmforth Benjamin Becker Alec L. Black Arthur Cohen Edis Cohen Robert Cohen Dorothy Durkheimer Ira Flitter Karl S. Frey Gertrude N. Genecov Leslie G. Gilbert Elizabeth Goldfaden Samuel Goldman George M. Goldstein Morris A. Goldstein Florence M. Kane Maurice Kaplan Leo Katzky Henry Kavitt Maurice Krass Sydelle Levine David Light Herman A. Lowen James M. Marks Helen Mittleman Belle Morrison Susan Overbeck Shirley Robinowitz David Rubin Hy Samuels Roseanne Saunders Joachim J. Jack Schneider Babette Schnitzer Bertha Senders Jack Sheinin Joseph Shemanski Edward T. Sigell Hattie Sonnenfeld Simon Rose Sobelman Lillian Lisa Wax Joshua Weiner

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

June 21 & 22 Elinor Adler Kathleen Andrianoff Flora Fleischner Berkowitz Ida Brenner Tillie Driesen Joseph Edelstein Melvin Feinstein Vera Hoffman Fine Marjorie Frank Leo Gold Charlotte Greenberg Claire Grossman Robert Hartzman William Hill-Parks Jack Hirsch Sylvia Holzman Flora Velt Kirk Jacob Leo Krane Helen Lauterstein Irvin Layton Diana Van Straaten Levy Gus Lowengart Henrietta Margulis Victor A. Nudelman Abe Puziss Florence Robinson Clara Roth Fred Schlesinger Leon Semler Gussie Seres Bruce Lyle Sheinin Henry Sholkoff Rubin B. Shulman Mildred Leshgold Sidell Rose L. Sigell Irving E. Sklare Jamie Stadig Lillian Sussman Doris Hahn Treuhaft Stanley H. Wald

Sara Arnsberg Edith Prensky Ashrow Edward K. Berg Esther Berman Dorothy Cohn Mary Collins Sasha Drutter Sylvia Canton Edelman William Gittelsohn Bertha Graber Harry B. Harrison Caro Wolf Jacobs Gloria John Rose Kaufman Max M. Keyser Mollie Paulowitz Klein William Lawrence Klein Fanny E. Kowitt Binnie Kramer Irving Krosner Charles Irving Kwartler Celia Lazarus Alex E. Miller Dorothy Morgenstern Marian Ovitz Anna Richman Sidney Rosen Alex Rubin Jerome Salomon Evelyn S. Savinar Iris Rita Sherman Paul Sonnes Babette Strauss Helen Svidlow Nathan Weil Alan Weiner Eleanor Wishengrad Simon Wolfe

June 28 & 29 Jean Adler Rhoda Aiken

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

June 2013 SUNDAY

Sivan-Tamuz 5773 MONDAY





SATURDAY 1  Sivan 23

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

2  Sivan 24

3  Sivan 25

4  Sivan 26

5  Sivan 27

Song of Miriam Awards 10:00 AM MJCC

Tot Shabbat Service 9:30 AM PC Shabbat Service: Bat Mitzvah of Chloe Rose Lewis 10:30 AM Temple

6  Sivan 28

7  Sivan 29

8  Sivan 30

Membership Committee 5:00 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Shabbat Service with Rabbi Margie Jacobs 6:00 PM PC

Meditation Shabbat with Rabbi Margie Jacobs 10:30 AM PC

JND Service 7:30 PM PC

Meditation Group Lunch/ Seudah 12:00 PM GH

JND Potluck Dinner 8:30 PM GH

CBI Honoree Daphna Stadig

9  Tamuz 1

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

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

10  Tamuz 2

11  Tamuz 3

12  Tamuz 4

WRJ Centennial Havdalah 6:30 PM Lana Miller’s home

13  Tamuz 5

14  Tamuz 6

15  Tamuz 7

Meditation Group 6:00 PM SC

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Social Action Committee 7:00 PM SBR

Closing Day Preschool Picnic 12:00 PM Temple Lawn

Shabbat Service 10:30 AM PC

Shabbat on the Plaza 6:00 PM Temple Lawn

16  Tamuz 8

17  Tamuz 9

18  Tamuz 10

19  Tamuz 11

20  Tamuz 12

21  Tamuz 13

22  Tamuz 14

Camp Omanoot 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SEC

Camp Omanoot 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SEC

Camp Omanoot 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SEC

Camp Omanoot 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SEC

Camp Omanoot 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SEC

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service: Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin Suhler 10:30 AM Temple

Friends over 50 pre-neg 5:30 PM LF Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

23  Tamuz 15

24  Tamuz 16

25  Tamuz 17

26  Tamuz 18

27  Tamuz 19

28  Tamuz 20

29  Tamuz 21

Camp Omanoot 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SEC

Camp Omanoot 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SEC

Camp Omanoot 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SEC

Camp Omanoot 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SEC

Camp Omanoot 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM SEC

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service: Bar Mitzvah of Maxwell Winthrop 10:30 AM Temple

Shabbat on the Plaza 6:00 PM Temple Lawn

30  Tamuz 22 CBI’s fiscal year ends on June 30, 2013. All dues and religious school tuition should be paid by today.

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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Board of Trustees 2012/2013 Officers


Stuart Chestler President

Jonathan Barg Deborah Caldwell Eric Friedenwald-Fishman Ali Garfinkle 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 Scott Schaffer - Brotherhood President

Save the Date! Summer iS coming! Mark your calendars and plan to join us on the Temple Lawn as we welcome Shabbat under the Portland summer sky. We’ll move the services inside if it happens to rain, but if it’s dry, we’ll be outside; please bring a jacket if you think it might be chilly. Bring your family and friends along with a blanket and your own picnic supper - chairs and umbrellas (for shading from the sun) will be available as well. Services begin at 6:00 PM.

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June 2013 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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

June 2013 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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