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Shabbat on the P laza

Bulletin June 2014 Sivan-Tamuz 5774 Vol. 63, No. 9 Established 1858

Shabbat on the P laza begins on June 13! Join us all summer long on the Temple lawn as we welcome Shabbat under the Portland summer sky (weather permitting). 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.

June 13 & 27

July 11 & 25

August 8 & 22

September 5 & 19

B’nei Mitzvah


Noah Gregory Glassman Noah Glassman will become Bar Mitzvah on June 7, 2014. He is the son of Dina and Darren Glassman and the grandson of CBI members Jack and Lucy Shapiro. Noah attends Metro Montessori Middle School and is supporting the Oregon Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for his Mitzvah Project. The MS Society is committed to creating a world free of MS, mobilizing people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. Oregon has the one of the highest MS rates in the country. Noah’s mother and grandmother both live with MS, and he chose his mitzvah project to support them. He formed a Walk MS team by reaching out to close friends and family and asking for their support. Together, they raised over $4,000 for MS, and Noah was identified as one of the top five individual fundraisers for the event, which was held on April 19th. His project also involved designing the event’s kids’ zone, which featured activities, games, and face painting for youngsters. To learn more, please visit the Multiple Sclerosis Society website:

Natalie Ruth Peterman Natalie Peterman will become Bat Mitzvah on June 14, 2014. She is the daughter of Steven and Melissa Peterman and the younger sister of Jeremy. Natalie attends Lakeridge Junior High School in Lake Oswego and has chosen to work with the Children’s Book Bank for her Mitzvah Project. The CBB collects and refurbishes books to give to kids and families who can’t afford them. Natalie has organized book drives at both her elementary and middle schools as well as at Religious School, plus she will have donation bins at her Bat Mitzvah for those who want to bring in gently used books. To learn more, visit the Children’s Book Bank website:

coach’s assistant during the Special Olympics basketball season. I am very excited to share with the kids the skills that I have learned in school basketball and basketball camps.” In addition, Benjamin has set up a First Giving webpage through SOOR to raise money to help provide equipment and coaching to a team this coming year. You can help him reach his goal of $2,000-3,000 by visiting his page:

Emma Grace Sidell Emma Sidell will become Bat Mitzvah during the 5:00 PM Havdalah service on June 28, 2014. She is the daughter of Scott and Pamela Sidell and the younger sister of Sydney. Emma attends Cedar Park Middle School and is partnering with the Sunshine Pantry for her Mitzvah Project. Well-known by many students and families in our congregation, Sunshine Pantry is a non-profit pantry offering food, amenities, housewares, and clothing to those in need, currently serving over 500 children, women, and men within Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro, and Forest Grove. Over the coming months, Emma will be volunteering at the pantry and, specifically, helping children with food and entertainment needs over the summer. She will come up with an easy meal for kids to make at home, while their parents are at work, and solicit for those donations. Emma’s project will be on-going over the next several months. You can learn more about helping the Sunshine Pantry at their website:

Erev Shavuot & Confirmation Tuesday, June 3, 7:00 PM Temple Please join our 10th grade class for this lovely tradition. Reception to follow.

Benjamin Elliot Rabbino Benjamin Rabbino will become Bar Mitzvah on June 21, 2014. He is the son of Elizabeth Domagalski and David Rabbino and the younger brother of CJ Connolly. Benjamin attends Lake Oswego Junior High and has selected to work with Special Olympics Oregon for his Mitzvah Project. This worldwide organization allows people with special needs the opportunity to compete in an environment where they will feel successful. Special Olympics Oregon provides year-round sports training and competition statewide to children and adults with intellectual disabilities and offers competitions in 14 Olympic-type sports over three different sports seasons. They are also well-known for their annual Polar Plunge, a unique and daring fundraising event. Benjamin explains why he decided to work with SOOR: “My cousin Margaret has Down Syndrome, so this cause is really close to my heart. Special Olympics is wonderful at providing opportunities to people who might not have them in a typical athletic environment. I want everyone to experience the joy of being on a team and making a ‘great play.’ Next winter I will be a


The CBI office will be closed on Wednesday, June 4th, but please join us for:

Festival Lunch and Learn Wednesday, June 4, 12:00 PM Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room Bring your dairy brown bag lunch and join Rabbi Cahana for this Shavuot-themed study session, complete with blintzes!

Congregation Beth Israel

Our Leadership

Developing CBI

Pride in Portland

“Wake me up, God; ignite my passion, fill me with outrage. Remind me that I am responsible for Your world. Don’t allow me to stand idly by. Inspire me to act. Teach me to believe that I can repair some corner of this world.” - Rabbi Naomi Levy

by Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph Assistant Rabbi June in the United States means Pride, and Portland is one of many areas across the nation that hosts Pride festivals in June. They are all connected to the Stonewall Riots that broke out the night of June 27, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York. The Inn was a popular spot for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (GLBTQ) community, and it wasn’t unusual for the police to raid it. The raid on June 27 became a milestone event, because Inn-goers fought back against the police. Pride festivals like the one in the Portland are all part of the effort to organize for equality and to bring positive change to the community. This year, Congregation Beth Israel will be participating in the Portland Pride Parade on Sunday, June 15, and we hope you will join us! The Jewish community has a unique opportunity to show support by participating in the parade as a visible sign that we welcome all. Each of us, created in God’s image, has a unique talent with which we can contribute to the high moral purpose of tikkun olam, the repair of our world. Excluding anyone from our community lessens our chance of achieving this goal of a more perfect world. Pride really connects to our Jewish values: it inspires – and is inspired by – Kavod (respect), B’Tzelem Elohim (made in God’s image), Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh (communal responsibility), Shmirat Halashon (guarding one’s language), and V’ahavtah L’Reiecha Kamocha (love your neighbor as yourself ).

The Whole Fills the Hole by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director Here we are again, completing another very lovely and successful year of Developing CBI. Development Committee Chair Ted Nelson and I are so appreciative of all of you who have supported our fundraising efforts this past year, both as donors to various appeals and attendees at all kind of events. We are committed to working together to engage our community in everything CBI has to offer, and based on our growth and increased levels of participation, it seems to be working!

As a congregational community, we have been steadfast in our support of equal rights for all. And on Monday, May 19, 2014, a federal judge ruled that our state’s constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional! The ruling went into effect immediately, and already, hundreds of loving gay and lesbian couples across the state are sharing in the joys of the freedom to marry. While the law has changed, there is still much work to be done, and I look forward to marching together towards a more perfect world! Upcoming e-mail blasts will provide complete information on when and where to line up for the parade. Don’t forget to wear your CBI Mitzvah 365 t-shirt!

contribution made the difference, and we are proud to report that by joining forces together we exceeded this year’s $200,000 goal. Even better, there is still time to be included in this year’s fiscal contributors listing, which will be printed in full in our July/August Bulletin. It is our honor to be able to recognize so many generous supporters. Every gift fills the hole and enables us to provide a multitude of meaningful programs and services. Sydney’s report on page 4 provides numbers by which you can measure our effect; the focus of this note is to say thank you over and over again for being a supportive member of our congregation. We are proud of our open door policy and pleased we can make synagogue membership affordable for everyone. Thanks to you, CBI has been given the opportunity to create Jewish memories and impact Jewish lives every day. It is your support that makes all things possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Whether you contributed to the Every Family Initiative, attended Better Than Broadway and Taste of Temple, enhanced your annual contribution (formerly dues), increased your support to our Religious School program, or donated in other meaningful ways, your

June 2014


HOLD SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18th for our Fall Gala Details will be coming your way soon!


Our Leadership CBI by the #s By Sydney A. Baer, Executive Director With a tip of the hat to Past President John Rosenthal (a lover of numbers, statistics, and fun factoids), we share that our membership has continued to grow with the welcoming of 60 new families this past year. Of these 60 new families, we are thrilled to report that 11 were previous members who have rejoined our congregational family. Approximately 30% of our new families have religious school age children. We also said goodbye to some members due to death, families moving away from Portland, some requesting a leave of absence, and other extenuating circumstances. One of the goals of the Every Family Initiative created by Board Member Eric Friedenwald-Fishman was for everyone to help us continue to grow our membership. Perhaps we should change the name to “every family is involved and encouraged to invite their family and friends to join our wonderful community”! There are some congregations back east with capped and closed memberships – that is not us, and we welcome new families. Our history provides us with a rich heritage, but it is only by embracing new congregants that we ensure we will be here to serve the generations to come. Continuing our numbers theme, we had 103 Shabbat Services this year! We had to cancel a Friday evening Shabbat Service due to the severe winter storm in February – the first time we have cancelled a Friday evening Shabbat Service since the Columbus Day Storm in 1962. We were able to hold our Saturday Shabbat Service the following morning, albeit a few hours late! We celebrated 11 Tot Shabbats, 34 Mispacha Minyans and Shabbatini services with our religious school students, 3 Pajama Havdalahs with our preschoolers, 5 Meditation and Healing Havdalah services, 75 combinations of musicians (guitar, percussion, flute, violin, and piano) participating in our Shir Shabbats and Shabbats on the Plaza, 12 Adult Education programs with the theme “Where We Came From,” 50 Torah Study sessions, and 20 Alef Bet and Beyond Hebrew classes with Cantor Schiff. Our choirs were an amazing addition to our Yom Kippur services, as well as a part of our legendary Martin Luther King, Jr service, our never-to-be-missed Purim Schpiel, and our Chanukah celebration. They also participated in our Shabbat Services and have been on the road with concerts at Cedar Sinai Park. We had 3 very successful friend and fundraisers attended by close to 1,000 people. Many thanks to the Oserans for the well-attended Oseran Family Lecture. The board has participated in 4 meaningful leadership development workshops taught by Rabbi Sam Joseph, as well as several workshops for our committee chairs, promoting further collaborations for our congregation. We have 32 little ones in our recently certified preschool and 298 students in our K–12 URJaccredited Religious School. This year, 38 of our students became Bar and Bat Mitzvah, there were 12 students in our Confirmation Class, and 10 students graduated from our Religious School. Ilene Davidson (please see her article on page 5) has put the “action” in Social Action with a plethora of programming this year – I don’t have a number of how many people we fed, tutored, and nurtured, but it is in the thousands. The Membership Committee started a new “greeters” program, and last summer, they started our new tradition of wearing name tags at all CBI events – I have lost count of how many name tags we have used this year! This exciting list goes on, but there isn’t room to share all that has happened at CBI in one year. We were


trying to add up the aggregate number of people who have walked through our doors this year for services, programming, religious school, life cycle events, holiday celebrations, meetings, and Mitzvah Day – if we had a clicker, it would probably be close to 50,000 clicks! MAZEL TOV TO JILL RUBINSTEIN Recipient of the 2014 Rabbi Rose Tikkun Olam Award Jill is a lifelong member of CBI, having grown up at CBI. She often shares her fond memories of attending services with her grandparents Dorothy and Max Lesman and parents Herbert and Shirley Semler. Jill is a Past President, having served from 2012-2014. What many do not know is Jill’s long, passionate, and quiet commitment to eradicating hunger. Jill spends several days a week working at the Oregon Food Bank, sorting, organizing, and delivering food. She also works with Tracy Oseran’s Urban Gleaners. She has worked on and contributed food to all of our Soup Sac programs, Mitzvah Day projects, and related Social Action projects. She works tirelessly on the distribution of surplus food, an integral piece in the war against hunger. She is continually educating her family, friends, and community about the easy ways everyone can help eliminate hunger and prevent waste. Jill is often the last to leave both public and private gatherings, making sure all the leftover food items are re-distributed to those in need. Jill has made a difference and continues to make a difference in the lives of many. It was with great pride that CBI’s Social Action Committee voted for Jill to be the 2014 Rabbi Rose Tikkun Olam Award recipient. Past recipients include Rabbi Rose, Dr. Jill Ginsberg, our BINA Committee, Tracy Oseran, Dr. Gregg Coodley, WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood, and Sanny Snell. TODAH RABAH, KAREN KRANZ About 12 years ago, Karen Kranz noticed we didn’t have regular ushers for our Shabbat Services and quietly stepped in to welcome our congregants and guests to Shabbat and High Holy Days services. She soon found herself the chair of our Ushering Committee and co-chair of the High Holy Day Usher Team with Kevin Hoover. Sometimes Karen is a committee of one, taking her responsibility seriously and always making sure we have an usher, often ushering for both our Friday evening and Saturday morning Shabbat Services. Karen was our usher coordinator for our many special programs as well, making sure our congregants and guests were well greeted. We are so appreciative of Karen’s devotion to ushering, always greeting everyone (often by name) with a smile and prayer book, offering help to those new to our community, and sitting at the back to watch out for everyone and everything. We are in the process of forming the Shalom Squad and creating a new team of ushers. Thank you, Karen, for your longtime commitment to CBI and for being such a wonderful role model. May we all continue to go from strength to strength. Sydney A. Baer

Congregation Beth Israel

Social Action

Final Thoughts by Ilene Davidson As I look back over the year, I am amazed by all that our Social Action Committee accomplished. This has been a profound experience for me as I’ve watched so many people give of themselves to help others. While our focus continues to be on food justice issues, we recognize how hunger and poverty impacts people in so many negative ways, from children being too hungry to learn to people literally not having enough to eat. We’ve built on the work of others. For example, from Sisterhood’s commitment to feeding the residents of Goose Hollow, the Social Action Committee formed a Village Support Network team under the auspices of New City Initiative to help a family transition from homelessness into a stable home environment. Last December, Daureen Morris, Sally Rosenfeld, and I started working with a family of six, and it’s been a profound experience for all of us. We’ve been supported by the generosity of our congregants through donations to the family and by our Social Action Funds. I realized that it is in the “everyday” that we can make a real difference. When the children in our “family” run to greet us with hugs each time we visit, when they enjoy the books we read to them, when the parents (both under 30) thank us for caring - this is Tikkun Olam. This is why we join together. We often get hugs from the students we work with at the NW Tower Annex. While our Wednesday tutoring may be untraditional (at best), we’ve had an impact on these kids. One student who moved to another building returns almost every Wednesday to be with us. Special thanks to Julia Waldinger, Marge Congress, and Janet Friedman for their devotion to the kids. While we may not get the physical hugs, we are having the same effect when our congregants provide food and funding for our annual High Holy Day Food Drive, school supplies, coats and shoes to the kids at NW Tower, pots and pans through our Purim drive to benefit the guests of the Community Warehouse, make food to be distributed through our Soup Sac program, and deliver 6,000 pounds of apples to feed those in need. Even providing prizes for the bingo nights at the NW Tower gives the residents an opportunity to socialize.

And the day would not have been possible without the work of our Committee members: Julia Waldinger, Alexa Hasman, Stephen Cassell, Janet Morgan, Andy Olshin, Rabbi Joseph, and Sydney Baer. I also want to thank Mac Senders for his hard work leading up to and during the entire Mitzvah Day – our Blumauer kitchen has never been so clean! Our Social Action Committee members are absolutely amazing, and we’ve received outstanding guidance from Rabbi Joseph. I know we will continue to do great things when our new co-chairs, Elizabeth Friedenwald and Rebecca Friedenwald-Fishman, begin their work. I know you will give them the same support you’ve given me as we strive to make our world a better place, one person at a time. A special thanks to The Sewing Room ( for their generous donation of a sewing machine for our Village Support Network family. The owner, Wendy Benjamin, reminded me again how many good and generous people there are in our city. You’ve given me such a gift over these last two years. I’ve learned to be even more grateful for all of the joys in my life. A major joy has been the opportunity to meet and spend time with more of our congregants, to be part of the CBI community. It is here for all of us. I’ve gotten back so much more than I’ve given - new friendships, new opportunities to learn about others, and how to be a better person. Special thanks go to my husband Jim and son Alex, who’ve supported me in every way, from financial to literally carrying thousands of pounds of apples (and the same ones twice!). Let us continue to strive to make our world a better place by helping one person at a time.

Special thanks to all of you who made our Mitzvah Day 365 our best ever! Thanks to our captains: David Goldwyn, Linda Harrison, Don Spiegel, Janet Morgan, James Anchell, Stephen Cassell, Eric Wyatt, Alexa Hasman, Daphna Stadig, Andy Olshin, Rob LaForte, Julia Waldinger, Nikki Dorfman, and Tiffany Goldwyn.

June 2014


Upcoming Events

L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Mazel Tov to

Music Under the Dome Thursday, June 12, 6:00 PM Temple Please join Cantor Cahana as she welcomes rock violinist Aaron Meyer and guitarist Tim Ellis for the third and final performance in this informal concert series. Enjoy a relaxing 45 minutes of music after a long workday. This concert is free and open to the community.

Tracy Prince, whose February 27th op-ed in The Oregonian (“Why Tillicum is the right name for TriMet’s new bridge”) was influential in naming the new TriMet bridge. The name chosen by the people of Portland is Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People. Elaine Wolfe Ankersen and Ron Sobel on their May 4th wedding, officiated by Rabbi and Cantor Cahana. The ceremony was held in their garden in Lake Oswego. Lara Schnoll and Brad Stern on their May 25th wedding, officiated by Rabbi and Cantor Cahana. The ceremony was held at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, OR. Matt and Shaina Boal on the birth of their son, Ari Nathan, on April 24. Proud CBI grandparents are Leslie and Stephen Robinson.

Tim Ellis

Aaron Meyer

CBI Book Group

David and Lauren Elkanich on the birth of their son, Samuel William Elkanich, on April 26. He joins big brother Noah. Proud CBI grandparents are Joe and Rochelle Stilwell. Brigit and Josh Hatch on the birth of their son, Miles Emerson, on May 10.

Sunday, September 7, 9:00 AM Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room

Matt and Allie Neidich on the naming of their daughter, Lillian Ruth, at Kabbalat Shabbat services on May 30th. Lillian was born October 13, 2013.

The book group will be taking a hiatus over the summer, but we’ve already chosen our first book for the fall! Everyone is welcome to join us for a morning of pleasant literary discussion. There is no need to sign up.

May they grow in health and wisdom and be a source of strength to their family and all humankind.

September’s selection is The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman.

Condolences to Steve Maizels and Natalie Pitkin-Maizels on the death of their niece, Madaline Pitkin, on April 24.

Welcome, New Congregants! This April, Congregation Beth Israel was thrilled to welcome: Brigit and Joshua Hatch (who themselves welcomed baby Miles on May 10). Brigit is a family practice physician, and Joshua works for Brightworks doing sustainability consulting. Kimberly Schneiderman (formerly Palumbis), whose enthusiasm and voice are a staple of our monthly Tot Shabbat services, and her daughters, Sophia (12) and Sarah (10). Elisabeth “Lis” Grinspoon and her son, Oliver (6).


Mark New and Jules Goodwin on the death of their stepmother, Arden New, on May 3 in Denver, CO. Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall on the death of Ted’s father, Thomas J. Nelson, on May 6. The family of Evelyn Georges, who passed away on May 10. Mrs. Georges is survived by daughter and son-in-law Andra Georges and Tim Shepard, son and daughter-in-law Daniel Georges and Rumi Tsuda, son-in-law Jeff Gottfried, grandchildren Nick and Annie Shepard, Mori Georges and Benna and Miriam Gottfried. She was predeceased by husband Maurice and daughter Emily Gottfried. Naomi Strauss on the death of her brother-in-law, Marvin Rubens, on May 12. Jim and Kathy Weidenbaum & family on the death of Jim’s mother, Phyllis Green Weidenbaum, on May 13.

Congregation Beth Israel


Step into Summer with Mah Jongg Magic #5! A fundraiser for WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Sunday, June 22 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Sisterhood Elections The Nominating Committee of the WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood has proposed a slate of Executive Officers for election to the Board of Directors of the Sisterhood for the two year term July 2014 - June 2016.

Let’s kick off Summer 2014 right with an afternoon of fun, friendship, and philanthropy! All you need to bring is your card. We’ll provide great food, wine, and prizes ($18 gift cards for the winners and door prizes for everyone). We’ll be playing at the beautiful home of Randie and Mark Peterson (12515 SW 61st Place, Portland, OR 97219).

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Proposed Board Officers Co-President: Co-President: Recording Secretary: Corresponding Secretary: Treasurer: Parliamentarian: Immediate Past President:

Linda Harrison Stephanie Siegel Michael Richman Diane Lowensohn Bianca Urdes Leah Letts Kate Royston

The board will vote at the June meeting on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 6:30 PM in the Semler Board Room. Installation will be held on Friday, June 20 at 5:15 PM in the Pollin Chapel.

Space is limited. Make your reservation today by sending your check for $36.00, payable to WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood, to: Connie Cambreleng Attn: Mah Jongg Summer Magic 3370 SW Mercer Terrace Beaverton, OR 97005 Please include your phone number and email address. Questions? Contact Bobbie Goldstein at or call 310‐923‐2254.

Visit Sisterhood’s webpage to view the WRJ/BIS proposed Board of Officers, Chairs, and Members-At-Large:

Mt. Hood Day Trip

Sisterhood Board Installation

Monday, June 30 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday, June 20 5:15 pm Pollin Chapel Everyone is cordially invited to attend the installation service for the newly elected board of our Sisterhood. We will thank our outgoing board and welcome in our new board. Installation will be just before our regular Shabbat Service in Pollin Chapel. Sisterhood will sponsor the Oneg following the regular service. Come meet the new board and join in the celebration!

Honey for the Holidays? Yes! We haven’t even properly said hello to summer and we’re already talking about Rosh Hashanah?! Before you get busy with vacations and summer camps, family reunions and long car trips, order Honey from the Heart. This 8-ounce jar of delicious kosher honey arrives in time for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, decorated with a colorful label, and includes a personalized card reading “L’Shana Tova - Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year.” This card also lets the recipients know that a donation has been made in their honor to WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood. What better way to wish family, friends, and business associates a “Sweet and Healthy New Year” than sending a jar of honey? Your cost is only $10.00 per jar, which includes shipping and handling within the United States. We will gladly mail orders outside the United States for an additional fee. To order honey, go to and follow the step by step instructions. Order by July 21, 2014 to avoid a $4.00 per jar shipping fee.

Join your outdoorsy sisters up on Mt. Hood for an easy hike and/or games at a cabin on a creek. We will carpool from CBI, leaving at 9:00 am and returning by 4:00 pm. If you are interested in the day trip, contact Stephanie Siegel at

SAVE THE DATE - CBI Networking Event Sunday, September 28 9:30 am Blumauer Auditorium Is your graduate returning to PDX and looking to enter the job market? Are you a parent returning to work after family leave? Are you planning a job transition? This networking event is geared towards building a bridge to the professional world and creating community. All CBI members are welcome to attend this event sponsored by the Sisterhood. Contact Stephanie Siegel ( or Sarah Epstein ( with questions.

June 2014


Very Thoughtful People

156th Annual Meeting and Past Presidents’ Reception

Presidents pictured: Ned Duhnkrack, Stuart Chestler, Jill Rubinstein, Michael Simon, Rhonda Kennedy, John Rosenthal, Jeff Wolfstone, Rose Rustin, Dick Maizels, and Phil Reiter. Not pictured: Roger Cone, Craig Hartzman, Jim Richman, Bob Mesher, Ken Lewis, David Lipman, Jerry Sadis, Bob Mesher, and Stan Loeb.

Incoming President Ned Duhnkrack with her husband James, daughters Ellie & Maddie, and granddaughter Lillian

Jill S. Rubinstein, 2014 Recipient of the Rabbi Rose Tikkun Olam Award, with Rabbi Cahana and Rabbi Rose

Allison B. Cohen Madrichim Training and Religious School Scholarship Fund In Memory of Thomas Nelson Michelle, Steven, and Mallory Gradow In Honor of Ava Sandler (Bat Mitzvah) Pierce Ethier

Adult Education Fund In Honor of Bill June (Birthday) Bill and Sydney Baer

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat In Memory of Mariam Neuwelt Jill and Ed Neuwelt Irving Krosner Jean S. Krosner Babette Schnitzer Lois Schnitzer Bonita Weinstein Elaine Savinar Helen Mittleman The Abrams Family Jacob Leo Krane Sue and Joel Krane

Cemetery Beautification In Memory of Henry Blauer Gerel Blauer Leonard Schnitzer Jill and Richard Edelson


Henry H. Kavitt Benita Schlesinger & Family Betty and Randy Rubenstein & Family Alec Black Herb Black Adrienne Levin Arnsberg Susan and Robert Diamond Larry Arnsberg

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Milton Reiter Phil and Dorothy Reiter David Light Sally Light Irving Ail Louise Ruben & Family Richard Berman Brad and Janice Berman Mel H. Feinstein Marian Ovitz Judith K. Feinstein & Family Ronald Yankowitz Maxine McComas In Appreciation Ron and Elaine Sobel

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Dorothy Morgenstern Martha and Les Soltesz In Appreciation Ron and Elaine Sobel

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary In Memory of William Zebulon Hill-Parks Rebecca Hill and John Parks

In Appreciation Mimi Richman Leslie Peltz

In Honor of Dana Hunt (Recovery) Gerel Blauer

Cantor Schiff Discretionary


In Memory of Thomas John Nelson Steven and Patricia Bilow

General Administrative

In Memory of George Litow Bruce Litow Maurice Georges Paul Georges Thomas Georges, Jr. Shirley Gittelsohn and Ernie Bonyhadi Gussie B. Seres Joel and Sandra Seres Shirley Robinowitz Chuck and Selene Robinowitz Shirley Lenetsky Mark Lenetsky and Holly Shev Mildred Sidell Jerry and Evelyn Leshgold Jacob Krane Charlene Weinstein Jeff and Sherri Weinstein Maurice Kaplan Janice Isenberg In Honor of Ernie Bonyhadi (90th Birthday) Alex Mansfield (Graduation) Bill and Sydney Baer

Landau Chapel In Memory of Albert Green Gerel Blauer

Congregation Beth Israel

In Memory of Dr. William J. Swett Michael Swett Mitzi Layton Patricia Layton Nemer

Rosenfeld Family Assistant/ Associate Rabbi Fund In Memory of Judith Dreier William Hill-Parks William Lawrence Klein Mollie Paulowitz Klein Tammy Kramer

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Victor Nudelman Avrel Nudelman James Spivak & Family Alysmae Nudelman James Spivak & Family Leon Semler Dr. Harry and Gertrude Semler Helen Spivak & Family

Sally Vidgoff Camp Kalsman Scholarship In Memory of Ben Isenberg Joyce and Stan Loeb

Very Thoughtful People Sanny Snell Preschool Scholarship

In Memory of Max and Ruth Rubenstein Nick and Sanny Snell

Social Action (General)

In Memory of Sam Shapiro Barbara Gilbert and Miles Newmark David Light Ray and Dorothy Packouz Rose Sobelman Louis Rosencrantz Meier Rosencrantz Sue Albert Marion Press Besen Stephen Press In Honor of Tom Georges (Recovery) Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Rabbi Joseph (Mitzvah Day) Lynn Bonner Maddy Nelson (Birthday) Evelyn and Jerry Leshgold


In Memory of Ruth Philip Lois Schnitzer Roland Richman Rose Rustin Betty Edelman Michael and Lori Edelman Dorothy Durkheimer Eloise Spiegel Leonard Schnitzer Lois Schnitzer Jeanne Newmark Arthur L. Tarlow Sharon Tarlow Roslyn Maizels Steve and Natalie Maizels Lillian Lisa Wax Mark, Roberta, Blair, and Stephani Wax Babette Schnitzer Helen Mittleman Jeanne Newmark Esta Brown The Brown and Seif Family Ruth Semler James Spivak & Family

Jacqueline R. Spivak James Spivak & Family Helen Spivak & Family Henry Spivak Helen Spivak & Family In Honor of Madeline Nelson (Birthday) Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Pearl Trachtenberg Eve Rosenfeld (85th Birthday) Harry Glickman (Recovery) Gerald Leshgold (95th Birthday) Davia and Ted Rubenstein

Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Facilities Fund

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Karl S. Frey Eric and Tiffany Rosenfeld

In Memory of Henry Spivak Jacqueline R. Spivak Abe and Minnie Spivak James Spivak & Family Dr. Abe Puziss Paul and Sherry Puziss Alysmae and Victor Nudelman Ruth Semler Edith and Mort Goodman Helen Spivak & Family In Honor of Terri and Andy DeHaan (Birth of grandchild) Dick and Deanne Rubinstein (Birth of great-grandchild) Eleanore Rubinstein (Birth of great-great-grandchild) Barbara and Barry Caplan

Urman Family College Communication In Memory of Edis Cohen The Urman Family In Honor of Lois Urman (Recovery) The Urman Family

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship In Memory of Jerome Zeidman Barbara Zeidman and Robb Weinstein Henry Sholkoff May Georges Richard Dobrow, Rachel Dobrow Stone, and Shoshana Dobrow

In Memory of Leonard Schnitzer Dina Schnitzer Meier Gayle and Paul Romain Babette Schnitzer Helen Mittleman Harry Mittleman Gayle and Paul Romain

Lloyd B. Rosenfeld Youth Leadership Fund

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship In Memory of Doris Krys Diane and David Rosencrantz Zelda Zeidman Barbara Zeidman and Robb Weinstein In Honor of Tom Georges III (Recovery) Howard and Lois Tobin Ethan Leitner (Bar Mitzvah) Dr. William and Beverly Galen

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Dina Rosen Stuart and Nikki Director Jay Albert Martin and Sharyn Schneiderman In Honor of Ernie Bonyhadi (90th Birthday) Paul Fishman (70th Birthday) Sue Watnick (Recovery) Stuart and Nikki Director

Simon Director Cameron and Dick Davis In Honor of Harry Glickman (Recovery) Cameron and Dick Davis

Temple Endowment In Memory of David Leveton Sue and Rich Garber

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life In Memory of Leah Rosenbaum Roger L. Baron Vera Hoffman Fine Wilma Jane Balick

Prayer Book

In Memory of Hy Samuels Ilaine Cohen & Family Hyman Veltman Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman and Louis Feldman, and Jacob and Noah Feldman

Service to the Blind In Memory of Bert Berliner Maxine McComas

Sisterhood Programming, Leadership & Enrichment

In Honor of Elaine Ankersen and Ron Sobel (Marriage) Alan and Lana Miller

Simon & Helen Director Endowment

In Memory of Harold Schnitzer Helen Director May Georges The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

CBI Team Senior Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana Senior Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Assistant Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph Rabbi Emeritus Emanuel Rose, D.H.L., D.D. Cantor Emerita Judith Blanc Schiff

Education Department Education Director Ben Sandler, M. Ed. Early Childhood Education Director Deborah Kaplan, MAT Education Administrator Mor Kenane Member Services Executive Director Sydney A. Baer

Development Director Jen Feldman

Office Administrator Tracy Alifanz

Art of Catering 503-231-8185 Larry Grimes

Congregational Affairs Director Jemi Kostiner Mansfield

Facilities Manager Craig Paton

Food in Bloom 503-223-6819 Catherine Hernandez

Finance Director Jim Baldwin, CPA

Facilities Staff Andy Coles Drew Christensen

Century Catering 503-849-2605 Allen Levin

Accounting Assistant Vicki Greif

Catering Panel

Devil’s Food Catering 503-233-9288 Charles Stilwell

Project Coordinator Dara Docherty

June 2014

Alfresco Catering by Sheraton 503-335-2858 Shellie Postlewait

Culinary Artistry 503-232-4675 Jenn Louis


In Remembrance ~ May their memory be for a blessing. June 6 & 7 Laila Aarnas Adrienne Levin Arnsberg* Henry S. Blauer Christopher Glen Brooks Esta Brown Jerry Canton Phill Cohn* Esther Daniel Simon Director* Hedy Farkas Dov Feuer Albert G. Gilbert* Isadore L. Golby* Charles Greenblatt William Andersen Kaa Jack J. Karlin Arthur Katzky Sadie Shapiro Kaufman* Su Kawamoto Mary Rebecca Kinspel Paul Lamfrom Delphine Levenson* Pearl Lipkin Elizabeth Lipman Edith Lok-Schwartz Roslyn Maizels Isabel Martin* Martha Beatrice Martin Roger Seller Meier John H. Jack Neustadter* Benjamin Oseran Sylvia Paley Susan Platt Rose Popick Marion Press Besen Robert Radding Marvin Rosenberg Max Rubenstein Melvin Rubin Jack B. Schwartz Nathan Shapiro Moe M. Tonkon* William L. Unger Bonita Weinstein Edward Weiss Ethel Williams* Irving David Wilson* Robert Stephen Wolf* Becky Zeldin Richard Zimmerman

June 13 & 14 Isaac Adler Amelia Backman* Ted Balmforth Arthur Cohen Edis Cohen Robert Cohen Jack L. Davis* Judith Dreier Dorothy Durkheimer Ira Flitter Karl S. Frey Leslie G. Gilbert* Elizabeth Goldfaden Samuel Goldman George M. Goldstein* Morris A. Goldstein* Leona Hoffman Marlene Jacoby Florence M. Kane Maurice Kaplan Leo Katzky Maurice Krass Sydelle Levine David Light Herman A. Lowen* James M. Marks Belle Morrison Susan Overbeck Mark Platman Shirley Robinowitz David Rubin Roger Ruby Hy Samuels* Joachim J. Jack Schneider Babette Schnitzer* Leonard E. Schnitzer* Bertha Senders* Jack Sheinin* Joseph Shemanski* Edward T. Sigell Hattie Sonnenfeld Simon* Rose Sobelman Arthur Tarlow Abraham Tobin Lillian Lisa Wax Joshua Weiner Heddy Winterman Pauline Bercovitz Wright* Leah Zavin*

June 20 & 21 Elinor Adler Irving I. Ail Kathleen Andrianoff Benjamin Becker Flora Fleischner Berkowitz* Richard Berman* Alec L. Black* Ida Brenner Tillie Driesen Joseph Edelstein Melvin Feinstein Vera Hoffman Fine* Marjorie Frank Gertrude N. Genecov Leo Gold Charlotte Greenberg Robert Hartzman William Hill-Parks Sylvia Holzman Henry Kavitt* Flora Velt Kirk Jacob Leo Krane Helen Lauterstein Irvin Layton Diana Van Straaten Levy* Henrietta Margulis* Helen Mittleman* Victor A. Nudelman* Florence Robinson Clara Roth Roseanne Saunders Leon Semler Gussie Seres Bruce Lyle Sheinin* Henry Sholkoff Rubin B. Shulman Irving E. Sklare* Jamie Stadig Lillian Sussman Doris Hahn Treuhaft Stanley H. Wald Hannah Zell

June 27 & 28 Jean Adler Rhoda Aiken Sara Arnsberg Edith Prensky Ashrow* Edward K. Berg* Esther Berman* Gordon Brandes Mary Collins Sylvia Canton Edelman Linda Feidelson William Gittelsohn Bertha Graber Claire Grossman Harry B. Harrison Jack Hirsch Caro Wolf Jacobs* Gloria John Rose Kaufman Max M. Keyser* Mollie Paulowitz Klein William Lawrence Klein* Fanny E. Kowitt* Irving Krosner Charles Irving Kwartler Celia Lazarus Gus Lowengart* Alex E. Miller* Dorothy Morgenstern Marian Ovitz Abe Puziss Sidney Rosen Alex Rubin Jerome Salomon Evelyn S. Savinar* Fred Schlesinger* Iris Rita Sherman Mildred Leshgold Sidell* Rose L. Sigell Paul Sonnes Babette Strauss* Helen Svidlow Audrey Tannenbaum Nathan Weil* Alan Weiner Simon Wolfe

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


Congregation Beth Israel

June 2014 SUNDAY 1  Sivan 3

Sivan-Tamuz 5774 MONDAY 2  Sivan 4

TUESDAY 3  Sivan 5 Erev Shavuot/Confirmation 7:00 PM Temple

TOT House Party: La Vie en Rose 2:00 PM





4  Sivan 6

5  Sivan 7

6  Sivan 8

7  Sivan 9

Shavuot: Offices Closed

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:30 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Tot Shabbat Service 9:30 AM PC

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Noah Glassman 10:30 AM Temple

Festival Lunch & Learn 12:00 PM SBR

TOT House Party: Inside Dish 7:30 PM

8  Sivan 10

9  Sivan 11

10  Sivan12

11  Sivan 13

12  Sivan 14

13  Sivan 15

14  Sivan 16

Meditation Group 7:30 PM SC

Last day of Preschool

Adult Education Committee 8:30 AM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Music Under the Dome (Tim Ellis & Aaron Meyer) 6:00 PM Temple

Shabbat on the P laza

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Natalie Peterman 10:30 AM Temple

Executive Committee 12:00 PM SBR Social Action Meeting 7:00 PM SEC

(weather permitting) 6:00 PM Temple Lawn

TOT House Party: Shikker Cocktail Party 7:30 PM

15  Sivan 17

16  Sivan 18

17  Sivan 19

18  Sivan 20

TOT House Party: Pasta Making 6:00 PM BA

22  Sivan 24

23  Sivan 25

WRJ/BIS Mah Jongg Fundraiser 12:00 PM

24  Sivan 26

19  Sivan 21

20  Sivan 22

21  Sivan 23

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:15 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Sisterhood Board Installation/ Shabbat Morning Service: Preneg Bar Mitzvah of 5:30 PM LF Benjamin Rabbino 10:30 AM Temple Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

25  Sivan 27

26  Sivan 28

Meditation Group 7:30 PM SC

27  Sivan 29

28  Sivan 30

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

Shabbat on the P laza

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

(weather permitting) 6:00 PM Temple Lawn

29  Tamuz 1

Havdalah Bat Mitzvah: Emma Sidell 5:00 PM Temple

30  Tamuz 2 Administration Offices & Clergy Education Department & Preschool Fax Machine WRJ/BI Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop Beth Israel Cemetery 426 SW Taylors Ferry Road

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

Location Key HH = Harris Hall  BA = Blumauer Auditorium GH = Goodman Hall LB = Library LF = Lipman Foyer MR = Miller Room PC = Pollin Chapel SBR = Shirley & Herbert Semler Board Room SC = Shemanski Chapel SEC = Sherman Education Center SFC = Schnitzer Family Center

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Congregation Beth Israel

1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209-2097


Board of Trustees 2014/2015 Officers


Ned Duhnkrack President

Jonathan Barg Stuart Chestler, Immediate Past President Eric Friedenwald-Fishman Stacy Friedman Robin McCoy Sharon Meieran Joanne Van Ness Menashe Marney Pike Yale Popowich Bob Rosenbaum David Sarasohn Arthur Steinhorn

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

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

Mazel Tov to our Graduation Class of 2014/5774

Front row (L-R): Hannah Kantor-O’Neil, Nathan Schloss, Spencer Newcomb, Rachel Tarbet, Daniel Whalen, Lacey Doby Back row (L-R): Ben Sandler, Cantor Cahana, Brice Ng, Alex Mansfield, Talia Berniker, Rabbi Joseph, Rabbi Cahana

High School Graduation service was held on the closing night of Midrasha, Wednesday, May 14. Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1879


Congregation Beth Israel

June 2014 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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

June 2014 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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