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Join us this summer for

Bulletin June 2015 Sivan-Tamuz 5775 Vol. 64, No. 9

Shabbat on the Plaza

Established 1858

Starting June 12 & 26 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.

Gratitude by Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph Assistant Rabbi The May 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine lists “get into gratitude” as one of the top five actions to make for a happier life. One of the core principles of Judaism is gratitude: the necessity and ability to say thank you. Jews begin their day with two words – modeh ani, I acknowledge and thank You God for having given me the gift of life once more as I awake to the new day. A general attitude of gratitude and thanks makes living life meaningful. Putting this teaching into practice, I want to express my profound gratitude to each of you for making Mitzvah Day such a powerful experience. On May 3, hundreds of us gathered together to build community and make a difference in our world. Whether it was beautifying our own campus or bringing joy and sustenance to our neighbors at NW Towers, providing food for those living on the edge of society or making blankets to keep people warm, working in a food pantry or preparing books for children who have none, each of you made a difference. Thank you. And our impact reaches far beyond May 3, because every day is mitzvah day. To live Jewishly is to live inspired with the optimism that we can build a more just and holy world and with the faith that there is a promising future for all humankind. This is how we view our role and responsibility at Beth Israel every day. Thank you to everyone who contacted their elected officials to support the gun violence prevention legislation requiring background checks on all gun sales; our presence and our voice made a difference in this legislation becoming law. Thank you to everyone who contributed money to the “funds for food” High Holiday drive which allowed us to donate over $7,000 to Lift Urban Portland and Sunshine Pantry. Thank you to everyone who cooked and served a meal for our neighbors at NW Towers and other housing complexes and programs in the area. Thank you to everyone who knit a hat, scarf, or gloves for someone in need; and the list goes on and on because we are committed to repairing this world.

The rabbis teach, “The reward of a mitzvah is the mitzvah itself” (Pirkei Avot 4:2). Rather than some metaphysical intervention, the great feeling that comes from doing something good is itself the reward. This is the Jewish way: feeling good about doing right and giving thanks is an important reminder that we are on the right track. We at CBI are on the right track, and our work isn’t done. Join us for our next Social Action Committee meeting at 7:00 PM on June 3rd to get involved. When we actively cultivate gratitude, we become happier individuals better equipped to change the world and live inspired lives committed to doing good. Thank you.

And a special thank you to the Mitzvah Day Committee: Rebecca Friedenwald-Fishman, co-chair of Social Action and chair of Mitzvah Day Janet Morgan

Leslie Peltz Shoshanna Pro Mary Scalone Julia Waldinger

And to everyone else who helped make Mitzvah Day a success: Rachel Bloom Shaina Boal CBI Brotherhood Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Marge Congress Sarah and John Epstein Elizabeth Friedenwald, co-chair of Social Action Susan Milstein

Leona Mitchell Andy Olshin Benjamin Olshin Solomon Olshin Lawren Paris PARTY Amy Remick Stephanie Siegel Tammy Yashar

B’nei Mitzvah

Upcoming Events

Abigail Erin McFeeters-Krone Abby McFeeters-Krone will become Bat Mitzvah on June 6, 2015. She is the daughter of Amy and David McFeeters-Krone and has three siblings: older brother Guy, younger brother Grant, and younger sister Rachel. Abby attends da Vinci Arts Middle School in NE Portland and has decided to work with the Ronald McDonald House organization for her Mitzvah Project. The Ronald McDonald House is a “home-away-fromhome” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Abby loves to cook, so she wanted to incorporate cooking into her Mitzvah Project. With the help of her family, she will plan menus, procure food, and prepare several meals for the Portland Ronald McDonald East House near Randall Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit

Aaron Miles Freedman Aaron Freedman will become Bar Mitzvah on June 13, 2015. He is the son of Joel and Sara Freedman and older brother of Nathaniel. His CBI grandparents are Herman and Vicki Zimmerman. Aaron attends Beaumont Middle School, located near the family’s home in the historic Hollywood neighborhood. For his Mitzvah Project, Aaron is organizing a neighborhood cleanup to support the environmental health and beauty of the city. He is excited to be building neighborhood pride and community ties with other volunteers in this beautification effort.

Jacob Alexander Romer Jake Romer will become Bar Mitzvah on June 20, 2015. He is the son of Brian and Robin Romer and older brother of Lily. Jake is a 7th grader at Creative Science School and has been learning and practicing parkour and freerunning since his 5th grade teacher at CBI turned him on to the sport.

Jake now also has a strong interest in technology and has spent the past year exploring different ways that new technologies such as 3D printing can be used from medical use to food to construction. For his Mitzvah Project, Jake is supporting Operation Daniel, which 3D prints arms for children who have lost limbs in war-torn Sudan. The project is named after Daniel Omar, a 12-year-old boy in Sudan who lost both his arms in a bombing and received prosthetics at age 14. Operation Daniel is just one project of Not Impossible Labs, a nonprofit organization that helps people across the world who have special disabilities, such as lost limbs or rare chronic diseases. They collaborate with a community of creative makers and hackers, and use “crowd-sourcing to crowd-solve previously insurmountable healthcare issues.”It costs only $100 for each arm. To donate, go to and click THE FOUNDATION link. For more information, contact Jake at

Abigail Quinn Halperin Abby Halperin will become Bat Mitzvah on June 27, 2015. She is the daughter of Blair and Darlene Halperin and younger sister of Brendan and Samantha. Abby is a student at West Sylvan Middle School in SW Portland. In her own words, she explains her Mitzvah Project: “My Bat Mitzvah project was to raise money and awareness for an independent organization called Hope Scarves. The program makes head wraps for women that have gone through chemotherapy and have lost all their hair. My godfather’s sister-in-law, Lara MacGregor, founded Hope Scarves after she was diagnosed with cancer for the first time. Recently, Lara was told the cancer has returned, is stage IV and terminal. I have supported Hope Scarves by raising $270 by selling daffodils through Hope by the Bunches. The daffodil is the universal sign of hope. I strongly support all cancer organizations that raise hope and awareness to cancer patients. I lost 3 out of 4 grandparents to cancer, and many others lose their loved ones to this fatal disease every day. In 2015 an estimated 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in America, and one out of three will die. It is an honor for me to help this cause.”


Music Under the Dome: An Early Evening with Brahms Thursday, June 11, 6:00 PM Temple Musicians Kevin Walsh (baritone), Adam LaMotte (violin), Janet Coleman (piano), and John Strege (piano) will offer a program of treasures by one of the most influential composers of all time. Surround yourself with the harmonically rich and vibrant music of the great Brahms in our beautiful and acoustically glorious Temple. This is the final program of the 2014-15 Music Under the Dome concerts.

Check the CBI website for details.

An invitation from the Cantor to anyone who may be downsizing or considering finding a home for a superlative grand piano: please contact Cantor Cahana at (503) 222-1069 or as we are seeking a fabulous instrument for our services and music program.


Congregation Beth Israel

Our Leadership Gratitude (n.): the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness

With the 157th Annual Meeting, we said thank you and “yasher koach” to our departing trustees. We also say thank you to their families for sharing them with us: the many meetings, both day and evening, and the phone calls, as well as their generous support for CBI.

By Sydney A. Baer, Executive Director

• Thank you to Stuart Chestler (the seventh of eight presidents I’ve served with in my 15 years) for your leadership, friendship, and partnership during your seven years on the board. We are all the beneficiaries of your many hours and thoughtful leadership on the dues, budget, investment, nominating, leadership, development, and policy review committees. What do you have planned with all your newfound spare time?

It is with pleasure that we share that our President Ned Duhnkrack has just returned from attending the URJ’s Presidents of Large Congregations Conference, the Scheidt Seminar, in Atlanta. It is an extraordinary opportunity for Presidents of Reform Congregations to come together to learn best practices, what is going on in the URJ, and what resources are available for our congregations. It is also a chance to network with our leaders in the URJ and CCAR, as well as her colleagues. She found the 4-day seminar informative and inspiring and said the camaraderie was amazing. She took advantage of every hour she was on the ground in Atlanta, meeting with everyone and continuing to consult on a shared ride to the airport. She appreciated the connections she learned she had when she got there, just by saying she was from CBI – Portland! She also made new connections with the URJ staff/experts, as well as other presidents, which she called “a priceless experience”! Everyone was there to make sure all congregations succeed and have the resources they need. Ned is “jazzed” and ready to take us all to the biennial, so we too can experience the excitement, inspiration, and bonding that goes on when you are with members of URJ congregations from around North America and beyond. While we are a bit isolated in Oregon and not as connected as we could be in the Pacific NW, the network of resources is out there and is integral to the work we all are doing.

• Thank you to Eric Friedenwald-Fishman for your six years as one of our most passionate champions for development and engagement at CBI. Eric created our Every Family Initiative campaign, as well as our tagline, “CBI belongs to everyone.” Many times Eric has been the “pitch” person at our annual fundraisers, again inspiring many to reach a little deeper into their pockets for CBI, and this year Eric/Jake worked with Rabbi and Cantor Cahana to produce and direct our over-the-top and absolutely brilliant Purim schpiel, “The Jews Brothers.” • We are also appreciative of Marney Pike’s service on the board these past two years: supporting our membership, development, and annual fundraising committees, as well as sharing her institutional history that comes from being a dedicated member of our CBI community for over 43 years. At the 157th Annual Meeting in May, we elected and welcomed Steve Gradow, Glen Levy, and Tony Urdes to our CBI Board of Trustees. Please see their photos and stories on page 5. Thank you for sharing this generous gift of your time and expertise with all of us. May we continue to go from strength to strength.

We say thank you and express our gratitude to Ned for attending and deepening our connections. Your participation is an incredible and very generous gift for our congregation and community.

Thank you to Joy Alkalay We are touched and inspired by the incredibly generous $500,000 endowment bequeathed to the CBI Cemetery Beautification Fund by our beloved and longtime employee Joy Alkalay (z”l). This is an extraordinary gift that enables us to continue to make improvements to our cemetery and guarantees that the generations to come will have the same opportunity. Joy was a devoted member of the CBI staff family for 36 years, serving as Bookkeeper, Secretary, and Administrator. Upon retirement, she continued to be a most valuable source of institutional knowledge. She passed away in January 2014 at the age of 90. Joy took great pride in the fact that she took a chance on a newcomer to Portland in 1970. This young man was long on hair and short on experience! And the rest is history, as Pierce Ethier rose to be our beloved Facilities Manger and member of the CBI family for 42 years. Now, we all look to him for his institutional knowledge about everything you could ever want to know about our historic campus.

The next time you are at the cemetery, we hope you will notice the new garden in front of Mausoleum IV, designed by CBI member and horticulturalist Dan Heims and lovingly planted by our Mitzvah Day volunteers. Last year, our Mitzvah Day volunteers planted the beautiful flowers in front of Mausoleums I, II, and II. All of these plants were purchased with Cemetery Beautification funds.

June 2015


Developing CBI Everyone Should Have a Legacy by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director As adults, it is inevitable that we think about our demise – will my life have mattered to anyone, will anyone miss me when I am gone, will anyone remember me, will anyone really know what mattered to me? The concept of legacy giving addresses these questions head on. With a legacy gift to Congregation Beth Israel, you are ensured that your name will live on in perpetuity and that the generations to come will know that supporting and sustaining this very organization which has served you and the Portland Jewish community for 157 years mattered to you. You may share your stories with your kids or grandkids, but after a time, those stories are forgotten. In fact, if

asked to name all of your great-great-grandparents, could you? Do you know what was important to them? CBI is proud to list the 120 members who currently comprise our Legacy Circle. This list is composed of donors who have passed on as well as those who have chosen to let us know during their lifetime that whether through an endowment, a will, a trust, or an estate plan, CBI has been named as a beneficiary of their life’s work. Every donor on this list may have been motivated by a different reason. Whatever those reasons are, just as we benefit from those who came before us and saw the current and future value of our congregation, we too have this opportunity to ensure that CBI is here for generations to come. I hope you will choose to join me and the many others listed below as a member of CBI’s Legacy Circle. We would truly be honored to be able to include your name in this esteemed and appreciated group. I look forward to having the opportunity to discuss how you can create your Jewish legacy. Please contact me at (503) 222-1069 or

It is an honor and a privilege to recognize all our Legacy Circle members as of June 1, 2015. Joy Alkalay* Anonymous William and Sydney Baer Carole Barkley Monte and Frances Bettman* Philip and Fay Blank* Henry and Gerel Blauer George and Harriet Bodner Lynn Bonner Howard and Raquel Byer Lance and Deborah Caldwell Bernard Carr* Mandi and Stuart Chestler Daniel J. and Elizabeth O. Cohn* Edward and Margery Cohn Marcia Colton Roger and Midge Cone James and Ilene Davidson Sylvia Davidson Susan Diamond Nettie Director* Simon and Helen Director* Ned Duhnkrack Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen Stuart and Leah Durkheimer* Lester Eisendorf* Judith Ann Epstein* Marie Louise Feldenheimer* Jen and Howard Feldman Martin Fishel* Thomas Georges III and Linda Georges

Thomas and May Georges* William and Shirley Gittelsohn Richard and Beth Glassman Maurice and Ilene Goldberg Arthur and Martha Goldsmith* Douglas and Lila Goodman Rachel Halupowski Craig Hartzman and James John Margaret Hasson Celia Heims* Irwin and Renee Holzman and family Benjamin and Janice Isenberg Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph James and Rhonda Kennedy Morris Klein* Charles and Lois Koteen Henry Kunowski and Kerstin Schulz Robert and Sally Landauer Gerald and Evelyn Leshgold Kathleen Lewis Kenneth Lewis Joan Lindholm David and Beverly Lipman* Lee Lowenson Rita Lubliner* Arnold Maizels* Richard and Harriet Maizels Lynn L. Marks Barry and Susan Menashe Joanne Van Ness Menashe Ruben and Elizabeth Menashe Robert and Robin Mesher

Alan and Lana Miller Edith O. Miller* Lloyd and Beverly Miller* Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall Robert Neuberger* John and Hulda Neustadter* Kenneth and Debra Novack Jackie and Burton Nudelman Victor Nudelman* Henry and Nancy Oseran Mark and Judy Peterman Robert and Rita Philip Harold and Jane Pollin Gerald and Lois Poplack Anita Reinhorn* Philip and Dorothy Reiter Gayle Romain Millard and Carolyn Rosenblatt* Alan and Eve Rosenfeld Lloyd B. Rosenfeld* John and Marti Rosenthal Lawrence Rosenthal* Franklin Rosumny Richard and Deanne Rubinstein Arnold and Rose Rustin Hal Ruthizer* Ken and Loree Sakai Jeaneatta “Rusty” Sautter* Norman and Elaine Savinar Ralph and Bernice Schlesinger* Gilbert and Thelma Schnitzer Harold and Arlene Schnitzer

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation Manuel and Edith Schnitzer* Herbert and Shirley Semler Ruth Semler* Joel Seres and Sandra Lamer Seres Douglas and Dorothy Sherman Estelle Director Sholkoff* Michael Simon and Suzanne Bonamici Milton and Marilyn Singer* Jill Newman Slansky Mortimer and Alice Mary Solomon* Richard Solomon and Alyce Flitcraft Ruth Spear* Donald Spiegel and Deborah Davis-Spiegel Frances Stern* Marvin and Gloria Swire Robert and Mitzi Tobias Ron Tonkin* Robert P. Weil* Joella Werlin and Robert Autrey Isam and Rose White* Jeff and Lynn Wolfstone Jennifer and Kenneth Zeidman Jerome and Zelda Zeidman* Alan and Janet Zell * of blessed memory

We gratefully appreciate and proudly recognize those donors who in Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015) helped support our annual fundraising efforts and enabled the Development Department to surpass our $200,000 goal. Whether as a contributor to our Every Family Initiative (EFI), a sponsor of one of our (fun)draising events, a donor to our Mitzvah Moment or Recipe for Success appeals, or a member who makes an additional gift above your annual contribution, we will be listing each and every one of you in our July/August Bulletin. Please know we also welcome your support through your employer’s matching gift program. Our CBI team is always ready to assist you and be sure securing CBI’s present and future is the most positive experience possible. With continued thanks for your support, Ted Nelson Jen Feldman CBI Development Committee Chair CBI Development Director


Congregation Beth Israel

Our Leadership

Welcome, New Board Members The 2015-16 Board of Trustees was elected at the 157th Annual Meeting on May 8th. We welcome our newest board members: Tony Urdes My wife, Bianca, and I are thrilled to be part of such a vibrant, forward-looking, and generous Jewish community. I was born in Romania, where I practiced medicine as a family physician. I have been a proud Oregonian since 1989. Bianca and I are the co-founders of Urdes Miller Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services and have spent the last 18 years building our practice. We care for the longterm financial well-being of our clients through careful financial planning and investment portfolio construction. We have always looked for a community built around acceptance, kindness, and understanding; a community that fosters meaningful relationships and encourages a mitzvah every day; a community where multiple generations enjoy being together and celebrate Jewish life. We have found CBI to be all these and more. Under the Dome, our lives are filled with joy, inspiration, and love for our tradition. We strive to ensure that our deeds elevate and sanctify our CBI community in meaningful ways. Glen Levy Lisa and I moved with our two daughters to Portland from New York City in 2011. As newcomers to the city, CBI has been wonderful for our family. My youngest daughter attended Beth Israel Preschool, where we were welcomed into a community of families with young children. I own and operate a small portfolio of real estate in New York, New Orleans, and Portland. My most current project is my first commercial property: a micro-retail development that

is a partnership with Guerrilla Development. “The Zipper,” on NE Sandy Boulevard and 27th Street, is scheduled to open this summer. Tenants will be a range of food-cart-turnedrestaurant type businesses sharing communal seating. Given my background in the food business (specifically bread bakeries), I am eager to help meet the demand for centrally-located smaller retail spaces while also playing a supporting role in Portland’s burgeoning food business environment. I received a BA from Tufts University in Medford, MA which I am still figuring out what to do with. I love the entrepreneurial spirit of Portland and intend to divine as much inspiration from it as possible. I am honored to be nominated and look forward to serving on CBI’s Board of Trustees. Steve Gradow I moved to Portland 12 years ago from Baltimore, MD with my wife, Michelle, and my daughter, Mallory. In 2004, I founded my investment advisory firm serving individual and foundation clients, after spending 20 years as an investment manager for CALPERS, the Washington State Investment board and Allied Investment advisors in Baltimore. I received degrees from UCLA and New York University and currently serve as a trustee for OJCF. I was also a past trustee for Cedar Sinai Park, JFCS, and the Lake Oswego School foundation. Outside of my volunteer work, I participate in tournament golf and spend considerable time at my daughter’s volleyball tournaments, along with following the UCLA Bruins. See back cover for full list of our 2015-16 Board of Trustees.

Resolving Our CBI Parking Conundrum In 1928, when our forefathers chose our beautiful campus, they could never have anticipated our growth or parking needs. They built a magnificent carriage entrance, but the times they are a-changing! When new members join our community, we are often asked, “And where do we park?” We all wish we had an easy answer. Many have heard Sydney Baer say that she wishes we could turn our corner lot into a New York-style pigeon hole parking garage (see above). We don’t have more land or more parking spaces, and unfortunately, parking has now become even tighter with the implementation of the City of Portland’s new parking plan for the NW neighborhood. There are new time limits, and many streets are being metered in close proximity to CBI. In order to preserve

our limited parking for our congregants and guests, we have been randomly putting yellow notices on cars parked in our lot on NW 19th and Flanders to discourage use by non-CBI participants. If you are the recipient of one of these notifications, please just let us know that it is your car and that you are parking while attending CBI services, preschool, religious school, and CBI programs. With our limited parking, we request that you only use the CBI lot while attending and/or participating in CBI events. As you can appreciate, we do not have enough parking for all of our members to use our lot while in the neighborhood on other business. We are hopeful that these yellow notices will discourage nonmembers and non-guests from using our parking lot. We are doing our best to let everyone know that our lot is being monitored and violators will be towed at their expense. Thank you for your help with our parking challenges and for making sure our parking is available for our members and guests.

June 2015


Sisterhood Thank you for Showering Our Kitchen with LOVE Thank you to Joanne Treuhaft and Bobbie Goldstein for organizing this wonderful event.

Jewish Women’s Round Table presents the

23rd Annual “Song of Miriam” Awards Brunch Honoring Outstanding Women Volunteers Honoring Linda Harrison, WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Sunday, June 7, 10:00 AM-12:15 PM Mittleman Jewish Community Center 6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland

We thank the supporters of Shower Our Kitchen With Love (includes information received as of Monday, April 20):

Cost: Patron $36, Regular $24 if postmarked by May 27th After May 27th the cost is $32. Children 12 & under: $10 Make your check payable to JWRT and mail with name and phone number of attendees to: Jerri Roth, 1231 SW Texas St., Portland, OR 97219 Call Jerri Roth at 503-246-4367 or Leslye Epstein at 503-274-2151 with any questions. The registration form can be downloaded at:

5th Annual Mah Jongg Magic Tournament Sunday, June 28, 12:30 PM-4:00 PM At the beautiful home of Randie and Mark Peterson 12515 SW 61st Street Place, Portland, OR 97210 $18 Gift Certificate Prizes Hostess Gifts For All Delicious Appetizers & Drinks Space is limited! Don’t forget to bring your mah jongg card. Mail your $36 (tax-deductible!) check made out to CBI Sisterhood to: Lynn Gelber, 3112 NE Knott, Portland, OR 97212 Please include your e-mail address. Proceeds support CBI’s Religious School and Camp Kalsman. Questions? Please contact Bobbie Goldstein at or (310) 923-2254.

Committee Forming to Modernize CBI’s Goldsmith and Spear Library Are you interested in working on the Goldsmith and Spear Library Committee? This committee will work to modernize the library and to create a community space for congregational engagement. Marge Congress will head the committee, with members of Sisterhood and the CBI community. Please respond to Marge at by June 15 if you are interested. We are especially in need of a member with library and digital media experience. The committee will convene twice this summer, then meet in the fall to set the schedule for the year.


Ali Garfinkle Anita August Annette Kaluzny Bill & Joanne Treuhaft Bob & Joanne Rosenbaum Bobbie Goldstein Bonnie Barg Bonnie Davis Brotherhood Cantor Judy Schiff Connie Cambreleng Cristina Draghicescu Davia Rubenstein Daureen Morris David Goldwyn Debbie Braymer Diane Lowensohn Eleanore Rubinstein Elizabeth Friedenwald Ellen Bick Eric Flamm Eve Rosenfeld Gabrielle Josephson Gerel Blauer Ilaine Cohen Janet Morgan & Mel Birge Jeanne Newmark Jen Feldman Jill Strasser John & Sarah Epstein Judi Brodkin Judith Forston Judith Gerr Judy Margolis Judy Stone Kate Royston Laura Jean Spear

Leslie Geller Lewis & Ann Young Linda Harrison Lynn Gelber Lynn Tobias Lynne Bartenstein Madeline Nelson Mandi Chestler Marian Lenzer Marilyn Lindner Marvin & Lois Urman Meies Matz Melanie Dann Michael & Margaret Anton Michael Richman Michelle Minch Ned Duhnkrack Religious School Richard and Sue Garber Roberta Dossick Robin McCoy Rose Rustin Ruth Polay Sally Swire Scotti Weintraub Sheila Stillman Shelly Levy Shoshanna Lansberg Sisterhood Stephanie Siegel Susan Katz Susan Milstein Susie Silver Suzie Chisena Sydney Baer Terri Warren

Sisterhood donated $5,000 to the CBI Religious School and the Beth Israel Preschool and $500 to Camp Kalsman. These donations were made from Gift Shop sales and fundraising efforts. Sisterhood President Stephanie Siegel presented this check at the Mitzvah Day opening assembly on Sunday, May 3.

Congregation Beth Israel

L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Welcome, New Members! Please join us in welcoming Elan Nardi and his three-month-old son Eitan to the Beth Israel family.

Condolences to Richard Meeker and Ellen Rosenblum on the death of his father and Cate Meeker Kent and Will Meeker and families on the death of their grandfather, Leonard Meeker, on November 29, 2014 on Ocracoke Island, NC at the age of 98.

Ann and Robert Sacks and Amy Sacks on their local non-profit, The Pixie Project, being named by The Huffington Post as one of the non-profit organizations that will make the biggest difference in the next ten years.

the family of Leslie Kaufman, who passed away April 13, 2015.

Our Song of Miriam award winners: Linda Harrison (CBI), Sherry Fishman (Jewish Federation of Greater Portland), and Marge Congress (MJCC).

Carl Rogat and family on the death of his wife, Carol Rogat, on April 14, 2015.

Owen Blank on being honored with the Multnomah Bar Association 2015 Pro Bono Award of Merit.

William and Beverly Galen and Morris Galen on the death of their sister, Edith Kamin, on April 25, 2015.

Our 5775 Adult B’nei Mitzvah class:

Mazel Tov to Ray and Dorothy Packouz on the birth of their 15th greatgrandchild, Alexa Rose Clayburgh. Proud parents are Drs. Katie (Sharff ) and Dan Clayburgh.

Michelle Cook Morris Jackson Elizabeth Friedenwald Lisa Sarasohn Alexa Hasman Bianca Urdes Geraldine Jackson Tony Urdes The ceremony was celebrated on May 15, 2015. Our 2015 Confirmands:

Rick and Marilyn Gilbert on the birth of their granddaughter, Paige Kennedy Rogers, on April 12, 2015. Proud parents are Corey and Robin Rogers of Santa Monica, CA. May they grow in health and wisdom and be a source of strength to their families and all humankind. Eric Friedenwald-Fishman and his company, Metropolitan Group, for the second year in a row for being part of the “Best for the World List,” which recognizes the 119 companies from 49 industries with the greatest social impact as measured by scoring in the top 10% on the social impact assessment that measures environmental/workplace/ governance and community impact. This is an international honor, with the list including companies from 20 countries.

Maya Adelle Barbon Emma Corinne Rosicky Max Friedenwald-Fishman Elliot James Schloss Alexander Gage Laub Emelia Felicia Witt Claire Lior Rosenfeld The ceremony took place at Erev Shavuot services on May 23, 2015. Our 2015 Graduates: Halle Cook Jacob Joseph Fintzy Hadara Paige Meyer

Theodore Bradley Popick Natalie Hope Swire

The ceremony was on May 18, 2015. Mazel Tov to Renée and Irwin Holzman this year’s OJCF Legacy Society honorees

Susan and Jim Winkler on the engagement of their daughter, Julia, to Jonas Jacobson. A fall wedding is being planned. Julia is the granddaughter of CBI member Gloria Swire.

We hope you will join the celebration during OJCF’s Annual Reception on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Zidell Hall, Rose Schnitzer Manor (Cedar Sinai Park) 6140 SW Boundary Street, Portland, OR 97221

Solomon Olshin, who has been selected to win a NW Examiner Community Award for his work with the SoupSac program. The award was presented at an event on May 9th.

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. There is no charge to attend and there will be no fundraising. RSVP by June 5: (503) 248-9328 or

Cemetery Rates to Increase July 1st For the first time in over 15 years the cemetery purchase rates will increase at the start of the new fiscal year (July 1, 2015). Congregants who have tentatively reserved space but have not yet entered into a formal contract may want to consider doing so before the rates increase.

Any congregants interested in exploring pre-need purchases should contact Jemi Kostiner Mansfield, Congregational Affairs Director, for pricing and space information at (503) 222-1069 or Ground burial plots, mausoleum crypt and niche spaces are all available.

June 2015


Very Thoughtful People Legacy Gift Provides Restoration of Stained Glass Windows This year has been a blessing, as CBI has been the beneficiary of many generous legacy gifts. We are thrilled to share that, with a generous bequest from Ronald E. Tonkin, another set of stained glass windows in our historic sanctuary has been exquisitely restored by internationallyrenowned, local stained glass artisan David Schlicker. The next time you enter the sanctuary, look up and to your right; they are the windows Ron Tonkin closest to the bima. They represent creation (with grass and fruit), Yom Kippur (with basin and laver, altar and burnt offerings, scapegoat, scales of justice, and censer and incense, all relating to the theme of atonement and forgiveness), Joseph (with ears of corn symbolic of his talent as an interpreter of dreams and his relationship to Pharaoh), Tribes (with ship in harbor relating to Zevulun and a ram caught in a thicket and brazen laver relating to Issachar). These windows are part of our “wow” factor, and this restoration brings them back to their original beauty. Thank you to Marcy, Brad, Ed, and Barry Tonkin for directing this gift towards this restoration project. We are all the beneficiaries of this generous gift. May Ron’s memory be for a blessing, and may you find comfort from this beautiful memorial.

Adult Education Fund

In Memory of Nellie Freidman Deborah Friedman and Gary Peterson Leslie Kaufman Eve Stern and Les Gutfreund

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Fanny Kowitt Ardis Kowitt Helen Mittleman Charlotte Haimsohn The Abrams Family Babette Schnitzer Lois Schnitzer Jacob Krane Sue and Joel Krane

In Memory of Sheina Esther Levin Lydia and Derek Lipman Edward A. Rosenfeld Don and Karen Lachman Irvin Layton Jean, Abby, Jeff, and Larry Layton Sally Light The Children of Harold and Sally Light: Karen, Steve, Jim, Jennifer, and Terry Light; Cindy Castanette and Paige Light-Powell Leslie Kaufman Lois Poplack & Family Irving Ail Louise Ruben & Family In Honor of Nina Levin Bennett (Naming) Susan and Tom Desmond

Cemetery Beautification

Cantor Cahana Discretionary

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat

In Memory of Rose Rosencrantz David and Diane Rosencrantz Bonita Weinstein Elaine Savinar Abe and Gilda Wexler Jackie Spivak Victor and Alysmae Nudelman James Spivak Alan Tonkin Marcy Tonkin Babette Schnitzer Leonard Schnitzer Helen Mittleman Robert and Rita Philip


In Memory of Dorothy Morgenstern Martha and Les Soltesz In Honor of Nina Levin Bennett (Naming) Susan and Tom Desmond

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary

In Memory of Sally Light The Children of Harold and Sally Light: Karen, Steve, Jim, Jennifer, and Terry Light; Cindy Castanette and Paige Light-Powell William Hill-Parks Rebecca Hill and John Parks

In Appreciation Noah and Katie Seligman

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Jack J. Karlin Alice and Michael Powell

General Administrative

In Memory of Anselm Boskowitz Alfred Wolfe Frances Wolfe Gus Mueller Jonathan and Lisa Greenleaf Vivian Wilson Cohen Garry Cohen and Barbara Bloom Nate Ross Ilaine Cohen Alec L. Black Larry and Susan Black Jacob Leo Krane Jeff and Sherri Weinstein Jack Hirsch Kim and Debra Burchiel Abe Freedman Pauline Wright Victoria Pullman & Jerry Bercovitz Marlene Jacoby Gail Jacoby & Jill Low Gussie B. Seres Joel and Sandra Seres In Honor of Barry Caplan (Recovery) Merritt Lynn and Susan Korey

Congregation Beth Israel

Hal Ruthizer Cultural Arts In Memory of Barbara Cartwright Ian Cartwright, MD

Oseran Family Lecture

In Memory of Goldie Moises Dick and Deanne Rubinstein Samuel Goldman Rich and Sue Garber


In Memory of Leon Semler Harry and Gertrude Semler Joseph Epstein Ruth Semler Helen Spivak & Family Jacqueline R. Spivak Henry Spivak Helen Spivak & Family James Spivak Abe and Minnie Spivak James Spivak Leslie Kaufman Edith Kamin 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

Very Thoughtful People Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Ruth Semler Leslie Berman & Family Leon Semler Harry and Gertrude Semler Joseph Epstein Ruth Semler Helen Spivak & Family Henry Spivak Jacqueline R. Spivak Helen Spivak & Family James Spivak Abe and Minnie Spivak Chuck Ostrofsky James Spivak Mrs. Harry (Gertrude) Semler Victor A. Nudelman Dr. Avrel Nudelman

Social Action (General)

In Memory of Nate Ross Faye Samuels Marion Press Besen Stephen Press Justin Landauer Bob and Sally Landauer Mary Collins Dodie Harrison In Honor of David Cahana (Graduation) Sydney and Bill Baer


Harry Mittleman Gayle and Paul Romain David Leveton Rich and Sue Garber Esta Brown The Browns Nathan Shapiro Sadie Kaufman Susy, Marci, and Katrina Hammel & Nancy Green Sylvia Canton Edelman Jerry Canton Susan Golden Leonard Schnitzer Lois Schnitzer In Honor of Marge Cohn (Grandson’s marriage) Stuart Lang (Birthday) Stanley Loeb (Birthday) Renée and Irwin Holzman Barry Caplan (Recovery) Elizabeth and Ruben J. Menashe Donna Brownstein (Recovery) Bunny and Jerry Sadis General Contribution Given By Michael and Margie Anton

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Millie Holzman Sylvia Holzman Edith Kamin Renée and Irwin Holzman Roslyn Maizels Steve, Natalie, and Harry Maizels Dorothy Durkheimer Mark Dohrmann and Julie Durkheimer Babette Schnitzer Leonard Schnitzer Helen Mittleman Gayle and Paul Romain Jeanne Newmark

In Memory of Rachella Meekcoms Kryszek Alexandria Meekcoms Leonard, Yvonne, and Ben Gionet Leon Semler Harry and Gertrude Semler Joseph Epstein Henry Spivak Jacqueline R. Spivak Ruth Semler Helen Spivak & Family Dr. Abe Puziss Paul and Sherry Puziss In Honor of Gary Etlinger (Recovery) Elizabeth and Ruben J. Menashe Barry Caplan (Recovery) Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Temple Improvement

In Memory of Richard Berman Pierce Ethier Dorothy Durkheimer Don Spiegel and Deborah Davis-Spiegel

Urman Family College Communication In Memory of Edis Cohen Marvin and Lois Urman

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship In Memory of Henry Sholkoff Richard Dobrow and Rachel Dobrow Stone

Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Facilities Fund In Memory of Leonard Schnitzer Dina Schnitzer

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Lester and Sylvia Seinfeld Dick and Deanne Rubinstein In Honor of Jan and Mike Sigell (50th Anniversary) Marty and Sharyn Schneiderman

Simon & Helen Director Endowment In Memory of May Berenson Georges Leonard Schnitzer Arlene Schnitzer Helen Director Arlene Schnitzer Cameron and Dick Davis Simon Director Cameron and Dick Davis Arlene Schnitzer

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life

Holzman Family Religious School Fund In Memory of Leslie Kaufman Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Lloyd B. Rosenfeld Youth Leadership Fund In Memory of Karl S. Frey Rosemarie Rosenfeld

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship In Memory of Rachael and Sophie Kohen Megan Brown Hannah Zell Leonard and Marietta Zell

In Memory of Vera Hoffman Fine Wilma-Jane Balick

Prayer Book

In Memory of Leslie Kaufman Elizabeth and Ruben J. Menashe Hyman Veltman Marcia Colton & Family

Sisterhood Programming, Leadership & Enrichment

In Memory of Rita Lubliner Naomi Strauss Sylvia Bartenstein Lynne Bartenstein and Dan Heims Leslie Kaufman Rena and Cheryl Tonkin & David and Daniel Lerner Harry B. Harrison Dodie Harrison

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

Member Services

Education Director Ben Sandler, M. Ed.

Executive Director Sydney A. Baer

Early Childhood Education Director Deborah Kaplan, MAT

Development Director Jen Feldman

Youth Group Director Shoshanna Pro

Congregational Affairs Director Jemi Kostiner Mansfield

Education Administrator Ziva Sholin

Finance Director Jim Baldwin, CPA Accounting Assistant Vicki Greif

June 2015

Project Coordinator Dara Docherty

Art of Catering 503-231-8185 Larry Grimes

Office Administrator Tracy Alifanz

Century Catering 503-849-2605 Allen Levin

Facilities Staff Perry Meekins, Facilities Manager Keith Powers Johnny Martino Shalamar Washington Susie Young

Culinary Artistry 503-232-4675 Jenn Louis

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

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


In Remembrance ~ May their memory be for a blessing. June 5 & 6 Laila Aarnas Muriel Anton Adrienne Levin Arnsberg* Marion Press Besen Leah Blank Henry S. Blauer Christopher Glen Brooks Esta Brown Jerry Canton Simon Director* Phillip Epstein Hedy Farkas Dov Feuer Albert G. Gilbert* Isadore L. Golby* Charles Greenblatt Gloria DeDuke Hess* William Andersen Kaa Arthur Katzky Sadie Shapiro Kaufman* Mary Rebecca inspel Anna Krys Martin Krys Paul Lamfrom Delphine Levenson* Pearl Lipkin Elizabeth Lipman Edith Lok-Schwartz Roslyn G. Maizels Martha Beatrice Martin Patsy Mattila Roger Seller Meier John H. Jack Neustadter* Benjamin Oseran Sylvia Paley Susan Platt Rose Popick Edward E. Rosenbaum Marvin Rosenberg Max Rubenstein Melvin Rubin Jack B. Schwartz Nathan Shapiro Robert C. Stenger Alan Baron Tonkin* Moe M. Tonkon* William L. Unger Bonita Weinstein Edward Weiss Lawrence Wilk

Ethel Williams* Irving David Wilson* Robert Stephen Wolf* Ronald Yankowitz Richard Zimmerman

Joshua Weiner Heddy Winterman Pauline Bercovitz Wright* Leah Zavin* Becky Zeldin

June 12 & 13 Isaac Adler Amelia Backman* Ted Balmforth Arthur Cohen Edis Cohen Robert Cohen Phill Cohn* Jack L. Davis* Judith Dreier Mike (Milton) Drucker Dorothy Durkheimer Karl S. Frey Leslie G. Gilbert* Elizabeth Goldfaden Samuel Goldman George M. Goldstein* Leona Hoffman Marlene Jacoby Florence M. Kane Maurice Kaplan Jack J. Karlin Su Kawamoto Irwin Koenigsberg Sydelle Levine Herman A. Lowen* James M. Marks Isabel Martin* 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* Arthur Tarlow Lillian Lisa Wax

June 19 & 20 Elinor Adler Irving I. Ail Kathleen Andrianoff Benjamin Becker Flora Fleischner Berkowitz* Richard Berman* Alec L. Black* Ida Brenner Morris Dennison Tillie Driesen Joseph Edelstein Melvin Feinstein Vera Hoffman Fine* Marjorie Frank Gertrude N. Genecov Leo Gold Morris A. Goldstein* Robert Hartzman Sylvia Holzman Barbara Hurwitz Leo Katzky Henry Kavitt* Flora Velt Kirk Maurice Krass Helen Lauterstein Irvin Layton Diana Van Straaten Levy* David Light Helen Mittleman* Victor A. Nudelman* Florence Robinson Clara Roth Roseanne Saunders Gussie Seres Henry Sholkoff Rubin B. Shulman Irving E. Sklare* Rose Sobelman Jamie Stadig Abraham Tobin Stanley H. Wald Hannah Zell

June 26 & 27 Jean Adler Rhoda Aiken Sara Arnsberg Edith Prensky Ashrow* Edward K. Berg* Esther Berman* Gordon Brandies Mary Collins Sylvia Canton Edelman Linda Feidelson William Gittelsohn Jeffrey Gradow Charlotte Greenberg Claire Grossman Harry B. Harrison William Hill-Parks Jack Hirsch Caro Wolf Jacobs* Gloria John Mollie Paulowitz Klein Fanny E. Kowitt* Jacob Leo Krane Irving Krosner Charles Irving Kwartler Gus Lowengart* Henrietta Margulis* Alex E. Miller* Dorothy Morgenstern Marian Ovitz Malcolm Pike Abe Puziss Sidney Rosen Jerome Salomon Evelyn S. Savinar* Fred Schlesinger* Leon Semler Bruce Lyle Sheinin* Iris Rita Sherman Mildred Leshgold Sidell* Rose L. Sigell Paul Sonnes Lillian Sussman Helen Svidlow Audrey Tannenbaum Doris Hahn Treuhaft Alan Weiner

(*) 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 2015 SUNDAY

Sivan-Tamuz 5775 MONDAY 1  Sivan 14

7  Sivan 20

8  Sivan 21

TUESDAY 2  Sivan 15

9  Sivan 22

Song of Miriam Awards 10:00 AM MJCC




3  Sivan 16

4  Sivan 17

5  Sivan 18

6  Sivan 19

Social Action Committee Meeting 7:00 PM SBR

Development Committee 4:00 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:30 PM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Tot Shabbat Service 9:30 AM PC

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Abigail McFeeters-Krone 10:30 AM Temple

10  Sivan 23

11  Sivan 24

12  Sivan 25

13  Sivan 26

Preschool Closing Day Picnic 12:00 PM

Music Under the Dome: An Early Evening with Brahms 6:00 PM Temple

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat on the Plaza

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Aaron Freedman 10:30 AM Temple

Executive Committee 12:00 PM SBR

(weather permitting) 6:00 PM Temple Lawn

14  Sivan 27

15  Sivan 28

Pride Parade

Camp Omanoot: Session 1 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM All week

21  Tamuz 4

22  Tamuz 5

16  Sivan 29

23  Tamuz 6

17  Sivan 30

18  Tamuz 1

19  Tamuz 2

20  Tamuz 3

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:15 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Jacob Romer 10:30 AM Temple

26  Tamuz 9

27  Tamuz 10

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

Shabbat on the Plaza

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Abigail Halperin 10:30 AM Temple

24  Tamuz 7

25  Tamuz 8

Camp Omanoot: Session 2 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM All week

(weather permitting) 6:00 PM Temple Lawn

28  Tamuz 11

29  Tamuz 12


30  Tamuz 13

SAVE THE DATE Women’s Trip to Israel led by Rabbis Rachel Joseph and Eve Posen

March 6 – 15, 2016 Location Key HH = Harris Hall  BA = Blumauer Auditorium GH = Goodman Hall LB = Library LF = Lipman Foyer MR = Miller Room PC = Pollin Chapel SBR = Shirley & Herbert Semler Board Room SC = Shemanski Chapel SEC = Sherman Education Center SFC = Schnitzer Family Center

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

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

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Congregation Beth Israel


Congregation Beth Israel

1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209-2097


Board of Trustees 2015/2016 Officers


Ned Duhnkrack President

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

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

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

Congregation Beth Israel is proud to present...

The best new Jewish summer day camp in Portland! We are excited to be offering two sessions this summer. Session 1, August 10-14, is reserved for campers entering 8th or 9th grade. During this session, campers will build friendships, go on adventures throughout Portland, and develop leadership skills through our Madrichim-In-Training (MIT) program. This exciting new program will take campers all over, from rock climbing to local amusement parks! This will lead to their eventual role as MITs for the younger campers in Session 2! Session 2 will take place from August 17-21. Campers entering kindergarten through 5th grade are eligible. During this week, campers will play games, create art projects, and enjoy some fun in the sun! Campers will also go on field trips to places such the Oregon Zoo, swimming, hiking, and much more. Join us and be a part of the magic as we embark on this first summer of fun!

Registration is open to members at a discounted rate as well as non-members! Registration forms, fees, and more are available on Camp Sababa’s webpage at education/camp-sababa. Session 1: August 10-21, Monday-Friday *8th and 9th graders (9:00 AM-4:00 PM) Session 2: August 17-21, Monday-Friday *Kindergarten - 5th graders (9:00 AM-3:00 PM) *8th and 9th graders (9:00 AM-4:00 PM) Please contact Ziva Sholin ( or Shoshanna Pro ( for more information!

Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1879


Congregation Beth Israel

June 2015 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the June 2015 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform synag...

June 2015 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the June 2015 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform synag...