Page 1






Bulletin March 2016 Adar I - Adar II 5776 Vol. 65, No. 6

And don’t miss the

Purim Carnival Sunday, March 13 immediately after Religious School

Blumauer Auditorium Lunch will be provided for $5 per person.

March 16, 6 pm What if Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, and Steven Sondheim collaborated to write a Purim Schpiel? Well, that’s not going to happen. Instead, we have CBI’s own retelling of the Biblical Book of Esther! Starring the clergy, staff, and the volunteer choir of CBI, West Side Schpiel is the story of star-crossed lovers caught between the warring factions of uptown Shushan. A parody of one of the most beautiful & beloved Broadway musicals, West Side Schpiel brings a hilarious new telling to the ancient tale. West Side Schpiel, presented in the Temple, is free and open to the community.

B’nei Mitzvah

Upcoming Events Adult Education Presents:

Madeline Joy Cronn Madeline Joy Cronn will become Bat Mitzvah on March 5, 2016. A seventh grader at Robert Gray Middle School, she is the daughter of Leah and Jeff Cronn, and older sister of Caleb. A lifelong lover of both cooking and taking care of animals, Maddy has decided to combine her passions for her Mitzvah Project by hosting a bake sale in support of the Oregon Humane Society ( She also plans to spend her summer volunteering at the animal shelter.

Maxen Aaron Yuzon Maxen Aaron Yuzon will become Bar Mitzvah on March 12, 2016. He is the son of Damon Yuzon and Madeline Bourland and a student at the Catlin Gable School. For his Mitzvah Project, he is working with Human Solutions, an organization that helps low-income and homeless families by providing housing, support services, and job training. Maxen is raising money and linens for a new family shelter that’s being developed. More information on this program is available at

Henry Allen Seal Henry Allen Seal will become Bar Mitzvah on March 19, 2016. He is the son of Lara Greenberg and Paul Seal, and older brother of Julian and Isaac. Henry is a student at Portland Jewish Academy. For his Mitzvah Project, he has chosen to work with Soccer for Peace (, a non-profit that aims to unite war torn nations through their shared love of soccer. Henry’s goal is to raise money through a community soccer match.

Declan Joseph Glover Declan Joseph Glover will become Bar Mitzvah on March 26, 2016. He is the son of Tamara and Brian, and brother to Isaac, Benjamin, and Emma Lena. He is in an eighth grader at Lake Ridge Junior High. For his Mitzvah Project, Declan is working at the Oregon Food Bank to get food to the people who need it most. Declan wants to help people who are in a bad situation get food so that they won’t have to worry about their next meal. This way they can get back on their feet.

Palooza Time!

Are you a florist extraordinaire? A top-notch calligrapher? A party planner of the highest order? If you’re in the business of making special events even more special, CBI’s B’nei Mitzvah families want to know! On Saturday, April 2, from 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM, our annual B’nei Mitzvah Palooza presents a perfect opportunity to let our community know about your services. Please contact Ziva Sholin in the Education Office at to apply!


Conversos – Continuing the Conversation Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 PM Pollin Chapel Presenter: Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, Co-founder of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies At the end of the 15th century, the Inquisition forced the Jews in Spain to leave or convert to Catholicism. Many of those who converted, or “conversos,” continued to practice their faith illegally and in secret. A large number of these conversos and crypto-Jews immigrated to Spanish American colonies, where enforcement by the Inquisition was less stringent than in Spain. During periods of persecution by the Mexican Inquisition, crypto-Jews migrated to isolated frontier areas, including northern New Spain, which later became New Mexico.

CBI Book Group Sunday, March 6, 9:00 AM Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room Join fellow CBI bibliophiles for a discussion of Davita’s Harp by Chaim Potok. Want to plan ahead? Our April read will be Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller.

Jewish Book Celebration Thursday, March 17, 1:00 PM White Stag Building, University of Oregon, Portland Campus In the final presentation for Jewish Book Celebration 2015-16, photojournalist Daniel Morrison will present his talk, “The One Eyed Watchman – seeing war through the camera lens.” Daniel has worked in El Salvador, Nicargua, Hondura, Beirut, Tel Aviv, Angola Africa, and Afghanistan as both a unilateral and an embedded journalist. This talk is tied to the Jewish Theatre Collaborative production of Chaim Potok’s book Davita’s Harp. In the novel, one of the main characters is a journalist with a leftist newspaper who goes to cover the Spanish Civil War. The event is free and open to the public.

Music Under the Dome Thursday April 7, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Main Sanctuary, Open to all A terrific music series returns, featuring our beloved CBI member and cellist for “Kol Nidre,” Irving Levin and esteemed pianist Michael Barnes playing works by Faure, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and others.

CBI is going to Spain! April 20-30, 2017 Join us for the next Congregational trip to learn about the history of the Jews of Spain. We will be traveling from April 20-30, 2017. The trip will be led by Rabbi and Cantor Cahana, and arranged through ARZA World, who also organized our previous trips to Israel. You can learn more, and REGISTER for the trip at:

Congregation Beth Israel

Our Leadership

Hineinu Hineinu. We are Here.

Purim Primaries


by Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana The Hebrew month of Adar is doubled this year – the very definition of the Jewish Leap Year. Adar I began in February – and now we are in the unusual time of Adar II. Double fun – perhaps double strange times. Don’t we know it! Mishenichnas Adar Marbin B’Simcha! – “When Adar Begins, Joy Increases!” says the Talmud (Taanit 29a). And yet, the joyful holiday of Purim – when all the Jewish celebration is heightened – doesn’t take place in the first Adar of a leap year. That’s a bit odd, because we usually rush to do a mitzvah (which is why a bris is usually held in the morning. Why wait?) But for a Leap Year Purim we hold off on our celebrations for an entire month until the fourteenth day of the second Adar. Why? Some believe that since Purim and Passover are holidays of Redemption (escape from destruction, escape from slavery) we try to keep them close together. Adding a month between them creates an untenable separation for a common theme. That’s not a bad reason. But I also think that there is something about extending the anticipation of frivolity. We are reminded that in the seriousness of the world around us, we need to draw out our sense of the absurd. Kind of like our Presidential Primaries. For months now, we have been in “silly season.” Bloviating has taken the place of consideration. Theatricality has held our attention, not substance. The politics of the personal fills the media and there is no room for policy consideration or serious proposals. It’s a leap year – the silliness seems to be doubled. It is entertaining – and maybe it is fun to extend the entertainment. But even Purim comes to an end. The time will come – and I hope soon – when we can move past the silliness. The time will come when we can hear serious proposals and clarity on how they will be accomplished. The two main parties promote two very different versions of our problems and solutions; we need to be able to hear them, debate them and choose carefully. There are two very different visions of our nation and our future. We need to give them serious consideration. But until then – enjoy Purim!

by Ilene Davidson, Engagement Task Force Chair As we begin on the path to provide opportunities for our congregants to come together in many different ways, we ask each of you to join us. We hope you were able to attend our Hineinu Shabbat Service on February 26. We thank Rabbi Cahana, Cantor Cahana and Rabbi Joseph for leading us in such a special service and also thank Sydney Baer and Michelle Gradow, the leaders of our Celebrations Cohort, for organizing such a lovely welcome and delicious Oneg. Please let us know if you would like to join them in organizing other celebrations at CBI. You’ve now received more information on our Neighborhood Circles and we hope you are reaching out to your neighbors to get to know them better and help one another. Other ways to get involved this month include: Empty Nesters +60 We are forming a new group for CBI members who are 60 or older (or who want to hang with these engaging folks). If you are interested in meeting with contemporaries for dinner, theatre, happy hours, movies, and local events around town, this group is for you! An organizational meeting will be held on March 10 at CBI at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. We will discuss the many activities our new group would like to consider. Bring your ideas! Please call Alyssa at 503 222-1069 to RSVP. Be a Greeter! Welcome friends, congregants, guests and newcomers at Friday evening Shabbat services. It’s easy - you will ask people to wear a name tag, hand out the weekly announcement flyer, introduce newcomers to other members and answer the important questions in life – like, what are they serving at the Oneg? Greeters arrive at 5:30, half an hour before services begin and stay a few minutes afterwards to mingle and enjoy the Oneg. Sign up online at and wear your best smile. We Are Here to help you create what you envision for CBI. Whether it’s to learn more about any of these programs, to get involved in planning family events or welcoming new members, or to share your ideas, please contact Ilene at

PURIM DAY Come and Play!

Thursday March 24,10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Blumauer Auditorium Join in the fun for a morning of intergenerational programming on Purim Day! Don your best Haman (boo!) and Esther outfits (other costumes welcome!) and celebrate the joy of Purim with a Megillah reading, some live music and dancing, putting together mishloach manot, and arts and crafts! Of course, we will have some sweet treats to enjoy together, as well. All ages are welcome! Please RSVP to Marisa at 503-222-1069 or

March 2016


Developing CBI Thank You for Helping Us Create Jewish Memories and Impact Jewish Lives by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director CBI strives to be a place where you feel embraced, safe, and inspired. Our programs and services are structured to be of the highest caliber, impacting lives through singing, socializing, and (of course) learning. Your contributions enable us to provide these important programs and services. Thank you for working with us! We at Congregation Beth Israel are poised to be the center for Jewish vibrancy in Portland. Our sacred space sets a natural stage for us to learn, to flourish and to experience pure joy. From our preschoolers to our most senior members, we are invited to dance, sing, and pray in our historical Temple. Whether we come together to celebrate Jewish life events, special occasions like the Martin Luther King Service and Celebration or lectures – our synagogue space provides both reverence and exhilaration. It takes funding to preserve this sacred space. Our integrated arts program allows Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade classes to spend time each week in one of four different arts-based classes. These include art, dance, drama, and music. The inclusion of the arts in our program does not stop there! Our middle and high school classes frequently use intentional art to express what they have learned about Judaism. And on Sundays alone, over 300 students participate in this learning opportunity, making CBI the largest Religious School in all of Oregon. It takes funding to support these programs.

CBI prides itself on meeting people where they’re at – so to speak. Economically we have knocked down all barriers to both membership and Religious School enrollment so that we are accessible to all. In addition, we are making moves to meet in people’s homes and neighborhoods – bringing Judaism into your life physically and metaphorically – wherever you are and at every life stage. From bringing the Torah to preschooler’s homes, to singing and lecturing in the many senior communities in Portland, to actively engaging in Interfaith Social Action work, we are there for you. Other intergenerational programming includes: multiple services on the High Holy Days; Jews Next D’Or – programming that attracts hundreds of young adults to both pray and play together, nourishing both their hearts and their bodies through the connections they make here; engagement opportunities through Hineinu; Tot Shabbat gatherings-- and that is just the tip of the iceberg. It takes funding to provide these services. It is our privilege to thank you for helping us create Jewish memories and impact Jewish lives, so we are honored to list all the donors who have made all this and more possible by making an annual contribution (formerly dues) above and beyond your giving level, contributing to our Every Family Initiative (EFI) Campaign, supporting either of our two major fundraisers (Fall Fundraiser or Taste of Temple) whether as a sponsor, a Mitzvah Moment or Recipe for Success donor, buying a Golden Ticket or into a House Party, or donating through the school registration fundraiser. It is truly thanks to each of you – that all this and more is possible. We invite everyone to join us and feel the vibrancy that comes with knowing your donation impacts lives.

CBI Contributor’s Circle Peter Ackerman Michael Adler and Molly Newcomer George and Sharon Alexander Marc and Tracy Alifanz Alina Aliyar and Sara Spetlel Aliyar Michael and Margie Anton Apex Real Estate Partners Lee and Stephanie Auerbach Stephanie Axman and Alison Gash Bill and Sydney Baer Mark Banks and Lauren Cooper Tony and Robyn Barbon Jonathan and Bonnie Barg Lester and Heather Baskin Michael and Rosalie Baskin David and Marah Bean Liz Bedewi Brian and Alisa Bendis Len and Betsy Bergstein Gerel Blauer Scott Rector and Rachel Bloom George Bodner Joanne Bonime Ernie Bonyhadi David and Debbie Braymer Marina and Bill Brown Ron and Marisa Brown Debra and Kim Burchiel Rabbi Michael and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Lance and Debbie Caldwell Connie Cambreleng


Asher and Grace Cantor Jeff Capen and Kira Dennison-Capen Bernard Caplan Bob and Patty Chestler Stuart and Mandi Chestler Ben Chinn and Phyllis Nakayama Michael Clancy Megan Coenson David Cohen and Lee Anna Jones Fred and Randy Cohen Kenny and Rhonda Cohen Marvin Richmond and Marge Cohn Marcia Colton Scott Cooley Will and Melanie Dann Jim and Ilene Davidson Andrea Davis Dick and Cameron Davis Tom and Julie Diamond Richard Dobrow Lou and Kathleen Doctor Lee and Nikki Dorfman Mircea and Cristina Draghicescu James Monteith and Ned Duhnkrack John and Sarah Epstein Pierce Ethier Jeff and Sharon Feinblatt Howard and Jen Feldman Leigh Feldman and Sara Moskovitz Louis Feldman and Risa Colton-Feldman Selma Feldman

Melissa Fireside Adam and Barbra Fisher Joey and Val Fishman Paul and Sherry Fishman Andrew Frank and Sally Rosenfeld Eric and Rebecca Friedenwald- Fishman Zachary Fruchtengarten Morrie Galen Bill and Bev Galen Andrew Galler and Audra LaFave Zanley and Claire Galton Judah and Alison Garfinkle Rick Garfinkle and Karla Green Noe Garnica Stanley and Adrienne Geffen Randy and Debbie Geller Roger Geller Tom Georges III and Linda Georges Neil and Joan Gerard Gevurtz Menashe Attorneys at Law Gary Gilbert Leonard and Yvonne Gionet Barbara Glazer Marshall and Lisa Glickman Paul and Mimi Goldman Judith Goldsmith Bobbie Goldstein David and Tiffany Goldwyn Goodman Family Doug and Lila Goodman Greg Goodman and Susan Schnitzer

Congregation Beth Israel

Mark and Christi Goodman Bill June and Susan Graber Steven and Michelle Gradow Jonathan and Lisa Greenleaf Tyler and DeeDee Gundberg David and Claudine Halmos Irv and Gail Handelman Craig Hartzman and James John Margaret Hasson Gary and Joyce Hoffman Janet Hoffman and John Harland Jonathan and Susan Hoffman Irwin and Renee Holzman Dan Hurwitz Ardee Imerman Janice Isenberg Morris and Gerry Jackson Gail Jacoby Rabbi Rachel Joseph Rabbi Samuel and Dori Joseph Michael and Michelle Kane Jim and Rhonda Kennedy Michael and Kristen Kern Evan King Scott Howard and Lucy Kivel Michael and Mary Klein Paul and Arlene Koenigsberg Chris Hill and Laura Korman Donald and Judith Kramer Bob Kravitz and David Gilbert Mrs. Jean Krosner Uri and Jessica Kushner

Developing CBI Paul and Lee Labby Rob and Virginia LaForte Jason and Lucy Langer Jeff Schwartz and Shoshanna Lansberg Brian Lee Jerry and Evelyn Leshgold Matthew and Leah Letts Simcha Levental and Laura Robbins Irv Levin and Stephanie Fowler Glen and Lisa Levy David and Amy Lewin Carol Lewis Kathleen Lewis Ken and Colleen Lewis Scott Lewis and Laura Rose-Lewis Jonathan and Marilyn Lindner David and Liz Lippoff Dick and Harriet Maizels Steve Klein and Gail Mandel Phillip Margolin Lynn Marks Steve and Robin McCoy Maddie McMonies Fred Cirillo and Sharon Meieran Barry and Susan Menashe Joe and Joanne Menashe Jordan Menashe Michael Menashe Ruben and Elizabeth Menashe Page and Lynn Mesher Joan Meyers Karen Miller Barney and Susan Milstein Darren and Jill Mitchell Christie Moore and Stacy Lewis Maddie Nelson and Jim Lafky Roscoe Nelson III and Debra Harrison Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall Adam and Sandy Nemer Heinz Holzapfel and Sylvia Nessan Patricia Neuberger Rosalyn Neuberger Ed and Jill Neuwelt Mark New Jeanne Newmark

Miles Newmark and Barbara Gilbert Northwest Bank Andy Olshin and Rebecca Mischel The Oregon Clinic Gastroenterology - West Dan and Tracy Oseran Henry and Nancy Oseran Daniel and Chelsea Ostrander Steve and Anna Paris Jim Paustian and Sadie Rogers PDX Reading Specialist, LLC Robert and Leslie Peltz Mark and Judy Peterman Gary Peterson and Debbie Friedman Graham and Ashley Petersen Bob and Rita Philip Allan and Marney Pike Steven Pike and Allison Sneider Pike Ryan and Sarah Pitman Richard and Shirley Plotzker Harold and Jane Pollin Forrest Marcum and Rachel Pollin Yale Popowich and Tina Skouras Brian Puziss David and Lesley Raphael Recumbent PDX Kevin Reedy Phil and Dorothy Reiter Joshua and Amy Remick Jim and Michael Richman Stephen and Leslie Robinson Alice Rogan Paul and Gayle Romain Rabbi Emanuel and Lorraine Rose James Rosenbaum and Sandra Lewis Robert and Joan Rosenbaum Jack Rosenberg and DeeDee Doherty Mike and Amy Rosenberg David and Diane Rosencrantz Alan and Eve Rosenfeld Eric and Tiffany Rosenfeld Luanne Rosenfeld Rosemarie Rosenfeld Warren Rosenfeld and Sheryl Langerman John and Marti Rosenthal

Henry Rosicky III and Gillian Rosicky Dick and Deanne Rubinstein Eleanore Rubinstein Rick Rubinstein, Jr. and Jill Rubinstein Ted and Davia Rubenstein Rose Rustin Babak and Caroline Sabi Jerry and Bunny Sadis Ken and Loree Sakai Michael and Linda Salinsky Faye Samuels Ben Sandler and Lolly Jamerson David and Lisa Sarasohn Nathan Sasaki Dan and Kathie Saucy Dr. David and Cantor Judith Schiff Josh Schindler and Andrea Herzka Ron and Rita Schlansky Greg and Melissa Schmidt Arlene Schnitzer Arlene Schnitzer Trust Dina Schnitzer Dori Schnitzer Lois Schnitzer Thelma Schnitzer Ben Hartman and Ava Schoen Pete Schulberg Dave Smith and Libby Schwartz Scott Semproni Joel and Sandra Seres Bill Shaw Nir Peled and Jerami Shecter Jamie and Denise Shulman Scott and Pam Sidell Jeffrey Whalen and Stephanie Siegel Ron and Sheila Silver Michael Simon and Suzanne Bonamici Jennifer Singer Richard and Lori Singer Jill Slansky Nate Smith and Anna Epstein Nick and Sanny Snell Richard Solomon and Alyce Flitcraft Les and Martha Soltesz Bruce Spiegel

Don Spiegel and Deborah Davis-Spiegel Tom and Mardi Spitzer Harley and Robyn Spring Arthur Steinhorn Jeff and Barbara Steinberg Lance and Mary Steinberg Tom and Mary Jane Stern Lynn and Chet Tobias Adam Tonkin Alexc Tonkin Brad and Michelle Tonkin Cheryl Tonkin Edward Tonkin Marcy Tonkin Rena Tonkin Jesse Treger and Candice Adelson Bill and Joanne Treuhaft Michelle Unger Bruce Melzer and Robyn Urbach Tony and Bianca Urdes Urdes Miller Wealth Management Group Jordan and Gina Wand Elinor Watts Jason Waxman Sharon Weil Michael Weiner and Kathy Davis-Weiner Jeff and Scotti Weintraub Stuart and Marcia Weiss Jeff and Jen Weprin Jon and Amie Wexler Doug Winter Jeff and Lynn Wolfstone Ron and Nancy Wyden Phil and Tammy Yashar Lewis and Ann Young Robert Zelinka Janet Zell Martin and Beverly Zell Charlene Zidell Herman & Vicki Zimmerman

All names have been carefully reviewed. Nevertheless, errors and omissions may occur. If your name has been misprinted or omitted, please accept our apology. Please direct all questions or corrections to Development Director Jen Feldman at (503)222.1069 or

March 2016




A Great Year to PARTY! by Sarit Cahana, PARTY President It’s been a great year for PARTY, CBI’s high school youth group. We have held an event every month and have many coming up ahead. We started the year off with our board learning about their leadership roles in programs created by yours truly and youth group director Shoshanna Pro. We also spent time training for these leadership roles in Washington at an event planned by the NFTY Northwest board. NFTY, North American Federation of Temple Youth, is a collection of reform youth groups from around the country of which we are a part. PARTY participated in NFTY Northwest’s Fall Kallah, where we traveled up to Camp Solomon Schechter in Olympia, Washington. We participated in the talent show, made new friends, and caught up with old ones! Then PARTY kicked off the year of our own programming, by celebrating Shabbat as a teen community and going to the haunted corn maze at Sauvie Island. It was rainy, but that didn’t slow us down! We were spooked at the maze! This year we have also accessed the DIY (do it yourself) side of ourselves while learning about tikkun olam and recycling. We decorated our youth lounge with supplies from SCRAP. We finished last semester with a great event, our Chewlatke (Chewbacca/ latke) Shul-in. That’s right, we combined our love for Star Wars and Chanukah in a sleepover! We started the event by leading games ranging from pasta menorahs to Chanukah bingo for the kids at CBI’s Chanukah party. Afterwards, we spent the rest of the night and next morning connecting Star Wars to the Chanukah story. We watched entertaining skits, learned about the environment, ate Chinese food, and had an epic lightsaber battle. We ended the night by watching Star Wars (of course) and slept over in the education building.

CBI Brotherhood News by Andrew Olshin, Brotherhood President I am honored to serve as the CBI Brotherhood President for 2016 - 2017. Lot’s going on at CBI!! I was thrilled to actively participate in the revelry created by CBI Brothers and Mothers and, of course, many others at Taste of Temple. Our MLK service was truly inspiring, we recently heard about local Native Americans from our own Tracy Prince, and Board Member, Dr. Sharon Meieran is running for a seat on the Multnomah County Commission. Not to mention we are in the process of searching for a new ED. And we all know what happens in March!!!!

2016 Purim Carnival Hear Ye!!!! Hear Ye!!!! Come One, Come All!!!!

kids and kids at heart are invited to the Annual Purim Carnival on All

Sunday, March 13th following Religious School. Lunch will be provided for $5 per person. Hope to see you there!!!! My favorite hero, The Donald said today “I’m trying to be more understated.” What does that mean?? Please feel free to email me any time at with any insights you would like to share–or just to say hello or ask a question, etc.

This semester, we have traveled to Seattle, Washington for an amazing Social Action Winter NFTY event! We had a great time making a difference and meeting up with other Jewish teens our age. We also enjoyed meaningful services and awesome programs led by other teens from NFTY Northwest. Back home, PARTY had an awesome Soup Sac Social Action Shabbaton where we created and gave lots of food out to people who are homeless. We have also spent time with Hillel learning about future college opportunities. This month we’re getting ready to welcome our fabulous CBI eighth graders into PARTY and NFTY! We’re also looking forward to combining our forces with the teens at Muslim Educational Trust for a beach cleanup Havdallah. Later this year, we will be working with our friends up in Vancouver, Washington at the Kol Ami youth group to have a bi-temple shul-in!

Camp Sababa is the best and only Reform Jewish day camp in Portland for Grades K-5, with a special leadership program for Grades 8-9.

Camp will be held AugustSababa 8-26. Registration for Camp 2016 Visit the website for specific session dates.

opens online January 25!

Register for Camp Sababa Today! For more information or to register, visit

Keep your ears open for more PARTY updates because we have so much more coming! I can’t wait for the rest of the year!


Congregation Beth Israel

or contact Ziva at or Shoshanna at


L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Mazel Tov to Jason Waxman on his promotion to Corporate Vice President at Intel. Jacob Weill and Mary Pastrana on their marriage on January 31 at Twin Oaks Estate in San Marcos, CA. Jacob is the son of Richard (Linda) Weill of Corbett, OR and Ana (Rabbi Steven) Moskowitz of Long Beach, CA. The bride is the daughter of Leonel and Angelica Pastrana of Santa Ana, CA.

Tot Shabbat and Preschool Open House Saturday, March 5, 9:00 AM Pollin Chapel NG will host March’s Tot Shabbat. Bring your children for a service filled with song and dance. We will welcome Shabbat and share a snack. After snack we will make Purim themed crafts. The activities are geared to children 5 and under but all are welcome.

Yoga and Brunch Saturday, March 12, 10:00 AM Enjoy the calm of Shabbat with a relaxing morning yoga class followed by a healthy brunch. We will be meeting at a yoga studio in the Pearl for a private Yin Yoga class that will begin at ten o’clock. At the conclusion of the class we will walk to a restaurant. Please email or check out our facebook page (NG Sisterhood) for the address.

Dr. Jonathan Greenleaf, who has been named Medical Directer for the U.S. Track and Field team and will support them in that capacity at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. Dorothy and Ray Packouz on the birth of their sixteenth great grandchild Noam Packouz, born in Israel on February 7th to proud parents Yael and Hizkyahu Packouz, and grandparents Rabbi and Mrs. Kalman Packouz. the Rose Family on Chloe Rose Lewis’ silver medal in the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games with skating partner Logan Bye.

Condolences to Marisa Paley-Brown and Ron Brown on the loss of her mother, Renée Paley-Bain, who passed away on January 8. the family of Nikki and Stuart Director on the passing of their brother-in-law Dr. Merritt Linn, wife of Susan Korey. Dr. Linn died Sunday evening, January 24. CBI Board Member Yale Popowich and Tina Skouras on the loss of his father, to Harry and Julian Popowich on the loss of their grandfather, and to the extended Popowich family on the death of David Popowich, who passed away on January 30.

CBI member Dr. Tracy Prince was a Special Sunday speaker in the Amy R. Goldsmith/Spear Research Library and spoke about the forgotten history of Native Americans in Portland.

Carol F. Sandler on the loss of her husband, to CBI Education Director Ben Sandler (Lolly Jamerson), Susan Sandler (David Goodman), and Michael (Dana) Sandler on the loss of their father, to Jake and Shai Goodman, and Emma, Max, Ava and Anita Sandler on the loss of their grandfather, and to Richard (Reva) Sandler and Howard (Caryl) Sandler on the loss of their brother, Neil F Sandler, who passed away on February 8. Arthur Kaplan on the loss of his wife, to Dr. Andrew Kaplan and Valerie Thom on the loss of his mother, and to Alexandra and Simon Kaplan on the loss of their grandmother, Sylvia Kaplan, who passed away on February 16.

Fill the Pot For Purim!

We are collecting contributions toward the purchase of pots, pans, and other essential home goods for the Community Warehouse! There will be opportunities to give at all of our Purim Festivities.

March 2016


Social Action

Very Thoughtful People Social Action Committee Update

Throughout the year, CBI congregants donate generously to the Social Action Fund. We wanted you to know where your donations go. In 2015, the Social Action Committee disbursed funds to the following organizations, almost all of them in our very own community. Camp Rosenbaum $ 1,000 CODA, Inc. $ 1,000 Community Warehouse $ 1,000 Israel Religious Action Center $ 1,000 Jewish Family & Child Services $ 1,000 Lift Urban Portland $ 2,000 Meals On Wheels $ 1,500 New City Initiative $ 2,000 New Israel Fund $ 1,000 Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon $ 2,500 Sunshine Pantry $ 1,000 Urban Gleaners $ 1,500 TOTAL: $16,500

Many of our efforts were focused on the kids in the NW Towers. For every child in the building, we purchased backpacks and school supplies, winter coats or boots, and holiday gifts. The three oldest children were provided with Chromebooks, which they needed for school work. For MLK Day of Service, we provided funds for a Soup Sac. Also, we have helped fund a Pop-Up Pantry, which provides fresh fruits, vegetables, and other food stuffs for low-income residents in the neighborhood. This program is run twice a month by Benjamin Olshin with the support of Lift Urban Portland. Our largest and most well-attended event is Mitzvah Day, which in 2015 had 13 projects, ranging from cleaning the library and classrooms, to making meals for the Caring Community, to hosting a pancake breakfast at NW Towers. Please note that this year’s Mitzvah Day is Sunday, May 1, 2016.

We also used these donations to support our neighbors, the residents of NW Tower and Annex. Regular activities include meals, quarterly birthday parties, and a festive Thanksgiving Dinner.

We are so grateful for all the donations we receive for Social Action and for the hardworking committee members and volunteers who make all our activities possible.


Very Thoughtful People Allison B. Cohen Madrichim Training and Religious School Scholarship Fund In Memory of Roland Richman Jim and Michael Richman

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat In Memory of Alysmae Nudelman Victor Nudelman Abe Wexler Gilda Wexler Edith Zavin Ruth Semler Helen Spivak and Family Anita J Gevurtz Myra and John Gevurtz Rena Caplan Ardis Kowitt and Family Marian A Abrams Abrams Family Robert Labby Faye Gordon Samuels

Brotherhood Scholarship Fund In Memory of Howard Fenton Scott and Carol Fenton


Caring Community Fund

In Memory of Ed Brown Florence Brown Maurrie and Keith Salenger Benjamin Isenberg Hyman Isenberg Janice Isenberg Hy Popick Linda and Larry Veltman In Honor of Bobbie Goldstein (Birthday) Anita August

Cemetery Beautification

In Memory of Pearl Russell Samuel Russell Rick and Marilyn Gilbert Bert Neuberger Rosalyn Neuberger Bert Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Jacqueline Ray Spivak Henry Spivak Abe Spivak Minnie Spivak Dr. Harry Semler Gertrude Semler Helen Spivak and Family Fern Luers Shar and Len Ludwig Milton G Druck Betty Druck and Jackie Druck

Dr. Leonard B Rose Beatrice K. Rose Joy Alkalay Pierce Ethier

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Julius Levin Max Isaacson Lydia and Derek Lipman Miriam Labovitz Rachel Halupowski Arthur Rosenfeld Don and Karen Lachman In Appreciation Rabbi Cahana Spiegel Family

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary

In Memory of Beverly Steinhorn Arthur and Benjamin Steinhorn In Honor of Bennett Edward Zoucha (Ed Tonkin’s New Grandson) Sydney and Bill Baer In Appreciation Rabbi Joseph Graham and Ashley Petersen General Contribution Given By Brian and Alissa Popowitz

Congregation Beth Israel

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Ted H Blank Theodore R Blank Sandee Blank and Family

General Administrative

In Memory of Murray Horenblas Lindsey Horenblas Samuel Russell Pearl Russell Jeff and Sherri Weinstein George Kaden Pearl Trachtenberg Ted Blank Jeanne Rittmaster and Barbara Gardner Sylvia Krys Nudelman Sheldon Krys Tina Larsen Joel and Sandra Seres Emery Zidell Charlene Zidell Ralph Driesen Jacob Driesen In Honor of Jen Feldman (Speedy Recovery) Executive Director Discretionary Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation

Very Thoughtful People Miller Room Refurbishment and Restoration Fund In Memory of Robert Labby Merritt Linn Sue Albert Harold J Miller Constance Blomgren Clarence Albert Blomgren Alan and Lana Miller



In Memory of Jacqueline Ray Spivak Ruth Semler Henry Spivak Carl Sagan Helen Spivak and Family Morton Nemer Diane Nemer Patricia Layton Nemer General Contribution Given By Anonymous

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Jacqueline Ray Spivak Henry Spivak Dr. Harry Semler Gertrude Semler James Spivak Alysmae Nudelman Victor Nudelman Abe Wexler Gilda Wexler Carolyn Wexler Anne Goldman Richard and Sue Garber

Social Action (General) In Memory of Rose Solomon Claire I Cantor Harris Willer Richard B. Solomon Robert Labby Dorothy and Ray Packouz Robert Labby Ralph London Roland Richman Mimi Richman

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

General Contribution Given By Eric and Rebecca FriedenwaldFishman In Memory of Gus Steinberg Wendy and Bob Steinberg Leonora Pinsky Susan Gerson Howard Fenton Gussie Maisel Frank and Lee Berne Robert Labby Bunny and Jerry Sadis Louise Edelson Bunny Edelson Louis Gold Harriet and Richard Maizels Lester D Estrin Frank Rigler Audre Estrin Melvin Goldberg Jan Goldberg and Family Robert Labby Naomi Strauss Marvin Diamond Lynn Bonner General Contribution Given By Pastor J.W. Matt Hennessee

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Jacqueline Ray Spivak Abe Wexler Gilda Wexler Alysmae Nudelman Victor Nudelman James Spivak Howard Stenger Sarah and Jim Baldwin Fay Blank Owen and Lynn Blank Ralph D Schlesinger Mark Schlesinger and Family Herbert Shapiro Sharon Weil Lloyd G Miller Diana Lynne Miller Cornell

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

In Honor of Brad and Michelle Tonkin (25th Wedding Anniversary) Lynn and Owen Blank Rabbi Rose (Recovery) Sydney Baer Deanne and Dick Rubinstein

Urman Family College Communication In Memory of Jerry Stern Sam Urman Anna Urman Marvin and Lois Urman

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship In Memory of Herbert Shapiro Zelda Zeidman Estelle Director Sholkoff H Benjamin Dobrow Richard B. Dobrow Zelda Zeidman Barbara Zeidman and Robb Weinstein

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship

In Memory of Jerome Zeidman Barbara Zeidman and Robb Weinstein In Honor of Jen Feldman (Speedy Recovery) Sydney Baer (Retirement) Linda Ostomel

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Jack Rosen Neal and Lisa Rosen Merritt Linn Delores Kimmel Alan Zell Sharon Weil

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

Education Administrator Ziva Sholin

Office Administrator Alyssa Mandula

Member Services

Clergy Administrative Assistant Sara Miller

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

Interim Executive Director Alanna Hein

Cantor Emerita Judith Blanc Schiff

Development Director Jen Feldman

Finance Director Jim Baldwin, CPA

March 2016

Max Berenson Shirley Mark Merritt Linn Barney and Susan Milstein In Honor of Stuart Director (Special Birthday) Barbara and Barry Caplan, Laurie and Bert Rogoway, Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Temple Endowment In Memory of Herbert Shapiro Lynn Marks

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Prayer Book

In Memory of Jacqueline Ray Spivak Alysmae Nudelman Victor Nudelman Abe Spivak Minnie Spivak Dr. Harry Semler Gertrude Semler James Spivak

Service to the Blind

In Memory of Sherma Stenger Sarah and Jim Baldwin Rita Lubliner Norman and Nancy Higby Samuel Hasman Bob Rowe and Nannette HasmanRowe

Sisterhood Lubliner Leadership Fund

In Appreciation of Leslie Geller Terri Koontz Laura Jean Spear General Contribution Given By Joanne Menashe

Accounting Assistant Vicki Greif

Century Catering 503-849-2605 Allen Levin

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

Culinary Artistry 503-232-4675 Jenn Louis

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

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

Art of Catering 503-231-8185 Larry Grimes


In Remembrance ~ May their memory be for a blessing. March 4 & 5 Lillian Aarons Fred J. Baron Rabbi Henry J. Berkowitz* Ted H. Blank* Theodore R. Blank Constance Blomgren Leonard Botwinick Fran Browning Jack Bulwa Robert Buss Rena B. Caplan Cari Spiegel Cherlee Emma Gottlieb Cohn Jessie Douglas Shelly Feig Stacy Malman Feldman Howard Fenton* Jacob Foster Carol Gaiser Rosalie Gilbert* Simon Gordon Minna Hochfeld Velma Horenstein Benjamin Isenberg Hyman Isenberg David S. Jackson Beryl Janssen Madge Johnson Ruben Kailes Isabella A. Kaufman* Blanche Klein Bessie Krass Dorothy J. Lesman William Leveton Jack Elliott Mlyn Eleanore Moses Morton Nemer Janice Orloff Murry M. Overbeck Louis Pannaman Larry Pike Evelyn Rifkin Pearl Russell Samuel Russell Michael Santini Sylvia Sarasohn Ralph D. Schlesinger* Melvin Shevach Estelle Sholkoff Morris Silver Adolph B. Steinbach* Bernard Treuhaft Harry Vidgoff John Warner Morris Weil* Bertha A. Wise* Carol Kendall Wolf Adolphe Wolfe*

March 11 & 12 Marian A. Abrams* Edward I. Aiken Clara Bergman* Hermine L. Bettman* Fay Blank Emma Selling Bloch Benjamin Blumauer* Winfield Scott Bondy Bob Brodey Jay Carver Lois Mateel Colegrove Etta G. Constantine* H. Benjamin Dobrow Nancee Lee Singer Erickson Ray M. Feves* Marvin Fine Steven Fleckman Fannie M. Frank* Adrienne S. Fulop* Sadie Gittelsohn Melvin Goldberg Rose Gross Richard A. Hildreth Marion Hoeflich Rachel Hoffman Jerome L. Holzman* Murray Horenblas Cathy Horton Ruth Israel* George Kaden Myrtil Kahn* Louise Kaufman Sylvia Kipnis* George Kirshner Morris Klein* Ethel Lachman Myra Kotel Laub Melvin Layton* Max Lehmann* Melvin Lertzman Sally Light Fern Luers Sadie Mark Sophie Markewitz Edgar J. Mayer* Harold J. Miller* Lloyd G. Miller Ruth Nepom Eda Poplack Jerry Rosenberg Florence Ruderman Sonya Seidman Rose Solomon Gus Steinberg Donald Sullivan Jeanette Weinstein Emery Zidell

March 18 & 19 Tomomi Ando Max Berenson Lynn Berg Burton H. Berman Lee F. Bonime Ed Brown Sanford Clement Thelma N. Cohn Gordon De Leon Max Delman* Marvin Epstein Andrew Epstein Isaac Gevurtz* Anita J. Gevurtz* Ethel Gilbert Louis Gold* Anne Goldman Dr. Tole N. Greenstein Samuel Hasman Rose Jacobs Belle B. Joseph* Rochelle Kantor Samuel Kaufman Albert Kovsky* Alfred Kullman Miriam Labovitz Dorothy Marie Lachman Tina Larsen Herman Lipkin Rita S. Lubliner Edna Machacek Julius Martel Herman I. Miller Sylvia Nelson Anthony Netboy Bert Neuberger Wilma Jane Perlman Leonora Pinsky Hyman Popick* Frank Rigler Mary Robinson Leonard Rose Jack P. Rosen Mary Rosenberg Victor Rosenblum Alexander L. Rosenblum* Harry Rubenstein Stanley E. Samuelis Louis Savage Dora Shemanski Marion Liff Shifrin* Nathan Shlim* Norman Shulevitz Emily Sobel Ruth J. Spear Laura Steinberg* Bruce Thompson Matilda Wald Sol S. Weiner William Wolfstein* Hilda Zeidman

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


Congregation Beth Israel

March 25 & 26 Cleston Lincoln Addison Pauline Fay Aftergut Nina Avakyan Hannah Baruh Melvin Berman Lee Braun A. L. Cahn Claire Solomon Cantor Ross B. Cone Sanford Director Milton G. Druck James Durkheimer Louise Edelson Shirlee Ann Eisenberg Lester D. Estrin Esther Flaxman Annette Goldschmidt Gerson Goldsmith Mark Goldstein Sara Gordon Earl Heims Nathaniel Israel* Dorothy Dayan Jampole Sylvia Kantor Bella Kaplan William J. Karasik* Fanny Kipnis* Sylvia Koenigsberg Hilda Lenske Lester Lewis Harry Lewis* Gloria Londer Gussie Maisel Steven Menashe Gladys Miller Roscoe C. Nelson, Sr. Diane Nemer Janet Nicholson Lori Nudelman Hattie Nudelman Roland I. Richman Korpel Rosenbaum Arthur S. Rosenfeld Fay Ruby Sol Scheffer Marie Schnitzer Joe Schwartz Marvin Schwartz Ethel Seltzer Isaac Sherman David Silverman Jacqueline R. Spivak Philip Steinbock Beverly Steinhorn Edith Tauber Lawrence Urbach Keith Webster Murray Weidenbaum

March 2016 SUNDAY

Adar I - Adar II 5776 MONDAY

TUESDAY 1   Adar I 21

6   Adar I 26

7   Adar I 27

8  Adar I 28





2   Adar I 22

3   Adar I 23

4   Adar I 24

5   Adar I 25

Adult Education Program: Conversos with Rabbi Stampfer 7:00 PM PC


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

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

JND Shabbat Service 6:30 PM Offsite

Tot Shabbat and Preschool Open House 9:00 AM PC

9   Adar I 29

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Madeline Cronn 10:30 AM Temple

10   Adar I 30

11   Adar II 1

12   Adar II 2

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR

Executive Committee 12:00 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

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

W Connection 1:00 PM SC

Shir Sabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Sisterhood Yoga and Brunch 10:00 AM

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


Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Maxen Yuzon 10:30 AM Temple

Empty Nesters 7:00 PM

13   Adar II 3

14   Adar II 4

15  Adar II 5

Religious School (K-7) 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM SEC ECE Family Program 10:00 AM HH

16  Adar II 6

17  Adar II 7

18   Adar II 8

19  Adar II 9

Purim Schpiel: West Side Schpiel & Reception 6:00 PM Temple

Adult Education Committee 8:30 AM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR


Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Henry Seal 10:30 AM Temple




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



Purim Carnival 12:15 PM BA

Pop-up Pantry 4:30 PM LF

Pajama Havdalah 5:00 PM PC

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 PM SBR Jewish Book Celebration 1:00 PM White Stag Building, University of Oregon, Portland Campus March 16, 6 pm

20   Adar II 10

21   Adar II 11

22   Adar II 12

23   Adar II 13

24   Adar II 14

25   Adar II 15

26   Adar II 16

No Sunday Classes

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

Knit-A-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Erev Purim service 6:00 PM PC

27   Adar II 17

28   Adar II 18

No Sunday Classes

29   Adar II 19

30   Adar II 20

Sisterhood Post-Purim Happy Hour 5:00 PM

Purim Day - Come and Play! 10:00 AM BA Pop-up Pantry 4:30 PM LF

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Declan Glover 10:30 AM Temple

31   Adar II 21 Pop-up Pantry 4:30 PM LF Intro to Judaism The Jewish Home: Practice and Ritual: Mitzvot/ Kashrut/Tikkun Olam/ Mazzuzeh/Family Traditions: Rabbi Cohen 7:00 PM PC

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

View our calendar and campus map online at

Congregation Beth Israel

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

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


Congregation Beth Israel

1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209-2097


Board of Trustees 2015/2016 Officers


Ned Duhnkrack President

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

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

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

PURIM SCHPIEL SEARCH Ahasuerus Blazing Schpiel The Book of Esther Borach Carnival Esther Haman Hamentashen The Jews Brothers Megillah Mordecai Morty Chai Pirates of Purim Purim Schmaltz Wonderfully Wicked Purim Woodschlock

A S P E C I AL CBI WORD SE ARC H Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1879


Congregation Beth Israel

March 2016 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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

March 2016 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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