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Bulletin March 2015

Adar-Nisan 5775 Vol. 64, No. 6

March 4, 2015 6:00 pm

And don’t miss the

Purim Carnival Sunday, March 1 12-2 pm

Blumauer Auditorium

They’re on a mission from G-d. Purim Service, Megillah Reading & Schpiel This year’s Schpiel is appropriate for all ages, so bring the whole family and be prepared to boogie!

In true Purim fashion, the festivities will continue after the Schpiel. Please join our all-star cast in Goodman Hall for hamentaschen, cheese, fruit, wine, and beverages.

Games! Prizes! Costume contest! The Camel! Lunch will be provided for $3 per person.

B’nei Mitzvah Ruby Mae Zapf-Geller Ruby Zapf-Geller will become Bat Mitzvah on March 14, 2015. She is the daughter of Roger Geller and Holly Zapf and the younger sister of Max. Ruby attends Da Vinci Arts Middle School in SE Portland. She has crafted a very personal Mitzvah Project, centering on feeding the homeless and hungry in our community. She explains how this began and has grown: “I’ve had a lot of experience with people who aren’t able to provide for their basic needs, from helping out at synagogue functions, riding the bus, and just talking to people as I walk around downtown with my dad. Unfortunately, my friends don’t know quite as much about homelessness and food insecurity. So, to raise awareness, I decided to involve my friends in this project. Every Sunday I recruit about 3-5 of my friends. We make and package the meals, which consist of lentil soup, a PB and J sandwich, an apple and a chocolate chip cookie, all of which is homemade. We put 50 meals into my dad’s bike trailer and walk down near the waterfront, where there are lots of bridges that can provide shelter, and also homeless centers, where lots of people in need of a meal are. Often before it’s dark, we run out of meals, and there are always more hungry people. We’re honestly just making a small dent in a big problem. I’ve spoken to one person, who told me that if we hadn’t come by and provided a meal, they would have only had a box of cereal that entire day. And all of you know, or at least can guess, that that’s far from a substantial meal.” All of the expenses for Ruby’s project are out-of-pocket. If you want to help her, please consider a monetary donation ($2.00 pays for one meal) or donating gift cards to supermarkets or other stores. You can contact Ruby via email:

Arthur Joseph Feidelson Arthur Feidelson will become Bar Mitzvah on March 30, 2015. He is the son of Lee and Robin Feidelson and older brother of Nelson. Arthur is a 7th grader at Mt. Tabor Middle School and has chosen to work with Central City Concern (CCC) for his ongoing Mitzvah Project. CCC is a non-profit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland Metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty, and addictions. Created as the Burnside Consortium by the City of Portland and Multnomah County in 1979, the CCC’s initial work involved alcohol recovery treatment as well as affordable housing management and rehabilitation. Arthur is creating a website to outline his plan to raise homelessness awareness in Portland and ways to help serve the needs of the population. Until his website is live, you can learn more about the CCC here:


Upcoming Events CBI Book Group Sunday, March 1, 9:00 AM Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room Everyone is welcome to join us for a morning of pleasant literary discussion. There is no need to sign up. March’s selection is The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander. As a bonus, the Jewish Theatre Collaborative will be performing Englander’s novel as a play from March 14-April 11. Tickets are available at If you’d like to plan ahead, there are two selections for April: The Sisters Weiss by Naomi Ragen and Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hassidic Roots by Deborah Feldman.

Please Join Us In Welcoming Our Newest Members! Aaron Friedman and Jessica Rosenberg Frederick Gordon and Lisa Simeoni, whose decision to join CBI was prompted by daughter Lehna (12)’s desire for a Jewish education. Lisa, a nurse by training and health care consultant at Medical Resource Network, grew up in many parts of the United States, and Frederick, a no-longer-practicing accountant, works as a system analyst at FEI Company and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. They have lived in Portland for more than thirty years, have older children who have left home, and enjoy vacationing in Provence, France, where they have part ownership in a rental home. Daniel Hurwitz Jessica and Uriel Kushner and their son, Abraham (10), and daughter, Hannah (5). Daniel Ostrov and his son, Eli (8), and daughter, Twyla (5).

Congregation Beth Israel

Social Action

Our Leadership Advocating for Change

prevention; and met with our legislators to advocate for these priorities in the current budget process.

by Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph Assistant Rabbi Social justice is at the core of Reform Judaism. As Rabbi Marla Feldman teaches, “To be a Reform Jew is to hear the voice of the prophets in our head; to be engaged in the ongoing work of tikkun olam; to strive to improve the world in which we live; to be God’s partners in standing up for the voiceless and fixing what is broken in our society.” We are painfully aware that injustice exists in the world and within blocks of our synagogue, people go hungry. As Jews, we cannot be bystanders. For the past two years we have engaged in focused handson work to help those in the community. We have literally served thousands of meals to people living on the margins. In addition to our direct service work, we are adding an important focus to our work: the Social Action Committee has agreed that our goal is to move beyond “band-aid” solutions into advocacy. As important as it is to serve food on the streets of Portland, we also plan to address and explore the root causes of these problems and formulate strategies for effective advocacy and social change in city, state, and federal government. Our work has already begun: On February 11, we joined the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon for Interfaith Advocacy Day in Salem. We were trained in advocacy skills; participated in issue briefings on confronting poverty, promoting economic justice, and gun violence

We hope you will participate in some of the March events planned by CBI’s Social Action Committee.

Now through Wednesday, March 4 CBI is proud to be a part of the Community Warehouse family. Each year at Purim we ask our members to look through their kitchens and donate items that families can use in their apartments. These are victims of domestic violence, the disabled, veterans, and low income families. This year we are looking to supply cooking equipment - pots, pans, toasters, electric skillets, blenders, mixers, and everything a family needs to cook a meal and share that time with each other. We are asking each religious school student to bring in one kitchen utensil like a spoon, can opener, vegetable peeler, etc. Donation bins are available in all three CBI buildings. If you would like to donate cash toward Pots & Pans for Purim, visit and select “General Social Action” from the drop-down menu.

In the Jewish tradition, learning is about living. The values taught in our texts provide the basis for our long history of commitment to social justice. The Talmud tells the story of a debate between two major rabbinic academies, the school of Hillel and the school of Shammai. They struggled to resolve the following question: If a person had to choose between studying Torah and performing good deeds, what should he or she do? After years of argument, they concluded that if a person could only choose one thing, they should study Torah. Their logic was as follows: If you only performed good deeds, you would be a good person, but you might never understand the richness and complexity of our tradition. On the other hand, everyone agreed that it was impossible to study Torah and not be motivated to perform good deeds and pursue justice. The rabbis found it inconceivable that study would not lead to action. Through our advocacy work on the Social Action Committee, we hope to expand the breadth and depth of activism and Jewish learning at CBI. Join us by contacting us through the CBI office at (503) 222-1069 or at

Jewish Federation’s Good Deeds Day


Pots and Pans for Purim

This is only the beginning. We are continuing to identify key coalition partners and specific legislation to promote. But we are missing one key component: You. We need more voices to join our Beth Israel advocacy chorus. Does this speak to you? Will you help us fight for a state budget that reflects our Jewish values? Will you help us advocate for the residents of NW Tower & Annex?

Sunday, March 15 The Jewish Federation is sponsoring the annual Good Deeds Day by coordinating many projects throughout Portland that will improve the lives of others and even help change the world. Available projects include blanket-making, home-building, gardening, and social & senior services. For Good Deeds Day, CBI is hosting our neighbors from NW Tower & Annex, a low-income community, for lunch. In addition to preparing and serving a delicious and nutritious lunch, we will be joining our neighbors for the meal. Please come to help but also to meet and socialize with our neighbors between 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Sign up at the Federation website: portland.fedweb.jewishfederations. org/page/s/good-deeds-day-2015/ We hope to see you there!

Thank You We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Arlene Schnitzer for providing a donation to underwrite the Thanksgiving Dinner that the SAC provided to the residents of NW Tower & Annex. It was a wonderful event that was appreciated by both the diners and servers.

March 2015


Developing CBI Taste of Temple scores again by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director The crowd of over 500 people who gathered at Castaway on February 8th confirmed once again that good food, good fun, and good people make a delicious combination. To put together an event of this proportion requires a huge commitment on the part of many. Tony and Bianca Urdes embraced that challenge the minute they said yes to being the chairs of Taste of Temple IV. From its first inception, TOT has always been a friendraiser and FUNdraiser with four goals: being affordable for the majority of our members, providing an entry point for people 21 and over to get engaged and involved with CBI, appealing to multiple generations, and supporting local businesses that would in turn support our mission of providing for our local community. After mixing these ingredients together, the final objective is to raise money towards our $200,000 funding gap so we can be sure to keep creating Jewish memories and impacting Jewish lives.

Proudly (and for the fourth time, might we add), we can boast: Mission Accomplished! We extend continued thanks to our generous sponsors and the gracious restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and breweries whom we hope you will continue to support, letting them know how appreciative you are of their working with us to build a responsible and caring community. (We proudly continue to list them on our website.) We are always appreciative of the wonderful volunteers who make these events come alive, as well as our support and professional staff, who join together to bring TOT to life. It is thanks to all of you that this event continues to feed us in so many ways. Of course, we also extend special thanks to: Glen Levy and Andrew Galler, who tirelessly oversaw all the vendor recruitment; Ashley Spitzer, Ali & Judah Garfinkle, and Joey Fishman, who energetically recruited sponsors; Robin McCoy and Joanne Treuhaft, who created a diverse listing of House Parties so our guests can continue making connections; Debbie Nichols and Gillian Rosicky, who oversaw the vast array of volunteers at TOT; and Grace Cantor and Barbra Fisher, whose talents in recruitment and social media helped us draw recordbreaking crowds. Tribute also goes to Special Events Manager Stephen Cassell, who helped us take this event to an entirely new level of presentation. Last but never least, we thank you – our wonderful members and investors who work with us to ensure that Congregation Beth Israel remains strong in the present and for the future. You are the reason we are able to do what we do.

TOT Committee Members (L to R): Tony & Bianca Urdes, Stephen Cassell, Robin McCoy, Debbie Nichols, Gillian Rosicky, Barbra Fisher, and Ali & Judah Garfinkle. Committee members not pictured: Grace Cantor, Andrew Galler, Glen Levy, Ashley Spitzer, and Joanne Treuhaft.


TOT Chairs Tony & Bianca Urdes with Rabbi Joseph, Rabbi Cahana, and Cantor Cahana.

Congregation Beth Israel

The Next Generation

L’dor V ’dor: Supporting the Next Generation Did you know that CBI has offerings for everyone in the next generation? From happy hours and holiday celebrations for Millenials to leadership and camp events for 6th-12th graders to craft and song programs for tots, there are ways to have fun and make new friends for everyone in your family! JEWS NEXT DOR (JND) Mailing List: Facebook:

Looking to connect with some Jews your age? New to the Jewish scene in Portland? Jews Next Dor (JND), Congregation Beth Israel’s group for 20/30-somethings, is for you! JND creates opportunities for the young adults of Portland’s Jewish community to come together in a relaxed and open environment. Offering both spiritual and social events, JND is the next big thing in the Portland Jewish scene.

D’OR HADASH Shoshanna Pro, Youth Group Director: Website:

D’or Hadash is our youth group for 6th-8th grade members and is also a part of NFTY’s new initiative for JYGs (junior youth groups). D’or Hadash includes some leadership opportunities that are built into the middle school program. A few interested participants will develop D’or Hadash programs for the rest of the school as part of an elective class. Monthly events allow them to share fun and educational activities with their Jewish peers outside the classroom.

Email us to be added to our low-key mailing list, and join us on Facebook so you can see upcoming events and be invited to any ad hoc gatherings!



Deborah Kaplan, Early Childhood Education Director:

Are you in your 20s or 30s or do you know a woman in her 20s or 30s who wants to learn more about Beth Israel Sisterhood but isn’t sure if it is right for her? Join us at Next Generation Sisterhood as we find our place in Sisterhood together! The goal of NG Sisterhood is to give women a place to feel comfortable and build a strong network within the Portland Jewish community. We will be hosting some fun events that are open to all!

PRESCHOOL At Beth Israel Preschool, our vision is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where children embark on a Jewish journey; their love for learning is supported through inquiry, discovery, and play; and our intentional approach to teaching and learning fosters the development of the whole child.

PORTLAND AREA REFORM TEMPLE YOUTH (PARTY) Shoshanna Pro, Youth Group Director: Website:

PARTY is CBI’s high school youth group. Participation gives high school students a chance to meet and socialize with other Jewish teenagers. The youth group sponsors programs involving social enrichment, worship, and social action events. PARTY is the local chapter of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and belongs to the NFTY Northwest Region.

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMMING The CBI Preschool hosts monthly Tot Shabbats and Sunday morning programs for children up to age 5 and their families – whether or not they are enrolled in our preschool. Each event focuses on an aspect of Jewish life, such as an upcoming holiday or Shabbat, and includes songs, activities, crafts, stories, and more.

March 2015



Your Vote for ARZA is Needed Now!

Shower our Kitchen with LOVE

Israel and the Jewish People are at a crucial moment in history. Our political and spiritual leaders in Israel need our help to determine the future of the Jewish State and the soul of the Jewish People.

Sunday, April 19, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM Miller Room

In the current World Zionist Congress election, every single Jew will have an important - and real - opportunity to make their voice heard. By voting for ARZA - Representing Reform Judaism, you’re supporting gender equality, religious equality, and lasting peace and security in the region.

The list of items needed can be found at go/30e0e48a5af2da13-wrjbeth. Sign up, buy and wrap your gift(s), and bring them with you to the shower. We will open the gifts, kvell, and nosh.

Vote for ARZA now through April 30th at Qualifications: 18+ years of age, Jewish, and a resident of the US Cost: $10 administrative fee (not a donation); $5 if under age 30

Sisterhood-Sponsored Tot Shabbat

If you can’t make it, you may drop off your gift before or during the event. You may make also make a cash donation online at - select Sisterhood Furnishings from the drop-down menu and type “Kitchen Shower” in the comment section - or send a check to 1972 NW Flanders Avenue, Portland, OR 97209 and mark “Sisterhood Shower” on the check. For questions and to RSVP, please contact Joanne Treuhaft at or Bobbie Goldstein at bobbiegold@

Saturday, March 7, 9:30 AM Pollin Chapel Please join us for the Sisterhood Sponsored Tot Shabbat. The ladies of NG (Next Generation) will be hosting a Purim-themed art project and looking forward to sharing more information about NG with anyone who is interested. We will be continuing the Purim theme the next day with a cookie exchange. Email for more information about NG Sisterhood events.

Volunteers Needed for Special Needs Seder Thursday, April 9, 5:30 PM Goodman Hall The Special Needs Seder will be held on April 9th at 5:30 PM. Volunteers are needed to assist with table setting, flowers, and getting the guests rounded up and seated. Please contact Terri Warren at if you are available to help. The event will be coordinated with Jewish Family & Child Services as it has been for many years.


Join us for a “shower” to restock the Blumauer Kitchen, the most vital space that we all use!

Needed: PHFS Shelter Volunteers Most of us don’t worry about having a safe place to sleep and being able to provide satisfying, healthy meals for our children. Unfortunately, that is not the case for some Portland families. There are many who need the services provided by PHFS (Portland Homeless Family Solutions), formerly known as Goose Hollow Family Shelter, a winter family emergency shelter located at First United Methodist Church. You can help by joining the group of Congregation Beth Israel members, their families, and friends who volunteer at the shelter. Three to four people form a team, pick one night each month from November through April (for example, the second Tuesday of each month), and coordinate with their team members to cook a nutritious meal at home and bring it to the shelter. Children, parents, volunteers, and staff join each other for the meal. We can also use volunteers to fill in on an occasional basis when one of the regular volunteers is unable to do so. If you want to be part of this spiritually rewarding project, please contact project coordinator Daureen Morris at

Save the Date Sunday, April 26, 10:30 AM Pollin Chapel Victims’ Rights Talk Featuring Danielle Tudor Co-sponsored with Brotherhood (More details to follow.)

Congregation Beth Israel


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

YES Fund Dinner: “Say YES to Spring!”

Sharon Tarlow on the birth of her great-grandson, Oscar David Tarlow, on December 27, 2014. Proud parents are Kathleen and Branden Tarlow, and CBI member Mary Tarlow is his great-aunt. Oscar joins big sister Ramona and big brother Benjamin.

Sunday, May 17, 6:00 PM Home of Marney and Allan Pike Cost: $54 Performer: Jessica Sindell, Principal Flute, Oregon Symphony This annual fundraiser benefits the YES Fund (Youth Education & Special Projects). There will be a lovely performance by Jessica Sindell, Principal Flute of the Oregon Symphony, along with a light champagne supper and desserts. Space is limited! RSVP with payment to the CBI office at (503) 222-1069. Sponsorship opportunities are available! Contact Linda Harrison at for more information.

Barbara Durkheimer on the birth of her grandson, Gavin Alexander Cohen, in Walnut Creek, CA on January 9, 2015. Proud parents are Kevin and Erika Cohen. Gavin joins big brother Zev Isaac Cohen (3). Emilie and André Bennett on the birth of their first child, Nina Levin Bennett, on January 19, 2015. Proud grandparents are CBI members Susie and Tom Desmond. Rachel Hall and Kyle Busacker on the birth of their daughter, Niva B Busacker, on January 20, 2015. Niva joins big brother Judah, who will turn two in May.

Gift Shop Happenings

Steve and Stephanie Roitstein on the birth of their son, Mycah Elliot Roitstein, on January 26, 2015. Mycah joins big brother Ayden (2).

Beth Israel Gift Shop hours: Sundays, 9:15 AM-12:15 PM

(when Religious School is in session)

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

Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM

(when Integrated Hebrew Program is in session)

Fridays, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

For appointments or questions please contact the Gift Shop directly at (503) 962-9825. Volunteer: We always need volunteers in the Gift Shop. For details, please contact Debbie Braymer, Gift Shop Volunteer Coordinator, at (503) 649-8043 or

Marc Alifanz on his appointment by the County Commissioners as a member of the Multnomah County Library Advisory Board. The Board provides oversight of and advice to the entire library system, which has the second-largest circulation in the country. Rabbi Sam Joseph, recipient of the First National Association of Temple Educators “Jewish Educational Leadership Award.”

Condolences to

WRJ/BIS GIFT SHOP OFFERS TALLITOT AT COST The WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Gift Shop is happy to offer a special service to our congregational families. While we are unable to stock our gift shop with an extensive collection of tallitot, we can offer a wide selection of them to members and their families at the wholesale catalogue price - we sell the tallitot at cost. It’s our way of saying “Mazel Tov.”

John and Sarah Epstein & family on the death of her father, Henry Kaplan, on January 1, 2015 in Florida. Judith Feinstein on the death of her sister-in-law, Irene Edith Arron (Feinstein), on January 15, 2015. Susan and Barney Milstein on the death of her mother, Lillian Applebaum, on January 16, 2015 in Edmonds, WA.

For website information and order placement, please contact Daureen Morris at

Lynda Baker on the death of her brother and Lee and Frank Berne on the death of their nephew, Michael Laufer, on January 21, 2015. Michael is also survived by nephew Randy Baker and cousins Keith (Rosalie) Berne, Craig (Jan) Berne, Rick Berne, Steve Berne, Cliff Fenton, Scott Fenton, and Pam Fenton. Tara O’Neil and Leslie Kantor on the death of Tara’s father, James E. O’Neil, on February 2, 2015 in Anacortes, WA.

Brotherhood Purim Carnival

Mark and Molly Docherty & family on the death of his mother, Gertrude Docherty, on February 4, 2015.

Sunday, March 1, 12:00-2:00 PM Blumauer Auditorium

Ilene Goldberg on the death of her daughter, Thelma Schnitzer on the death of her niece, and Debby Novack on the death of her cousin, Joan Ramsey, on February 4, 2015.

All children and children at heart are invited to the Annual Purim Carnival. Lunch will be provided for $3 per person. New this year, there will be a costume competition.

March 2015


Very Thoughtful People ery

Thoughtful People

Allison B. Cohen Madrichim Training and Religious School Scholarship Fund

Eloise Spiegel Laurie, Liz, and Amy Schweiker & Lynn Andrews Melanie and Jack Birnbach Edna Machacek Betty Raskin Melvin Shevach Josephine Shevach Nancy Solomon Murray Horenblas Lindsey Horenblas Bert Neuberger Rosalyn Neuberger Pearl Russell Jeff and Sherri Weinstein Ralph Driesen Dr. Jacob L. Driesen Beryl Janssen Marta Furman, Eugene Janssen, Henry Furman, and Don Furman Lois Mateel Colegrove Myra Kotel Laub Jordan Laub and Patricia Colegrove Arthur S. Rosenfeld Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Fran Browning Paul and Sherry Puziss Sylvia Krys Nudelman Sheldon J. Krys In Honor of Barbara Durkheimer (Special birthday) Carol and Bruce Backer

In Appreciation of Rabbi Cahana (Performing bris) The Roitstein Family

Adult Education Fund In Memory of Roland I. Richman Jim and Michael Richman

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat

In Memory of Eloise Spiegel Barbara and Barry Caplan Theodore R. Blank Barbara Gardner & Jeanne Rittmaster Anita J. Gevurtz John and Myra Gevurtz Rena Caplan Ardis Kowitt Marian M. Abrams The Abrams Family

Amy R. Goldsmith Library

In Memory of Annette Goldschmidt The Goldschmidt Family Harvey Karlin Sally Karlin, Andrew, and Caroline

Cemetery Beautification

In Memory of Margaret Balick Kavitt Benita Schlesinger Betty and Randy Rubenstein & Families David Lipman Ruth Philip Robert and Rita Philip Milton G. Druck Betty Druck & Jackie Druck Ophelia Foster Shirley Fishel Betty F. Druck and Marjorie Saltzman Hyman Isenberg Janice Isenberg, Noah, and Elliot Isabella Kaufman Paul Weiden and Beverly Linkletter Bert Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Suzanne Miller Rena and Cheryl Tonkin Marcy Tonkin Edward I. Aiken Edward A. Aiken Irvin Brown Ilaine Cohen Leonard Rose, MD Beatrice K. Rose, MD

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Katalin Soltesz Les Soltesz Ethel and Max Kelinson Eugene Arron Irving Ovitz Judith K. Feinstein & Family Fern Luers Len and Shar Ludwig


Michael Laufer Lynda Baker Lee and Frank Berne Emily Georges Gottfried Jeffrey Gottfried In Honor of Mycah Elliot Roitstein (Baby naming) Lloyd, Debbie, and Carrie Roitstein In Appreciation The Family of David Lipman The Spiegel Family The Abramovich Katz Family The Baron Family General Contribution Given By Dorothy Lemay

Cantor Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Carol August David and Anita August Gus Steinberg Bob and Wendy Steinberg Michael Laufer Lynda Baker Lee and Frank Berne In Honor of Trudy Joseph (95th Birthday) Leonore Weston In Appreciation The Spiegel Family Rachel Hall and Kyle Busacker

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary In Memory of Beverly Steinhorn Arthur and Benjamin Steinhorn In Appreciation Lou Tauber Tom and Susan Bivens General Contribution Given By Tony and Bianca Urdes

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Gladys Miller Herman Miller Morris and Gerry Jackson

Rabbi Rose Discretionary In Appreciation The Family of David Lipman

General Administrative In Memory of Seymour Utay Evelyn Laster Berenice Feldman David Rosenfeld Elise Rosenfeld Ronald Tonkin Nancy Lou Tonkin Edward Tonkin Norman Stamm Phillip Margolin Lesa Oziel Donna Brownstein Booth Colman Charmalee Gassner David Lipman Donald Esfeld Andy and Clyde Lynn

Judith Anne Epstein Education Director’s Fund

In Memory of Henry Kaplan Stephanie Siegel and Jeffrey Whalen

Miller Room Refurbishment and Restoration Fund In Memory of Eloise Spiegel Harold J. Miller Constance Blomgren Clarence Albert Blomgren Alan and Lana Miller

Oseran Family Lecture In Memory of Philip Kurland Alan and Janet Zell


In Memory of Morton Nemer Diane Nemer Patricia Layton Nemer In Appreciation of Jen Feldman Pierce Ethier

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Eloise Spiegel Margaret Hasson Larry Semler Nellie Katzky Margaret Katzky Hasson Joseph J. Epstein Helen Spivak & Family Bill Berman Larry Semler

Congregation Beth Israel

Jacqueline R. Spivak Henry Spivak Dr. Harry and Gertrude Semler Alysmae and Victor Nudelman Ruth Semler Helen Spivak & Family James Spivak Chuck Ostrofsky James Spivak Howard Fenton Scott and Carol Fenton Beverly J. Miller Diana Lynne Miller Cornell In Honor of Stuart and Susan Shleifer Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen

Sanny Snell Preschool Scholarship

In Memory of Nancee Singer Erickson Richard, Lori, and Edie Singer

Social Action (General)

In Memory of A. Leon Cahn Melanie and Will Dann & Family David Lipman Carol Danish Elaine and Sandy Weinstein Eloise Spiegel The Halperins Ruth Abbot and Patrick Fitzgerald Samuel L. Russell Pearl Russell Rick and Marilyn Gilbert George Friend Mark and Randie Peterson Jack Zasloff Randy Zasloff and Fred Cohen Harold (Hal) Saltzman Ruth Saltzman & Family Isabell Cress Gerald and Evelyn Leshgold David Rosenfeld Sally Rosenfeld and Andrew Frank Benjamin Isenberg Janice Isenberg, Noah, and Elliot Sol Scheffer Stephen Press Claire I. Cantor Rose Solomon Harris Willer Dick Solomon Gus Steinberg Lance and Mary Steinberg Max Peltz Robert and Leslie Peltz Hyman Popick Linda and Larry Veltman


In Memory of Eloise Spiegel Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen Mark Dohrmann and Julie Durkheimer Rosemarie Rosenfeld Rose Rustin Stuart Durkheimer Leah Durkheimer Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen

Very Thoughtful People William Trachtenberg Rose Trachtenberg Pearl Trachtenberg Joseph J. Epstein Dr. Harry and Gertrude Semler Helen Spivak & Family Booth Colman Ruth Gassner Henry Kaplan Bunny Edelson Jim and Ilene Davidson Gloria Reiss Marcus Horenstein Theresa Bergstein Betsy and Len Bergstein Howard Fenton Lee and Frank Berne Lynda Baker Gussie Maisel Pauline Berne Lee and Frank Berne James Durkheimer Don Spiegel and Deborah DavisSpiegel George Kaden Pearl Trachtenberg Louis Gold Harriet and Richard Maizels Louise Edelson Bunny Edelson Les Estrin Frank Rigler Marge Kravitz Audre R. Estrin Jacqueline R. Spivak Henry Spivak Helen Spivak & Family James Spivak Ruth Semler Chuck Ostrofsky James Spivak Melvin Goldberg Jan Goldberg & Family David Lipman Rose Rustin Roland Richman Mimi Richman Fred J. Baron Roger L. Baron Leonora Pinsky Joan Ramsey Susie Gerson Flora Freidenrich Esther Flaxman Jane Flaxman

In Honor of Howard Cohn (Recovery) Ruth Gassner Trudy Joseph (Birthday) Pearl Trachtenberg Jane Flaxman Dick Rubinstein (Birthday) Renée and Irwin Holzman Irwin Holzman (Recovery) Rosemarie Rosenfeld

Simon & Helen Director Endowment

Holzman Family Religious School Fund

Temple Endowment

In Memory of Mary Rosenberg Jerome Holzman Renée and Irwin Holzman In Honor of Irwin Holzman (85th birthday) Ted and Davia Rubenstein

In Memory of Eloise Spiegel Lee B. Lowenson Milton and Lynn Marks General Contribution Given By Arline Hasman

Lloyd B. Rosenfeld Youth Leadership Fund

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

In Memory of Earl Heims Dan Heims and Lynne Bartenstein

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Joseph J. Epstein Dr. Harry and Gertrude Semler Abe and Minnie Spivak Helen Spivak & Family Joseph Horenstein Marcus Horenstein Fay Blank Owen and Lynn Blank Jacqueline R. Spivak Henry Spivak Helen Spivak & Family James Spivak Ruth Semler Chuck Ostrofsky James Spivak Dr. David Eisenberg Winfield Scott Bondy Joyce and Stan Loeb Lloyd H. Miller Diana Lynne Miller Cornell In Honor of Dick Rubinstein (Birthday) Barbara and Barry Caplan

Temple Improvement

In Memory of Chaim and Zahlman Kohen Megan Brown David Lipman Pierce Ethier

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship In Memory of Zelda and Jerry Zeidman Barbara Zeidman and Robb Weinstein

Heims Family Youth Activities Endowment

In Memory of Henry Kaplan Lynn Tobias and Chet Edwards

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship In Memory of Henry Kaplan Margaret Epstein

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Eva Gross Neal and Lisa Rosen Sam Shia Director Sanford Clement Bert Rogoway Lillian Applebaum Stuart and Nikki Director Jack Rosen Stuart and Nikki Director Neal and Lisa Rosen Eloise Spiegel Stuart and Nikki Director Bunny and Jerry Sadis Max Berenson Shirley Mark In Honor of Stuart and Nikki Director (Birthdays) Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen Bert Rogoway (Birthday) Stuart and Nikki Director

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

Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life In Memory of Wilma Jane Perlman Mary Perlman

Prayer Book

In Memory of Joseph F. Sercu Margo Sercu David Lipman Elizabeth and Ruben J. Menashe Jacqueline Ray Spivak Henry Spivak Helen Spivak & Family In Honor of Tony and Bianca Urdes (Leadership of Taste of Temple) Bob Kravitz and David Gilbert

Service to the Blind

In Memory of Samuel Hasman Robert Rowe and Nannette Hasman-Rowe

Sisterhood Programming, Leadership & Enrichment In Memory of Anne Goldman Sue and Rich Garber & Family

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

March 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, Lead 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. March 6 & 7 Lillian Aarons Marian Abrams* Edward I. Aiken Fred J. Baron Rabbi Henry J. Berkowitz* Hermine L. Bettman* Ted H. Blank* Emma Selling Bloch Constance Blomgren Leonard Botwinick Fran Browning Robert Buss Rena B. Caplan Cari Spiegel Cherlee Emma Gottlieb Cohn Lois Mateel Colegrove Jessie Douglas Howard Fenton* Marvin Fine Carol Gaiser Rosalie Gilbert* Melvin Goldberg Simon Gordon Rose Gross Richard A. Hildreth Jerome L. Holzman* Velma Horenstein Benjamin Isenberg Hyman Isenberg Ruth Israel* David S. Jackson Beryl Janssen Madge Johnson Ruben Kailes Isabella A. Kaufman* Blanche Klein Morris Klein* Bessie Krass Myra Kotel Laub Dorothy J. Lesman William Leveton Sadie Mark Jack Elliott Mlyn Eleanore Moses Morton Nemer Janice Orloff Murry M. Overbeck Larry Pike Evelyn Rifkin Florence Ruderman Pearl Russell Sylvia Sarasohn Ralph D. Schlesinger* Melvin Shevach Estelle Sholkoff Morris Silver Adolph B. Steinbach* Bernard Treuhaft Harry Vidgoff John Warner Morris D. Weil* Bertha A. Wise* Carol Kendall Wolf Adolphe Wolfe*

March 13 & 14 Tomomi Ando Max Berenson Clara Bergman* Fay Blank Benjamin Blumauer* Winfield Scott Bondy Lee F. Bonime Jay Carver Etta G. Constantine* H. Benjamin Dobrow Marvin Epstein Nancee Lee Singer Erickson Ray M. Feves* Fannie M. Frank* Adrienne S. Fulop* Sadie Gittelsohn Samuel Hasman Marion Hoeflich Rachel Hoffman Murray Horenblas Cathy Horton Rose Jacobs George Kaden Myrtil Kahn* Rochelle Kantor Sylvia Kipnis* George Kirshner Dorothy Lachman Ethel Lachman Tina Larsen Melvin Layton* Max Lehmann* Melvin Lertzman Fern Luers Sophie Markewitz Julius Martel Edgar J. Mayer* Harold J. Miller* Lloyd G. Miller Ruth Nepom Wilma Jane Perlman Eda Poplack Frank Rigler Jerry Rosenberg Victor Rosenblum Harry Rubenstein Sonya Seidman Dora Shemanski Nathan Shlim* Rose Solomon Ruth J. Spear Gus Steinberg Donald Sullivan Sol S. Weiner Jeanette Weinstein Hilda Zeidman Emery Zidell March 20 & 21 Cleston Lincoln Addison Hannah Baruh Lynn Berg Burton H. Berman A. L. Cahn

Sanford Clement Thelma N. Cohn Gordon De Leon Max Delman* Sanford Director Andrew Epstein Anita J. Gevurtz* Isaac Gevurtz* Ethel Gilbert Louis Gold* Anne Goldman Sara Gordon Dr. Tole N. Greenstein Belle B. Joseph* Bella Kaplan Samuel Kaufman Jack Kennedy Shirli Haimowitz Kohn Albert Kovsky* Alfred Kullman Miriam Labovitz Hilda Lenske Lester Lewis Herman Lipkin Edna Machacek Gussie Maisel Herman I. Miller Sylvia Nelson Diane Nemer Anthony Netboy Bert Neuberger Lori Nudelman Leonora Pinsky Hyman Popick* Mary Robinson Leonard Rose Jack P. Rosen Mary Rosenberg Alexander L. Rosenblum* Arthur S. Rosenfeld Stanley E. Samuelis Louis Savage Marie Schnitzer Ethel Seltzer Isaac Sherman Marion Liff Shifrin* Norman Shulevitz Emily Sobel Laura Steinberg* Bruce Thompson Matilda Wald Murray Weidenbaum William Wolfstein*

Louise Edelson Lester D. Estrin Philip B. Feldman Leonard Fishel* Esther Flaxman Flora Freidenrich Cacilie Gevurtz* Annette Goldschmidt Gerson Goldsmith* Mark Goldstein* Earl Heims Nathaniel Israel* Dorothy Dayan Jampole Tzipora Kahana Sylvia Kantor William J. Karasik* Harvey Karlin Fanny Kipnis* Sylvia Koenigsberg Marge Kravitz Harry Lewis* Gloria Londer Steven Menashe Beverly Jeanne Miller Gladys Miller Natalie Lauterstein Miller Suzanne Miller Goldie Moises Roscoe C. Nelson, Sr. Hattie Nudelman Oscar Overback Joseph Platman Roland I. Richman Charles Robinson Korpel Rosenbaum Fay Ruby Sol Scheffer Manuel Schnitzer Joe Schwartz Marvin Schwartz David Silverman Jacqueline R. Spivak Philip Steinbock Beverly Steinhorn Edith Tauber Lawrence Urbach Keith Webster Harris Willer

March 27 & 28 Pauline Fay Aftergut Melvin Anchell Nina Avakyan Melvin Berman* Pauline Berne Lee Braun Claire Solomon Cantor Ross B. Cone Milton G. Druck James Durkheimer

(*) 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

March 2015 SUNDAY 1  Adar 10

Adar-Nisan 5775 MONDAY

2  Adar 11

TUESDAY 3  Adar 12

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR



4  Adar 13 On PU e N RI igh M: tO NL Y

Join us for


Jews Brothers

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

5  Adar 14

6  Adar 15

7  Adar 16

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Tot Shabbat 9:30 AM PC

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:30 PM SBR

March 4, 2015 Congregation Beth Israel 6:00 pm 1972 NW Flanders, Portland

ECE Purim Program 10:00 AM SEC


Purim IHP 4:30 PM SEC



Everyone Welcome!

Purim Carnival 12:00 PM BA Midrasha (grades 9-12) 12:15 PM SEC They’re on a mission from G-d.

8  Adar 17

9  Adar 18

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

10  Adar 19

11  Adar 20

12  Adar 21

13  Adar22

14  Adar 23

Education Taskforce 7:00 PM SBR

Executive Committee 12:00 PM SBR


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shir Shabbat Service 6:00 PM Temple

Shabbat Morning Service: Bat Mitzvah of Ruby Zapf-Geller 10:30 AM Temple

Midrasha (grades 6-8) 5:30 PM SEC

Midrasha (grades 9-12) 12:15 PM SEC

15  Adar 24

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM SBR

16  Adar 25

Good Deeds Day 9:00 AM Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

17  Adar 26

18  Adar 27

19  Adar 28

20  Adar 29

21  Nisan 1

Adult Ed: Labor Movement program 7:00 PM PC

Midrasha (grades 6-8) 5:30 PM SEC


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM SBR

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:15 PM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

2nd Grade Family Program: Pesach 10:00 AM BA Midrasha (grades 9-12) 12:15 PM SEC

22  Nisan 2

23  Nisan 3

24  Nisan 4

25  Nisan 5

26  Nisan 6

27  Nisan 7

28  Nisan 8

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break

No Midrasha/ Adult B’nei Mitzvah


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

No Sunday programming

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

29  Nisan 9

30  Nisan 10

Shabbat Morning Service: Bar Mitzvah of Arthur Feidelson 10:30 AM Temple

31  Nisan 11

Spring Break No Sunday programming

In order for all of our congregants to celebrate Passover, we will not have Shabbat services on Friday, April 3rd.

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 2014/2015 Officers


Ned Duhnkrack President

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

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

Auxiliaries Linda Harrison and Stephanie Siegel - WRJ/BI Sisterhood Co-Presidents David Goldwyn - Brotherhood President



“Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue”: Reflections on Jews and the American Union Movement Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 PM Pollin Chapel Speaker: Prof. Bob Bussel From its inception, Jews have played a major role in the development of the American union movement. This talk by Dr. Bob Bussel, a historian, former union organizer, and director of the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon, will explore the evolution of Jewish involvement in the union movement and trace how this involvement has changed over time. Dr. Bussel will also review the contributions Jews have made in improving the lives of workers and assess what future role Jews might play in the union movement’s revitalization.

“Brothers and sisters toil and struggle All who are dispersed far and wide Come together....”

- Di Shvue Anthem of the Bund (1902) Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1879


Congregation Beth Israel

March 2015 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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

March 2015 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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