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Happy Passover!

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1st Night of Passover is Monday, March 25.

Bulletin March 2013 Adar-Nisan 5773 Vol. 62, No. 6

This Year in Jerusalem

It is not too late to join our congregational tour led by Rabbi and Cantor Cahana! April 14-28, 2013 Culminating our year of study, Rabbi and Cantor Cahana will be leading this inspiring, memorable, and adventure-packed transformational journey to Israel. Please visit the trip website for details about the itinerary:

2013 Oseran Family Lecture

It’s Like, Totally Temple 80s Dance Party / Preschool Fundraiser April 13th

This Year in Jerusalem April 14th – 28th

E.J. Dionne, Jr.: “Personal Faith and Public Policy” Sunday, May 5, 5:00 PM CBI Sanctuary

Mitzvah Day May 5th

CBI is pleased to welcome E.J. Dionne, Jr. as the 2013 Oseran Family Lecturer. Mr. Dionne is a long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, writing twice a week on national politics and policy. He is a University Professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. Dionne has been a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio, ABC’s “This Week,” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” His book “Why Americans Hate Politics” (1991) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. His most recent book is “Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right” (2008). The Oseran Family Fund was established in 2008 to provide annual lectures with a socially responsible Jewish theme. Past lecturers have included US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, and author and national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg.

Home for the Holidays B’chol dor vador...In Each Generation This year, the first Seder is Monday, March 25th. To experience the power of the Passover story—our communal release from bondage—we need a community to tell the story. Are you new to our CBI community or looking to enhance your experience of the story of Passover? Do you have space at your Seder table and would like to invite a guest or guests? A Home for the Holidays is Congregation Beth Israel’s program for matching members with a Seder. Please contact Tracy in the CBI office at (503) 222-1069 before March 11th so that we can do our best to match hosts with guests. All participants will be contacted on or before March 18th. March 2013

Passover 101

Chag Sameach Pesach! Happy Passover!

Matzoh Roca

This year, Passover begins at sundown on Monday, March 25th, and the first Seder will take place in Jewish homes all around the world on that evening. A time for family and friends to gather and retell the Exodus story, along with your own personal stories, Passover is a favorite holiday for many. The food – symbolic, elaborate, and wonderful – is steeped in traditions.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Favorite Passover Recipe from Portland P’Nosh WRJ/BIS Cookbook INGREDIENTS Approximately 3 – 4 pieces of matzoh 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup brown sugar 12 ounces chocolate chips 1 cup chopped almonds, or nuts of your choice DIRECTIONS Cover cookie sheet with foil, dull side up. Grease foil. Lay matzoh to cover foil, in one layer. Boil butter and brown sugar for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Spread mixture over matzoh and then bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove cookie sheet from the oven and spread chocolate chips evenly over the matzoh. Return to the oven for another 30 – 60 seconds. Remove from the oven and spread the melted chocolate evenly. Sprinkle with nuts and let cool. Freeze for 1 hour, then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. May be frozen.

You may be hosting or attending a Seder. Either way, let this year’s Passover experience be a time to get to know the people around your table. Freedom from the enslavement of constant electronic communication – perhaps that can be our community focus for this Passover! See page 1 for information on our Home for the Holidays match-up program. Whether this is your first Passover Seder or your 100th, we hope that you will explore and create new traditions with family and friends along with your many favorite family traditions. The URJ website has thoughtful information, and the web has a plethora of traditions, customs, recipes, and “how-tos.” A few new traditions: @@ D  onate your chumitz (all items not kosher for Passover) to a food pantry, CBI’s barrels, or your favorite organization for feeding the hungry. @@ I nvite someone new who is in need of community to share in your Seder celebration. @@ C  reate a Passover gift basket or care package filled with homemade cakes, candies, dried fruits, a special jar of charoset, matzoh, and assorted wines or grape juice for a homebound friend or family unable to join a Seder. May this Passover infuse your life with joyful appreciation for our common miraculous history and the deep significance we find in the retelling of our own story year by year.

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Congregation Beth Israel

Our Leadership

Clergy in the Community

Sacred Drama

� On February 28, Rabbi Joseph participated in an interfaith panel titled “The Roots of Concern with Poverty, Hunger, Homelessness and Health Care” as part of the Oregon Interfaith Advocacy Day in Salem, Oregon.

The Passover seder is often referred to as a “sacred drama” – a ritualized enactment of our central story of Liberation leading to Redemption. Although the story we tell at the seder only hints at it, we know how it continues: Redemption leads to Revelation and the eventual Return to our homeland. We might think of them as parts of a trilogy. The seder is our telling of “Episode I.”

� From March 3-6, Rabbi Joseph will be in Long Beach, California to participate in the national rabbinic convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). Rabbi Richard Block will be installed as the new national president of the CCAR, and Rabbi Joseph has been asked to read Torah for his installation service. Rabbi Joseph is also on the core team for Rabbis Organizing Rabbis: CCAR Justice and Peace Committee and will lead convention rabbis in a justice campaign. � Rabbi Cahana and Civil Rights Attorney Ron Silver will be speaking at a presentation entitled “Black/Jewish Relations: Civil Rights and Beyond.” This event is presented by Portland State University’s Black Studies Department and the Jewish Student Union on Thursday, March 7, from 12:00-1:30 PM in PSU’s Smith Memorial Student Union.

By Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana

This “sacred drama” is how we tell and retell our story. It places us into the role of one who experienced history in the making. We should feel as if we were personally freed through G-d’s miraculous intervention. I have recently been reminded of how we Jews create these dramatic ritual experiences. In the past few weeks, I have been invited to be a consultant on two theatrical productions with Jewish contexts: Portland Center Stage’s production of The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez and Lincoln High School’s production of A Dybbuk adapted by Tony Kushner from an S. Ansky tale. For these productions, my role has been to help explain the Jewish settings and rituals. The Whipping Man takes place in a Jewish home in Richmond, VA just after the Civil War and features a Passover seder led by emancipated slaves. A Dybbuk takes place in a 19th century Polish shtetl and features demon possession and other Jewish superstitions. Working with these theatre companies – one professional, one high school – reminds me of the power of drama to explore themes and ideas which we might not normally confront. That is the Passover seder, the drama all Jews participate in creating. We are all actors – maybe reenactors – in our people’s “sacred drama.” This Passover, may your seder open to you new themes, ideas, and involvement. Portland Center Stage is offering a special discount on their production of The Whipping Man for all CBI members. The play takes place in a Jewish home in Richmond, Virginia, just after the end of the Civil War. There are many Jewish themes, including the meaning of Passover to newly emancipated slaves. Rabbi Cahana was invited to consult with the actors and director during the production. In return they have made this discount available. To obtain the discount, go to and type CAHANA in the promo box when purchasing tickets, or call the box office and use the same code. The ticket price will be reduced by $10.

March 2013


Developing CBI Developing CBI by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director This year’s TOT was all about passion, and I am truly always thankful for passionate people. Knowing that it takes a village, please join me in recognizing those individuals who feel passionately about CBI and used that passion to create a truly delicious and delightful Taste of Temple. Val Fishman, a relative newcomer to our congregation, led the way by coordinating and, in many cases, recruiting the incredible chefs who graciously participated. While every committee member wore a variety of hats, some of those helping her recruit this amazing array of talent were Mindy Becker and Greg Jones, Kelly Post-Lewis, Lorraine Rose, Sara Rosenbaum, and Michelle Tonkin. Special kudos go to Joey Fishman, who quickly agreed to oversee revenue opportunities. While he worked diligently, he also appreciated the importance of teamwork and enlisted others to help lead the way. Sabrina Stein proved to be auction coordinator extraordinaire, soliciting many and cataloging all of the incredible donations that became a part of our auction baskets. Sabrina worked with Jill Mitchell, Kathleen Doctor, and Robin McCoy to compile that impressive list of donors. House Parties were a huge focus of this year’s plan, as TOT wants our members to keeping meeting each other and connecting throughout the year. While Mel Birge recruited the generous hosts, he and Janet Morgan worked together “selling” the parties weeks in advance so that those who were unable to attend on February 10th could participate in the fun to follow. Some spaces are still available! To purchase, call Mel Birgé at (312) 835-0604 or e-mail him at Sandy Nemer got the ball rolling early by branding this year’s TOT look.

Robin Skarstad knows talent, and we thank her for engaging our jazz duo. Setting up is always a party in itself. Donna and Dennis McFall and Paula Reed joined other committee members to be sure every detail was handled. And of course our tireless staff kept everything on track from start to finish. Tracy Alifanz personalized registration; Vicki Greif kept everyone up to date as we processed the many guests; Jim Baldwin ensured that the registration process was quick and simple from start to finish; Jemi Mansfield organized childcare and many other details; and the multitalented Dara Docherty handled with amazing grace the inordinate number of pieces required to produce the intricate TOT puzzle. Craig Paton and Drew Christensen were readily available to assist with set-up and logistics, and Sydney Baer patiently answered questions – whether mundane or important – with attention to every detail. Cantor Cahana always knows the right notes to hit, Rabbi Cahana continually helps set the mood, Ben Sandler and Arthur Steinhorn ensure our sound, and Rabbi Joseph lends an endless amount of support and appreciation. There are many more to thank, including but not limited to the talented chefs, brewers and distillers. Please pay them back by supporting their restaurants and products. Their participation was entirely at their own expense. A special thanks also goes to Development Chair Linda Georges, who helped conceive, implement, and support the original Taste of Temple from the get-go. Everything is better with great leaders – people passionate, committed, and willing to be involved at every level – to make this kind of magic happen. From committee recruitment to soliciting sponsors, from enlisting those providing food and drink to auction donations, no task was too large or too small for our amazingly talented and passionate leaders. For Ali and Judah Garfinkle and Tiffany and David Goldwyn, it became a transformative experience. In their own words, they call it epic. It is an honor and a pleasure to engage with so much talent and passion. It is truly amazing how far passion can take you. That’s what’s developing at CBI.

Restaurants and Purveyors 23 Hoyt a Cena Alfresco Catering by Sheraton Boke Bowl Brix Tavern Caffè Umbria Century Catering Cha! Taqueria and Bar Clear Creek Distillery East India Co. Grill & Bar Eastside Distilling Gilda’s Italian Restaurant Hair of the Dog Brewing Company Higgins Restaurant and Bar HOTLIPS Pizza + Soda


House Spirits Distillery Irving Street Kitchen Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen Lovejoy Bakers Meriwether’s Restaurant Mi Mero Mole Posies Bakery & Cafe Rogue Ales & Spirits Ruby Jewel Ruchikala Screen Door Shiraz Grill Simpatica Smallwares St. Jack Verde Cocina

Sponsors Benefactor Michael Goldman and Jane Vereschagin Friend Garfinkle Orthodontics Morgan Birgé & Associates Rosenbaum Financial Deanne and Dick Rubinstein

Congregation Beth Israel

Bar Mitzvah

From our Executive Director Guy Henry McFeeters-Krone

Guy McFeeters-Krone will become Bar Mitzvah on March 9, 2013. He is the son of David and Amy McFeeters-Krone and the older brother of Abigail, Grant, and Rachel. Guy attends da Vinci Arts Middle School. The Ronald McDonald House is the focus of his Mitzvah Project. The Ronald McDonald House serves the families of children being treated at Portland-area hospitals. Any family who lives more than 60 miles from the hospital can stay. RMH provides a comfortable, private, homey setting plus meals and activities, all located close to the hospital so families can be near to each other. Guy and his family are preparing three monthly meals at Portland’s Ronald McDonald House East, which is located near The Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and the Kartini Clinic in North Portland and is able to accommodate 24 families per night.

L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Mazel Tov to Chloe Lewis on her first place finish in novice ice dancing at the 2013 US National Figure Skating Championships with partner Logan Bye. Sydney and Bill Baer on the birth of their first grandchild, Lyle Emmett Baer, who was born on January 31. Proud parents are their son Louis and daughter-in-law Geryl. Joseph and Rochelle Stilwell on the marriage of their daughter, Lauren Stilwell, to David Elkanich, son of George and Linda Elkanich. The wedding was held on February 17 in the Temple and officiated by Rabbi and Cantor Cahana.

Don’t call me Bubbe! By Sydney A. Baer Executive Director It is with the greatest of joy that we share the news of the birth of our first grandchild. Our grandson, Lyle Emmett Baer, was born January 31st to our son Louis and his wife Geryl Baer. They live just outside of Washington, DC. We were able to fly back to meet our grandson and share the celebration of his Bris and his naming. His Hebrew name is Levi Matan, and the first letters of both names honor both sets of grandmothers. We are thrilled to join this most special club and will try not to be too obnoxious! I have taken a survey and researched on the internet, but I’m still working on my “grandma” name. It was hard to say l’hitraot, but we know that we will return again soon. And thank goodness for technology – we can “FaceTime” and more to watch our precious Lyle grow in between visits. As we are putting this issue together, many of us are already thinking about Pesach: the delicious and special foods, celebrating with families, and fun traditions. I am including a favorite family Passover dessert which belonged to my aunt that I have been making for years, have shared with many, and which always gets rave reviews. Enjoy! And please don’t hesitate to ask to see my latest photographs. Did I mention we are very smitten with this new bundle of love?

Condolences to Adair Savage on the death of her husband and Sara Ward on the death of her father, Jeffrey Ward, who passed away on January 12. Leo Arfer and family on the death of his wife, Kathy Fisher, who passed away on January 18. Dennis and Donna McFall and family on the death of his father, Lloyd McFall, who passed away on January 20. Megan Brown on the death of her mother, Carol Williams, who passed away on January 23. Evelyn Georges on the death of her daughter, Linda Georges on the death of her cousin, and Shirley Gittelsohn and Susan Marcus on the death of their niece, Emily Gottfried, who passed away on January 27. Howard and Jen Feldman on the death of his father, Nathan Feldman, who passed away on February 3 in Cleveland, OH. Jennifer and Ken Zeidman and family on the death of her grandmother, Pauline Lecker, who died on February 9. Margo Goldman Sercu on the death of her husband, Marcia Colton on the death of her brother-in-law, and Risa Colton-Feldman and Louis Feldman and family on the death of her uncle, Joseph Francis Sercu, on February 10.

Tanta Aggie’s Almond Cake Yields 8 servings INGREDIENTS 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1-8 oz. can almond paste (I like the Solo brand) 3/4 cup granulated sugar ½ cup unsalted butter (softened) ¼ c. matzo meal/flour (can be made with ¼ c. flour at other times of the year) DIRECTIONS Grease & flour with matzo meal an 8” round cake pan. In the large mixing bowl, beat 1 egg, almond paste & sugar. Beat in the remaining eggs. Add the butter and beat until creamed. Stir in the matzo meal until blended. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 – 50 minutes This cake can be drizzled with raspberry sauce. I often garnish the plate with fresh raspberries & mint – very pretty!

March 2013


Upcoming Events Adult Education Presents: My Heart Lies in the East: Israel as a State of Mind Sunday, March 10, 10:00 AM Pollin Chapel Speaker: Dr. Deborah Green

Our thanks to those of you who participated in our first annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Special thanks go to Andy, Solomon, and Benjamin Olshin for conceiving and executing our Soup Sac Program, and to Rabbi Joseph and Joanie Rosenbaum, the other members of our planning task force. We also thank Rabbi Cahana for creating this Day of Service for the congregation and Sydney Baer for her invaluable help and guidance.

Israel is a state of mind, as well as a geographic location, a people, and a political entity. Jews in the diaspora maintain an emotional and spiritual connection to Israel and to the idea of Israel. Explore the nature and sources of this connection in a discussion with Dr. Deborah A. Green, Program Director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, and professor of Hebrew language and literature, at the University of Oregon.

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We greatly appreciate the participation of our congregants and friends in this experiment, which we all agree was a terrific project. We hope to continue Soup Sac days on a regular basis. We are heartened by the commitment of our congregants and friends to try to improve the condition of those less fortunate.

Prospects for Peace, Obstacles to Peace: A Neighborhood Conversation Sunday, March 17, 10:00 AM Pollin Chapel Speakers: Rabbis Michael Cahana, Daniel Isaak, and Arthur Zuckerman

Good Deeds Day is on March 10th

Following January’s elections in Israel, this event will be an opportunity for a community discussion on a changing Middle East. We will hear from three rabbis with their perspectives on the prospects for peace.

CBI Book Group Sunday, March 3, 9:00 AM Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room Please join our book group on the first Sunday of each month for a morning of pleasant literary discussion. The selections for the next three months are listed below. There is no need to sign up. March 3 My Russian Grandmother and her American Vacuum Cleaner (A Family Memoir) by Meir Shalev

April 7 Saving Israel (How the Jewish People Can Win A War that May Never End) by Daniel Gordis

May 5 A Difficult Woman (The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman) by Alice Kessler-Harris


Join the Portland community in doing a good deed on Sunday, March 10th. It will be a great day to volunteer with family and friends throughout the Jewish community. You’ll find service project options and be able to register at: The Soup Sac program will be CBI’s service project and you can bring soup or cookies, make sandwiches, pack sacs, and/or make deliveries to those in need of a substantial meal. This is a terrific family event, and we hope you will join us on the 10th.

Mark your Calendars for CBI Mitzvah Day - May 5th We will be celebrating our annual Mitzvah Day with both old and new service projects. Please send your ideas for projects to sac@ It will be a very special day for our CBI family, with projects and activities for all ages. Please plan on joining us.

Are you a daughter/son or grandchild of a Holocaust survivor? If so, please come to an informational meeting about how we can help reach the thousands of school children who have been so impacted by hearing the stories of Holocaust survivors. Sadly, our local Holocaust survivors will not be able to continue their instrumental role in telling the stories of their lives. It is our mission as children and grandchildren of survivors to help fill their eventual voids. The goal of this meeting is to explain the need and how you can assist in meeting the need of the many requests for speakers received by the OHRC. We need you, as you carry the legacy of a second generation survivor! If you are interested in attending this informational meeting, please RSVP to the OHRC at (503) 245-2733. Contact Elaine Bacharach Coughlin with questions at Sunday, March 10, 4:00-5:30 PM OHRC Office: 1953 NW Kearney Street, 97209

Congregation Beth Israel

WRJ/BI Sisterhood

Membership Committee of Dan Heims and Lynne Bartenstein. In addition, our sisterhood bakers will have some of their home baked goodies for sale! All plant orders of $50 or more will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a beautiful container of flowers. You can pick up an order form at the Sisterhood Gift Shop or at the Temple office.

Child Trafficking in Portland

Toda Raba!

Sunday, March 3, 10:00 AM Goodman Hall

Thank you for helping us to celebrate Sisterhood Shabbat and the centennial of Women of Reform Judaism.

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood presents a forum on “Child Trafficking in Portland.” Guest speakers will include U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Deputy Keith Bickford of OATH (Oregonians Against Human Trafficking), and others involved in this battle. Think that trafficking only happens somewhere else? Think again. According to OATH, “A common misconception about human trafficking is that it only happens abroad. In reality, it is happening here, in the United States and in Oregon.”

We are grateful to Rachel Halupowski for organizing the February 1st Sisterhood Shabbat service and to all those who participated in the service. Thanks also to those who baked sweets and/or supplied wine, as well as the ladies who created the centerpieces for the special dinner honoring Eve Rosenfeld as our “Centennial Unsung Heroine.”

Those “walking the track” on Portland’s 82nd Avenue are often children exploited in their hometown. Join us, learn with us, and advocate with us to push for maximum punishment for traffickers and rehabilitation centers for victims. This program is free of charge and open to the entire community.

Fill Your Garden with “Treasures in Bloom” Pre-order Deadline: Sunday, March 31

The historical display was created by Kate Royston with help from Rose Rustin, Sharon Tarlow, Shoshanna Lansberg, Diane Lowensohn, and the Oregon Jewish Museum.

Pick-up and Onsite Plant and Bake Sales: Sunday, April 28, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM It’s time to get your order in for the Treasures in Bloom plant sale! The proceeds from this annual sale benefit our religious school. On Sunday, April 28, you can pick up the plants you have ordered and also purchase some very special plants from Terra Nova Nurseries, courtesy

And of course, a very special toda raba to our wonderful clergy and CBI staff. Look for more events as we continue to celebrate this wonderful 100th birthday.

Membership Committee MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 5th! Join us on the first Shabbat after Passover ends for a

POST-PESACH PIZZA PARTY! Enjoy Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:00 pm in Pollin Chapel and experience the luxury of pizza waiting for you right after in Goodman Hall! @@ A casual low-key way to end Passover! @@ A  great time to catch up with your CBI friends – why not reserve a table & compare Seder stories? @@ BYOB! (cups provided)

Cost of Dinner is $10.00 per adult and $5.00 per child 13 yrs and younger (children under 3 yrs are free) OR $25.00 per family of four or more. RSVP to Tracy in the office at (503) 222-1069. Make checks payable to Temple Beth Israel or pay over the phone with Visa or Mastercard. Please contact Membership Committee co-chairs: Elizabeth Domagalski ( or Michelle Gradow (smgradow@comcast. net) with any questions.

March 2013


Very Thoughtful People Allison B. Cohen Religious School In Memory of Allison Cohen Tom Atwood and Dorothy Fisher Atwood Mary Kane Bob and Patty Chestler General Contribution Given By Kenneth Kwartler and Michelle Lentzner

Adult Education Fund

In Memory of Philip Kurland Alan and Janet Zell Beryl Janssen Eugene Janssen & Don, Marta, and Henry Furman

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat In Memory of Allan Weinstein Sue and Joel Krane Rena Caplan Ardis and Sandy Kowitt Arthur Rosenfeld David Rosenfeld Elise Rosenfeld Clarence Blomgren Constance Blomgren Harold J. Miller Alan and Lana Miller Anita J. Gevurtz John and Myra Gevurtz Charles Robinson Steve and Leslie Robinson Marian M. Abrams The Abrams Children

Amy R. Goldsmith Library In Memory of Harold Mink Jeannette Rubenstein Sue and Jay Albert

Cemetery Beautification In Memory of Gilbert Schnitzer Steven Solomon Harold Mink Mr. and Mrs. Robert Philip Maurice Goldberg Ilene Goldberg & Family Milton G. Druck Betty Druck & Jackie Druck Winfield Bondy Joyce and Stan Loeb

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Irving Ovitz Judith K. Feinstein & Family Harold Mink Sally and Debbie Mink Morris J. Galen Lou Mark Sally and Debbie Mink Emily Gottfried Morris J. Galen


In Honor of Pauline Lecker Marc and Sandi Scholnick Jen, Ken, and Ruthie Zeidman In Appreciation Nancy Green

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of William Brenner Gus Steinberg Steven Solomon Wendy and Bob Steinberg Beverly Steinhorn Arthur & Benjamin Steinhorn In Appreciation Bob and Lore Labby Nancy Green

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary In Memory of Kathy Fisher Carol Berkley and Jeffrey Bodie Melvin Lertzman Alan and Lynn Lertzman

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Kathy Fisher Carol Berkley and Jeffrey Bodie Korpel Rosenbaum Roger L. Baron Ted H. Blank Theodore R. Blank Sandra Blank

General Administrative

In Memory of Harry Karansky Sivia Kaye Lou Mark Jeff and Sherri Weinstein Harry Sugarman Gabe Sugarman Jeffrey Ward Marilyn Savage & Family L. A. Grabarek Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Mellman Mia Hall Savage Harold Mink Lee Cohen Jack and Lea Hecht Max Lehmann Sadie Gittelsohn Ernie Bonyhadi and Shirley Gittelsohn Herb Black Jack and Lea Hecht David Rosenfeld Murry M. Overbeck Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Edna Machacek Betty Raskin Bernard Kaye Sivia Kaye Gus Steinberg Lance and Mary Steinberg Marie Schnitzer Sylvia Nemer Davidson Norman Stamm Phillip Margolin Tina Larsen Joel and Sandra Seres

Ralph Driesen Dr. Jacob L. Driesen Melvin Berman Richard Berman Max Delman Emma Ferrera Leonora Pinsky Susan Gerson Isaac Sherman Alan and Pearl Shapiro Theodore R. Blank Barbara Gardner & Jeanne Rittmaster Dr. Leonard Rose Dr. Beatrice Rose


In Memory of Hal Mink Morton Nemer Diane Nemer Patricia Layton Nemer Samuel Russell Pearl Russell Rick and Marilyn Gilbert In Honor of Stan Geffen (Birthday) Patricia Layton Nemer

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Jeffrey Ward Margaret Hasson Burton H. Berman Muriel Berman Jacqueline Ray Spivak Alysmae Nudelman Victor Nudelman Ruth Semler Minnie Spivak Abe Spivak Henry Spivak James Spivak Howard Fenton Scott and Caroline Fenton Tillie Caplan Barry and Barbara Caplan Beverly J. Miller Diana Lynne Miller Cornell In Honor of Dr. Larry Semler (Recovery) Margaret Hasson Stan Geffen (Birthday) Mr. and Mrs. Robert Philip Eve Rosenfeld Gerel Blauer

Social Action (General)

In Memory of Sol Scheffer Stephen Press Claire I. Cantor Rose Solomon Harris Willer Dick Solomon Anita Reinhorn Lou Mark Hal Mink Gerel Blauer Hyman Isenberg Ben and Janice Isenberg Laura Yankowitz Robert Sonnes Roscoe C. Nelson, Sr. The Family of Roscoe C. Nelson, Sr.

Congregation Beth Israel

Shirli Haimowitz Kohn Mel, Miriam, and Ari Kohn Manuel Schnitzer Kathleen Lewis Herman Miller Gladys Miller Gerry and Morrie Jackson Judy Lowensohn Robert Lowensohn Richard and Diane Lowensohn Keith Webster Dodie Harrison Marvin Rosenberg Sondra Rosenberg Nathan Feldman Jim and Ilene Davidson In Honor of Paul Romain (Recovery) Evelyn and Jerry Leshgold Lyle Emmett Baer (Birth) Jim and Ilene Davidson General Contribution Given By Eve Rosenfeld


In Memory of Anita Reinhorn Jeanne and Herb Newmark Beverly and Marty Zell, Jeff Zell, Lynda Zell, & Dave and Cathy Zell-Zerba Davia Rubenstein Stuart and Leah Durkheimer Mark Dohrmann and Julie Durkheimer Dick Brownstein Mark Sacks Harold Mink Ilaine Cohen Risa Colton-Feldman & Louis, Jacob, and Noah Feldman Beverly and Marty Zell, Lynda Zell, Jeff Zell, & Cathi and Dave Zerba Jeanne and Herb Newmark Lou Mark Steve and Elaine Kantor Stanley Lappen Joan A. Cahn A. L. Cahn Melanie and Will Dann Jeffrey Ward Pearl and Irv Trachtenberg Gertrude Joseph David H. Lomas Gertrude Joseph Jeannette Lewis Rubenstein George Bodner Hy Popick Linda and Larry Veltman Bert Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Melvin Goldberg Jan Goldberg Howard Fenton Gussie Maisel Pauline Berne Lee and Frank Berne Oscar Overback Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Jacqueline Ray Spivak Minnie Spivak Abe Spivak James Spivak

Very Thoughtful People Philip Caplan Tillie Caplan Bernie Caplan Marian Abrams Jeanne and Herb Newmark Howard Fenton Lynda Baker Sonja Cohn Barbara and Howard Cohn Seymour Utay Evelyn Laster George Kaden Pearl and Irv Trachtenberg Harry Rubenstein Ted and Davia Rubenstein Sam Kaufman Susy, Marci, and Katrina Hammel Louise Edelson Bunny Edelson Rose Spiegel James Durkheimer Stuart Durkheimer Eloise Spiegel Goldie Moises Deanne and Dick Rubinstein Louis Gold Harriet and Richard Maizels Rose Veltman Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman and Louis Feldman, and Jacob and Noah Feldman In Honor of Eve Rosenfeld (Recipient of BIS “Unsung Heroine” award) Paul and Alice Meyer Gertrude Joseph Pearl and Irv Trachtenberg Lynn Tobias Davia Rubenstein Mr. & Mrs. Todd Biernacki (New Bakery Business) Harriet Schatz General Contribution Given By Harriet Schatz

I Have A Dream

In Honor of Stan Geffen (Birthday) Dr. William and Beverly Galen

In Memory of Samuel Glickman Harry Glickman Jacqueline Ray Spivak Henry Spivak James Spivak Max Kaffesieder Bernie Caplan Fay Blank Owen and Lynn Blank Mara Forsythe-Crane Linda Ostomel Emily Georges Gottfried Joyce and Stan Loeb Lloyd G. Miller Diana Lynne Miller Cornell

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Anita Reinhorn Delores and Ken Kimmel Leah and Stuart Durkheimer Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen Jack Rosen Neal and Lisa Rosen Max Berenson Shirley Mark In Honor of Stuart Director (Birthday) Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen

Temple Improvement In Memory of Arthur S. Rosenfeld Eve and Alan Rosenfeld

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship In Memory of Louis Mark Hal Mink Zelda Director Zeidman Estelle Sholkoff Richard Dobrow, Rachel Dobrow Stone, and Shoshana Dobrow

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship In Memory of Harold Mink Dr. William and Beverly Galen Lou Mark Barbara Zeidman and Robb Weinstein Murray Horenblas Lindsey Horenblas

Simon & Helen Director Endowment

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

Temple Endowment In Memory of Anne Goldman Rich and Sue Garber

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life In Memory of Anita Reinhorn Barbara Zeidman and Robb Weinstein

Jack Rogel Gary and Sandra Etlinger Celia Raven Naomi Schneider Fred J. Baron Roger L. Baron In Honor of Eve Rosenfeld (Sisterhood honor) Linda Ostomel

Prayer Book

In Memory of John May Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen Alan Green Susy, Marci, and Katrina Hammel

Service to the Blind

In Memory of Hal Mink Arline Hasman Sam Hasman Arline Hasman Bob Rowe and Nannette HasmanRowe

Sisterhood Programming, Leadership & Enrichment

In Memory of Mara Forsythe-Crane Karla Forsythe and Jim Crane In Honor of Eve Rosenfeld (Recipient of BIS “Unsung Heroine” award) Lee and Marsha Miller Stan and Joyce Loeb Lana and Alan Miller

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

Finance Director Jim Baldwin, CPA

Education Director Ben Sandler, M. Ed. Early Childhood Education Director Deborah Kaplan Education Administrator Mor Kenane

Accounting Assistant Vicki Greif Project Coordinator Dara Docherty Office Administrator Tracy Alifanz

Member Services Executive Director Sydney A. Baer

Facilities Manager Craig Paton

Development Director Jen Feldman

Facilities Staff Andy Coles Drew Christensen

Congregational Affairs Director Jemi Kostiner Mansfield

March 2013

Catering Panel Alfresco Catering by Sheraton 503-335-2858 Shellie Postlewait Art of Catering 503-231-8185 Larry Grimes Food in Bloom 503-223-6819 Catherine Hernandez Century Catering 503-849-2605 Allen Levin Devil’s Food Catering 503-233-9288 Charles Stilwell Culinary Artistry 503-232-4675 Jenn Louis


In Remembrance March 1 & 2 Lillian Aarons Frank Anker Eugene Arron Rabbi Henry J. Berkowitz Theodore R. Blank Clarence Albert Blomgren Constance Blomgren William Brenner Fran Browning Cari Spiegel Cherlee Myrtle Donaldson Jessie Douglas Ralph Driesen Jacob Foster Carol Gaiser Samuel Glickman Shirley J. Gold Maurice Goldberg Albert Goldwasser Edgar Goodman Simon Gordon Eva Gross Sheila Haikins Minna Hochfeld Sue Kahana Isabella A. Kaufman Annie Klonsky Marie Lamfrom William Leveton Oscar Olman Murry M. Overbeck Louis Pannaman Aaron Popick Celia Raven Jack Rogel Patricia Rosen Samuel Rosen David Rosenfeld Pearl Russell Samuel Russell Norman Stamm Jennie Tanne Anna Tenenbaum Harold Unkeles Seymour Utay Morris David Weil Laura Yankowitz Zelda Director Zeidman March 8 & 9 Marian Abrams Edward I. Aiken Fred J. Baron Clara Bergman Hermine Bettman Theodore H. Blank Emma Selling Bloch Benjamin Blumauer Rena B. Caplan Emma Gottlieb Cohn Lois Mateel Colegrove Howard Fenton Ray Feves Marvin Fine Rosalie Gilbert Melvin Goldberg Rose Gross Richard A. Hildreth Marion Hoeflich Rachel Hoffman


Jerome L. Holzman Murray Horenblas Velma Horenstein Hyman Isenberg David S. Jackson Beryl Janssen Madge Johnson Ruben Kailes Sylvia Kipnis Blanche Klein Morris Klein Bessie Krass Ethel Lachman Melvin Layton Dorothy J. Lesman Sadie Mark Sophie Markewitz Edgar J. Mayer Harold J. Miller Eleanore Moses Morton Nemer Ruth Nepom Larry Pike Eda Poplack Evelyn Rifkin Jerry Rosenberg Florence Ruderman Pearl Russell Sylvia Sarasohn Ralph D. Schlesinger Melvin Shevach Estelle Sholkoff Morris Silver Rose Solomon Adolph B. Steinbach Gus Steinberg Donald Sullivan Harry Vidgoff John Warner Bertha A. Wise Carol Kendall Wolf Adolphe Wolff

Dorothy Lachman Tina Larsen Max Lehmann Melvin Lertzman Herman Lipkin Lloyd G. Miller Sylvia Nelson Wilma Jane Perlman Hyman Popick Frank Rigler Jack P. Rosen Mary Rosenberg Alexander L. Rosenblum Victor Rosenblum Harry Rubenstein Sonya Seidman Dora Shemanski Marion Liff Shifrin Nathan Shlim Norman Shulevitz Ruth J. Spear Laura Steinberg Bruce Thompson Matilda Wald Sol S. Weiner Jeanette Weinstein William Wolfstein Hilda Zeidman Emery Zidell

March 15 & 16 Tomomi Ando Max Berenson Fay Blank Winfield Scott Bondy Lee F. Bonime Jay Carver Thelma N. Cohn Etta G. Constantine Max Delman H. Benjamin Dobrow Marvin Epstein Nancee Lee Singer Erickson Fannie M. Frank Adrienne S. Fulop Sadie Gittelsohn Louis Gold Dr. Tole N. Greenstein Samuel Hasman Cathy Horton Rose Jacobs Belle Joseph George Kaden Samuel Kaufman George Kirshner Shirli Haimowitz Kohn Albert Kovsky Alfred Kullman

March 22 & 23 Nina Avakyan Hannah Baruh Burton H. Berman A. L. Cahn Claire Solomon Cantor Sanford Clement Gordon De Leon Sanford Director James Durkheimer Andrew Epstein Esther Flaxman Anita J. Gevurtz Isaac Gevurtz Ethel Gilbert Anne Goldman Sara Gordon Bella Kaplan William J. Karasik Jack Kennedy Miriam Labovitz Hilda Lenske Harry Lewis Edna Machacek Gussie Maisel Steven Menashe Herman I. Miller Diane Nemer Anthony Netboy Bert Neuberger Lori Nudelman Leonora Pinsky Mary Robinson Leonard Rose Korpel Rosenbaum Arthur S. Rosenfeld Marie Schnitzer Joe Schwartz Ethel Seltzer Isaac Sherman David Silverman

Congregation Beth Israel

Beverly Steinhorn Edith Tauber Lawrence Urbach March 29 & 30 Pauline Fay Aftergut Melvin Anchell Abraham Bergstein Melvin Berman Pauline Berne Lee Braun Tillie Caplan Sonja Cohn Ross B. Cone Milton G. Druck Louise Edelson Lottie Eisenhardt Philip B. Feldman Cyril Freedman Flora Freidenrich Cecilie Gevurtz Annette Goldschmidt Gerson Goldsmith Mark Goldstein Earl Heims Max Kaffesieder Tzipora Kahana Sylvia Kantor Harvey Karlin Stuart D. Karlin Fanny Kipnis Marge Kravitz William Nathan Lewis Gloria Londer Judy Lowensohn Beverly Jeanne Miller Gladys Miller Natalie Lauterstein Miller Goldie Moises Roscoe C. Nelson, Sr. Hattie Nudelman Oscar Overback Hugh M. Patinkin Joseph Platman Lillian Raban Meyer Rifkin Charles Robinson Fay Ruby Sol Scheffer Marvin Schwartz Charles A. Silverman Rose Spiegel Jacqueline R. Spivak Philip Steinbock Benjamin M. Sussman Isaac N. Trachtenberg Keith Webster Harris Willer

March 2013 SUNDAY

Adar-Nisan 5773 MONDAY




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4  Adar 22

5  Adar 23


1  Adar 19

2  Adar 20

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC 3  Adar 21


JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Tot Shabbat Service 9:30 AM PC Shabbat Service 10:30 AM PC

6  Adar 24

7  Adar 25

8  Adar 26

9  Adar 27

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

Beginning Hebrew 4:00 PM Rm. 16

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

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

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC


Shir Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library

Membership Committee 5:00 PM SBR

Conversion blessing for Mary Scalone

Shabbat Service: Bar Mitzvah of Guy McFeeters-Krone 10:30 AM Temple

Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

13  Nisan 2

14  Nisan 3

WRJ/BIS Critical Issues: Anti-Child Trafficking 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PC

10  Adar 28

11  Adar 29

12  Nisan 1

Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM Adult Ed: My Heart Lies in the East [Israel as a State of Mind] 10:00 AM PC

15  Nisan 4

16  Nisan 5

Education & Youth Committee Adult Education Committee 11:45 AM SBR 8:30 AM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC

Beginning Hebrew 4:00 PM Rm. 16

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Service 10:30 AM PC

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library


Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

Executive Committee 5:00 PM SBR

6th Grade Shabbatini #2 & B’nei Mitzvah Palooza 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM PC & GH

Social Action Committee 7:00 PM SBR

17  Nisan 6

18  Nisan 7

19  Nisan 8

20  Nisan 9

21  Nisan 10

22  Nisan 11

23  Nisan 12

Cantor Schiff Challah Baking 9:00 AM SFC Kitchen

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC

Beginning Hebrew 4:00 PM Rm. 16

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

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

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library


Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Meditation Shabbat Service 10:30 AM PC

Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

27  Nisan 16

28  Nisan 17

29  Nisan 18

30  Nisan 19 Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

2nd Grade Family Program: Pesach 10:00 AM BA Adult Ed: 3 Rabbis Speak 10:00 AM PC ECE Pesach Celebration 10:30 AM Preschool

24  Nisan 13

25  Nisan 14

26  Nisan 15

Spring Break: No classes

Pesach begins: 1st Seder

Pesach: Temple Offices Closed Spring Break: No classes

Spring Break: No classes

Spring Break: No classes

Spring Break: No classes

Spring Break: No classes

Special Needs Seder 5:30 PM GH

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Meditation Group 7:00 PM PC

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Pesach Festival Service 10:30 AM PC

31  Nisan 20

1  Nisan 21

Spring Break: No classes

Yizkor Pesach: Temple Offices Closed

JND Pesach Brunch 12:00 PM Cahana Home

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

Shabbat Service 10:30 AM PC

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

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

Congregation Beth Israel


Congregation Beth Israel

Congregation Beth Israel Bulletin (USPS 0128-660) 1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, Oregon 97209-2097 Periodicals Postage Paid at Portland, Oregon Published Monthly except Bi-Monthly in July/August by Congregation Beth Israel POSTMASTER: Send address changes to CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL 1972 NW Flanders St. Portland, Oregon 97209-2097

1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209-2097

Board of Trustees 2012/2013 Officers


Stuart Chestler President

Deborah Caldwell Elizabeth Domagalski Eric Friedenwald-Fishman Ali Garfinkle Hon. Susan Graber Ted Nelson Miles Newmark

Ned Duhnkrack VP-President Elect/ Secretary Ilene Davidson Vice President Linda Georges Vice President Brad Tonkin Vice President John Epstein Treasurer


Warren Rosenfeld Jill Rubinstein Ron Silver Richard Solomon Arthur Steinhorn Jeffrey Wolfstone

In keeping with federal rules governing judicial ethics, Judge Graber does not engage in any fund-raising activities and does not participate in any discussion of, or decision on, any political issue, including a decision of the Board whether to take a position for or against any ballot measure.

Auxiliaries Linda Harrison-Fintzy - WRJ/BI Sisterhood President Scott Schaffer - Brotherhood President

Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1879


Congregation Beth Israel

March 2013 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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

March 2013 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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