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Bulletin May 2013 Iyar-Sivan 5773 Vol. 62, No. 8

The 155th Annual Meeting

Friday, May 17, 6:00 PM Goodman Hall, Schnitzer Family Center

Established 1858

MITZVAH DAY 2013 IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN IN THE ADVENTURE Sunday, May 5, 8:45 AM Blumauer Auditorium Everyone is invited to join us for Mitzvah Day! There are so many ways to make a difference, from donating blood to delivering soup and everything in-between. We are demonstrating how we as a congregation can do acts of kindness and make a positive difference in the world. If you haven’t yet signed up, please go to, check out the numerous opportunities, and sign up. We will be gathering for breakfast at 8:45 AM, followed by a rousing social justice-themed song session and kick-off event. We will then be off to enjoy being with each other and those we are helping to repair the world.

More Social Action Opportunities As part of our SoupSac program, Rebecca Mischel and Solomon Olshin have graciously volunteered to produce a Recipe Book to raise funds to keep our SoupSac program thriving. They would love to include photographs of prior and future SoupSac events and recipes for all the wonderful soups and sweets so many of you have donated. Please send your photographs and recipes to and Be sure to take pictures when you participate on Mitzvah Day! Please join us at our next Social Action Committee meeting on May 9 at 7:00PM in the Semler Board Room. We will be reviewing our programs and planning for next year, and your input is critical.

You will have the opportunity to donate blood to the Red Cross and participate in Gift of Life, a national public bone marrow registry helping children and adults find donors for bone marrow transplants. We are also asking you to bring food donations for Sunshine Pantry and donations of clean, usable furniture and basic household items for the Community Warehouse.

2013 Oseran Family Lecture:

have taken stands on socially responsible issues relevant to Reform Judaism. As many in our congregation can attest, our clergy have never shied away from advocating for social justice, no matter their level of provocation.


Sunday, May 5, 5:00 PM Main Sanctuary CBI is pleased to welcome E. J. Dionne, Jr. as the 2013 Oseran Family Lecturer. E. J. Dionne will be speaking about personal faith and public policy. The Oserans chose Mr. Dionne after reading his book Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right, about the intersection of religion and political life. This has been a challenging and often-debated issue beginning with our Founding Fathers, as they too wrestled with the importance of the separation of church and state. Mr. Dionne is a long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, writing twice a week on national politics and public policy. He is a professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at The Bookings Institute. Mr. Dionne is a frequent commentator on NPR, ABC’s “This Week,” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” In speaking with Nancy Oseran, E. J. Dionne will provide the opportunity to bring our congregation and community together to learn and discuss relevant, Jewish, and socially responsible topics. Nancy, Henry, and their family have always taken great pride in the fact that our clergy have always had the freedom of the pulpit, and they

The Oseran Family Fund was established in 2008 to provide annual lectures with a socially responsible Jewish theme. Past lecturers have included U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, and author and national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg. The Oserans are longtime members of our congregation. Nancy began religious school at CBI when she was 5, making her, her children, and her grandchildren another of our fourgeneration families. We are most grateful to the Oseran family for gifting Photo courtesy of Images by Floom our congregation and community with these generous and thought-provoking lectures. They are passionate about social justice, honoring our past, and perpetuating CBI and Reform Judaism for future generations. This lecture is free and open to the community. We hope that you will invite your family and friends to join us for this enlightening opportunity.

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