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The 156th Annual Meeting

Friday, May 16, 2014 • 6:00 PM Goodman Hall, Schnitzer Family Center

Bulletin May 2014 Iyyar-Sivan 5774 Vol. 63, No. 8 Established 1858

The Clergy, Officers, and Board of Trustees of Congregation Beth Israel Cordially invite you to attend the 156th Annual Meeting Friday, May 16, 2014 We will gather, as did our ancestors, to elect new trustees, have a few short speeches, and listen to a performance by our Kol Echad Choir, under the direction of Cantor Cahana. We will announce our Rabbi Rose Tikkun Olam winner, recognizing a very dedicated volunteer committed to making the world a better place.

• For election to a new two-year term on the Board of Trustees 2014-2016: Stacy Friedman, Robin McCoy, Yale Popowich, Robert Rosenbaum, and David Sarasohn. • For re-election to a two-year term on the Board of Trustees 2014-2016: Ali Garfinkle, Ted Nelson, and Arthur Steinhorn.

Also, we will honor our retiring trustees: Deborah Caldwell, Linda Georges, Ron Silver, and current CBI President Stuart Chestler.

• To continue serving on the Board of Trustees, whose terms are not expired: Jonathan Barg, Ilene Davidson, Ned Duhnkrack, John Epstein, Eric Friedenwald-Fishman, Sharon Meieran, Joanne Van Ness Menashe, Mark Peterman, Marney Pike, and Brad Tonkin.

The congregation will have the opportunity to elect the following nominees to the Board of Trustees for the 2014-2016 two-year term. The Nominating Committee (consisting of Deborah Caldwell (chair), Elizabeth Domagalski, Ned Duhnkrack, Judah Garfinkle, Rhonda Kennedy, Sharon Meieran, Ted Nelson, Mark New, and Jill Rubinstein) nominated the following:

Join us in celebration, song, and good wishes as we honor our past 156 years as a kehilah kedosha (sacred community) and continue to build for our future. L’Dor V’Dor

B’not Mitzvah

Adult Education

Hannah Mary Fisher

Shaena Ruth Snell

Hannah Fisher will become Bat Mitzvah on May 3, 2014. She is the daughter of Adam and Barbra Fisher and the older sister of Abigail and Theodor. Hannah attends the Catlin Gabel School and is working with the Maurice B. Shwayder Camp of Temple Emanuel for her Mitzvah Project. Schwayder is a Jewish summer camp in the Rocky Mountains for youth entering 2nd-10th grades. This summer will be Hannah’s 6th spent there. Shwayder Camp has been a highlight of her life and the best two weeks of each summer for her. She would like to give the opportunity of camp to kids who otherwise could not afford to go to camp. In lieu of Bat Mitzvah gifts, she has asked her guests to consider a donation to the Shwayder Camp Scholarship fund in honor of her Bat Mitzvah: donate/scholarship-fund/.

Ava Lynn Sandler Ava Sandler will become Bat Mitzvah on May 17, 2014. She is the daughter of Lolly Jamerson and Ben Sandler, CBI’s Education Director, older sister of Anita, and the granddaughter of Neil and Carol Sandler of Charlotte, NC. Ava is a 7th grader at da Vinci Arts Middle School. For her Mitzvah Project, Ava’s love of dance that she studies both in and outside of da Vinci, along with her desire to help others in need, has inspired her to want to volunteer with the “Aspire Project.” This dance and performing arts program provides opportunities for students who are genuinely interested in the arts and whose families do not have the necessary resources to enroll them in programs outside of school. Through classes, workshops, and summer camps, the Aspire Project strives to provide programs to underprivileged and disadvantaged youth. Ava will volunteer her time at one or more of their summer camps and workshops. To learn more about the Aspire Project, visit

Shaena Snell will become Bat Mitzvah on May 24, 2014. She is the daughter of Michelle and Joe Snell, older sister of Emma, and granddaughter of CBI members Nick and Sanny Snell. Shaena is a student at Cedar Park Middle School. Her Mitzvah Project was inspired by the book “A Long Walk to Water,” by Linda Sue Park, learning about the more than one billion people worldwide – one in eight – who struggle daily to find clean drinking water. Shaena has chosen to work with Portland Global Initiatives, which raises money and awareness to support water well construction in the developing world. She is recruiting team members to join her for this year’s Walk for Water, PGI’s annual fundraising event. Each team member will carry buckets of water three miles, symbolizing the trek about 3 million people take each day to fetch water. She will also be donating a portion of her Bat Mitzvah gifts to support PGI. To learn more or to donate, visit

Hannah Isabella Wilker Hannah Wilker will become Bat Mitzvah during the 5:00 PM Havdalah service on May 31, 2014. She is the daughter of Steven Wilker and Lainie Block Wilker and older sister of Callie. Hannah attends ACCESS Academy, an alternative learning program in the Portland School District that provides curriculum acceleration and enrichment options to meet the needs of highly gifted learners. For her Mitzvah Project Hannah is holding tech workshops to benefit Chick Tech, an organization that provides STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) opportunities for girls in STEM workplaces. Hannah is holding a series of three workshops for 4th grade girls to teach them web design, robotic programming, and engineering principles. All donations from the workshops go to Chick Tech. Hannah says she chose this project because of the lack of women in STEM jobs. She encourages you to learn more at

The Adult Education Committee of Congregation Beth Israel

invites you to a staged reading of A Bintel Brief Monday, May 5, 7:00 PM Pollin Chapel “When you hear all the letters, it really is one story.”

life events to being a couple with differing ideas about how to be Jewish. In other words, the whole range of how to live as a newcomer in a new land.

Max is correct. This is our collective history as we came to the “Goldeneh Medina” (Golden Land). Our history is stitched together through the individual struggles, sacrifices, and gains made by our families. While the letters were from Ashkenazic Jews in Yiddish, the issues were universal.

The column ran from 1906 to 1970. During the 1970s, Issac Metzger translated and edited the letters into a book with notes from Jewish writer and newspaper publisher Harry Golden.

- Max Friedenwald-Fishman

A Bintel Brief (Yiddish for a Bundle of Letters) was the name of the first advice column appearing in the Yiddish Forward in 1906. People wrote seeking advice from Editor Abraham Cahan. Immigrants wrote seeking help for issues ranging from labor to love problems, from severe poverty to how to remain ethical while succeeding in business, from retaining cultural ways of marking


Three of our very talented congregants, Maya Barbon, Max Friedenwald-Fishman, and Ron Silver – along with our stellar Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, who will provide Yiddish music – will be joined by some of Portland’s wonderful actors who you may have seen on stage, television, and film: Dave Bodin, Kayla Lian, Andy LeeHilstrom, and Michele Mariana. - Sherry Fishman

Congregation Beth Israel

Our Leadership Working Together

Hitting for the Cycle

by Stuart Chestler President, CBI Board of Trustees

By Sydney A. Baer, Executive Director One of my favorite baseball phrases is “hitting for the cycle.” And what a cycle it has been for CBI yet again, as we plan for our 156th Annual Meeting and the start of our 157th year. If our ancestors could see us now, I would like to believe they’d be kvelling. We have continued to build on their legacy and create new traditions along the way. Our out-of-the-ballpark successes this year include: Shabbats on the Plaza; religious school and preschool; Mitzvah Day and monthly Soup Sac projects; Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration with Representative John Lewis, our choirs, and the NW Community Gospel Choir; the third annual Taste of Temple and our Better Than Broadway fundraisers; Adult Education programming with the theme “Where We Came From”; and Potluck Shabbat Suppers.

Two years as President have flown by swiftly. It has been a pleasure to serve this amazing and vibrant Reform Jewish community in Portland. I have had the honor of working with an incredible group of leaders including our staff, our clergy, and our membership. Together we have achieved much: our membership is growing, Temple finances are healthy, and building maintenance continues making progress, ensuring a lasting legacy for our children and our children’s children. Our synagogue has continued to be a leader in justice and social action in the Portland community at large. It is a place for spiritual growth and emotional support for Jewish life whether one is Jewish by birth or choice or is simply supportive of a Jewish family member. And just as important as all of the above, Congregation Beth Israel is a warm, friendly, and fun place to be a part of. As I turn my office over to your new President, Ned Duhnkrack, I want to thank the Officers and the entire Board of Trustees for all their support and hard work over the past few years. It has been a privilege to grow and serve with each and every one of you. It is gratifying to know that the future of CBI is safe in the many capable hands of members, committee volunteers, committee chairpersons, officers, staff, and clergy. Shalom, Stuart Chestler

Mitzvah Day 365 Sunday, May 4, 8:30 AM Blumauer Auditorium

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP ~ EVERY DAY IS MITZVAH DAY! Please join us for our best ever Mitzvah Day - come for a very special pancake breakfast prepared by your own sisters and brothers from Brotherhood and Sisterhood and served by our Social Action Committee. Stay for a social action program with a special twist, during which we’ll honor retiring teacher Iris Avedovech and celebrate her 30-year career in Jewish Education. Then it’s off to your mitzvah project – there is sure to be one to interest you. You can end the day by joining our very special dinner being served at 3:00 in Blumauer Auditorium to our neighbors at NW Tower and Annex and our congregants.

There are so many people to thank for the leadership which enables us to do all that we do. I need to be brief and unfortunately don’t have space to list everyone this month! First, a hearty thank you to “team captain” Stuart Chestler for serving as CBI’s president for the past two years. He has led us through some fiscally challenging times. With his attention to detail and commitment to our core values, we have come out the other side in much better shape. Stuart has also been a major champion of leadership development and community engagement. We are grateful for Stuart’s dedication for the past six years and especially the last two as President. Sadly, we are saying l’hitraot to the following board members: Deb Caldwell, Linda Georges, and Ron Silver. Thank you all for your leadership and devotion to CBI. I look forward to working with incoming president Ned Duhnkrack and our nominees for the board: Stacy Friedman, Robin McCoy, Bob Rosenbaum, David Sarasohn, and Yale Popowich. I hope to see you all at Mitzvah Day on May 4th – thank you to Ilene Davidson for your leadership and commitment to making the world a better place. And just one more – thank you to Elizabeth Domagalski, Michelle Gradow, and the Membership Committee for starting our Shabbat Greeter program. We want to be a welcoming and inclusive community, and our members and guests are finding this new tradition to be meaningful, both as greeters and guests! And now onto our 157th year! B’Shalom, Sydney A. Baer

Please check the CBI website or go to for more information and to sign up. It’s a day not to be missed.

May 2014


Developing CBI What’s Your Message? by Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director The timeless story of Passover is filled with many messages that remain relevant each and every day. We are told we should tell the story to our children and our children’s children of how we were taken from bondage into freedom and how we should continually strive to be sure no one lives enslaved. While it is the children’s role to ask the Four Questions, it is the adults’ role to impress upon them the significance of the answers, for we fully understand what our children do not: the future of the Jewish people lies with them. For our people to continue our 3,000 year history and for our congregation to continue to grow and thrive for another 156 years, we must continue the chain of investing in the future just like

Joy Alkalay William and Sydney Baer Carole Barkley Monte and Frances Bettman Philip and Fay Blank Henry and Gerel Blauer George and Harriet Bodner Lynn Bonner Howard and Raquel Byer Lance and Deborah Caldwell Bernard Carr Daniel J. and Elizabeth O. Cohn Edward and Margery Cohn Marcia Colton Roger and Midge Cone Sylvia Davidson Susan Diamond Nettie Director Simon and Helen Director Ned Duhnkrack Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen Stuart and Leah Durkheimer Lester Eisendorf Judith Ann Epstein Marie Louise Feldenheimer Martin Fishel Thomas Georges III and Linda Georges Thomas and May Georges William and Shirley Gittlesohn Richard and Beth Glassman

Maurice and Ilene Goldberg Arthur and Martha Goldsmith Douglas and Lila Goodman Margaret Hasson Rachel Halupowski Craig Hartzman and James John Margaret Hasson Celia Heims Benjamin and Janice Isenberg Morris Klein Charles and Lois Koteen Henry Kunowski and Kerstin Schulz Robert and Sally Landauer Gerald and Evelyn Leshgold Kathleen Lewis Kenneth Lewis Joan Lindholm David and Beverly Lipman Lee Lowenson Rita Lubliner Arnold Maizels Richard and Harriet Maizels Milton and Lynn Marks Ruben and Elizabeth Menashe Robert and Robin Mesher Alan and Lana Miller Edith O. Miller Lloyd and Beverly Miller Ted Nelson and Curt Shaffstall Robert Neuberger

so many generous members did before us. One of the questions we should all be asked on this night and all other nights is, What have you done to make the world a better place? Can you answer, I gave from my heart to something that mattered to me? Each of our Legacy Circle donors has a different reason that motivated and motivates them to choose CBI as a beneficiary of their life’s work. We are fortunate that many of our members embraced the benefit that becoming a legacy donor brought to their lives and their memory. We continue to be honored by those who are now committing gifts through endowments, trusts, wills and estate plans. We proudly acknowledge those who have made Legacy Circle commitments since January 1, 2014: Joy Alkalay • Ned Duhnkrack • Margaret Hasson • Robert Neuberger • Robert and Rita Philip • Anita Reinhorn • Gayle Romain • Elaine Savinar • Jill Slansky • Ron Tonkin • Kenneth and Jennifer Zeidman These much appreciated members join a list of impressive and generous supporters who comprise our Legacy Circle:

John and Hulda Neustadter Kenneth and Debra Novack Jackie and Burton Nudelman Victor Nudelman Henry and Nancy Oseran Robert and Rita Philip Harold and Jane Pollin Gerald and Lois Poplack Laura Rackner and Brad Stanford Anita Reinhorn Philip and Dorothy Reiter Gayle Romain Millard and Carolyn Rosenblatt Alan and Eve Rosenfeld John and Marti Rosenthal Lawrence Rosenthal Lloyd B. Rosenfeld Franklin Rosumny Richard and Deanne Rubinstein Arnold and Rose Rustin Hal Ruthizer Ken and Loree Sakai Jeaneatta “Rusty” Sautter Norman and Elaine Savinar Ralph and Bernice Schlesinger Gilbert and Thelma Schnitzer Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

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

CBI Legacy Circle Congregation Beth Israel is proud to recognize every person/family who decides to create a Jewish legacy. A legacy gift includes any donation that lives on in perpetuity ensuring that CBI will be here to serve the generations to come. You can become a member of our Legacy Circle by creating an endowment during your lifetime or by including CBI in your will or estate plan. We honor those listed above who have notified CBI of their intention. If you should be included in this growing list or would like to discuss how to become a member of our Legacy Circle, please contact CBI Development Director Jen Feldman at (503)222-1069 or Congregation Beth Israel is a participant in the Life and Legacy Program which is a partnership of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.


Congregation Beth Israel


YOU’RE INVITED High School Graduation

Erev Shavuot & Confirmation

Wednesday, May 14 Temple

Tuesday, June 3 Temple

Share our joy on May 14 for our last Midrasha and High School graduation ceremony, followed by dinner in Goodman Hall.

Save the date for 10th grade Confirmation and our Erev Shavuot celebration.

Mazel Tov to Ben Sandler

on his acceptance to the prestigious Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion I am excited to share with the Congregation Beth Israel community that I have recently been accepted to the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. This program is ideally suited for professionals like me looking to expand their professional learning but who cannot enroll in HUC-JIR’s full-time programs due to employment and location. The Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education offers a course of study that utilizes the cohort-based approach of many executive M.B.A. programs and high-quality doctoral programs in Education. My course of study will include intensive onsite seminars at HUC-JIR campuses in Cincinnati, New York, Los Angeles, and Jerusalem, as well as participation in e-learning courses and a study in Israel. I know I will emerge from this innovative program with enhanced knowledge, honed pedagogical skills, and strengthened leadership capacity that will enhance my role as a Jewish educator and positively transform Jewish education at our Congregation! Ben

Welcome New and Returning Congregants! Adam Zivony and Ashley Blevins, who will be married in the Temple later this year, were drawn to Beth Israel via the Introduction to Judaism classes and High Holy Days and Shabbat services. They say, “Rabbi Cahana’s sermons and discussions were quite engaging and certainly inspired us to become more active in the Jewish community and eventually join CBI.” Adam grew up in Atlanta. Following his stints in August, GA for medical school and Charlottesville, VA for a residency in Internal Medicine, Adam spent a year in Northern Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation working as a physician in the Indian Health Service. He arrived in Portland in 2011 to start a Gastroenterology Fellowship at OHSU, which will be followed by one in Transplant Hepatology.

Though originally from Portland, Ashley spent her childhood overseas in Jakarta, Indonesia and Pusan, South Korea. She returned to Portland for high school, where she ran track and cross country, which she continued to do at Oregon State, where she graduated with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry. Later, she completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Oregon State and OHSU. Ashley is a clinical pharmacist at Kaiser. She’s in the process of converting to Judaism, a process which she started last summer with the Introduction to Judaism courses through the Oregon Board of Rabbis. Adam and Ashley are fans of Portland’s food and music scene and enjoy the region’s many outdoor activities with Alvin, their black Pomeranian. We are thrilled to celebrate the return of David and Meies Matz, as well as Brian and Alisa Bendis and their children Olivia (11), Sabrina (6), Tabatha (3), and London (1).

May 2014



L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Mazel Tov to Eric Friedenwald-Fishman and his company, Metropolitan Group, for being part of the “Best for the World List,” which recognizes the 92 companies with the greatest social impact as measured by scoring in the top 10% on the social impact assessment that measures environmental/workplace/ governance and community impact. This is an international honor, with the list including companies from 14 countries.

Mitzvah Day Sunday, May 4, 8:30 AM Blumauer Auditorium This year the Brotherhood will be serving up breakfast for Mitzvah Day participants. If you are a Brotherhood member with mad flapjack flipping skills, join us in the Blumauer kitchen between 7:15 and 7:30 AM. Following breakfast, join Team Brotherhood as we build bookshelves at Northwest Tower & Annex. Please bring books to donate, as the bookshelf-making kit doesn’t include books.

Meet Portland Commissioner Nick Fish Sunday, May 11, 9:30 AM Brotherhood Cafe Following a meet and greet at The Bro’heim Cafe, Nick will speak on his experiences in Portland politics. Nick serves as Commissioner-in-Charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services and as Council liaison to Elders in Action, Age-Friendly Cities, the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), and Venture Portland, which supports small businesses in our community. Previously, Nick served as Commissioner-in-Charge of the Portland Housing Bureau and Portland Parks and Recreation. In 2011, Portland Parks and Recreation won the National Gold Medal for the best managed parks system in the nation.

Pizza Party Sunday, May 18, 1:00 PM 2134 SE Elliott All the pizza and beer you can handle. Last year’s Brotherhood Pizza Party was the bomb-dot-com. This year we’re going viral. 100% of the profits go to CBI. $40 for brothers, $10 for kids six and up. Free for under six. Hosted by Mel Birgé, Dennis Epstein, Eric Flamm, Andrew Galler, Dan Heims, and Matt Rosenberg. Contact the CBI office to register.

Kate and Bill Royston on the marriage of their daughter, Sara, to Gilly McPhee, on March 27. Sara and Gilly were married in La Jolla, CA and live in Illinois. Sara recently completed the defense of her PhD in neuroscience and is a full time medical student at the University of Illinois, and Gilly manages a vet practice and trains horses and riders. Olivia Flamm (12), who won 1st place in her age division in the Oregon branch of Letters about Literature. The contest asks students to write letters to children’s authors about how their books have impacted their lives. Olivia’s letter to Sharon Creech will now be entered into the national contest. John and Marti Rosenthal on the engagement of their son Andrew to Jenny Fatalevich, daughter of Alec and Marjorie Fatalevich. Proud grandmothers of Andrew are Marge Cohn, CBI member, and Ann Rosenthal of Ithaca, New York. Both Andrew and Jenny live in San Francisco. Gordon and Meryl Haber on the birth of their granddaughter and Rosemarie Rosenfeld the birth of her great-granddaughter, Fritz Melegale Haber, on March 16. Proud parents are Josef and Kate Haber. May she grow in health and wisdom and be a source of strength to their family and all humankind.

Condolences to Jordan Laub and family on the death of his mother, Myra Kotel Laub, on March 6.

CBI Book Group Sunday, May 4, 9:00 AM Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room Please join our book group for a morning of pleasant literary discussion. There is no need to sign up. This will be the last meeting until the fall, so keep an eye out for information about summer reading and fall dates. May’s selection is There Are Jews in My House by Lara Vapnyar.


Steven Wilker, a partner at Tonkon Torp LLP, who was honored to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court this March to argue a political viewpoint discrimination case on behalf of the ACLU of Oregon. Wilker is actively engaged in the community with the Lawyers Committee for the ACLU of Oregon and Vice Chair of Metropolitan Family Service. The Wilker family will celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of their older daughter, Hannah, at CBI this month.

Miriam Richman on the death of her husband and Jim and Michael Richman & family on the death of his father, Roland Richman, on March 22. Audre Estrin and family on the death of her husband, Lester Estrin, on March 23. Carol Lewis on the death of her nephew and their extended families on the death of their cousin, David Easly, on March 23. Condolences to Rabbi and Lorraine Rose on the death of their beloved Lulu Belle on April 16.

Congregation Beth Israel

Sisterhood more, volunteers led by our Sisterhood members will help spruce up the facilities and garden. This project is open to our congregants age 13 and older.

Song of Miriam Awards Brunch

For their own protection none of the residents will be there, but they are very appreciative. Please join us. For the protection of the young women, the address of the house will be provided by either a phone call or secure email to those who sign up.

Sunday, June 1 10:00 AM-12:15 PM Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 SW Capitol Hwy)

Sisterhood, along with the mighty men of Brotherhood and the CBI Social Action Committee, will be preparing a pancake breakfast. Join us at 8:30 AM in Blumauer Auditorium. A portion of the proceeds from the breakfast will be donated to Janus House.

Please join us for the Song of Miriam Awards Brunch, presented by the Jewish Women’s Round Table. WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood is pleased to honor Terri Warren as our outstanding volunteer for 2014. She is being recognized for her service to Sisterhood, Congregation Beth Israel, and to our community.

Check out the full schedule of events and sign up for Mitzvah Day at!

Terri personifies WRJ/BIS: a leader who gets things done! A member of Sisterhood for 25 years, Terri has chaired Membership and the Special Needs Seder and captained the Race for the Cure Team for five years (featuring her famous cinnamon rolls and brunch post race). She helped establish a “Woman of Valor” Award at CBI, and in 2012, Terri chaired the committee that planned five events honoring Cantor Judith Schiff, retiring cantor and second recipient of the award.

Sisterhood Leads Services at Robison Home It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the end of our second year as volunteers leading Friday night services at Robison Home. We do this once a month, and it is so appreciated by the residents. If you would like to learn more about how you can become involved in this very rewarding experience, please contact Eve Rosenfeld at We can teach you what to do and even have an experienced leader with you for your first service.

In the community, Terri has been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for 10 years, chaired their annual holiday party for five years, and currently is the chair of Lift Urban Portland’s Garden Party.

Please be in touch, especially if you are available to lead services on May 23 or June 27.

Terri has been a nurse practitioner for 32 years and speaks worldwide on matters of sexual health, particularly genital herpes. A board member of the American Sexual Health Association, she has volunteered her expertise to Planned Parenthood, as a mentor to physicians at OHSU, and as an advisor to a herpes support group for 15 years. She’s been a hospice volunteer, foster parent, and rape victim advocate.

Mother’s Day: Honor Her with Sisterhood

BIS Past President Leslie Geller said, “Terri is always there for Sisterhood! Whether it’s an in-home cooking class or breast health forum, she inspires us as women and to help others.” Terri is a mother, grandmother, chicken owner, and Airstream Traveler with husband, Hal. We congratulate Terri on being honored for her dedication and enthusiasm as a remarkable volunteer. Registration forms for the brunch are available at the Gift Shop, the Temple office, or can be downloaded from the Sisterhood webpage. Please RSVP by May 22. For further information, contact Ellen Bick at (503) 297-3920.

Mitzvah Day with Sisterhood Sunday, May 4 8:30 AM Janus Youth Programs is a sponsor of Athena House, which is a shelter for young women who are victims of child trafficking and provides support groups, job training, and rehabilitation. Sisterhood adopted Athena House last year, and Program Director Kevin Donegan put our sisters, family, and friends to work cleaning, gardening, and painting. Athena House is funded through private donations, so sometimes the maintenance is overlooked. There is nothing like coming home to a clean, fresh-looking place. Once

Mother’s Day is an opportunity to let the special “mom” in your life know how much you love and appreciate her. Whether a mom, step-mom, grandmother, aunt, or a woman who filled a role as mom and filled your heart with love – let her know how much she means to you. You can make a donation to any of the Sisterhood Funds in honor of a special woman. If she is not yet a member of our Sisterhood, give her the gift of a Sisterhood membership. Now you can pay Sisterhood dues or make a donation to any of the Sisterhood funds online on the CBI website! It’s easy. Go to give-now. After you fill in your name and contact information, look down to “Choose a fund.” This has a drop down menu with lots of choices. Look at the lower portion of the drop down list for the Sisterhood funds. Right below the funds list is “WRJ Beth Israel Sisterhood Annual Dues Contribution.” It is as easy as choosing the fund or dues and indicating how much you wish to contribute. Our dues are: $18 child/student (Ruth) • $36 (Sarah) • $54 (Rachel) $72 (Deborah) • $108 (Miriam) Our funds are: • Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life • Prayer Book ($36 each) • Service to the Blind • Sisterhood Furnishings • Sisterhood Programming, Leadership, & Enrichment Thanks for supporting your Sisterhood. And thanks to all of the special “moms” in our lives.

May 2014


Very Thoughtful People Honoring Those Who Served Each year on Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, we pay tribute to those buried at Beth Israel who served our country in the wars by adorning their final resting spot with an American flag. This simple indication of military service honors the sacrifices of our war veterans and enhances the natural beauty of our historic cemetery. For many years, cemetery workers have placed the nearly 200 flags on the ground plots and mausoleum spaces throughout the property. In the past, Mitzvah Day volunteers have assisted with the task. Recently, we have introduced a new procedure aimed to ensure all graves are properly marked. Over the long Memorial Day Weekend, a container of flags will be centrally located adjacent to Landau Chapel. Families coming to visit may take a flag so they can personally place it on the grave in tribute to their loved ones. Should you have any questions about burial locations at the cemetery, please contact Jemi Kostiner Mansfield at (503) 222-2037 or

Allison B. Cohen Madrichim Training and Religious School Scholarship Fund

In Memory of Elliott Cohen Rhonda, Kenny, and Andrew Cohen

Adult Education Fund In Memory of Milton Zell Alan and Janet Zell

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat In Memory of David Strauss Jan and Mike Sigell Anna Tobias Bob Tobias Helen Schnitzer Barbara and Howard Cohn Lester Estrin Rachel Blumenkron

Amy R. Goldsmith Library In Memory of Zanley F. Galton, Sr. Claire and Zanley Galton Hyman Kaplan Sylvia Kaplan

Brotherhood Scholarship Fund In Memory of Ben Isenberg Mel Birgé

Cemetery Beautification

In Memory of Marvin Tonkin Alan Baron Tonkin Rena and Cheryl Tonkin & David and Daniel Lerner Marcy Tonkin


Fannie Baron Rena and Cheryl Tonkin & David and Daniel Lerner Rose Rosencrantz David and Diane Rosencrantz Ardyth and Herb Shapiro Fortuna Menashe Joy Alkalay Elizabeth and Ruben J. Menashe Alan Lundberg Michael, Tim, Becky, and Adam Tannenbaum

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Helen Rosenfeld Lachman Don and Karen Lachman Alan Ruben Louise Ruben & Family Angela Kellner Cristina Draghicescu Rabbi Harvey Fields Dottie Fields-Wheeler Leah Z. Feinstein Judith Feinstein Sheina Ester Levin Derek and Lydia Lipman In Honor of Jemi Kostiner Mansfield (Purim Schpiel) Alan and Lana Miller In Appreciation Janice, Craig, Cliff, Noah, and Elliot Isenberg Pierce Ethier Audre Estrin

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Rywka Mendelsohn Sylvia Nessan In Appreciation Janice, Craig, Cliff, Noah, and Elliot Isenberg Audre Estrin

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary In Appreciation Tom and Linda Georges

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Roberta Hunt Ilaine Cohen In Appreciation Pierce Ethier

Rabbi Rose Discretionary In Memory of Jacob J. Enkelis Richard Enkelis Myra Enkelis In Appreciation Pierce Ethier Margery Cohn

General Administrative In Memory of Lotte Eisenhardt Gerda Eiseman Jan Orloff Eleanore Rubinstein Ted Blank Miriam Kornberg Edith Schnitzer Manuel Schnitzer Carol Schnitzer Lewis Edward Rosenfeld Elise F. Rosenfeld Stanley I. Steinberg Marie Vial Hall Mitzi Layton Adrienne Souther Alfred Wolfe Anselm Boskowitz Frances Wolfe Charlene Weinstein Jeff and Sherri Weinstein In Honor of Sydney Baer Jemi Mansfield CBI Office Staff Pierce Ethier

Congregation Beth Israel

Hal Ruthizer Cultural Arts

In Memory of Barbara Cartwright Ian Cartwright In Honor of Stan and Joyce Loeb (Recovery) Alan and Lana Miller General Contribution Given By John and Sarah Epstein

Holiday Celebrations

In Honor of Jemi Mansfield St. Mary’s Academy Religion Department

Jill Newman Slansky Early Childhood Leader Fund In Memory of Harold Newman Jill Ann Slansky

Oseran Family Lecture

In Honor of Gerald Leshgold (95th Birthday) Bunny and Jerry Sadis


In Memory of Dr. Robert Gilbert Rick and Marilyn Gilbert Nellie Friedman Debbie Friedman and Gary Peterson Mrs. Joy Alkalay Paul Schmidt In Honor of Mrs. Shelly Sanders Paul Schmidt In Appreciation Paul Schmidt Pierce Ethier

Very Thoughtful People Rosenfeld Family Assistant/ Associate Rabbi Fund In Memory of Roland Richman Leslie and Robert Peltz

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Gertrude Semler Jacqueline R. Spivak James Spivak & Family Joseph Hasson Margaret Hasson

Sally Vidgoff Camp Kalsman Scholarship In Memory of Cendel Lennis Leonard and Fay Oppenheimer

Social Action (General)

In Memory of Herbert H. Werlin Joella Werlin Max H. Packouz Regina Light Ray and Dorothy Packouz Justin Landauer Robert and Sally Landauer Abe “Al” Wexler Eldon and Carolyn Wexler Nettie Olman Jay Delman Nicole and Jeff Gullish Louis Romoff Marian and Neale Creamer In Honor of Sally Rosenfeld (Birthday) Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Mr. Harry Glickman (Recovery) Paul Romain (Recovery) Evelyn and Gerald Leshgold General Contribution Given By John and Sarah Epstein


In Memory of Alison Senders Lang Stuart and Barbara Lang Ben Isenberg Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Sam Kaufman Nancy Green Susy, Marci, and Katrina Hammel Runi Hyman William Shapiro Susy, Marci, and Katrina Hammel David Strauss Rabbi Harvey Fields Susy Hammel Andrew Crystal Sharon Tarlow Ruth Kraminsky Bernie Caplan Lois Berlin Adolph Schneider Eva Schneider Susan and Stuart Shleifer Stanley Steinberg Ilene Goldberg Henry Spivak Jacqueline R. Spivak James Spivak & Family Beatrice Weiner Dr. William and Beverly Galen Dr. Bernhard Pinsky Susan Gerson Edward Rosenfeld Carol and Dave Baker Joseph Lewis Elaine and Sandy Weinstein Marvin Liebreich Evelyn Maizels William Katz Pearl Trachtenberg Sylvia Seinfeld Lester Seinfeld Richard and Deanne Rubinstein Maurie Jacobs Julius Zell Beverly and Marty Zell & Family In Honor of Eve Rosenfeld (85th Birthday) Janet Friedman Eleanore Rubinstein (Becoming a great-great-grandmother) Rosemarie Rosenfeld Harry Glickman (Recovery) Barbara and Howard Cohn Ruth Gassner Ernie Bonyhadi (Birthday) Dr. William and Beverly Galen General Contribution Given By Harriet Schatz

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Ben Isenberg Margie and Jerry Somers Philip Blank Gertrude Mills Owen and Lynn Blank Dr. Harry Semler Ruth Semler Fred Lindemann James Spivak & Family Leonard “Len” Dotson Paul and Sherry Puziss

Temple Improvement

In Memory of Julius Zell Alan and Janet Zell Henry Braunsten Bernie Caplan Ruth Philip Jim and Ilene Davidson Edward A. Rosenfeld Howard and Sue Overback Eve and Alan Rosenfeld In Honor of Linda Georges (Recovery) Elizabeth and Ruben J. Menashe

Urman Family College Communication General Contribution Given By John and Sarah Epstein

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship

In Memory of Rosella H. Werlin Joella Werlin In Honor of Dr. Jerry Leshgold (95th Birthday) David and Diane Rosencrantz

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Herman Margolis Nikki and Stuart Director

Simon & Helen Director Endowment

In Memory of Harold Heldfond The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation Cameron and Dick Davis Harold Schnitzer Helen H. Director Ron Tonkin Cameron and Dick Davis

Temple Endowment

In Memory of Ben Isenberg Elizabeth and Ruben J. Menashe

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life In Honor of Barbara Caplan (Birthday) Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Prayer Book

In Memory of Al Hyman Susy, Marci, and Katrina Hammel

Service to the Blind In Memory of Jan Orloff Joyce Loeb

Sisterhood Programming, Leadership & Enrichment

In Memory of Ruth Semler Leslie, Joseph, Lily, and Marjorie Berman Diana Harrison Rosenfield Dodie Harrison In Honor of Debbie Braymer (Recovery) Pierce Ethier

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 Education Director Ben Sandler, M. Ed. Early Childhood Education Director Deborah Kaplan, MAT Education Administrator Mor Kenane Member Services Executive Director Sydney A. Baer

Development Director Jen Feldman

Office Administrator Tracy Alifanz

Art of Catering 503-231-8185 Larry Grimes

Congregational Affairs Director Jemi Kostiner Mansfield

Facilities Manager Craig Paton

Food in Bloom 503-223-6819 Catherine Hernandez

Finance Director Jim Baldwin, CPA

Facilities Staff Andy Coles Drew Christensen

Century Catering 503-849-2605 Allen Levin

Accounting Assistant Vicki Greif

Catering Panel

Devil’s Food Catering 503-233-9288 Charles Stilwell

Project Coordinator Dara Docherty

May 2014

Alfresco Catering by Sheraton 503-335-2858 Shellie Postlewait

Culinary Artistry 503-232-4675 Jenn Louis


In Remembrance ~ May their memory be for a blessing. May 2 & 3 Karlina Bergman* Goodman Bettman* Samuel Bissinger* Jay Delman Gussie Diamondstein* Abe Freedman* Charlotte Frey Thomas T. Georges, Jr. Harry I. Gevurtz* Lillian Goodman Fanny Gradow Nate Hasman Donald Hersh Kevin Andrew Horenstein Roberta Hunt Maurie Jacobs* Berenice Kaplan William Katz Stanley Kramer* Samuel Labow Harris Lavine Mitzi Layton Julius Levenson* Charles Levine Marvin Liebreich* Beverly Lipman Ignatz Lowengart* Alan Eric Lundberg* Herman Margolis Janet Lee Maylie* Alexandria Meekcoms Harold Newman* Sidney H. Newman Nettie Olman Max H. Packouz Ira Peterman Bernhard Pinsky Max Planer Rabbi David Hillel Rose* Alan Ruben Anna M. Rubenstein David Schenbaum Harold Schnitzer Max Shimshak Harriet Simon Marvin Tonkin* Pua Vilner Beatrice Weiner Ruth Weiner Julius Zell May 9 & 10 Melvin Alifanz Ruth Besser Philip Blank Jerome Blattner Henry Braunsten* Sidney Chucker Jean V. Cohen* Andrew Abe Crystal Helen H. Director* Betty Miriam Edelman E. Ike Eshaghian

Leah Estrin Harold Gaffen Zanley F. Galton, Sr. Albert H. Ganz Maurice O. Georges Paul Georges Robert Gilbert Rose M. Golby* Magdalena Gottesman Joseph Haas Joseph Hasson Isador Hoffman Millie Holzman Albert George Kantor* Hyman Kaplan Rachael Kohen Sophie Kohen Elliot Kohn Jacob Lauterstein* Jack Lazarus Rose Mirviss Lenske Bessie Little Rywka Mendelsohn Myerna Michaels Murray Neidich Edward P. Nudelman Jennie Nudelman Sophie Marie Olshin Howard Overback Lucy Sue Overback Solomon Plushnick Sam Rosenbaum Meier Rosencrantz Diana Harrison Rosenfield Helen Schnitzer Jim Spitzer Rudy Spring Stanley I. Steinberg Martin Tragarz Sol Treuhaft Milton Waldinger May 16 & 17 Harry Arnsberg Selma Asher* Lois Berlin* Seymour Berns Roland Bonamici Anselm Boskowitz Fannie Braunsten* Elliott Cohen Richard Dean Cohen* Lou Egart Solomon Fishman Frances Freedman Evelyn Freeman Nellie Friedman Alfred Goldfaden Sam Gordon David H. Greenberg* Milton Horenstein Jeanette Jackson* Angela Kellner Sally Sophia Kirshner

Ruth Kraminsky Sheina Esther Levin Bernice Lubetkin Michael Thomas Makler Gertrude Mills Ruth Radtke Regina Ginsberg Riggs Selma Robinson Louis Romoff Louis M. Rosencrantz Jean W. Rothenberg Moussa Sabi Adolph J. Schneider* Eva Schneider* Johanna Slotowsky* Rena L. Snell* Samuel Solomon* Israel Wald Abe “Al� Wexler* Hiram Whiteley Martha Whiteley Morris Wolf* Alfred S. Wolfe Bertha Woolach May 23 & 24 Max Arnsberg Pauline Barkley Fannie Baron Sylvia Bartenstein Bertha Beck* Ralph Albert Benaroya* Joseph Bergman* Bert Berliner Oscar Berman* Gertrude Chucker Joseph M. Constantine* Leonard L. Dotson S. Mason Ehrman* Marianne Feldman Sylvia Feller Anna Friedman Philip Gelber May Berenson Georges Amy R. Goldsmith* Charlotte Haimsohn* Dale Hoover Edward Hupert Sue Hupert Opal G. Katzky Sidney Kaufman Maurice Kramer Mendel Leveton* Ceil Levy Sol Levy* Susanne Lewis Elise Rosenblum Light Miriam S. Lipman* Fortuna Menashe Jacob Platt* Sylvia Press Edward A. Rosenfeld David Rubin* Samuel Saltzman*

Colin F. Stoloff Geraldine Warenback Sidney J. Weiner Charlene Weinstein Rose Weintraub Jacob Weiss May 30 & 31 Aaron Blauer Rabbi Moshe Cahana Sally De Leon Pauline Eisenman Phillip Epstein Bernice Feibleman Leah Feinstein Howard A. Fishel* Morris Fleisher Arthur W. Frisch Herman Gadye Joseph Goldsmith Florence Golub Albert L. Green* Charles L. Greenblatt Shirley Kaufman Janice Kohler Eddie Koslowski Anna Krys Martin Krys Rachella Meekcoms Kryszek Justin Landauer Cerdell Lennis Joseph Lewis Robert Dean Lipman* Stuart Little Dorothy H. Lowenson* Robert MacDougall Harold Orr Samuel R. Planer Dorothy Rogel Edward E. Rosenbaum Rose L. Rosencrantz* Eugenie J. Rothschild* Jack Saltzman Ida Saperstein Lester Seinfeld Sylvia Seinfeld Gertrude Semler* Phyllis Shapiro Sylvia Shlim* Anna R. Tobias Alan Baron Tonkin* Abe Weiner Joseph Werlin Lawrence Wilk Ronald Yankowitz Louis Zacks Samuel 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 Jemi Kostiner Mansfield at (503) 222-1069 or


Congregation Beth Israel

May 2014 SUNDAY

Iyyar-Sivan 5774 MONDAY


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




1  Iyyar 1

2  Iyyar 2

3  Iyyar 3


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Membership Committee 4:30 PM SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Tot Shabbat Service 9:30 AM PC

WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:30 PM SBR

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Shabbat Service: Bat Mitzvah of Hannah Fisher 10:30 AM Temple Healing Havdalah 4:30 PM PC

4  Iyyar 4

5  Iyyar 5

6  Iyyar 6

Adult Education: A Bintl Brief 7:00 PM PC

8  Iyyar 8

9  Iyyar 9

10  Iyyar 10

Development Committee 5:00 PM SBR


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Preschool Mother’s Day Celebration & Tea 11:00 AM BA

Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 AM PC

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC

Mitzvah Day 9:00 AM

Alef Bet Class with Cantor Schiff 6:00 PM LB

Book Group 9:00 AM SBR

11  Iyyar 11

7  Iyyar 7

12  Iyyar 12

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

13  Iyyar 13

14  Iyyar 14

Meditation Group 7:30 PM SC

Meet Portland Commissioner Nick Fish 9:30 AM BA Cafe

16  Iyyar 16

17  Iyyar 17

Education & Youth Committee IHP 11:45 AM SBR 4:30 PM SEC

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

High School Graduation/ Final Midrasha 6:00 PM Temple

156th Annual Meeting 6:00 PM GH

Shabbat Morning Service : Bat Mitzvah of Ava Sandler 10:30 AM Temple

19  Iyyar 19

20  Iyyar 20

Last Day of Religious School TOT House Party: Pasta Class Religious School/ 6:00 PM SEC Kitchen B’nei Mitzvah 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

25  Iyyar 25

15  Iyyar 15

IHP Year End service & Reception 5:00 PM PC Board of Trustees Meeting 6:15 PM SBR

Kol Echad Choir Rehearsal 11:30 AM BTB

18  Iyyar 18

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

21  Iyyar 21

22  Iyyar 22

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR

26  Iyyar 26

27  Iyyar 27

Memorial Day: Offices Closed

Meditation Group 7:30 PM SC

28  Iyyar 28

29  Iyyar 29

Shir Shabbat Service 7:00 PM Temple

23  Iyyar 23

24  Iyyar 24

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC Wedding blessing for Brad Stern & Lara Schnoll

Shabbat Morning Service : Bat Mitzvah of Shaena Snell 10:30 AM Temple

30  Sivan 1

31  Sivan 2

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service Shabbat Morning Service 6:00 PM PC 10:30 AM PC Naming of Lillian Ruth Neidich 6th Grade Shabbatini #3 (Torah Trek) 10:30 AM Havdalah Bat Mitzvah of Hannah Wilker 5:00 PM Temple

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

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Congregation Beth Israel

1972 NW Flanders Street Portland, OR 97209-2097


Board of Trustees 2013/2014 Officers


Stuart Chestler President

Jonathan Barg Eric Friedenwald-Fishman Ali Garfinkle Linda Georges Sharon Meieran Joanne Van Ness Menashe Mark Peterman Marney Pike Ron Silver Arthur Steinhorn

Ned Duhnkrack VP/President Elect Deborah Caldwell Vice President Ilene Davidson Vice President Brad Tonkin Vice President Ted Nelson Secretary John Epstein Treasurer

Auxiliaries Linda Harrison - WRJ/BI Sisterhood President Bob Winthrop - Brotherhood President

Preschool Camp Omanoot We are offering two one-week sessions for children ages 3-6 (age 3 by July 1, 2013).

Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Snack is provided daily; each child should bring his/her own lunch. Friday ends the week of camp with an All Campers’ Shabbat Celebration. Enrollment is limited to 28 campers per session. Week I we will explore Earth or Adama. Week II we will be getting wet and investigating water or Mayim.

Session I: Monday-Friday, June 16-20 Session II: Monday-Friday, June 23-27 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. FEE INFORMATION Deposit and registration forms due by May 13th. Non-refundable registration fee: $18.00 per child; each additional sibling $10.00 Camp Fees: $180 per camper for Session I $180 per camper for Session II Enrollment is limited to 28 campers per session.

Parent Name ________________________________________________________________________________________ Home/Cell ___________________________________

Email ________________________________________________

Child’s name _______________________________________________

DOB ___________________________________

Child’s name _______________________________________________

DOB ___________________________________

Session I

Session II

Cut out and mail completed form with payment to: Beth Israel Preschool 1972 NW Flanders Portland, OR 97209

All Sessions

Amount Enclosed $_______________________ Bill my



I authorize CBI to charge $_____________________ to my Credit card #_________________________________________ Exp. Date_______________________

Authorization Signature_______________________________________________

Name as it appears on the credit card_____________________________________________________________________ Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1879


Congregation Beth Israel

May 2014 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the May 2014 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform synago...

May 2014 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

Read the May 2014 issue of Congregation Beth Israel's monthly Bulletin. Congregation Beth Israel is the original and largest Reform synago...