Bulletin Established 1858 November 2014 Cheshvan-Kislev 5775 Vol. 64, No. 2
Honoring “Sheriff” Ben Sandler… Grab your pardner, bring your family and friends! We’re planning a swell shindig to celebrate our beloved Ben Sandler’s 10th anniversary as our Education Director. Now, ol’ Ben has been part of the CBI team for a long time (why, we reckon he’s closing in on 20 years when countin’ up all his teaching days), but since that’d be too big a hootenanny even for us, we’re focusing on his decade as the big boss. Ben is so much more than your average Education Director; he is an inspiring teacher, sought-after leader, thoughtful collaborator, creative thinker, wise counselor, and great listener. Ben’s diverse
talents range far beyond classroom management and curriculum coordinator. He’s our celebrated baal tekiah, member of our Shabbat Combo, co-founder of CBI’s Def Shlepper Band, star in our Purim Schpiels – in short, whether in costume or out, on his unicycle or off, he really is our very own “Super Jew.” Ben is passionate about learning, the consummate (and—dare we say it—overachieving?) student. As if one Master’s Degree weren’t enough, Ben is pursuing a second one in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has an incredible cohort of professional educators sharing this journey. They are learning and being inspired by the best and brightest at HUC-JIR, and we are all the beneficiaries as Ben shares the latest trends and research in teaching and learning to help us provide the best Jewish education for our students. This is a huge feather in the ol’ Stetson for both Ben and CBI. We hope you will join us on Saturday, November 22, at 4:30 PM for our 2nd Annual Barn Dance. Thank you to Brad Popick and Portland Outdoor Store for being our Barn Dance Partner! See the details above. You can even register online! Now all you have to do is rustle up your pals, dust off your boots, round up yer swankiest cowboy duds, and come celebrate Sheriff Ben – one of the funniest mensches west of the Mississippi!
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