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Bulletin October 2015


Tishrei-Cheshvan 5776 Vol. 65, No. 1 Established 1858

Pizza in the Hut


Join us as we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot together! Fun activities to help us get connected. Pizza dinner will be served in the sukkah (weather permitting, indoors if inclement weather). Both gluten free and dairy free options will be available. Cost is $4 per person/max of $20 per family. Dinner will be at 6pm. All are welcome, but reservations are encouraged. To RSVP, please contact Marisa Reby at 503-222-1069 or via email.

Come celebrate with CBI and make memories, as we joyfully remember our past and help create our future. Enjoy an evening that will include: cocktails, a traditional delicious Jewish meal, memorable entertainment, plus many special surprises! The evening also includes a Mitzvah Moment in which we hope you will join us in supporting Congregation Beth Israel’s tradition of engagement, education, and inspiration. See back cover for more details.

Thursday, October 1, 6:00 PM Sukkah

Sukkot Open House

Saturday, October 3, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5:30 PM Havdalah Service at the home of Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana Join us for this annual CBI tradition at the home of Rabbi and Cantor Cahana. Please RSVP to Tracy in the Temple office at 503-222-1069 for the address.

CBI Book Group

Sunday, October 4, 9:00 AM Shirley & Herbert Semler Board Room CBI Book Club returns! Everyone is welcome to join us for a morning of pleasant literary discussion. There is no need to sign up. Our first selection for the fall is FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman.

Simchat Torah and Consecration Sunday, October 4, 6:00 PM Temple

Join us as we honor our first grade students and celebrate Simchat Torah together. This special ceremony welcomes children on their Jewish journey. Open to all with reception to follow.

The Illusion of Inclusion: Anti-Semitism Today Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 PM Pollin Chapel Speaker: Rabbi Rachel Joseph

Anti-Semitism is on the rise. All over Europe we see attacks on Jewish people and property. And here at home, we see a rise in anti-Semitic activity on college campuses and desecration of property. Where is this coming from? We will look at aspects of anti-Semitism across the centuries from antiquity to its modern rebirth. We will look at how the oldest hatred began and grew to become the motivation behind key historical events and how it morphed into the new Anti-Semitism of our times.

Saturday, October 10, 6:30pm The Benson Hotel

The Great Jewish Texts: An Introduction Three-part seminar on Jewish Texts

October 14 & 28, November 11, 7:00 PM Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room Presenter: Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana Rabbinic literature divides itself into three distinct yet overlapping categories: legal, fanciful, and mystical. In this three-part course, we will trace ideas and questions through the great classical Jewish books of Talmud, Midrash, and Zohar. These texts represent the practical application of our moral ideas that our ancestors have struggled with for thousands of years and which continue to be used to this day. Come explore with us! No previous knowledge of the texts or of Hebrew required. RSVP’s requested, but not required.

In Our Time: 50 Years of Evolving Jewish-Catholic Relations Sunday, October 25, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Temple

Please join us for a commemoration, celebration and reflection on Nostra Aetate 50 years later. Featuring a dialogue between Mary Jo Tully, the chancellor of the Archdiocese of Portland, and Rabbi Emanuel Rose, whose doctoral dissertation was on Nostra Aetate. These two panelists will describe the strong ties that have developed between local Jews and Catholics over the last few decades. Dr. Michael Cameron, an associate professor of historical theology at the University of Portland, will provide an historical context for Nostra Aetate and also moderate the discussion.

The Portland Jewish Book Celebration

Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 PM Mirabella Tower, 3550 SW Bond Ave. Portland

The celebration begins with a bang as Nicole Mones, author of The Last Chinese Chef and the highly successful A Night in Shanghai, will present a multi-media presentation describing the jazz age in Shanghai as well as the story of Ho Feng-Shan, who saved thousands of Jews trying to escape Austria. There will be four other programs revolving around Shanghai with several of them involving jazz music.

October 2015 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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

October 2015 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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