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Bulletin October 2012 Tishrei-Cheshvan 5773 Vol. 62, No. 1

The Installation of Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph Friday, October 5, 6:00 PM Temple Please join us as we install Rabbi Rachel Joseph as our new Assistant Rabbi. We will also be welcoming her father, Rabbi Samuel Joseph, to assist with the installation.

Rabbi Rachel Joseph’s Installation & Family Shabbat Dinner October 5th

A Special Gathering Honoring the Installation of Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph Fall Congregational Dinner, October 5, following Shabbat Services Celebrate the beginning of Fall with a sumptuous meal prepared by Century Catering, as we officially welcome Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph into our community. We will be gathering after services in Goodman Hall for an autumnalthemed dinner featuring chicken, roasted vegetables, kugel and dessert (vegetarian option available upon request). Sponsored in part by the Membership Committee.

Ida Rae & Friends in Concert November 4th

Chanukah Dinner & Celebration

A Special Fundraising Concert Event to Support Congregation Beth Israel Featuring the talents of Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, Thomas Lauderdale, Storm Large, China Forbes, Wendy Westerwelle, the NW Community Gospel Choir, Mia Hall Savage, the Pacific Youth Choir and MORE!

Sunday, November 4, 2012 5:30 pm Pre-Function Reception in Goodman Hall 7:00 pm Musical Celebration in the Temple General Admission: $125 per person | Reserved Seating: $250 per person Sponsorship opportunities beginning at $1,000 are available, which include preferred seating and an ad in the Program Book. Please contact Jen Feldman for specific details: 503-222-1069 or Tickets available online at

December 14th

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration & Day of Community Service January 18th & 21st

Taste of Temple February 10th

Purim Schpiel February 23rd

Next Year in Jerusalem April 14th – 28th

B’nei Mitzvah

Adult Education Elizabeth Rachel Lofurno

Elizabeth Lofurno will become Bat Mitzvah during the 5:00 p.m. Havdalah service on October 13th. She is the daughter of Alan and Judith Lofurno and the younger sister of Jeffrey. Lizzie attends Rosemont Ridge Middle School in West Linn. For her Mitzvah Project, Lizzie is working with Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers in Denver, CO, where her aunt is currently being treated for a rare form of bone cancer. RMCC serves patients of all ages, including children and teenagers. Lizzie’s goal is to collect books for 12-17 year olds to send to these teen patients to keep their minds occupied during treatment. She is also making a supply of Get Well cards to help brighten the patients’ day.

Lucie Hannah Meier

Lucie Meier will become Bat Mitzvah during the 5:00 p.m. Havdalah service on October 20th. She is the daughter of Eric and Dina Meier, older sister of Stella and granddaughter of Lois Schnitzer. Lucie is a student at Catlin Gabel School. She has selected the Autism Service Dogs of America for her Mitzvah Project organization. The ASDA trains and raises puppies to go to families across the country with autistic children. Lucie has been hand-making dog collars and selling them for $20.00 each to raise money towards the supplies and puppies of the ASDA. Her goal is to raise $13,000, the cost to fully train one puppy to serve an autistic child: http://

Adult Education Presents:

Israel: A People. A Place. A Promise. Havdalah & A Movie

Saturday, October 13, 7:00 PM Miller Room THE DEBT or HA-HOV (in Hebrew with English subtitles, 2007) This is the original version, made in Israel. It is a chilling, nervous, superbly acted adventure to watch. Set in 1965, it follows 3 young Mossad agents charged with capturing the Nazi “Surgeon of Birkenau” and bringing him to trial in Israel. They track him in his new life and successfully capture him--only to get stranded with no way to smuggle him back to Israel. He gets away and the agents cover up the affair. After decades, the incident comes back to haunt them, and they realize the original mission must be completed. The ensuing action and the ending will surprise and shock you. This film is for adults.

The Invention of Rabbinic Judaism

Sunday, October 21, 10:15 AM Pollin Chapel Speaker:  Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana As with so many other cultures in world history, Judaism might have disappeared after the dismantling of its homeland, the destruction of its religious center, and the exile of it people. And yet the Jewish people have thrived, and for nearly 2000 years since have grown and spread throughout the world. How did this miraculous reinvention happen, and what does it tell about the future of our people with the return of our ancient homeland? Please join us at 10:00 AM for a brief informational session about our upcoming Israel trip (April 14-18, 2013.)

Welcome New CBI Members Michael Annus, Johanna Hibbard, Dov, Alma & Justine Annuse

Ethan, Ellie, Gabriel & Benjamin Korngold

Joshua, Maria, Aliyah & Carmen Blank

David Krasnove & Paul Hustedt-Krasnove

Chris & Erin Cochran

Gary, Cathy, Emily & Daniel Levine

Jonathan Cohen, Jessie Burke, Anouk & Julien Cohen

Glen, Lisa, Olivia & Emilia Levy

Joshua Goldstein & Janelle Cole

Bruce Litow

Eric, Sarah & Lauren Convery

Leonard Orr

Tom Cull, Julia Epstein, Olivia & Anabel Cull

Marla, Simon, & Milo Pallin

Linda Feidelson

Elana Guiney & Brandy Pirtle

Rachel Fischer

Jason Posner, Lisa Rockower, Anya & Kira Posner

Adam, Barbra, Hannah, Abigail & Theodor Fisher

Roland & Mimi Richman

Debbie Frank

Chan Roberts

Darren, Dina & Noah Glassman

Matt & Becki Singer

Janet Guggenheim

Jeff, Barbara, Kara & Zach Steinberg

Mike & Judy Hibbard

Robert, Andrea, Harrison & Logan Winters

Ethan Jones & Matthew Holloway

Scott, Laura & Zachary Winters

Jack Shapiro & Lina Kone

Please join us in welcoming them to our congregational family. 2

Congregation Beth Israel

From Our Leadership Something New and Significant By Ida Rae Cahana Senior Cantor

One of the many qualities I appreciate in my sister-in-law, Rina, is her insistence on looking ahead and making sure there is something to celebrate. “What should we do in October?” she asked me last month, right in the middle of High Holiday preparations. Rina reminds me to make sure to keep an eye on the future and make sure that every month there is something to mark shared time together. I also appreciate that that time usually involves cake… What should we do in October? Two new clergy have been installed; our religious school classrooms are filled with innovative teachers and pleasantly surprised learners; members of our choirs are already getting ready for Chanukah. The year is rolling out before us in a rhythm we know and count on. I would like to count on you to try out or revisit one aspect of this synagogue’s life that is different for you. Our temple prays together but we also learn, build up community and sing together! Music can be an unexpected way in to discover Judaism’s beauty and depth, requiring no prior knowledge. Synagogue songs, prayer chants, and ancient and current voices are all expressed through the diversity of Jewish music. This year, we will present a number of new opportunities to open our doors to the wider community and encourage neighbors and friends, Jews and non-Jews, to attend special gatherings. There will be free 45 minute concerts on two select Thursday evenings, featuring wonderful local musicians. These will be times to come in after work just before dinner, marvel at our sanctuary, and leave inspired and hopefully intrigued. Stay tuned for details!


By Rachel L. Joseph Assistant Rabbi We began the holidays with the installation of Ida Rae Cahana as Senior Cantor, and we’ll conclude the holidays with another installation. I am so blessed to be a part of this community and look forward to “officially” becoming your assistant rabbi on October 5th. What an honor to have my father, Rabbi Sam Joseph, as my installation speaker. Most importantly, I look forward to celebrating this relationship with you, the Congregation Beth Israel family. Almost a year ago, Congregation Beth Israel’s assistant rabbi position appeared on the rabbinic job website just as I was looking for a job, and I knew I had to have it. In the three months that I’ve been here, there are countless moments that have confirmed why I am so lucky to be your assistant rabbi. When I think of Congregation Beth Israel, I think of the people who have welcomed me with open arms and open hearts; of the courage to throw out old models and try something new and innovative; of the vision to engage every person in our community through music, education and worship. My hope is to work with you to build a world where Judaism is relevant to Jews and Jews are relevant to the world. On Rosh Hashana, I spoke about transformational Judaism. I spoke about practicing in here who we want to be out there. And while this is not a new idea, it is a big idea, so I hope that you will join me in learning the skills, along with the words and actions, that will help us to transform our community. Together, we can transform the world!

Live and Learn

By Stuart Chestler President, CBI Board of Trustees For Reform Jews, lifelong learning is a core value and central tenet of our religious movement. Congregation Beth Israel makes it easy and fun to pursue the mitzvah of on-going study as individuals and as a synagogue community.

This month, I am also preparing for an extraordinary concert to help raise money to give support to our amazing membership and synagogue. Sunday, November 4th is the date to hold so that you don’t miss the opportunity to hear Thomas Lauderdale, China Forbes, Storm Large, members of Pink Martini, the NW Community Gospel Choir, our own Wendy Westerwelle and more - right in our own sanctuary. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 PM, with the concert to follow at 7:00PM.

If you haven’t yet received your copy in the mail, pick up one of our new CBI Adult Education brochures. It offers nine months of interesting lectures, workshops, classes and even movies. The CBI Adult Education Committee has put together a wide variety of activities and experiences to make our pursuit of lifelong learning together accessible and even affordable— most programs are free or have very minimal fees.

What should we do each month? Something new and significant. Something to restore and re-energize. Something with cake! See you at the oneg. Don’t miss our Special Fundraising Concert Event to Support Congregation Beth Israel

Sunday, November 4, 2012 Tickets available online at

Every year our Adult Education program features a different theme. This year’s theme is “Israel: A People. A Place. A Promise,” and features a congregational trip to Israel (not free but worth the price) led by Rabbi Cahana and Cantor Cahana. This year I invite you to take “live and learn” to a higher level in your life with our many programs at CBI. Make this simple proverb and personal promise to yourself, your family and your Reform Jewish community.

October 2012


From Our Executive Director And we have only just begun… By Sydney A. Baer Executive Director

It has been an extraordinary fall, and the New Year has only just begun. We began with our historic installation of Cantor Ida Rae Cahana with five clergy on the bima, our past, present and future creating a memorable celebration. High Holy Days were very special this year, as we created new services, new traditions and new ways to open our doors even wider. We welcomed many new friends and family to join our community. We are so appreciative of how we have all come together to make the Holy Days so special for our congregants and community. This is where I worry I will miss someone. Thank you to Kol Echad for sharing your beautiful voices with all of us; Kevin Hoover and Karen Kranz for coordinating all the ushers; Ilene Davidson for coordinating the food drive and Alex Davidson for creating the flyers and helping to get the bags under all the seats; Irving Levin for sharing your inspiring rendition of Kol Nidre; Pierce Ethier and Rachel Blumenkron for coming out of retirement to create the beautiful flower arrangements; all the cookie bakers and the WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood for coordinating the baking for the Rosh Hashanah Reception (we could make the best cookie cookbook with our collection of recipes!) and the break fast; Harold and Jane Pollin and the Sheraton Hotel’s very professional catering for making our reception delicious, beautiful, and memorable; and the mighty men of our Brotherhood for the wonderful Sukkah raising celebration. And I can’t forget our staff. Thank you to Rabbi Cahana, Cantor Cahana, Rabbi Joseph, Ben Sandler, and Beth Hamon for all the new innovations, new traditions, and inspiring services; Ben Sandler, Stacy Friedman, Rabbi Joseph and Rabbi Cahana, our Ba’alei T’kiyah; Jemi Kostiner Mansfield for all her coordination as our new Congregational Affairs Director; Jen Feldman for helping us make so many connections within our community; Michael Barnes, accompanist; our office staff for making all the administrative logistics seamless; and Craig Paton, our new Facilities Manager, and his team for overseeing all the facilities. There are so many logistics and much collaboration; we are truly fortunate to have such a great clergy, staff and volunteer team. It takes a congregation to make our High Holy Days so memorable.


The celebrations continue with the installation of Rabbi Joseph on Friday, October 5th. We hope you will join us for Rabbi Joseph’s Installation and very special Shabbat Dinner, with particular thanks to CBI’s Membership Committee. The Membership Committee, under the leadership of Michelle Gradow and Elizabeth Domagalski, has been hard at work creating ways to build community, connections and increased opportunities for us all to come together. This promises to be a wonderful evening of celebration, and a chance to bring our congregation together again. The Membership Committee is also providing the Onegs on the 1st Fridays of the month between the regular service and the JND service, giving us an opportunity to linger after Shabbat Services and connect with old and new friends. Don’t forget our not-to-be-missed new fundraiser, Ida Rae & Friends, on November 4th. As you can see from the lineup, Ida Rae has some wonderful friends – this promises to be a spectacular evening. We will be raising funds to help support our membership services and new music vision for CBI. We hope you will join us for this extraordinary evening. All the details are on the front cover of the bulletin. Many thanks to Linda Georges and the Development Committee, Jen Feldman and our staff support for this exciting and unique musical extravaganza. We hope that you make 5773 the year to make new connections within our community and participate in all that we have to offer from our Congregational choirs to our monthly Book Group, Adult Education programs, committee work, Social Action projects, Shabbat services, holiday celebrations and more. Thank you for being part of our community and for making us a community. Photos taken by CBI Board Member Dick Solomon, at our new Tashlich service and tradition, held at Tanner Springs Park on Rosh Hashanah.

Congregation Beth Israel

Developing CBI Developing CBI

By Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director As the High Holy Days end, the Development Committee turns their focus to our November 4th fundraiser: Ida Rae and Friends. The beautiful holiday melodies join the other tunes always humming in my head. Music is a powerful tool, especially here at CBI. I smile as I think that the halls (and the hills) are alive with the sound of music. The magic’s in the music, and the music’s in me. If you have sat near me at services, you know that I have no musical aptitude, which is rather sad, as my father had a beautiful cantorial voice and often shared his talent with small synagogues throughout the south. I do, however, appreciate music of all kinds, and that is just one of the reasons I am drawn to Congregation Beth Israel. Music is incredibly inspirational. Hearing Jewish melodies helps me recall singing at camp, as well as in my home and at The Temple in Nashville, Tennessee, where I spent my childhood.

Congregation Beth Israel is truly blessed to have our new Senior Cantor continue the musical tradition of CBI. Cantor Cahana embraces each of us through her magnificent talent. It can be truly said that she is a rock star, evidenced by those clamoring to share a stage with her. We are incredibly fortunate to be hosting what is sure to be a stellar evening when Cantor Cahana’s friends Thomas Lauderdale, Storm Large, China Forbes, Wendy Westerwelle, the NW Community Gospel Choir, Mia Hall Savage and the Pacific Youth Choir join her on stage in our Temple, Sunday, November 4th. This fundraising event is sure to rock your soul and your heart. The sound in the Sanctuary has drastically improved, thanks to the generous gift from Rita and Bob Philip. In addition to vastly enhancing our sound quality and clarity, we have installed a hearing aid loop technology that allows you to turn on the T-coil program on your hearing aid for seamless integration into the new sound system. The difference was noticeable when Cantor Cahana sang her first note at her Selichot installation and carried through during the holidays. Our celebrations are just beginning, and the music will continue to rock our souls. Please join us as often as you can to pray, to learn and to listen. Make it a priority to join us on November 4th as we prove fundraising really can be fun!

L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Condolences to

Mazel Tov to

Susan Graber and Bill June and family on the death of her brother-inlaw, Pete Steffens, who passed away August 23. Richard Yugler and Christine Tarpey and family on the death of his mother, Audrey Rosalyn Yugler, who passed away September 2.

Erin Rosenfeld and Edward La Rosa on their September 2nd wedding in the Temple, officiated by Cantor Cahana. Erin is the daughter of Janis Shleifer-Rosenfeld and the late David Rosenfeld and the granddaughter of CBI members Alan and Eve Rosenfeld. Ed is the son of Manuel and Martha La Rosa.

Deborah and David Lewinsohn and family on the death of her father, Phillip Hardy, who passed away on Sunday, September 2.

Daniela Molnar and Bradley Cohen on their September 2nd wedding in Gaston, OR, officiated by Rabbi Joseph.

Gordon and Meryl Haber and family on the death of his father Seymour Haber, who passed away Friday, September 7.

Emilie Jane Lavin and Andre Stephan Bennett on their September 2nd wedding. Judge Susan Graber officiated. Together the bride and groom quilted the huppah. Parents:  Susan Desmond of Portland and Milton Lavin of Arcadia, Ca.

Owen and Lynn Blank, Fred and Bettina Blank and Bruce Blank on the death of their cousin and Sandee Blank of the death of her uncle-inlaw, Harold Blank, who passed away Saturday, September 8. Vance Morton and family on the death of his wife, Susan Morton, who passed away Sunday, September 9. The family of James Senders, who passed away Wednesday, September 19.

Janelle Cole and Joshua Goldstein on their September 9th wedding in McMinnville, OR, officiated by Rabbi and Cantor Cahana. Gail and Irv Handelman on the September 29th marriage of their daughter, Thea Handelman to Philip Bezanson. Rabbi and Cantor Cahana officiated at the wedding, which was held at the Portland Art Museum.

October 2012


Scenes from CBI


Congregation Beth Israel

WRJ/BI Sisterhood Friday Night at CBI

Friday night the convention moves to Congregation Beth Israel for services. Those attending the entire convention will enjoy a pre-neg hosted by past BIS presidents. If you can’t attend everything, you can register for just Friday night: • • •

A Gift to You Sisterhood Donates Torah Commentaries

Our sisterhood has donated twenty-five copies of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary to Congregation Beth Israel for the use of the entire congregation. The bookplate inscription reads:”Dedicated to the Women of Congregation Beth Israel from Beth Israel Sisterhood 2012.”

We hope that you will make good use of this gift, whether you are studying a weekly parashah by yourself or participating in Torah study.

The 51st WRJ Pacific District Biennial Convention It’s happening right here in Portland, October 25-28! Register Now at   This is our year to shine as the hosts of the 2012 WRJ Pacific District Convention. Our own past Sisterhood President, Ellen Bick, will be installed as the District President.

You won’t want to miss this chance to gather with women from Oregon, Washington, and across the western US and western Canada to share ideas, participate in workshops, sing, pray, laugh, and have a great time. You can expect:

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While services are open to the entire community, the tour and dinner are by reservation only. Individuals can register for just the Friday evening activities. You can download a reservation form or pick one up in the CBI office.

Convention Mitzvah Project

The Torah: A Women’s Commentary gives dimension to the women’s voices in our tradition. Under Editor Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi’s skillful leadership, this commentary provides insight and inspiration for all who study Torah: men and women, Jew and non-Jew. As Dr. Eskenazi has eloquently stated, “we want to bring the women of the Torah from the shadow into the limelight, from their silences into speech, from the margins to which they have often been relegated to the center of the page - for their sake, for our sake and for our children’s sake.”

Tour of our historic synagogue led by Jemi Mansfield Special Shabbat services (open to the entire community) Shabbat dinner

Inspiring general and small-group sessions with scholar-inresidence Rabbi Stephanie Kolin Workshops on everything from leadership training to spirituality Shabbat study groups and special Shabbat services Friday night (at CBI) and Saturday morning A very special one-woman show featuring Susannah Mars Social events, including receptions, a Mah Jongg party, and a visit to Voodoo Donuts A Saturday-evening marketplace with local artisans Lots of opportunities for informal conversations and sharing of experiences and ideas

This year’s mitzvah project benefits our Jewish youth by donating much-needed items to URJ Camp Newman and URJ Camp Kalsman. Camp Kalsman would love books with Jewish content for their library appropriate for ages 7-17. Camp Newman would appreciate donations of sports equipment, craft supplies and other things to support camp activities. A complete list will be posted on our website, but examples include basketballs, roller skates, colored permanent markers, music stands, alarm clocks and folding chairs. Your donations can be gently used items too. Use your imagination. This is going to be a fun and personal way to enrich our beloved summer camps. Your donations will help kids have a meaningful camp experience for years to come. Camp Kalsman director David Berkman is planning to attend our convention, to talk to us about how WRJ is helping to make a real difference in the life of our Jewish youth. Wouldn’t it be fun to turn over a big pile of books to him at that time? Dena Kaufman, alumni and development director of Camp Newman, was thrilled to hear of our mitzvah project. “We are very grateful for the support and encouragement from the Women of Reform Judaism,” she wrote in a note to the convention committee.

Judaica Gift Shop Hours

Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Fridays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Sundays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM For special orders or appointments outside of regular hours, please contact Daureen Morris at Shabbat candles and yahrzeit candles are available in the temple office during regular office hours. If you would like to volunteer to help out in the shop, please contact Debbie Braymer at or 503-649-8043.

Join us! Registration is $345. Check the WRJ Pacific District website ( for all the details.

October 2012


Tributes Allison B. Cohen Religious School In Memory of Claire Puziss Larry and Estelle Winthrop Sonya Loebner Mindy Loebner General Contribution Given By Davina Doby

In Honor of Caroline Siegel (Bat Mitzvah) Scot and Debbie Siegel Herbert Newmark (Recovery) Merritt Linn and Susan Korey In Appreciation Chella and Jake Kryszek, Raoul and Sandra Meekcoms, Ron Kirk & Family, and Yvonne Gionet & Family Leonard and Yvonne Gionet Debra, Wally, and Rachel MacDougall

Adult Education Fund

Cantor Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Sydney Mitchell Finegold Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat

In Memory of Claire Puziss Alan and Lana Miller Herbert Tobias Mitzi and Bob Tobias Norman D. Savinar Elaine J. Savinar Sarah Leah Horenstein Henry Blauer Marcus and Babette Horenstein Katie Davis Bessie Krane Sue and Joel Krane Rachel De Leeuw Leonard and Yvonne Gionet Stanton L. Abrams The Abrams Children Cecile Gibstein The Abrams Family Paula Heller Lauterstein Lance and Debbie Caldwell

Amy R. Goldsmith Library In Memory of Jay L. Wright Claire and Zanley Galton Anne Peltz Leslie and Robert Peltz

Cemetery Beautification

In Memory of Claire Puziss Larry and Robyn Barde Bunny and Jerry Sadis Gina Levi Joy Alkalay Jane Ritchie Floyd Black William Philip Francis Cappel Robert and Rita Philip Leo Baruh Marcus and Babette Horenstein Asa Arnsberg Larry Arnsberg & Susan and Robert Diamond

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Henry Blauer Marilyn Singer Sheryl and Warren Rosenfeld Claire Puziss Sheryl and Warren Rosenfeld Merritt Linn and Susan Korey Neil Goldschmidt Martin Neuwelt Melanie and Will Dann


In Memory of Jay Gittelsohn Ernie Bonyhadi and Shirley Gittelsohn In Honor of Caroline Siegel (Bat Mitzvah) Scot and Debbie Siegel Cantor Ida Rae Cahana (Installation) Janice and Ben Isenberg WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Rabbi Joseph Discretionary

In Honor of Rabbi Rachel Joseph (Installation) WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood In Appreciation Jill Rubinstein

Cantor Schiff Discretionary In Memory of Ida Shleifer Stuart and Susan Shleifer

General Administrative

In Memory of Claire Puziss Susan and Norman Wapnick Susan Gerson The Bardes Jeff and Pam Israel Edythe Steinbock Bruce and Susan Winthrop Elaine J. Savinar H. Philip Eder Beverly Eder Lindeman The Eder Family Hugo Lewinsohn Peter and Cynthia Lewinsohn Joe Schnitzer Sylvia Davidson Samuel S. Parker Edythe Steinbock Louis Halpern Noelle Crombie and Mark Halpern Walter Goodman Douglas and Lila Goodman Jennie Pollin Harold Pollin Norm Savinar Tad Savinar Rose & David H. Fertig Milt and Ellie Zusman In Honor of Rita and Bob Philip (Hospitality) Gay and Bernie Young

Hal Ruthizer Cultural Arts In Memory of Dora Gelwasser Sylvia and Arthur Kaplan

Holiday Celebrations In Memory of Fred Polsky Gloria Swire In Honor of Jemi Mansfield Stuart and Isabel Kessler


In Memory of Golda Manes Michael Swett Lillie Feuerstein Patricia Layton Nemer

Rosenfeld Family Assistant/Associate Rabbi Fund In Memory of Rabbi Richard Schachet Stephanie Summers Tammy Kramer Claire Puziss Margery H. Cohn

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Irene Gilbert Joan and Louis Soriano

Sally Vidgoff Camp Kalsman Scholarship In Memory of Claire Puziss Bobbie Fields, Merritt Yoelin, and families

Sanny Snell Preschool Scholarship General Contribution Given By Paul Schmidt

Social Action (General)

Jette Neuberger Patricia Neuberger Jerome Margulis David and Dolorosa Margulis Harriet Lomsky Geri and Jerry Matin Arnold Maizels Steve, Natalie, and Harry Maizels Marilyn Singer Susan Gerson Harry Shafer Lois Schnitzer Claudia Fenton Lee and Frank Berne Daniel Gassner Ruth Gassner Rose K. Byer Howard Byer Theodore Kleinrock Leslie and Robert Peltz Sue Morton Beverly and Marty Zell & children Stan and Joyce Loeb Herman Rosenblum Raissa Tarlow Sharon Tarlow Jerry Hammel Sam Hammel Susy, Marci, and Katrina Hammel David Turtledove Paul and Alice Meyer In Honor of Pierce Ethier (Retirement) Sue Friedman Beverly and Marty Zell Susy, Marci, and Katrina Hammel Cantor Ida Rae Cahana (Installation) Beverly and Marty Zell Sharon Weil (Recipient of national honor) Herb Black Dr. Philip Reiter (Birthday) Evelyn and Jerry Leshgold Barbara Cohn Ray and Dorothy Packouz General Contribution Given By Harriet Schatz

In Memory of Gerald H. Solomon Richard B. Solomon Marilyn Singer Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe Ben Leshgold Jerry and Evelyn Leshgold George Dubin Anita and Dave August Robert Autrey Cynthia Stern In Honor of Jerry Sadis (Recovery) Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe Ruth Gassner (Recovery) Ray and Dorothy Packouz Pierce Ethier (Retirement) Davia and Ted Rubenstein

I Have A Dream


In Memory of Elizabeth Silverstein Jack Urman Marvin and Lois Urman

In Memory of Lillian Feingold Lee and Frank Berne Claire Puziss Sue Friedman Ida Raskin Mary Ann Yerigan Betty Raskin Marvin Lippoff David and Liz Lippoff

Congregation Beth Israel

In Memory of Daniel Meekcoms Daniel Kirk Alexandria Meekcoms Leonard and Yvonne Gionet Bessie Kaplan Glickman Joanne and Harry Glickman Lillie Feuerstein Howard and Tamra Feuerstein Harold Blank Stan and Joyce Loeb In Honor of Pierce Ethier (Retirement) Linda Ostomel

Urman Family College Communication

Tributes, cont. Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship In Memory of Claire Puziss Richard Dobrow, Rachel Dobrow Stone, Shoshana Dobrow, Gail Maron, and Scott Stone Karensue Sholkoff Dobrow Richard, Shoshana, and Rachel Dobrow

Lawrence Rosenthal Youth Fund In Memory of Harold Blank Debbie and Mike Bresko

May Georges Study in Israel Scholarship In Memory of Ruthella Popick Alvin Popick Lynda, John, and Jeff Searcy

In Honor of Ron and Jim Berenson (Birthdays) Richard Dobrow, Rachel Dobrow Stone, Shoshana Dobrow, Gail Maron, and Scott Stone

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment In Memory of Claire Puziss Stuart and Nikki Director Delores Director Kimmel and Ken Kimmel Evelyn and Jerry Leshgold Marilyn Singer Delores Director Kimmel and Ken Kimmel Nettie Director Stuart and Nikki Director Bruce Director Neal and Lisa Rosen Herman Korey Stuart and Nikki Director

In Honor of Howard “Bud” Marcus (Recovery) Jan Sigell (Recovery) Stuart and Nikki Director

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Simon & Helen Director Endowment

In Memory of Ray Veltman Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman, Louis Feldman, and Jacob & Noah Feldman Edwin Cohen Ilaine Cohen & Family Henry Blauer Susy, Marci, and Katrina Hammel

In Memory of Gordon V. Nagel Trudi and Richard Morrison & Family

Temple Endowment

In Memory of Claire Puziss Dick and Harriet Maizels

Prayer Book

Service to the Blind

In Memory of Dorothy Wheatley Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman, Louis Feldman, and Jacob & Noah Feldman

Follow Their Lead…

Renee and Irwin Holzman were so moved by the powerful and impassioned message in Rabbi Joseph’s Rosh Hashanah sermon about hunger, food insecurity and those everywhere in need that they felt compelled to make a very generous donation to CBI’s Social Action Fund. They took to heart this call to action. They have also encouraged their friends to follow their lead. This year the Social Action Committee is taking on the issue of hunger. From our preschoolers to our seniors, everyone can make a difference. The Holzmans are asking you to follow their lead. They want to challenge the entire congregation to get involved with the Social Action programs planned for the year, as well as making a contribution to the Social Action Fund. Together we can make a difference.

Sisterhood Open House: Pink Martinis for Breast Cancer Awareness

Thursday, October 11 7:00 - 8:30 PM Miller Room, Sherman Education Center Join us for a very special Beth Israel Sisterhood open house. We want every CBI woman to have the latest information about breast cancer. Learn about the breast health programs at Planned Parenthood, (this year’s BIS women’s health charity), and support available from other local agencies, while we enjoy cheese, desserts, and pink cocktails. We are requesting a $5.00 donation to support the cancer screening programs at Planned Parenthood.

In addition, this is also your opportunity to sample what sisterhood has to offer. Learn about our programs for the coming year, including the WRJ Pacific District Convention in Portland, October 25-28. Committee chairs will be delighted to meet with you and suggest ways for you to be involved. The Sisterhood Gift Shop will be offering a one-night only discount of 50% off most merchandise and giving out great door prizes, including a chance to win “The Torah: A Women’s Commentary.” WRJ/BIS is a group of dynamic women at all ages and stages of life that come together for fun and friendship, spiritual growth and learning, and service and support of our synagogue and community. All that is missing is YOU. All women are invited. Please call the Temple Office at 503-222-1069 and let us know you’re coming! For further information, please contact Linda Fintzy at

October 2012


Yahrzeits October 5 & 6

Stanton L. Abrams Asa I. Arnsberg Bernhard S. Backman Maurice B. Blanc Lou Blank Mortimer Bonime Joseph Boyarsky Charlotte Brooks Rose Byer Alice Carr Karensue Dobrow Leah Finger Leonard Fink Robert Fischback Rose Freidenrich Abe G. Gilbert Bessie Kaplan Glickman Pauline Gold Lester Goldschmidt Walter Goodman Lenora Gordon Louis Halpern Marvin Helf Sylvia Javors Samuel Joseph Herman G. Korey Harry L. Lansberg Mollie Leopold Gina Levi Max Loewenson Arnold Maizels Daniel H. Miller Moses Muscovitz Jette Neuberger Fred Polsky Katrina Pongracz Alvin Popick George Rickles Jane Ritchie Ralph Rubenstein Joe Schnitzer Melvin Jerome Schoenwald Tom S. Shulevitz Elizabeth Silverstein Faye Steres Louis Strauss Jack Urman Ray Veltman Esther Weiner Sande Weintraub Myrtle Marsha Wexler Williams Leslie Burnett Wright Jay L. Wright Rose Zavin William H. Zavin

October 12 & 13

Olga Baruh Shirley Bergman M. Monte Bettman Theodor Blumenthal Aaron Davis Katie Davis George Dubin Madeline Feldman Jay Gittelsohn Julius A. Graber Leopold Kahn Fred Kirk Jerome “Corky� Kornberg Reuben D. Kramer Rachael Leveton Jon Levin Ruth Liebreich Marshall Mazer Robert Mills Gordon V. Nagel Berthold Neuberger Ida Raskin Fritzi H. Reineman James Rothschild Paula Ulla Schlesinger Mary Schoenfeld Robert Schulberg Harry Schwartz Laurence Selling Pearl F. Shifman Max A. Shifrin Ida Shleifer Lula Lou Smertenko Dorothy Wheatley Mary Ann Yerigan

October 19 & 20

Irvin L. Baron Kate Braunstein David Bronheim Ralph Orville Cullers Rachel De Leeuw David H. Fertig Rose Fertig Sydney Mitchell Finegold Daniel Gassner Dora Gelwasser Irene Gilbert Besse Hexter Dave G. Holtzman Hanita Jacobi Theodore Kleinrock Neil Kohn Marvin Lippoff Harry Lowengart Dora E. Markus Ellen Seller Meier Fay Menashe Fannie Mesher Harvey Miller Goldie Stern Oster Rose Pannaman William Philip Michael Roffe Mary Sarah Rose Bessie Rosenbaum Norman D. Savinar Herbert M. Schwab Jean Kerr Schwartz Adelaide Selling Henriette R. Senders Andor Soltesz Fannie Sonnenfeld Dean R. Stoloff Herbert N. Tobias Ruth Kauffman Wolff

October 26 & 27

Frances Albert Laura Avakyan Bernadine Barde Brenner Francis Cappel Frederick Cezer Edwin Cohen Nettie Director David Elconin Claudia V. Fenton Lillie Feuerstein Ophelia Foster Florence Frisch Cecile Gibstein David E. Gold Bernard Goldhammer David Goldstein Betty Hunt Irving Klein Bessie L. Krane Ben Lachman Paula Lauterstein Ben Leshgold Hugo Lewinsohn Solomon Lieppman Harriet Lomsky Lois Maizels Golda Manes Jerome Margulis Sol Jack Meyer Carol Spero Newman Jonathan Uhry Newman Samuel S. Parker Jennie Pollin Alex Pomerantz Herman R. Rosenblum Hannah Rubenstein Dr. Howard Schatz Harry Shafer Sadie F. Shemanski Gerald H.Solomon Judith Stillman Anne R. Stricker Raissa Tarlow David Turtledove Hilda S. Weinstein Fannie Wexler Carolyn S. Wolfe Eileen Zugman

Remembering Your Loved Ones on the CBI Memorial Wall A yahrzeit plaque is a lasting tribute that ensures the memory of a loved one will be honored for all time. The purchase of a yahrzeit plaque guarantees a permanent fixture in the sanctuary plus a duplicate plaque for Pollin Chapel. The cost for a single name is $2,000; two names may be inscribed for $2500. Please contact Jemi Kostiner Mansfield at 503-222-1069 or if you would like more information about this tradition.


Congregation Beth Israel

October 2012 SUNDAY

Tishrei-Cheshvan 5773 MONDAY

1  Tishrei 15

TUESDAY 2  Tishrei 16

Temple Offices Closed No Preschool Sukkot Services 10:30 AM PC





3  Tishrei 17

4  Tishrei 18

5  Tishrei 19

6  Tishrei 20

Midrasha 5:00 PM SEC

Adult Education Committee 8:30 AM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library


Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

WRJ/BIS Board of Trustees 6:00 PM SBR

Shabbat Service & Installation Tot Shabbat of Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph 9:30 AM PC 6:00 PM Temple Shabbat Service Congegational Dinner 10:30 AM PC 7:30 PM GH

11  Tishrei 25


7  Tishrei 21

8  Tishrei 22

9  Tishrei 23

10  Tishrei 24

Book Group Drift by Rachel Maddow 9:00 AM SBR

Temple Offices Closed

Social Action Planning Meeting 7:00 PM SBR

Education & Youth Committee Membership Committee 11:45 AM SBR 12:00 PM SBR

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

Simchat Torah Lunch & Learn 12:00 PM Sukkah

Board of Trustees Retreat 9:30 AM GH Simchat Torah/Consecration 6:00 PM Temple

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC


Taste of Temple Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Executive Committee 5:00 PM SBR

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library

WRJ/BIS Pink Martinis & Breast Cancer Awareness 6:00 PM MR

Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

12  Tishrei 26

13  Tishrei 27

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shir Shabbat Service 6:00 PM Temple

Shabbat Service 10:30 AM PC Havdalah Bat Mitzvah of Lizzie Lufurno 5:00 PM Temple Havdalah & A Movie The Debt (HaHov) 7:00 PM MR

Simchat Torah

14  Tishrei 28

15  Tishrei 29

16  Tishrei 30

No Classes

17  Cheshvan 1

18  Cheshvan 2

19  Cheshvan 3

20  Cheshvan 4

Knit-a-Mitzvah 10:00 AM SBR


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC

Board of Trustees 6:00 PM SBR

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library

Shabbat Service Conversion Blessing for Alexa Perbix 6:00 PM PC

Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

21  Cheshvan 5

22  Cheshvan 6

23  Cheshvan 7

Religious School/ B’nei Mitzvah 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM Israel Trip Presentation 10:00 AM PC The Invention of Rabbinic Judaism 10:15 AM PC

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

Shabbat Service 10:30 AM PC Havdalah Bat Mitzvah of Lucie Meier 5:00 PM Temple

24  Cheshvan 8

25  Cheshvan 9

26  Cheshvan 10

27  Cheshvan 11

Midrasha 5:30 PM SEC


Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

Adult B’nei Mitzvah 6:00 PM Library

WRJ/BI Sisterhood Pre-neg & Tour 5:00 PM

Adult Confirmation 7:00 PM Library

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Service 10:30 AM PC

WRJ Pacific District Convention Dinner 7:00 PM GH

29  Cheshvan 13

30  Cheshvan 14

31  Cheshvan 15 No Midrasha

Don’t miss our Special Fundraising Concert Event to Support Congregation Beth Israel

Ask the Rabbi (Old & New!) 10:00 AM MR

Sunday, November 4, 2012 Tickets available online at 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


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Board of Trustees 2012/2013 Officers


Stuart Chestler President Ilene Davidson Vice President Linda Georges Vice President Brad Tonkin Vice President John Epstein Treasurer Ned Duhnkrack Secretary

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

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

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

In keeping with federal rules governing judicial ethics, Judge Graber does not engage in any fundraising 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.

Catch the latest news in our weekly emails & listen live to services at Not receiving our emails? Call the temple office at 503-222-1069 to make sure we have your current information. 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 Education Administrator Mor Kenane Member Services Executive Director Sydney A. Baer Development Director Jen Feldman Congregational Affairs Director Jemi Kostiner Mansfield Finance Director Jim Baldwin, CPA

Administration Offices & Clergy 503-222-1069 Education Department & Preschool 503-222-2037 Fax Machine 503-274-1400 WRJ/BI Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop 503-222-1069 Beth Israel Cemetery 503-222-1069 426 SW Taylors Ferry Road

Accounting Assistant Vicki Greif Communications Coordinator Allison Baer Office Administrator Dara Docherty Facilities Manager Craig Paton Facilities Staff Andy Coles Drew Christensen Catering Panel Alfresco Catering by Sheraton Shellie Postlewait


Art of Catering Larry Grimes


Food in Bloom Catherine Hernandez


Century Catering 503-849-2605 Allen Levin Devil’s Food Catering Charles Stilwell


Culinary Artistry 503-232-4675 Jenn Louis

Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1879

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