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Shabbat on the Plaza Returns June 8th! Join Us… Congregation Beth Israel invites you to join us For an evening of Hors d’oeuvres and dancing In celebration of

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Heritage Ballroom At the Historic Governor Hotel 614 Southwest 11th Avenue Downtown Portland

Cantor Judith Blanc Schiff

confirm your reservation with Dara in the

And her 32 years of devotion

Temple office at 503-222-1069 by June 5th.

Attendance is limited, so please call to

to our congregation Celebration for guests age 18 and over. Saturday, June 23, 2012 7:30 p.m.

No Host Bar

Dress: Festive

Dear Friends, The “Schiff and Schiff” concert last April 21st was everything I wanted it to be: a musical farewell from the heart from David and me to you, in thanks for thirty-two years as your Senior Cantor. The program began with Havdalah, written by David in honor of my 25th anniversary at Beth Israel. Along with Denise VanLeuven, professor of piano at Reed College, I was joined by Dr. Linda Bailey, professor of flute at UW. Not only were Linda and her family our neighbors, but she was one of my first Bat Mitzvah students! Linda was babysitting Daniel the Erev Purim Jamie was born; but as Jamie forgot to check the calendar as to her arrival time, Linda’s parents, Kenneth and Caroline took over the task. All enjoyed the hammentaschen I was baking that morning, while waiting for our daughter. How fitting that the next piece on the program was “Vashti,” written in honor of Jamie’s Bat Mitzvah in 1997. It is a retelling of the Purim story from Vashti’s point of view. The original narrator was David’s

late mother, Lillian. This time I was joined by Denise and by Todd Kuhns, clarinetist with the Oregon Symphony. The narrator was the wonderful Portland actress Michele Mariana. Cameo appearances were made by Sarit, Liora, and Idit Cahana! Perhaps the most emotional part of the evening for us all was the encore. David arranged for me--and accompanied!-- Bernstein’s “Some Other Time” from “On the Town.” It said everything I wanted to say to you all--so much easier for me to do through music! Warm thanks to the Hal Ruthizer Cultural Arts Fund for sponsoring this memorable evening. Anyone interested in replenishing this fund will receive a DVD of the concert recorded by our own Robyn and Tony Barbon, who have done so much to document life at Congregation Beth Israel. With love, Cantor Judy and Dr. David Schiff

Shhhh….it’s a surprise….mum is the word! Reminder: Please send us your fondest memory. Use the page sent to you or create your own. Send them to Dara in the Temple office by June 16th.

B’nei Mitzvah Jeremy Isaac Peterman Jeremy Peterman will become Bar Mitzvah on June 2, 2012. He is the son of Melissa and Steve Peterman and older brother of Natalie. Jeremy attends Waluga Junior High School. His love of travel and geography helped to shape his Mitzvah Project: a special presentation at Robison Jewish Nursing Center (Cedar Sinai Park) during multi-cultural week. Focusing on Germany, his grandmother’s native country, Jeremy created a PowerPoint slide show, visited with the residents, and helped serve a meal of German food. The Robison Home is Portland’s Jewish retirement center, providing skilled nursing services to elderly residents: Elias Robert Willman Eli Willman will become Bar Mitzvah on June 9, 2012. He is the son of Ben Willman and Erin Flynn and older brother of Samuel. Eli is a freshman at Grant High School, the largest high school in Portland, located in a multi-ethnic urban section of town. As part of his Mitzvah Project, he is volunteering at the school for six months to provide peer tutoring for those students struggling to maintain math requirements. An avid athlete himself, Eli is very eager to help other students with their schoolwork so they can continue to take part in athletics.

Darcie Jane Semler Darcie Semler will become Bat Mitzvah during the 5:00 p.m. Havdalah service on June 16, 2012. She is the daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Semler, older sister of Nathaniel, and granddaughter of Dr. Laurence Semler. Darcie attends Beaumont Middle School and has selected The Pongo Fund for her Mitzvah Project. The Pongo Fund is a pet food bank that provides dog and cat food to people on public assistance or who are otherwise unable to afford pet food. Darcie has been volunteering there twice monthly and shared her thoughts: “I have been able to help people and animals in a hands-on way, and I have met people I never would have otherwise. Because of The Pongo Fund these people can avoid having to give their pets to the Humane Society just because they can’t afford pet food.” Emelia Felicia Witt Emelia Witt will become Bat Mitzvah on June 30, 2012. She is the daughter of Anne and Andrew Witt and older sister of Aaron. Emelia is a 7th grader at Hosford Middle School in SE Portland. She has chosen to work with SOLV (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) for her Mitzvah Project, focusing specifically on cleaning up the Oregon Coast. More than a year after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, debris is washing up on Pacific NW beaches. Emelia will participate in a series of beach clean-ups throughout 2012-13 and invites everyone to participate:

200 Cantors Convening for a Convention & Concert at Congregation Beth Israel! Hold the date on Tuesday, June 26th at 6:30 PM for a once in a lifetime musical experience of Jewish music and its relationship to community: “Inside Out – Outside In!” As a transplant to Portland, perhaps its “can-do” sense of collaboration in the creative realms is more evident to me. Musicians, artists, and seekers of beauty and meaning of all kinds find a common nexus here in the City of Roses which gives it its vibrancy and quirky individuality. These are the qualities we hope to share when the American Conference of Cantors-Guild of Temple Musicians, the Reform movement’s professional clergy musicians from all across North America, will be here in Portland at the end of June for their annual convention. Our congregation will be the host for the only concert during their four day visit. As co-chair of the concert (with Cantor Mark Saltzman of West Hollywood, CA), I am thrilled to announce that Thomas Lauderdale


and China Forbes will join me for one of the songs presented that evening. Cantor Judith Schiff will be featured as well, in a tribute to those cantors who have served as role models and mentors for our younger colleagues. Choral conductor Mia Hall Savage and a cohort of her acclaimed teen chamber ensemble will join eight cantors in a world premiere. And Portland’s wonderful NW Community Gospel Choir will team up with the cantors to present back to back songs of thanks and praise. Please join all of these amazing “sweet singers of Israel” as we share our musical traditions, hopes, and dreams. There has never been a gathering like this in PDX—come share the experience Tuesday, June 26th under our beautiful dome. The concert will be open to the entire community; we have limited seating and we want to ensure that anyone who can attend from our congregational family has a seat. Contact Dara or me at 503-222-1069 to find out more about tickets $18 general admission; $10 for seniors and students. Yours b’shira (in song), Cantor Ida Rae

Congregation Beth Israel

From the Executive Director Summer Shabbat on the Plaza Schedule

Please join us on on the Temple Lawn as we welcome Shabbat under the Portland summer sky. We’ll move the service to Pollin Chapel if it happens to rain, but if it’s dry, we’ll be outside; please bring a jacket if you think it might be chilly. Bring your family and friends along with a blanket and your own picnic supper - chairs and umbrellas (for shading from the sun) will be available as well. Services begin at 6:00 PM. June 8

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Oh, what an extraordinary year we have shared!

Excerpted from the 154th Annual Meeting Report By Sydney A. Baer Executive Director Committee Reports: Many years ago, the Annual Meeting Report included year-end committee reports. In lieu of those reports, I want to recognize the work of our committees and chairs. We appreciate all the time and resources contributed to CBI. So…todah rabah, as succinctly as possible and in no particular order: Adult Education has kept our datebook full with a plethora of programs with the theme of Sin, Sex and Sorcery, under the leadership of Ilene Davidson. Social Action, co-chaired by Carole Barkley and Susan Milstein, was involved in studying sustainability issues, supporting the Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings served to our neighbors on Christmas Day, and creating a day of service for our community with Mitzvah Day. Building and Grounds, chaired by Mark New, worked with Ron Lovinger and his landscape architecture students from the U of O on a potential design for our Plaza, in addition to supporting all aspects of our campus’ needs. Board Member Deb Caldwell chaired our Education and Youth Committee, studying the feasibility of expanding our preschool’s size and hours of operation. Miles Newmark, Treasurer, oversaw yet again a very tight budget, helping us to maximize our limited resources. Miles worked closely with Richard Glassman, his co-chair on our Investment Committee, on the transfer of our invested funds to the Oregon Jewish Community Incoming Board President Stuart Chestler Foundation, addresses outgoing President Jill Rubinstein a win-win for CBI, OJCF, and our community. Stuart Chestler, VP/President-Elect and Dues Committee Chair compassionately oversaw the dues adjustment

New Board Member Blessing process. Stuart also worked closely with Michael Simon and Susan Graber on all the revisions for the Bylaws. Stuart has been our “go-to” board member, working quietly behind the scenes on all areas of leadership for CBI. We look forward to Stuart’s Presidency, which started April 23rd. Let me also thank Mandi and their family for sharing Stuart with all of us. The Personnel Committee chaired by Ned Duhnkrack helped revise the Personnel Manual and create a new employee evaluation process. Michelle Gradow and Elizabeth Domagalski co- chaired our Membership Committee, calling our newest members, creating many welcoming events, engaging our current members, and reaching out to those unaffiliated and who hopefully will soon be our newest members. Dick Solomon and Don Spiegel continue to chair our Cemetery Committee and consulted on landscape issues and the revision of our cemetery policies. Susan Graber wore several hats this year, chairing our Nominating Committee as well as being a member of our Adult Education Committee and co-chairing an Ad-hoc Bylaw Review Committee with Michael Simon. She told us at the Annual Meeting that her favorite hat was her Pirate hat in the Purim Schpiel! Our Development Committee, chaired by Linda Georges, oversaw a very successful Taste of Temple and other fundraising activities. Board Member Eric Friedenwald-Fishman was the creator and champion of our Every Family Initiative campaign and its tag line, “CBI belongs to all of us,” modeling the importance of asking everyone to invest in CBI. Ruth Feldman chaired our Library Committee and oversaw programming for Jewish Book Month. continued on page 4

June 2012


From the Executive Director

L’Dor V’Dor

continued from page 3 Karen Kranz and Kevin Hoover tirelessly ushered and coordinated ushering for our Shabbat, Festival, and High Holy Days Services. Unrelated to committee reports, Ron Silver was very involved with our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative programs, and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana continued to lead our youth and adult choirs, sharing their voices and ruach at our services and programs.

Pierce is one of our best ambassadors, as he thoughtfully anticipates and takes care of the many and diverse needs of our congregants and staff. We will greatly miss Ruby and Pierce when they retire this summer. Please join us in celebration on Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 6:00 p.m. These very large shoes and small paws will be filled by Craig Paton.

New Development Department Last spring, we hired Jen Feldman, our dynamic Development Director. Jen has never met a stranger, and her passion for people and making connections is contagious. Her motto is, “Life is a party, and everyone just wants to be invited.” She has been inviting our congregants to join us in everything we do. Along with Board Member and Development Committee Chair Linda Georges, Jen worked closely with co-chairs Tiffany and David Goldwyn and Ali and Judah Garfinkle to create our first annual, and very successful, friend- and fund-raiser, Taste of Temple.

Cantor Judith Blanc Schiff was our first Cantor, and she has inspired us with her beautiful music and served with distinction for 32 years. She becomes Cantor Emerita in July and will continue part-time as our B’Nei Mitzvah and Cantillation teacher. Please join us as the celebrations continue for her on the evening of Saturday, June 23, 2012. Invitations were sent out in late April. Shhh – there are a few other surprises, so please check your mail and respond.

In March, we were thrilled to announce the generous gift Jen helped procure from Betty Rosenfeld and her family for the establishment of the Rosenfeld Family Assistant/Associate Rabbi Fund. We are so looking forward to welcoming our new Assistant Rabbi Rachel Joseph and her family on July 1, 2012. Dayenu. We have a few exciting gifts yet to be announced, as we finalize the details. Mazel Tov and our sincere appreciation to the following long-time employees: Pierce Ethier, CBI’s Facilities Manager extraordinaire, for his 40+ years of devotion to CBI. Pierce has been the “go-to guy” for our very complex and historic (read aging) campus’ maintenance and event/ programming logistics.

Tot Shabbat & PJ Library: Together At Last!

Please join us on Saturday, June 2nd for a very special Tot Shabbat service at 9:30 AM in Pollin Chapel. In addition to our regular program of singing and storytelling, we are pleased to partner with PJ Library, a nationwide program that works to build a Jewish Library in every home. Geared towards families with children ages six months and up, PJ Library provides a free children’s book or CD every month for a year, with opportunities to sign up for future years. We encourage every family to consider registering for PJ Library and start your family’s book and music collection today. You can sign up online: Free sample PJ Library books will be available on June 2nd to kick off your family’s collection. Monthly Tot Shabbat services will resume on October 6th. Throughout the summer we invite families with young children to join us for our special Shabbat on the Plaza series: June 8th and 22nd; July 13th and 27th; August 10th and 24th. More information in this Bulletin issue.


Jemi Kostiner Mansfield earned her 20-year pin in April of this year. Upon graduation from college, Jemi said yes to a temporary position. This temporary position has turned into 20 years, with Jemi sitting in just about every chair, starting as our temporary receptionist and quickly moving up the ranks to Assistant Temple Administrator. Her current title of Education and Life Cycle Administrator and exemplary Purim Schpiel writer and director does not really do her justice to her responsibilities – she too is a trusted and valuable “go-to” member of our team. Todah Rabah to Marvin Diamond, CBI’s devoted Librarian for the past 16 years. This was a second career for Marvin, and we were the beneficiaries of his commitment to our Spear Research & Amy Goldsmith Library. Marvin retired April 30, 2012.

L’Dor V’Dor From Generation to Generation Mazel Tov to Jane Vereschagin and Dr. Michael Goldman on their April 29th wedding, officiated by Rabbi Cahana and Cantor Schiff in the Temple. Condolences to Dr. George Bodner and family on the loss of his wife, Harriet Bodner, who passed away Friday, April 13th. Rhonda and Kenny Cohen on the death of his father, Elliott Cohen, who passed away on May 12th. Mark and Sharon Makler on the death of his father, Michael Thomas Mackler, who passed away on May 13th. Gilda Wexler and family on the loss of her husband, Abe Wexler, who passed away on Thursday, May 17th.

Congregation Beth Israel

Developing CBI

WRJ/BI Sisterhood

What are you discussing at your dinner table? By Jenat Levison Feldman Development Director

For those of you I have had the good fortune to meet, you know I would rather be chatting with you than writing. Words often lie flat on a page; it is only when they call you to action that they truly make an impact. Words on a page cannot begin to relay the passion one can experience by being a part of CBI, a place where being Jewish is truly joyful and meaningful. When you attend the B’nai Mitzvah ceremony or celebrate a Shabbat on the Plaza, when you participate in Mitzvah Day or enjoy an Adult Education lecture, when you experience the vibrant Hebrew school and religious school programs we offer, you know you are in a place that nurtures Jewish lives and creates Jewish memories. What you also must know is YOUR support is essential to our success. The words “CBI belongs to all of us” should truly resonate within you and help you realize it is your generosity that enables us to provide so much to so many. Whether for members in need or programs of special interest, whether to protect our historic landmark building or build for the future, CBI needs your support.

Support comes in lots of different packages: •

As an ambassador for CBI, reach out to others and invite them to join your CBI family – after all, life is a party and everyone is just waiting to be invited.

Get involved with a committee or in a project; both you and CBI will benefit.

Donate to our Every Family Initiative campaign. The more than 100 families who have already supported this campaign recognize that CBI is a place where their philanthropic interests are served. It feels good to be a philanthropist – everyone can do it, and every gift makes a difference.

Please do not let this be empty words on a page. Our fiscal year ends June 30th. In order to continue to offer so much to so many, please consider making a tax deductible gift to CBI today. You will be making a difference! As the sun begins to break through our wet winter and spring, plan to join us on the CBI campus. Connect with us and help us connect with you – we will all be enriched.

Funding Women’s Health with Tracy Prince, PhD

Thursday, June 7, 7:00 PM Semler Board Room With all of the controversy and discussion about the funding of women’s health services, Beth Israel Sisterhood is rethinking our role. We’ve had a “Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure” team for several years. Should we continue to support this charity? Should we focus our efforts towards Planned Parenthood, Breast Friends, the American Cancer Society, or the Ruth Spear Breast Center at St. Vincent’s Hospital? Are there other organizations that deserve our attention? Please join us for an open discussion, moderated by Tracy Prince, PhD. Tracy, author and professor at Portland State University, is a member of our sisterhood and a breast cancer survivor. This discussion is open to all Sisterhood members and their guests.

New BIS President Linda Fintzy

Mazel tov to Linda Fintzy, newly elected president of Beth Israel Sisterhood. Linda, who has served as Programming Co-Chair for the past four years, will assume her new duties on June 16. Congratulations to Linda and all of our executive committee members: Joanne Menashe, Vice President; Connie Cambreleng, Treasurer; Sarah Krakauer, Recording Secretary; Leah Letts, Correspondence Secretary; Rose Rustin, Parliamentarian; and Kate Royston, Immediate Past President.

WRJ/BI Sisterhood is the recipient of the 2012/5772 Rabbi Rose Tikkun Olam Award

Havdalah Sisterhood Board Installation

Saturday, June 16, 7:00 PM Pollin Chapel Everyone is welcome to join us for a Havdalah Installation service in the Pollin Chapel. We will be saying thank you and goodbye to board members who are stepping down, as well as installing and welcoming the new board members. There will be a wine reception following the service. Please RSVP to

Song of Miriam Honoring Connie Cambreleng

Sunday, June 3, 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM Mittleman Jewish Community Center Don’t forget to 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 Connie Cambreleng as our outstanding volunteer for 2012. She is being recognized for her service to Sisterhood, Congregation Beth Israel, and our community. Download the registration form or get more information at

June 2012


Social Action Mitzvah Day brings out the troops

About 235 enthusiastic congregants turned out for Beth Israel’s fifth annual Mitzvah Day.

in three areas of the Beth Israel Cemetery. We planted more than 100 plants, mainly in the entry area off Taylors Ferry Road. We also pulled

Sunday, May 6, began with a light breakfast, organized by Jemi Kostiner Mansfield and her son Alex. Everyone then gathered in the Temple for a music-filled mishpacha minyan, led by Rabbi Cahana and Beth Hamon. At the service, Sally Rosenfeld and young Arthur Feidelson told about the previous evening at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter. The team of 18, led by Sally and her mother Eve Rosenfeld, prepared and served dinner, cleaned up, provided two helping-hands volunteers and one overnight host, and made an extra dinner for the following night. It was inspiring to hear about the good work done at the shelter. Our teams then headed out for a day of community service. Ilene Davidson’s team of six adults and five children prepared a brunch at the Stepping Stones program for young mothers overcoming addiction. Says Ilene: “I think the women at the house enjoyed our company and the food. In fact, we were told we are welcome to come back and do a Sunday supper.” Lynda Shapiro and her team—most from the Jews Next Dor young adult group—created nine 4 ft. x 8 ft. raised garden beds, filled them with compost, and planted starts and seeds that they provided. Reports Lynda: “As the summer progresses, the beds will provide lots of fresh vegetables to the Lift Urban Portland food pantry. And, just as important, they will provide the young residents of White Shield with an opportunity to learn about horticulture and nutrition.” Jane Vereschagin led a large team of volunteers who hosted an ice-cream social for about 50 residents of Northwest Tower. The community room was decorated with a banner, flowers, and cards made by our fourth graders. Volunteers donated not only their time, but door prizes. Steven Keenan, the Home Forward resident and community services coordinator, wrote, “Thank you everyone for making the ice cream social a fun and welcoming activity. And a special thanks to the children for their creativity with the decorations! The residents appreciate your contribution and involvement and dedication.” Don Spiegel reported: “We were 17 people in total, and we planted

ivy and scrubbed some headstones. It looks great! Special thanks to Dan Heims and Terra Nova for donated plants and to James Monaghan and one of his workers who gave of their Sunday. We also benefited lots from the extensive plant knowledge of Ned Duhnkrack and Sarah Epstein (some of which they skillfully Googled on their iPhones).” Iris Avedovech, Jake Silver, and Noah Axe took 25 adults, several teenagers, and 25 third-graders on a litter patrol through the neighborhood. Iris says, “We brought back thousands of cigarette butts and half-filled 26 garbage bags. The surprise was there was hardly any litter in the park or streets surrounding it. The neighborhood has banded together and is doing a cleanup every week. Not a single needle, condom, or bandage; a few bottles and cans—but not in the park.” Connie Cambreleng and Daureen Morris led a team of folks who cooked up a storm in the Blumauer kitchen. They produced many trays of chicken enchiladas, loaves of cornbread, and a huge pot of meatballs. Everything was frozen and given to Portland Homeless Family Solutions to provide meals over the upcoming weeks. Thea Hayes organized two groups of volunteers to work at Silver Creek and Green Acres animal sanctuaries in the Silverton area. Thea and her group worked at Silver Creek and then drove over to Green Acres for a tour by the owner. “She explained that our group was only the second one ever to work there, and she was very happy with their work. The place is immaculate, easy to work around, has lots of different types of animals (chickens, goats, horses, sheep, ducks, donkeys, puppies, etc.). The owner explained that they are a home for abused, neglected, and abandoned farm animals, and they work directly with a local humane society.” The Community Warehouse was the beneficiary of the efforts of Lena Benikov and the first and second-grade religious-school families. They collected and delivered household goods to help families and individuals who are recovering from crises and finding places to live, with the help of social-service agencies. continued on page 7


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Social Action continued from page 6 Deborah Kaplan and the kindergarten and preschool families collected and sorted 29 bags of groceries—one for every member of their team. The bags were delivered to Lift Urban Portland, which runs a food pantry for needy neighbors.

Social action co-chairs Susan Milstein and Carole Barkley were happy to see so many people involved in making the world a better place, one day at a time. Their report: “Well done, everyone—and keep up the good work!”

Mitzvah Day

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June 2012


Tributes Allison B. Cohen Religious School In Memory of Allison Cohen Janet, Ritu, David, and Juliana Sahni JWB493, LLC Betty Rosenfeld Sherry and Norm Eder Lillian Lisa Wax Mark, Roberta, Blair, and Stephani Wax Elliott Cohen Robin Ruscigno Nike, INC.

Adult Education Fund In Memory of Pearl Lipkin Paul and Sharron Fishman In Honor of Ilene and Jim Davidson (Appreciation) Lynn Bonner

Altar Flowers and Oneg Shabbat

In Memory of Anna Tobias Mitzi and Bob Tobias Judi Dreier Vivian Wilson Cohen Tammy Kramer Dorothy Durkheimer Julie Durkheimer and Mark Dohrmann Jacob Krane Sue and Joel Krane Pauline Bercovitz Wright Jerry Bercovitz and Victoria Pullman Fanny E. Kowitt Ardis and Sandy Kowitt Irving Krosner Jean S. Krosner Leah Feinstein Judith K. Feinstein & Family

Amy R. Goldsmith Library

In Memory of Hyman Veltman Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman and Louis Feldman, & Jacob and Noah Feldman

Brotherhood Scholarship Fund

In Honor of Don Spiegel (Birthday) The Semlers, the Kornbergs, & the Bermans

Cemetery Beautification

In Memory of Betty Rosenfeld A. Victor Rosenfeld Stuart Abrams & Family Harriet Bodner Betty and Jackie Druck Rose Rosencrantz David and Diane Rosencrantz & Ardy and Herb Shapiro Henry H. Kavitt Benita Schlesinger and Family & Betty and Randy Rubenstein and Family


Alan Baron Tonkin Rena and Cheryl Tonkin, David and Daniel Berner Ron and Marcy Tonkin Alec L. Black Herb Black

Rabbi Cahana Discretionary

In Memory of Melvin Goldberg Jan Goldberg, Mark and Lynette Goldberg & Family, and Peggy and Danny Callahan & Family Betty Rosenfeld Elaine Savinar Lillian and Gilbert Sussman Lois and Arden Shenker Melvin Rubin (Beloved husband, father, and grandfather) Debra, Wally, and Rachel MacDougall Edythe Rubin Dr. Leonard Schnitzer Gilbert and Thelma Schnitzer David Light Lois Poplack Sally Light Meier Rosencrantz Louis Rosencrantz Susan and Jay Albert Irving Ail Louise Ruben & Family Joachim Schneider Daphna and Vincent Stadig Dr. William L. Unger Keren, Kevin, and Ryan Hoover Melvin Feinstein Marian Ovitz Judith K. Feinstein & Family In Appreciation Jan Goldberg, Mark and Lynette Goldberg & Family, and Peggy and Danny Callahan & Family George Bodner Herb Baer

Cantor Schiff Discretionary

In Memory of William Hill-Parks Rebecca Hill and John Parks Sydelle Levine Howard Levine Rhoda Aiken Edward A. Aiken Jack J. Karlin Alice and Michael Powell In Honor of Cantor Schiff Marge Cohn and Marvin Richmond Owen and Lynn Blank Marvin and Lois Urman In Appreciation Jan Goldberg, Mark and Lynette Goldberg & Family, and Peggy and Danny Callahan & Family George Bodner Gerry and Morrie Jackson

Cantor Schiff Year of Celebration

Contributions Given By Henry and Gerel Blauer Diane and Richard Lowensohn Bunny and Jerry Sadis

Rabbi Rose Discretionary In Memory of Leonard Levinson Sharon and Rich Maloney Laila Aarnas Norm and Betsy Rickles In Appreciation Morrie and Gerry Jackson

Cantor Cahana Discretionary In Memory of Rywka (Rifka) Mendelsohn Sylvia Mendelsohn Nessan Betty Rosenfeld Marge Cohn and Marvin Richmond In Appreciation Morrie and Gerry Jackson

General Administrative

In Memory of Harriet Finn James G. Senders Rose Sobelman Julian Albert Babette Schnitzer Leonard Schnitzer Helen Mittleman Jeanne and Herb Newmark Gussie B. Seres Dr. Joel Seres Alec L. Black Lawrence Black Marlene Jacoby Gail Jacoby and Jill Low Israel B. Wald Stanley H. Wald Anne K. Wald Esta Brown The Brown Family Jerry Ritchie Josephine Shevach & Nancy Solomon General Contribution Given By Ken Rait

Oseran Family Lecture In Memory of Betty Rosenfeld Jerry and Evelyn Leshgold


In Memory of Harold Newman Jill Ann Slansky

Rosenfeld Family Assistant/Associate Rabbi Fund In Memory of Betty Rosenfeld Rosemarie Rosenfeld Joanne and Harry Glickman Rabbi Harvey and Sybil Fields Jeanne and Herb Newmark Marjorie and Michael Weiss Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe G & S Motor Equipment Co., Inc. Lisa Foster and Alan Bersin Judith Harris-Kobin and Chuck Kobin Pauline Foster, The Foster Family Foundation Sy and Carol Danish Marcia Hazan, Jewish Community Foundation

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Harriet Bodner Rosemarie Rosenfeld Gerel and Henry Blauer Rosalie Gilbert Joanne and Harry Glickman Gerel and Henry Blauer In Honor of Betty Rosenfeld George and Rosanne Jackson Dr. Jill Ginsberg (for McCoy Award) George Bodner (Get well soon) Gerel and Henry Blauer

Ruth Semler Youth Activities In Memory of Gertrude Semler Helen Spivak & Family Victor Nudelman Mrs. Harry (Gertrude) Semler Dr. Avrel Nudelman Gertrude Semler The Larry Semler Family James Spivak Leon Semler The Larry Semler Family Victor Nudelman Jacqueline R. Spivak James Spivak Helen Mittleman Dr. Leonard Schnitzer The Abrams Family

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

Social Action (General)

In Memory of Harriet Bodner Ray and Dorothy Packouz Howard Jacobs Isadore Rosenberg Sondra Rosenberg Rosalie Gilbert Joseph Lewis Elaine and Sandy Weinstein Marion Press Besen Stephen Press Justin Landauer Robert Landauer Mildred Leshgold Sidell Gerald and Evelyn Leshgold Albert Kantor Joseph Constantine Gloria Londer Rosalie Gilbert Steve and Elaine Kantor In Honor of Jane Vereschagin and Michael Goldman Lynne Bartenstein and Dan Heims Gerry and Morrie Jackson Jennifer and Colin Stoloff (46th Anniversary) Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe


In Memory of Betty Rosenfeld Philip and Dorothy Reiter Irene Frisch Davia and Ted Rubenstein

Tributes, continued Harriet Bodner Jeanne and Herb Newmark Philip and Dorothy Reiter Susan Gerson Rosalie Gilbert Davia and Ted Rubenstein Arthur Tarlow Sharon Tarlow Henrietta Margulis David and Dolorosa Margulis Flora Velt Kirk Rachella Kryszek & Family Maurice Kaplan Janice and Ben Isenberg Leonard Schnitzer Babette Schnitzer Lois Schnitzer Roslyn Maizels Steve, Natalie, and Harry Maizels Ronald Yankowitz Robert Sonnes Rose Rudman Jim Crane and Karla Forsythe Sasha Drutter Susan Gerson Sylvia and Lester Seinfeld Deanne Rubinstein Leonard Schnitzer Jill and Richard Edelson Leonard Schnitzer Babette Schnitzer Helen Mittleman Harry Mittleman Gayle and Paul Romain In Honor of Jill Rubinstein (Outstanding Temple President) Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Leshgold (Special Birthdays) Davia and Ted Rubenstein Stuart Chestler (CBI President) Sharon Tarlow General Contribution Given By Harriet Schatz

I Have A Dream

In Memory of Betty Rosenfeld Elaine and Sandy Weinstein William Gittelsohn Shirley Gittelsohn and Ernie Bonyhadi In Honor of Eleanore Rubinstein (Birthday) Elaine and Sandy Weinstein Ted Rubenstein (Birthday) Karen Wagner (Birthday) Barbara and Barry Caplan

Clara S. Frey Rosemarie Rosenfeld In Honor of Reeve Berlinberg (Bat Mitzvah) Sophie Hill (Bat Mitzvah) Claire Rosenfeld Claire Rosenfeld (Bat Mitzvah) Mark Dohrmann and Julie Durkheimer

Nettie Director Library Book Endowment

In Memory of Edis Cohen Marvin and Lois Urman In Honor of The Urman Family Marvin and Lois Urman

In Memory of Dorothy Durkheimer Mary Kinspel Harriet Bodner Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen Betty Rosenfeld Barbara Durkheimer and Gary Larsen Mark Dohrmann and Julie Durkheimer Dinah Rosen Stuart and Nikki Director Charlotte Greenberg Neal and Lisa Rosen In Honor of Sherry Fishman (B’nei Mitzvah participation) Marvin Diamond (Retirement) Stuart and Nikki Director

Estelle Director Sholkoff Jewish Educators Scholarship

Simon & Helen Director Endowment

Temple Restoration In Memory of Leonard Schnitzer Dina S. Meier & Family Paul Sonnes Robert Sonnes Carolyn See Eleanore Rubinstein

Urman Family College Communication

In Memory of Harriet Bodner Dorothy Packouz

In Memory of Simon Director Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation Trudi Nagel Morrison Cameron and Dick Davis Leonard Schnitzer Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

Lloyd B. Rosenfeld Youth Leadership Fund In Memory of Karl S. Frey Eric and Tiffany Rosenfeld Rosemarie Rosenfeld

Temple Endowment

In Memory of Adrienne Levin Arnsberg Larry Arnsberg & Susan and Robert Diamond

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Funds

Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life In Memory of Vera Hoffman Fine Wilma-Jane Balick and Sandra Kailes Biller Dorothy Rogel Sandra and Gary Etlinger In Honor of Ellena Rosenthal (Graduation) Mary Perlman

Prayer Book

In Memory of Hy Samuels Ilaine Cohen & Family Jerry M. Colton Marcia Colton, Risa Colton-Feldman and Louis Feldman, Jacob and Noah Feldman Adrienne Levin Arnsberg Larry Arnsberg & Susan and Robert Diamond

Sisterhood Programming, Leadership & Enrichment

In Honor of Jane Vereschagin and Michael Goldman (Marriage) Kate and Bill Royston

L’Shana Haba’a B’Yerushalayim NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM!

From the library shelf Suggested Titles:

Collected Plays 1944-1961

April 14-28, 2013

By Arthur Miller

Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein

Join Rabbi and Cantor Cahana on a journey you will never forget.

By Julie Salamon

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance By Edmund De Waal

June 2012


Yahrzeits June 1 & 2 Adrienne Levin Arnsberg Rabbi Moshe Cahana Sally De Leon Pauline Eisenman Phillip Epstein Bernice Feibleman Leah Feinstein Dov Feuer Herman Gadye Florence Golub Charles L. Greenblatt Howard Jacobs Mary Rebecca Kinspel Janice Kohler Anna Krys Martin Krys Paul Lamfrom Justin Landauer Cerdel Lennis Emmanuel Levin Leonard Levinson Joseph Lewis Pearl Lipkin Stuart Little Edith Lok-Schwartz Robert MacDougall Roslyn Maizels John H. Jack Neustadter Dorothy Rogel Edward E. Rosenbaum Marvin Rosenberg Rose L. Rosencrantz Eugenie J. Rothschild Melvin Rubin Jack Saltzman Hy Samuels Ida Saperstein Gertrude Semler Sylvia Shlim Anna R. Tobias Alan Baron Tonkin Abe Weiner Edward Weiss Joseph Werlin Ethel Williams Robert Stephen Wolf Ronald Yankowitz Louis Zacks Samuel Zeidman

June 8 & 9 Laila Aarnas Amelia Backman Ted Balmforth Christopher Glen Brooks Esta Brown Jerry Canton Phil Cohn Esther Daniel Jack L. Davis Simon Director Judith Dreier Hedy Farkas Albert G. Gilbert Isadore L. Golby Charles Greenblatt Marlene Jacoby Patricia Lynn Jorgeson Jack J. Karlin Arthur Katzky Sadie Shapiro Kaufman Su Kawamoto Delphine Levenson Sydelle Levine Elizabeth Lipman Martha Beatrice Martin Isabel Martin Roger Seller Meier Benjamin Oseran Mark (Modachai) Platman Susan Platt Rose Popick Marion Press Besen Robert Radding Max Rubenstein Babette Schnitzer Leonard Schnitzer Jack B. Schwartz Lester Seinfeld Nathan Shapiro Joseph Shemanski Hattie Sonnenfeld Simon Arthur Tarlow Moe M. Tonkon William L. Unger Joshua Weiner Bonita Weinstein Irving David Wilson Heddy Winterman Becky Zeldin Richard Zimmerman

June 15 & 16 Irving I. Ail Benjamin Becker Alec L. Black Arthur Cohen Edis Cohen Robert Cohen Dorothy Durkheimer Joseph Edelstein Ira Flitter Karl S. Frey Gertrude N. Genecov Elizabeth Goldfaden Samuel Goldman George M. Goldstein Morris A. Goldstein Florence M. Kane Maurice Kaplan Leo Katzky Henry Kavitt Maurice Krass Irvin Layton Marcela Leonardy David Light Helen Mittleman Belle Morrison Victor Nudelman Susan Overbeck Isadore (Irving) Rosenberg Clara Roth Roseanne Saunders Joachim J. Jack Schneider Bertha Senders Jack Sheinin Edward T. Sigell Rose Sobelman Jamie Stadig Lillian Lisa Wax Pauline Bercovitz Wright Leah Zavin Hannah Zell

June 22 & 23 Elinor Adler Kathleen Andrianoff Edith Prensk Ashrow Flora Fleischner Berkowitz Ida Brenner Tillie Driesen Melvin Feinstein Vera Hoffman Fine Harriet Finn Marjorie Frank Leo Gold Charlotte Greenberg Claire Grossman Harry B. Harrison Robert Hartzman William Hill-Parks Jack Hirsch Sylvia Holzman Flora Velt Kirk Mollie Paulowitz Klein Jacob Leo Krane Helen Lauterstein Gus Lowengart Henrietta Margulis Alex E. Miller Abe Puziss Florence Robinson Fred Schlesinger Leon Semler Gussie Seres Bruce Lyle Sheinin Iris Rita Sherman Henry Sholkoff Rubin B.Shulman Mildred Leshgold Sidell Rose L. Sigell Irving E. Sklare Lillian Sussman Helen Svidlow Diana Van Straaten Levy Stanley H. Wald Alan Weiner Ronald Jay Wolozin

June 29 & 30 Jean Adler Rhoda Aiken Sara Arnsberg Edward K. Berg Esther Berman Dorothy Cohn Mary Collins Sasha Drutter Sylvia Canton Edelman Howard Fishel Julius C. Friendly William Gittelsohn Bertha Graber Caro Wolf Jacobs Rose Kaufman Max M. Keyser William Lawrence Klein Fanny E. Kowitt Binnie Kramer Irving Krosner Charles Irving Kwartler Celia Lazarus Marian Ovitz Ann Romain Sidney Rosen Alex Rubin Rose Rudman Jerome Salomon Carolyn See Paul Sonnes Babette Strauss Nathan Weil Simon Wolfe

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 Pierce Ethier at 503-222-1069 if you would like more information about this tradition.


Congregation Beth Israel

June 2012 SUNDAY

Sivan – Tamuz 5772 MONDAY




FRIDAY 1  Sivan 11

2  Sivan 12

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service Wedding Blessing of Keara Cummings & Jason Stein 6:00 PM PC

3  Sivan 13

4  Sivan 14

Song of Miriam Awards 10:00 AM Offsite

10  Sivan 20

11  Sivan 21

WRJ/BIS PNW Area Day Offsite

Tot Shabbat 9:30 AM PC

JND Shabbat Service 7:30 PM PC

Shabbat Service Bar Mitzvah of Jeremy Peterman 10:30 AM Temple

9  Sivan 19

5  Sivan 15

6  Sivan 16

7  Sivan 17

8  Sivan 18

Adult Education Committee Meeting 9:00 AM SBR

Social Action Council Meeting 11:30 AM SBR

Investment Committee Meeting 12:00 PM Offsite

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Membership Committee Meeting 12:00 PM SBR


WRJ/BIS Board Meeting 6:00 PM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR Shabbat om the Plaza Service 6:00 PM Lawn Shabbat Service (Weather permitting) Bar Mitzvah of Eli Willman 10:30 AM Temple

12  Sivan 22

13  Sivan 23

14  Sivan 24

15  Sivan 25

16  Sivan 26

Closing Picnic for 2-day 2’s 11:00 AM Lawn

Preschool Closing Day Picnic 11:30 AM Lawn

Preschool Teacher Clean-up 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM SEC

Preschool Teacher Clean-up 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM SEC

Torah Study 9:00 AM SBR

Executive Committee Meeting 5:00 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Shabbat Service 10:30 AM PC

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Havdalah Bat Mitzvah of Darcie Semler 5:00 PM Temple WRJ Board Installation 6:30 PM PC

17  Sivan 27

18  Sivan 28

19  Sivan 29

20  Sivan 30

21  Tamuz 1

22  Tamuz 2

23  Tamuz 3

Board of Trustees Meeting 6:15 PM SBR

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

Shabbat on the Plaza Service 6:00 PM Lawn (Weather permitting)

Shabbat Service 10:30 AM PC Gala Celebrating Cantor Schiff 7:30 PM Offsite @ Governor Hotel

24  Tamuz 4

25  Tamuz 5

26  Tamuz 6

27  Tamuz 7

ACC Concert 6:30 PM Temple

28  Tamuz 8

29  Tamuz 9

30  Tamuz 10

Mah Jongg 10:00 AM SBR

Torah Study 9:00 am SBR

Shabbat Service 6:00 PM PC

Shabbat Service Bat Mitzvah of Emelia Witt 10:30 AM 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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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-Elect 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.

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Senior Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana Cantor Judith Blanc Schiff

Organist John Strege Facilities Manager Pierce Ethier

Rabbi Emeritus Emanuel Rose, D.H.L., D.D.

Facilities Staff Andy Coles Craig Paton Paul Schmidt Catering Panel Alfresco Catering 503-335-2830 Andrew Pollin

Executive Director Sydney A. Baer

Art of Catering Larry Grimes


Education Director Ben Sandler, M. Ed.

Food in Bloom Catherine Hernandez


Education and Life Cycle Administrator Jemi Kostiner Mansfield

Century Catering 503-849-2605 Allen Levin

Development Director Jen Feldman

Devil’s Food Catering Charles Stilwell

Communications Coordinator Allison Baer

Culinary Artistry 503-232-4675 Jenn Louis

Adjunct Clergy Cantor Ida Rae Cahana


Finance Director Jim Baldwin, CPA Accounting Assistant Vicki Greif Office Administrator Dara Docherty Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1879

Administration Offices & Clergy 503-222-1069 Education Department & Preschool 503-222-2037 Fax Machine 503-274-1400 Amy R. Goldsmith Library 503-241-4784 WRJ/BI Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop 503-222-1069 Beth Israel Cemetery 503-222-1069 426 SW Taylors Ferry Road

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