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Congregation Beth Israel is proud to present...
The best new Jewish summer day camp in Portland!
We are excited to be offering two sessions this summer:
Session 1 for 8th and 9th graders
August 10-21, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Session 2 for Kindergarten - 5th graders
August 17-21, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Registration is open to members at a discounted rate as well as non-members!
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Voices from Israel
Voices From Israel
Thursday, August 20, 7:00 PM
Please join us for public presentation and conversation with Rabbi Michael Cahana on his recent trip. Many of us followed Rabbi Cahana's journey to Israel through Facebook and videos. Join us as he shares in greater depth pictures, impressions, and remarkable stories of what he heard and saw, expected and unexpected. Israeli treats will be served!
Rabbi Cahana was in Israel last week participating in a Rabbinic mission sponsored by AIPAC's Educational Foundation. This was a high level education and experiential trip for progressive rabbis. They met with some of the top scholars, educators, journalists and politicians in Israel and in the Palestinian territories.
Watch his final video postcard from Israel:
by Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana
As we prepare for Shabbat we learn of two horrific terrorist attacks in Israel. Neither were perpetrated by our traditional enemies. To our shame, these savage acts were the actions of Jews.
The first was a knife attack during a Gay pride parade. The attacker who gravely injured 6 innocents had just been released from prison. Unbelievably, the crime for which he had served a 10 year sentence was for attacking the same parade a decade earlier. He is unrepentant.
The second horrific attack was perpetrated in the Palestinian village of Douma. Firebombs were thrown into two homes by masked Haradi (ultra-Orthodox) men, who took the time to identify their cause in graffiti: “Revenge” and “Long live king messiah” were written in Hebrew alongside a Star of David. This showed the evil perpetrators to be acting as part of the “Price Tag” movement – extremist settlers who use violence against Palestinians to settle scores. They are unrepentant.
Ali Saad Sawabsha, an 18 month old toddler, was killed in this vicious attack. All of his family were hospitalized with severe burn wounds. Their pain is our shame.
Along with every Israeli leader of every political position, we condemn these acts of terror and are ashamed that some extremist Jews have descended to such barbarity. We call on the Israeli government to fulfill their pledge to bring these criminals to justice. Further we call for a deep examination of the circumstances that have allowed this kind of home grown terrorism to exist. We cannot create a secure Israel while lawless terrorists operate – perhaps with the encouragement of some extremist Jewish leaders. This is an evil which must be rooted out.
We have just completed the Jewish commemoration of Tisha B’av – the day of lamentation for our lost Temple and lost history. This Shabbat, which should be a Shabbat of Comfort, we continue our lament. We pray for the victims and we pray that no one will pay the price of terrorism.
CBI Book Group
Sunday, October 4, 9:00 AM
Herbert & Shirley Semler Board Room
CBI Book Club returns this fall!
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.
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