A Message from Rabbi Cahana

The Supreme Court’s Ruling
on Same Sex-Marriage

“. . .and proclaim liberty throughout the land. . .” (Lev. 25:10)

June 26, 2015 will be a day long remembered as one of the most powerful examples of freedom in the 21st Century. How far we have come from having homosexuality treated as a mental disorder to the Supreme Court of the United States recognizing Same-Sex marriages throughout the nation. “No longer may this liberty be denied” Justice Kennedy wrote. The Freedom to Marry is now a Constitutional right. No longer do we have a legally divided nation on this issue. No longer can a couple wonder if their legal marriage will be one day taken away from them, or have their status rejected by a different state. No longer are we a patchwork of states with the power to disempower. Love wins.

I have long said that this issue will only be settled by the Supreme Court, and I am grateful that we have a system which entrenches a clear movement, especially a movement of freedom, as the law of the land.

And I am grateful for all our partners – lay leaders, clergy, politicians – who have worked tirelessly on this issue. I am proud of our congregation which has taken a leadership role for decades. Thank you all.

But while we justifiability celebrate, let us also remember those who have suffered through this fight. Those who have been and still continue to be told that their love is lesser. Those who have been rejected by their families. Those who have had innumerable barriers put up before them: to finding love, to marriage, to adoption, to care of their loved ones. The Supreme Court is not able to heal the hurt of generations. Only we can do that.

Let us all stand together in one beautiful rainbow of diversity. Let us heal old wounds and let us continue to bend the arc of the moral universe. . . towards justice.

- Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana

Upcoming Events

2015 Annual Brother/Sister Wine Party

Thursday, July 16, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Chameleon Restaurant and Bar

It’s here! The annual summer Brotherhood/Sisterhood wine party! Come join us this year on Portland’s best patio at Chameleon Restaurant & Bar. We will be tasting a few of Chef Pat Jeung’s favorite wines, while enjoying a variety of his wonderful specialty appetizers. Learn more.

Meshuganeh's Pre-Neg Happy Hour

Friday, July 24, 5:00 PM
Temple Lawn

Join Meshuganeh, CBI's group for families and couples in their 30s-40s, for a Pre-Neg Happy Hour before the July 24th Shabbat on the Plaza service. Bring your blanket and dinner, and we will have time to schmooze before the service begins at 6:00 PM.

Organizational meeting for CBI Women's Trip to Israel

Thursday, July 30, 6:30pm

Rabbi Joseph is leading a Women’s trip to Israel next spring, March 6-16, 2016. Please join us for an organizational meeting about the trip. Contact Tracy in the CBI office (503-222-1069) to RSVP, for meeting location and more details.

Brotherhood Rafting Voyage

Sunday, August 9
Deschutes River

Join the Brotherhood for a day of rafting excitement on the Deschutes River. The price is $30 per person plus a $9 river-use fee. Brothers pay only $15 dollars. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP and receive full information about departure time and location.

Save The Date: JND's Annual Camping Trip

Friday, August 28th - Sunday August 30th
Seaside, Oregon

Jews Next Dor, CBI's group for 20/30somethings, is going camping! Mark your calendar for this year's trip to the beach! Stay tuned to the JND page for details or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

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