Celebrate with us December 16!

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Lift Urban Portland's Christmas Dinner - Volunteer Opportunities

Sunday, December 25

Every year for the past 30 or so years, Congregation Beth Israel has hosted a community holiday dinner. This year the dinner is on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Many volunteers generously offer their time to ensure a festive event for the guests. In fact, more than 100 volunteers join hands to serve close to 600 dinners. Volunteers are needed before, during and after the dinner: to prepare and decorate, fill gift bags, greet our guests, serve meals, and clean up. You can sign up here.


Red Cross Blood Drive 

Give the gift of life this holiday season!

Sunday, January 8

The Red Cross has generously agreed to come to Congregation Beth Israel for our very own drive on SUNDAY, JAN 8TH from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Please join the many CBI members who have already signed up to donate blood, and make a difference in up to three people’s lives with just one donation. Donation slots are filling quickly, so SIGN UP NOW to get your preferred time! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’d like to help with the drive in a non-donor role or if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events

Gift Shop Sale and Bake Sale!

Sunday, December 11

Join Sisterhood in satisfying your sweet tooth and doing your holiday shopping at 15% off at the CBI Gift Shop on December 11th! CBI's gift shop is stocked and ready for Chanukah: candles, menorahs, toys, cards, decorations, and more. The Gift Shop is also open Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Fridays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and Sundays 9:15 AM to 12:15 PM. All proceeds benefit CBI's Religious School.

JND's December Happy Hour

Wednesday, December 14, 5:30 PM
Bye and Bye (1011 NE Alberta St)

Calling all 20/30-somethings! Can't get any more Portland than a "dimly lit hipster bar". Whether you're new to town or a regular, let's gather for some drinks and totally casual conversation.

Jews on the Frontier of Sports

Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 PM
Pollin Chapel
Presenters: Harry and Marshall Glickman

The list of Jews who have shaped the business of sports is legendary. Harry Glickman tops that list. Join congregants Harry and Marshall Glickman as they present their take on how Jewish athletes and executives became the catalysts for the future of sports in America. Harry Glickman is one of the founders of the Portland Trail Blazers, and was the team's president from 1987 to 1994. Harry is considered the "father" of professional sports in Oregon. Harry’s son Marshall Glickman is also a former president of the Portland Trail Blazers. He has worked for the NBA and is the founder and CEO of Portland Family Entertainment. He has also served as a full-time consultant for Euroleague Basketball in Barcelona, Spain. Marshall is one of the few sports business executives who has been intimately involved with both of the world's leading professional basketball leagues.

Join Rabbi Joseph at Dad's Night Out!

Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 PM
The Big Legrowlski
812 NW Couch

Our topic this evening will be "When Bad Things Happen to Good People: How to Talk to your Kids about Heavy Topics." Join other guys for a drink and some schmoozing before circling up for interesting, relaxed discussion with Rabbi Rachel Joseph. Open to all!

Winter Break: Religious School

Winter Break for Religious School starts December 18th and goes until January 5th. Sunday Only: Last class 12/11/16, Return 1/8/17. Integrated Hebrew Program: Last class 12/15/16, Return 1/5/17.

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Hineinu, our ongoing commitment to strengthen our community and recognize the kedusha (sanctity) of one another, provides opportunities and experiences that will bring us closer to one another. Working together, both inside and outside the dome, we create ways for our congregants to find connections, create relationships, and nurture and support one another and build community. At CBI we are saying, “Hineinu, We are here, here together!”

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CBI Shares Shabbat

Friday, February 3

On one special night we will share Shabbat, make connections, and create community in the homes of our congregants. We hope you will be a part of it as we come together to light the candles, say the prayers, enjoy Shabbat food and each other’s company. Please participate in Shabbat in our homes, either as hosts or guests. Click here or call our office to sign up.

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Join us for the
WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood 4th Annual Progressive Dinner

This year Sisterhood is offering eight different one-stop experiences, from a Grecian Dinner and Boat Cruise to a Parisian Champagne Brunch!

Click here for details, look over the menus and choose your dinner or brunch – or both! Invite your friends. Meet new people. Sample new foods. Everyone is welcome!

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From committees to book groups, from events for those over 50 to those under 40, there are many ways to get involved at CBI and become acquainted with other congregants. Explore our website, call our office at 503-222-1069, or just show up to a service or event. Here at CBI, you will find a warm and inviting atmosphere in which to expand and explore your Jewish life.

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Congregation Beth Israel’s group
for 20/30-somethings

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