Women of the Wall - April 26, 7pm


Women of the Wall Speaker

Wednesday, April 26 7:00 PM
Main Sanctuary

Please join Lesley Sachs, inspirational speaker and the Executive Director of Women of the Wall for an informative discussion and celebration of Rosh Chodesh!

Lesley Sachs has been advocating for religious freedom for many years and has been at the forefront of the battle for gender equality on many feminist organizations. Prior to being the Executive Director at Women of the Wall, she was the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and Vice President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

Women of the Wall is a group of Jewish women from Israel and around the world who strive to achieve the right to wear prayer shawls, pray and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem, Israel. Dessert reception to follow. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Mitzvah Day

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Make a difference, build community,
and have a blast!


Join us for Mitzvah Day, an annual event at CBI that honors the spirit of both tikkum olam and tzedakah. We guarantee you will: work on a project that tangibly helps others; meet and connect with other members of CBI; and get the opportunity to be seen in the ever-stylish and very recognizable CBI bright blue Mitzvah shirt. We’ll all meet at the Temple at 9:00 AM for a delicious breakfast prepared by the Sisterhood. Breakfast will be followed by a brief program. We will then head off to our projects, either at the synagogue or off site. PLEASE NOTE: This is a religious school day. Though teachers will be assigned to various projects, we encourage you to sign up for the project(s) that works best for you and your family.

Click here for more information and for details of the different Mitzvah projects.

Upcoming Events

"A Century of Sisterhood"

Saturday, May 6, 5:00 PM
Lipman Foyer

You’re Invited to join the Women of Reform Judaism at Congregation Beth Israel in a historical perspective exhibit honoring 100 years of Beth Israel Sisterhood. Beginning with a havdalah service led by Cantor Ida Rae Cahana and honoring our newest Sisterhood members. Champagne and appetizers and lots of good company. Free Event, but donations gladly accepted.

Frontiers of Judaism

Wednesday, May 10 7:00 PM

A conversation with Rabbi Rose on the history of Reform Judaism and how it relates to Congregation Beth Israel.

CBI Book Group

Sunday, May 7, 9:00 AM
Shirley and Herbert Semler Board Room

The CBI Book Club will hold its final meeting before the summer break. Join your fellow book lovers for a lively discussion of The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis.

159th Annual Meeting

Friday, May 12, 5:00 PM
Goodman Hall

Please join us for our (short) 159th Annual Meeting, to be followed by Shabbat evening services and an Oneg. All CBI members are welcome and encouraged to vote at this meeting. We look forward to welcoming our Sally Rosenfeld, Janet Hoffman and Jeff Capen as newly-elected members of the Board, congratulating Steve Gradow, Mark Peterman, Glen Levy, Joanne Van Ness Menashe, and Tony Urdes on their re-election for additional two year terms, and expressing our deep appreciation to departing Board members Ned Duhnkrack, Brad Tonkin, Sharon Meieran, John Epstein, Ilene Davidson and Andy Olshin.

Reading: Blue Eyed Black Boy

Monday, May 15, 7:00 PM

In light of recent violent acts against people of color, Triangle Productions! is committed to sharing plays in ways which elicit greater understanding of yesterday’s events relating to today's environment. This short, powerful play is a staged reading, directed by Andrea White. Cast includes Portland favorites Arlena Barnes, James Dixon, Andrea White and Josie Seid. A discussion with the artists will follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public. More information here.

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Camp Sababa is the best and only Reform Jewish day camp in Portland! We welcome all children entering grades Kindergarten through 5, with a special leadership program for teenagers entering grades 8 and 9.

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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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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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