Celebrate the High Holidays with Congregation Beth Israel!

 

FULL SCHEDULE OF SERVICES | HIGH HOLIDAYS FAQ  |  FOOD DRIVE | HIGH HOLIDAYS FAMILY CAMP

We are looking forward to gathering with our kehilah kedosha (sacred community) for High Holidays 5778. Our clergy have been planning services that will invite each of us to reflect on the meaning of our lives, our capacity for gratitude, and our relationships with the divine. The schedule of these services are below; please join us for the ones that best fit your family. 

Wishing you sweetness in the new year,

Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana
Cantor Ida Rae Cahana
Rabbi Rachel Joseph

 

Can't make it to High Holiday services? We want you with us! You can join us LIVE over the internet through our webcast for every service in the Main Sanctuary. Just click here to watch each service!

 

Read the texts of this year's High Holiday Sermons:

Rabbi Cahana's Kol Nidre SermonSanctuary
Rabbi Cahana's Rosh Hashanah Morning SermonSummer of Love / Summer of Hate – Love is What We Need
Rabbi Joseph's Erev Rosh Hashanah SermonDon't let the Fear keep you from the Joy

Click here for a downloaded PDF of the High Holidays Schedule.CBI 2017 HHD schedule


High Holidays FAQ

When will I get my High Holiday Admission Cards?

You should have already received your High Holidays Admission Cards. If you have not, please let us know. If you are planning on listing your loved ones’ names in our Book of Remembrance, we will need to receive your form by Friday, September 8. You can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the CBI office with any questions about the Book of Remembrance.

 

Where may I park during High Holiday Services?

PARKING NEAR CBI IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT! Our neighbors at Metropolitan Learning Center (NW Glisan between 20th and 21st) and Northwest Children's Theater and School (NW Flanders and 19th) have made parking available as indicated below. Please monitor this page for updated information about Trinity Episcopal Church (NW 19th Avenue and Everett) as it becomes available. Unfortunately, St. Mary’s Cathedral was unable to offer us parking this year. You may only park in the lots listed below on the dates indicated; please help us be good neighbors to these generous organizations. And consider carpooling, taking public transportation, or using a rideshare service. The Kings Hill/NW Salmon MAX Station is a 1/2 mile walk from CBI, and there are bus stations at NW Glisan and 19th (77 bus line) and W. Burnside and NW 20th (bus lines 15, 18, and 20).

Wednesday, September 20 (Erev Rosh Hashanah)
Northwest Children's Theater and School (NW Flanders and 19th) - Yes, parking available
Metropolitan Learning Center (NW Glisan between 20th and 21st) - No parking 

Thursday, September 21 (Rosh Hashanah)
Northwest Children's Theater and School (NW Flanders and 19th) - Yes, parking available
Metropolitan Learning Center (NW Glisan between 20th and 21st) - No parking

Friday, September 29 (Erev Yom Kippur)
Northwest Children's Theater and School (NW Flanders and 19th) - Yes, parking available
Metropolitan Learning Center (NW Glisan between 20th and 21st) - No parking

Saturday, September 30 (Yom Kippur)
Northwest Children's Theater and School (NW Flanders and 19th) - No parking
Metropolitan Learning Center (NW Glisan between 20th and 21st) - Yes, parking available

 

May I have additional Admission Cards for family and friends?

We know the importance of sharing the High Holidays with loved ones. Please invite them to join you at CBI by calling the Main Office at (503) 222-1069 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For the High Holidays, it is customary for guests to make a $180 suggested donation.

 

I will be out of town over the High Holidays; can you help me arrange to attend services elsewhere?

If you will be traveling and would like to attend services at a URJ congregation elsewhere, please call the Main Office at (503) 222-1069 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; we will be happy to help you make arrangements for reciprocal tickets.

 

When do the doors open for Services?

Doors will open 1/2 hour before the Family Evening Service and fifteen minutes before the Traditional Evening Service. Doors will open 1/2 hour before the morning services.

 

Other Questions?

Call us at the Main Office at (503) 222-1069 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

High Holidays Funds for Food Drive

Each year for the High Holidays, we ask congregants to give to our food fund. Funds are then distributed to local food pantries.

The Oregon Food Bank tells us:

  • 644,000 (16.1%) of Oregonians are food insecure, which means that they do not have access to a sufficient quantity of affordable nutritious food. It is estimated that 223,450 of those Oregonians are children.
  • Emergency food boxes go to 270,000 people each month in our state – that’s half of Portland’s population, and 92,000 are children.
  • Millions of meals are also served at shelters and other programs.
  • The people who suffer the most when food is scarce are families, children and seniors.
  • Too many families are left to make choices between necessities and often these sacrifices still don’t keep food on the table. Kids are left without enough food to keep them alert or able to learn. They go to bed hungry, and they wake up hungry.

Cash gifts go a long way.

What does your dollar do? The Oregon Food Bank can buy in bulk, so cash gifts go a long way. For example:

$18.00 = 39 individual meals; 13 dinners for a family of three
$36.00 = 78 meals; 39 lunches for a retired couple
$54.00 = 162 meals; 27 meals for a family of six.
$108.00 = 324 meals; 108 meals for a grandparent and two grandkids
$144.00 = 432 meals; 54 meals for two parents, four children and two neighbors.

Make this a family project and talk to your family. To donate to the Funds for Food, Click here and indicate Food Fund. Or call the synagogue office at (503) 222-1069 or send a check to CBI. Thank you for helping so many with your generosity.

 

CBI BB Camp High Holiday Family Camp 2017