Help us build the Sukkah!
Tuesday, October 7, 5 pm - Sukkah Creation
Thursday, October 23, 5:30 pm - Sukkah Demolition
Every year the Brotherhood erects the sukkah. Like pioneers of the Great Plains, we and our kinsfolk erect the mighty vertical beams raised high toward the hot October sun. Every fiber in every sinew in every muscle in our backs, arms, and legs stretch taut as we pull the triggers on our electric drills to drive two-inch wood screws into pre-drilled holes. The young’uns and the womenfolk cast the great piles of s’chach (Great s’chach!) on high to provide shelter from the elements. And finally, to make the dwelling complete and civilized, we decorate--as all great dwellings are decorated--with seasonal gourds.
And then what happens? Every year, some ne’er-do-well by cloak of night takes the sukkah down. Year after year, we have to keep re-building the sukkah. We’re not sure who the villains are who destroy that which is made, but many strongly suspect the rabbi and his henchmen – the motive being that the rabbi fears competition and comparison with his own sukkah. Well, the Brotherhood has resolved that this will not happen again! Therefore, this year, we will take down the sukkah ourselves, so that no one will have fun at our expense.
Please join us, then, on Tuesday, October 7th at 5:00 PM on the Temple lawn for the creation of the sukkah. Bring your drills and ladders and children for this yearly, fun communal event. Doughnuts, coffee, and juice will be supplied. Then join us again on Thursday, October 23rd at 5:30 PM for the demolition of the sukkah--bring your own sledgehammers, burning torches, and wrecking balls.
Drop off your kids at Religious School then stop by the Brotherhood Café. Your schmoozing with friends at the café during Religious School hours helps support the Brotherhood and the synagogue. Don’t be the last kid on your block to get coffee and a snack at the café. Twenty-five dollar Brotherhood Café gift cards make great yarmulke stuffers for the holidays.
SAVE THE DATE
Wednesday-Thursday, September 24-25
High Holiday Ushering
Friday-Saturday, October 4-5
High Holiday Ushering
Tuesday, October 7
Sukkah building at Synagogue (Beth Israel Plaza) - Board Meeting afterward
Thursday, October 23
Brotherhood and Sisterhood Event TBA
Sunday, November 2
Speaker Series, Speaker TBA
Sunday, December 7
Vodka and Latke
Sunday, March 1, 2015
NEWS AND PAST EVENTS
Brotherhood and the Blazers
Another Brotherhood Blazers Event, another Blazers victory. After enjoying a Cajun feast with (among many other things) jambalaya with dirty rice, twenty-two members of the CBI Brotherhood group from ages 7 to 77 took their primo seats with pockets full of free candy bars and caramel corn in December 2013. Though the Blazers never had the lead in the first half, they quickly closed the gap and vaulted ahead through much of the second, only to lose it in the last few minutes. But spurred on by the screaming fans of the Brotherhood, the Blazers again took the lead in the final 50 seconds and won by 3 points after a missed last-second shot by the Pelicans of New Orleans. Exciting game!
Jews with hammers and drills
On Tuesday, September 10th, 17 healthy and happy men showed up to erect the CBI Sukkah. There were no injuries (although some people became "balance challenged" during construction).
Unfortunately, the Sukkah seems very sturdy - it won't blow down if there's a strong wind - so we have some very talented carpenters on our team. Check out the photographic evidence of our construction.
Urban Wine Tour
July 25, 2013
Once in a great while, certainly not more than once a year, the Brotherhood joins with members from across the figurative aisle (or if you attend an Orthodox Synagogue, literally across the aisle and in the back room) for a social gathering of epic proportions. This year, on July 25, the CBI Brotherhood joined the Sisterhood for a wine tasting event at Enso Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge. We appealed to the Brotherhood to attend in great numbers and show those sisters who’s the boss. Instructions were then passed out to each member to make sure to wear their respective familial pants to make this point clear.
Brotherhood White-Water Rafting Trip
July 21, 2013
The intrepid men of Brotherhood (and some significant others and family members) journeyed to the far reaches of Hwy 26 to take on a few class 3 (and one class 4) rapids on the Deschutes River just outside of Maupin, Oregon. With only air and orange rubber separating us from almost certain doom on the submerged rocks below us, our soaked selves prevailed for three hours against such intimidating currents as Wapinita, Devil’s Hole, Wake Up, Box Car, Rodeo, Powerline, Surf City, Oak Springs, White River, and Upper and Lower Elevator. Properly feted, we then retired to a local hangout for some well-deserved burgers and shakes. We anticipate that this will be an annual outing, so get your reservations in early for next year's event!
Brotherhood Pizza Party
April 28, 2013
While this was one of the Taste of Temple fundraisers (all funds collected go to CBI), this event was for ALL brotherhood members - even those who didn’t attend TOT. The party had a second function: Expanding brotherhood to the many new CBI congregants. Good beer, great company and the best pizza you’ve eaten in this town.
The 2013 CBI Brotherhood Pool Tournament
March 9, 2013
Uptown Billiards Club
Thanks to all who joined us for pool, camaraderie, appetizers, no host bar and a chance to win a bottle of scotch!
The Purim carnival was a great success! Thank you to all who participated, especially to Harvey Newman who picked up lunch supplies from Costco and helped cook the dogs, to David Braymer who picked up the bouncy house and cotton candy machine using his truck, and Don Spiegel who picked up extra prizes and helped cook the dogs. We had a great clean-up crew afterwards, and we want to thank them for doing this otherwise thankless job. And special props to Bob Winthrop and Rich Geller who manned the cotton candy machine and finished the afternoon with pink floss stuck to each and every exposed surface on their body and clothes. Thanks for taking one for the team, guys!
Annual CBI Brotherhood Blazer’s Game
January 13, 2013
Our Beloved Trailblazers took on the Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder, and scoring/foul drawing sensation, Kevin Durant. We feasted upon the fabulous buffet dinner offerings and unlimited concessions in Club Level (all included with your ticket), and cheered the Portland Trailblazers on.
Annual CBI Brotherhood Latkes and Vodkas
December 8, 2012
3:00pm - 5:30pm
Latkes, vodkas, and cook-off, with judging and prizes awarded!
Your membership helps support community service and programmatic activities sponsored by the Brotherhood. For example, your dues help support the Brotherhood’s Youth and Scholarship Fund, CBI’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life team, and the children’s Purim Festival.
Your contribution also helps us to hosts programs involving learned speakers on subject concerning political and social facets of Jewish life.
Finally, membership entitles you to discounts on many Brotherhood outings that include trips to sporting events, poker and pool tournaments, and general male carousing fun.