Vodka and Latkes
Sunday, December 6, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Once a year, it happens. We get that craving for fried food that can’t be denied, and that happens to coincide with a religious mandate to indulge! And we at Brotherhood believe it is our mission to help CBI's members satisfy that unstated craving by hosting a special event. For our event, we could provide a “secret” ingredient that represents a fair number of species from the world's fourth-largest food crop. Teams (solos, spouses, groups, whatever) can then utilize the secret ingredient to create oh-so-tasty foodstuffs for all to enjoy.
That’s right... I offer you: Vodka & Latkes 2015!!!!!!
Think you have what it takes? Have you tasted someone's latkes and thought, "it would be so much better if these had (________) in them"? Well, come and put that theory to the test. Participants will have license to make latkes, any kind of latkes. Resurrect that recipe for your Bubbe, create wasabi cream-topped sweet potato latkes, see if anchovies really do work in latkes, or microwave the frozen potato speed bumps from Trader Joe’s and try to pass them off as your own... we welcome all (or as many as can fit) to Congregation Beth Israel’s kitchen, and our wise panel of latke judges (selected through a top-secret balloting process) will decide if your latkes are... luminous or lackluster.
The Brotherhood will provide basic latke ingredients (potatoes, onions, cooking oil), but all participants are encouraged to bring any special ingredients they feel will enhance their chances of winning one of our secret-special prizes.
I would be remiss not to mention the Vodkas... several will be available to speed your time in the kitchen... the full effect hopefully not to kick-in until after completing the chopping duties. Awards will be presented to the top three latkes makers (after our latkes judges go through a pain-staking analysis, more secret than the Oscars).
NEWS AND PAST EVENTS
The men of Brotherhood competed for the 2014 Best Latkes award (for which each participant received everlasting respect).
Beth Israel Brotherhood and Social Action Committee presented:
Gun Control Advocacy In Oregon
A talk by Ginny Burdick, State Senate President Pro Tempore, District 18
Listen to this talk in the Special Event Archive here
Ginny Burdick was first elected to the Oregon Senate in 1996, and is currently serving in her fifth term. Burdick was elected by her peers as Senate President Pro Tempore in 2011. She is Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue, an appointment she received in 2008. In 2011, Senator Burdick was also appointed to Co-Chair the newly created Joint Tax Credit Committee. Additionally, she serves on the Senate Committee on Rules and the Senate Committee on Rural Communities and Economic Development. From 2004 to 2008, Senator Burdick was Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Over the past few years Burdick has championed common-sense gun legislation, enduring smear campaigns from gun rights extremists. This summer she received death threats stemming from her public comments concerning the shootings at Reynolds High School in Troutdale. Burdick had said she believes the shooter’s parents should be held criminally responsible for the death of Emilio Hoffman, the 14-year-old freshman shot at his high school.
Take a peek at the Brotherhood as they were hard at work raising this year's sukkah for Sukkot!
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.