We are proud of all of our students here at CBI! But in the past few weeks something extraordinary has happened to one.

A recent Bar Mitzvah, Duncan McAlpine Sennett chose to devote his D’var Torah to a personal and passionate support of the Freedom to Marry. A video of his speech, in the words of the Huffington Post, “is heating up the blogosphere.”

Since this video was first posted on YouTube on November 26, it has been viewed over 100,000 times! Major online sources, such as The Advocate, The Huffington Post, and Slate.com have covered it. The story has gone international, including the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and, most recently, The Times of Israel. Actor Alan Cumming shared the video with his followers on Twitter. Locally, KGW and the Oregonian have published stories.

Duncan and Rabbi Cahana were interviewed live on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.

Duncan’s message has reached out to 10’s of thousands who are inspired by his commitment. We are proud of him and pleased to be supporters of Oregon United for Marriage.

Watch Duncan's D'var Torah:

Watch Duncan and Rabbi Cahana on "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" on MSNBC:

Watch Duncan address the URJ Biennial. He was presented as an example of successful Youth Engagement. CBI was presented as a model congregation which encourages passionate engagement. Duncan spoke before some 3,000 Reform Jews from across the country. Mazel Tov, Duncan!