Treasures in Bloom 2014
It’s that time again! Treasures in Bloom is back, bigger and better than ever. This is Beth Israel Sisterhood’s biggest fundraiser of the year. We have beautiful bedding plants, hanging baskets, herbs, and organic vegetable plants! Remember, your plant purchases support our religious school.
You can download the order form here or pick one up either at the gift shop or the CBI office. Please return your completed order form with a check made payable to WRJ/ Beth Israel Sisterhood. All orders must be prepaid. Orders must be received by March 31, 2014. Send your completed order form and check to: Lynn Gelber 3112 NE Knott St., Portland, OR 97212
Pick-up pre-ordered plants PLUS purchase on site plants from Terra Nova Nurseries and goodies from our Bake Sale on Sunday, April 27, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Pre-orders over $50 will be entered in a drawing for a prize!
3rd Annual Sisterhood Purim Happy Hour
Monday, March 10
Hotel deLuxe (729 SW 15th Avenue Portland, OR 97205)
The Many Faces of Dementia
Sunday, April 6
10:15 AM – 12:00 noon
On April 6, Sisterhood will host a forum to discuss “The Many Faces of Dementia.” Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, but there are as many as 50 other known causes.
Our guest speakers are David Douglas, MD, an expert on dementia with board certifications in psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry, who has worked in the field for the last 20 years; and Shelly Edwards, Outreach and Program Director, Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association®. We will also be joined by Cantor Ida Rae Cahana. There will be time for questions and answers as well, so please come and explore the “many faces of dementia”. This program is free and open to the public.
Gift Shop Hours
The gift shop will be open during religious school hours on Wednesday evening from 6 pm to 8 pm and Sunday morning from 9:15 am to 12:30 pm. We will also be open on Fridays from 11 am to 1 pm, To schedule an appointment during other hours, please call gift shop manager Daureen Morris at 503-246-0374. Remember, proceeds from the gift shop help Sisterhood fund religious school activities.
BIS Honored with Gold Or Ami Award
WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood has been honored with the distinguished Gold WRJ Or Ami "Light of My People" Award for social justice programmatic achievement during 2011-13 for our program on child trafficking in the Portland area. US Representative Suzanne Bonamici and Deputy Keith Bickford of OATH (Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans) were featured speakers at the March 2, 2013 program, which also included a moving performance by the Agnieszka Laska Dancers. The awardees were recognized during WRJ's 49th Assembly & Centennial Celebration, Dec. 11-15, 2013 in San Diego, CA. This is the third Or Ami Award our sisterhood has won over the past three assemblies.
Portland has been identified as an area where child sex trafficking is particularly rampant. Members of the BIS Advocacy and Social Action Committee wanted to learn about the scope of the problem, identify who was at risk, who was working to eradicate the problem, and what could be done to help. The result was a well-structured forum in which to share findings and spur the community to action. Attendees had an opportunity to speak with the experts one-on-one following the formal presentation. Daphna Stadig, chair of the committee, was instrumental in planning and organizing the program, which was free and open to the entire Portland community.
Listen to the entire program from the audio track on the right side of this page.
"I am proud and grateful that our sisterhood was able to bring awareness and inspire action in our community," said Linda Harrison-Fintzy, Beth Israel Sisterhood President. "Receiving this award is a considerable honor and will hopefully inspire others to take action in their own communities to aid the vulnerable victims of child trafficking."
Established in 1973, the WRJ Or Ami "Light of My People" Award recognizes social justice, community service, and educational programming that is exemplary and serves as a model for other WRJ Districts and women's groups. The awards are given biennially and coincide with WRJ's Assembly. For the period of 2011-13, there were 66 applications from WRJ affiliates in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. Based on selection criteria including quality, program content, replication potential, and impact, there were six programs in each of the following categories: Gold, Silver, and Bronze (with Gold being the highest category, followed by Silver, and then Bronze).
"As we celebrate WRJ's Centennial year, we are pleased to recognize exceptional WRJ District and women's group programming with this renowned award," said Lynn Magid Lazar, WRJ President. "These programs represent WRJ's continued commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world) for the past 100 years and they will ensure that commitment will continue for the next 100 years and beyond."
Volunteer Opportunities: We need your help!
Are You the Parent of a College Student or a US-Based Member of the Military?
The Sisterhood College Communications Committee is updating our mailing list of CBI members who are current college students or US-based members of the military. We send two packages a year, usually at Chanukah and Purim, to keep in touch with our kids, let them know we're thinking of them, and to wish them well while they're away at school or the military. We send the Jewish Mother's version of a care package, with packets of soup and cocoa, dreidels and gelt, or hamentashen and groggers. We include a student directory, a note from Rabbi Cahana, and anything else we think might interest/benefit them. We also slip in a Starbucks or iTunes gift card when possible.
This is a free service made possible by funds directly budgeted by our sisterhood, member donors, and the Urman Family College Communication Fund. The next time you plan to give a tribute, please consider the Urman Family College Communication Fund.
Food for the Body and Spirit
Do you know about Sisterhood's Bikur Cholim project? Daphna Stadig leads a group of cooks in preparing food for families in our congregation in need of assistance: perhaps a family member is ill or injured or in the hospital; maybe there is a new baby; or there has been a death in the family.
Oh, What a Night!
Progressive Dinner Fundraiser a Tasty Success!
Beth Israel Sisterhood's 2013 Progressive Dinner fundraiser was a a great success. Despite the rain and wind, everyone was enthusiastic. Fifty-two guests along with twelve dinner hosts (six houses) gathered as we began our evening with appetizers and a lovely havdalah service, led by Cantor Judith Schiff.
Guests were given an envelope that revealed where they would be going for dinner and the directions to get there. The goal was to meet new people in a small group setting, so the groups were set up randomly. After dinner, we moved on to the Oregon Jewish Museum to end the evening with dessert, champagne, classical guitar, and viewing of the Museum exhibit on immigration. Carpooling was highly encouraged throughout the evening.
The dinner planning committee Ellen Bick, Linda Harrison, Gerry Jackson, Sally Swire, and Shelly Levy did a great job and encouraged people to contribute to the fundraiser, even if they could not attend.
We were thrilled at the response from everyone and especially wanted to thank our dinner hosts:
Sarah & John Epstein: main entree lamb
Lynn & Charlie Gelber: smoked chicken
Gerry & Morrie Jackson: pot roast
Randie & Mark Peterson: stuffed chicken
Gillian & Henry Rosicky: brisket
Lynn Tobias & Chet Edwards: salmon
We also want to say thank you to all those who baked desserts for this event. And todah rabah to Judy Margles, the director of Oregon Jewish Museum for allowing us to use OJM as our final destination that evening. There were lots of smiles and new friendships and raves about the wonderful dinners. We all had a great evening. It even stopped raining!
Pink Martinis for Breast Friends
Membership Open House a Success!
The Sisterhood would like to thank everyone who participated in our Sisterhood Open House: Pink Martinis for Breast Friends. We hope that everyone who attended got a chance to connect with old friends and make some new friends too!
Becky Olson of Breast Friends spoke on H:O:P:E: Helping Others Provide Empathy. Becky was a dynamic speaker and her story is truly inspirational If you would like more information please visit her at www.breastfriends.com. Attendees made almost $250.00 in contributions to Breast Friends!
Thanks to our Membership Committee (Shelly Levy, Kathleen Doctor, and Sarah Krakauer) for organizing the evening. And thanks to our volunteers from the Mighty Men of Brotherhood, for manning the bar. Scott Schaffer and Morrie Jackson - you were great!
Attention All Past Beth Israel Sisterhood Leaders: WHO HAS ALL THAT STUFF?
The year 2017 is the 100th anniversary of our sisterhood and for that occasion's celebrations archival material will play an important role. For that reason, as well as for the need to keep all of our sisterhood's story safe, we urge you to bring whatever materials you have - documents, artifacts, photographs, whatever - to the Oregon Jewish Museum (OJM) so they can be cataloged for preservation and easy accessibility.
Rose Rustin reports, "Michael Wood Richman and I are at OJM most Monday mornings and have come close to completing our work on the material given to OJM, but we know there are huge gaps in the sisterhood story. For example, we have found practically nothing on the Braille Project, yet we know it was at one time a significant part of Sisterhood's program."
"WHO HAS ALL THAT STUFF? Look in your closets. Bring any Sisterhood material to OJM, any week day. We'll welcome and thank you for anything you bring to us."
If you are unable to get to the OJM, please bring your materials to the CBI office and ask that it be put aside for Rose.
Services at Robison Home
A Meaningful Shabbat Experience
Every Shabbat is special, but you have an opportunity to experience a very special Shabbat. Cedar Sinai Park was having difficulty in finding volunteers to lead services. Our sisterhood has agreed to provide a leader once a month for Friday night services. We would welcome some additional volunteers.
If you've never led a service, don't worry. We use the Gates of Prayer siddur (the gray book) and our religious chair, Rachel Halupowski, has guidelines that tell you which prayers to do and lists the page numbers.
It is a truly rewarding experience. The residents are so pleased to share Shabbat with you. You can do it alone or with a family member of friend. For further details or to volunteer, please email Eve Rosenfeld or call her at (503) 226-5990.
WRJ Centennial Moments
Social justice and advocacy are among the hallmarks of National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods/Women of Reform Judaism. Our sisterhoods annually support soup kitchens, public schools, nursing homes, community gardens, and other institutions in their local communities. They also contribute to disaster relief efforts in times of crisis and support global initiatives around the world.
Altogether, sisterhoods and women's groups contribute an average of $2500 annually to such causes or $1,250,000 collectively. That's about $85,000,000 over the course of our hundred year history for non-Reform social justice causes.
Your membership makes the difference. We are stronger together. Your dues support our religious & pre-schools and special projects here at CBI, as well as our work with those in need in our community, and provide significant support to our parent organization, Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). Sisterhood is one of the most vital organizations at Congregation Beth Israel.
We invite you to join us by becoming a member or renewing your membership.
Did you know that unless you indicate payment be applied specifically to your Sisterhood dues, all payments will go to your CBI dues and other fees first? Please support Sisterhood by paying your dues today. Dues levels are:
- $18 child/student (Ruth)
- $36 (Sarah)
- $54 (Rachel)
- $72 (Deborah)
- $108 (Miriam)