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Gift Shop Fall 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.
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 Progressive Dinner fundraiser began at 5:30pm Saturday night at CBI in Lipman Foyer. 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-Fintzy, 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!
Rosh Hashanah Sweets Table & Break-the-Fast 5774
Every year it is Sisterhood's pleasure to present a display of sweets for our congregants to enjoy following Rosh Hashanah services and serve noshes for congregants to break the fast.. This year, as CBI executive director Sydney Baer said, "The sweets were extraordinary; both beautiful and delicious and lovingly trayed! Everyone really outdid themselves." Toda raba to Leslie Geller for organizing the sweets project. She had plenty of help with baking and preparing the trays,
Rachel Halupowski once again was in charge of the Break-the-Fast, and did a wonderful job. It is so nice to have a nosh following the conclusion of Yom Kippur services. Toda raba to you, Rachel. In addition to her other volunteers, Rachel even had help from her brother Mark, visiting from Israel!
We want to thank Leslie and Rachel, and all who helped, baking, tray preparation, and those who donated funds for these projects. You are all a blessing!
Thank you Susan Milstein, Nancy Green, Ellen Bick, Linda Fintzy, Gerry Jackson, Morrie Jackson, Kate Royston, Susie Desmond, Tiffany Rosenfeld, Daureen Morris, Lynn Tobias, Sally Rosenfeld, Terri Warren, Julia Waldinger, Lynn Lertzman, Sally Swire, Sarah Krakauer, Keren Hoover, Ted Nelson, Shelly Levy, Eve Rosenfeld, Bobbi London, Sarah Epstein, Eleanore Rubinstein, Daphna Stadig, Geri Cullers, Debbie Braymer, Pearl Trachtenberg, Kathleen Doctor, Rose Rustin, Bunny Sadis, Margaret Hasson, Lois Urman, Bobbie Goldstein, Gail Hansen, Sarah Hansen, Julie Sheppard, Megan Garbayo, Michelle-Shari Kruss, Janice Slonecker Berman, Jaime Kean, Lois Schnitzer, Diane Ring, Stephanie Siegel, Mark Halupowski, and Liz Menashe.
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.
BIS Honored with Gold Or Ami Award
Child Trafficking Program Recognized
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 will be recognized during WRJ's 49th Assembly & Centennial Celebration, Dec. 11-15, 2013 in San Diego, CA. The winners also will be featured on WRJ's website and in other WRJ resources. 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."
Wine Tasting Wonderful!
We are happy to report another successful Sisterhood/Brotherhood wine adventure at Enso Urban Winery. There were a total of 23 brothers and sisters who enjoyed five flights, cheeses and meats, and an overview of the history and process of wine making by our host/owner Ryan Sharp. Excellent wines and excellent company combine for a truly great evening.
We are so glad that we were able not only to be with familiar friends, but with new ones as well. What better way to connect with the people of Beth Israel? Each year brings a new adventure. Here's to Wine Night 2014 - We hope to see you there!
Centennial Havdalah Honored BIS Past Presidents
On June 8, 2013 our centennial celebration continued with a wonderful Havdalah service written especially to mark the 100th birthday of Women of Reform Judaism. We celebrated the first century of WRJ and the women who have led our own sisterhood at the beautiful SW Portland home of Alan and Lana Miller, Past President of WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood.
Our goal was to honor and celebrate the work of presidents past and to reaffirm the WRJ/BIS commitment to our future. We are proudly "Stronger Together."
As board member Daphna Stadig, beautifully shared:
"I thought that the Havdalah service and potluck was lovely last night. It was really touching to see relatives of past presidents attend. Husbands and sons, daughters and granddaughters, who still carry their mother's and wife's passion in their heart, honoring their memory by attending - that to me is a realization once more that death is only a physical separation, but the spirit lives on.
I loved the fact that Debbie Braymer read the names of all of our past presidents and Alan Miller corrected her pronunciations; to him these were really significant people in his life, part of his history. He said to me, "they are all gone," and I said, "tonight they are dancing." He smiled.
The thought of a centennial is amazing - what did Sisterhood's agenda during the holocaust look like? What about Israel's independence? Imagine watching the Reform movement change...so much history. To me it's precious to have a continuity, a history. It simply re affirms who we are as individuals and collectively as Jews."
We'd like to thank our hosts, Lana and Alan Miller (and Zues the dog); Lynn Gelber and Debbie Braymer for organizing the event; Rabbi Michael Cahana, Rabbi Rachel Joseph, and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana for their participation; and all who attended.
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)