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UPCOMING SISTERHOOD EVENTS

 Chanukah Care Packages

WRJ-Beth Israel Sisterhood will be sending a Chanukah care-packages to congregants' children enrolled in college, graduate school, professional educational programs, and military service. We let them know we're thinking of them during the Festival of Lights.

The students love getting our Chanukah packages filled with the Jewish Mother's version of the care package - packets of soup and cocoa, dreidels and gelt, a student directory, note from Rabbi Cahana, and a Starbucks gift card when possible.

We're updating our mailing list for Chanukah. Parents please contact Kathleen Doctor by November 26, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 650-464-5946, with the following:

  • Name of student or military member
  • Student email address
  • College attending or branch of service
  • Address
  • Year in school
  • Permission to include name and email in student directory
  • Any dietary restrictions

Contact Kathleen if you have a few hours to help with the boxing and shipping during the first week in December, or to pick up your child's package at CBI.

This is a free service made possible by Beth Israel Sisterhood budgeted funds and member donations. The next time you plan to give a tribute, please consider the Urman Family College Communication Fund.

 Gift Shop Flyer Nov 2017

 

Find Your Ancestral Roots

Tatiana Lifshitz, a member of CBI expert in genealogy and research can help you start building your tree and teach you the beginnings of research methods available on line. She can help with the archives around the world, foreign languages and expertise in immigration laws and history helpful to identify the origins and paths traveled by your ancestors. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

Be A Mensch

Please be a mensch both beneath and outside our dome! How can you be a mensch for Sisterhood? This list gives you all the information, the websites, and the links for everything menschy. Greet, sell, shelve, lead, cook, stuff, or bake. These are among the paths to mensch-hood. You can be a mensch once a year, weekly, or when you have time. Please look at the options; sign up, send an email, and be engaged in our community. We need your help; be a mensch!

Mensch Menu

  • MONITOR The doors and be welcoming helper at our religious school, ensuring the safe arrival and departure of our students. Learn more and sign up here.
  • SELL Judaica in the Sisterhood Gift Shop
  • GREET Members for Shabbat and High Holiday Services Sign up here.
  • SHELVE Books in the Library This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • LEAD Services at the Robison Home. Sisterhood is responsible for providing a service leader(s) the fourth Friday of every month. We can teach you everything you need to know. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • COOK For Goose Hollow Family Shelter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • BAKE Sweets for Rosh Hashanah: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • STICK Bookplates on new prayer books: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • STUFF Care Packages for College Students and Military Personnel: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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NEWS

100 yearsBeth Israel Sisterhood Centennial Birthday Celebration

What a great party! Our centennial celebration was all we hoped it would be: a wonderful night filled with friendship, laughter, music, and great memories. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and show, with special entertainment provided by Wendy Westerwelle and Eric Stern (both of whom were absolutely FABULOUS!). Thank you to all who planned it, supported it, and attended.

 

Thank You to Our "Women in Business" Sponsors

Please support our sponsors!

Ellen Bick, Real Estate Broker/Investment Consultant
CORE Realtors 503-481-0825 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Robin McAlpine, Area Manager/Wellness Coach
Arbonne International 503.730.2903 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. RobinMcAlpine.Arbonne.com

Beth Eisenberg-Schapera, Director of Catering
Doubletree by Hilton Portland 503-331-4924
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Barbra Gilman, Therapist/Transformational Coach
929-777-0873 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BarbraGilman.com

Michelle-Shari Kruss, Attorney at Law
503-490-4020 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. krusslaw.com

Jessie McCall, Photographer
Jessie and Justin Photography 530-263-2604 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rebecca Cambreleng, Attorney at Law
Cambreleng Law LLC 971-271-7248 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cambrelenglaw.com

 

Crossing Over, A Musical Haggadah Honored With 2017 PAMTA

crossing over titleThe Portland Area Musical Theater Awards recognizes outstanding achievements in the performance of musical theater in the Portland and surrounding area. We are thrilled to announce that Rabbi Alan Berg and Michael Allen Harrison both received a special PAMTA Award for "Outstanding Musical Event" for Crossing Over, A Musical Haggadah performed here at CBI in honor of the WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood centennial celebration! We all feel so very blessed to have been able to present this, and extend our heartfelt congratulations to both Michael and Rabbi Berg. Read more about the PAMTA's. Click here for more information, and to see a previous performance of Crossing Over.

 

Congratulations to Diane Lowensohn on receiving the 2017 Song of Miriam Award for Congregation Beth Israel!

 

The Sisterhood Annual Report Card 2016-17

The Numbers:

  • 239 Sisterhood Members
  • 6 Women sent to WRJ Assembly in Las Vegas, NV
  • 3 Women sent to Fried Conference in Charleston, SC
  • $11,500 Cash raised by the Progressive Dinner, Crossing Over Event
  • $8,000 Gift Shop Sales
  • $6,800 Annual donation to Religious School, Preschool, and Camp Kalsman
  • $995 Donation to CBI Women’s Seder
  • 25 Engagement opportunities for Sisterhood and for CBI members during 5776
  • 164 Care packages to college students and military personnel at Chanukah and at Purim

Significant Achievements:

  • Received Women of Reform Judaism Or Ami “Light of My People” Awards for Exceptional Programming 
  • Sponsored the Special Community Seder for over 50 members of the Portland Jewish Community, and ongoing support of Goose Hollow Family Shelter and Cedar Sinai Park 
  • Sponsored Tot Shabbats to help educate young children and promote engagement of young families 
  • Provided sweets table for Rosh Hashanah and cooked breakfast for 300 on Mitzvah Day
  • URJ Recognition for 100 Years of Sisterhood engagement at CBI
  • Presented production of Crossing Over in the Temple

 

Next Generation (NG) Sisterhood

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Are you in your 20's or 30's or do you know a woman in her 20's or 30's who wants to learn more about Beth Israel Sisterhood, but isn't sure if it is right for her?

Join us at Next Generation Sisterhood as we find our place in sisterhood together! The goal of NG Sisterhood is to give women a place to feel comfortable and build a strong network within the Portland Jewish community. We will be hosting some fun events that are open to all! Join our Facebook page "NG Sisterhood" or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The Many Faces of Dementia

Listen to the program. Click on the audio recording featured at top right of the page.

Thanks to all who attended our April 6th forum discussing “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. Symptoms can also include changes in personality, mood, and behavior. Dementia develops when the parts of the brain that are involved with learning, memory, decision-making, and language are affected by one or more of a variety of infections or diseases. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's disease, but there are as many as 50 other known causes.

Our guest speakers were 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 were also joined by Cantor Ida Rae Cahana.

Click here to listen to a beautiful blessing for caregivers, sung by Cantor Cahana.

 

 

New Way to Give: Pay Online for Dues and Donations

Now you can pay your sisterhood dues or make a donation to any of the sisterhood funds online on the CBI website! It's easy. Click here. After you fill in your name and contact information, look down to "Choose a fund. " This has a drop down menu with lots of choices. Look at the lower portion of the drop down list for the sisterhood funds. Right below the funds list is "WRJ Beth Israel Sisterhood Annual Dues Contribution." It is as easy as choosing the fund or dues and indicating how much you wish to contribute.

 Our dues are:

  • $18 child/student (Ruth)
  • $36 (Sarah)
  • $54 (Rachel)
  • $72 (Deborah)
  • $108 (Miriam)

Our funds are:

  • Bikkur Holim - Hope in Life
  • Prayer Book ($36 each)
  • Service to the Blind
  • Sisterhood Furnishings
  • Sisterhood Programming, Leadership, & Enrichment

Thanks for supporting your sisterhood.

  

 

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.

 

 

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Join Sisterhood!

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.

You can download a membership form here.

Dues

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)

You can check the "Sisterhood Dues" box on your CBI billing or send a check, payable to Congregation Beth Israel, marked "WRJ/BIS Dues."  

You can also now pay your dues online! Click here to do so. After you fill in your name and contact information, look down to "Choose a fund. " This has a drop down menu with lots of choices. Look at the lower portion of the drop down list for the sisterhood funds. Right below the funds list is "WRJ Beth Israel Sisterhood Annual Dues Contribution."

If you have any questions about dues, please contact Sisterhood Treasurer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Watch Sisterhood in Action

Listen to our program on Many Faces of Dementia

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Listen to our program on Child Trafficking

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Sisterhood Membership

All Ages, All Stages - All That's Missing is YOU!

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Women of Reform Judaism/Beth Israel Sisterhood is a group of dynamic women at all ages and stages of life that come together for fun and friendship, spiritual growth and learning, and service and support of our synagogue and community. All that's missing is you!

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.

You can download a membership form here.

Connect with WRJ/BIS

Sisterhood Mission

Mission: To bring women together to support and benefit Congregation Beth Israel and the community by providing opportunities for friendship, service, spiritual growth and learning.

Winner of 2009 & 2011
Or Ami "Light of My People" Awards
from WRJ for excellence in programming

2016-2017 WRJ Beth Israel Sisterhood Board

President: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Immediate Past President: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Recording Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Corresponding Secretary: Shoshanna Lansberg
Treasurer: Leslie Robinson
Parliamentarian: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advocacy & Social Action Chair: Anita Mention
CBI Liaison: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Communications Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Programming Chair: Linda Harrison
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Volunteer Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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