Honey from the Heart: A Rosh Hashanah Honey Fundraiser
What better way to wish family, friends and business associates a "Sweet and Healthy New Year" than sending a jar of honey?
It may be summer, but now is the time to order our honey. This distinctive 8-ounce jar of kosher honey arrives in time for Rosh Hashanah, decorated with a festive label, and includes a personalized card reading "L'Shana Tova - Wishing You a Healthy and Happy New Year." This card also lets the recipients know that a donation has been made in their honor to WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood.
Your cost is $11.00 per jar, plus a $4.00 per jar shipping fee. We will gladly mail orders outside the US for an additional fee.
To order honey, go here and follow the step-by-step instructions.
- Shipping fee is $4.00 per jar
- Add $18 for Canada, $25 for other countries
- Add $4.00 for APO/FPO military addresses
Special Fall Opening Event and Brunch
October 15 at 10:30 am
Tickets are $18 each
Join us for a book signing with local authors Lois Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen. They will talk about their new publication Pirkei Imahot, The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women. Friends and guests are encouraged to attend.
RSVP: Beth Israel office at 503-222-1069 or mail in your check to: WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood 1972 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209
Special Membership Offer: Join as a new Sisterhood member between now and October 15 and receive a FREE TICKET to this event!
SAVE THE DATE: Beth Israel Sisterhood Centennial Celebration Party
When: Sunday, November 5th, 5:00 pm
Where: Goodman Hall at CBI
Why: To celebrate our 100 years as a Sisterhood
Showcasing: Women in Business and Professions
Enjoy a wonderful dinner and show, with special MC Wendy Westerwelle
More information to come!
ATTENTION: Are you a woman in business or the professions?
Here's how to let the CBI community know about your business.
Take advantage of this opportunity to promote your business at Sisterhood's Centennial Celebration Party on November 5th. You will also be helping to underwrite this wonderful evening.
Find Your Ancestral Roots
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!
- 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.
Crossing Over, A Musical Haggadah Honored With 2017 PAMTA
The 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
- 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
- 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
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?
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.
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.
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)
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."