Beth 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.
Click here for our Centennial Celebration Photo Gallery to see more photos from the evening.
Sisterhood Hamentashen Baking
Sunday, February 25, 12:30-2:00 PM
Goodman Hall kitchen
First, watch a demonstration by Amanda Netter and Beth Eisenberg-Schapera of how to make hamentashen dough and fillings. Then you will assemble and bake your own hamentashen to take home. Limited to 15 people; parents with children encouraged.
Cost: $10/person; RSVP and pay to the CBI office by February 23rd (503-222-1069).
Bring: Your rolling pin
Calling All Nominees
2018 PNW Sisterhood Retreat
PNW Sisterhood Retreat Registration is open! This year it will be held March 23-25, 2018, again at lovely Camp Kalsman in Arlington, WA. For details and registration click here.
All women are encouraged to attend, even if you aren't a sisterhood member. This is your weekend. We hope you'll join us.
Friday, March 9, 6:00 PM
What is Sisterhood Shabbat?
Our annual service is a joyous celebration of Shabbat prepared and offered by the women of Beth Israel Sisterhood and our wonderful CBI clergy. Everyone in the congregation and community is invited to join us at this special worship service, which will be held on Friday, March 9, at 6:00 PM.
How Can I Participate?
Special Community Seder
Beth Israel Sisterhood will host a Special Community Seder on March 14. This event is done in cooperation with Jewish Family and Child Services. Our Sisterhood's tradition of the Community Seder dates back more than 50 years. Past attendees, both guests and volunteers, have enjoyed a meaningful and joyous celebration of Passover.
The seder is conducted in English, Hebrew, and Russian. It is an opportunity for members of our community who otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend a seder. Our thanks to Cantor Cahana who will be our leader again this year.
Be a Mensch, Be a Mensch!
Please be a mensch, both beneath and outside of our dome! How can you be a mensch for Sisterhood? This list gives you the links for everything menschy. Greet, sell, lead, 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 these options; sign up, send an email, and be engaged in our community. We need your help; be a mensch!
- GREET members for Shabbat and High Holiday Services. Sign up here.
2018 Fried Leadership Conference in Nashville
The next WRJ Leadership Conference will be held March 1-4 in Nashville, TN. This popular leadership gathering is now sold out, but Beth Israel Sisterhood will have our representative there - Shoshanna Lansberg.
Made possible in part by a generous gift from WRJ Board member Joanne B. Fried, FLC is WRJ's flagship event. It is a 4-day experience to hone leadership skills, further Jewish learning, and deepen connections with other sisterhoods, leaders, and WRJ.
FLC is intended for current, rising, and experienced sisterhood leaders, WRJ Board members and Board alumnae, new WRJ members, and any woman interested in WRJ and the Reform Movement.
FLC 2018 Speakers & Performers include:
- Michelle Citrin, musician-in-residence
- Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of Union for Reform Judaism
- Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of Children's Defense Fund; 2018 WRJ Jane Evans award winner
- April Baskin, keynote speaker/ presenter
- Stacy Beyer, FLC choir director
Leadership development is an important part of WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood, with your dues helping to provide WRJ programming.
Sisterhood's Spring Fling Social Hour
Monday April 9, 5:00 -7:00 PM
Indigo, 430 SW 13th Ave. in the Sapphire Room on the 23rd floor rooftop
Please join Sisterhood for our Spring Fling Social Hour. We will enjoy a light nosh, refreshments, and conversation. It is a perfect opportunity to meet other women in a fun and comfortable setting.
Find Your Ancestral Roots
Thank You to Our "Women in Business" Sponsors
Please support our sponsors!
Ellen Bick, Real Estate Broker/Investment Consultant
Robin McAlpine, Area Manager/Wellness Coach
Beth Eisenberg-Schapera, Director of Catering
Doubletree by Hilton Portland 503-331-4924
Barbra Gilman, Therapist/Transformational Coach
Michelle-Shari Kruss, Attorney at Law
Jessie McCall, Photographer
Rebecca Cambreleng, Attorney at Law
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."