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UPCOMING EVENTS

Honey from the Heart

Honey for the Holidays? Yes!

honeyWhat better way to wish family, friends, and business associates a "Sweet and Healthy New Year" than sending a jar of honey? Before you get busy with vacations and summer camps, family reunions and long car trips, order Honey from the Heart.

This 8-ounce jar of delicious kosher honey arrives in time for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, decorated with a colorful 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 only $10.00 per jar which includes shipping and handling within the United States. We will gladly mail orders outside the United States for an additional fee. To order honey online, go to www.orthoney.com/POR and follow the step by step instructions.

Order online by July 21st, 2014 to avoid a $4.00 per jar shipping fee.

Prefer not to use your credit card online? Then download the order form. Be sure to mail it, with your check, payable to WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood, by July 16th to receive the free shipping within the United States.

 

Gift Shop Summer Happenings

Summer Hours: The Sisterhood Gift Shop is now on summer hours: 2nd & 4th Friday of the month, 11:00 AM -1:00 PM.

Summer Sale in the Shop: During July and August, we are offering 10% off on everything except books.

Volunteer: We always need volunteers in the Gift Shop. Please contact Debbie Braymer, Gift Shop Volunteer Coordinator, at (503) 649-8043 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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. .

 

Save The Date!

CBI NETWORKING EVENT

Sunday, September 28, 9:30am - 11:30am
Blumauer Auditorium

Is your graduate returning to PDX and looking to enter the job market? Are you a parent returning to work after family leave? Are you planning a job transition? This networking event is geared towards building a bridge to the professional world and creating community. All CBI members are welcome to attend this event sponsored by the Sisterhood. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

New Board Elected to Serve Two-Year Terms

The Board of Directors of the WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood is pleased to announce the election of Executive Officers and the appointment of Committee Chairs and Members-at-Large to the Board of Directors of the Sisterhood for the two-year term, July 2014 - June 2016.

Executive Officers
Co-President: Linda Harrison
Co-President: Stephanie Siegel
Recording Secretary: Michael Richman
Corresponding Secretary: Diane Lowensohn
Treasurer: Bianca Urdes
Parliamentarian: Leah Letts
Immediate Past President: Kate Royston

Congratulations and thanks to all of the women who serve our sisterhood, our synagogue, and our community. Click here to view the entire WRJ/BIS Board of Officers, Chairs and Members-at-Large.

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NEWS

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.

 

Advocacy Update

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Sibelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., and Conestoga Wood Specialties, Corp. v. Sebelius, two cases that grapple with important questions of religious liberty and reproductive rights and women's health.

Later that day, Women of Reform Judaism Executive Director Rabbi Marla J. Feldman joined President of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, CEO of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbi Steve Fox and Director and Counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Rabbi David Saperstein in a statement regarding oral argument. Read the Statement here.  

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Gift Shop Committee

If you are interested in joining with others to figure out the future direction of our Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop, please let us know. We are in the process of rethinking the shop and want your input. Just This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with the heading "Gift Shop." Your participation is important.

 

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.

 

BIS Honored with Gold Or Ami Award

Sisterhood-Or-Ami-award-BiennialWRJ/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."

 

volunteerVolunteer Opportunities: We need your help!

We always need volunteers for our gift shop. We'll train you. It's not a full-time commitment. Try a shift a month. If you are willing to volunteer or want more information, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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.

 

Bikur Cholim

Food for the Body and Spirit

bikur-cholimDo 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.

Whatever the reason, if you need help, please contact a member of our clergy in the CBI office (503-222-1069) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will be ready with food to feed the body and spirit.

 

 

Attention All Past Beth Israel Sisterhood Leaders: WHO HAS ALL THAT STUFF?

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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.

 

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.

 

 

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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.  or call 503-520-0759.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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

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