Tenth Annual Barbecue for the Residents of Northwest Tower and Annex
Sunday, June 23
Volunteers are needed for set-up, cooking, serving, and clean-up on the day of the event, as well as to purchase groceries and door prizes in advance of the event. Donations of door prizes are also welcome, especially practical items such as household supplies, kitchen utensils, towels, and socks. Children’s items are also needed for the 35 children living in the housing complex.
Please please contact the CBI office at 503 222-1069 or email us if you are able to help with this event.
Sunday, May 5
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Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated clergy and staff, as well as our co-chairs James Anchell, Janet Morgan, Mary Scalone and Julia Waldinger, we enjoyed another very special Mitzvah Day. Special thanks go to Rabbi Joseph for her leadership in bringing a new dimension to the day. We also want to thank our team leaders who brought energy and commitment to making each project a success.
With projects for every age, over 300 people brought meaning to Tikkun Olam:
- we sang to the residents of the Robison Home
- beautified the CBI Cemetery
- did a neighborhood clean-up
- gave a birthday party for the residents of the Northwest Tower and Annex
- gave blood to the Red Cross
- donated to the Community Warehouse
- cleaned and polished at Janus House and delivered hand-made blankets and baked for 500 guests at Potluck in the Park
- sorted, stacked and cleaned at the ReBuilding Center
- donated food and sorted it for the Sunshine Pantry
- held a bake sale to help a child in need
- improved the library at Northwest Tower and Annex
- made placemats for Loaves and Fishes recipients
- created gardens for the guests of Ronald McDonald House
- made and distributed over 300 Soupsacs to those in need
Many of us even joined the Gift of Life Registry for bone marrow and blood stem transplants.
We hope that, by working together, we learned every day can be a Mitzvah Day and that each of us can make a positive difference in the world. As Jews we are taught that every human is created "b’tselem elohim," in God’s image. Every person is imbued with the divine spark, infinite in value and unique. Whether it’s working on a CBI project, working at one of our partner organizations, visiting a shut-in, or just smiling at someone who might otherwise feel invisible, it is both our duty and gift to respect and improve the lives of others.
In addition to the projects sponsored by Congregational Beth Israel's Social Action Committee, we partner with the following 503(c) (1) nonprofit organizations:
LIFT URBAN PORTLAND
JANUS YOUTH PROGRAMS
Janus is licensed to provide group residential and shelter care and a certified drug and alcohol program. Janus' alternative education school is approved for learning disabled and emotionally disturbed students.
Community Warehouse collects donated household goods and furnishings and redistributes them to our neighbors in need.
POTLUCK IN THE PARK
Every Sunday, Potluck in the Park volunteers prepare and serve a hot wholesome meal to hundreds of needy people and provide a welcoming community gathering place.
THE ReBUILDING CENTER
The ReBuilding Center, a project of Our United Villages, provides resources that make home repairs affordable to everyone, with the goal of promoting the reuse of salvaged and reclaimed materials.
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES
The Ronald McDonald House Charities provide a “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children and support initiatives to improve pediatric health.
Sunshine Pantry offers food, clothing, household items, toys and toiletries to families in need in Beaverton.
Urban Gleaners mission is to help alleviate hunger by collecting edible, surplus food that would be thrown away and distributing it to agencies that feed the hungry.
Questions about how you can get involved with the Social Action Committee?