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Signing Shabbat | Friday, June 29


Rev. W.J. Mark Knutson, IP43 Chief Petitioner and Lift Every Voice Oregon Campaign Chair; Pastor, Augustana Lutheran Church, will be our guest preacher on Friday night, June 29, 6 pm in Pollin Chapel. Pastor Knutson has been the driving force of this campaign, leading an interfaith coalition of clergy along with volunteers and youth leaders, to ban Assault Weapons and high capacity magazines in Oregon.

On what the campaign is calling “Signing Sabbath,” beginning this Friday night, churches, synagogues, mosques and other locations around the state will speak out against gun violence in America.

Due to a recent Oregon Supreme Court decision, the campaign to gather signatures for the November 2018 ballot has been refocused to 2020.

Rabbi Cahana is one of the three Chief Petitioners of the now suspended ballot initiative and Congregation Beth Israel has been actively involved in the campaign since its inception. The Board of Trustees officially endorsed IP 43, as has WRJ/BI Sisterhood, and many of our members were trained to gather signatures.

High Holidays 5779





Our beautiful Portland Summer has just begun, but your CBI clergy and staff are already planning for the High Holidays. In July, your family will receive a HOUSEHOLD PASS, a single document that will admit your household to the services of its members'choosing, a change that both reduces waste and should streamline your family's entry into services.  This will be our only High Holidays mailing, so please keep an eye out for it! In the meantime, a detailed schedule of services, Book of Remembrance forms, opportunities to volunteer and connect, and information for any guests who wish to join us for the High Holidays can be found here.