Join us tomorrow night for a special program: Three Clergy Present

Three Clergy Present: “The Illusion of Inclusion: Welcomed, Welcoming and Sometimes, Not.”

Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 PM
Pollin Chapel
Panel: Rev. Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan, St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Israel;  The Very Rev. Nathan LeRud, Dean, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral


Three clergy from three of the major NW Portland religious institutions gather annually to discuss and teach about issues from their unique religious perspectives. “Catholic, Protestant and Jew” is not the set-up for a joke – it is a fun and serious investigation of issues that affect us all. Inclusion and Welcoming are important words in our religious practice these days. But how do we define ourselves if there is no distinction? America is a land of religious inclusion – but it hasn’t always been. Exclusion is also a part of our history. Join three religious leaders as they discuss history, heresy and even some hypocrisy.

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First CBI Advocacy Day in Salem

Wednesday, February 24
Salem, OR

Join Rabbi Joseph and other members of the SAC for a day of lobbying our regional representatives in Salem on issues of importance to the CBI community including gun violence prevention, hunger, and social justice. The day will include begin with training on effective lobbying techniques followed by meetings with regional representatives. If you want to participate, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing you!

Hineinu Shabbat Service

Friday, February 26, 6:00 PM
Pollin Chapel

Please join us for a celebration of Hineinu with this special Shabbat service and festive Oneg following. Our Hineinu Steering Committee will be there to welcome you and provide more information. As we invest in one another and accept responsibility for creating the community we want, each of our lives will be enriched. It will be a night you won’t want to miss!

Special Sunday in the Library: Author Talk

Sunday, February 28, 10:15 AM
Amy R. Goldsmith/Spear Research Library

CBI member and New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin will talk about his new book, Violent Crimes, a mesmerizing tale of suspense. Attorney Amanda Jaffe, star of Margolin’s best-sellers Wild Justice, Ties That Bind, Proof Positive, and Fugitive, becomes entangled in a murder case involving Big Oil, an estranged father and son, and the greatest ethical dilemma of her career. Margolin will be available to sign the new book after the event.

Tot Shabbat and Preschool Open House

Saturday, March 5, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Join us for a musical Tot Shabbat with Kim Schneiderman and our Clergy. This will be followed by a family Oneg and games in our preschool classrooms. Come meet our teachers and learn more about Early Childhood Education at CBI!

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