Adult Education 2016-17: Jews on the Frontier
This year, we are exploring the stories of Jews on the frontier, both literal and figurative. We’ll learn about everything from the history of Jewish pioneers settling the West, to Jews researching the frontiers of medicine, to Jews traveling the outer reaches of science fiction. We also will discover what some of our other community institutions–the Oregon Historical Society and the Oregon Jewish Museum–have to offer. Join us!
CBI Book Group
Sunday, May 7, 9:00 AM
Shirley and Herbert Semler Board Room
The CBI Book Club will hold its final meeting before the summer break. Join your fellow book lovers for a lively discussion of The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis.
Frontiers of Judaism
Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 PM
A conversation with Rabbi Rose on the history of Reform Judaism and how it relates to CBI.
Jews on the Frontier of Sports
Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 PM
The list of Jews who have shaped the business of sports is legendary—David Stern (former NBA Commissioner), Bud Selig (former MLB Commissioner), Gary Bettman (NHL Commissioner), Mark Cuban (Mavericks owner), Roman Abromovich (Chelsea owner), Al Davis (Raiders owner), Jerry Reinsdorf (Bulls & White Sox Owner) – and longtime CBI member and community member Harry Glickman, the father of professional sports in Oregon. Harry, together with his son Marshall, will present their take on how sports became a way out of poverty for many Jewish immigrants, and how so many Jews rose to become the catalysts of the future of sports in America.
Tour of the Oregon Historical Society Archives
Saturday, June 10, 2:00 pm
Tour the Oregon Historical Society “vault” in Gresham with OHS Executive Director Terry Tymchuk. Tour lasts ninety minutes and good walking shoes would be helpful. Up to forty visitors can be accommodated. Call the CBI office at 503-222-1069 to sign up, and to get directions and help with car pooling.
Three Clergy Present 2016: "The Illusion of Inclusion: Welcomed, Welcoming and Sometimes, Not."
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
On February 9, 2016, three clergy from three of the major NW Portland religious institutions gathered to discuss and teach about issues from their unique religious perspectives. 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. Read more about the event in this Catholic Sentinel article.
Watch video of some of the event:
Three Clergy Present 2015 - Three Clergy and a Wedding: Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in our Religious Tradition
Speakers: Msgr. Patrick Brennan of St. Mary’s Cathedral, The Rev. Canon Nathan LeRud, Acting Dean, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana of CBI
Continuing their popular series of discussions, the leaders of three major congregations in our corner of NW Portland joined in a lively dialogue.
Jews and the Civil Rights Movement:
The Mississippi Journey of Mickey and Rita Schwerner
Speakers: Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Jacob Tanzer and Ron Silver
Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Jacob Tanzer, Ron Silver, and the Northwest Freedom Singers told the story of Mickey and Rita Schwerner and Jewish participation in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. After the FBI found the bodies of Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman in August 1964, Jake Tanzer was part of the Justice Department team that went to Mississippi to root out and indict the killers. Ron and Jake shared how Jews came to play such a large role in the Movement and how most of the killers were finally brought to justice. The Northwest Freedom Singers made the room come alive with the music of the Movement.
Did you miss this special event? Listen to the program on the top right of the page ->
The Struggle with G-d: From Antiquity to Modernity
This was a series of three lectures by Rabbi Michael Cahana about our struggle with G-d. Previous attendance is not a prerequisite to latter sessions.
Judaism’s radical insight to religion is the concept of a single G-d, unseeable and to a certain extent unknowable. And yet, that uniqueness creates a problem known to Moses and all the prophets: How can I know an unknowable G-d? In this series of classes, we will discuss the struggle we Jews have with divinity. Having trouble with G-d? Join the club!
Listen to Session 1: "Why is G-d? The Trouble with Monotheism" and
Session 2: "Who is G-d? The Challenge of Love" on the right of the page ->
Session 3: “Where is G-d? The Holocaust Defiance”
Sunday, December 7, 10:00 AM
In this final session we discussed one of the most theological difficult subjects: The question of where is G-d in our most difficult times. We looked at historic challenges from the Expulsions (Israel, Spain), the challenges brought by the Enlightenment, the Shoah and the 20th Century “Death of God” movement.