Annual Report

Annual Report

Annual Meeting Slideshow in PDF

Religious School

  • Enrollment raised from 315 students to 334. Pre-K class continues to grow from 17 to 20.
  • Expanded new Hebrew curriculum during regular teaching hours and increased support for student in the after-school Sunday Hebrew lab.
  • Successful L’Taken lobby visit in Washington, DC resulted in Rep. Schrader’s announcement of co-sponsorship of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.

Dor Chadash/ 6-7 Grade Youth Group

  • 9 events throughout the year with an average of 12 kids at each event.
  • The Purim Carnival was our biggest event; 19 volunteers ran the games for younger students.

PARTY/ 8-12 Grade Youth Group

  • 10 events this year, with 2 overnights and a collaboration with our sister youth group in Vancouver, WA.
  • The average event had 10 teens, and 13 teens went to one of our 4 regional events with NFTY-NW.
  • One of our teen leaders is also now a regional youth leader.
  • 34 teens attend our biggest event- a dinner with Rep. Bonamici prior to the MLK Service.

Approximately 12% of our budget comes from annual fundraising

  • 500 families engaged with the sofer/ scribe through Torah Connects.
  • 129 families made dedications in honor of the Torah.
  • $49,000 were raised through our Every Family Initiative (EFI).
  • There were 756 individual donations to our tribute funds.

Life and Legacy

  • There are currently 141 honored donors counted in our Legacy Circle

Social Action

  • Raised approximately $9,000 during our HHD Funds for Food Drive.
  • Supported Lift Every Voice, Oregon’s advocacy for gun safety.
  • Over 200 volunteers served and delivered over 400 meals during Lift Urban Portland’s Community Christmas Dinner, which was co-sponsored and hosted by CBI.
  • MLK Shabbat Service and Oseran Family Lecture with guest speaker Bryan Stevenson.
  • Lobbied at OR State Legislature on Interfaith Advocacy Day and on CBI Advocacy Day.
  • Formed an Immigration and Refugee Social Action Subcommittee.
  • Approximately 300 individuals participated in Mitzvah Day.
  • Provided youth residents of NW Towers and Annex with twice weekly homework club tutoring, school supplies, winter clothing, and holiday gifts. Supported the resident community through assistance with the Sunday food pantry and hosting social gatherings.
  • As a member congregation in the Interfaith Alliance on Poverty, we participated in educational programs, advocacy, and direct service to those experiencing poverty.

Adult Education

  • Began the year with a five-session course on Great Jewish Texts led by Rabbi Cahana, and rounded
    it out with expert lectures ranging from the works of Leonard Bernstein to Judaism and Oregon History, American television, and food!

Mini Mensches/ Young Families

  • Over 200 young children in our database and over 50 families came to our Rosh Hashanah service.
  • Our twice-monthly Tot Shabbat averages about 12 families. This year included a baby naming
  • 10 babies were born and celebrated in our Mini Mensch community.

Beth Israel Sisterhood Annual Report Card

CBI welcomed 61 new membership units, bringing our total to 859 families.

  • Our fastest-growing demographic are families with children. Their 39 new member units make up 63% of new membership. 19 families have young children under 5, making-up 31% of new membership.
  • 15 new households had adults over 55, making up 25% of new membership.
  • 5 units fall under the ‘Young Adult’ category, making up 8% of new membership