WRJ/CBI Sisterhood

WRJ/CBI Sisterhood

Sisterhood Mission

Mission: To bring women together to support and benefit Congregation Beth Israel and the community by providing opportunities for friendship, service, spiritual growth and learning.

Winner of 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 Or Ami “Light of My People” Awards from WRJ for excellence in programming

Coming Soon! 

Sisterhood Social Action Kickoff Meeting
Thursday, October 17, 4:30 PM
Shirley and Herbert Semler Board Room

This year, Sisterhood’s main focus is reproductive justice, Equal Pay Day awareness , getting out the vote, and Women’s Wellness Day.  Join us this Thursday, October 17 at 4:30 PMin the Shirley and Herbert Semler Board Room to help plan our active year!


Honey from the Heart!

Send a Rosh Hashanah greeting with Sisterhood’s sweetest fundraiser. It’s easy to order online.


Past Events

Sisterhood Membership Brunch

Sunday, September 15
10:00 AM
Goodman Hall

Join us for the annual Sisterhood Membership Brunch at which Oregon Attorney General (and CBI congregant) Ellen Rosenblum will speak on “The Challenges of Protecting Oregon’s Kids, Students, Immigrants, and Seniors in Today’s World.” $25; RSVP to the CBI Main Office at (503) 222-1069 or order online. Questions? Email Ellen Bick.


Laila Lavan

Saturday, August 17
6:00 PM
Temple Lawn


Join us on Saturday, August 17 at 6:00 PM for dinner under the stars!

Wear white attire and be ready to enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired dinner including local wines, no-host bar, Havdalah led by Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, dancing, and entertainment by The Little Big Band!

Tickets are $54 per person including dinner, wine, legendary Sisterhood desserts, and entertainment.   Call the CBI Office at (503) 222-1069 with your credit card, mail in your check to the office, or purchase tickets online.

Sisterhood Social Action Committee Meeting 

Sunday, January 6
12:30 PM
Pollin Chapel

Join us at our introductory Sisterhood Social Action Committee meeting to discuss issues that are important to the women of CBI, create an advocacy plan, and to learn more about the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) high-priority areas. Bagels, shmears, and beverages will be served.

To RSVP (encouraged) or for questions, :contact Susan Berniker, Sisterhood Women’s Advocacy/Social Action Chair.

Sisterhood Havdalah

Eastside Sisterhood Havdalah with Rabbi Rachel Joseph

Saturday, January 12

5:00 PM

Northeast Home of Michael Richman

All CBI women are invited to enjoy delicious appetizers, be enveloped by the warmth of Rabbi Joseph and the WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood community, and participate in a lovely service to mark the end of Shabbat. This is a wonderful opportunity for women on the eastside of Portland to come together and without having to cross a bridge!  Please RSVP a for address to CBISisterhoodRSVP@gmail.com, and let us know if you are interested in carpooling.




3rd Wednesday of the month, 10:30 AM

Shirley and Herbert Semler Board Room

Attention CBI knitters, crocheters, and those eager to learn.  Your WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood is interested in expanding our Knit-A-Mitzvah crew as we knit (and purl!) year round to make hats and scarves as gifts for our neighbors at NW Towers and for attendees of our annual Lift Urban Portland Christmas Dinner.

No yarn? No Needles? No problem. CBI will provide supplies, as well as coffee, tea, and great company!

Our next meeting is October 12; Marjorie Anton will give a basic knitting tutorial for anyone interested in learning. 

Thank You, Sisterhood!

Every year, your WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood sends Chanukah (and Purim!) care packages to congregants’ children enrolled in college, graduate school, professional educational programs, and military service. Our students love getting our packages filled with seasonal treats, dreidels and gelt, a student directory, a note from Rabbi Cahana, and more.
Want to make sure your child is included in the upcoming Purim mailing? Please contact Kathleen Doctor  with your student’s name, email address, college or branch of service, mailing address, year in school, permission for inclusion in student email directory, and dietary restrictions. We want to make sure everyone is included!

This is a free service made possible by the Urman Family College Communication Fund. Donations are always welcome.


  • President: Kathleen Doctor
  • Vice President: Shoshanna Lansberg
  • Recording Secretary: Michael Richman
  • Corresponding Secretary: Linda Harrison
  • Treasurer: Leslie Robinson
  • Immediate Past President: Lynn Gelber
  • Communications Chair: Stephanie Siegel
  • Co-Membership: Arlene Konigsberg
  • Co-Membership: Ellen Bick
  • Programming: Robin McAlpine
  • Religious Programming: Kate Royston
  • Social Action Chair: Susan Berniker
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Debbie Braymer
  • Gift Shop: Bonnie Barg
  • Sweets Table: Caroline Szlukier
  • Special Seder: Beth Eisenberg-Schapera
  • College Outreach: Debbie Geller

Contact us: wrj.bis@gmail.com

Please be a mensch, both beneath and outside of our dome! How can you be a mensch for Sisterhood? This list gives you the links for everything menschy. Greet, sell, lead, or bake. These are among the paths to mensch-hood. You can be a mensch once a year, weekly, or when you have time. Please look at these options; sign up, send an email, and be engaged in our community. We need your help; be a mensch! Mensch Menu

  • MONITOR the doors and be a welcoming helper at our religious school, ensuring the safe arrival and departure of our students. Learn more. Contact McKenna Means, Education Administrator.
  • SELL Judaica in the Sisterhood Gift Shop. Contact Bonnie Barg.
  • GREET members for Shabbat and High Holiday Services.
  • LEAD services at the Robison Home. Sisterhood is responsible for providing a service leader(s) every month. We can teach you everything you need to know. Contact Kate Royston.
  • BAKE sweets for Rosh Hashanah. Contact Stephanie Siegel.
  • STUFF care packages for college students and military personnel. Contact Kathleen Doctor.