Thank You to Our “Women in Business” Sponsors

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Ellen Bick, Real Estate Broker/Investment Consultant
CORE Realtors 503-481-0825

Robin McAlpine, Area Manager/Wellness Coach
Arbonne International 503.730.2903

Beth Eisenberg-Schapera, Director of Catering
Doubletree by Hilton Portland 503-331-4924

Barbra Gilman, Therapist/Transformational Coach

Michelle-Shari Kruss, Attorney at Law

Jessie McCall, Photographer
Jessie and Justin Photography 530-263-2604

Rebecca Cambreleng, Attorney at Law
Cambreleng Law LLC 971-271-7248

Crossing Over, A Musical Haggadah Honored With 2017 PAMTA

The Portland Area Musical Theater Awards recognizes outstanding achievements in the performance of musical theater in the Portland and surrounding area. We are thrilled to announce that Rabbi Alan Berg and Michael Allen Harrison both received a special PAMTA Award for “Outstanding Musical Event” for Crossing Over, A Musical Haggadahperformed here at CBI in honor of the WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood centennial celebration! We all feel so very blessed to have been able to present this, and extend our heartfelt congratulations to both Michael and Rabbi Berg. Read more about the PAMTA’sClick here for more information, and to see a previous performance of Crossing Over.

Congratulations to Diane Lowensohn on receiving the 2017 Song of Miriam Award for Congregation Beth Israel!

The Sisterhood Annual Report Card 2016-17

The Numbers:

  • 239 Sisterhood Members
  • 6 Women sent to WRJ Assembly in Las Vegas, NV
  • 3 Women sent to Fried Conference in Charleston, SC
  • $11,500 Cash raised by the Progressive Dinner, Crossing Over Event
  • $8,000 Gift Shop Sales
  • $6,800 Annual donation to Religious School, Preschool, and Camp Kalsman
  • $995 Donation to CBI Women’s Seder
  • 25 Engagement opportunities for Sisterhood and for CBI members during 5776
  • 164 Care packages to college students and military personnel at Chanukah and at Purim

Significant Achievements:

  • Received Women of Reform Judaism Or Ami “Light of My People” Awards for Exceptional Programming
  • Sponsored the Special Community Seder for over 50 members of the Portland Jewish Community, and ongoing support of Goose Hollow Family Shelter and Cedar Sinai Park
  • Sponsored Tot Shabbats to help educate young children and promote engagement of young families
  • Provided sweets table for Rosh Hashanah and cooked breakfast for 300 on Mitzvah Day
  • URJ Recognition for 100 Years of Sisterhood engagement at CBI
  • Presented production of Crossing Over in the Temple

Next Generation (NG) Sisterhood

Are you in your 20’s or 30’s or do you know a woman in her 20’s or 30’s who wants to learn more about Beth Israel Sisterhood, but isn’t sure if it is right for her?

Join us at Next Generation Sisterhood as we find our place in sisterhood together! The goal of NG Sisterhood is to give women a place to feel comfortable and build a strong network within the Portland Jewish community. We will be hosting some fun events that are open to all! Join our Facebook page “NG Sisterhood” or email us.

The Many Faces of Dementia

Listen to the program. Click on the audio recording featured at top right of the page.

Thanks to all who attended our April 6th forum discussing “The Many Faces of Dementia.”Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Symptoms can also include changes in personality, mood, and behavior. Dementia develops when the parts of the brain that are involved with learning, memory, decision-making, and language are affected by one or more of a variety of infections or diseases. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, but there are as many as 50 other known causes.

Our guest speakers were David Douglas, MD, an expert on dementia with board certifications in psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry, who has worked in the field for the last 20 years; and Shelly Edwards, Outreach and Program Director, Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association®. We were also joined by Cantor Ida Rae Cahana.

New Way to Give: Pay Online for Dues and Donations

Now you can pay your sisterhood dues or make a donation to any of the sisterhood funds online on the CBI website! Use the form below to pay online.

Our dues are:

  • $18 child/student (Ruth)
  • $36 (Sarah)
  • $54 (Rachel)
  • $72 (Deborah)
  • $108 (Miriam)

Our funds are:

  • Bikkur Holim – Hope in Life
  • Prayer Book ($36 each)
  • Service to the Blind
  • Sisterhood Furnishings
  • Sisterhood Programming, Leadership, & Enrichment

Thanks for supporting your sisterhood.

Sisterhood Payments Form

  • Billing Information

Are You the Parent of a College Student or a US-Based Member of the Military?

The Sisterhood College Communications Committee is updating our mailing list of CBI members who are current college students or US-based members of the military. We send two packages a year, usually at Chanukah and Purim, to keep in touch with our kids, let them know we’re thinking of them, and to wish them well while they’re away at school or the military. We send the Jewish Mother’s version of a care package, with packets of soup and cocoa, dreidels and gelt, or hamentashen and groggers. We include a student directory, a note from Rabbi Cahana, and anything else we think might interest/benefit them. We also slip in a Starbucks or iTunes gift card when possible.

This is a free service made possible by funds directly budgeted by our sisterhood, member donors, and the Urman Family College Communication Fund. The next time you plan to give a tribute, please consider the Urman Family College Communication Fund.