Back to School Night

Back to School Night

Education matters to us at CBI, and wow, did we ever prove it: at last weekend’s Back to School Night fundraiser, we raised a record-breaking $365,584 (and counting!). 

Special thanks to the event’s lead sponsor, “Principal” Marcy Tonkin, our generous family of sponsors, and to all who attended and donated.

This support ensures that everyone in our community, regardless of financial circumstances, can fully participate in Jewish education at Congregation Beth Israel. Whether they’re taking their first steps at The Jennie, learning the Aleph-Bet, practicing for their B’nei Mitzvah, or lobbying their senators with CBI’s Religious School, or attending one of our guest lectures or cultural events, our congregants never stop learning.

And we aren’t all business: under the direction of Michelle Gradow, our event committee put the fun in fundraiser.  We enjoyed cocktails and snacks in Goodman Hall before touring the beautiful new Jennifer Barnum Luria Early Childhood Center and settling down for dinner.

We celebrated our Education Director, Ben Sandler‘s twenty year tenure at CBI–and the over 6,000 students he’s impacted–with the establishment of the Ben Sandler Religious Education Support Fund, which provides support for religious education at Congregation Beth Israel.

Then came the music: from our cantors and Artist-in-Residence Kim Schneiderman, from student singers Anna Rosicky  and Aaron Geller, and from Michael Allen Harrison and Julianne Johnson.

Whew! No wonder we needed root beer floats at the night’s end…

Our Mitzvah Moment Donors*

Marcy Tonkin, $25,00 matching grant 
Martha Soltesz, $25,00 matching grant

Michael Adler and Molly Newcomer, Steven Albert and Jane Goldenberg, Marc and Tracy Alifanz, Robert Schulhof and Susanne Aronowitz, Sydney Baer, David and Naomi Balto, Jonathan and Bonnie Barg, The Bilbao Family, George Vennebush and Nadine Block, Mark Suprenand and Janet Bronitsky, Lance and Deborah Caldwell, Barry and Barbara Caplan, William and Judy Cappleman, The CBI Clergy, James and Ilene Davidson, Barry and Bonnie Davis, James Monteith and Nancy Duhnkrack, Dmitry and Stephanie Dukhovny, Norman and Sherry Eder, Eileen Eisenberg, John and Sarah Epstein, Howard and Jenat Feldman, Joshua and Amy Frankel, Jennifer Franz and Alina Satterfield, Stacy and Sharon Friedman, Randy and Debbie Geller, Joshua and Janelle Goldstein, David and Tiffany Goldwyn, Steven and Michelle Gradow, Matthew Greenblatt and Brooklyn Snow, Jonathan and Lisa Greenleaf, Gordon and Meryl Haber, John Harland and Janet Hoffman, Morris and Geraldine Jackson, Sam and Dori Joseph, Eli and Gabrielle Josephson, Rikki and Evan Kass, Loren and Michelle Koplan, Shoshanna Lansberg, Laurence Lewis and Kelly Post-Lewis, Gil Luria, Steven Klein and Gail Mandel, Elizabeth Menashe, Barney and Susan Milstein, Roscoe Nelson III and Debra Nelson, Warren and Phyllis Oster, Robert and Rita Philip, Elana and Brandy Pirtle-Guiney, Ryan and Sarah Pitman, Richard and Shirley Plotzker, Lorraine Rose, James Rosenbaum and Sandra Lewis, Madelle and Stan Rosenfeld, John and Marti Rosenthal, Gillian Rosicky and Henry Rosicky III, Davia Rubenstein, Richard Rubinstein, Jr. and Jill Rubinstein, Michael and Linda Salinsky, Benjamin Sandler and Laura Jamerson, Alexander and Rachel Sarasohn, David and Lisa Sarasohn, Daniel Sharp and Kimberly Schneiderman, David Smith and Elizabeth Schwartz, James and Denise Shulman, Scott and Pamela Sidell, Michael Simon and Suzanne Bonamici, Nathaniel Smith and Anna Epstein, Martha Soltesz, Harley and Robyn Spring, Julie Stone, Ben Elkin and Liz Terzo, Chester Edwards and Lynn Tobias, Marcia Tonkin, Jesse Treger and Candice Adelson, William and Joanne Treuhaft, Bruce Melzer and Robyn Urbach, Antonel and Bianca Urdes, Jason Waxman and Lynne Hana, Dennis Westlind, Jacob and Edith Winkler, William and Marsha Zimmer 

*as of March 13, 2024

Our Sponsors

Principal - $100,000

Marcy Tonkin

Vice Principal - $50,000

Teacher - $25, 000

Librarian - $10, 000

Shirley and Richard Plotzker

Room Parent - $5,000

Rabbi Michael Cahana and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana 
Janet and John Hoffman 
Doug Goodman
Rabbi Rachel Joseph and Sara Spettel
Michelle and Brad Tonkin

Crossing Guard- $2,500

Amy and Josh Frankel
Susan Graber and Bill June
Rabbi Sam and Dori Joseph
Michelle and Josh Kashinsky
Rhonda and James Kennedy 
Liz Menashe 
Meriwether Group Capital
Christie Moore
Leslie and Stephen Robinson
Martha Soltesz
Lynn and Jeff Wolfstone

Line Leader - $1,800

Sharon and Stacy Friedman
Jen and Howard Feldman
Linda Georges
Michelle and Steve Gradow
Judith Peterman
Sarah and Ryan Pitman
Diane and David Rosencrantz
Sally Rosenfeld and Andrew Frank Donor Advised Fund of OJCF
Jill and Rick Rubinstein
Linda and Michael Salinsky
Ava Schoen and Benjamin Hartman
Southwest Portland Dental
Sharon Weil
Kathy Davis Weiner and Michael Weiner

Study Buddy - $1,000

Alifanz & Westlind, LLC
Margaret and Michael Anton 
Sydney Baer
Brad and Janice Berman
Suzanne Bonamici and Michael Simon
Mandi and Stuart Chestler
Cameron and Dick Davis
Ned Duhnkrack and James Monteith
Sarah and John Epstein
Rebecca and Eric Friedenwald-Fishman
Ali and Judah Garfinkle
Tiffany and David Goldwyn
Leslie and Richard Geller
Cantor Rayna and Eli Green
Meryl and Gordon Haber
Michelle and Loren Koplan
Lisa and Glen Levy
Robin and Steve McCoy 
Susan and Barney Milstein 
Jeremy Rogers and Evyn Mitchell
Dr. Pike, Dentistry for Children
Elana and Brandy Pirtle-Guiney
Gayle and Paul Romain
Sandra Lewis and James Rosenbaum
Eve and Alan Rosenfeld
Marti and John Rosenthal
Ann and Robert Sacks
Bunny and Jerry Sadis
Libby Schwartz and Dave Smith 
Joanne and Bill Treuhaft
Bianca and Tony Urdes

*As of 4 PM on February 13