Lifecycle Events

Lifecycle Events

Congregation Beth Israel is the center of celebration and of remembrance for every important event in a Jewish person’s life.

Brit Milah or Bris

Our Rabbis and Cantor are happy to work with you to help you have a meaningful Brit Milah ceremony. We are happy to recommend and put you in contact with local mohels. Contact our Clergy Assistant, Bitsie Appleton , at (503) 222-1069 for assistance.

Baby Naming

Naming and blessing a Jewish baby or child is his or her first welcome into Jewish life. The naming often takes place within the congregational community at Shabbat Services. Congregants may also have a naming ceremony at home. Our Clergy Assistant, Bitsie Appleton, can help you connect with our Clergy and schedule this moving ceremony at (503) 222-1069.

B’nei Mitzvah

A Bar or Bat Mitzvah (around age 13) celebrates the child’s first reading from the Torah before the Congregation. We have a wonderful curriculum for our B’nei Mitzvah Students, which includes Hebrew, Jewish Studies and Tikkun Olam. More information on our B’nei Mitzvah program can be found here. Emily Silverman, our B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator can answer any questions you may have at (503) 222-1069.

Weddings

Congregation Beth Israel offers several settings for weddings of all sizes. Ceremonies can be held in our historic Main Sanctuary, Pollin Chapel or Shemanski Chapel. Blumauer Auditorium and Goodman Hall provide two options for celebrations, from small intimate receptions to full service dining and dancing receptions. Please call (503) 222-1069 to reach our Clergy Assistant, Bitsie Appleton, with any questions.

Beth Israel Cemetery

Congregation Beth Israel provides a beautifully maintained cemetery. The on-site Landau Chapel may be used for funeral services. Family plots may be purchased in a newly developed area of the cemetery. Ground burial is available as well as vault entombment and niches for urns in four mausoleums. Please contact Bitsie Appleton, our Cemetery Administrator at (503) 222-1069 with any questions.

Yahrzeit Plaques

A memorial plaque is a beautiful and meaningful way to ensure your beloved departed are remembered in perpetuity.  For information about memorial plaques in the Temple, please contact Bitsie Appleton at 503-222-1069.

Onegs

Celebrate birthdays, adoptions, engagements, anniversaries, important honors— any special occasion or Simcha—at CBI by sponsoring an Oneg following Shabbat services. Contact Amber Rollins at (503) 222-1069 for more information.

Mezuzah Hanging

Our CBI Clergy are delighted to be a part of making your residence truly a home by joining you for a mezuzah hanging and special blessing.  Contact Bitsie Appleton, our Clergy Assistant, at (503) 222-1069 to schedule one.

Rentals

Many spaces on the CBI Campus, such as Goodman  Hall, our banquet room, or the Shirley and Herbert Semler Board room are available to rent for parties, meetings, and other events. Please contact Emily Silverman at (503) 222-1069.