10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 31, 2015

We hope you are planning to be a part of Mitzvah Day on May 31.  We will have fun and meaningful activities for people of all ages.  Here's how the day will go:

10:30 a.m. Sign up for a project in the Social Hall and enjoy bagels, juice and coffee courtesy of CBI Brotherhood
11 a.m. Meet in the sanctuary for the Opening Ceremony and hear a speaker from Planned Parenthood.
11:15 a.m. Leave for our projects and work until 1 p,m.  Parents should accompany their children.  Please carpool if you can.

Read about this year's projects here.

JEWISH ROOTS OF CHRISTIANITY: Tuesdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 23 through Aug. 11, 2015

Jay photo 3This summer we will be hosting a special class taught by visiting Rabbi Jay Shupack called “The Jewish Roots of Christianity.” Over the course of eight weeks, Rabbi Jay will lead an in-depth exploration of early Jewish history — from Abraham to Constantine — and how it relates to the way we practice Judaism today and the founding (beginnings?) of Christianity. Both Jews, Christians — and anyone else interested in how these great religions are intimately linked — will get a lot out of the class, and intermarried couples will likely find it particularly enriching.

Rabbi Jay has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Shalom Bayit in Bend, Ore., for the past 15 years and has been teaching the course in both churches and synagogues in the region for several years. He’s the father-in-law of Beth Israel’s Cantorial Soloist, Andrea Shupack. To register, call the Beth Israel office. 

Cost for the entire series is $49; make checks out to Rabbi Jay.

2015-16 Board of Directors

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Newly elected at the May 17, 2015 annual meeting, the 2015-16 board of directors include: 

(Front row, from left) Marcia Lippman, Miriam Schwartz, Steve Garfinkle, Paul Blum

(Middle row) Gaby Mayers, David Zimmerman, Lynn Korner, Steve Spitzer, Floyd King

(Back row) Asher Suloway-Baker, Katie Edelstein, Mitch Press, Melissa Schapiro, Dan Ohms.

Not pictured: Todd Witte.

The Annual Meeting Packet is available to Beth Israel members by logging in to the members' only section. It's under May 2015 board documents. 

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Board Information

Agenda Board May 2015

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The Executive Committee sets the agenda for regular Board of Director's meetings. The next regular board meeting will be 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Please direct any suggested topics for board meetings to Executive Committee members: President Mitch Press, Vice Presidents Dan Ohms and Marcia Lippman, Treasurer Steve Spitzer, Secretary Lynn Korner, and Rabbi Joshua Samuels, ex-officio.

Upcoming Events


May.27.2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm


May.29.2015 6:30pm - 9:30pm


May.30.2015 9:30am - 10:30am


May.31.2015 10:00am - 12:00pm


Jun.03.2015 4:15pm - 5:45pm

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