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Congregation Beth Israel

Mitzvah Day 2022

Join us for Mitzvah Day, an annual event at CBI that honors the spirit of both tikkum olam and tzedakah. We guarantee you will: work on a project that tangibly helps others; meet and connect with other members of CBI; and get the opportunity to be seen in the ever-stylish and very recognizable CBI Mitzvah shirt. 

We’ll meet at the Temple at 10:00 am for a brief end of school year celebration, including a performance by the CBI youth choir and band, followed by a quick grab and go breakfast. We will then head off to our projects, either at the synagogue or off site.  

This is a congregation-wide event. It is also a religious school day with parent participation – no drop offs please.Though teachers will be assigned to various projects, we encourage you to sign up for the project(s) that works best for you and your family.


Volunteer for a variety of projects – clean up the CBI cemetery, pick up litter at Powell Butte Nature Park, sort inventory for Project Lemonade, assemble food sacks for Portland Backpack, participate in a number of creative activities in the Mitzvah Family Center and more.   


Congregant Theo Fisher is organizing a blood drive on Mitzvah Day for his Bar Mitzvah project.  “I am doing this because hospitals are in need of blood to help those who need blood to survive also because it's the right thing to do. My goal is to get 32 people to sign up for the blood drive please sign up.”


Donate liquid laundry detergent to our neighbors at NW Tower, period products for the Somali American Council of Oregon and winter coats and gift cards for the Refugee Care Collective.  

You can drop off items or funds at the Schnitzer Family Center, Monday-Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM, or at the Sherman Education Center on Sundays during Religious School.  You can also bring donations on Mitzvah Day.


Mitzvah Day 365 offers opportunities throughout the year for action and education.  Sign up if you’d like to participate in any of the ongoing interest groups: Climate Change & Climate Justice; Immigrant, Refugee & Asylum Seeker Support; Food Insecurity; and Planning Team for CBI Participation in Portland Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), i.e., summer cooling centers, winter warming centers and more.  NOTE: These opportunities start after Mitzvah Day.

Every day is Mitzvah Day! 

Questions? Email [email protected]

Date: 05/22/2022 (Sun.)

Created by:   Rebecca Friedenwald
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Available Slot Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (PDT)


Help with setup, volunteer sign in, t-shirt distribution & breakfast.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
9:00am - 11:00am (5)  
All slots filled
Judy Cappleman (2)
Leslie Peltz
If this moves indoor I am not sure I will be comfortable staying
Miriam Eskenasy
Courtney Palmer

PROJECT: Family Mitzvah Center

Grades pre-K-2. Variety of projects for our younger congregants.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 1:00pm (90)  
80 of 90 slots filled
Jonathan Meek (3)
Teacher + 2 kids
Anna Gantman
Sophia Rubenstein
Oliver Pemberton
Alex Sarasohn
Katie Statman-Weil (4)
Evan Daigneault (2)
Evan and Kaycee(2 1/2)
Elana Pirtle-Guiney (4)
Emily Yeomans
Sophia Yeomans
Corey Price (3)
Amanda Dunn-Bernstein (2)
Eli Green (3)
Emilie Bennett
Elizabeth Levenson (2)
Rachel and Liz Levenson
Rebecca Cambreleng (2)
Rebecca and Maggie
Blair Siegel (3)
Micah (6) Ayla (4)
Luna Romero
Stephanie Berman
Miao Scheinberg (3)
Parents and 1st grade daughter
Marissa Wolf (5)
We'll be there with grandparents!
Louis Guzman-Woldrich (4)
Justin Haugen (3)
One adult, two kids (7 and 4)
Mariela Daby (2)
1 adult + Eva (5) Freya (1)
Amy Frankel
Rachel Bauer (2)
Kathleen Voboril (4)
Matthew, Kathleen, Eliana and Maddox Kahl
Sally Swire
Io Dennerlein Manson
working with my kinders !
Lindsay Krivosha (4)
Rachel Saslow
Ari Saslow (kinder)
Daniel Pereyo
Since my daughter, Seraphina, is in kindergarten, I’ll happily help with the pre K-2nd graders. I used to be a preschool and elementary school teachers. I love working with younger kids.
Tyler Hasman (3)
Madisyn and Ari Hasman
Matt Boal (4)
Alexa Hasman (4)
Matthew Kahl

PROJECT: Blanchet House Care Kits

For middle schoolers. Assemble care kits – hygiene items, socks and snacks.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 1:00pm (18)  
All slots filled
Avrel Nudelman
Sara Eder (5)
Abby Evonuk
Diego Romero
Daniel Epstein
Lila Wendroff (2)
Sarah (3rd) and Judah (6th) Dukhovny (3)
Judah (6th Grade) and Sarah (3rd Grade)
Rachel Pollin
Rachel & Lexi
Janice Miller (3)
Joshua, Richard and Janice

PROJECT: Cemetery Clean Up

All ages, under 14 with adult. Clean marble headstones and basic gardening, supplies and instructions on-site.

05/22/2022 (Sun) 426 SW Taylors Ferry Rd 
11:00am - 1:00pm (32)  
All slots filled
Marge Congress
My 12th year
Julie Falender (4)
2 adults and 2 kids
Tom & Sue Falender (2)
Daphna Peterson
Aaron Peterson
Dan Sheldon (3)
Monica Cox (4)
Henry Rosicky (6)
Emily Quinn (2)
Matthew Warshawsky
Dan Sudakin (4)
2 kids, 2 adults
Haddi Meyer
Chelsea Ferguson
Elisabeth Pierson

PROJECT: Graffiti Clean Up

All ages, under 16 with adult. Pick up graffiti cleaning kits (1-4 people per kit) at CBI and head out across city, removing graffiti from public property – schools, parks, downtown.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 1:00pm (45)  
44 of 45 slots filled
JJ Margolin
David Margolin
Ava Schoen (4)
Sarah Pitman (4)
Caroline, Nora, Sarah, Ryan
Candice Adelson (4)
Jesse, Candice, Elissa, Isabel
Sara Spettel (4)
Jude Kassar (2)
Jude & Lani Kassar & Zandy Lohr
Zandy Lohr
Heidi Mandler-Huff
Jeremy Huff
Mark Szlukier (2)
Zachary Szlukier
Rebecca Neborsky (3)
Emil, Leo and me
Cathy Hilburg (4)
Cathy, Michael, Phin & Amelia
Salinsky Family (3)
Michael, Linda, & Ike
mark halpern (4)
Bonnie Morales (4)
Dan Soltesz

PROJECT: Period Product Packaging

Ages 11 and up. Assemble period product packages for Somali American Council of Oregon.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 1:00pm (13)  
All slots filled
Susan Berniker
Anouk Cohen
Leslie J Geller
Sela Geller
Amy Stern (2)
Amy & Scarlett Stern
Gabrielle Josephson (2)
Dana & Gabrielle Josephson
Zia Aliyar
Zach Goldwyn
Jennifer Pesetsky (2)
jennifer, scott, and star
Sehra Sampson (2)

PROJECT: Petition Signature Gathering

All ages with adult Get a brief training at CBI, head out to parks, farmer's markets, your neighborhood, etc. to collect signatures to help move Lift Every Voice Oregon's two gun violence prevention measures to the November 2022 Oregon Ballot.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 1:00pm (15)  
7 of 15 slots filled
Michele Thompson
Sally Rosenfeld
Bill & Judy Cappleman (2)
matthew harad (3)
dad and two daughters

PROJECT: Portland Backpack

Grades 3-5, accompanied by adult. Assemble food sacks for Portland Backpack, an organization that serves children who are at risk of hunger by providing food sacks for weekend days.

05/22/2022 (Sun) 6600 NE 78th Ct #C4 
11:00am - 12:30pm (10)  
All slots filled
Sarah Richman (4)
Leah, Samuel, Taylor and Sarah Richman
Tara Brookshier (4)
Shuli Rutzick (2)
12:30pm - 2:00pm (10)  
7 of 10 slots filled
Elizabeth Levenson (2)
Jack and Joel Levenson
Adrienne Friend (2)
Stephanie Berman (2)
Josh Frankel

PROJECT: Portland Parks Clean Up

Everyone welcome; children must be accompanied by an attentive adult. Volunteers will be removing litter at Powell Butte Nature Park. Clean ups beautify the park and help protect a natural area that is utilized by many birds of prey and other animals.

05/22/2022 (Sun) SE 162nd Ave & Powell Blvd 
11:00pm - 1:00pm (20)  
All slots filled
Renata Hemstreet
Jamie Minkus
Naomi Hemstreet
Tova Peltz (3)
2nd grade family
Caitlin Strickland (2)
Caitlin Strickland & Robert Meyers
Robin Skarstad (3)
Adult and 2 kids
Casey Brown
going with Caitlin Strickland
Jill Andreyuk (2)
Darren Malinoski (6)

PROJECT: Project Lemonade

Ages 8 and up, accompanied adult. Help inventory merchandise, tag and sort donations. Project Lemonade inspires self-esteem in foster youth by giving them new and nearly new outfits, accessories and shoes.

05/22/2022 (Sun) 1008 Lloyd Center 
11:00am - 1:00pm (12)  
11 of 12 slots filled
Elliot Negrin
Robert Schneider (4)
Rob Judith Kai (13) and Micah (10)
Allison Pillsbury
Allison & Payton (10)
Melissa Soll
Melissa & Adam + Elias (9yo), Zoe (12yo)
Stacy Cohen
Sam Hedine
Ronit Gerard (2)
Ronit and Micah Gerard


Theo Fisher Bar Mitzvah Project

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 1:00pm (5)  
All slots filled
Roger Baron
O Positive!
Elana Pirtle-Guiney
Emily Fleischman
Richard Fleischman
Bill Treuhaft

DONATION: Liquid Laundry Detergent

For our CBI neighbors at NW Towers. Please indicate how many items you will donate.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 2:00pm (20)  
8 of 20 slots filled
Rebecca Friedenwald
5 detergents
Jamie Busch
4 each
Stephanie Berman (3)
Julia Daigneault
Sally Rosenfeld (2)

DONATION: Period Products

For American Somali Council of Oregon. Please indicate how many items you will donate.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 2:00pm (20)  
12 of 20 slots filled
Rebecca Friedenwald
5 packages
Jamie Busch
6 each
Kelly Tabak (5)
Elijah Tabak
Stephanie Berman (5)

DONATION: Winter Coats & Gift Cards

For Refugee Care Collective. Particular need for men’s coats all size; also take coats all sizes for women and children. Please indicate how many items you will donate.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 2:00pm (20)  
5 of 20 slots filled
Rebecca Friedenwald
5 coats
Jamie Busch
4 each
Julia Daigneault
Salinsky Family (2)
2 winter coats

MITZVAH DAY 365: Climate Change & Climate Justice

I'm interested in participating in this group. NOTE: This project starts after Mitzvah Day.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 1:00pm (10)  
5 of 10 slots filled
Cambria Matlow
Sally Rosenfeld
Sally Ann Rosenfeld
Sherry Salomon (2)
Hill Hill

MITZVAH DAY 365: Immigrant, Refugee & Asylum Seeker Support

I'm interested in participating in this group. NOTE: This project starts after Mitzvah Day.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 1:00pm (10)  
5 of 10 slots filled
Mimi Goldman
Sally Rosenfeld
Debbie Geller
Anna Paris
Hill Hill

MITZVAH DAY 365: Food Insecurity

I'm interested in participating in this group. NOTE: This project starts after Mitzvah Day.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 1:00pm (10)  
3 of 10 slots filled
Sally Rosenfeld
Susan Milstein
Leslie Peltz

MITZVAH DAY 365: Planning Team for Portland Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)

I'm interested in participating in this group. NOTE: This project starts after Mitzvah Day.

05/22/2022 (Sun) CBI 
10:00am - 1:00pm (10)  
2 of 10 slots filled
Elana Pirtle-Guiney
Sally Rosenfeld
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