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Year: 2019


Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Wednesday, June 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Zidell Hall

Join us for an enlightening, once-in-a-lifetime experience as Congregation Beth Israel shares its’ 160th anniversary celebration, Torah Connects project with the residents of  Cedar Sinai Park.

Funded through the generosity of our great friend and supporter, Marcy Tonkin, CSP’s portion of this year-long Beth Israel restoration project offers a unique opportunity to connect with Torah, our community’s history, and the restoration process.

An expert Sofer – or Torah scribe, will evaluate our sacred scrolls, making repairs as needed. He will follow this up with a lecture on the topic at 3:00 pm.

The event gets underway at 1:00 p.m. in Zidell Hall. You won’t  want to miss a  minute of this sacred process. After the lecture, gather with us at 4:00 p.m. for a reception honoring our visiting Torah scribe and Marcy Tonkin in Marcy’s Bar (Goodman Lounge).


Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m., Zidell Hall

Come join in as the Oregon Historical Society presents the story of Portland, from its early days when it was known simply as “the Clearing”, and was not even home to the many Indian tribes in the area.

The presentation traces the shaping events of the region, on through the 20th Century.  You will enjoy this beautiful, interactive presentation, and learn how Portland developed into a major city and chief port on the Willamette.

Highlights include the vital role of the Oregonian newspaper played in the growth of the city, the infamous Plank road, the impact of the California Gold Rush, and the roots of the entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes the city to this day.

This outstanding educational event is free, Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. in Zidell Hall. Contact Sheilah Tacket for more information:



Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Sunday, June 2, 7 p.m., Zidell Hall

You won’t want to miss this double choir event! This concert features our very own CSP Choir joined by Bridging Voices, performing together for a wonderful collaboration.

Bridging Voices chorus is made up of gay, straight and questioning youth, ages 13-21. This group is a safe, accessible place for youth to experience empowerment and unity through music. Formed in 2013, it is Portland’s first Queer/Straight Alliance Youth Chorus and is one of the largest choruses of its kind in the nation.

For these young adults, the chorus provides a community they more closely identify with and a family of like-minded allies who accept and respect them. As a result, they discover they can finally be who they are meant to be.

Join us for this joyful celebration of music, Sunday, June 2, 7 p.m., in Zidell Hall.



Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 3 p.m., Cogan Chapel.

Shalom! We invite you to a reception, special viewing and informal talk with renowned Portland artist Sharon Segal. Appropriate for synagogue spaces, her imaginative and symbolic Judaic-themed paintings will be on exhibit in Cogan Chapel.

An active member of Northwest Jewish Artists (ORA), Sharon works primarily in acrylic paints and mixed media. She is equally well-known for her series of whimsical Chanukah cards.

Join us for this wonderful exhibit opening and reception, Saturday, June 1, at 3 p.m. in Cogan Chapel.

Friends of Robison Annual Mah Jongg Tournament!

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

June 23, 12:30 p.m., Zidell Hall

Our first Friends of Robison Mah Jongg Tournament was such a terrific fund and friend raiser, we decided to do it again this year! We cordially invite you and your Mah Jongg-savvy friends to join us for an afternoon of friendship, light refreshments and, of course, Mah Jongg.

To join the fun, just fill out our easy registration form. Paste this address into your browser,  If you prefer print, contact Alison Burger, 971-717-7147,

Spend a little, give a lot. 100% of your $30 fee goes to enhancing the lives of the treasured elders living on our campus. Please be a part of this great, meaningful cause!


Art Without Passports: The Process of Making Artwork

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Thursday, May 16, 10:30 a.m, Zidell Hall

Join us for our final journey through Art Without Passports as we take a look at Art in Process. There is no passport needed to explore the delicate processes of creating  Stained Glass, Illuminated Manuscripts, and Clay Sculpture.

Leader, Arts Activist Greg Lewis, will build on centuries of art methods and explore the artist’s inspiration, skill and determination to create lasting works of art in these three mediums.

We’ll explore the intricate steps of making stained glass with its vast ability to transmit design, light and color. We’ll dive into clay sculpture with its malleable qualities to shape and form dimensional likenesses. And we will take a close look at the time-honored art of creating  illuminated manuscripts.

Join us for this rich and immersive presentation, Thursday, May 16, at 10:30 a.m. in Zidell Hall.

Two Days to Remember – Israeli Independence Day and Memorial Day

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

Thursday, May 2, 1 p.m., Rose Schnitzer Manor Front Lobby
Yom Hazikaron- Israeli Memorial Day
Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel Independence Day

Israel’s Independence Day celebrates the formal establishment of the State of Israel, when members of the provisional government read and signed a Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv.

Yom Ha’atzmaut in Israel is always preceded by Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers. Linking these two days is clear: Israelis owe their independence – the very existence of their country – to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their cause.

The Israeli flag will be displayed in the main lobby of Rose Schnitzer Manor on Wednesday, May 2. We welcome you to gather around the flag at 1 p.m. and join in singing Hatikvah – Israel’s national anthem.

Moments with Marty

Written by: Karen Tolvstad

In March, Cedar Sinai Park (CSP) appointed a management company to guide operations at the Robison Health & Rehabilitation Center and Harold Schnitzer Center for Living Green House™ (“RHRC and HSCL”). Since 2016, these state-of-the art facilities have been delivering higher-level nursing care to a broader group of patients than the former Robison Jewish Health Center.

Aidan Health Services, Inc. is an experienced, proven specialist in the management of post-acute care and skilled nursing facilities. CSP retained Aidan Health Services to improve efficiencies in these more comprehensive and complex healthcare facilities. Its contract is limited to RHRC and HSCL.  It does not include executive management services or Rose Schnitzer Manor. CSP’s executives, administrators and staff, including all caregivers, continue as CSP employees.

CSP selected Aidan because of their expertise in the field of post-acute care, their work with other mission-driven non-profit organizations, their successful record serving those organizations, and the recommendation of CSP’s trusted advisors.

Ivan Gold, Chair of CSP’s Board of Trustees, said, “We’re proud of our 5-Star quality rating in this complex healthcare niche. Aidan’s specialized management will help us deliver that quality more efficiently and effectively. Importantly, Aidan understands and has committed to CSP’s emphasis on traditional Jewish values.”

As always, please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions. I can be reached at 503-535-4413 or at


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Interested in a better understanding of the Middle East?

Please join us at Rose Schnitzer Manor for lectures from local experts. Lectures are free of charge and open to the public.

All lectures begin at 7pm
Rose Schnitzer Manor Zidell Hall
6140 SW Boundary St
Portland, OR 97221

RSVP to Polina at or 503-535-4004

Tuesday March 12
Speaker: Robert Asaadi
Topic: ‘State-Society Relations in Iran.’
Summary: Western media representations of Iran often produce the image of a monolithic society in support of the Islamic Republic regime. These accounts fail to capture the significant complexity and diversity of Iranian society. In this lecture I will explore how population demographics, globalization, and domestic political debates help us better understand the tensions between the forces of change and continuity in the Iranian case.

Tuesday March 19
Speaker: Addie Byrum, Lewis and Clark College
Topic: Arabic (Script, Structure, and Basic Expressions) and Arab Culture
Summary:  Arabic Instructor Adelaide (Addie) Byrum will talk primarily about the ways in which Arab hospitality and generosity shine through in the Arabic language and its’ beautiful expressions. She will talk about the poetic yet logical and almost mathematical structure of the Arabic language, show how the letters connect and offer a few examples of Arab calligraphy. She will also discuss and show pictures of her experiences living, traveling and studying Arabic in the Middle East and North Africa.

Tuesday March 26
Speaker: Rabbi Stampher
Topic: How Israel Was Created
Summary: This lecture is about the forces that led to the decision of the United Nations to establish a state of Israel, the tactics that were used in the war, and how Israel succeeded in winning the war.

Tuesday April 2
Speaker: Baher Butti
Topic: Iraqi Culture


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