Portland, October 18th, 2014. Magic was in the air and under the Dome at Congregation Beth Israel when Master Illusionist Shimshi took to the stage for a display of mental marveling before a spell-bound crowd of over 200. Levitation-level sponsors Harold and Jane Pollin pose with world-renowned illusionist and mentalist Shimshi, (center) who headlined at Beth Israel’s fundraiser. “The Magic is Here” was the theme of Beth Israel’s fall fundraiser, chaired by Drs. David & Tiffany Goldwyn.

Event chairs Drs. Tiffany and David Goldwyn helped create the magical evening, which included spinning and levitating candle centerpieces.

Event chairs Drs. Tiffany and David Goldwyn helped create the magical evening, which included spinning and levitating candle centerpieces.

Cantor Ida Rae and Rabbi Michael Cahana join a stilt-walking entertainer to welcome arriving guests at the doorway to Schnitzer Family Center.

Cantor Ida Rae and Rabbi Michael Cahana join a stilt-walking entertainer to welcome arriving guests at the doorway to Schnitzer Family Center.

Beginning with a cocktail hour and supper, generously underwritten by sponsors Harold and Jane Pollin and catered by Al Fresco/Sheraton. The evening featured up-close acts of prestidigitation as Shimshi worked his way through the crowd. Nationally known for his appearances on America’s Got Talent, Shimshi is the resident illusionist at the Wynn Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  A paddle raise, introduced by CBI Board Member Eric Friedenwald-Fishman, helped push the event’s total fundraising number well above the projected $100,000 mark, thanks in large part to a matching challenge gift from the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.

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