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April 12 Community Email


*** L'hhitraot Joey - April 15-22, including 'Torah Treasures and Curious Trashon April 19 ***

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Community Minyan
Saturday, April 15
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Havurah Shalom

This Saturday the following Havurah leaders and leyners will daven and drash with us: Ken Lerner, Natalie Lerner, Diane Chaplin, Sarah Wetherson, Becky Chiao, Laura Orgel, Annie Goldberg, Susan Lazareck, and Marty Brown. Please join us as we celebrate Shabbat during Passover! Tot Shabbat families will join us during the Torah service.

Saturday, April 15
10:30 - 11:30 am
Havurah Shalom

Young children (0-5) and their parents will celebrate Shabbat with singing, movement, blessings and storytelling. We touch on the main highlights of the Shabbat morning service: wonder, fun, song, listening to the world, dancing and Torah. Afterward we will enjoy an informal oneg nosh and the chance to play and schmooze. Led by Deborah Eisenbach-Budner. RSVP here.


It's in Our Hands: Intergenerational Activism Fair for Reproductive Justice - You can find a recap, photos, and resources here from an amazing Intergenerational Activism Fair at Havurah on April 5. Many thanks to Deborah Eisenbach-Budner and Stefanie Hausman, and many others for engaging so many generations of Havurahniks in a single evening.

Discovering Shabbat Morning: Learner's Minyan for B'nai Mitzvah Families - Young Havurahniks did a great job of leading during our 'Discovering Shabbat Morning' service on Saturday, April 8. Many thanks to all of them, and to Susan Brenner, Diane Chaplin, Sam Sirkin, Rabbi Joey, and Owen Jablonski for leading and teaching. These photos show some of the younger crowd in action. For those of you who missed the service or had to leave early, here's a link to a video of the service. The shortened Torah service starts at 1:12 minutes.


Today, April 12; Monday & Tuesday, April 17 & 18

Havurah Shalom's office will be closed on April 12, 17 & 18, for Passover.


April 15-22
Havurah Shalom & MJCC

Read about Rabbi Joey here in Oregon Jewish Life!

  • Saturday, April 15, 4:45 pm, Havdalah and Family Celebration, Havurah Shalom
  • Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 pm, Paula Weiman-Kelman’s "Torah Treasures & Curious Trash," Havurah Shalom (co-sponsored by Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education & Havurah) - If you haven't already RSVPed for this event through the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education or Havurah Shalom's website, please RSVP here! (Read more about the film and filmmaker, a longtime friend of Rabbi Joey, below.)
  • Thursday, April 20, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Dinner to honor Rabbi Joey, Mittleman Jewish Community Center
  • Friday, April 21, 8:00 pm, Shabbat Evening Service & Oneg, Drash by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman. A longtime friend of Rabbi Joey, Rabbi Weiman-Kelman is the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Haneshama, a Reform community in Jerusalem devoted to prayer, study and social action. He is also a founding member of Rabbis for Human Rights. Childcare will be available for the Friday service.
  • Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am, Community Minyan, with “planned” potluck lunch following the service. Childcare will be available.


Screening of the Film "Torah Treasures and Curious Trash"
A L'hitraot Joey Celebration
Wednesday, April 19
7:00 pm
Havurah Shalom
Free & Open to the Public

Join us for the screening of Torah Treasures and Curious Trash, a film about 87-year-old outsider Jerusalem artist Jo Milgrom. The filmmaker, Paula Weiman-Kelman, will lead a discussion following the screening. A Jerusalem-based documentary filmmaker, Paula and her husband Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman are longtime friends of Rabbi Joey, and this event is part of our L'hitraot Joey celebrations. The evening is co-sponsored by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and Havurah Shalom. If you haven't already submitted an RSVP through the Havurah or OJMCHE website, please RSVP here.


Sunday, April 16
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Havurah Shalom

At this annual congregational meeting we will vote on the upcoming year's budget and on the upcoming year's Steering Committee. Please join us so your voice is heard!


Several books were taken from Havurah’s library without the check-out cards being completed. Please email Miryam Brewer if you checked out the following books so your name can be added to the check-out cards:

  • Noah’s Ark, by Peter Spier
  • The Four Questions, by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  • Old Turtle, by Douglas Wood
  • A Watermelon in the Sukkah, by Sylvia A. Rouss
  • God’s Paintbrush, by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
  • Joseph and His Magnificent Coat of Many Colors, by Marcia Williams


The May Hakol deadline is Tuesday, April 18. Please send your articles, photos and titles to Rachel Pollak by April 18.


Are you missing your favorite water bottle? Your child's jacket? Your reading glasses?

Havurah has a bin full of lost-and-found items in the area where we hang our coats. Please check our lost-and-found bin this month and retrieve your items so we can donate whatever is left to Goodwill or William Temple House in May. Thank you!


The Supreme Court: What's Next? (an up-to-the-minute presentation)
Saturday, April 29
9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Gerding Theatre at the Armory Building
128 NW 11th Ave, Portland

The Supreme Court plays a pivotal role in both maintaining checks and balances among the varying branches of government and protecting individual liberties. Yet the Supreme Court is also vulnerable to public opposition, making their capacity to check government overreach contingent on the willingness of public officials to accept their proclamations. The power of the Court to maintain its independence has been a source of continued anxiety over the past year. In this talk, Professor Alison Gash will discuss the root of this anxiety, the current concerns about judicial authority and independence, and the ways in which both the nomination process and upcoming battles between the White House and the Court may amplify these tensions.

Alison Gash is a political science professor at the University of Oregon who specializes in US Supreme Court and civil rights laws. She also taught at Berkeley, where she received the Commendation for Excellence in Teaching two years in a row, and is the author of "Below the Radar: How Silence Can Save Civil Rights." Learn more and register here.

Passover Immigration Focused Community Seder
Friday, April 14
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Portland ICE Building
4310 SW Macadam Ave at Bancroft St

There will be a Community "Seder" with a focus on immigrant justice. There are some very powerful parts to the Passover seder readings that are so perfect for Immigration justice and for combating racism and Islamophobia, transphobia, and homophobia.

This will be an abbreviated event, will include important Passover messages, and will not include a meal. The event is organized and supported by Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition, and other organizations. We hope to see you there on Friday. 

Contact Bob Brown,

Are You 35-45 & Interested in a Social Group to Celebrate Shabbat?

Havurah friend Kiel Moses is looking to form a monthly potluck where single Jews can talk about social justice issues, current events in Portland, and life. "Being conscious of who we are and what as Jews we can do to make the world better is very important to continually discuss," he explains. "Being resources for each other can be the best way to progress toward this goal." If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Kiel at

April 21-22 & 27-30
7:30 pm
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
8371 N Interstate Ave

Havurah member Ruth Wikler-Luker curates and produces a nonprofit theatre/performing arts presenting organization called Boom Arts (, which focuses on social justice issues. Spiritrials combines Hip Hop and theatre, two amazing ways to tell stories. What happens when you put them together? In Spiritrials, Def Poetry Jam alum Dahlak Brathwaite does just that, touching on issues like racial profiling, religion and faith, addiction and drug policy, criminal justice, and human imperfection through his own personal story. Learn more here.

M’Yad L’Yad: From Hand to Hand — The Chain of Our Tradition
May 5-7, Camp Solomon Schechter

How does Judaism get passed on within communities, from person to person and from one generation to the next?

During this Shabbaton we’ll explore some of these enduring issues of transmission:

  • Who can teach, how do we learn, what is received and why?
  • When are changes needed to nourish Jewish life?

As we celebrate Shabbat in a beautiful PNW setting, we will look at the challenges we face now, with a focus on inclusivity and hopes for the future, informed by traditional wisdom and a Reconstructionist lens.

Download the event program here.

Learn more here.

Register now!

Rising Up for Human Dignity - 2017 Film Festival 

Women of the Wall with Lesley Sachs
Tuesday, April 25
11:30 am
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Lunch Included in $10 Ticket

On April 25, Lesley Sachs will speak about the battle that Women of the Wall (WOW) has been fighting for 28 years - achieving gender equality at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. Executive Director of Women of the Wall, Lesley grew up in Haifa, Israel. She has enjoyed a long and successful career in the areas of women’s rights and religious freedom in Israeli society. Lesley has led Women of the Wall since 2008. Learn more here.

Havurah Shalom is a vibrant, egalitarian, and diverse Jewish Reconstructionist community. Steeped in Jewish values, Havurah promotes spirituality, learning, and acts of social responsibility.

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