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April 19 Community Email


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To ensure that our news is as accurate as possible, please use this form to submit stories for Havurah's online calendar & weekly email updates. News for weekly emails is due Tuesday at noon prior to the email. Please let me know if a post you requested by the deadline is missing or inaccurate. Meanwhile, your understanding is greatly appreciated. We are a very active and creative community!


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 the 87-year-old Jerusalem artist Jo Milgrom. Filmmaker Paula Weiman-Kelman will lead a discussion following the screening. 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.



April 19-22
Havurah Shalom & MJCC

  • Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 pm, Paula Weiman-Kelman’s "Torah Treasures & Curious Trash," at Havurah Shalom (co-sponsored by Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education & Havurah) - Whether or not you sent an RSVP, please join us!
  • 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, with drash by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman. A longtime friend of Rabbi Joey, Rabbi Weiman-Kelman is the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Haneshama in Jerusalem, 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.


Thanks to a generous offer from Legacy Health Systems, Havurah members can park in the Legacy corporate office parking lot at 1919 NW Lovejoy on Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays - in the "visitor" spaces (marked "V" below) and, at especially large gatherings, in spaces 20-37 along the Lovejoy side of the lot.

Please do not park in any other spaces in the parking lot! We are very grateful for Legacy's generous offer of parking spaces during our weekend events, and we want to honor Legacy's request that we not use other spaces in the parking lot.


Instead of beginning tonight as originally planned, the trope class being taught by Ken Lerner will begin next Wednesday night, April 26. The final session will be Wednesday, May 17.


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 the bin this month and retrieve your items so we can donate whatever is left to Goodwill or William Temple House in May. Thank you!


Come share lunch, recipes and cooking demonstrations of favorite ethnic food from Havurah and the Muslim Educational Trust. All ages of cooks and food lovers welcome. Sponsored by Tikkun Olam Committee. For more information, contact Ellen Regal 503-288-5042.

Please RSVP here.


Monday, April 24
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Havurah Shalom

Please join us as we continue to explore what it means for Havurah to be a Sanctuary Congregation. On April 2, about 35 Havurah members gathered to begin exploring how we can respond to the needs of the larger community as a Sanctuary Congregation. We heard from a member of the Latino community about his experiences living in the current environment and the fears that he felt. We generated a great list of areas of interest and action. Here are the recommendations from our first meeting.

At our next meeting on April 24, we will

  • continue to drill down into those areas of interest and determine where we have interest and excitement so we can define our next steps
  • learn about the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Work Team
  • have a short educational presentation about Know Your Rights to learn about the rights of immigrants if they encounter ICE.
  • learn about the IMIrJ Mother's Day Vigil at the Tacoma Detention Center on May 13. We hope you can attend this Havurah Sanctuary Community meeting and get engaged in this important work.

For more information, contact Shari Raider at or Kathy Gordon at

Please RSVP here if you can come.


Havurah Book Discussion Group: NEXT MEETING 4/27/17 at Havurah, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

This will be a planning/book selection meeting over a potluck dinner. We will choose books and dates for the rest of the year and beyond. Bring your book suggestion - one which you've already read and would like the group to discuss, and also a side, salad or desert dish to share. Get to kow an enjoy the company of your fellow readers at Havurah! RSVP here on the Havurah website.


Havurah will host its first ever Climate Information & Action Fair on Sunday, May 7. Come to learn more about how we are impacting our environment and our health, and how we can easily make a difference to help reduce the worst aspects of climate chaos that will also make our communities healthier and our homes more comfortable.


Havurah is bringing experts and service providers from local agencies and organizations to present information about a range of actions and activities that we can participate in to improve our lives and that of future generations here in the Pacific Northwest.


This is a family-friendly event with something for people of all ages (including childcare). We will have a bagel nosh for your brunch. Childcare will be provided if requested by May 3 through this RSVP link

For more information, please email Michael Heumann or call 503-880-2226.


This information and action fair is sponsored by the Havurah Climate Action Team, which is part of your Tikkun Olam Committee.


Are you interested in …

Deepening your knowledge and commitment to Torah, Tefillah (Prayer) and Kehillah (Community)?

Expanding your Jewish literacy skills, confidence, and sense of connection with Judaism?

Going through this process in community and celebrating your Jewish learning in Havurah?

Then … consider joining the new ADULT B'NAI / B'NOT MITZVAH GROUP. This group will study together from May 2017 – December 2019, with Deborah Eisenbach-Budner and other teachers.

This Adult Bnai / Bnot Mitzvah study process is for: Those who never became Bar or Bat Mitzvah AND those who had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah – in form but not in substance. There are some things that you can go back and do again – but better this time!!!

Contact Deborah Eisenbach-Budner as soon as possible.


Are you interested in building capacity for Havurah? Check out the new Fundraising Committee! The purpose of this committee is to set up a plan for intentional fundraising, as Havurah really has not done that in the past. That means setting goals, keeping track of our progress, and maintaining lists of non-members who have been generous in the past. We'll also be brainstorming and laying the groundwork for a big fundraising event to be held next February. Event planners, with or without experience, are welcome! I do not foresee any direct fundraising appeals coming from us as individuals, in case you are worried about that. Contact me at

- Nancy Becker


Book Readings at Annie Bloom's Tomorrow, April 20

Havurah members Ruth Feldman and Amber Keyser will read from their new novels, "Seven Stitches" and "Pointe, Claw," at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, tomorrow at 7:00 pm. Read more here.

Yom HaShoah Day of Remembrance Events

April 23 – Public Tour or Oregon Holocaust Memorial (12:00 noon)
April 23 – Commemorative Service at Shaarie Torah (7:00 pm)
April 24 – Reading of Names at Director Park (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Learn more here.

The Last Mentsch
Thursday, April 25
7:00 pm
Clinton Street Theater

Born as Menachem Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz (German Academy Award winner Mario Adorf) escaped Auschwitz with his life, only to exterminate his Jewishness. With no synagogue, Jewish friends or family, the hardened old man has done such an effective job of creating a new identity that, when faced with his own mortality, the rabbis refuse his about-face appeal to be buried in a Jewish cemetery in Cologne. Read more here.

"The Reluctant Radical" Documentary Works in Progress Screening & Fundraiser

Thursday, April 27
7:30 pm

The Hollywood Theater
4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR

Havurah member Lindsey Grayzel and her co-producer Deia Schlosberg present select scenes from their work in progress documentary following climate activist Ken Ward, and Schlosberg's short BACKYARD, about the dangers of fracking. After the screenings, we will have a panel discussion with activist Ken Ward, and the filmmakers who were both arrested and charged with felonies while filming climate activists shutting down tar sands oil pipelines on Oct. 11, 2016. 100% of box office sales donated to help finish the film! Tickets are available hereFor more information, contact Lindsey Grayzel.


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.

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 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.

"Rising Up for Human Dignity" 2017 Film Festival  (PSU's Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project + Never Again Coalition)

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 program here.

Learn more here.

Register now!

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


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

Find our calendar and learn more at

825 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209


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