April 19 Community Email
April 19 Community Email
TORAH TREASURES, L'HITRAOT JOEY, SANCTUARY MEETING, CLIMATE ACTION FAIR
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Screening of the Film "Torah Treasures and Curious Trash"
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.
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 email@example.com 503-288-5042.
Monday, April 24
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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)
The Last Mentsch
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
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 here. For more information, contact Lindsey Grayzel.
The Supreme Court: What's Next? (an up-to-the-minute presentation)
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.
Havurah member Ruth Wikler-Luker curates and produces a nonprofit theatre/performing arts organization called Boom Arts (www.boomarts.org), 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
How does Judaism get passed on within communities, from person to person and from one generation to the next?
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.havurahshalom.org.
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