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May 10 Community Email

RABBI JOEY IN TIMES OF ISRAEL, NEW MEMBER BAGEL BRUNCH, SONG OF MIRIAM   


UPCOMING SHABBAT

Kabbalat Shabbat Honors Our High School Seniors
Friday, May 12
7:30 pm
Havurah Shalom

Join us for our joyful and musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service this Friday at 7:30 pm, where we will honor our high school seniors. They are Havurah's future! Eight talented Havurah musicians will help us celebrate: Ilene Safyan, Scott Snyder, Steven Sandberg-Lewis, John Duke, Karen Stolzberg, Barry Lavine, Chaim Wolin and Jacob Mandelsberg.

Text & Torah - Emor & Counting the Omer
With Bagels & Lox

Led by Diane Chaplin
Saturday, May 13
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Havurah Shalom

Torah study will be followed by a short Shabbat service. We’ll study Parashat Emor and look at the history and intricacies surrounding the counting of the Omer. We will serve breakfast and coffee, including bagels and lox and gluten-free options. Please arrive early enough to eat before the study begins at 10:00 am.

Above photo of barley is from Wikimedia Commons.

Tot Shabbat
Saturday, May 13

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.


RABBI JOEY IN TODAY'S TIMES OF ISRAEL - EMOR & THE FIRING OF COMEY

Read Rabbi Joey's message in today's "Times of Israel" about this week's parsha, Emor, and the firing of James Comey:

Firing the director of the FBI? Because of the way he presided over Hillary Clinton’s emails? Why now?

Am I imagining it or are we back in the days of Nixon’s White House and the Saturday Night Massacre? Sure seems like it. Congressman Elijah Cummings on the Rachel Maddow Show said, “I am shocked, but not really surprised.” Are the Republicans surprised? Who believes Donald Trump? Who is not wondering if he’s manipulating our justice system, the foundation of American democracy?

Commenting on the opening line of Parashat Emor, “Tell the priests, say to them, none shall defile himself for any dead person”, the Midrash Tanchuma tries to imagine a situation in which the priests who model holiness should be required to stay pure? Everyone knows they are not to come into contact with a dead body. The rabbis offer an example: a priest leaves the city on business (or to play golf, or both). His servant urgently attempts to get in touch with him, but is unsure how to pin him down. (The priest is easily distracted.)

Read more here in the Times of Israel.


ANNUAL MOTHER'S DAY VIGIL - RADICAL ACCOMPANIMENT IN DIFFICULT TIMES

Saturday, May 13
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm (Carpooling at 8:15 am)
1623 East “J” Street

Tacoma, WA 98421
Vigil takes place at front gate entrance.

To carpool to the vigil, please meet at 8:15 am at Ascension Catholic Church parking lot (734 SE 76th, Portland). Join members of Havurah's Sanctuary Cohort to stand together for immigrants’ rights here in the Pacific Northwest. Please RSVP here if you plan to carpool to the vigil. There will be special speakers, testimony and action. Learn more here.

 

For more information, contact Shari Raider, shari.raider@gmail.com, or Bob Brown, rebrown47@gmail.com.

 

Above Mother's Day Vigil photo is from the IMIrJ website.

 


THANK YOU TO OUR CLIMATE CHANGE WORKGROUP!

On Sunday, May 7, the Climate Action Workgroup of Havurah's Tikkun Olam Committee welcomed 25 local environmental groups to a first-ever Climate Change Information & Action Fair at Havurah. Many thanks to all who organized and participated in the fair. Here are more photos taken by Steve Birkel.

 

Above photo was taken at Sunday's Climate Change Information & Action Fair by Steve Birkel.

 


HAKOL DEADLINE IS MAY 16

 

If you have stories for our June Hakol, please submit them along with headlines and accompanying artwork to Rachel Pollak by Tuesday, May 16.

 


DOROT SHABBAT

Friday, May 19
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Havurah Shalom

 

Our Dorot Service is specifically welcoming to families with children and also strives to create a space for all the generations of Havurah to connect and enjoy Shabbat together. It is a relaxed, meaningful and sweet way to end a busy week and start Shabbat. Our fabulous Shabbat School parents Jacob Mandlesberg, Sarah Shine and Gabe Adoff will lead us in bringing in Shabbat together with music and prayer.

After the short and sweet service, we'll enjoy a vegetarian potluck dinner. Please bring a kid-friendly main dish. RSVP here if you think you might make it. Feel free to invite friends and family to join in as well - the more the merrier!


NEW TO HAVURAH? MEET PEOPLE & LEARN MORE ON MAY 21!

 

New & Prospective Member Bagel Brunch
Sunday, May 21
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Havurah Shalom

 

Havurah Shalom welcomes new and prospective new members to a morning of fun and information at our annual orientation on Sunday, May 21, at Havurah. Attendees will get acquainted with various offerings in the Havurah Shalom community, hear from experienced members, and meet with other newer members. The orientation runs from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, and we will have a coffee, bagels and juice. Childcare will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Please RSVP here if you can come. If you have questions, contact Sarah Rosenberg, 503-452-4250.


HAVURAH BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Tuesday May 23
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Havurah Shalom

A Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman is the next book the group selected to discuss. Here is a brief excerpt about it:

"Telling the fictionalized life of Rachel Pissarro, the mother of the famous Impressionist Camille Pissarro, the story unwinds slowly—beginning with Rachel in her youth, growing up in a strict Jewish community on the island of St. Thomas in the early 1800s. Rachel is a headstrong girl who becomes a fierce woman and mother of eleven, initially forced into an arranged marriage at a very young age. But when her older husband dies, she soon falls in love with her husband’s nephew, and her defiance and strength to be with the one she loves manages to supersede her community’s desire for discretion and adherence to custom."

The book also concerns the relationship between mother and her artist son, Camille. We hope you will join us. Please RSVP to the Havurah website.

Above photo of a painting on St. Thomas by Camille Pissarro is from Wikimedia.


ANNUAL SONG OF MIRIAM AWARDS BRUNCH

Sunday, June 4
10:00 am - 12:15 pm
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland

This year’s Havurah Shalom Song of Miriam honoree is Eve Berry. Mazel tov, Eve! Please join your fellow Havurah members as we celebrate Eve and other Song of Miriam honorees on June 4.

The cost of the brunch - Patron: $36 Regular, $25 if postmarked by May 24. After May 24 the cost is $32; Children 12 & under: $10. Download a registration form here

Email Shelley Sobel (shelleysemail2@yahoo.com) if you plan to attend so we can all sit together!


RABBI TRANSITION TEAM

Rabbi Benjamin and his family plan to move to Portland in mid-July. The Rabbi Transition Team will be coordinating with other Havurah committees and groups to ensure that the transition for him and his family, and the Havurah community, is smooth and allows for everyone to have a chance to meet and socialize. Please let us know if you are planning an event that would provide Rabbi Benjamin and his family with an opportunity to mingle and get to know Havurah cohorts. Also, let us know if you are interested in being a member of the team. Co-chairs Amanda Coffey, akcoffey23@gmail.com, 503-341-1596, and Stacy Hankin, twokids@spiritone.com, 503-887-5296.


TIKKUN OLAM ACTION EMAIL LIST

 

Havurahniks, there's nothing like a Trump presidency to inspire action! So, are you interested in attending rallies, calling senators, writing postcards, etc. with other Havurah folks? If so, Rebecca Darling-Budner (as part of the Tikkun Olam Committee) is now facilitating an email list that will be used solely for organizing ourselves to take action together. To join the list, just shoot her an email requesting to be a member, rbudner@yahoo.com.


HAVURAH LOST & FOUND GOES TO GOODWILL ON MONDAY, MAY 15

If you left a water bottle, coat, or anything else at Havurah, please come by to pick it up. Anything not claimed by Saturday, May 13, will be donated to Goodwill on Monday, May 15. Thank you to all who have already picked up lost items and all who contacted our office and are planning to collect their items soon!


NO WEEKLY EMAIL ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7

Havurah's office staff will attend an out-of-town conference the week of June 7 to learn ways to use Havurah's ShulCloud system more efficiently in managing our membership data, website, and more. Because of travel, limited time, and limited access to the internet, we will not have a weekly community email on Wednesday, June 7.

Please submit stories that you ordinarily would have submitted for our June 7 email in time to be included in the weekly email on Wednesday, May 31. The deadline for that email is Tuesday, May 30, at noon. Please use this form to submit your stories. Thanks!


IN THE COMMUNITY

Light the Hearth, Wednesday, May 10, 4:00 pm - Dark, Jamison Square

PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS IN EUGENE: "Dare I Call You Cousin" exhibition that showed at Havurah will open at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene.

Exhibition Opening, Friday, May 12
Shows through May 21
Temple Beth Israel
1175 E 29th Ave
Eugene, OR 97403

On Friday, May 12, doors open at 6:30 pm for exhibition viewing, preceding Shabbat services at 7:30 pm, during which poet Frances Payne Adler will give a reading and talk about the exhibition.

Video Screening, Monday, May 15. Doors open at 6:00 pm for exhibition viewing. At 7:00 pm, a communal discussion and viewing of selected videos from the exhibition, with introductory remarks by Dr. Paul Slovic.

Read more here.

Above photos copyrighted by Michal Fattal

Webinar on Lilith with Havuarahnik Alicia Jo Rabins on May 18

No matter where you are on the globe, you are invited to join Havurah member Alicia Jo Rabins for a free one-hour webinar on the fascinating, mysterious, utterly captivating character of Lilith! Hosted by Jewish Women's Archive, Thursday, May 18, at 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time (1:00 pm Eastern time). 

Sign up here to join the webinar (or to access the recording later). We will be exploring this legendary demoness - or heroine, depending on your interpretation - through amulets, ancient bowls, contemporary art, and the Girls in Trouble song, "We Are Androgynous."
 


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. Due to staff attending a conference, we won't have a weekly email on Wednesday, June 7.


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.

825 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

503-248-4662

 
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