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Families with Children 0-5

Havurah Shalom provides a variety of programs that address the interests and needs of people in different stages of life. Some of our programs are organized by Havurah staff, some by members, and many through a partnership between staff and members. Our participatory structure allows Havurah to be responsive and expansive.

Some programs are available to just show up at (because parents with young children are really busy!) and some engage parents in planning so that they can help create the community that they seek for themselves!

Shabbat Services Especially for Families

Dorot – Short & Sweet Shabbat

Join us for this casual, family-friendly, and music-filled service. Beginning with candle lighting, Kiddush and challah, the service continues with prayers and music, followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. Led by Jacob Mandelsberg, Sarah Shine, Gabe Adoff, and Tanja Lux. 6:00 pm Service, 6:45 pm Potluck; Fridays, Nov. 30, Jan. 25, March 1, May 17

Tot Shabbat

Young children (0-5) and their parents celebrate Shabbat with singing, movement, blessings, and storytelling. We will 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 Rabbi Benjamin and Deborah Eisenbach-Budner. 10:30-11:30 am, Saturdays, Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 16, April 6, and May 18

Holiday Services for Families

High Holidays
 

Rosh Hashanah Family Service, Monday, September 10, 10:30 to 11:15 am, at the Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison
This upbeat, brief and participatory holiday service is for the whole family! Enjoy stories and skits around the themes of the holiday, visuals, and lots of singing of prayers and contemporary songs. RSVP here.

Tashlich Service and Potluck, Monday, September 10, 4:00 pm, Commonwealth Lake Park

This Tashlich celebration is in addition to, not instead of, the service at Willamette Park, below. We’ll gather at the picnic tables on the east side of SW Huntington, next to the play structure. Bring a snack or finger food to share if you’d like to but it’s not necessary. RSVP through link below or to Beth Shreve (shreves5@frontier.com). In case of extreme weather, call or text (971) 212-0904 for up-to-the minute changes. Commonwealth Lake Park, SW Huntington Ave & SW Butner Rd, Portland, OR 97225. MAP | RSVP

 

Tashlich, Sunday, September 16, 12:00 to 2:30 pm, Willamette Park off SW Macadam

We’ll begin at noon with a vegetarian (and kosher fish) potluck lunch, followed by a musical Tashlich service and walk to the river. (Last names A-J bring salads, appetizers, fruit and drinks, K-Z bring main dishes.) Dessert will be provided by Havurah back at the tables after the Tashlich ritual. A Tikkun Olam fair, sponsored by the Tikkun Olam committee, will feature table displays of projects that people can get involved with in the new year. Co-leaders Cassandra Sagan and Jared Goodman will be joined by musicians Jacob Mandelsberg, Tanja Lux, Larry Reichman and Steven Sanberg-Lewis to lead us in an interactive and welcoming service for all ages. RSVP

 

Yom Kippur Family Service, Wednesday, September 19, 10:30 to 11:15 am, at the Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison

This upbeat, brief and participatory holiday service is for the whole family! Enjoy stories and skits around the themes of the holiday, visuals, and lots of singing of prayers and contemporary songs. RSVP
 

Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim & Passover


We have holiday celebrations for families with young children and people of all ages for Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim and Passover. Pease check our calendar for details.

Jewish Parenting Books

Havurah’s Education Director, Deborah Eisenbach-Budner, has compiled this helpful resource list for Jewish parenting.

Jewish Play Groups

Our Jewish play groups are for parents and their 0-4 year olds. Contact Deborah Eisenbach-Budner for information.

Fri, November 16 2018 8 Kislev 5779