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High Holiday Services

For 40 years now, Havurah Shalom has opened our High Holidays services to the community. Admission is free and no tickets are required. This year about 1,000 people attended our services.

We are able to offer this opportunity to the Portland area community thanks to generous contributions of time from Havurah members and staff, and to generous donations from those who support this mitzvah. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!

With guidance from our rabbi, Havurah members plan many of the services and related programs for the High Holidays, and they assume key roles during the services.

2019/5780 High Holiday Services

2019 High Holiday Service Schedule | Complete Event Schedule | High Holidays Tzedakah Project

All services except Selichot, Second Day Rosh Hashanah, and Tashlich will be held at the Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison, in Portland. See below for locations of Tashlich gatherings. Selichot and Second Day Rosh Hashanah services will be at Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave, in Portland. All services are free and open to the public, without advance tickets or registration. 

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Don't Forget to RSVP for These Events!

Rosh Hashanah Family Service, Monday, Sept. 30, 9:30 to 10:20 am, at the Tiffany Center, 2nd Floor
Especially for families with children ages 0-10! This upbeat and participatory Rosh Hashanah service is for the whole family! Enjoy stories and skits, soulful prayers and contemporary songs–as we all begin the year anew, together. 

Apples, Honey and Fun for Grades 3 to 5! Monday, Sept. 30, 10:30-11:15, at the Tiffany Center, 2nd Floor
A special time for people in Grades 3-5 to gather for New Year singing and activities. Please join us. 

Cedar Hills (formerly Westside) Tashlich Service and Potluck, Monday, Sept. 30, 4:00 pm 
We’ll gather at the picnic tables on the east side of Huntington next to the play structure. There are two playgrounds near Commonwealth Lake. Make sure you’re at the one on Huntington. Please let us know when you RSVP if you are interested in helping with music, vocal or instrumental or with the service. Bring a snack or finger food to share if you’d like. In case of rain we will email the RSVP list. Commonwealth Lake Park, SW Huntington Ave & SW Butner Rd, Portland, OR 97225.

Tashlich at George Rogers State Park, Sunday, Oct. 6, 12:00 to 2:30 pm
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 main dishes, K-Z bring salads, appetizers, fruit and drinks.) Dessert will be provided by Havurah back at the tables after the Tashlich ritual. 

Yom Kippur Family Service, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 9:30 to 10:20 am, at the Tiffany Center, 2nd Floor
Especially for families with children ages 0-10! Our Yom Kippur Family Service helps people of all ages focus on our yearly tradition of celebration and renewal. Enjoy favorite songs and prayers, the Jonah story, and family interaction.

Community Break Fast After Yom Kippur, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7:15 pm, at the Tiffany Center, 2nd Floor
Let us come together and end the fast with delicious food and community. Sign Up to Bring Food

Parking Options

Parking near Havurah Shalom

The second day of Rosh Hashanah, services will take place at our building. While this allows us to enjoy a homey sense of belonging, it can present parking challenges on a weekday. Especially due to construction all around the neighborhood, street parking is very limited. 

  • If possible, please plan to take public transit or to carpool. 
  • The 10-minute spot in front of our building will be available for drop-offs and pick-ups.
  • The Legacy parking lot that we have permission to use on Saturdays is NOT available on weekdays. PLEASE DO NOT PARK THERE, as we would like to maintain our friendly relationship with Legacy, who needs the lot for their own employees on weekdays. Thank you!

Parking near the Tiffany Center

Aside from street parking, here are some options:

  • Please consider public transportation such as the MAX Blue and Red lines. Their stops on SW 10th and Morrison are walking distance from the Tiffany Center.
  • After 5:00 pm M-F, the open-air lot on SW 14th and Alder is available as a pay-to-park lot. If not rented privately, the lot is also available weekend hours.  
  • Just across the I-405, with an entrance on SW 12th between Alder and Morrison, is the parking lot for the First Presbyterian Church, which also operates as a public pay-to-park lot.  
  • Around the corner from the Tiffany Center at SW 15th & Morrison is the Hotel Deluxe parking structure, which is a public pay-to-park facility.  
  • There is also a Smart Park at SW Yamhill & 10th–4 blocks away.


Past Years' Drashot

You can find written or recorded versions of past High Holidays drashot below.

Sun, September 22 2019 22 Elul 5779