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Shabbat Services

All are welcome at our weekday and Shabbat services. Our website calendar provides dates and times for each of the following services.

Not only are all welcome to join us for our services, but all who are interested in leading a part of our Saturday morning service or reading Torah are invited to join our Leaders & Leyners email list. You'll receive helpful updates about the upcoming week's parsha and learn about opportunities to lead a part of the service, read some lines of Torah, or prepare a short drash with help from our rabbi or a Havaurah lay leader. Please let us know if you're interested in joining this dynamic group!

Wednesday Mornings

A focused minyan attended by those saying saying Kaddish or not. Every Wednesday, 8:30 to 9:00 am. For people who want to incorporate a regular prayer practice into their week.

Friday Evenings

Kabbalat Shabbat

Join one of Portland’s most spirited gatherings where musical bliss fits the bill. Experience an hour of connection and pure joy. Check in with old friends and new ones too. Led by Rabbi Joey and our talented musicians and community members. Please register for dinner by publicized deadlines. Childcare is available. Dinner is at 6:30 pm, Service is at 7:30 pm.

This is the blessing for lighting the candles of Shabbat, sung by Havurah member and musician Ilene Safyan. You can also hear Ilene sing the kiddush for Friday night Shabbat.

Dorot – Short and Sweet Shabbat Services

Join us for a casual, family-friendly and music-filled service. Beginning at 6:30 pm with candle lighting, kiddush and challah, the service continues with prayers and music, led by congregants and congregant musicians, followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. Upcoming Dorot Services are on March 3 and May 19. RSVP or learn more here on our online calendar.

Saturday Mornings

Shabbat Morning Community Minyans

This welcoming, warm and spiritual service includes singing, prayer, Torah reading, and haggling over the meaning. Deepen your connections and let the quiet penetrate your soul on Shabbat morning. Led by Rabbi Joey and community members. Services start at 10:00 am. If you're interested in leading a part of the Saturday service, giving a short drash with help from our rabbi or a lay leader, or reading Torah, please email our office so your name can be added to our Leaders & Leyners email list. (See "Shabbat Services" above.)

Being called up for an aliyah is an honor. These are the words to the blessings before and after a Torah reading. You can listen to recordings of the blessings below:

Blessing before the Torah reading

Blessing after the Torah reading

Deborah Eisenbach-Budner’s Illustrated Guide to a Shabbat Morning Service (PDF)

Order of Service Chart (PDF) – This valuable chart walks you through each part of the Shabbat morning service, including page numbers in the siddur, and commentary to give direction as to who may lead the various prayers. This chart is a companion to the two disk CD set of the complete Shabbat morning service by Michele Goldschmidt. You may obtain these from the Havurah office.

Text and Torah

Text study starting at 10:00 am, followed by a shortened Saturday morning service. Led by community members and Rabbi Joey.

Camp Havurah

Camp Havurah is a musical, fun, upbeat Shabbat morning service that features sing-a-long style prayers in a mixture of Hebrew and English. Each service begins at 10:00 am. Easy to follow, with lots of English commentary and kavanot (intentional statements), this service is engaging for all ages. Led by Havurah musicians and community leaders. Sponsored Kiddush lunch follows service.

Tot Shabbat

Young children (0-5) and their parents celebrate Shabbat with singing, movement, blessings, and storytelling from 10:30 to 11:30 am on specified Saturday mornings. We touch on the main highlights of the Shabbat morning service: wonder, fun, song, listening to the world, dancing, and Torah. Afterwards, we enjoy an informal oneg nosh and the chance to play and schmooze. Led by Deborah Eisenbach-Budner or Havurah members. Upcoming Tot Shabbats will be on April 15 and May 13. Learn more or RSVP through our online calendar.

You can also download a pdf of our Tot Shabbat flier here.

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