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Feb
14
10:30 AM10:30

The Socrates Cafe - KS Community Room

Welcome to the Socrates Cafe.  The philosophy of Socrates was simply to ask as many questions as possible.  This will be a once per month drop-in discussion group.  Each meeting will concentrate on one topic that relates to Humanistic Judaism under the guidance of facilitator, Dan Greenspan.

The topic for the first session is: “The Effect of Mixed Marriage on Society/ families/Humanistic Judaism”.

The Socrates Cafe is the evolution of one of the most popular activities at Kol Shalom:  The Sounding Board.  The Socrates Cafe will fill the gap providing a new forum to the many members who look forward to discussing interesting topics.

Come and enjoy a lively, enlightening, and totally civil discussion.  No politics, elected officials, or Constitutional Law will be allowed for discussion.  All members are invited along with their guests.  You are urged to bring topics for discussion in order to make our sessions as interesting and stimulating as possible.

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Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

Yiddish Club - Kumt ayner, kumt aleh (come one, come all)!

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Join us for some Yiddish fun and a bit of learning.

We will listen to and read Yiddish songs. In our text, Yiddish In 10 Lessons by Chaim Werdyger, we will stick with verbs, Lesson 3, particularly pages 52-58 about the past tense.  Please feel free, though, to read the previous pages about the present tense and the pages that follow about the future tense (in many ways the simplest tense in Yiddish).

Also, Bentzion (our Yiddish Maven /facilitator just returned from a week speaking and learning and singing and dancing in Yiddish in Sounion, Greece, and seeing Poseidon's Temple, and has some songs and websites to show us and some Greek Yiddish tales.

As usual, there'll be rugelakh and hamentaschen, AND all, including your friends, are welcome.

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Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

Tu B'Shvat Seder at Havurah Shalom

Kol Shalom is co sponsoring this event. Please join us at this annual Tu B’shvat seder.

Critical Climate and Forest Teachings & political action with John Talberth, PhD, from The Center for Sustainable Economics and Rabbi Benjamin Barnett

Celebrate the New Year of the Trees, our ancient tradition that connects economics with nature, with an evening of inspiration, story, prayer, song, ritual fruits, and community celebration!

RSVP: tinyurl.com/talberth

Forest Presentation with Q & A 7-8 pm

Seder and Desert Oneg 8-9 p.m.

Donations to help support the work of the Center for Sustainable Economics

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Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Humanistic Judaism Study Group - KS Community Room

The January Humanistic Judaism Study Group will focus on the holiday of Tu B’Shevat.

The Humanistic Judaism Study Group is a self-facilitated study group that meets the third Thursday of the month. Each month we choose a topic of interest related to Humanistic Judaism to discuss at our next meeting. There is no registration and no fee. We welcome guests.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

Humanistic Judaism Study Group - KS Community Room

The Humanistic Judaism Study Group is a self-facilitated study group that meets the third Thursday of the month. Each month we choose a topic of interest related to Humanistic Judaism to discuss at our next meeting. There is no registration and no fee.

You are invited to join us and bring your friends. We look forward to your participation!

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Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Forum with Bob Liebman - KS Community Room

Bob Liebman from PSU will be returning to Kol Shalom to show a Jewish themed movie, followed by a discussion.  You won’t want to miss it; over the years Bob has been a favorite presenter and discussion leader at Kol Shalom.  The movie will have a social justice theme, which will be so appropriate since the following day is Human Rights Day. 

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Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Humanistic Judaism Study Group - KS Community Room

This month the Humanistic Judaism Study Group will watch a comedy that considers “truth” and “lies.” What would our world be like if we only spoke the truth to one another? Can it be a good thing to lie? If so, where does one draw the line between when it’s okay to lie and when it’s not okay to lie?

As Humanistic Jews, where do we draw the lines between truth, lies, myths and stories in our history and traditions?

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Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Solidarity & Community Gathering - KS Center

Join your Kol Shalom family in a solidarity and community gathering.

The Pittsburg synagogue shootings, as well as other recent acts of senseless violence, have shaken us, rending our hearts and spirit.  Let us gather as a community, finding strength, comfort  and determination to pursue tikkun olam from one another.  We will have a short Shabbat service, followed by an opportunity for each of us to express our thoughts and feelings. 

 Everyone is welcome as we join together in love and community against hate and violence. 

KS Center
1509 S.W. Sunset Blvd., Ste. 1E
Portland, OR 97239

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Kol Shalom "Silver Anniversary Fete"
Oct
21
4:00 PM16:00

Kol Shalom "Silver Anniversary Fete"

Kol Shalom is  celebrating it's Silver 25th Anniversary.  And you’re invited! Our quarter century mark is a milestone for all of us, and we are asking all members to participate in the festivities.  

We will party with food, drink, music by the Dusty Boys featuring “Dusty” Walt Hellman,  and special events.  Lagunitas brews it's own beer, so you can enjoy flight tasting or sample by the glass.  One flight or one glass of beer or wine will be complimentary, and food as well as other beverages will be provided.  

We Welcome All - members, non members and guests to join us as we Celebrate.

Tickets: $25 (for 25 (years).

Your can send in your reservations here by completing and submitting the form below for payments to be made at the door (cash or check only). Or you can RSVP and pay with a credit card at the same time online .

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Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Humanistic Judaism Study Group - KS Community Room

After the serious holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur comes the joyful celebration of the fall harvest of Sukkot. It is traditional to build the sukkah, a small hut with openings to the sky, and fill it with fall flowers, fruit and vegetables. It is also traditional to invite ushpizin which is Aramaic for guests. You may invite historical figures or other important people you admire in order to honor them and appreciate their contributions. Of course, you may invite your real and tangible friends and family to share in the fall bounty.

 You are invited to the Humanistic Judaism Study Group to watch the humorous efforts of a couple who are doing their best to honor the traditions of Sukkot. What could go wrong? Please join us to learn how this couple rises to the challenge of remaining true to the joyful traditions of Sukkot.

There is no registration and no fee.

We look forward to your participation!

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Sep
19
4:00 PM16:00

Yom Kippur - WHUUF

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A interactive  and moving service incorporating the wonderful, haunting Kol Nidre, sung by cantorial soloist David Maier and then performed by cellist Jerry Bobbe.  Join us for a pre-service discussion at 3:00 pm.

A potluck dinner Break-Fast to follow service. All are Welcome.

Reservations suggested, but not required. Registration form here or
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Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Erev Rosh Hashanah - WHUUF

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 A Unique High Holiday Experience.  A human-centered, inspiring ceremony which reflects the great Jewish traditions and offers a meaningful alternative for all Jews and intercultural families.  All are Welcome....  Oneg to follow service.  

Join us for a pre-service discussion at 6:00 pm.

Reservations suggested, but not required.

See registration form here or register online
 

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Aug
19
3:00 PM15:00

Annual Kol Shalom Family Picnic - At the Hellman's

 The Hellman's live adjacent to a large green space at 2451 SE Clover Ct.,  Hillsboro, OR 97123.   Woods and paths are available for walking

 Main dish will be provided - Hamburgers,  Hotdogs , rolls and  all the condiments.  Potluck everything else. Bring enough to feed 8 people.  If your last name starts with

A-E  Bring Beverages

F-J  Bring Fruit

K-O  Bring Veggies

P-T  Bring Chips

U-Z - Bring Dessert

 .   Some may remember the annual picnic we had here in 2011 and 2016.   We had a "folk sing-a-long."  We made up a song book for the occasion with songs like Kisses Sweeter than Wine, Beautiful Dreamer, Tennessee Waltz, Down by the Riverside, Goodnight Irene and many more.  We still have the books and we can sing again! 

  If you have favorite chairs for something like this please bring them.    Parking is available in the cul-de-sac court.  Allow about 30 minutes from downtown Portland for travel.  Please get in touch with us if you need directions(hellmanw@gmail.com or 503-648-6361). 

Please RSVP to Sue Greenspan so we can prepare! sue.greenspan@yahoo.com or 503-568-4171.  You can also RSVP online

The picnic starts at 3 pm at the Hellmans in Hillsboro

 Looking forward to seeing you!

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Jul
29
1:00 PM13:00

Joint Forum with Quakers - “Exploring Humanism and Spirituality”

Mary Raskin of Kol Shalom and Rick Seifert of the Hillsdale Quakers, will initiate and lead a conversation on “Exploring Humanism and Spirituality."  What is spirituality? How is humanism compatible with spirituality?  The conversation is meant to be exploratory and open-ended. 

Please come and contribute to the conversation.

 

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Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Humanistic Judaism Study Group - KS Community Room

What do you know about Jewish superstitions? Did or do people in your family spit three times or chew on a thread? How about placing salt in your pockets or the corners of a room? Which ones are familiar to you? What are some common rituals we do today that have superstitious roots?

All are welcome and no preparation is required.

We look forward to seeing you there,

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ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

"Getting to know us,  getting to know all about us" Ice Cream Social.   Please join our Kol Shalom family on our garden patio for a meet, greet, and  ice cream eat.  

Bring your family  and  friends.  All are welcome.  RSVP by June 23, 2018.

 

    “Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.”― Don Kardong  “I hope your only rocky road is chocolate.” ― Amanda Mosher,  Better to be able to love than to be loveable.

  

“Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.”― Don Kardong

“I hope your only rocky road is chocolate.” ― Amanda Mosher, Better to be able to love than to be loveable.

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Jun
17
11:00 AM11:00

Pride NorthWest Parade with Kol Shalom

This year our Kol Shalom family will  to be walking with the  Jewish Federation of Portland , along with other congregations, community groups, etc as a unified Portland Jewish Pride.

Wear your colorful clothes, funky hats,  and smiles. Bring your whole family (even the 4 legged ones as long they are on leashes). It will be a festive fun morning full of love and laughter.  What a beautiful way to celebrate Chai.  (Chai day is the next day.) 

Plan ahead and take trimet.  And do not worry you will still have time to celebrate with dad on his special day, the parade ends at 1. 

Will update when we have our  line up spot number.

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Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Song of Miriam Awards Brunch - Honoring DeBi Strode

DeBi Strode-Song of Miriam Honoree 2018

DeBi Strode, office administrator, daughter of Irv and Muriel Adler (one Kol Shalom’s founding couples) and extraordinary volunteer is this year’s nominee to receive The Song of Miriam award.  DeBi gives so much to our community. She helps organize The High Holidays especially the oneg. When you come to the Seder, you see her touch when you find your table by looking for the numbered chocolate matzo.  The success of our community Seder depends so much on DeBi’s work with folks at Tony Starlight and with our members and guests.

DeBi has been a member since 1995. She was the newsletter editor for 5 years and was on the board during that time.

Debi still proofs the newsletter, makes fanciful and informative flyers, and has implemented Chai Day. She is a giver demonstrated by her work on the Music Maker fundraiser and helping with adopting a family during Hanukah.

DeBi’s hummingbird energy motivates us and her kindness humbles us. Debi will be honored on June 3 between 10-12:15 at brunch sponsored by Jewish Women’s Roundtable at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

Karen LaMorticella

 

 

 

 

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May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Special Chai Shabbat -Honoring the ancient holiday of Shavuot

Shavuot means "weeks" and occurs seven weeks and one day from the second night of Passover. It is a harvest holiday marking the transition from barley to wheat. The rabbis marked the occasion as the anniversary of the Israelites receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai.  In modern times, rituals include honoring students upon their graduation from religious school, reading the Book of Ruth, decorating the synagogue with flowers and eating dairy foods. Challah is particularly special at Shavuot. 

Chai Day is a Kol Shalom holiday that occurs on the 18th day of each month. It is a day when we take time to appreciate the joy within our lives. Included in the celebration of these two holidays will be a ceremony to confer Jewish names. "What is a rite? It is something that makes one day different from all the other days, one hour from the other hours. It gives us the chance to see with our hearts, that which is invisible to our eyes." Antoine de Saint-Exupery from The Little Prince.

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