Life Cycle Events & Holiday Celebrations
Kol Shalom celebrates Jewish life cycle and holiday ceremonies as cultural expressions of the cycles of nature and human life and of events in Jewish history. Using language that is true to our humanistic approach, we feel free to adopt traditional observances that we find meaningful, to adapt others, and to create new forms that meet the needs of present generations. At the same time, we strive to create a setting that is welcoming and appealing to our diverse Jewish and intercultural members. We are fortunate to have an inspiring chorus, the Music Makers, to enliven many of our gatherings.
Our Shabbats, usually on the fourth Friday evening of the month, frequently meet at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. The ceremonies vary from month to month to resonate with that month's Shabbat theme. Afterward, we often have discussions or presentations, followed by refreshments. Shabbat themes have included compassion, wisdom, storytelling, Jewish and humanist authors, humor, contributions of Jewish women, and a discussion of personal beliefs.
Kol Shalom welcomes the ideas and participation of all members in the creation and implementation of our holiday and life cycle ceremonies. Kol Shalom can also provide an officiant for wedding, baby naming, B'nai Mitzvah, and memorial life cycle events. Please contact the Kol Shalom office: 503-459-4210 or Email us for more information.
A human-centered connection to Jewish culture, values and heritage.
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