NOTE: Our seder is full up for this year! We are sorry that we are unable to take any more reservations.
Why is our Seder different from all other Seders?
At the Kol Shalom Community Seder you can enjoy the traditional elements of the seder that have made it one of the outstanding traditions of Judaism: explaining the seder plate, sharing matzah, reciting the plagues, drinking four times, from the wine cup, asking and answering the four questions, and telling the story of the Exodus.
But what is different about our seder is that the story is told from a human point of view rather than a supernatural one, with especial relevance to today.
We expect between 80 - 100 people to share this wonderful experience and hope you can be one and join us. Children are welcome as well as people of any religion or no religion. Our community seder will be at the Starlight Room, 1125 Southeast Madison Street, Portland, OR,
We have set prices to only cover our costs.
To come to the seder you’ll need to get tickets in advance either online or downloading this form, filling it out and mailing it in.
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Hope to see you at our Community Seder!
It is Chai Day and almost Passover! The Humanistic Judaism Study Group will be reading and discussing the first section of Exodus; 1.1-15.2. This section tells of the enslavement and the liberation of Israel. Highlights include: the origins of Moses, the objections Moses raises to God’s assignment to lead the Israelites, the ten plagues, God’s instructions on how to celebrate the liberation, and the crossing of the Red Sea. This is the first time the study group has engaged in Torah text study and we selected a lot of text! It will be exciting to see what we uncover and find meaningful.
BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement. There will be two speakers, one supporting BDS and one opposing. The forum will be an informational session, not a debate, and will include time for questions. This forum for Kol Shalom members only.
This month the Humanistic Judaism Study Group will discuss the ideas raised by Theodor Herzl. Theodor Herzl was a well-educated, assimilated Jew from Vienna who was fulfilling his dream to be a writer. His newspaper, the Neu Freie Presse, sent him to France as its correspondent. It was covering the Dreyfus affair that Herzl thought deeply about antisemitism and developed his Zionist ideas. Are his ideas relevant to us today?
“I believe I understand Anti-Semitism, which is really a highly complex movement….I believe that I can see what elements there are in it of vulgar sport, of common trade jealousy, of inherited prejudice, of religious intolerance, and also of pretended self-defense.”
“The creation of a new State is neither ridiculous nor impossible.”
“Shall we end by having a theocracy? No, indeed. Faith unites us, knowledge gives us freedom. We shall therefore prevent any theocratic tendencies from coming to the fore on the part of our priesthood.”
Celebrate Shabbat with food and good company! Join us at Kol Shalom Shabbat dinner Kol Shalom will provide chicken, challah, and wine. You provide either a salad or side dish. This is a repeat of our warm and friendly Shabbat dinner held in January. If you were there you will want to return; if you missed it you will want to make this one. This informal dinner is an opportunity for conversation, community and friendship, not to mention good food.
Please RSVP to Karen Hyatt firstname.lastname@example.org