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Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Humanistic Judaism Study Group - KS Community Room

This week the Humanistic Study Group will be exploring Jewish myths. This is a huge topic! Where should we begin? It seems appropriate to begin with Genesis or Bere’shite or “In the Beginning.” The attached reading discusses the definition of myth in regards to the creation stories found in Genesis 1-3. There are two creation stories (Genesis 1:1-2:4a and Genesis 2:4b-3:24). What are the differences in the two stories? What is the intention or meaning of each story? What does this mean to us as Humanistic Jews?

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Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Yiddish Club -KS Community Room

We'll be reading and talking about Yiddish songs, Shpil, Gitar, Play, Guitar, about living for and enjoying the moment, Vu Iz Dos Gesele?, Where Is The Street?, a song of love and longing, and Vilne, Vilnius, about the pre-WWII center of Jewish learning. Then we'll see and hear the songs performed, on YouTube, and see what ideas about them pop up.

 In our text, Yiddish In 10 Lessons, we'll stick with verbs and tenses, but also talk about the vocabulary of the Lesson 3, and write a bit of Yiddish with Lexilogos.

 Kumt ayner, kumt alle, come one, come all, and do bring your friends.

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May
26
1:00 PM13:00

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

Teiereh khaverim,
We'll start with songs, which we'll read in Yiddish or transliteration and talk about, Yosl Un Sore-Dvoshe, which we didn't get to last time, Vu Iz Dos Gesele?, Where Is the Street?, a song of love and longing, and Shpil, Gitar, Play, Guitar, a song of the Yiddish street. Then we'll hear and see the songs performed on YouTube.

Grammatically, we'll return to and talk about and practice the past, pages 52-58 in our text, Yiddish In 10 Lessons by Chaim Werdyger.

Nochamol, kumt ayner kumt ale (once more, come one come all). As usual, there'll be rugelakh and hamentaschen to nosh.

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May
16
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. We welcome guests.

Jewish Mysticism is the topic for this week’s Humanistic Judaism Study Group.   Jewish mysticism had its roots during Second Temple times when mystics attempted to achieve a vision of the divine throne found in the Book of Ezekiel. The chanting of magical hymns and reciting divine names followed during the third and sixth centuries. However, it was during medieval times that Jewish mysticism began to change normative Judaism. Kabbalah flourished in 13th century Spain and is based on The Zohar, a book that focused on understanding the relationship between our world and the divine world. In the 18th century, the Hasidic movement spread throughout Eastern Europe teaching its ideas of having direct experiences with God.

 As humanistic Jews we do not seek a relationship with a divine being. However, we have incorporated some of the ideas of mystical Judaism. The idea of tikkun olam (repairing the world) is one of the most well-known adoptions of an idea from mystical Judaism. At Kol Shalom we include the practice of singing a nigun, a wordless melody developed by the Hasidic movement to evoke the soul of the rabbi who wrote the song. Some questions we will consider are: What is spirituality for a humanistic Jew? What does Jewish spirituality look like for a humanistic Jew? What can we learn from Jewish mysticism?

 What are your thoughts on Jewish mysticism? We look forward to hearing them!

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Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

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

Teiereh khaverim,

Kumt gut farbrengen mit undz (come have fun with us).  I'll have three songs: In Mayn Gortn, In My Garden, the love song we didn't get to last meeting; Yosl un Sore-Dvoshe, a fun song about a relationship; and A Glezele Lekhayim, a drinking song.

Vocabulary-wise and grammatically, we'll stick with verbs and the future tense, the easiest tense in Yiddish, pages 59-63/64 in Yiddish In 10 Lessons.  And maybe also go back to the present and past tenses and the accompanying vocabulary.

Like always, there'll be rugelakh and hamentaschen and  friends are welcome.

Hartsike grussn (hearty greetings),

Bentzion

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Apr
20
4:00 PM16:00

Community Passover Seder

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.

If you have questions please contact DeBi at the office (info@kolshalom.org) or 503-459-4210

Hope to see you at our Community Seder!

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Humanistic Judaism Study Group - KS Community Room

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.

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Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

Shabbat Dinner - KS Community Room

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 hy2@comcast.net 

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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Humanistic Judaism Study Group - KS Community Room

The topic this month is exploring Baruch Spinoza and his contributions as a precursor to secular humanistic Judaism.

A brief introduction to Spinoza is attached from the book Judaism in a Secular Age. The authors see Spinoza as a precursor to what eventually became Secular and Humanistic Judaism. Spinoza rejected atheism and Judaism. He developed a pantheistic philosophy in which God was everywhere. Spinoza also formulated a principle of rational criticism that included questioning sacred texts, including the Bible. Do you see Spinoza as a precursor to Humanistic Judaism?

 

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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
Reserve online

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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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