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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
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
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
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
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
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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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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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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Mar
31
4:00 PM16:00

Community Passover Seder - Starlight Room

Once again Kol Shalom  enables us to carry on the wonderful Passover seder tradition., community style.   All are welcome to join us as we socialize, have a haggadah reading with the traditional symbols and tell the story from our humanistic perspective.  Of course a great meal and singing are a highlight of the evening.  See our flyer.

Our community seder is  March 31, 2018 at:

 Starlight Room
1125 SE Madison St - Portland
4:00 p.m. Social Hour / 5:00 p.m. Seder

Tickets can be purchased here, online.

Can't make the seder?  Please consider supporting the community seder with a donation to the Elijah Fund. 

Thanks and hope you can join us at the seder.

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Jan
21
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Forum with Joyce Lackie- "Crossing Party Lines"

Joyce Lackie  is  a professor emeritus of English at Northern Colorado University. Alarmed by the degree of polarization she saw as a result of the 2016 election, she sought to understand the differences and to search for common ground by looking at moral bases  for how Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians form many of their policies.

She shares with us what she has learned and a bit of her own experience in trying to reach across party lines. As part of her program, she'll show a video talk by Jonathan Haidt, author
of The Righteous Mind.

Joyce  is the the author of the oral history I Don't Cry, But I Remember: A Mexican Immigrant's Story of Endurance; and a member of Humanists of Greater Portland.

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Annual Hanukkah Party - WHUUF
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Annual Hanukkah Party - WHUUF

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Adults and children welcome to our annual Hanukkah party!  We'll have a children's short play upstairs to start, then latkes, singing and group menorah lighting downstairs.  Bring your menorah and candles to join in the beautiful scene!  Kids games.

  Free.  Cash donation box will be available :-). 

More info.

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Sep
30
4:00 PM16:00

Yom Kippur - WHUUF

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The High Holidays are a time when we get together and celebrate our Jewish identity.  Please join us in our inspiring and enjoyable  Humanistic High Holiday Services.

We will have an open small group discussion opportunity prior to the service.  Please see Small Group Discussion: Yom Kippur  in front page event listing for more details.

See registration information here or register online.

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Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Erev Rosh Hashanah - WHUUF

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The High Holidays are a time when we get together and celebrate our Jewish identity.  Please join us in our inspiring and enjoyable  Humanistic High Holiday Services.

We will have an open small group discussion opportunity prior to the service.  Please see Small Group Discussion  in front page event listing for more details.

See registration information here or register online

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Sep
20
6:15 PM18:15

Small Group Discussion: Rosh Hashanah

High Holiday Pre-Service Discussions to Debut this Year:  

An Invitation from Kol Shalom President, Elly Adelman

Kol Shalom’s approach to the high holidays, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, emphasizes the opportunity that these celebrations provide for reflection and refocus.  Rosh Hashanah, head of the year in Hebrew,  is a time for looking ahead to the new year.  Here in the northern hemisphere that coincides with autumn, which I experience as a more contemplative time than the headlong sunny rush of summer.  Ten days later is Yom Kippur which can be an opportunity for introspection, letting go, and seeking a new path for the new year.  However you approach the holidays, Kol Shalom will be here to welcome you.  

This year we are debuting informal Pre-Service Discussions which will take place at WHUUF 45 minutes prior to the start of the service.  As we talk and explore themes we are also getting to know one another; we can then walk upstairs in time for the services and have more friendly faces at the oneg or break-fast following the ceremony.  The Rosh Hashanah discussion, which starts at 6:15 pm on September 20, will include a brief exploration of Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions, including festive foods, and rituals such as tashlikh.

The Yom Kippur pre-service discussion, which starts at 3:15 on September 30, will include reflections on change including forgiving (particularly ourselves) and moving forward.
How do you approach entering the new year?  Let’s talk and explore together.  The discussion will be co-faciliated by myself and Kim Gould.  Hope to see you there.  

                                                                                          Elly Adelman
                                                                                      
Information about Kol Shalom's Rosh Hashanah Service

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Aug
27
2:00 PM14:00

Member Ingathering: Jane Goldhamer

The sudden death of Jane Goldhamer, founder and pillar of Kol Shalom,  August 22 has left members wanting to join with other members for comfort, support, expressions of feeling for Jane and the future of Kol Shalom.  We will gather for these purposes with no agenda or program,  but instead to open up a time for free expression of feelings.

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Kol Shalom's Annual Picnic - Goldhamer Residence
Aug
13
3:00 PM15:00

Kol Shalom's Annual Picnic - Goldhamer Residence

  • 10930 Southwest Walker Road Beaverton, OR, 97005 United States (map)
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 Kol Shalom's annual picnic for all Kol Shalom members and non -  member friends, their children, grandchildren, friends and relatives.  The venue is the picnic area on the beautiful grounds of the Goldhamer residence.  Carpooling is suggested.  (If the parking area in front of the house is full, cars may park across the street on Walker, with right wheels up over curb, or on the first side street on the other side of Hwy. 217 overpass). 

the 3 o'clock start time is for people  who'd like to swim or bob around in the Goldhamer pool or just schmooze or play before dinner  at around 5 pm.

As  usual, this is a potluck and you're invited to bring a dish for 8-10 people. Beverages (soft drinks, juice, beer, coffee and tea) will be furnished, in addition to plates, cups, and utensils. If you can't bring a dish, come anyway!  We will laugh and play with old and new friends. 

RSVPs are helpful 503.459.4210  or info@kolshalom.org

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Jun
18
10:00 AM10:00

Pride Parade!

Join your Kol Shalom family we will be gathering at the corner of NW Glisan St and NW 8th Ave. between 10 and 10:30  am.  Our line up is almost exactly at that corner.   See https://pridenw.org/parade-information/

We are#71 in section 12on 8th, right in front ofThe Rose City Rollers #72(how fun).  

So wearyour colorful clothes, funky hats,  and smilesbring your whole family (even the 4 legged ones as long they are on leashes). It will be afestive fun morning full of of love and laughter.  What a beautiful way to celebrate Chai. 

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

 

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May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Humanistic Judaism Study Group - KS Community Room

A new Humanistic Judaism Study Group. There is no set curriculum – the group will decide on areas of interest to research and discuss. Study group members will share in facilitating the discussions. At our first study group, we will discuss the first article in the most recent Humanistic Judaism journal; Volume XLVI 2017, Number 1; Why Be Anything? And Why Be Jewish? The journal can be found here: http://www.shj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017-Number-1.pdf.

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