High Holy Days 5776 at Shaarie Torah

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Welcome to Congregation Shaarie Torah’s Days of Awe!

 

 

We are rapidly closing in on the end of one Jewish year, 5775, and beginning a bright new one, 5776. The High Holy Days, also known in our tradition as Yamim Noraim — Days of Awe — offer the opportunity for reflection on what life really means for us, introspection into our relationships, and the possibility of seeking forgiveness from those we may have wronged. They also offer us numerous opportunities for communal celebrations. We hope that your participation at services and activities at Shaarie Torah during this very special time of year will be rewarding and spiritually fulfilling.

In a time for opening our hearts, we’re opening our doors as well.

Congregation Shaarie Torah warmly welcomes all visitors and non-members. Call for your complimentary tickets to our uplifting High Holy Day services, led by our Rabbi, Joshua Rose and Cantor, Aaron Vitells. Donations, of course, are gratefully accepted and wildly appreciated!  Suggested donations are $180 per ticket.  Tickets will be mailed on, or after, August 21.  Please call the office for your request – 503.226.6131

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Please feel free to download the complete HHD packet here.
The above packet has the most complete information and list of various events.
See below for downloading particular sections.

 

 

 

Schedule for the High Holy Days

Click here to download full schedule

Holiday Preparations

Towards a Pure Heart: Spiritual Preparation for the High Holy Days
Sunday, August 16, 9:00 a.m.

Selichot
Saturday, September 5, 8:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 13, 7:00 p.m.
Wallace Park – 1600 NW 25th Ave, Portland, OR 97210 (map)

Rosh Hashanah First Day
Monday, September 14

Shacharit, Sanctuary, 9:00 a.m.
Shofar Blowing Workshop, Chapel, 9:15 a.m.
Preschool Activity, Aleph, 9:30 a.m.
Ruach Minyan, Social Hall, 10:00 a.m.
Middle School Discussion, Education Office, 12:30 p.m.
High School Discussion, Library, 12:30 p.m.

For Tashlich, we will meet at Shaarie Torah following the conclusion of services

Rosh Hashanah Second Day
Tuesday, September 15

Shacharit, Sanctuary, 9:00 a.m.
Preschool Mishpacha Service, Social Hall, 10:00 a.m.
K-2nd Grade Activity, Aleph, 10:30 a.m.
Learners Minyan (Adults Only), Chapel, 11:00 a.m.
3rd – 5th Grade Activity, Aleph, 11:15 a.m.
Middle School Discussion, Education Office, 12:30 p.m.
High School Discussion, Library, 12:30 p.m.

Shabbat Shuvah

Erev Shabbat – A Little Shabbat
Friday, September 18, 5:00 p.m.

Shabbat Morning Services
Saturday, September 19

Main Service, Sanctuary, 9:15 a.m.
Youth Minyanaiers, Chapel, 10:30 a.m.

Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre 
Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 p.m.

Yom Kippur Day
Wednesday, September 23

Shacharit, Sanctuary, 9:00 a.m.
Preschool Mishpacha Service, Chapel, 10:00 a.m.
Ruach Minyan, Social Hall, 10:00 a.m.
Yizkor Service, Sanctuary, 11:30 a.m.
Middle School Discussion, Education Office, 12:30 p.m.
High School Discussion, Library, 12:30 p.m.
Mincha, Sanctuary, 4:30 p.m.
Neilah Service, Sanctuary, 6:00 p.m.
Ma’ariv/Children’s Processional, Sanctuary, 7:30 p.m.

Following the Ma’ariv service, all are welcome to join at the community “Break Fast”, sponsored by Sisterhood.

Sukkot

Erev Sukkot
Sunday, September 27, 6:30 p.m.

Sukkot First Day
Monday, September 28, 9:15 a.m.

Sukkot Second Day
Tuesday, September 29, 9:15 a.m.

Shemini Atzert

Yizkor Service
Monday, October 5, 9:15 a.m.

Simchat Torah

Ma’ariv & Processional Hakafot – Dancing with the Torah
Monday, October 5, 7:15 p.m.

Simchat Torah Day – Shacharit
Tuesday, October 6, 9:15 a.m.

High Holy Days Childcare

We provide childcare for children ages infant – 7 so that adults may attend. In order that we may provide adequate staffing, you MUST PRE-REGISTER for each day that you expect to use childcare.

  • Please remember the following:
  • Childcare is for infants – 7.
  • Pre-registration is necessary – there is no drop-in childcare.
  • Snacks will be provided.
  • Bring diapers, that special blanket or whatever your young child may need.
  • If you have any special needs, please let us know beforehand.
  • Children must be registered in childcare in order to use playground facilities.

Childcare Schedule
($12 per child, per session)

Session                                   Date                                        Times                        

Erev Rosh Hashanah               Sunday, September 13             6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

1st Day Rosh Hashanah           Monday, September 14            9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah          Tuesday, September 15           9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre           Tuesday, September 22           6:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Yom Kippur                                  Wednesday, September 23      9:00 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m.

Neilah Evening Services           Wednesday, September 23      6:30 p.m.  – 7:30 p.m.

 Please use the order form to pre-register

New Mohzor

levshalemWe are happy to inform you that, after careful study, the Board and Ritual Committee have decided to acquire a new High Holy Day Prayer Book (Mahzor) for our synagogue: “The Lev Shalem Mahzor.”

The Lev Shalem Mahzor costs $30 per copy. We are asking you to support this initiative by making a donation to the Prayer Book Fund based on the size of your household. If there are 2 people in your household, please consider a $60 contribution. If there are four people in your household, please consider a $120 contribution, and so on. If you are able to provide additional support in the place of those who can’t, please consider making a larger contribution.

In recognition of your generosity, we will place a bookplate in each prayer book purchased with your donation. On the form below, please indicate the name of the person(s) in whose honor or memory you are making your donation.

 Challah Bags

CHALLAH

What is a “Challah Bag?” On High Holy Days, in recognition of the New Year, we celebrate with a special round challah, apples and honey signifying sweet wishes for the year ahead. The Education Committee prepares these wonderful “Challah Bags” which you can order for yourself, your friends, family members, or other members of Shaarie Torah. This fundraiser benefits our Education Programs. NEW THIS YEAR!!! Challah bags will be DELIVERED TO ALL MEMBERS HOMES ON SEPTEMBER 10 after 5:00 p.m.  If you would like to volunteer, please call the office.

Click here for Order Form

Events

Toward a Pure Heart logo

TOWARDS A PURE HEART:
SPIRITUAL PREPARATION FOR THE HIGH HOLY DAY

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 9:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

The month of Elul is a time of great potential and intense preparation leading up to Rosh Hashanah. This is the time to get ourselves ready spiritually and otherwise to connect to the High Holy Days. Come learn from Rabbi Rose and other teachers about how to take the first steps to teshuvah – the spiritual ‘coming clean’ process in Judaism – in a variety of ways. Text study with Rabbi Rose, a writing workshop with Jaclyn Beck, and a session titled: “Embodying Teshuvah: Using Body Awareness to Prepare for the High Holidays.” with Belle Mann This is also a chance to learn some practical skills for a higher holy days as well: a lesson in the music of the High Holy Days with Cantor Vitells, and a Sisterhood-led cooking class on New Year foods. We hope you’ll join us. Contact Dorice Horenstein at education@shaarietorah.org

 

 

sELICHOTSELICHOT
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 8:30 PM

Together we will enter the High Holy Days in the spirit of solemn reflection and thought. Let the holiday season begin with study, prayer, and music.

 

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ROSH HASHANAH, GO FAR WITH YOUR SHOFAR!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 9:15 A.M.

Learn how to be an expert Shofar blower! Bring your own or use the ones we have. Led by families of Shaarie Torah.

PreschoolPRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 9:30 A.M.

Join Matan Horenstein as he engages the preschool age children with songs, games and prayers. Shana Tova is here- with apples and honey!

 

Ruach MinyanRUACH MINYAN
ROSH HASHANAH & YOM KIPPUR (YEAR ROUND AS WELL)
Formerly known as Family Service/Community Minyan

An opportunity for adults and/or families with youth 2nd grade and above to join in a modified service which includes prayers, discussions, and creatively examines the themes of the High Holy Days. Led by our Education Director, Dorice Horenstein.

This service also happens on the 1st Shabbat morning of every month year round.

Youth TalksMIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL DISCUSSION
ROSH HASHANAH & YOM KIPPUR, 12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.

During this hour, our teens will be exploring conversations from forgiveness to making oneself better for the coming year! Led by Keith Berne and Matan Horenstein.

 

TashlichTASHLICH
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, APPROXIMATELY 2:30 P.M.

This is a remarkable ceremony — symbolic and concrete all at the same time. Through this ritual, we express not only our desire to be free from sin but our continuing hope that we will be forgiven for past misdeeds. It is customary to go to a flowing body of water and to recite prayers while “casting” our sins (represented by bread crumbs) into the water. We encourage you to bring your walking shoes. Let’s get rid of all that slowed us down this past year and wish for our best selves to shine in 5776!

mts_stones-marker_091109_300_210_c1KEVER AVOT – CEMETERY VISIT
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1:00 P.M.

Your presence at this brief but moving ceremony at the Shaarie Torah cemetery will support those who mourn, honor those whose work we continue to enjoy and remember those who have been left behind. You need not be a mourner or have anyone buried there to participate. You need not be an adult. Children will also find this ceremony revealing, interesting and comforting.

This ritual prepares us for the High Holy Days in two ways. We derive merit by doing a mitzvah that will argue for us in the Heavenly Court. And we prepare for a fuller experience of the Day of Atonement, as we are reminded of the fleeting nature of life, and are moved to live more honestly and intentionally.

In addition, we will attend to the accumulated sacred texts of the past year, burying them with love and respect. In this manner, we learn cemetery etiquette and come to see the lives of those who have gone before us as beautiful and as holy as the text of Torah.

 

Mishpacha_logoPRESCHOOL MISHPACHA SERVICE
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 10:00 A.M.

NEW THIS YEAR we will have a High Holy Days Mishpacha Service – one hour of pure pleasure to greet the New Year and make amends for the coming year! Appropriate for families of young children. Led by Beth Hamon.

activities-1tz0s3xGRADE ACTIVITIES (K-5)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – 10:30 A.M. (K-2 GRADE) & 11:15 A.M. (3RD – 5TH GRADE)

Only on the second day of Rosh Hashanah – come to taste and bless the unique foods that symbolize the coming year. Will your year be sweet? Fruitful? Loveable? Come and begin 5776 on a sweet note! Activities to help each grade be the best they can be!

Learners MinyanLEARNERS MINYAN FOR ADULTS ONLY
Tuesday, September 15, 11:00 A.M.
This is a learning service! In this hour, we will learn the basic structure of the High Holy Day service, main prayers and their intention and leave with a new meaning and understanding for the prayers and ourselves.

 

Youth Minyanier

YOUTH MINYANIERS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 10:30 A.M.

Not in every shul are there teens who can lead each other in prayer and study – ours can! If you are in middle school and above, join others and learn how to lead prayers, read Torah and be a leader! No adults allowed!

 

Glow in the dark havdalah

GLOW IN THE DARK HAVDALAH
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 7:30 P.M.

Havdalah you will not easily forget! Bring your kids to the glow in the dark ending of Yom Kippur Ma’aiv service. Full of light we will say farewell the High Holy Days as our youth lead us in Havdalah and ushering us to the break-fast sponsored by Sisterhood downstairs. All are welcome!

 

Sukkah Decoration (2)SUKKAH DECORATING PARTY
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 11:00 A.M.

Please join in our annual Sukkah decorating party. Put on your best outdoor work clothes and help make our Sukkah one of the best looking in town!

 

Sushi in the SukkahSUSHI IN THE SUKKAH
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 12:00 P.M.

Please join the community for a delicious sushi meal underneath the Sukkah. Activities for all ages. Free and Open to All!

Contributions, Lulav & Etrog, Book of Remembrance and HHD Seating

CONTRIBUTION TO FEED THE HUNGRY

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To give greater meaning to our voluntary fast and to help end the involuntary fast of those who are poor and hungry, we ask that you consider a contribute to MAZON: a Jewish Response to Hunger in the amount of what you would have spent to feed yourself or your family on Yom Kippur. Those dollars received from in our Jewish community will, in turn, bring decency and sustenance to thousands in need.

Lift UpLift Urban Portland supports those in need in Northwest Portland, the Pearl District, Old Town and the West End. They were founded as Northwest Portland Ministries in 1981 by lay people from northwest Portland congregations to support neighbors through coordinated volunteer efforts.
Now, and throughout the year, remember that giving Tzedakah (charity) helps others while improving ourselves. Bring back your bag of canned food, contribute to MAZON and Lift Urban Portland, and other Shaarie Torah Funds.

SUKKOT LULAV & ETROG

EtrogIf the High Holidays are coming, then Sukkot can’t be far behind. That means, it’s time to order your lulav and etrog. What’s that? It’s a citron and palm/myrtle/willow combination that we use each day of the holiday to celebrate the harvest. Why should I have one? They are integral parts of the synagogue service (except on Shabbat). They smell good, look funky, sound neat when shaken, and signify much that edifies us. And besides, they make for a tangible and memorable holiday practice. Once you’ve held one, you’ll never forget it, and you’ll look forward to Sukkot all year. Your lulav and etrog will be available for pick up at the Shaarie Torah office fully assembled, with an explanation of how to use them, what the significance is, and transliterated and translated blessings. They will be ready for pick up right before Sukkot.

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

Each year we publish a Book of Remembrance which is used at all Yizkor Services throughout the year, remembering our departed loved ones. To include the names of your loved ones in this book, please respond in writing on the order form on page 10. To guarantee names in the book please return the form no later than August 28th. The cost is $10.00 for each name listed.

NEW THIS YEAR: This year we would like to add stories about your loved ones into the Book of Remembrance. Please share with us a favorite memory, story or poem about your mother, grandfather, or sister. You can submit up to 250 words to shaarietorahpdx@gmail.com by August 28th to have these moments shared in the book.

HIGH HOLY DAYS SEATING

Many long time Shaarie Torah members have reserved seats for many years. If you have had a reserved seats in the past we will honor them. Otherwise we have open seating to all. You will need to return your reservation per the letter no later than August 28th in order to keep those seat. There will be no new reserved seats made.

Please use the order form for all of these things.  Click here.

  • Upcoming Events

    Aug20
    Morning MinyanTime: 8:30 am
    Aug21
    Morning MinyanTime: 7:30 am
    Aug21
    CST Board MeetingTime: 7:00 pm
  • Religious Services

    9:15 am Saturdays
    8:30 am Sundays
    7:30 am Mondays & Thursdays*

    *7:15 am if Minyan falls on Rosh Chodesh
    *8:30 am if on a National Holiday

  • Need a Minyan?

    If so, please contact the synagogue office at 503.226.6131. With a few days notice, Rabbi Rose will find congregants to participate.