Portland Jewish Explorers

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Congregation Shaarie Torah Presents:
Portland Jewish Explorers:
Jewish learning for the curious and adventurous family (grades K-5*)
Each month on Sundays from September 2015 through May 2016
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

What happens when you bring together Jewish learning with fun and inspiring activities? When you turn religious school inside out by starting with engaging experiences and discover the Jewish values within?  Portland Jewish Explorers!

Join Congregation Shaarie Torah for a new approach to Jewish education for children in grades K-5* and their parents.  Once per month, talented local experts will join Education Director, Dorice Horenstein and Rabbi Joshua Rose in bringing creativity and fun together with Jewish inspiration. We will meet at unique locations around Portland that will guide that session’s fun and Jewish exploration.

Our philosophy to Jewish learning is that children are inspired to connect their Judaism to the broader world when they are in fun and exciting educational environments. In addition, when parents are part of the fun they can support their kids’ learning.  Portland Jewish Explorers will give children and parents access to engaging Jewish ideas, a connection to Judaism, and a chance to meet new friends.

*Portland Jewish Explorers is NOW open to families with kids kindergarten-fifth grade. PJE is a once a month exploration outside of our synagogue walls. There are two PJE events during the year that are only for 3-5th graders (December and February). For all the other sessions, parents and all students will be engaged in learning with professional staff. Please call or email Dorice Horenstein if you have questions at education@shaarietorah.org, 503.226.6131. Hope to see you at PJE – we have a wonderful year of events ahead of us.

How to Become an Explorer

We hope you’ll join us on our adventure to the meeting place of fun and Jewish connection. For more information about the program please contact Dorice Horenstein at 503.226.6131 x 242; education@shaarietorah.org

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Where We Will Explore

Us and Farms!
September 20, 10:00 a.m.
Tryon Creek Community Farm

We will celebrate the harvest season of Sukkot like our ancestors-down on the farm!  At Tryon Life Community Farm, we will share in the bounty of the land, get up close and personal with goats and chickens, and learn what it means to be a Jewish farmer.

Noah’s Safari
October 18, 10:00 a.m.
Portland Zoo

Find our way through the Portland Zoo using clues from Noah’s story.  Create our own Noah’s book. Which animals were in Noah’s ark?  How are sea and land animals connected to our Jewish story?

Finding Your Roots
November 15, 10:00 a.m.
Oregon Jewish Museum

The story of our ancestors start with your parents and grandparents and go all the way back to the Genesis story. Join us to find how you are a significant part of this chain.

Shabbat Celebration (Grades 3-5 only)
December 13, 10:00 a.m.
Loaded Brush

Create an art piece to hang on your wall while learning about elements that bond Jewish people together.

Entering the Heart of Story
January 31, 10:00 a.m.
Chart House

Join professional Storyteller Brian Rohr on an adventure through story, while enjoying hot cocoa and a fire.  Explore where your own story connects with the stories of old.

Archaeology Dig (Grades 3-5 only)
February 21, 10:00 a.m.
Paint Pots

Become an archaeologist. Dig for artifacts, learn their stories and make your own treasure to take home.

Yoga- The Jewish Way
March 13, 10:00 a.m.

Taking care of our bodies can be as easy as deep breathing. We will look at our Jewish sources for wisdom and will be engaging our bodies in a Yoga experience with Rachel Stern

Let’s Make the World a Better Place
April 17, 10:00 a.m.

One of our Passover traditions is to take care of the poor. In this hands on experience families will be invited to participate in several mitzvot while learning the richness of Judaism.

Shaarie Torah Goes Wild!
**May 15, 10:00 a.m.

Join us as we explore the Audubon Society’s beautiful trails on a discovery Shacharit hike. We will learn to see the natural world with our eyes and hearts wide open while weaving our Jewish heritage through the natural tapestry.

Contact Information

Congregation Shaarie Torah
920 NW 25th Avenue, Portland, OR 97210
Education Director, Dorice Horenstein
503.226.6131 x 242; education@shaarietorah.org

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  • Upcoming Events

    Morning MinyanTime: 7:30 am
    Morning MinyanTime: 7:25 am
  • Religious Services

    9:15 am Saturdays
    8:30 am Sundays
    7:25 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.