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Torah Study with Rabbi Oren

Weekly on Thursdays from 12:15pm – 1:30pm

*Please note the date and time change in 2024*

Join Rabbi Oren and others to study together on Thursdays both in person and on zoom. We ask that everyone who joins in person is vaccinated and boosted if eligible.

Hope to see you in person, or join on zoom.

What Happens Next? The Bible after the Five Books

1st Wednesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm (5:30-6 – Schmooze, 6-7 Study). 

We will meet at Ram’s Head (2282 NW Hoyt), *parking is available in the CST lot, call Linda in the office if you need the member parking code. 

Each year our Torah cycle leaves us standing poised with the ancient Israelites as they prepare to go down into the Promised Land. This reading group will explore the next part of the story, from our entry to the land to the Babylonian captivity.

2/7 – Chapters 1-2 / Source Sheet Here

3/6 – Chapters 3-8

4/3 – Chapters 9-16

5/1 – Chapters 17-21

We want to know that you’re coming! RSVP here for this free class.

Mussar Learning with Rabbi Oren

An ancient Jewish way of learning and living to help us grow into our very best selves. Mussar teachs that the soul is the primary essence of who we are and we do not necessarily experience our inner lives in this way.  Instead, we develop a belief that our selves, our egos, form our primary identity.  In following the path of Mussar to build our inner lives, we will learn to come to appreciate the difference between self and soul, and especially to develop an understanding of the ideal relationship we can foster between these two dimensions.

During the Winter we will study the following soul traits: 
Humility/Anavah, Anger/Ka’as, Gratitude/Hakarat Ha’tov, Trust/Bitachon, Honor/Kavod, & Alacrity/Zerizut

Each cohort will meet twice per month. 

There is a maximum of 12 people per cohort. Folks interesting in joining should contact Linda at cst@shaarietorah.org.

Mondays – 11:30-12:45 at CST

Feb. 12 – Humility/Anavah

Feb. 26 – Anger/Ka’as

Mar. 11 – Gratitude/Hakarat Ha’tov

Mar. 25 – Trust/Bitachon

Apr. 1- Honor/Kavod

Apr. 15- Alacrity/Zerizut

Thursdays – 6:30-8:00pm at CST

Feb. 15 – Humility/Anavah

Feb. 29- Anger/Ka’as

Mar. 14 – Gratitude/Hakarat Ha’tov

Mar. 28- Trust/Bitachon

Apr. 11- Honor/Kavod

Apr. 25- Alacrity/Zerizut

Monthly Community town halls

3rd Shabbat of the month following Kiddush lunch in our Chapel, approx. 12:30 pm 

Monthly congregation-wide town halls are for CST members to gather and discuss topical issues relevant to the life of the synagogue, CST members, and the wider CST community. CST’s Town Halls start with Shabbat lunch and then we will transition into the chapel to help keep members informed and offer the opportunity for members to ask questions and provide valued feedback about the topic at hand.

Davening Song Circle with with Rabbi Oren & our Davening Consultant Noam Fields-Meyer Gould

1st Shabbat of the month following Kiddush lunch in our Chapel, approx. 1:00 pm: 
April 6, May 4, June 8

Gathering for those who wish to sing soulful Jewish music with the opportunity to join our meshorerim (sacred singers).

CALL FOR MESHORERIM (SACRED SINGERS)

Love to sing or drum? We are forming a group of volunteer musicians and vocalists who will gather to sing sacred Jewish music along with the rabbi and our davening leaders.  We are having an open call for congregants and community members whose souls are lifted through joining voices and making sacred music.  Non-professional singers are welcomed and encouraged. Interested? Let Linda know by emailing her at cst@shaarietorah.org.

Get to know Noam: 

Hello! I am Noam Fields-Meyer Gould (he/him/his), and I’m thrilled to be joining CST as Davening Consultant for a year of rich communal singing. I consider Portland to be my second hometown––my parents were both born and raised here, and I come here multiple times a year to be with my extended family––so I’m especially excited to deepen my ties to this wonderful area. I’m a graduate of Emory University and a current PhD candidate at UC Santa Barbara, where I study and teach music theory. I’m a pianist, singer, and composer/arranger, and my favorite music has always been Jewish music (I particularly love the liturgical music of the high holidays, Rosh Hodesh, and Pesach). When I’m not making, teaching, or researching music, I love to cook, ferment, run, and spend time with my partner Kelly. We live in Santa Barbara, California with our dog Kaldi and our cats, Arnie and Oslo. I look forward to meeting you! 

Past Classes

Elul Classes and Workshops

Preparing Your Heart and Head for the Holy Work of the HHDs with Jeff Bernhardt

Wednesday, Aug 23, 12 pm – 1:30 pm in person in Rabbi’s Study and on Zoom *please note the date change of this class*

Register here for in person or zoom

Having learned from his own experience, the Days of Awe are most meaningful when we spiritually prepare for them.  The month of Elul which precedes Rosh Hashanah is a gift given to us.  This is an opportunity to learn and share how to make these days truly count.
 
Though it is not necessary, for those who wish, books will be available to purchase: For Every Season: An introspective guide to renewing ourselves during the High Holidays and throughout the Jewish Year
 
Jeff Bernhardt is a Jewish communal service professional, educator, licensed clinical social worker and writer.  He has written and edited two books:  
 
For Every Season:  An Introspective Guide to Renewing Ourselves During the High Holidays and throughout the Jewish Year and On Sacred Ground:  Jewish and Christian Clergy Reflect on Transformative Passages from the Five Books of Moses.
 
He has been published in anthologies and has written dramatic readings which have been used by synagogues as triggers for discussion, particularly around the High Holidays and Shavuot.  He has written two produced plays:  Mixed Blessings and Therapy. Jeff divides his time between the Oregon Coast and Los Angeles.

Meant To Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles, and Triumph of the Human Spirit with Roslyn Franken

Sunday, September 10, 1:00 – 2:15 pm on zoom

Register Here

Join us as author Roslyn Franken presents the inspiring true story of her award-winning book, Meant to Be, about her parents’ amazing triumph over tragedy as two unlikely survivors of WWII. Her mother survived the concentration camps in Nazi Europe including Auschwitz, while her father survived the atomic bomb as a prisoner of war in Japan. Roslyn will reveal how her parents, as two Jewish teens, survived the hardships of their captivity continents apart in the most extraordinary of circumstances to eventually meet, marry and live a beautiful life despite the trauma of their past, against all odds. She will inspire us with the lessons learned as the daughter of these two remarkable survivors that we can all learn from to be our best selves, live our best lives and help make our world a better place. A movie adaptation of Roslyn’s book is currently in development. Her book is featured in the collections at the prestigious Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Israel, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and is available for purchase at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History and Florida Holocaust Museum of St. Petersburg. Roslyn will be available for Q&A following the presentation and attendees will be offered a special limited time discounted price on the purchase of her book.

Boost: empowering meaningful Jewish living with Rabbi Oren

Zoom on the 2nd Wednesdays of the Month @ 6:30pm. Zoom link here

October 11th – A, B, Cs of Jewish Life: Foundations of Torah and Jewish Talk

November 8th – Jewish Sacred Literature

December 13th – Jewish Diversity

January 10th – Jewish Calendar – POSTPONED due to Shiva in the community

An exploration of Jewish life for those who want a richer connection to the wisdom of the building blocks of our tradition. Providing an encouraging learning environment to help build confidence.