Darkness Before Light

A Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat & Dinner
December 8, 6:30 pm / RSVP here
Join Rabbi Rose and Cantor Vitells for a evening of prayer, song, and enriching Chanukah conversation. Rabbi Rose will give a special talk on the themes of coming through the darkness and into the light.
Delicious Shabbat dinner with warming foods and treats will follow services. Childcare is available by registration. Please RSVP by December 4th.


Light Up The Night: Chanukah Party 
Saturday, December 16
6:30 PM – Social Hall
Join us for havdalah and a latkes dinner, followed by a shadow puppet light show. You’ve got to see it to believe it!  Then, a dance party featuring your choice of three different tracks of music, fed to you by wireless headphones. You’ve got to hear it to believe it! If you are not a hoofer, Rabbi Rose will engage you in some quieter learning in the Chapel. Cash bar available.
PLEASE RSVP HERE by Dec. 13 so we can plan for your enjoyment.
 This is probably already on the calendar but it is an event we are sponsoring and a part of with OJMCHE: 

A BECOMING MIRACLE: Stories of Tradition, Assimilation, Flourishing and How we Became Jewish Portland
Sunday, December 17

2:00 – 4:00 PM
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis Street
RSVP HERE on the Museum’s site by Dec. 13.  No cost.
Join Rabbi Rose and Judy Margles, Director of OJMCHE, for a special family friendly Chanukah reflection. Chanukah is a story about the relationship of the Jewish people to the surrounding culture. How do we hold on to Jewishness while living within a broader culture?  Judy Margles and Rabbi Rose will offer reflections and insight, play highlights from the Museum’s Oral History Project and lead a discussion with attendees about deepening Jewish identity in 21st century Portland.  
A fun joint event with refreshments and schmoozing. Kid friendly activities include dreidel games, craft projects and a scavenger hunt.
Sponsored by Congregation Shaarie Torah and The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. RSVP HERE on the Museum’s site so we can plan for your enjoyment.
The Greatest Mitzvah with Rabbi Rose
Sundays, Dec 3, Dec 10 at 10:30am, no RSVP needed
Join Rabbi Rose to learn about the greatest mitzvah – that is, how the Torah tells us to care for the dead and their families. The two sessions are open to all and will prepare participants to volunteer in this greatest Mitzvah- to become a Chevra Kadisha volunteer. Come and learn with us and help serve your community in the greatest way: by giving to those who cannot give you any reward in return.

CST Sisterhood Latke Frying: Volunteers Needed!

Sunday, December 10, 9:30 am, RSVP to Marsha Strongin at marsha@strongin.net.
Join the Sisterhood of Shaarie Torah for their annual latke frying. Participate in this age-old tradition and be a part of the action. Delicious latkes will go towards the CST Chanukah party on December 16. We hope you’ll join in with your family and friends!

Shaarie Torah Men’s Club Spaghetti Dinner

December 25, 5 – 8:30 pm, RSVP with the office at (503)226-6131 or online HERE

Get ready for a delicious and special spaghetti dinner with local music and good company! You won’t want to miss this special night! Every year, the CST Men’s Club gets together on Christmas, so join us with your family and friends.