congregation shaarie torah

Welcome to the
High Holy Days 5783

we hope you’ll join us for these very special Days of Awe. 

Together in Community

Holy friends,

Soon, we will gather once again as a community to welcome the New Year and to participate in the most important work of our lives: reflecting on how we can be our best selves so that we can do our part to make our world a better place.

It’s extraordinary in some ways that we gather as a community in such large numbers to do work that is so individual and private. The lesson is beautiful: we need each other, we need our community, so that we can grow as individuals. Together we find strength and inspiration. Together we find a deeper sense of meaning and purpose. Together we are reminded of our shared history and our common destiny.

We are grateful that you have chosen to be part of the Shaarie Torah community on these sacred days. It is our deepest hope that you will join us again and again throughout the year. We need you – to help expand our presence out in the community working for social good. We need you – to add your voice to a conversation about the future of Jewish life in America or the meaning of the texts of our ancient tradition in a 21st century. We need you – to add your voice and your spirit at Shabbat experiences as we learn to sing together. We need you – to help in transmitting our heritage to the next generation of kids. We need you – to share all the ups and downs in our ever-changing world. Friends—your presence enriches our communal life immeasurably.

And—I believe this with every fiber of my being—you need this place, too. I know I do. Being part of a Jewish community enriches my life immeasurably too. I need my community for support, for strength, and for inspiration. My community helps to magnify my simchas and helps me to navigate life’s challenges. Best of all, my community helps me to be a better person so that, together, we can make a better world.

Thank you for joining us on these most special days. As we welcome 5783, I hope you’ll remember that CST is Your place to be. And, when you are here with us—we’ll be there for you.

L’shanah tovah u’metuka – wishing you a
new year of health, peace, goodness, and blessing.

Rabbi Gary Oren

A portion of all Lulav & Etrog sales with the link above go directly to CST to help support our education programs.
Order early to be sure you get yours on time!

*This schedule and its details are subject to change.*
Services that take place in our sanctuary will be livestreamed to our streaming page.


  • Mahzor 101:  Unlocking some of the key HHD prayers
    Mahzor 101: Unlocking some of the key HHD prayers 8/31 @ 7:00 pm

    On zoom with Rabbi Oren

  • Deep Dive into the Music of the HHDs
    Deep Dive into the Music of the HHDs 9/11 @ 11:00 am

    On zoom with Rav Na’ama Levitz Applbaum

Rosh hashanah

*Registration Requested for services and dinner*
Candle Lighting Times:

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, Sept 25 | Candle lighting: 6:44 pm | Day 1: Monday, Sept 26 | Candle Lighting: 7:44 pm | Day 2: Tuesday, Sept 27 | Havdalah: 7:42 pm

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner
    Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner Sunday, Sept 25, 6 pm

    Join us for a special dinner to celebrate Rosh Hashanah! Registration required (in the same form as services). $36 per person.

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah Services
    Erev Rosh Hashanah Services Sunday, Sept 25, 7:30 pm

    Rabbi Oren & Rabbi Na'ama Levitz Applbaum will lead Erev RH services from our Sanctuary.

  • Rosh Hashanah Services day 1
    Rosh Hashanah Services day 1 Monday, Sept 26, 9:00 am

    Rabbi Oren & Rabbi Na'ama Levitz Applbaum lead a Rosh Hashanah service from our Sanctuary.

  • Family Experience (ROsh Hashanah)
    Family Experience (ROsh Hashanah) Monday, Sept 26, 9:30 am

    Education Director Cara Abrams and Rabbinical Student Brianah Caplan will lead families in a Rosh HaShanah experience filled with lots of active fun, song, tefillah, reflection, and snacks! Designed for parents and kids together.

  • Rosh Hashanah Services day 2
    Rosh Hashanah Services day 2 Tuesday, Sept 27, 9:00 am

    Rabbi Oren & Rabbi Na'ama Levitz Applbaum lead a Rosh Hashanah service from our Sanctuary.

  • Tashlich | Willamette Park
    Tashlich | Willamette Park Sunday, Oct 2, 2:00 pm

    Join us for the symbolic ritual of casting out our sins. BYOBC (bring your own bread crumbs). Same location as last year. Willamette Park: 6500 S Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97219 (park near boat launch area and walk to the right). No RSVP needed.

Yom Kippur

Candle Lighting Times:
Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, Oct 4 | Candle Lighting: 6:15 pm | Yom Kippur Day: Tuesday, Oct 5 | Havdalah: 7:27 pm


If you are in need of tips for fasting, Judaism 101 has a list to help you before and during your fast. While fasting on Yom Kippur is traditional and expected of adults, some people are unable to fast due to health reasons. Below are some resources to learn more about alternatives to fasting in certain situations.

Please call our office with any questions, (503) 226-6131 or email us at

Sukkot through simchat torah

Candle Lighting Times:
Erev Sukkot: Sunday, Oct 9 | Candle Lighting 6:17 pm |  Sukkot Day 1: Monday, October 10: Candle Lighting: 7:18 pm |  Sukkot Day 2: Tuesday, October 11: Havdalah: 7:14 pm | Hoshana Raba: Sunday, Oct 16 Candle Lighting 6:05 pm | Sh’mini Atzeret: Monday, Oct 17  Candle Lighting 7:06 pm | Simchat Torah: Tuesday, Oct 18 Havdalah 7:02 pm 

  • Bagel Nosh
    Bagel Nosh Sunday, October 9, 9:00 am

    After Morning Minyan at 8 am (both in-person and streamed on Zoom), everyone is invited to bagels and fixins!

  • Build the Sukkah
    Build the Sukkah Sunday, October 9, 9:30 am

    Our beloved Shaarie Torah tradition continues with sukkah building led by the Men's Club. All are welcome to be part!

  • Family Sukkah Decorating
    Family Sukkah Decorating Sunday, October 9, 10:30 am

    Bring the family and decorate the Sukkah! All are welcome to join in this joyous activity. We'll have fruit and crafts to decorate with. Grab and go nosh will be available.

  • Sukkot Services Day 1
    Sukkot Services Day 1 Monday, October 10, 9:15 am

    Rabbi Oren will lead us in Sukkot Day 1 services. (LIVE in the Sukkah & on Zoom (zoom link coming)) | (no Morning Minyan)

  • Sukkot Services Day 2
    Sukkot Services Day 2 Tuesday, October 11, 9:15 am

    Rabbi Oren will lead us in Sukkot Day 2 services. (LIVE in the Sukkah & on Zoom)

  • Hoshanah Raba Services
    Hoshanah Raba Services sunday, october 16, 9:15 am

    Rabbi Oren will lead us in Hoshana Raba services. (No evening service)

  • Sh'mini Atzeret & Yizkor Services
    Sh'mini Atzeret & Yizkor Services Monday, October 17, 9:15 am

    Rabbi Oren will lead us in services and Yizkor for Sh'mini Atzeret from our sanctuary and streaming online.

  • Erev Simchat Torah Services
    Erev Simchat Torah Services Monday, October 17, 6:30 pm

    We'll be gathering in-person to celebrate Simchat Torah with dancing & drinks!

  • Simchat Torah Services
    Simchat Torah Services Tuesday, October 18, 9:15 am

    Rabbi Oren lead Simchat Torah Services.

Please call our office with any questions, (503) 226-6131 or email us at

  • did you miss a service or sermon?
    did you miss a service or sermon? anytime

    All of our services and sermons can be re-watched at any time using our online streaming player or on Facebook. Use the right side of the player to click on a past stream.

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is a fall holiday, taking place at the beginning of the month of Tishrei, which is actually the seventh month of the Jewish year (counting from Nisan in the spring). It is both a time of rejoicing and of serious introspection, a time to celebrate the completion of another year while also taking stock of one’s life.

Yom Kippur, also referred to as The Day of Atonement, is a holiday observed with fasting and prayer on the 10th day of Tishrei. Read more about the holiday here.
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Sukkot & Simchat Torah

Sukkot & Simchat Torah

With the fullness of the moon in the month of Tishrei, exactly six months from the holiday of Pesach and following the solemnity of Yom Kippor, we joyfully celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, one of three pilgrimage festivals mentioned in the Torah. Sukkot reminds us of the time of traveling in the wilderness, (Leviticus 23:42-43) making camp in fragile, temporary huts, with the sturdy walls and familiar settings of home left far behind; with only the protection of God to surround us. These dwellings were also used as transitory housing during the ancient journeys to Jerusalem. A second name for the holiday is Chag HaAsif, the Harvest Holiday. Read more about the holiday here.
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The days of awe are coming! are you ready?

High Holy Day F.A.Q.

Masks are not required, but we ask that you respect the choices of others regardless of whether they wear a mask or not. If you are unvaccinated, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask while in the building.

Please stay home if you are feeling unwell on any day you plan to attend events or services. 

While no tickets are required to enter the building, we request that you register to attend main services and family services for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Our offices are open M, W, Th from 10 am to 2 pm and by appointment. Please call our office at (503)226-6131 before visiting. 

Each year we publish a Book of Remembrance, or Yizkor Book, which is used during Yom Kippur and all Yizkor services throughout the year, remembering our departed loved ones. To include names, please return the Response Form (scroll up to find the red button) no later than September 9. Questions? Email Linda:

Parking in our lot is free during all services, but spaces will fill up fast. Consider ride sharing with friends or neighbors. Street parking passes are no longer available from the city.

Yes, all our services held in the sanctuary will be live streamed to our website at and to our facebook page. Please check out our facebook page here.

Thank you so much for your support!

This year we are once again conducting a Silent Yom Kippur Appeal outside of our worship together. This essential fundraising campaign helps us fill the gap between membership dues and the full cost of running our shul and all that it offers to each member. Appeal contributions support every aspect of the community we build and maintain together. Please join us in the mitzvah of supporting our Jewish community – a true act of tzedakah. Our goal is to exceed our success last year and to have 100% participation.

This year, the Board and shul leadership have pledged to match dollar for dollar up to $15,000 for every first-time gift and any increases of 3% or more over last year’s gift. Please join the Sisterhood, who has already committed to the 3% increase for their lead gift this year of $25,750.

We are always eager to increase our supply of High Holy Day prayer books. A donation of $36 provides a new book with a personalized bookplate. Call the office to purchase a new Machzor. As noted above, books may be loaned out for those choosing to stay home and watch the livestream of services.

Please wear white on Yom Kippur. It is a symbol of teshuvah. There is a midrash that asks, “how did God create the world? He wrapped Himself in a robe of light and it began to shine.” This evocative image associates light with God’s renewing, creative power. We each have our own appearance, beliefs, background. But together we can create a “great light” out of this community that we are building together. We hope you will choose to honor this beautiful tradition.

Leading up to Kol Nidre (Erev Yom Kippur), you can donate to Empty your pockets or pushkes on our website here. 

Yes, all our online services will be livestreamed to our facebook page. Please check out our facebook page here.

If the High Holy Days are coming then Sukkot can’t be far behind! That means it’s time to order your lulav and etrog. What are those? A citron and palm/willow combination that we use on Sukkot to celebrate the harvest. Why do I need them? They are integral parts of the synagogue service, they smell good, look funky, sound neat when shaken, and signify much that edifies us. They make for a tangible and memorable holiday practice. You can order your set(s) directly from The Esrog Headquarters, here, for home delivery in time for Sukkot.

Office hours: 10am – 2pm on Mon, Wed, & Thurs by appointment only at this time.
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