congregation shaarie torah

Welcome to the
High Holy Days 5782

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

  • Limited capacity in-person, indoor services will take place for Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
  • Attendance at each service will be capped at a limited number with registration required (scroll down for registration link – Yom Kippur is a different link than Sukkot, etc. ). Please understand that your reg. form submission is an indication of your preferences, not a guarantee of attendance. It is our goal that everyone is able to attend at least one service based on their preference. Registration permitting, some people may be able to attend more than one service.
  • All those entering the building must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask at all times. We are recommending (but not requiring) double masking or the use of N-95 masks.
  • All services held in the main Sanctuary will be simulcast via the CST website and on Facebook Live for those who prefer to watch from home. Machzors are available to take home for the holidays. Please contact the office to arrange for pick up: info@shaarietorah.org
  • Children under 12 may only attend the Family Experiences on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Use the general registration form to note if you are interested in coming to a family experience. 
  • The Sanctuary, rear social hall and balcony will all be open, offering ample space for people to sit as close or as far from others as they want and are comfortable doing.
  • No tickets are required for CST members. If you have guests or are a non-member that wishes to attend please fill out our services registration forma and arrange for visitor tickets by contacting the main office: cst@shaarietorah.org. A voluntary contribution to support the shul is appreciated.
  • We realize that, historically, reserved seating has been very important for some families. This year we ask you to consider turning a page in our history and embrace open seating for all.
  • Any updates about the holidays will be communicated via email and on the website
PLEASE NOTE: As our community’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve,
this schedule and its details are subject to change. All services are in-person and livestreamed unless specifically noted as on Zoom;
pre-registration and full vaccination is required to be in-person. Services that take place in our sanctuary will be livestreamed to our streaming page.

Yom Kippur

Candle Lighting Times:
Erev Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Sept 15 | Candle Lighting: 7:03 pm | Yom Kippur Day: Thursday, September 16 | Havdalah: 8:01 pm

Fasting

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 cst@shaarietorah.org.

Sukkot through simchat torah

Candle Lighting Times:
Sukkot Day 1: Tuesday, Sept 21 | Candle Lighting 7:52 pm |  Sukkot Day 2: Wednesday, Sept 22: Candle Lighting: 7:50 pm | Hoshana Raba: Monday Sept 27 |  Candle Lighting 6:16 pm | Sh’mini Atzeret: Tuesday, Sept 28 | Candle Lighting 7:38 pm | Simchat Torah: Wednesday, Sept 29 |  Havdalah 7:36 pm 

  • Build the Sukkah
    Build the Sukkah Sunday, September 19, 9:30 am

    After virtual Morning Minyan at 8 am, everyone is invited to help build the Sukkah in our parking lot. Masks required at all times and all those eligible must be vaccinated to attend. No registration needed.

  • Family Sukkah Decorating
    Family Sukkah Decorating Sunday, Sept 19, 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. Masks required at all times and all those eligible must be vaccinated to attend. No registration needed.

  • Sukkot Services Day 1
    Sukkot Services Day 1 Tuesday, Sept 21, 9:15 am

    Rabbi Oren & Cantor Vitells will lead us in Sukkot Day 1 services. In person and on zoom (and livestreamed to our website and facebook page). *Registration for in person required

  • Sukkot Services Day 2
    Sukkot Services Day 2 Wednesday, Sept 22, 9:15 am

    Rabbi Oren & Cantor Vitells will lead us in Sukkot Day 2 services. Zoom from the Sukkah and livestreamed. *No in person attendance.

  • Hoshana Raba
    Hoshana Raba Monday, Sept 27, 9:15 am

    Rabbi Oren & Cantor Vitells will lead us in Hoshana Raba services. (No Erev Sh'mini Atzeret Servces). Zoom and livestreamed services. *No in person attendance.

  • Sh'mini Atzeret Services & Yizkor
    Sh'mini Atzeret Services & Yizkor Tuesday, Sept 28. 9:15 am

    Rabbi Oren & Cantor Vitells will lead us in services and Yizkor for Sh'mini Atzeret. *In person and livestreamed from sanctuary. *Registration required for in person attendance.

  • Family Torah Time & Erev Simchat Torah Services
    Family Torah Time & Erev Simchat Torah Services Tuesday, Sept 28, 6:30 & 7:30 pm

    More information to come: TBD. Services begin at 7:30 pm.

  • Simchat Torah Services
    Simchat Torah Services Wednesday, Sept 29, 9:15 am

    Rabbi Oren & Cantor Vitells lead Simchat Torah Services from our Sanctuary. Zoom and livestreamed. *No in person attendance.

Please call our office with any questions, (503) 226-6131 or email us at cst@shaarietorah.org.

  • 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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High Holy Day F.A.Q.

All those entering the building must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask at all times. We are recommended (but not requiring) double masking or the use of N-95 masks

Children under 12 may only attend the Family Experiences on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; masks and adult supervision are required throughout

Proof of vaccination status is not required, but attendees must acknowledge and agree to all policies when registering for services. We trust that if you are attending services then you are fully vaccinated.

No tickets are required for CST members. If you have guests who wish to attend with you please arrange for visitor tickets by contacting the main office: cst@shaarietorah.org. A voluntary contribution to support the shul is appreciated.

Our offices are open M, W, Th from 10 am to 2 pm by appointment only. For the safety of our staff we ask that those who enter our building are fully vaccinated and wearing a mask at all times. 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) no later than September 3. Questions? Email Linda: cst@shaarietorah.org.

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 online services will be live streamed to our website at shaarietorah.org/stream and to our facebook page. Please check out our facebook page here.

Thank you so much for your support during this challenging time.

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.

Our Yom Kippur Appeal is on going, please scroll above on this page to find our Yom Kippur Appeal link. 

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), we will have a place on our website for emptying your pockets for community funds. Check back on this page for more information soon. 

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.

Our office is currently closed to visitors. Questions? Give us a call or send us an email. We currently have limited office hours but leave us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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