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Welcome to the
High Holy Days 5781

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

A Different High Holy Days from Rabbi Joshua Rose

It is hard for me to believe that we will not be able to join together in our magnificent sanctuary, that I won’t be able to see old and new friends, to greet you with a l’shanah tovah in person, to sing along with you to the Chazzan’s beautiful davening. I will never forget singing Ki anu amecha with you my first year here. We all sang as one with a power that was nearly overwhelming. This year will be different because as you know, following the advice of experts and putting the health of our community first, we will have our services online. 

Read more of Rabbi Rose’s statement about 5781.

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year, continuing through the Days of Awe and Yom Kippur. Read more about the holiday here. Shana Tovah!
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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, also referred to as The Day of Atonement, is a holiday observed with fasting and prayer on the 10th day of Tishri. Read more about the holiday here.
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Rosh hashanah

Candle Lighting Times:
Erev Rosh Hashanah: Friday, September 18: 6:56 pm | Day 1: Saturday, September 19, 7:58 pm (Havdalah) | Day 2: Sunday, September 20: 7:56 pm

Coming up:

  • Tashlich | Willamette Park: 6500 S Macadam Ave
    Tashlich | Willamette Park: 6500 S Macadam Ave Monday, september 21, 3:00 pm

    (In-Person Event) Join us at the edge of the Willamette River for the symbolic ritual of casting out our sins. Distancing and masks required. BYOBC (bring your own bread crumbs).

high holy day study with rabbi rose

  • Judaisms: Seeking the True Heart of the Torah
    Judaisms: Seeking the True Heart of the Torah Wednesday, Sept 23, 7:00 pm

    The Torah has given birth to an incredible diversity of Jewish expression: from Renewal to secular to Orthodoxy, Conservative and everything in between, Jews have made own answer to what it means to live a Jewish life. As we create the next generation of Jewish life - and next iteration of Shaarie Torah - how do we determine what is the true heart of Judaism and how do we know what it means to live a Jewish life? Rabbi Rose will bring sources from the tradition, reflections from contemporary life and especially his own twisting personal journey to frame a discussion about this vital topic for our community.

  • Semitism, anti-Semitism and Judaism
    Semitism, anti-Semitism and Judaism Thursday, September 24, 2:00 pm

    An Old Challenge for the Future Antisemitism is an ancient and all-too-present scourge. Its persistence on the political left and right poses a serious challenge to Jewish people, one that we have to confront outside, and another that we have to confront inside, the Jewish community. Rabbi Rose will draw on contemporary events and holy texts to reflect on what is required for Jews and Judaism to confront antisemitism.

Cemetery Visit

  • Cemetery visit with clergy | 8013 SE 67th
    Cemetery visit with clergy | 8013 SE 67th sunday, september 27, 11 am-12 pm

    (In-Person Event) Kever Avot v’Imahot – honoring our beloved departed. During the Days of Awe it is traditional to visit the resting places of our loved ones and reflect on their lives. Rabbi Rose and Cantor Vitells will be at our beautiful cemetery from 11:00 am to noon to join you graveside for a short prayer. Masks and distancing required.

Yom Kippur

Candle Lighting Times:
Erev Yom Kippur: Sunday, September 27: 6:39 pm | Yom Kippur Day: Monday, September 28, 7:40 pm (Havdalah)

  • Kol Nidre | Erev Yom Kippur Services | Livestream
    Kol Nidre | Erev Yom Kippur Services | Livestream sunday, september 27, 6:30 pm

    Rabbi Rose & Cantor Vitells lead a Erev service from our Sanctuary. The feed can be viewed from shaarietorah.org/stream or on our facebook page.

  • Yom Kippur Day Morning Service & Yizkor | Livestream
    Yom Kippur Day Morning Service & Yizkor | Livestream monday, september 28, 9:30 am

    Rabbi Rose & Cantor Vitells lead a Yom Kippur service from our Sanctuary.
    Yizkor Service | 1:00 pm | Livestream

  • Family Services (Yom Kippur) | On Zoom
    Family Services (Yom Kippur) | On Zoom monday, september 28, 2:00 pm

    Rabbi Rose will lead an interactive service and program suitable for families and children of all ages. Registration required. Selections from the Family Mahzor will be made available.

  • Yom Kippur Day Evening Service | Livestream
    Yom Kippur Day Evening Service | Livestream monday, september 28, 4:00 pm

    Rabbi Rose & Cantor Vitells lead a Yom Kippur service from our Sanctuary.
    Jonah | 4:00 pm | Livestream
    Neilah, Ma’ariv, Havdalah | 7:00 pm | Livestream

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.

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High Holy Day F.A.Q.

This year we are not requiring tickets or membership to access any of our services or events. All events and services are open to the public and free. 

Our building is currently closed to all visitors. We will be doing a drive-by Shofar blowing on Sunday, September 20 at 1 pm in our parking lot, but we ask that people do not get out of their cars, but continue driving through the parking lot and waving to friends. 

Thank you so much for your support during this challenging time. Our Yom Kippur Appeal is on going and you can click here to donate. 

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 here for more information in a week or two. 

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

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