Portland’s UnShul Observes the High Holidays

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017

Portland’s UnShul Observes the High Holidays

We are delighted to announce our first High Holy Day Services this year! Please join us for Rosh HaShanah on Wednesday evening September 20 through Friday afternoon September 22, and for Yom Kippor starting with Kol Nidre on Friday evening, September 29 through Saturday evening, September 30 Break Fast.

We will meet at the home of Rabbah D’vorah and can accommodate 50 souls. Given the interest we have already heard we want to urge you to register early to make sure you secure your spot. (Details below.)

We find ourselves living through such a tumultuous and difficult time right now. Hate speech and violence is on the rise, with Oregon leading the nation. Political divides seem almost impossible to bridge. Traditional progressive allies are often at odds with each other. Our psycho/spiritual/ emotional landscape responds with understandable distress. We yearn for inner, familial, communal and global peace, and yet that peace seems further away than ever.

Join Portland’s UnShul, a lyrical, mystical, queer drenched, passionately activist, spiritually intimate Jewish community, as we immerse ourselves in a tshuvah which includes and transcends personal atonement. Through traditional and renewed prayer and spiritual practice we will cultivate shalom/shalem, peace and wholeness, building the world we seek together. For our LGBTQ followers (and all those who love us), please join us for the Yom Kippor Mincha service for a celebration of queer lives through the lens of Torah.

Finally, we are so excited to invite you to our Rosh HaShanah Day Two services, when the UnShul will be offering something you won’t find anywhere else. Rabbah D’vorah will offer the workshop she has been teaching around the state: Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces, which invites us to understand and overcome what inhibits us from helping when we see hateful action and gives concrete guidance on how to intervene in the safest, most empowering way possible for the target. The Yom Kippor haftarah from Isaiah calls us to WAKE UP to the oppression and injustice around us. We read in 58:12  Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. Just a few chapters later in 60:17-18 we read: “I will also make your officers peace, and righteousness your magistrates. Violence shall no more be heard in your land, desolation nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.” At the UnShul we take this invitation to heart!

Rosh HaShanah Services

  • Wednesday 09/20 Rosh HaShanah: 6:30 pm

    • We begin our Days of Awe experience with the planting of a Peace Pole (for more information about The Peace Pole Project: http://www.peacepoleproject.org/ )

    • Services begin at 6:45pm with candle lighting

  • Thursday 09/21 Rosh HaShanah Day One 9:30 am-1:30 pm (approximately)

  • Friday 09/22 Rosh HaShanah Day Two, starting at 9:30 am going till 1:00 pm (approximately):

    • Interrupting Hate Workshop

    • Tashlich

    • Apples & honey

Yom Kippur Services

  • Friday 9/29 Kol Nidre, 6:30 pm

  • Shabbat 9/30, 9:30 am-3 pm, healing ritual at 4 pm, 5:30-7:30 for Mincha and Neilah

  • Pot luck break-fast immediately following. Please bring a dish to share!

We request your support in helping make possible our vision of peace and wholeness, during the High Holy Days and well beyond. Donations are $100 for each attendee, but no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Please reach out to unshulrivka@asthespiritmovesus.com to discuss payment options.

To make sure your spot is reserved in our limited space please register asap! You can do so in three ways:

If there is space for drop-ins we will let you know, and will accept donations at the door from 6-6:30, before the holy days of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur begin.

Check out our Facebook page for weekly inspirations during our lead up to the Days of Awe: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Pdx.UnShul/

Non-ticket related questions or requests can be directed to our Facebook page or unshuladmin@asthespiritmovesus.com

Please join us! It won’t be the same without you!

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