CNS Sisterhood Sunday / Rosh Chodesh @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Mar 26 @ 12:30 pm

Embrace Rosh Chodesh – a women’s sacred time. Join Karen Sharp, herbalist and student of spiritual thought, as we find ways to bring the spiritual themes of each Jewish month to our lives using our senses in different ways.

Death Talk goes to the movies @ Clinton Street Movie Theater.
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm

Death Talk Goes to the Movies is pleased to announce the screening of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.   The movie was written by Jonathan Safran Foer, adapted from the novel he wrote with the same name.  Foer earned a National Jewish Book Award  for Everything Is Illuminated (2001). Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was nominated for 2 oscars , including Best Picture.  It stars Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis,John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright, and Zoe Caldwell.

Foer used 9/11 as a backdrop for his story of 9-year-old Oskar Schell, who learns how to deal with the death of his father in the World Trade Center. This young amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

As always Death Talk Goes to the Movies invites you to stay for a discussion when the movie ends.  Join us This month for discussion with The Dougy Center about how this mainstream movie release treats the subject of children’s grief.

Admission is by donation. Suggested $5.

Reimagining Exodus – Six-Session Class with Rabbi David Zaslow @ Havurah Shir Hadash
Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Rabbi David Zaslow will teach a six-session class based on his newly published book “Reimagining Exodus; A Freedom Story.” The biblical Exodus is the most influential liberation and freedom story ever told. It has served as both an inspiration for Puritans, American revolutionaries, abolitionists, Mormons, the modern civil rights movement, and revolutionaries the world over. Participants will not only learn how the story has been used historically by non-Jews, but how in Jewish tradition the Exodus has also been applied to the individual life journey with its enslavements, challenges, liberations, and revelations. This groundbreaking course explores the Exodus as the intersection of this foundational story for Judaism and Christianity.

Fee: $70, including text. Dates: March 29, April 5, 12, May 10, 24 and 31. Wednesdays, 5-6:15 PM. Pre-registration required by calling 541-488-7716.The Havurah is located at 185 N. Mountain Ave. in Ashland. Call 541-488-5146 for more info.

Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
In the Book of Exodus we learn that in order to embark on the journey to Freedom, we must first encounter Pharaoh, that place in us that is the Tyrant. God commands us, “Bo ayl Paro!” Come in to Pharaoh. God must be speaking from inside the heart of Pharaoh, the heart that has been hardened by grief, despair, stubbornness, fear and struggle.
In this workshop we will do the work of understanding and treating the four distinct Heart diseases of Pharaoh, so that we can learn to soften our own hardened hearts and journey to Freedom.
Through text study, breath-work, chanting, meditation and inner journeying, we will explore the heart of Pharaoh and give our own hearts the loving attention that is required for healing.
$15 for nonmembers; no charge for members ($10 suggested donation)
The Kindness Commons Presents: Israel 360 @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm

The Kindness Commons Presents: Israel 360

About Israel360

Israel360 is a pilot project of The Kindness Commons™ and is housed at Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland, Oregon.

Israel360 is a series of regularly occurring programs that will consider many aspects of Israel–modern and ancient–from diverse viewpoints and approaches. Some sessions will have a cultural, political or military focus, while other events will examine Israeli history, sociology or the peace process.

In today’s world, any mention of Israel can be contentious, because people arrive at events with pre-formed opinions. To help us grow past this, and to model the Jewish values of shmirat halashon (thoughtful speech), derekh eretz (civility) and makhlokhet l’shem shamayim (directed dialogue), all programs will be facilitated.

At each event, attendees will be reminded of a set of guidelines for participation. The goal is to ensure that dialogue and discussion are respectful and that questions and comments spring from a sense of curiosity rather than a desire to prove a position or score a rhetorical point.

About The Kindness Commons™:

*The Kindness Commons™ is an initiative and gift of Rabbi David Kosak. Like all commons, it provides free access to necessary societal goods. In this case, those goods are the Jewish tradition’s deep wisdom on how to build functional, caring and durable communities. Core components and teachings of The Kindness Commons™ center on:

  • Kindness (chesed)
  • Civility and caring behavior (shmirat halashon and derekh eretz)
  • Rich and respectful conversation and dialogue (makhlokhet l’shem shamayim), 
  • Mutual responsibility (kol yisrael ma’arivin zeh b’zeh and tikkun olam)

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, March 30, 7:00pm
The Role of Ethics in the Israeli Defense Forces

Thursday, April 27, 7:00pm
Understanding Israeli Borders from Antiquity to Modernity

Thursday, May 25, 7:00pm
Topic TBA

All events are FREE admission. RSVP requested: 503.246.8831 ~

Sponsorship is sought for future programing. Please contact for more information.

North Coast Shabbat @ Bob Chisholm Center
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm
The first service for the North Coast Shabbat group will be held on Friday, March31 at 8:00 pm at the Bob Chisholm Center in Seaside.  Leaders will be Leonard and Elayne Shapiro.
Services are usually held on the last Friday of the month, from March thru October.
2017 dates and leaders:
April 28  Kim Schneiderman
May 26  Jemi Mansfield and Jennifer Felberg
June 30  Avrel Nudelman
July 28  Neil Weinstein
Aug,. 25
Sept. 15  Jack Falk
Oct. 20  Eddy Shuldman
MJCC Monthly Mitzvah Project @ Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am – Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm

During the month of April, the MJCC and PJA communities will be collecting Art Supplies for Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP). Items can be dropped off in the blue pin located in the MJCC lobby.

Tefilla Lab Shabbat Service @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am

Congregation Neveh Shalom is introducing a periodic program known as our Tefilla Lab. At occasional services and in workshops, we will introduce the community to different melodies, niggunim and other innovations. The goal is to provide a space for experimentation where we can try out what prayer forms might deepen our kehilla’s experiences. Our hope is that some of these experiments will yield results that we can incorporate more regularly into our communal Shabbat spirituality.

Please note: the Tefilla Lab service on April 1 will be the main Shabbat morning service for the congregation.

Kiddush Club for K-2nd Grade @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Apr 1 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am

Join other families for prayer, singing, conversation and fun followed by an indoor picnic style lunch.

Torah Troop for 3rd-5th Graders @ Congregation Neveh Shalom
Apr 1 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am

Meet in the MAIN service (Stampfer Chapel or Main Sanctuary) for the beginning of the Torah service, and then come out with your friends for a fun and active lesson on the Torah portion (parsha) of the week. Return to the service to help lead Adon Olam, and join the community for lunch!

For advertising information, please contact