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 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.
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.
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.
The Kindness Commons Presents: Israel 360
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)
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
All events are FREE admission. RSVP requested: 503.246.8831 ~ email@example.com
Sponsorship is sought for future programing. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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.
Join other families for prayer, singing, conversation and fun followed by an indoor picnic style lunch.
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!