Holidays

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Hanukkah Happenings

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 22. There are many celebrations happening: Dec. 21 & 22 Sharing the Light Tickets $20 & up. Join in the spirit of shared holiday traditions by attending a joyful musical collaboration between Kol Echad, Choir of Congregation Beth Israel and the Trinity Choirs, Pacific Youth Choir, Portland Chamber…

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2019 Chanukah Essay Contest

Maimonides Jewish Day School in Southwest Portland presents Oregon’s 3rd annual Chanukah Essay Contest. Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford’s question encourages young Oregonians in third through eighth grades to reflect upon the power of their own words. How can I use words to be a helpful person, or a good citizen, or a friend to…

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Eight fun facts about Hanukkah

By Viva Sarah Press Do you know where the word ‘dreidel’ comes from, and how many calories are in a sufganiyah? Find out with the following fun facts. In 2019, the first night of Hanukkah falls on Sunday, Dec. 22. 44 candles There are at least 44 candles in each box of Hanukkah candles, enough…

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EJC & Community Partner Sukkot

As we celebrate the holiday of sukkot, we are reminded that many people in our community lack shelter and food. This year the Eastside Jewish Commons is holding a sukkot open house event each night of the holiday (October 13-20). Each night one or more eastside families will open their sukkot to the community for…

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Shavuot study and food events

Shavuot begins at sundown on Saturday, June 8, and ends the evening of Monday, June 10. Although its origins are founded in an ancient grain harvest festival, Shavuot has long been identified with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai seven weeks after the Exodus from Egypt. There are many congregations hosting study sessions…

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