Every now and then, a congregation needs to step back and hit the “refresh” button. We need to improve how our Congregation serves its members, how our members serve each other, and how we help heal the world. So we have launched a program for Jewish Renewal Renewal—we’re calling it Operation Reconnect—through which we will reconnect ourselves with each other and with our origins as a vibrant, participatory community, and restore our roots in Jewish values and history. Through Operation Reconnect we will remember Havurah’s vivid beginning, rededicate ourselves to our community and to its role in the world, and reinvigorate and rejuvenate our ties to Jewish values, traditions, and practices.
Practically speaking, that means that volunteers will be reaching out to each family in Havurah to participate in this discussion and the actions that grow from it. We hope this effort: identifies ways for new and long-time members to find meaningful connections; orients our activities to meet the spiritual, social, and social-action needs of the community; and provides some fun and unexpected turns along the way. This is not just a program for some—it’s a process in which we all need to participate.
Why Renew and Reconnect Havurah Shalom? Because post-modern life in the 21st-century fragments and disconnects us from others, from ourselves, from our familial and cultural origins. Because to help heal the world effectively we must be whole ourselves and connected to our own community. Because real participation in a vivid, questioning, seeking havurat can provide solid connections with our fellow Jews and between us and our rich Jewish tradition. Such connection to each other and to Jewish tradition doesn’t give us easy answers to life’s challenging questions, but it does give us strength to confront them and to make and then live our own answers for our own time.
Upcoming EventsMar 1 SunMar 3 TueMar 4 Wedall-day Erev PurimErev PurimMar 4 all-dayPurim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/purim?tag=icalall-day Ta’anit EstherTa’anit EstherMar 4 all-dayFast of Esther http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/taanit-esther?tag=ical8:30 am Morning MinyanMorning MinyanMar 4 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 amA focused minyan, saying Kaddish or not. For people who want to incorporate a regular prayer practice.6:15 pm Purim CelebrationPurim CelebrationMar 4 @ 6:15 pm – 7:45 pmThis year's Purim Party is for Havurahniks of all ages! Join us on Wednesday, March 4, from 6:15 to 7: 45 pm. We'll have games [...]Mar 5 ThuMar 6 Friall-day Shushan PurimShushan PurimMar 6 all-dayPurim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/shushan-purim?tag=ical8:00 pm In the Spirit of Purim: Prayer, Stories, Mirth & WistfulnessIn the Spirit of Purim: Prayer, …Mar 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pmAn Evening of Prayer, Stories, Mirth & Wistfulness: In the Spirit of Purim Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave, Portland Led by David Fuks In [...]Mar 7 Sat10:00 am Learner’s Minyan: The AmidahLearner’s Minyan: The AmidahMar 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pmGo in-depth into selected parts of the Shabbat morning tefillah. An abbreviated service will be enhanced with insight into how, when and why we do [...]3:00 pm Shabbat SchoolShabbat SchoolMar 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pmDuring Shabbat School on Feb. 21, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, will lead a workshop for [...]3:10 pm Shabbat School Conversations – Being in CommunityShabbat School Conversations – …Mar 7 @ 3:10 pm – 4:30 pmThis year we are focused on conversations about being in community, together. If your family is not in Shabbat School and would like to participate [...]Mar 8 Sun6:00 pm Shabbat School 3rd Grade Class at Transition ProjectsShabbat School 3rd Grade Class a…Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pmThe Shabbat School 3rd Grade class will serve a meal at the Transition Projects.Mar 10 Tue12:00 pm Talmud LiteTalmud LiteMar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pmWe will continue studying the first chapter of Tractate Avoda Zara, which concerns interactions between Jews and practitioners of other religions, especially around the times [...]7:00 pm Drash Writing for B’nai/B’not Mitzvah FamiliesDrash Writing for B’nai/B’not Mi…Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pmWriting a drash is one of the most important parts of Bat/Bar Mitzvah preparation. In this workshop, you will study a passage of Torah, discover [...]