This year, Rosh Hashanah will begin at sunset on Wednesday, September 20, and end in the evening of Friday, September 22. A time of reflection, repentance and of planning positive changes for the year ahead, Rosh Hashanah is also a time to spend with family. The Portland area has many ways to observe the “Jewish New Year” that include all ages. Whether you’re a strict observer of Judaism, or simply want to learn more about the high holidays, your family will be able to find the right activity nearby. Read on for the area’s offerings below.
photo: Congregation Neveh Shalom via Facebook
Congregation Neveh Shalom
Children are encouraged to attend every service at Neveh Shalom, and there is even a nursing mom’s room, as well as a game room for grades 1-5. Childcare is offered for children aged 18 months to five years from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with advance registration. Join the Shanah: A Whole Family 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Exploration for all ages.
Shanah: A Whole Family 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Exploration
Sep. 22, 9:30 a.m.
Congregation Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Lane
photo: P’nai Or of Portland via Facebook
P’nai Or of Portland
This Jewish Renewal congregation incorporates music, meditation and an understanding of gender equality into its services. When joining P’nai Or, be ready to sing, enjoy sounds of the shofar, or ram’s horn similar to a bugle, and dance. Join the Tashlich and Erev Shabbat Potluck Picnic. The Tashlich is a ceremony of symbolically leaving behind the past year’s shortcomings in a body of water.
Congregation Shir Tikvah
Congregation Shir Tikvah is an independent congregation from all walks of life who study, pray, enjoy music, and participate in acts of social justice together. The Congregation invites members and non-members to their tashlikh traditional Jewish religious ceremony at Sellwood Riverwood Park to observe Rosh Hashanah.
Congregation Beth Israel
One of the larger congregations in Portland, Beth Israel hosts a multitude of services and activities for the High Holidays. Beth Israel is a 150 year old reform community located in NW Portland. Families will enjoy the Multi-Generational Service, which is age-appropriate for families and grandparents with children in grades K-4th grade.
photo: Havurah Shalom via Facebook
Havurah Shalom is a Reconstructionist community, which is a progressive approach to Jewish life integrating traditional Judaism with the insights and ideas of contemporary social, intellectual and spiritual life. Families of children ages birth to 10 will enjoy the 45 minute long family service, which includes stories and skits around the themes of the holiday, visuals, and lots of singing of prayers and contemporary songs. RSVP with the names of family members and the names and ages children attending.
What are your plans for Rosh Hashanah? Let us know in the comments below!
— April Hasson