The festival of Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish new year—is a time for introspection, repentance, examining the past year and planning changes for the year ahead. But this holiday, which begins the evening of Sept. 13 and ends the evening of Sept. 15, is also an occasion to spend time with family. So if you’re looking for a way to celebrate with your kids or introduce them to a new culture, keep in mind the following events in and around Portland.

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Congregation Beth Israel
Ever since the founding of this Reform synagogue in 1858, Congregation Beth Israel has been a central part of the Portland community. And in honor of Rosh Hashanah, the congregation will hold a special multigenerational Erev Rosh Hashanah service and a family service the following day. For more information regarding admission, which is limited to members, guests of members and those new to the community, call 503-222-1069.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Multi-Generational Service
Sept. 13, 6-7 p.m.
Open to parents, grandparents and children in grades K-4
Congregation Beth Israel Temple
1972 NW Flanders St.
503-222-1069
Online: bethisrael-pdx.org

Rosh Hashanah Day One Family Service
Sept. 14, 11 a.m.
Goodman Hall
1972 NW Flanders St.

Havurah Shalom
In honor of the high holidays, this Reconstructionist congregation is holding two free community events—with no tickets required. The family service on the first morning of Rosh Hashanah will include stories, a skit, visuals for children and plenty of song. And later that afternoon, the congregation will gather at Sellwood Riverfront Park for the Tashlich ceremony and a vegetarian potluck picnic. Attendees should bring drinks for their family and a dish to share (last names A-G, bring a salad or dessert; last names H-Z, bring a vegetarian main dish). RSVP with the names and ages of those attending to rsvp@havurahshalom.org.

Rosh Hashanah Day One Family Service
Sept. 14, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Families with children 10 & under
Tiffany Center, 2nd Floor, Crystal Room West
1410 SW Morrison St.
503-248-4662
Online: havurahshalom.org

Tashlich Service and Vegetarian Potluck
Sept. 14, 4 p.m.
Sellwood Riverfront Park, Picnic Area B
SE Oaks Park Way

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Congregation Shaarie Torah
A part of the Portland community since 1905, this Conservative synagogue is planning a wide variety of Rosh Hashanah events for children of all ages. It all begins on Sept. 13, when Rachel Stern teaches Torah Yoga for Preschoolers—a yoga class mixed with Torah stories and holiday experiences. And for the holiday itself, Shaarie Torah will host Ruach Minyan—a special Rosh Hashanah service for families with children—on Sept. 14, as well as a Mishpacha Service for preschool-age children on Sept. 15. For ticket information, visitors and non-members should call 503-226-6131.

Torah Yoga for Preschoolers
Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m.
Open to all
920 NW 25th Ave.
503-226-6131
Online: shaarietorah.org

Rosh Hashanah Day One Ruach Minyan
Sept. 14, 10 a.m.
Children in grades 2 & up
Social Hall
920 NW 25th Ave.

Rosh Hashanah Preschool Mishpacha Service
Sept. 15, 10 a.m.
Social Hall
920 NW 25th Ave.

Congregation Neveh Shalom
Neveh Shalom, the second-oldest Jewish congregation in the Pacific Northwest and the oldest Conservative congregation on the west coast, will be hosting Rosh Hashanah services Sept. 13-15 for children of all ages. But keep in mind that tickets are required for both members and guests. Call 503-293-7305 with any ticket questions.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Services
Sept. 13, 6:15 p.m.
All Ages
Stampfer Chapel
2900 SW Peaceful Lane
503-246-8831
Online: nevehshalom.org

Rosh Hashanah Day One Services
Sept. 14
Children 5 & under, 10-11 a.m., Stampfer Chapel
Grades K-2, 9:30-11 a.m., Room 102
Grades 3-6, 9:30-11 a.m., Zidell Chapel
2900 SW Peaceful Lane

Rosh Hashanah Day Two Services
Sept. 15, 10 a.m.
All Ages
Stampfer Chapel
2900 SW Peaceful Lane

Friendship Circle

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P’nai Or of Portland
If you bring your family to P’nai Or of Portland for Rosh Hashanah, get ready to join this Jewish Renewal congregation in a celebration of music, dance and prayer. No tickets are required for the children’s service on Sept. 14—and all are welcome to join.

Rosh Hashanah Day One Children’s Service
Sept. 14, 10-11 a.m.
All Ages
Unity Church
4525 SE Stark St.
503-248-4500
Online: pnaiorpdx.org

Beit Haverim
Established as a congregation in 1998, this Reform community will hold a children’s Rosh Hashanah service on Sept. 14 which is open to non-members (click here to make a reservation). And don’t forget to participate in the High Holy Days Food Drive by bringing non-perishable foods to donate to the Oregon Food Bank.

Rosh Hashanah Day One Children’s Service
Sept. 14, 9 a.m.
1111 Country Club Rd.
Lake Oswego
503-568-1241
Online: beithav.org

What are your plans for Rosh Hashanah? Let us know in the comments below!

— Maura O’Brien