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Hanukkah Open House

Wednesday, December 28th 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm Candlelighting @ 5:30 Jazz Happy Hour starting at 6:30 pm L’Chaverim will be on hand to provide some festive sounds! MEMBERS: Bring a veggie/dairy nosh to share, along with your favorite beverage. GUESTS: $18/Guest Family or $9/person. Guest Registration Our doors will be open for the whole evening for folks to come and go as they please. We’ll have light latke appetizers for everyone all evening. The Ultimate Dreidel Smackdown makes a return, along with family friendly activities upstairs and down. Child care (and a movie) will be provided downstairs at 6:30 as we transition to a more adult atmosphere upstairs.      

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Support In these Uncertain Times

To all who have contacted us to offer their support in these uncertain times, we are grateful.    To be a Jew in these times is to suddenly find oneself a threatened minority once again, in this great country that we have cherished since her borders were first opened to our people. They were refugees, friendless and frightened, and the people of the United States of America welcomed them. Now within a lifetime the old sense of fear reasserts itself. With your help, we will overcome it; we will return strength for strength, encouragement for encouragement. We will stand with you as you with us, and together we will reach out to all who feel threatened in these dark days. Each of us, alone, is vulnerable; we must not leave each other alone. Hazak, hazak, v’nit’hazek, let us be strong, and let us strengthen each other,

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On Jewishness and Dirt

Along with his partner Ilana Rose Cloud, author Jonathan Strunin owns and operates Tuv Ha’aretz Portland, Portland’s Jewish Farm Box program, bringing local sustainable produce and Jewish food to Portland Last week, I found myself in a common position: knees on the ground, hands dipped in soil, showing small children how to plant leeks, potatoes and tomatoes. Around me was a dizzying chaos of happy preschoolers and parents looking for beetles and worms and ants, smelling and tasting plants, and generally getting a good dose of life in the dirt. So it was striking to me when, not once but twice, adults refused to shake my soil-covered hands. I get it, especially as one of these adults was a community leader and very put together – you don’t want to get your nice clothes dirty sometimes. But it got me thinking about what being “Jewish” means to me. Let me explain.

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What’s Jewish about a CSA?

Join us this erev Shabbat for our monthly Kley Kodesh kirtan service, with special guests: Tuv Ha’Aretz and Leikam Brewing. February 20th 6:30 pm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) offers up-front financial support to farmers, while offering the customer a reliable source of local produce and other foods. Community Supported Brewing (CSB) does the same, except for beer. What makes these business people uniquely Jewish? Their ethics, their approach and their particular products. Come meet the folks behind this new way of doing business – they’ll be introducing themselves and their business models for the coming season.

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