Peace Pole Ceremony & Interfaith Torah Shavuot Exploration

Tuesday, May 30

“May we be disciples of Aaron the Kohen, loving peace and pursuing peace—ohev shalom v’rodef shalom.” 

6:30pm: Peace Pole Ceremony

We will prominently plant our peace pole in front of our synagogue. Inscribed with the word “peace” in eight languages, it gives concrete expression to Aaron’s vision and our public commitment to being a welcoming community.

7:30pm – 12:00am: Interfaith Shavuot
Esteemed scholars and clergy of different religions will give various talks about how the Torah centered principles of kindness, civility and caring; conversation & dialogue and mutual responsibility find expression in their faiths and traditions.


Session #1 – 7:30pm – 8:30pm
  • David Scott Arnold, Religious Study Professor, Oregon State University, “Biblical Echoes:  Reading Religious Dimensions of Wonder and Compassion in Modern Literature.”
  • Enie Vaisburd, Associate Professor of Film, Pacific University, “”The Jewish lens: Short films looking at contemporary stories through the Kindness Commons”.

Session #2 – 8:35pm – 9:30pm

  • Stephen Patterson, Religious Studies, Department Chair, Willamette University, Gospel of Mark 5:21-43, The Cost of Kindness”
  • Theodore Engelbrecht, Theology, Department Chair, Concordia University, “The Golden Rule” , Micah 6:6-8
  • Rabbi Daniel Isaak, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Neveh Shalom, “The View of the ‘Other’: A Reflection of the Wife-Sister Motif in Genesis

Panel Discussion – 10pm – 11pm

  • Pastor J.W. Matt Hennessee, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church
  • Rabbi David Kosak, Congregation Neveh Shalom
  • Rabbi Ariel Stone, Congregation Shir Tikvah

Session #3 – 11pm – 12am

  • Rabbi David Kosak, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Neveh Shalom, “Stories of Our Humanity: Vignettes from a Living Tradition”


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Wednesday, May 31, 9:00am – Shavuot Services, Stampfer Chapel


Wednesday, May 31, 5:00pmYoung Families: Shavuot Program Join us for an evening of Shavuot fun with Morah Leah. There will be singing, a story, and other activities to help us open our hearts and accept in the Torah.  $5/child, free for adults. RSVP:


Thursday, June 1, 9:00am – Shavuot & Yizkor Services, Stampfer Chapel