Shanah Tova!

The High Holy Days are right around the corner! We feel blessed to be able to celebrate and honor these Days of Awe with you, our kehillah.

Neveh Shalom is an open and egalitarian community. Our services are led by Rabbi David Kosak, Rabbi Eve Posen, Cantor Eyal Bitton and special guest Cantor Bryce Emily Megdal. We offer lively young child services as well as K-6 appropriate family experiences. We welcome all to experience the New Year with Neveh Shalom.

To purchase tickets, please contact Marg Everett at or 503-246-8831, ext. 112.

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A Special Note About This Year’s HHD Services

On Rosh Hashanah, we come together as a community to reflect on the year that was and celebrate the possibilities ahead. To enhance both that sense of togetherness and also the energy and ruach of our services, we will once again be having a combined Shacharit service on Rosh Hashanah Day 1.

We will gather in the main sanctuary at 8:30am as our teens lead us in communal prayer. At 9:45am, we’ll have a coffee and honey cake break. We hope this will allow everyone some precious moments to reconnect with friends and family. At 10:00am sharp, the Torah service and Musaf will begin in two locations, the Main Sanctuary and Birnbach Hall.

In addition, we will be offering a parallel Kol Nidre service on October 8, led by Rabbi Posen and Cantor Megdal

We are always looking for ways to enhance social opportunities and the quality of our communal prayer. We look forward to hearing how you experience this new opportunity and wish you a sweet and happy year.

The CNS Clergy Team
-Rabbi Kosak, Rabbi Posen and Cantor Bitton

High Holy Days 5780 Tickets & Schedule

Please note that tickets are needed for most of our High Holy Days services. If you are a member, you will have recieved a HHD registration packet in the mail.

If you did not receive it or are not a member, please click on the link below or call the office at 503.246.8831.

Make sure you fill out the registration form you recieved in the mail by August 28. Thank you very much.

Please click here or on the image to view the full High Holy Days 5780 schedule.

Regarding Inclusivity

Neveh Shalom is a caring, inclusive community. We are committed to creating an atmosphere in services that is welcoming to and that works for all our congregants, from the youngest to the oldest. On these Days of Awe, we acknowledge that we can’t be perfect, but we can be compassionate in meeting one another’s prayer needs.

In regards to children, we celebrate that God put the wriggle in children, and that their “mode of being” in worship is intrinsically more vocal and more physical than that of adults.

We also recognize that not all children are the same. Many disabilities don’t present physically, and it is our value to be as inclusive as possible. If a child is making noises or has other seemingly disruptive behavior, it may be their way of participating.

Busy Bags and the Pray-Ground

Busy Bags and Boxes

Located in the front of the Sanctuary and the entrance to Birnbach Hall, these bags contain board books, and other things to keep little hands occupied.


The Pray-Ground

This space on the High Holidays in the back of Birnbach Hall is intended especially for families with infants and toddlers, recognizing that small kids are often more engaged when they can see what’s going on. Quiet toys and blankets are laid out with chairs surrounding for parents to supervise their littles while they enjoy the service.

HHD Educational Childcare (0-2nd Grade)

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Sept 30 & Yom Kippur Day – Oct 9, 11am-1pm

  • For children ages 12 months through 2nd grade.
  • Timing allows families to attend family services together and have supervision for children during Rabbis’ sermons and Musaf services.
  • Familiar Foundation School teachers and teen assistants will offer an educational, fun and safe environment for children to experience the joy of the High Holy Days.

Kol Nidre – Oct 8, 5:45-9pm

  • For children ages 12 months through 2nd grade who can handle late evening babysitting at the shul.

$18 per child per day. Space is limited. RSVP and payment must be made by Wed, August 28.

Please fill out proper area in the HHD registration form. A confirmation e-mail with room assignments, what to bring, etc. will be sent to you. For more information contact Lisa Richmond at or call 503-293-7308.

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Stampfer Chapel Listening Space

We are pleased to announce that 15 minutes after family services end, services from the main sanctuary will be piped into the Stampfer Chapel. This is an appropriate place anytime for movement and talking. Of special note, while the sounds that children make are most welcome in the Sanctuary, there are also moments which require silence for concentration and reflection. Those moments like the private Amidah and Rabbis’ sermons are inappropriate times for anyone, adult and child alike to be making loud noises. You are invited to listen to the service as it plays on the speakers while you or your children let off some steam in Stampfer Chapel.

Live Streaming of Services

We will be live streaming our services online for those who are not able to make it to the Synagogue. You will be able to access it by clicking here.

If the online streaming is not working for any reason, you can use our Eleanor Fischer Dial-In Service – Call 503.246.8831, then press 9

Special High Holy Days 5780 Activities

Hear the Shofar During the Month of Elul
The month of Elul begins on Sunday, September 1.

It is traditional to come daily for Morning Minyan in preparation for the High Holy Days and hear the shofar being blown, which happens every day of the month except for Shabbat. If you are interested in blowing the shofar during this month, please contact Priscilla Kostiner at:

Also, if you are interested in being a shofar echo on Rosh Hashanah please contact Lisa Richmond:

Two Worlds: A Rock and Soul Selichot Experience
Saturday, September 21, 8:00pm: Wine & Cheese | 8:30pm: Service

Our Selichot experience this year brings two worlds of music together. Rabbi Kosak and Cantor Eyal Bitton will capture the best part of tradition with beloved High Holiday melodies, and also offer up themes of Selichot through traditional melodies and contemporary rock and pop music.  Prepare for the High Holy Days in a moving, meaningful way through music connecting us to the ways we are striving, forgiving, and seeking.

Community Apple Picking
Sunday, September 22, 2:00-4:00pm | Smith Berry Barn

Join Rabbi Eve for apple picking and community gathering at Smith Berry Barn in Hillsboro. Pick apples to use in your home celebration and a few extra for our cider press on Rosh Hashanah day 2. No cost to attend, unless you want to purchase your apples! Questions or to RSVP:

Shanah: A Whole Family 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Exploration: The Magic of the World
Tue, Oct 1, 9:30am Services | 10am Tashlich & Exploration | Free

Join us for a Birthday Party for the World! This special Rosh Hashanah Exploration includes: family services, Tashlich, a magic show, optical illusion exploration, and a cider press – bring your own apples (or use what we have) and a jar. This event is OPEN TO ALL. NO TICKETS NEEDED. Contact:

Special 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Learning Experiences
Tuesday, October 1

10:00am: Can We Really Change? And If So, How?
Rabbi David and Laura Kosak, Room 102
Each year, Jews use the High Holiday season to reflect on where we went wrong, what apologies are owed, and how we might do better in the coming year. That said, certain sorts of change are notoriously difficult to make. In this class, we will examine some concepts of change described by the influential 20th century hasidic work, The Netivot Shalom (Paths of Peace), and from contemporary psychologist Prochaska’s “stages of change” model.

11:00am:  For the Sake of Heaven
Amy Katz, Room 102
What is constructive conflict, and what can Jewish texts teach us about how to save our sanity and improve our relationships even (or especially) in today’s political climate? In this interactive class we will consider how the rabbis of the Mishnah engaged in conflict, which conflicts they considered constructive and which they considered destructive. We’ll reflect on how their methods can help us improve our relationships, become attuned listeners, and begin to truly understand other people’s points of view.

12:00pm: Oseh Shalom—Creating Healing and Wholeness in our Lives
Mel Berwin, Room 102
Shalom means more than peace; it means wholeness or integration.  The High Holidays often bring up for us the areas of our lives that are out of sync.  We’ll explore the Jewish wisdom, texts, and rituals that help us pay attention to those tensions and provide us tools to reconnect with our own sense of shalom.

Kever Avot
Sunday October 6, 10:00am

Please join us on Sunday, October 9, 10:00am for Kever Avot at Ahavai Shalom and Neveh Zedek Cemeteries. Please meet at the cemeteries.

Shomrei Teva Tashlich Hike at Oxbow Park
Sunday October 6, 1:00-5:00pm | Family-friendly!

Join Shomrei Teva for our annual Tashlich hike in an old growth forest. We’ll learn and use Jewish nature prayers followed by a Tashlich service along the banks of the beautiful Sandy River. Meet at CNS at noon to carpool or at Oxbow at 1pm. Dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. Given the season, we may even be able to find spawning salmon! Good for all ages, but dogs aren’t allowed in the park. RSVP to Yaakov Epstein,, 503-245-6580.

Alternative to the Torah Service:
Entering the Holy of Holies: Storytelling and the High Priest
Wednesday, October 9, 10:00am, Room 112

Jewish storyteller Brian Rohr shares a dramatic story about the High Priest who, on this day of Yom Kippur only, entered the Holy of Holies, to stand before YHVH on behalf of the people. Brian’s story, suitable for teens and adults, will set intention as we enter our own individual “holy of holies” on this most sacred of days.

Schmooze, Nosh and Drink in the Sukkah – Young Professionals
Sunday, October 13, 4pm | Free

Join other CNS young professionals for networking and learning in the Sukkah. Appetizers and drinks included. RSVP by Friday, October 4 to:

CNS 150: Sukkah Hop
Tuesday, October 15 | Dinner 6pm | Sukkah Hop 7pm | Throughout the City

Wander like the Jews wandered in the desert and hop from sukkah to sukkah. In celebration of our 150th anniversary, a few families have opened up their sukkah to our kehilah. If you’d like, you can begin at the CNS sukkah for a free light supper at 6:00pm. The sukkah hosts will begin at 7pm with dessert. Registration is needed by Fri, October 4. Locations given with registration. RSVP: or call the office at 503.246.8831.

Men’s Club & Sisterhood: Schmooze, Nosh, & Drinks in the Sukkah (Havdallah)
Saturday, October 19, 6:30pm

Join other adults for a special Havdallah meal in the Sukkah. We’ll have soup, salad, bread options, dessert, brandy, whiskey, and wine. $5/person; $8/couple. Please pay and RSVP by October 17 at:

Erev Simchat Torah: A Celebration
Monday, October 21, 6:00pm: Dinner | 7:00pm: Ma’ariv Service & Hakafot

After a month of holidays, we’re celebrating the renewal of the Torah at Simchat Torah with Cantor Bitton and a live band. The service and band are free and open to the community. Families are welcome! Cost for dinner: $18/adults, $12/kids; $54/family max. RSVP for dinner at: or call the office at 503.246.8831. *Included with Young Family Shul Pass, RSVP still required.

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