The High Holy Days are right around the corner!
In this exceptional time, we have set out a vision for a meaningful spiritual experience for the High Holy Day period. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and Jewish tradition that we seek to find connection and continuity in the face of unexpected challenges and social distancing. We feel blessed to be able to celebrate and honor these Days of Awe with our kehillah and guests.
Neveh Shalom is an open and egalitarian community. Our services are led by Rabbi David Kosak, Rabbi Eve Posen, Cantor Eyal Bitton, and Ilene Safyan, along with lay-led leaders. We welcome all to experience the New Year with Neveh Shalom.
Note that our HHD experience will largely happen using online platforms this year, with some in-person opportunities. We will utilize a mix of Zoom, video, and live-stream. Please explore this webpage or utilize our High Holy Days booklet for more information.
High Holy Days 5781 – How to Join Us!
- Please fill out the registration form. While every member is welcome and will receive access information, it is important to let us know that you will be attending and to share with us all of the information requested. Non-members will need to register to get access.
- We will send all members, and all registered non-members, a password which will gain them access to our main Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur webpage.
- Once you log into the webpage and enter the password, all of our various events and their associated links will be available.
The Structure of the High Holy Days
- Our main services will consist of pre-recorded produced videos interspersed with clips of members from our kehillah. You will be able to access them through our live-stream or by clicking on the video at or after the scheduled time.
- Our family services, Erev and Rosh Hashanah Day 2, and other classes, programs, and events will be offered through the Zoom platform.
- There will be select in-person events. You are invited to join us for these events to the level of your comfort.
The information here represents the most accurate information we have at this time about the programs we will be offering throughout the holidays. Some details may change, especially for the proposed in-person events, based on safety guidelines and direction from our Executive Committee and state recommendations. We have never had to do anything like this before, and we appreciate your understanding and patience.
Because many of our services, classes, and events are online, there is always a possibility of technical challenges. Please make sure you review the information about “how to join” above and know that there will be someone on hand throughout the holidays to help you join if you are experiencing technical difficulties.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
5:00pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Drive-in or Interactive Program 6:15pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
6:55pm CNS Candle Lighting
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
8:00am PJs Young Family Service
9:00am Clergy-Led Rosh Hashanah Service
9:00am Rosh Hashanah Zoom Service
10:00am Grade K-6 Family Service
10:45am Grade K-6 Torah Skit and Conversation
11:00am Replay of PJs Young Family Service
12:00pm Parent and Adult Social Time on Zoom
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
9:00am Lay-Led Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day Services
10:00am Young Family Rosh Hashanah Zoom Seder & Sing-a-Long
11:30am Prayer in Front of Ark/Cider Pick-Up
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Learning Experiences – Descriptions can be found below
10:30am Rabbi David Kosak Chadesh Yameinu K’Kedem: Renew Our Days as of Old
11:30am Mel Berwin Chazak, Chazak v’Nitchazek
12:30pm Amy Katz Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
2:30pm Tashlich (see below for more information)
4:00pm Shofar Across Oregon (see below for more information)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Neveh Zedek 9:30-10:00am | Ahavai Shalom 10:30-11:30am (see below for more information)
EREV YOM KIPPUR
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Time TBD Teens Praying with our Feet
4:00pm Young Family Kol Nidre Service
6:15pm Kol Nidre Service
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
8:30am Young Family Services
9:00am Clergy-Led Yom Kippur Service / Yizkor Service
9:00am Yom Kippur Zoom Service
10:00am Grade K-6 Family Service
10:45am Grade K-6 Torah Skit and Conversation
11:15am Entering the Holy of Holies: Storytelling and the High Priest
2:30pm Learning Time Discussion
4:00pm Jonah Story
Immediately after Havdallah, Break the Fast
Please explore the High Holy Days booklet for more detailed information, including what platform each service or event is on, and family services and programs.
We have a full and exciting range of family services and programs this year. Through the direction and leadership of Rabbi Eve Posen, Morah Leah Conley, and Mel Berwin, our kids, teens, and parents will be engaged in age-appropriate ways that are open to everyone. For a complete list of events and descriptions, please explore our High holy Days booklet by clicking here.
Mahzor Lev Shalem – High Holy Day Prayer Books
Neveh Shalom congregants have 3 options to access Mahzor Lev Shalem, the prayer book we use during the High Holy Days.
Option 1 – Order Print Edition
Purchase your own copy of the prayer book through Neveh Shalom. Through bulk ordering, we are able to significantly reduce the shipping charge of over the cost of the book itself. To achieve these savings, we will need to receive orders for at least 20 books.
Discounted Cost (book & shipping): $42.
Following arrival, we will advise you of a distribution/pick-up system. All orders MUST be received w/payment in the CNS office by: Friday, August 14, 2020.
Option 2 – Order Digital Edition
Mahzor Lev Shalem will be available as a digital publication via Issuu, a digital publishing platform that preserves the appearance and pagination of the printed book. Users can access the digital mahzor on their computers or via the free Issuu app for mobile and tablet.
The digital edition of Mahzor Lev Shalem is available for purchase via the Issuu app for $8.99.
Option 3 – Borrow Mahzor Lev Shalem from Neveh Shalom
Copies of the physical mahzor are available to CNS members, up to 2 per family. It is important to note that our mahzors represent a $60k investment by the congregation, so care and return of the books is very important. A system for distribution/pick-up of the books will be sent to all who select this option. Books must be returned to Neveh Shalom in undamaged condition by Friday, October 16, 2020. Any congregants not retuning the mahzor will be charged the $54 cost of each book.
Make your selection on the HHD Registration Form.
Special High Holy Days 5780 Activities
Please note: While we have made all attempts to be as accurate with the information as possible, there are so many unknowns and variables that some information may change over time. This is especially true with the proposed in-person events. Some of this information will be adjusted, changed, cancelled, etc. based on direction from our Executive Committee and state recommendations. We have never had to do anything like this before and we appreciate your understanding and patience. Please regularly visit this website and check your emails for the latest information.
Hear the Shofar During the Month of Elul
August 21-September 18
The month of Elul begins on August 21. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. To join Morning Minyan, please visit nevehshalom.org/virtual-services. You can also deepen in the month of Elul with the special book designed by Debbi Plawner.
Community Selichot Options
Saturday, September 12
This year, we are pleased to join with Conservative movement congregations for a national Selichot program of learning, taught by rabbis and leaders from around the country. As USCJ (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism) publishes the exact times and links, we will share those with you. Additionally, work is underway to create a Portland-area community Selichot program. More details soon.
Erev Rosh Hashanah Drive-in or Interactive Program
Friday, September 18, 5:00pm
Join Rabbi Eve, Morah Leah, and Mel Berwin for an engaging program as we enter into Rosh Hashanah. Please stay tuned for details.
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Learning Experiences
Sunday, September 20
10:30am: Chadesh Yameinu K’Kedem: Renew Our Days as of Old
Rabbi David Kosak
There’s a haunting line in the High Holiday liturgy we usually sing together—“Return us God, and we will be returned. Renew our days as of old.” The notion of renewing us like we were seems a bit paradoxical—and timely. We are in a period of rapid change, and yet many of us long for a return to the “old” ways we used to gather and interact. We will reflect on this line of liturgy, study commentaries and texts, and discuss what renewal might mean for each of us.
11:30am: Chazak, Chazak v’Nitchazek
Let’s dive into our theme for the year by looking at new and surprising texts. What does it take to be strong and to strengthen others? How does our approach to the cycle of Torah reading relate to our lives and to the holy days at hand?
12:30pm: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
The theme song of Hamilton asks us to ponder: What have we done with the time that we have been granted? What is the legacy we leave? This theme so closely mirrors the powerful prayer “who shall live and who shall die?” In this interactive workshop, we will consider the stories we’ve lived and watched during this time of unrest, and use texts from both tradition and the musical to find comfort and inspiration as we consider how to fully engage in the narrative of our lives.
Prayer in Front of Ark/Cider Pick-Up
Sunday, September 20, 11:30am-2:30pm
We recognize that a moment for prayer in sacred space is meaningful for many. While we cannot gather together in our building, we are intending to open our three sanctuaries for timed moments of introspection, reflection, and prayer. Be sure to sign up for your spot. We’ll also be using our brand new cider press to go sweetly into the new year. Swing by for your jug of fresh-pressed cider. Sign-up through the registration form.
Please note that while it is our best intention to have this program occur, our dedication to the safety of our community dictates that we will make any changes necessary, based on direction from our Executive Committee and state recommendations.
Sunday, September 20, 2:30pm
Join other congregants around our city to engage in Tashlich in a neighborhood near you. More info will come later.
Shofar Across Oregon & SW Washington
Sunday, September 20, 4:00pm
In partnership with the Oregon Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland we invite you to take your Shofar outside and send a message of peace, hope, and healing through the blowing of your shofar. Our hope is that Jews all across Oregon and SW Washington will join together in this moment.
Kever Avot Graveside Visit
Sunday, September 27, Neveh Zedek: 9:30am | Ahavah Shalom 10:30am
Just like most things this year, Kever Avot will also look a bit different. Due to the pandemic, there will not be chapel services at the cemeteries. Rather, people are invited to stand by the gravesite of your loved one at the appropriate time and clergy will join you individually to recite graveside prayers.
Teens Praying With Our Feet
Sunday afternoon, September 27, Time TBD
Let’s spend the afternoon leading up to Yom Kippur doing something that really counts. RSVP for this in-person, physically-safe social action activity and Mel will give you the details: email@example.com.
Special Yom Kippur Storytelling Experience
Entering the Holy of Holies: Storytelling and the High Priest
Monday September, 28, 11:15am
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 an intention as we enter our own individual “holy of holies” on this most sacred of days.
Sukkot is a very special and sacred time for all of us. It is generally a time when we gather together as a community and with friends for food, prayer, study, conversation, and fun. This year will be different. We are working with the clergy, Executive Committee, and staff to try and bring as much of the ruach/spirit of this sacred holiday to our kehillah. More information will come at a later date.
Online Sukkot services
Friday, October 2
6:15pm Erev Sukkot Service
Saturday, October 3
9:30am First Day Sukkot/Shabbat Service
Sunday, October 4
9:30am Second Day Sukkot Service
Monday-Thursday, October 5-8
7:00am Morning Minyan Chol HaMoed Sukkot Service
Friday, October 9
7:00am Hoshana Rabah Service
6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service
Saturday, October 10, 9:30am
Normally during this holiday in between Sukkot and Simchat Torah, we gather and engage in the ritual of thwacking willow branches. While we may not be able to gather in-person for the ritual, we are exploring ways that we can still engage in this meaningful act. Please stay tuned.
Simchat Torah Morning Service and Celebration
Sunday, October 11, 9:30am
Simchat Torah celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of our Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. In years past, we gather, listen to great music, share a meal, and most importantly get to dance with our Torahs. We are still working on a celebration that can help us connect and find meaning on this holy and sacred day. Please stay tuned for more information.