High Holy Days 57782017-09-29T13:42:34+00:00

High Holy Days 5778















Shanah Tovah!

High Holiday services at Neveh Shalom, an open and egalitarian community, are led by Rabbi David Kosak, Rabbi Eve Posen and Cantor Eyal Bitton. 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 download our High Holy Day packet with all of the needed information, and our registration form, click on the links below.

High Holy Days Packet

High Holy Days Registration Form


For information about tickets, membership & more, contact: meverett@nevehshalom.org; 503.246.8831 x112


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New This Year & Things to Note: 

  • The Young Family Erev Rosh Hashanah service will start at 6:00pm.
  • The main Rosh Hashanah day one and day two services will start at 9:00am
  • There will be “Busy Bags” available in all services for children to take to their seats and enjoy quietly.
  • All families are welcome to join us for SHANAH: a special whole family 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Exploration of change.
  • Explore our alternative spiritual learning experience on the 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah.
  • Please remember to grab your food drive bag on the way out of Rosh Hashanah services and bring back your non-perishable foods during Yom Kippur.


Sign Language Interpretation

As part of Neveh Shalom’s mission to create community and strive for inclusiveness, Neveh Shalom is proud to offer sign language interpretation for Yom Kippur and future Shabbat services. Interpreters will be available upon request and needs to be made several weeks in advance. For information, please contact: Michelle Iimori-Goldenberg MS, CI/CT: smallfryeterp@icloud.com, 503-317-9815 (V, Text)



Busy Bags HHD Announcement

There is nothing sweeter than the sound of a child singing the Shema, or any prayer. It is a sign of our future, a sign that the next generation is learning our sacred expressions of prayer. One of the best ways that kids learn is by being included in our community in services, both designed specifically for them, and in the greater community.

At CNS we are a welcoming community, not only to all types of adults, and learners, but to Jews both old and young. Idle hands lead to mischief, or so they say. To that end we are working this year to create sacred space for families within our larger prayer spaces on the High Holidays and beyond. This year we’ve created individual bags filled with quiet games and toys for children to play with at their seats with their parents. Bags are to be borrowed for the duration of the service and returned to their cubby so we can provide them throughout the year.

Of course we’ll be asking parents to guide their children toward appropriate and respectful play so that all others may continue to enjoy and experience the holidays without distraction. And while we trust that parents will use their good judgment, we encourage all participants to remember that the sounds of our children are the sounds of our future Jewish leaders who are learning, growing, and celebrating along with us.


Special Events

Creating New Family Traditions for Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, September 14, 6:30-8:00pm, Birnbach Hall | FREE
Join us for an evening of ideas and inspiration. Learn how to make Jewish High Holy Day customs meaningful and fun; see hands-on ways to shape our children’s experience and teach Jewish values; taste test Rosh Hashanah treats and come away with new recipes; receive a starter kit filled with activities to share with your family. Interfaith and new-to-Judaism welcome! RSVP to lwoloshin@nevehshalom.org. Co-sponsored by Foundation School and PJ Library in Portland.


Two Worlds: A Rock and Soul Selichot Experience
Saturday, September 16, 8:00pm: Wine and Cheese; 8:30pm: Selichot Service | FREE
Our Selichot experience this year brings two worlds of music together.  Rabbi Kosak and our new Cantor, Eyal Bitton, will capture the best part of tradition with beloved High Holiday melodies, and also offer up themes of Selichot through contemporary rock and pop music.  Prepare for the High Holidays in a moving, meaningful way through music connecting us to the ways we are striving, forgiving and seeking.


Shanah: A Whole Family 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Exploration
Friday, September 22, 9:30am | FREE

This special Rosh Hashanah Exploration includes: family services, Tashlich, a presentation by a beekeeper, honeycomb tasting 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: eposen@nevehshalom.org.


Special 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Learning Experiences
Friday, September 22 | FREE
10:00am Mel Berwin: Ten Texts on Teshuva
11:00am Rabbi David Kosak: Turning Our Hearts: the Parent-Child Relationship
12:00pm Rabbi Eve Posen: Dedication of the New Year


Cider Tasting for Young Professionals
Friday, September 22, 5:15-6:15pm, Atrium | Free
Mix and mingle before Friday night Shabbat services with a nosh and delicious hard cider. We’ll have hard cider samples from around Portland and food to bring in the New Year!  Contact eposen@nevehshalom.org.


Shomrei Teva Old-Growth Tashlich Hike at Oxbow Park
Sunday, September 24th, 9:30am-2:30pm | Free
Join Shomrei Teva for our annual Tashlich hike at Oxbow Park.  We’ll hike in an old growth forest, learn and use Jewish nature prayers, have an enjoyable picnic, and cap it off with a special Tashlich service on the banks of the beautiful Sandy River.  Meet at Neveh Shalom at 9:30am or at Oxbow at 10:30am.  Dress for the weather and bring a simple picnic lunch. RSVP requested: Jordan Epstein, yaakovm@comcast.net, 503-245-6580. Family friendly!


Special Yom Kippur Alternative Torah Experience – Entering the Holy of Holies: Storytelling and the High Priest
Saturday, September 30, 10:00am, Room 101 | FREE
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 all except very young children, will set intention as we enter our own individual “holy of holies” on this most sacred of days.


Soup, Cider and Learning in the Sukkah
Thursday, October 5, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Join us for a casual night of conversation and learning as we delve into the notion of “Ushpizin,” the welcomed visitors in our sukkah. No Hebrew or text experience required. There will be soup, salad, dessert, and a cider tasting. Come alone or with a friend – it will be warming for the soul and belly! Please RSVP by 10/3/17: lwoloshin@nevehshalom.org, 503.246.8831. *Please note that the Women’s Sukkah Gathering on 10/10 has been canceled and combined with this event. All genders are welcome.


The Simcha of Seven: Seven Decades of Israel:
An Erev Simchat Torah Celebration
Thursday, October 12
6:00pm Dinner | 7:00pm Service
Join us as we celebrate Israel’s 70th Anniversary and the Simcha of Seven for Simchat Torah. 6pm, delicious Israeli dinner. RSVP at: tinyurl.com/simchat5778. 7pm, Ma’ariv service & Hakafot with a live band. The service and snacks are free and open to all. Families are welcome!