Congregation Neveh Shalom and the Suher Family would be honored to have you join us for:

The 4th Annual Yoni Suher (z”l) Scholar-in-Residence with Rabbi Elana Zaiman

November 6-10, 2019

Schedule of Events

Navigating the Teen Years: Opening the Door to Conversation and Connection

Wed, November 6, 6pm Dinner, 7pm Program
Teens, parents, and grandparents, using texts and stories, will explore how to create greater connection during these years and beyond.

Connecting in These Times of Political and Social Unrest

Fri, November 8, 7:15pm Dinner & Talk
What we are feeling is real and we are not alone. Through stories and teachings, Rabbi Zaiman helps us to better connect with ourselves and with the ones we love.

What Makes a Forever Letter Resonate

Sat, November 9, 12:15pm Lunch & Study
Sharing values, wisdom, and experiences from medieval times to today, Rabbi Zaiman will look at excerpts of letters as templates for creating Forever Letters of our own.

The Forever Letter Writing Experience

Sun, November 10, 9am Brunch & Talk
Connect with ourselves and those we love, as we learn to share our stories and write as we would like to be heard. You don’t have to be a writer. You don’t have to love to write or know who you are writing to. Show up and be yourselves. Bring your favorite pad, pen, or notebook, and we will provide brunch.

Complimentary meals are provided at each talk with RSVP.

Questions or trouble with the RSVP? Contact:, 503.246.8831.

Seating is limited.

All talks will be held at:
Congregation Neveh Shalom’s Birnbach Hall
2900 SW Peaceful Lane | Portland, OR

Yonatan “Yoni” Suher, z”l
(March 16, 1976 – March 19, 2016)

Yoni Suher was tragically killed in March 2016 in a suicide bombing in central Istanbul, Turkey. Suher was on vacation with his wife, Inbal, celebrating his 40th birthday. The attack killed three Israelis and injured 11 more including Inbal, who underwent emergency surgery in Turkey and then in Israel. Inbal has since improved and is able to resume many of her previous activities.

Yoni had deep roots here at Neveh Shalom. Yoni’s father, Randy Suher, was a member of Neveh Shalom, and his grandmother, Ethel Katz (Suher) Briller, was a beloved longtime director of our Foundation School. Yoni was born into our CNS community before the family moved to Israel when he was one.

Yoni was the father of Goni (13) and Uri (10), son of Randy and Yael Suher, nephew of CNS member Brian (Barbara Atlas) Suher, and grandson of the late Ted Suher (z”l), a past president of Neveh Shalom in the late 1960s.

About Rabbi Elana Zaiman

Rabbi Elana Zaiman, the author of The Forever Letter is the first woman Rabbi from a family spanning six generations of Rabbis. She’s also a chaplain and travels throughout the US and Canada as a Scholar-in-Residence, speaker and workshop facilitator.

Through empowering stories, sample letters and writing tips, Rabbi Zaiman serves as our guide on a journey into Forever Letters, what they are, why write them, and how they can deepen, heal and uplift our relationships.

Elana lives with her husband and son in Seattle.

“More than any time in our recent history, it’s critically important for families to come together and share their love and support of one another. Elana Zaiman’s The Forever Letter offers tools, guidelines, and examples for grandparents and parents to share their love, respect, and values with the next generation.”
–Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul


This event, including all meals, is underwritten by the Stan and Ethel Katz Briller Jewish Education Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and the Yoni Suher Fund of Congregation Neveh Shalom.

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