›› Welcome to P'nai Or
Our joyous worship is infused with singing, chanting, and dance. We “pray with our feet” through tikkun olam (social justice) partnerships within and beyond our local community. We dive deeply into Torah, learning from Chassidic masters as well as other wisdom traditions. And we celebrate the divine image reflected in the rich tapestry of individuals and families – LGBT, Interfaith, Jews by Birth, and Jews by Choice – who journey with us.
P'nai Or means 'Faces of Light' in Hebrew.
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Simcha School, our religious education program for kids in preschool through pre-b'nai mitzvah, meets 2 Saturdays and 1 Sunday per month. The 5774 school year started Oct 5.
Each session begins with davvening (praying) and singing all together before breaking into separate classes for time with teachers and peers. Sundays include Israeli folk dancing. It's not too late to register! Contact our education director, Deanna Cohen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's theme is Midrash Mania! Let's journey together through a communal exploration of traditional and modern midrashim-the stories and analyses of Torah that flesh out, inform, inspire and sometimes shock us into higher levels of spiritual understanding and awareness.
Every month we'll study 5-8 midrashim on the Torah portion of that week, unpacking their significance for our lives, our relationships, our spiritual practice and more. In each class we'll also have the opportunity to create our own midrashim.
The class will meet you exactly where you are, whether this is your first exploration of midrash or you've been drinking from the well for decades. Bring your heart, soul, mind, curiosity and creativity and together we will swim in the moods, motifs, metaphors and sometimes mishegas of our glorious tradition!
Adult Ed meets once a month on a Tuesday evening. (Next class is Tuesday, March 18, 7-8:30 pm.) Free for members; $10 per class for non-members. All are welcome.
Sunday, April 6, 5:30 pm, Mt. Park Rec. Center in Lake Oswego; $24 for adults, $8 for 18 or younger
Join us for an evening of food, fun, and fabulous items for auction!
How, you might ask, was Chelm created? The truest answer to that question, they say, is that Chelm, the most famous town in Jewish folklore, came into being when the Lord sent an angel with a sack of foolish souls to distribute across the entire world, and the angel tripped and spilled them all in the same place.
That, we are told, is how we were given a town with sages so wise they captured the moon by shutting its reflection in a barrel of water, so Talmudically adept at outsmarting logic itself that they carried each other on their shoulders to avoid leaving footprints in newly fallen snow.
So join us on April 6th to hear more fabulous stories that Batya Podos and her actors will perform inspired from the shtetl of Chelm where the wise are foolish and the foolish are wise. For those of you who have wisely saved your shekels, we offer you the opportunity to invest these in fabulous vacation packages, restaurants, parties, and services. And for the wisest of all we give you a chance to take home nothing at all in our Mitzvah Moment other than a boost of dopamine to your brain and a loving heart.
The shuk is open.
Abraham's Tent Interfaith Day Camp 2012