›› 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.
Bob's 5775 series on Siddur Study was so well-received that we are continuing it for 5776! Classes will be once a month on a Sunday, 2:30-4 pm. Last year, we focused on the Sh'ma and its blessings; this year's focus is the weekday Amidah.
No knowledge of the prayer book or of Hebrew is required, and classes are open to new students as well as returning students. The purpose of the class is to gain an understanding of the multiple meanings behind each prayer, enriching our davenen (praying) experience and empowering us to pray more independently.
This is a class suitable for people who have davvened (prayed) for years as well as for those who have trouble connecting with the prayer book. We study multiple commentaries on each prayer and blessing -- addressing challenges in translation into English, various theological perspectives, a context from Medieval history, Halacha of prayer, Kabbalistic interpretations, and both Orthodox and liberal interpretations.
Next class: Sunday, Jan 17, 2:30-4 pm.
Each Adult Ed session is free for members, $10 for nonmembers.
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No services planned for Nov 27-28.
No services planned for Dec 4-5. Next scheduled Shabbat service is Saturday, Dec 12, with Bob Lowe and Lisa Lieberman.
Before that, though, we have our Chanukah party on Sunday, Dec 6 (first night of Chanukah), a combined celebration with Mikdash Portland! The first part of the party, hosted by Mikdash, will be 4-6 pm at Tryon Life Community Farm for sauna and storytelling, and then we'll move over to St Mark for the second part, hosted by P'nai Or, with a potluck, stories, songs, dessert, and a rockin' dreidel game (bring your gelt--we're playing for money!), plus entertainment by our teen group and some things to buy for the rest of the days of Chanukah.
The shuk is open.
Abraham's Tent Interfaith Day Camp 2012