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Shabbat and Holidays

High Holy Days
Please celebrate High Holy Days at P'nai Or. Services will be led by Rabbi Goldie Milgram and Chazan Bruce Morris​. No charge for seats. Rabbi Goldie Milgram is best known as the "rebbe-on-the-road," for her travels world-wide as a seeker and teacher of Torah and Jewish spiritual practices. "She helps us to bring heart and soul to our involvement in Jewish life." --Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi​
Erev Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, Sept 20, 6:30 p.m. at Unity of Portland
Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Thursday, Sept 21, 10 a.m. at Unity of Portland
Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Friday, Sept 22, 10 a.m. at St. Mark
Tashlich and Erev Shabbat Potluck Picnic: Friday, Sept 22, 5 p.m. at George Rogers Park
Erev Yom Kippur: Friday, Sept 29, 6:30 p.m. at Unity of Portland
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept 30, 10 a.m. at Unity of Portland
High Holy Day Services will be led by Rabbi Goldie Milgram and Chazan Bruce Morris
    Unity of Portland, 4525 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
    St. Mark, 9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR 97219
    George Rogers Park, 611 S State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
P’nai Or celebrates Shabbat in many styles, including chanting, singing, live music, movement & meditation, storytelling, in-home Kabbalat Shabbat potlucks, family services, and more. Sometimes we meet on Friday nights, and sometimes we meet on Saturday mornings.
We typically meet for Shabbat once or twice a month. Check our calendar to see which days we're meeting.
On Friday nights, Kabbalat Shabbat services start at 7:30 pm. Our member leaders or guest rabbis guide us as we welcome Shabbat with services ranging from contemplative to ecstatic. We may start by singing niggunim (wordless melodies) and song and then gather at the front of the sanctuary to light candles together. Liturgy is woven with chant, music, and sometimes meditation, as we savor the sweetness of Shabbat.
On Saturdays, Shabbat morning services start at 10 am. Our leaders guide us with an abundance of songs, a Torah service, words of insight, and sometimes a story to touch the heart.
Depending on the kavannah (intention) of the leader in relation to the parsha (Torah portion), any Shabbat service at P’nai Or may be contemplative or exuberant, a cappella or with the rich music of our band. A maggidah (storyteller) may bring to life a rabbinic tale, or our youth may dive into Torah with a bibliodrama. While staying true to the beautiful structure of classic liturgy, we explore new and forgotten expressions of prayer -– perhaps chanting a single line of a Psalm to allow its meaning to seep into our core, or using our whole body to express the gratitude of the Morning Blessings.