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Activities at P’nai Or for 2018 

Tikkun Olam Committee – The Jewish people have a tradition of working for social and economic justice, political change, ecological renewal, peaceful coexistence, and human rights, as signified by the Hebrew term Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). The members of P’nai Or are also involved in their own personal/spiritual growth. The Tikkun Olam Committee of P’nai Or brings together principles of social justice and political conviction with their spiritual practices in order to contribute to healing, repairing, and transforming the world, beginning with their own community.  The Tikkun Olam committee meets monthly.  Contact Hilda Welch to participate or for more information:
Chantlings  - The P’nai Or Chant Group is known as the Chantlings. While primarily focused on chants written by Rabbi Shefa Gold, the Chantlings also draw from other chant leaders and some of Linda Zahavi’s niggunim. They are accompanied by shruti with occasional light drumming and movement. The emphasis is on meditation and prayer through chant, rather than performance. However, the Chantlings also lead chants at some P’nai Or services, interfaith events, and rituals. The Chantlings usually meet on the 4th Sunday of each month. To participate, or for more information, contact Zahavi (her preferred name) at or 503-231-8895.
P’nai Or Zingers (Choir) - The P’nai Or choir is known as the Zingers. Their function is to lead the kahal (congregation) in song and prayer. The Zingers sing arrangements of congregational melodies, and the kahal is always invited to sing with them. Their sources include traditional Sephardi and Mizrachi (Middle Eastern) melodies as well as modern Jewish American folk melodies by Shlomo Carlebach, Nathan & Joseph Segal, Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin, a smattering of Debbie Friedman, and of course, songs by P’nai Or’s own Aryeh Hirschfield (zt’l).  The Zingers are most active at High Holy Days, but also sing at other special events throughout the year. The Zingers (and Chantlings) often serve as the core musical leadership for our special "Israeli-Style" Kabbalat Shabbats.  To participate, or for more information, contact Baruch Morris at or 503-206-4623
Kabbalah Study - Currently, the group is studying the teachings of Rabbi Isaac Luria of Safed.  They meet the last Sunday of the month at a private home near St. Mark’s. Contact John McManus at or 503-891-1711.
Religious Life Committee – This committee is not open, but for more information on the work of the committee, contact Zmira Lovejoy at
Overview of the Siddur – For those interested in learning more about our prayer book, Bob Lowe teaches a 45-60-minute overview of the Siddur, discussing the flow of the Shabbat service and the meanings of the prayers.  Open to all who are interested, but especially new and prospective members.  A Siddur class will be scheduled when a sufficient number of people have expressed their interest.  To request the class, contact Zmira Lovejoy at, then watch the P’nai Or Weekly Announcements for class date and time.
Rosh Chodesh Women's Group – The Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group provides an opportunity for P'nai Or women to gather together around the time of the new moon to explore the intersection of women's issues and Judaism.  We begin with an opening prayer and introductions, followed by a discussion of the month's theme and a vegetarian potluck.  Watch the P’nai Or Weekly Announcements for meeting dates and locations.  RSVPs are kindly requested. For more information, contact Lynn Taylor at, Diane Lund-Muzikant at 503-869-7225, or Janet Grubel at
Men’s Group – The P’nai Or Men’s Group focuses on men’s issues and spiritual life.  For more information, contact Mark Nedleman at or 503-803-2768.
Bikkur Cholim/Visiting the Sick – Bikkur Cholim refers to the mitzvah of visiting and extending aid to the sick. It is considered an aspect of gemilut chasadim (benevolence, selflessness, loving-kindness). For more information, or to participate, contact Joan Glebow at 503-680-3756.
Community Food Program – The P’nai Or Community Food Program purchases food from a local organic farm and makes it available at P’nai Or services to congregation members in need. Contact Milt Markewitz for more information:
Interfaith Activities – The Interfaith work in Portland intensified significantly after 9/11 with a new focus on mutual understanding, support and activism.  P’nai Or is an active member of the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and social action and climate change organizations throughout the region. For more information, or to participate, contact Milt Markewitz: