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every new moon

well circle pdx

wellness | reocurring

Well Circle PDX

Monthly around Rosh Chodesh

Every month we gather around the new moon and the beginning of the new month in the Hebrew calendar. With a rotating leadership model, we bring in journaling, mediation, discussion, and other rituals/activities to celebrate and discover the themes and meaning of the month in our own lives. We focus on introspection, wellness, community, and Jewish feminist spiritual learning.

past events

celebrate purim

alberta shul purim party

holiday

Bring in the month of Adar with Shabbat, Journaling, and Discussion

Thursday, february 25, 6:30 pm

Join the Alberta Shul for a Virtual Erev Purim!

Our vision for the celebration is to stage a dramatic reading of a choice Purim Spiel with you on Zoom, complete with instructions for crafting homemade groggers!

We would love volunteers for this event! If you would like to suggest a spiel for us to read, sign up as a reader/actor, or help us facilitate the event, please drop us a line!

Register for Erev Purim Here

tend to the land

native gathering garden

service

Volunteer at the Native Gathering Garden

sunday, february 21, 1-4 pm

We have been kindly invited to observe Tu B’Shevat (and now Purim) for a second year by volunteering at the Portland Native Gathering Garden at Cully Park! Because the garden is closed until the end of January our observance will be slightly belated, but worth the wait. We’ll meet at the garden to briefly discuss the relationship between Tu B’Shevat, Purim and decolonization-focused racial justice work, and volunteer to tend the garden with members of Portland’s Indigenous community.
 
How to sign upRSVP by Thursday, February 19th to attend! To RSVP, email Native Gathering Garden coordinator Nichole Bruno at Nichole.Bruno@portlandoregon.gov, and include your name, age (child or adult), email address, and phone number. Please CC: Sahar on your RSVP at lemonbalm1990@gmail.com.
 
What to bringA mask, warm & waterproof clothes, and (if you have them) gardening tools & gloves. The garden also has tools people can use, but bringing your own is best.
 
Where: Cully Park, 5810 NE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220. Click here for more info about the garden!
 
AccessibilityAll ages and abilities welcome & the garden is wheelchair-accessible! It’s ok if you can’t do manual labor — the garden tenders encourage people to come just to be with the land

song circle

Adar & Song

singing

Singing Circle for Rosh Chodesh Adar

Saturday, february 13, 2 pm

Join Sahar, Caryn, Ellie, and Rae for group singing! We have been running this circle (outdoors with masks and social distancing) for the last three months and it’s been feeling so great — please come join us!! Location TBD closer to the date depending on the weather; contact Sahar at lemonbalm1990@gmail.com for location updates and to RSVP so we can have a headcount.

rosh chodesh adar

shabbat, journaling, & discussion

self reflection

Bring in the month of Adar with Shabbat, Journaling, and Discussion

friday, february 12, 6:30 pm

The month of Adar is nearly upon us! Adar is characterized by the sign of Pisces, or the fish: dagim in Hebrew. Representing spiritual fluidity, transcendence, and protection (among many other things), fish and water are highly sacred symbols in Judaism and I can’t wait to explore their significance with you! We’ll also learn more about Shabbat Shekalim, Purim, and the holiday’s heroine Esther. If you’d like to see a preview of the prompts, please email us!

Join by Computer  | Join by Phone | Zoom Passcode: adar

creating a giving plan

interactive workshop

tzedekah

Tzedekah Giving Plan Workshop

sunday, february 7, 4 pm | on Zoom

Join Yasha & Colleen for an interactive workshop and discussion on building plans for moving resources rooted in the foundational Jewish value of tzedakah. We will utilize Jewish stories and texts to help define intentional goals to create and implement your own personal giving plan. From a police and prison abolitionist perspective we will focus on mutual aid giving strategies centering Black and Indigenous led organizing.

All are welcome, whether you are creating your first giving plan or interested in updating and refining what you already have. The majority of time will be dedicated to working on your plan with the support of resources and peers.

Please RSVP by emailing us (colleenpdixon@gmail.com and yasha.annah@gmail.com) by Friday February 5th. We will send out a confirmation email with the workshop link the morning of the workshop.

human connection through song

song circle

Singing

Shabbat Shira Sing

Saturday, January 30th

Join Sahar, Caryn, Ellie, and Rae for group singing! A small, masked, and distanced outdoors gathering of Jews singing in celebration of Shabbat Shira.

discussion and food

hummus-making workshop

activism

Jewish Bloc at MLK March

monday, January 18th

Let’s get a strong Jewish presence at Don’t Shoot PDX’s 7th Annual MLK Day event. Join Caryn, Lyra, and Taylor in marching  and plugging into Jewish activism.

discussion and food

hummus-making workshop

cooking

Hummus with Herschel

sunday, January 3rd, 7:30 pm | on Zoom

Join us for a friendly discussion of the recent graffiti and vandalism of the PDX Israeli-inspired restaurants. While we talk, improve your cooking skills by making tahini, hummus, and/or pita in your own oven. Themes of antisemitism, Zionism, cultural appropriation, and activism on the left will all be brought up.

critical resistance pdx collab

#write them all campaign

action

Prison Letter Writing Night

Sundays in january @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm; on Zoom

Let’s gather to help Critical Resistance PDX finish their #WriteThemAll campaign, with TischPDX & Bend the Arc. (more info at instagram.com/criticalresistancepdx). Join us for our *7th Sunday in a row of Jewish letter writing*. As of the most recent count we have mailed **85 letters** from these Jewish write nights! We are meeting every Sunday in January, and who knows how many letters we can write!

Before the event, make sure you have (we can help you acquire and/or fund these things!)
-Envelopes
-Stamps
-Non-smudged, non-wrinkled paper & non-smudging pens
-Printout of resource sheet (either 2 sided or 2 pages) linked below

We will provide the addresses to write to during the event.
Here is the sheet to print **ahead of time!**
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19afjrQjIqgdstr0B8b-5_IL0O4Ft-biX/view
For **during the event** here is the template for letter writing and guidelines, which we will go over together when we gather:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O3f7YNAC6_lLCE2RYmFcpW5uwFsO3rzhQfcILSIHAqk/edit

ballot happy hour

Learn. Socialize. Vote.

Politics

Ciders and Change II: A Virtual Ballot Party

sunday, october 25th, 6 pm | on Zoom

I’m not going to sugarcoat this: Democracy is important. Probably more important than when we gathered 2 years ago.

But I get it, if you’re overwhelmed by doom scrolling and feel like you’re not getting exposed to all the issues, ballots can be daunting. So to make sure more people vote, I’m hosting a virtual ballot happy hour with enough time to still early vote. All you gotta do is this:

1. Register for the event, especially noting your favorite cider flavor profiles. Non-alcoholic is always an option!

2. If you feel comfortable, I will personally deliver a mystery cider to your house day-of. Your cider will be dropped off by someone masked, gloved, and extra sanitized between deliveries.

3. Join us on Zoom to learn and fill out our ballots together, discuss down-ballot candidates, local initiatives. Even if you’ve already voted, you are welcome to join and drink a cider with us to celebrate the democratic process. This is by no means an exclusive event, so invite whoever you want to virtually bring to the polls! EVENT is FREE but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

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