May 27: Weekly Wednesday looks at role of clergy during pandemic
Weekly Wednesday Updates were created to keep our community informed of how COVID-19 is affecting all of us.
Today, May 27, at 4 pm Rabbi Eve Posen and Rabbi Ariel Stone will discuss Our Jewish Community: Pre, During and Post Pandemic: What is the role of clergy to help guide a community during uncharted spiritual times?
This series was created to help the community collaborate and use resources to help the community stronger. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland has joined community leaders to ensure that when the pandemic ends, the community is prepared to move forward.
Sign up for this Zoom webinar at jewishportland.org/covid-19-conversation-with-clergy-wrabbi-even-posen-and-rabbi-ariel-stone.
On June 3 at 4 pm, Weekly Wednesday explores: What Does Reopening Look Like for the Jewish Community?
Hear from Matthew Green, senior policy advisor for Oregon Health Authority; and Jackie Yerbie, deputy health policy advisor for Governor Kate Brown.
Register for this Zoom event at: https://www.jewishportland.org/covid-19-what-does-reopening-look-like-for-the-jewish-community
Find Weekly Wednesday archives and upcoming webinars on the Events tab at jewishportland.org.
May 28: Jewish Renewal congregations collaborate for tikkun leil Shavuot
Havurah Shir Hadash and P’nai Or of Portland present a virtual evening “A Jewish Renewal Tikkun Leil Shavuot: An Evening of Teaching, Songs, Prayers and Revelation,” Thursday, May 28, 7:30 pm. (This program is included in the Oregon Board of Rabbis learning sessions; see story previous page.)
From 7:30 to 9 pm, Rabbi Hannah Laner and Rabbi David Zaslow, with Hazzan Baruch Morris, Hazzan Randal Miller and Rabbi Sue Morningstar present the Renewal programming.
The Zoom program continues 9-10 pm with Rabbi Emanuel Ben-David speaking on “The Ten Commandments: Two Tablets, Two Versions.” Rabbi Ben David compares the two versions of the Ten Commandments in the Torah: What are the changes? What did those who redacted the Torah mean when they made these changes? How many commandments are there? Which one is the first? Rabbi Emanuel says, “We’ll try to answer a few of these questions and probably leave with many unresolved new ones.”
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May 31-June 1: College students, grads, alumni invited to "Virtual Career Expo"
On May 31 and June 1, Hillel International and Masa Israel Journey will host "What’s Next, a Virtual Career Expo" for current college students and young alumni featuring full-time job opportunities, internships and graduate school programs.
Participants will have the opportunity to chat with recruiters and visit virtual booths hosted by more than 50 companies, nonprofits and graduate school programs, including organizations like LinkedIn and Unum insurance.
Registration is free, and open to all current college students, recent graduates and alumni.
For details or to register, visit: masaisrael.easyvirtualfair.com
May 31: Webinar explores FamilySearch
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon hosts Accredited Genealogist Todd Knowles for a webinar on “Making the Most of FamilySearch for Jewish Research,” 10:30 am-12:30 pm, May 31.
The FamilySearch Web site (familysearch.org) holds more than 6 billion records worldwide, making it the largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources in the world. In this presentation, Todd will guide us through the FamilySearch site with an emphasis on finding our Jewish families. We will also learn how to use the Knowles Collection, six databases that contain the records of more than 1.4 million Jewish people. These databases are “The Jews of the British Isles,” “The Jews of Europe,” “The Jews of North America,” “The Jews of South America and the Caribbean,” “The Jews of the Pacific Islands,” and “The Jews of Africa, Middle East, and the Orient.”
This virtual presentation is free. For more information, email JGSOregon@gmail.com. Register at
June 3: Peace advocate Yousef Bashir
Join Yousef Bashir on Zoom at 5:30 pm, June 3, as he recalls his adolescence in Gaza during the Second Intifada, and how he made a strong commitment to peace in the face of devastating brutality in this moving, candid and transformative memoir that reminds us of the importance of looking beyond prejudice, anger and fear.
Yousef Bashir, a Palestinian-American from the Gaza Strip, is the son of Khalil Bashir, a highly respected educator. Yousef earned a B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University and an M.A. in Co-existence and Conflict from Brandeis University. Now living in Washington, D.C., Yousef has worked on Capitol Hill and served as a member of the Palestinian Diplomatic Delegation to the United States. Yousef is an accomplished author, a vigorous advocate of Israeli-Palestinian peace and a much sought-after public speaker.
The event is co-sponsored by Israel360, Mittleman Jewish Community Center and PDX Hillel. For the Zoom link, register at www.oregonjcc.org/arts-culture/upcoming-events/author-yousef-bashir
June 12: Pride Unity Shabbat
Light candles and celebrate Pride at 8 pm, June 12, for a virtual Unity Shabbat hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.
Join your LGBTQ+ and ally community for a Shabbat candle lighting celebration of
love and acceptance in recognition of Pride month!
We plan to end the call by 8:30 pm so people who observe Shabbat free of electronics are able to maintain their observance and still participate.
Registration is required; password will be sent after registering at: jewishportland.org/community-unity-shabbat-pride-edition.