›› 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.
Simcha School, our religious education program for kids in preschool through pre-b'nai mitzvah, meets 2 Saturdays per month. The 5775 season began with a special gathering in our sukkah in October. But it's not too late to join!
Each session begins with davvening (praying) and singing all together before breaking into separate classes for time with teachers and peers. For more information, contact Batya Podos at email@example.com.
Our 5775 Adult Ed classes are under way. Classes are all standalone, so come to as few or as many as can fit into your schedule.
We will have two Adult Education courses taught by experienced members this year. Both classes will be held on the 3rd Sunday of each month (unless otherwise noted) and continue into the summer. Melissa Carpenter’s class on “Magic Words in the Torah” (study and discussion of different meanings of a key word), will be from 2:00 to 3:30, and Bob Lowe’s class on “Siddur Study” (history and meanings of prayers in the Shema section of the morning service), will be from 4:00 to 5:30. Next classes: Sunday, May 3 (Bob's class) and Sunday, May 17 (Melissa's class).
Every P’nai Or member is welcome to attend any of these classes at no charge. Nonmembers are also welcome, and will be charged $10 per class session.
In addition to these Adult Ed offerings, Betty Esthelle is offering a Shabbat Enrichment series on "Being a Mystic in a Scientific World" which meets after services one Saturday per month. Next session: Saturday, April 25.
See our online calendar for the specific dates and topics of each Adult Ed class session and Shabbat Enrichment session.
Check out our Calendar, or refer to your "Calendar" and "Announcements" mailings for the most up-to-date listing of services, classes, and events. If you're not receiving our weekly announcement emails and would like to, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request to subscribe to "Announcements."
Rabbi Mark Novak and his wife, Renée Brachfeld, are master storytellers, musicians, and entertainers. Join this dynamic duo for their weekend with P'nai Or of Portland:
Friday, April 17, 7:30 pm at P'nai Or: Kabbalat Shabbat service
Saturday, April 18, 10 am at P'nai Or: Torah service, followed by a sumptuous lunch
Saturday, April 18, 7 pm AT TABOR SPACE (5441 SE Belmont): "Honey From the Rock: A Joyous Evening of Story, Song and Amazing Juggling Feats" (info and tickets at: http://jewishstorytelling.brownpapertickets.com -- suggested donation $18, more if you can, less if you can't)
Sunday, April 19, 2-4 pm at P'nai Or: Meet-and-Greet and Adult Ed class on "Do We Mean What We Pray?" (free for members, $10 for nonmembers)
Please join us for Shabbat Tazria-Metzora on Saturday, April 25, at 10:00 am with Cathy Zheutlin and Rivkah Coburn.
The shuk is open.
Abraham's Tent Interfaith Day Camp 2012