Congregation Shaarie Torah, in partnership with Congregations Neveh Shalom, Beth Israel and P’nai Or of Portland, is pleased to bring Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi, to Portland for a weekend of learning, chanting and ecstatic Jewish prayer. Rabbi Hahn is a well-respected Jewish leader who tours the country regularly, sharing his unique programs. This weekend is a special opportunity for the whole Portland community to come together.
“In every generation Jews have experimented with new forms for Jewish prayer and new ideas,” shares Congregation Shaarie Torah’s Rabbi Josh Rose. “In our time it is no different and I see Rabbi Hahn as part of that continual process of Jewish experimentation, development and growth. In some ways of course the kind of work that Rabbi Hahn is doing is cutting edge, exciting and new. But it is also ancient, part of a long tradition of stirring ourselves to pray with passion, with kavanah. The Torah, the Talmud, the records of the Hasidic masters, all these make clear that there has been an ongoing process of creating new forms and practices to express prayer with the deepest feeling. I can’t overstate the importance of tuning in to this kind of feeling in Jewish prayer, and I’m grateful that Rabbi Hahn is guiding those interested in exploring this way. “
The main event of the weekend is the Kirtan Concert on Saturday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.
Congregation Shaarie Torah Presents: Kirtan Rabbi In Concert
Saturday, January 31 at 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30 p.m.)
920 NW 25th Ave, Portland
$18 suggested donation.
More if you can, less if you can’t. No one turned away.
Kirtan Rabbi Full Weekend Schedule: January 30 - February 1
Friday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Kabbalat Shabbat & Dinner at Shaarie Torah
Rabbi Hahn will co-lead the Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Rabbi Josh Rose. Afterwards Congregation Beth Israel will join Shaarie Torah for dinner with a joint talk by Rabbi Rose (CST) and Rabbi Cahana (CBI). Standard Shabbat dinner costs apply. Please contact Shaarie Torah for more information
Saturday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m.
Rabbi Hahn will be at P'nai Or
Saturday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Kirtan Concert at Shaarie Torah (Main Event)
Sunday, February 1 from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Kinder-Kirtan at Neveh Shalom – Appropriate for grades k-6, free and open to the public
Rabbi Hahn will be at Congregation Neveh Shalom’s Stampfer Chapel to lead our community’s kids in a ‘Kinder-Kirtan.’ He will introduce some call-and-response chants in Hebrew and tell a story. This is an engaging, new and exciting program for kids – and a new way to approach prayer in Hebrew. Come join us for this program – no RSVP necessary.
***About Jewish Kirtan***
The practice of Kirtan originated in India. Its intention was to bring sacred chanting out of the temple precincts and into the streets for everyone to experience. Its form is nearly always in the call-and-response format. Rabbi Hahn himself characterizes Hebrew Kirtan as, “fully participatory call-and-response chant where short, sacred phrases from the Jewish tradition are treated as powerful, universal meditations. It is at once contemplative, ecstatic, and ...simply fun.” Kirtan is particularly suited to these times, when so many people are seeking to participate in uplifting, communal experiences. At a Kirtan Rabbi event, the room becomes filled with singing, dancing, and exalted communal feeling.
***About Kirtan Rabbi***
Kirtan Rabbi (Andrew Hahn) is one of a new breed of cutting-edge, artist-rabbis whose joyful music and teachings address the deepest longings of the 21st century. He unites celebration of Torah and song in a way that allows people of all ages (and faiths) to discover renewed energy within their Jewish or spiritual practice. A long time martial arts instructor with a doctorate in Jewish philosophy, Rabbi Hahn laces his simple, alluring chants with meditation techniques and traditional learning.
Kirtan Rabbi visits synagogues, JCCs, college campuses and yoga centers internationally and has been in-residence at Shabbatonim, multi-day retreats and West Coast festivals. He is equally at home singing with a small circle, co-leading a Kabbalat Shabbat service, or bringing a full-on, rocking concert to the big stage.
Rabbi Hahn received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and earned a Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary, both in New York City.
He has two musical CDs: Kirtan Rabbi: Live!, recorded at New York’s fabled Congregation B’nai Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, “sets the standard in Hebrew Kirtan” (Chant Artist David Newman); the recently released, studio production, Achat Sha'alti (one thing I seek) is “inspiring from start to finish....Exquisitely simple in its message of love, longing and celebration” (Rabbi Shefa Gold).
***About Congregation Shaarie Torah***
Shaarie Torah is an inclusive, multi-generational Conservative synagogue, nestled in the heart of Northwest Portland. This warm and welcoming Jewish community has a 108-year history, which looks to the future by balancing contemporary and traditional Judaism. They strive to ensure that every voice is heard and that every member is counted. The Shaarie Torah community offers extensive programming and activities that work to foster Jewish values of social justice through: Torah / Learning, Avodah / Service, and Loving Kindness.
P’nai Or of Portland, Congregation Beth Israel and Congregation Neveh Shalom
***Contact and More Information***
Congregation Shaarie Torah
920 NW 25th Avenue, Portland, OR 97210