Despite the limitations of a worldwide pandemic, many congregations and organizations have planned events, mitzvah opportunities and services to celebrate and observe the High Holy Days in 2020. For a calendar of local services and events, see jewishportland.org/high-holy-days. Following are two you can check out.
Aid hungry and homeless on Mitzvah Morning Sept. 27
Add meaning to your Yom Kippur by helping the hungry and the houseless. Portland Jewish Academy, Eastside Jewish Commons and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland are sponsoring a Mitzvah Morning on erev Yom Kippur, Sunday, Sept. 27, from 10 am to noon. Make meal sacks for low-income children and their families or donate unused, travel-sized toiletries and/or new underwear (any gender and size).
You will assemble and collect these items in your home and do a socially distant, drive-through drop-off in either Southwest or Southeast Portland.
You must complete the sign up form to select drop-off location and what you are bringing by Sept. 23. Learn more and register at: jewishportland.org/mitzvahmorning.
For more information, contact JFGP Director of Community Planning Caron Blau Rothstein, firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-245-6449; or PJA Service Learning Coordinator Elana Cohn-Rozansky, email@example.com.
BB Camp hosts Rosh Hashanah fall family kickoff
B’nai B’rith Camp will host four sessions of its Rosh Hashanah Fall Family Kickoff on Sept. 20. Bring in a sweet New Year and kick off a year full of BB Camp fun with an hour of crafts, games, and apples and honey. Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and reunite with BB Camp friends and counselors, get involved with the BB Camp community, and enjoy the beginning of a year full of meaningful BB Camp programming.
Due to COVID-19, every participant will be screened on arrival with a temperature check and verbal questions regarding symptoms relating to COVID-19. Everyone over the age of 4 is required to wear a face mask/covering, and social distancing is required.
Multiple program time slots with a limit of 50 people per event will enable adherence to state gathering capacity guidelines.
For the convenience of families, a westside and eastside location will each offer two time slots.
Portland Westside events will be at Custer Park, SW 21st Avenue and Capitol Hill Road, 11 am-noon and 1-2 pm.
Portland Eastside events will be at Grant Park, NE 33rd Avenue and US Grant Place, at 3:30-4:30 pm and 5:30-6:30 pm.
Cost is $18 per family. Register at: bbcamp.org/fall2020