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Urban Jews PDX Meetup Group Message Board › Passover Community Seder Options!

Passover Community Seder Options!

Sarah L.
Portland, OR
Post #: 21
Community Passover Seder Options

Want to celebrate passover in community? Here is a list of Community Seders in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver/SW Washington listed loosely from most liberal to most traditional. I would encourage you to call or email soon since sometimes seders can fill up.

Kol Ami in Vancouver

Sunday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. (2nd night of Passover)

First Congregational Church (1220 NE 68th Street, Vancouver)

CKA's semi-annual food drive runs from April 4?20. Bring your nonperishable items to the Seder or to any activities at the Learning Center any time KALC is open! This year the food drive is coordinated by MIB (the Mitzvah Intelligence Bunch). Thanks middle schoolers!

Member ($22.25) Non-member ($32.00) Member Child ($10.50) Non-member Child ($15.50) Child care ($4)CKA Seder 5768. Reservation deadline is April 11. Check the box that applies for each attendee.
(Note: all prices include 3% to Mazon: the Jewish Response to Hunger.)

(After April 16: no refunds for cancellations.)
Make your check payable to "Congregation Kol Ami Seder"

Mail reservation form and payment to:
Kol Ami Learning Center
1006-B NE 146th Street, Vancouver, WA 98665
Contact Lauren (lauren[at] or 896-8088) with any questions or financial issues.

Beit Haverim Community Seder

Sunday, April 20th with registration at 5:30, Seder from 6 to 9 p.m.
Monarch Hotel in Clackamas.

This is a family friendly Seder, led by Rabbi Koch. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Beit Haverim/SMJC office at 503-650-7013. They will work with you if cost is an issue.

Kol Shalom Community for Humanistic Judaism *THE HUMAN COURAGE TO BE FREE*

Kol Shalom Community for Humanistic Judaism invites you to join us for a joyful Seder, with a humanistic translation of traditional elements for modern relevance.

Complete with Matzo Ball Soup Vegetarian option available

*SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2007*

*3:30 PM * The social hour begins at 3:30, and wine will be available at a no-host bar.
The service begins at 4:30.



Please call the Kol Shalom Community for Humanistic Judaism office for reservations or more information: 503-459-4210

Or email: info [at]


Saturday Night, April 26, 6 pm
Gesher is hosting a Passover Seder specifically for Unaffiliated Young Jews.
Rabbi Laurie Rutenberg and Rabbi Gary Schoenberg are inviting Young Adults
and College Students to their home for a Seder on Saturday night, April 26, at 6 pm, which
is the last night of Pesach. The seder will take place in two parts: one, in the theatrical
setting of an oasis on the shores of the Red Sea, where , in the context of the traditional telling of our
people's story of enslavement and longing for freedom, we will explore our own searches for meaning and purpose
in this world. Part two will be a delicious kosher for Passover feast - an indoor "banquet of freedom."
The setting is informal and very friendly. Please bring a picnic blanket and pillow to sit on, to help
create a comfortable tent floor.
Gesher?A Bridge Home is at 10701 SW 25th Avenue in Portland.
Suggested contribution is $18 - $25. No one is turned away for inability to contribute.
Please RSVP to Rabbi Laurie or Rabbi Gary at 503 246-5070.

In addition to this seder which is especially for young adults, Gesher will be hosting three other seders
that may be of interest:

Friday night, April 25, at 6 pm, Gesher is hosting a Passover Seder for Singles and Couples. The seder
will be similar, but the people there will range mostly from ages 30 - 50.

If you are wanting to be at a seder on the first or second nights of Passover,
Gesher welcomes young adults to its Community Seder on the second night of Passover,
Sunday, April 20, at 5 pm. This seder is open to everyone, but mostly will have adults and
high school students.

A Women's and Girls' Seder, on Sunday, April 27, at 4 pm. Celebrate Jewish women's experience,
explore stories about the courageous Jewish women who helped their people out of Egypt,
discuss today's Jewish women's issues, and general women's issues in the light of a
Jewish feminist consciousness.

Each one of these seders includes a delicious kosher for Passover feast. Suggested donation for
young adults for these seders is $15 - $25. No one is turned away for inability to pay. Please RSVP
for all Gesher seders - 503 246-5070.

Volunteer opportunity: Gesher would be greatly appreciative of help before Passover begins, especially
on Sunday, April 13, doing the physical labor of making Gesher kosher for Passover, as well as the artistic work of decorating Gesher's Passover tent. Call Rabbi Laurie for details. 503 246-5070

Keshet Seder for LGBT Jews and their families and friends


Neveh Shalom

Here is the link for the Neveh Shalom Seder, a community seder led by Rabbi Bradley and Sarah Greenstein on the second night of the holiday.



Enjoy an in-depth Hebrew/English Passover seder with plenty of tradition, translation, and an abundance of entertaining commentary.
A delicious dinner with all the traditional foods will be served.

Portland Westside April 19 and 20 at 8:00 PM
Adults: $36, Children: $25
7106 SW 12th Dr.
Reserve at

Portland Eastside April 20 at 8:30 PM
Adults: $36, Children: $25
5130 SE 30th Avenue # 10
Reserve at

Vancouver April 19 at 8:30 PM
Adults: $25, Children: $15
9604 NE 126th Ave. Suite 2320
Reserve at

For college students only (FREE! and drop ins welcome too!):
Chabad on Portland Campuses April 19 at 8:30 PM
5130 SE 30th Avenue Unit 10, Portland
Reserve at
It is Chabad of Oregon's policy to never turn anyone away due to lack of funds.

Most of these Seders list a price because offering a seder is expensive. No one is making money off these seders, instead the fees go toward food, materials, etc. But if you really can't pay, contact the person organizing the seder. If that doesn't work, either go to Gesher or Chabad who won't turn anyone away because of inability to pay or let me know and I'll see what I can figure out.

If you missed a registration deadline, call or email anyway. They may still have space.

Confused? Overwhelmed? Is your first choice full? Send me an email and I'll try to help you find a place where you feel comfortable. Really, don't hesitate.

Chag Sameach! (Happy Holiday!)
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