Wondering where to get them?
Check out the "virtual" Shalom Bayit Gift Shop to browse for Hanukkah and other Judaica. These are all items we currently have in stock at Shalom Bayit!
There will be a Gift Shop Drive-By on Sunday, December 6th from 12-2 where you can pick up your orders or do some last minute shopping before Hanukkah! (One customer/family at a time)
A Message from our President, Steve Magidson
In these challenging times, safety has become an extremely important issue for each of us as well as for CSB itself. This is certainly true for our personal health and wellbeing during these Covid-19 times. It is also true, however, when it comes to our individual safety and the safety of the activities at our Shul itself.
To address some of these safety components, JCCO has teamed with “The Secure Community Network” a 501(c)(3) organization founded under the auspices of The Jewish Federations of North America. Working with Gene Moss, a Regional Security Director at SCN, we are putting together a series of safety classes and seminars, both on-line and “in person” (when we can safely do that).
The first of these classes, which was announced in prior newsletters, was held via Zoom on November 17th with an enthusiastic audience. This class focused on individual “situational awareness” and had a lot of useful information and examples that are relevant to our day-to-day lives. Gene did an excellent job with this difficult subject and his presentation was very well received.
We recognize that not everyone who was interested was able to attend. As a result, this class was recorded. If you pre-registered for this class but were unable to attend, please check with Alice regarding getting access to the recording.
As I mentioned, this was the first of several such classes and seminars that we plan to do in conjunction with Gene and The Secure Community Network. Of course, in-person classes and seminars will not be taking place until the Covid-19 situation eases. As future events are scheduled, they will be promoted in our newsletters and other communications and I hope that many of you will be able to participate.
In the meantime, please stay safe and stay well.
"Hanukkah" – one stop for exciting learning on how different communities and denominations, e.g., Zionists, Jewish anti-Zionist, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Hasidic Jews, (and even Christians) find their particular identity in the light of the Menorah. We will further explore Hanukkah’s complex history while addressing the differences between Hellenism and Judaism. Finally, we will examine Judaism and the belief in miracles.
Chabad of Central Oregon Chanukah Menorah Lighting
Grand Menorah Lighting at the Old Mill
First night of Chanukah
New Location for a COVID safe, drive in (stay in or near your car) outdoor Menorah Lighting celebration. Details are being arranged and will be shared when finalized.
Thanksgiving Day is here, even when we can’t celebrate it this year in a normative way. Though a bona-fide North American holiday, the Pilgrims modeled it after the Biblical holiday of Sukkot — Judaism’s foremost fall festival celebrating the success of the year’s crops, (which we did this year in early October). And yet, though dedicating a specific holiday for expressing gratitude, Judaism provides us with numerous daily opportunities to do, as nothing in our life should be seen as taken for granted. Hence, our mere waking up in the morning invites a special blessing that recognizes the restoration of our soul to us. We traditionally conclude every meal (where bread was partaken) with expressing gratitude for both food and the earth that produced it; these and others are daily occurrences but we should not look upon them as less than miraculous nonetheless. Similarly, besides expressing our thanks to Heaven we ought to do so to deserving fellows who contribute even a pinch to our general weal (a sound, healthy, or prosperous state)