Intimate and Inspiring Rosh Hashanah Seder, Teshuvah workshop and prayers at Gesher

High Holy Days are, in Hebrew, called the Days of fear/awe.  There is no preparation really.  Even those of us who hear the clarion call for the whole month of Elul that precedes Rosh Hashanah feel overwhelmed by the demand to face the spiritual opportunity presented by the intense Jewish season that begins on Rosh Hashanah. This year is no different.  Especially for unaffiliated Jews, who may be more used to being Jewish in hiding (or more precisely, being hidden from Jewish offerings of spiritual opportunity) than celebrating.  So, Gesher - A Bridge Home approaches this High Holy Day season with some careful attempt to provide an alternative to walking into services and feeling overwhelmed and estranged.  

Teshuvah is one of the keys to High Holy Days.  It is the healing process when we move from missing the mark to confession to repair.  It is the crucial force that underpins the movement from deep reflection on our lives woven into deep resolve in the coming year.  This year, we will make a teshuvah workshop to begin the journey.

What Gesher offers is this – two  intimate Rosh Hashanah experiences. Rabbi Laurie Rutenberg and Rabbi Gary Schoenberg extend an invitation to wine and dine, to explore traditional prayers at a pace that will allow for conversation of the heart, and the opportunity to be still with your soul in the forest. Come Sunday night (RSVP a must) or Monday, or both.

Sunday, SEPTEMBER 9th  - Rosh Hashanah Seder at Gesher, 4:00 pm

This Rosh Hashanah seder will include a very, very festive meal, a teshuvah workshop and review of the year, and High Holy Day Prayers.  There is room for only 45 participants, so you will have to RSVP early.

We would love you to bring an additional, luscious vegetarian dish to share to celebrate the new year.  It is not required.  

When: Sunday, September 9th,  4:00 pm

Where: Gesher, 10701 SW 25th Avenue in Portland

RSVP a must.      Donation requested: $36/adult; $10/ child 10 and over. No one is turned away for inability to pay.


Monday, September 10th, 10 am  -  An Intimate Spiritual Journey on Rosh Hashanah Day

A setting for sharing deep quests and questions, using our Rosh Hashanah prayerbook, the sounds of the shofar, poetry and art as our roadmap for a spiritual morning. We invite you to stay (or just come) for a festive potluck vegetarian lunch about 1 pm and to join us, at about 2 pm, for a community walk from Gesher to Marshall Park (about 1/2 hour each way) for Tashlich - storytelling by a beautiful stream and a bridge (a gesher), where we have an opportunity for committing to our own efforts at growth and change.  

When: Monday, September 10th, beginning at 10 am; Very festive potluck vegetarian lunch (about 1 pm), with a Tashlich walk at 2 pm

Where: Gesher, 10701 SW 25th Avenue in Portland

RSVP appreciated but not necessary for the day time celebration and pot-luck festive vegetarian lunch.