P’nai Or partners with 350PDX to fight climate change

capture-pnai-2Every year, P’nai Or (“Faces of Light”), the Jewish Renewal congregation of Portland, chooses to partner with an organization for collaborating on Tikkun Olam (“Repairing the World”). This year, P’nai Or has chosen to support 350PDX!

P’nai Or is also sending out an invitation to welcome all to join in their services, celebrations and other activities.

Coming up is the month of High Holy Days – the Jewish New Year. The High Holy Days culminate in the Jewish tradition of the harvest festival, Sukkot. As part of this tradition, an outdoor, vulnerable, temporary gathering dwelling called a Sukkat Shalom is built for eating, sharing company, singing, dancing, praying for peace and providing a space for the interconnectedness of all life. One of the themes of this gathering is water, as in the song based on ancient liturgy “draw water in joy from the living well”  by our beloved founding rabbi– Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield, zt’l. This year, the Sukkat will be held on the last Saturday afternoon of Sukkot—Oct. 22, 2-4 pm.  Everyone is invited to join and connect with 350PDX and P’nai Or.

At the event, we will stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock encampment where first nations who live by the Missouri River are protesting the development of the Dakota Access Pipe Line (NoDAPL) to protect their water and fight climate change. We hope that you will join us in our Sukkat Shalom to share stories, sing, dance, pray in gratitude for the pure water and the harvest. Let us “Draw water in Joy” together!

For further information about P’nai Or, please go to www.pnaiorpdx.org/