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Parshat VaYechi
Shabbat Shalom
January 2 (18 Tevet, 5781)
Dear Friends,
I hope that your new calendar year is off to a good start! We all want to thrive in the months ahead. As we reflect on the message of Parshat VaYechi, tune in to our latest Podcast: 2021: Three Keys For A Successful Year.
At this time of looking ahead, I am excited that Kesser will be offering an opportunity to learn from an outstanding speaker and scholar, Dr. Leslie Ginsparg Klein. Dr. Klein is a well-regarded historian. She is also the Dean at the Women’s Torah Institute (Maalot) where my daughter, Devorah, attends college in Baltimore.

Join us on Saturday evening January 9 at 7:00 pm. The title of Dr. Klein’s talk is Shidduchim, Shandas & Shaping the Future: Colonial Jews in a Non-Jewish World. In this presentation, Dr. Klein will help us look at history as we consider its lessons for our own times. What lessons does Jewish life in Colonial America hold for us in the year 2021? We will consider that and more as we engage with Dr. Klein next Saturday evening. Be sure to mark it in your calendar.
On behalf of the congregation, I’d like to thank all of you who gave so generously to the congregation over this past year. Thanks to your support and sacrifice, Kesser Israel will continue to be a strong resource for our Kehila in the months ahead. There is no way that we could do it without you, so thank you! It’s been a challenging year, and we are so fortunate to have one another in these times. Please keep in mind the upcoming Annual General Membership Meeting will take place on the morning of Sunday January 31, at 10:00 am, via Zoom. Please stay tuned for more details.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ken Brodkin
Member News
Condolence Call for Rivkah Berzow
Friends are invited to join together on Zoom to share our sincere wishes of comfort to Rivkah Berzow on the loss of her father on January 3 at 8:00 pm. Click here to join.
Meeting ID: 730 5726 3604
Passcode: berzow
To register for minyanim click here.
Kesser Classes
Daf Yomi - ONLINE
Join us daily for Daf Yomi with Rabbi Fischer. Click this link to join the class live, and click here to see the schedule. You can download the entire Talmud for free on your mobile device with apps like Sefaria and E-Daf.
Sunday Gemara Group
Join Rabbi Ken Brodkin every Sunday morning at 9:15 am. Explore practical Halacha and Gemara as we delve into the second chapter of Shabbat. This chapter focuses on the laws of lighting Shabbat and Chanukah candles, amongst other topics that pertain to daily Jewish living. Click here to join.
Parshat Hashavua
Join Rabbi Fischer Monday evening at 7:30 pm to learn about the weekly Torah portion and get involved with a Q&A. Click here to join the Zoom meeting. To enhance your experience, read the Parsha before class.
Kesser Events
Community Events
The Jewish Federation is delighted to invite the community to Br’iut and B’rachot—A Community Wellness Havdalah on Saturday, January 9, 2021. Co-led by Community Chaplain Rabbi Barry Cohen & Cantorial Soloist Ilene Safyan.
Start 2021 off coming together to mark the close of Shabbat and the start of a new week.

Click here for more details and for registration.
Garbonzos - Falafel Bar
The Garbonzos food cart is located in the MJCC parking lot. It is open Sunday - Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm and Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. The menu includes pita sandwiches, plate options, soup, and sides. Garbonzos is gluten free and vegan. Click here for the full menu. To place a phone order call (503) 475 - 4875.

Kosher Meals to Go Available from Cafe at the J (Weekly)
(Orders due Tuesday by 8 pm, Pickup Thursday between 3-5 pm)
Allen Levin of Century Catering & Cafe at the J is preparing kosher meals for people to take home and serve. Currently, orders are due by 8:00 pm Tuesday for pickup between 3:00-5:00 pm Thursday at the turnaround in front of the MJCC. The menu offers soup; entrees including schnitzel, fish, beef, chicken and burger options; and dessert. Meals certified by Oregon Kosher. If there is interest, a kosher pizza night might be added. For the coming week’s menu and to order meals, email by Sunday 6:00 pm to sign up to receive the weekly menu. (If you do not receive a confirmation, please try again.)
Want to share announcements, community news, or events? Click here to send your news to be added to next week's email.
Jewish Free Loan of Greater Portland
Jewish or “Hebrew” Free Loan Associations have been in the business of providing interest-free loans to individuals across North America for over a century. There is a recognition that sometimes life throws a wrench in one’s plans, and that the support of one’s community can make the difference in how that challenge is met.

January 1 - January 8
Daf Yomi (online) - 7:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 8:00 am
Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - 4:20 pm
Candle Lighting - 4:20 pm

Shacharit - 8:30 am
Mincha/Maariv - 4:15 pm
Havdalah - 5:30 pm
Daf Yomi (online)- 6:00 pm

Daf Yomi (online) - 7:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 8:00 am
Mincha/Maariv (online) - 4:30 pm

Daf Yomi (online) - 6:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 7:00 am
Mincha/Maariv (online) - 4:30 pm
Daf Yomi (online)- 6:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 7:00 am
Mincha/Maariv (online) - 4:30 pm

Daf Yomi (online) - 6:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 7:00 am
Mincha/Maariv (online) - 4:30 pm

Daf Yomi (online) - 6:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 7:00 am
Mincha/Maariv (online) - 4:30 pm

Daf Yomi (online) - 6:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 7:00 am
Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - 4:30 pm
Candle Lighting - 4:27 pm

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CHOLIM LIST: Each week during the Torah Reading we make a misheberach for those who are ill. Click here for our current misheberach list. To make changes, please send an email to Michael Rosenberg at
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