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Are you a mother raising Jewish children, new to Judaism through Marriage or by Choice? Don't do it alone!

Hanukkah Helper Holiday Prep Class, a fun, free, interactive single-session class that will prepare mothers of other backgrounds (and family members who may be interested) for celebrating Hanukkah in an enjoyable, meaningful way with their Jewish children, is coming to Portland!

Beyond just an outline of the Hanukkah story, symbols and ritual, Hanukkah Helper delves into topics such as the history of Hanukkah observance in North American Hanukkah, as well as how to navigate the winter holiday season in a Jewish context. All this culminates in experiencing Hanukkah through food and song, as it offers tips on how to go beyond gift-giving to make Hanukkah a meaningful family experience.

Location: Congregation Neveh Shalom
Date: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Time: TBD
Host Organization: Congregation Neveh Shalom

To RSVP, and for more information, please contact Lois Shenker at

The Mothers Circle Associated Program provides FREE education and support for women of other religious backgrounds who are raising Jewish children.  The course is now open for registration. Mothers Circle Portland is open to women who have chosen Judaism as adults, in addition to those who are more newly acquainted with Judaism through marriage or a committed relationship.  Women are welcome in the course who are preparing for motherhood or who are already mothers committed to raising a Jewish family.

Classes meet 2 Sundays/month and focus on Jewish rituals, ethics, and the how-to’s of creating a Jewish home. Come be a part of this warm and nurturing environment and feel empowered to take on the responsibility of raising children in Judaism. It is coordinated and facilitated by Congregation Neveh Shalom in partnership with the MJCC, the Oregon Board of Rabbis, B’nai B’rith Camp, Congregations Beth Israel, Havurah Shalom and Shaarie Torah and made possible by grants from the Innovation Impact Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation. 

Mothers Circle: The Course is taught by locally renowned Jewish educator, author and life coach
Lois Shenker.  For more information or to register, please contact Jennifer Greenberg at  or 503.246.8831, or visit

What: Mothers Circle: The Course

Who: For non-Jewish women & women who are Jewish by choice who are raising Jewish families.  Women from all family constellations welcome.

Information Sessions
Choose Date:
Sunday, September 18, 2011, 9:30-10:30 AM
Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7-8PM
Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 SW Capitol Highway Portland, OR)
Cost: FREE

Circle News :

Mothers Circle in Portland, OR: This article from the Portland Jewish Review announces the creation of a new interfaith families camping initiative with The Mothers Circle as one of its partners.

Mothers Circle in Portland: The Portland Jewish Review includes the stories of Mothers Circle participants in its article on Jewish communal resources in the Portland area.

The Mothers Circle in Portland: The Mothers Circle participants of Portland, OR were featured in The Oregonian! Click here to read the November 22nd article.