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Services, dinners scheduled to mark Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur in East County

COURTESY PHOTO: N100A — WIKIMEDIA COMMONS - The Gresham Jewish Chabad Center is hosting High Holiday celebrations.For the first time, the Jewish High Holidays are being celebrated in East Multnomah County thanks to a center of worship and community that was established in Gresham earlier this year.

Rabbi Avrohom Moshe Dyce and his family are running the Gresham Chabad Jewish Center, filling the calendar with events and activities.

"This is very meaningful because it is the first time that the high holidays will be celebrated east of Portland," Rabbi Dyce said. "We want to bring light, spirituality and goodness."

The high holidays are widely celebrated, even by Jewish people not formally engaged with the faith, which means the upcoming slate of events will be festive for all sorts of people in the community.

There is no charge for joining the events, though donations are appreciated. All programs held at the Jewish Center, location upon RSVP by calling 503-389-0312 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here is the High Holiday schedule:

Rosh Hashanah — 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26-27. Shofar blowing and discussion, followed by apple dipped in honey.

Yom Kippur Eve — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, candle lighting and service.

Yom Kippur — 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, closing service followed by buffet breakfast to mark end of fast.

Community Shabbat Dinner — 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

The Gresham Chabad Jewish Center has been making a positive mark since establishing itself in East County. There was a public menorah lighting for Chanukah, and a Passover Seder (feast). The group has been hosting a booth at the Fairview Sunday Market selling challah, and a recent kosher pop-up deli had more than 40 visitors.

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