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The Roast

The Roast

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On Sunday night, June 1, we roasted, toasted and honored our beloved Rabbi David Zaslow in celebration of his 20 years of leadership at Havurah Shir Hadash.

As Havurah members and friends arrived, the shock on their faces was, let’s say, remarkable! The Havurah was utterly, completely, unrecognizably transformed into a dramatic, elegant nightclub. Cocktails and champagne flowed, great food was served and the Paul Schmeling band warmed us with fine jazz.

IMG_5580ROur Rebbetzin, as the incomparable mistress of ceremonies, entertained and delighted, and the evening unfolded with a comedic lineup that had everyone roaring with laughter from start to finish. Friends and comedians par excellence regaled us with memories, true (and not-so-true) stories and lots of shtik about our favorite rabbi.

Hal Dresner set the tone for the evening. Lisa and David Koch roasted Reb David in three wickedly funny comedic skits complete with music and original lyrics. Paula Flowers and David Gabriel sang “This Rabbi Makes You Like the Jews” and had old friends and Havurahniks singing the chorus all together. Jan and Marcia Chaiken were hilarious as George Burns and Gracie Allen.

Jazz pianist Patty McCoy got a standing ovation for her beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Devorah and Ayala told the story of Reb Dovid of Zaslov trying to interpret an ancient teaching that turned out to be a recipe for kreplach. Bruce Morris and Maggidah Cassandra Sagan came all the way from P’nai Or in Portland to imitate Rabbi David leading a Bar Mitzvah. Ron Burgess got the County Sheriff (yes, the REAL County Sheriff) to come and pretend to arrest the Rabbi…for alleged prior offenses from his early days in Ashland!IMG_5532R2

Watching Rabbi David, who was seated on a high chair just to the right of the stage, doubling over in laughter until the tears ran down his face was priceless.

It was an enchanted evening that folks have been talking about ever since. Not only was it one of the most delightfully classy, side-busting events the Havurah has ever seen, but we also successfully met our financial goal to support Rabbi David’s position for this fiscal year. Our deepest thanks go to all of you who participated, from near and far, in this extraordinary tribute.

Congratulations to Reb David on his 20th anniversary with the Havurah! He has enriched our lives and our community immeasurably and we look forward to his continued outstanding leadership in the years to come.


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On Sunday night, June 1, we roasted, toasted and honored Rabbi Zaslow in celebration...

Israel Trip 2015

Join us for Havurah’s Spiritual Journey to Israel
May 26 – June 7, 2015 with Rabbi David Zaslowkotel

For the past 18 years Reb David has been dreaming and talking about being part of a Havurah trip to Israel. In 1991 Reb Aryeh z”l led our synagogue’s first trip to Israel, and it’s time for another. People have been asking Reb David for years to organize such trip, and we think this is a perfect time to do so. We’ll visit all our Jewish holy sites, and stay in excellent accommodations along the way. Our guide is not only an expert on Israel; the land, the history, the people…but he is also Reb Zalman’s nephew – connected to the heart of Jewish Renewal and totally in sync with our spiritual goals for the trip! He’ll lead us along the way as we connect with our ancient holy land.

Of course, we’ll meet with some of the great teachers in Israel that Reb David has been friends with for decades. We’ll walk, hike, and experience the magnificence of Israel’s natural wonders as well as visiting our holy cities from Jerusalem to Tzfat. The trip will be a total of two weeks.galalie

We are accepting registrations now. Click on the link below to see details of itinerary and pricing. Email us with any questions or concerns you may have at Ayala@ashlandhavurah.org

May 26 – June 7, 2015.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the Itinerary OR CLICK HERE to see the flyer.IsraelFlyer

Campaign 42

Campaign 42: A Multi-Generation 

Civil Rights Project

We’re sure that many 42of you remember the historic article that the New York Times published about the Havurah’s “Campaign 42” on April 15, 2013.

Two of Rabbi David’s post-bar mitzvah students (Jack Carroll from Ashland and Jonah Harris from Portland) collected money and contacted Little League and high school teams to wear the number 42 on April 15. Why? Because that’s the day that all the major league ballplayers wear the number 42 on their uniforms to celebrate Jackie Robinson being the first black baseball player to play in the major leagues on April 15, 1947.

In 2013 Rabbi David and the boys distributed more than 4,600 stickers with the number 42 on them and biographical fliers to young ballplayers throughout the country. This year Rabbi David and his team (Jonah Harris, Jesse and Jerry Carroll) hope to double the number with the eventual goal of seeing every single little league, high school, and college baseball player wearing the number 42 on April 15 every year.

To make this happen this year, many small donations are needed. If you like our campaign make a $1, $2, or $5 donation so we can print the patches. Go to our secure Paypal donation page to donate now. Write “Campaign 42 in the purpose line.  This is a wonderful, simple tikkun olam, social action project.

If you know of any Little League or high school ballplayers that would like to participate in the project this year have them contact Rabbi David through the contact page on this website.

If you are a Facebook user hit “like” on the Campaign 42 Facebook page to keep up on the news of the project and to see pictures of kids around the country wearing the sticker patches. To raise funds the Havurah is selling refrigerator magnet with the number 42 on them. Make a donation through Paypal or at the Havurah’s tzadakah wall-box. Be sure to ask Rabbi David for your own magnet after you make your donation

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Learn to Write Poetry with Rabbi David

Learn to Write Poetry with Rabbi David

Seven Sessions on Tuesdays: April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2 & 9, 7-8:30 PM

Poetry make music out of words through rhythms that remind us of great jazz. It is painting with language where each word has its own hue and shade. Rabbi David Zaslow says, “The power of the metaphor is a portal to a higher reality.” Whether you are interested in sacred poetry or poetry to express your feelings, this course might be for you. Rabbi David Zaslow is the recipient of the 1988 American Book Award for educational materials. He travelled the nation and taught teachers how to teach poetry in their elementary and high school classrooms. Today, as a rabbi he combines his understanding of the rhythm and imagery with a tilt toward the sacred. If you have ever wanted to learn how to write your own poetry, this special seven session course that just might be for you.  Are you already a poet at heart but want to take your writing to an even deeper level? In each class participants will write and have the option of sharing in an intimate and safe space that Rabbi David creates.

Cost $85 for Havurah members, $155 for non-members

PRE-REGISTER by April 21 for a $15 discount!



The World of Whiskey

On Sunday, May 11 at 5 PM join Rabbi David and Quannah Combs, CSS…for a Whiskey and Scotch Tasting!

On Sunday, May 11 at 5 PM the Havurah in Ashland will host a Whiskey and Scotch Tasting with Quannah Combs, CSS. Combs will offer at least 10 different top Whiskeys and Scotches to taste and will teach the history and background of each one. He will be speaking about the history and tradition of distilling Scotch Whisky.  Quannah has been involved with the alcohol beverage industry for almost 16 years, and completed his certification from the Society of Wine Educators to become a Certified Specialist of Spirits in March of 2013.   He will explain single malts, blends, techniques and ingredients and how those affect the finished product.  Whiskeys from the Dewar’s, Glenfiddich and Balvenie lines will be showcased.. Tickets will be sold in advance only, at the Music Coop, 168 E. Main St. in Ashland. $18 per person in advance, $22 at the door. Space is limited, so purchase tickets early. Call 541-488-7716 for more info. All proceeds to benefit the Havurah.


Comedy Roast & Toast

Join us on Sunday, June 1 at 7:00 PM for a Comedy Roast and Toast!

We are transforming the Havurah into a fabulous, classy night club (reminiscent of Jazmin’s) and offering a delicious light supper with treats like salmon wellington & fresh asparagus brie crostini by ABC Kitchen Catering (Marlane Balcomb & Scott, formerly of ABC Bakery and Cafe), your choice of martinis, manhattans, gin and tonic or bubbly and wine, a great jazz band and singer and a varied program of comedians and comedic songs guaranteed to leave you doubled up with laughter!

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Reb Zalman


Reb Zalman & Eve Shabbaton

A One-of-A-Kind Opportunity to celebrate Shabbat with Reb Zalman & Eve Ilsen: Learning, chanting, prayer, and community like you’ve always dreamed of!

May 2-4,2014 in beautiful Ashland, Oregon…halfway between the Bay Area and Portland.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi is one of the most important spiritual leaders of our generation. Join us in this rare opportunity to learn, laugh, and pray with these two renowned and beloved teachers.