Friday Night – September 14, 2018 – High Holy Day Services.

Spiritual-Religious. Reflection. Community.

North East Portland. Free.

hhd-serviceI’m Rabbi Brian of Religion-Outside-the-Box. I’ve been running “different” High Holy Day services for 18 years. Since 5755.

Every year the service is more open, organic, real, and spiritual. The service is run outside, by candle light, and from the heart. You need to bring your own chair. 


Meet under the metal structure behind Hollyrood School at the Northeast corner of Grant Park.

Portland, Oregon.

6:30 pm gathering

Friday night, September 14, 2017. 

Service starts at 6:45.

Casual attire. Will be done by 8:15. (Sunset is 7:08)

Ages 13 and up.


Bring a camping or other type of chair to sit on.

(If you are coming from far and need a chair, let me know. If you are coming from near, please bring some friends and some extra chairs.)

Contemplate the universal themes of forgiveness, at-one-ment, death, and love. Part Dharma-talk, part rebbe’s tisch, part introspection, part group sharing, part contemplation. (You don’t need to share if you do not want to.)


Never been to a High Holy Services before? Not Jewish? Just like the feel of this? Come! This is religion-outside-the-box. (Bring a chair.)


Erika RuberI have always loved this time of year.  I love that the Jewish New Year and these ten holy days coincides with a time that I often feel reflective and thoughtful.  Gathering with Rabbi Brian last year was such a wonderful way to thoughtfully examine the meaning of these holidays – this time of year in the Jewish calendar.  Rabbi Brian offered a meaningful approach to creating ritual that I got so much out of.
Erika R. (NE Portland)

Bill Zuelke

As a favor to a friend, I attended Rabbi Brian’s High holy day services, held in a local park. Being a life long catholic, I am no stranger to ritual and its potential for helping us find the way to holiness. Also being catholic I had no idea what to expect. I was blessed by the experience, nurtured and challenged. It will not lightly be pulled from its place on my calendar for this year and the future. Bill Z. (NE Portland)

I hope to see you there.

With love, Rabbi Brian

For Brian


Sitting in the dark with strangers

the bright glow

of a hundred candles

warming the space

that separates us

in a circle

that binds us


Words, tears, revelations

as the high holy days begin

in a religion not my own


We asked for what we needed

forgave each other

for what we could

no longer carry


Accepted our truth,

our responsibility

for this life

for this world

Invoked the names

and the nameless

of those gone before us


I opened myself up

to belonging

Ritual helps me do so

and I forget that I need that

in this life

in this world


Jill Kelly, PhD

Friday Night – September 14, 2018 – 6:30-8:15

High Holy Day Services.


Spiritual-Religious. Reflection. Community.


NorthEast Portland. Free.