Beit Haverim has many activities planned as Hanukkah begins


Beit Haverim is inviting the public to three events in preparation and celebration of Hanukkah. Most events take place at the worship space at 1111 Country Club Road in Lake Oswego.

The first will occur Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. when artist Srule Brachman will lead religious school students and guests in the creation of a Hanukkah still life using watercolors. Children not enrolled in religious school may participate for a $2 materials fee and reserve a space by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brachman grew up in the Bronx, N.Y., and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, art education and art history and later a Master of Arts in at-risk educational leadership. He also holds an educational specialist degree in educational administration. His art can be seen locally at the Cannibals Gallery, the 100th Monkey Art Studios, LaGrave-Brachman Studio, Mile Post 5, the Geezer Gallery and the Guardino Gallery. In New York City his art is on exhibit at the 85 Mercer Street Gallery. Learn more about his art and work online at

The second event is a latke-making party to be held Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. at the home of Claire Frye in West Linn. Those gathered will be making several hundred latkes, to be eaten at the annual Hanukkah dinner. Those interested in helping prepare the latkes may volunteer to help by emailing the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The third event is a Hanukkah Face-Off, planned for Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. All ages are invited to create the Hanukkah menorah of their dreams from any material: clay, Legos, papier-mache, cookie dough, paper towel rolls or anything imaginable.

The menorahs will be displayed throughout the evening, including dinner at 6 p.m., followed by Shabbat service at 7 p.m. The dessert Oneg will include customary sufganiot (jelly doughnuts) as the congregation celebrates with deep-fried desserts.

The Festival of Lights celebration and dinner will be led by Rabbi Alan Berg and cantorial soloist Ann Brown. Dinner includes roasted chicken, vegetarian entrée, salad, latkes and apple sauce and sufganiot for dessert.

All are welcome to participate. For complete details, visit or call 503-344-4839.